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EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 25 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

May 25 - 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show… more

Irish Sessions

May 25 - 25, 2015
Join us at the Irish House on Mondays for Irish Sessions. more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

May 25 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Preservation Jazz…

May 25 - 25, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

Tennessee Williams:…

May 25 - 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

Purchased Lives: New…

May 26 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Irish House…

May 26 - 26, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for a Bluegrass Jam Session. more

Le Petit Theatre…

May 27 - 31, 2015
This classic Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical traces the lives of… more

Lecture: “Finding…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the Lecture: "Finding… more

Pub Quiz

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join us every Wednesday at the Irish House for Pub Quiz. more

The Maison Dupuy…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join us at the Maison Dupuy for Sippin' in the Courtyard. The Maison Dupuy will… more

The Victory Belles…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

May 27 - 27, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

Jazz in the Park…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Jazz in the Park returns for eight straight weeks this spring, running from… more

The Irish House…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patrick Cooper. more

Yappy Hour in the…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

The Irish House…

May 29 - 29, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patie O'Sullivan. more

New Orleans Oyster…

May 30 - 31, 2015
You better not eat for days leading up to the 2015 New Orleans Oyster Festival.… more

NORDC Movies in the…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for NORDC Movies in the Park screening of "Dolphin Tale… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 25 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… 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.