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Dinneral Shavers…

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Greyhound Centennial…

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Mark of the Feminine

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Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

Southern Decadence…

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Southern Decadence started forty one years ago as a simple going-away… more

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Join us at the Tropical Isle for a performance featuring Debi and the Deacons. more

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Join us at the Tropical Isle for a performance featuring Way Too Early. more

Bounce TV Summer…

Aug 31 - 31, 2014
Get ready New Orleans as The Bounce: TV Our Way Summer Music Festival 2014… more

Kirk Franklin…

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Sunday Swing…

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Kick up your heels at The National WWII Museum with Sunday Swing. Professional… more

Trinity Artist Series…

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Soprano Joy Greene Meade and Bass Michael Meade, accompanied by Pianist Albinas… more

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Tropical Isle…

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Two bands - Three Hours - Five Saturdays First band plays approx 12 noon… more

SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE: A Stevie Wonder Opera

September 18, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Runs through October 19, 2013

Media Contact:
Viola T. Johnson
(504) 813-9008
violatjohnson@gmail.com

Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder's 1976 recording, is the foundation of a theatrical work, hailed as "A Stevie Wonder Opera," is opening at Ashé Cultural Arts Center for a three-weekend engagement.  Conceived and directed by John Grimsley, the show opens October 4 and runs through October 19.  Specific dates are October 4-5, 10-12, and 17-19, 2013. All shows are at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, or by calling the box office at (504) 569-9070.  Tickets may also be purchased online at ­ http://bit.ly/SongsInTheKeyofLife.  All tickets are $20.

Called "pure theatrical creativity," by the "New Orleans Times-Picayune," the show takes numbers from Wonder's recording and rearranges them without dialogue to tell the story of an urban family whose lives are changed by a single unexpected event.  Musical numbers featured include "Sir Duke," "Isn't She Lovely," "I Wish," and "Love's In Need of Love Today."  Infused with gospel tinged harmonies, cast members perform both solo and "family" numbers a capella with light percussion backup. The cast includes Gabriel Allen, Troi Bechet, Lloyd Daly, Suzé Goddard, Michaela Harrison, and others.

The show was first performed several years ago at the Black Theatre Festival in New Orleans, and then at Le Chat Noir also in New Orleans to outstanding reviews.  In 2006, the show was performed at the Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut.  Director John Grimsley is the theater consultant at Ashé Cultural Arts Center and director of the New Orleans-based Dog and Pony Theater Company. 

For more information, call (504) 569-9070 or (504) 813-9008.