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17th Annual Martin…

Mar 5 - 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Mar 5 - 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 5 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Mar 5 - 5, 2015
Please join us for the film screening of Por Aqui Paso Chavez, a documentary of… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 5 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 5 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Ogden After Hours…

Mar 5 - 5, 2015
Join us for Ogden After Hours for Colin Lake. more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 5 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Columns Hotel…

Mar 5 - 26, 2015
The Historical Columns Hotel with its "sophiscicated atmosphere" and… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 5 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

The Trio feat. Johnny…

Mar 5 - 5, 2015
Join us for The Trio: Johnny Vidacovich, Nigel Hall, and George Porter Jr. … more

Friends of the…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Local jazz band, the Panorama Jazz Band, will bookend the final concert of… more

International…

Mar 6 - 7, 2015
Now in its seventh year, the New Orleans International Children's Film… more

Jefferson Arts…

Mar 6 - 15, 2015
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many… more

Lauren Sturm - Bayou…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Performs solo acoustic piano. more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring Groovesect. more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Mar 6 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Music at the Mint…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Billie performs mainly in an avant-garde, free style painting expansive… more

Opening Reception -…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Join us  for a free opening reception for Radcliffe Bailey: Recent Works… more

Ponchatoula Antique…

Mar 6 - 8, 2015
Featuring-Antique Collectibles Booth, Fine Arts & Crafts Booth, Food Booth,… more

17th Annual Martin…

Mar 5 - 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… 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.