September 18, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Runs through October 19, 2013
Viola T. Johnson
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.