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Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lunchbox Lecture -…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
History remembers the American, British and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 3 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

The Royal Sonesta's…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans presents the September Round Table Luncheon… more

We Live to Eat Kick…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
For the first time, this event is open-to-the-public and attendees will be able… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Jazz in the Park

Sep 4 - Oct 30, 2014
Jazz in the Park returns for nine straight weeks this fall,  with a… more

Special Presentation…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for a  Special Presentation - "Challenging Internment"… more

The Trio featuring…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for The Trio featuring Johnny Vidacovich, Roland Guerin, John Gros. more

17th Annual Save Our…

Sep 5 - 6, 2014
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is gearing up for its 17th Annual Save Our… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… 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.