In a world where screen time seems to be the preferred medium of entertainment, it’s sometimes nice to return to one of entertainment’s oldest and deepest roots, theatre. From the works of Socrates to the contemporary theatre, plays have captured and enamored audiences’ minds, hearts, and souls over thousands of years. A selection of contemporary works of art will be presented at the newly rebuilt Saenger Theater in New Orleans. Without further ado, presenting the Saenger Theatre’s “Broadway in New Orleans” selection for the 2015-2016 season.
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action.
Run Dates: Dec 1–6, 2015 • Tickets
Belle is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, constantly trying to fend off the misplaced “affections” of conceited Gaston. The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle’s father, causes the two to meet. Thus, the story ensues.
Run Dates: Dec.29-Jan.3,2016 • Tickets
Written by label founder Berry Gordy, “Motown the Musical” charts the meteoric career of Gordy from his days as a wannabe boxer in Detroit to his position as the head of the Motown record label. As Gordy discovers new talents like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and The Supremes, he also finds himself entangled in a drama-fueled romance with Diana Ross. The show stretches across decades as it tells the true story of Gordy—and Motown’s—rise to fame.
Run Dates: January 19-24, 2016 • Tickets
“Wicked” tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the Good, who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace.
Run Dates: May 25–Jun 19, 2016 • Tickets
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