FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROADWAY IN NEW ORLEANS UNVEILS THE
2015 SEASON AT THE SAENGER THEATRE
Season Features Beloved Classics to Recent Smash Hits
NEW ORLEANS - (Jan. 24, 2014) - East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans today announces the lineup of Broadway's biggest hits for the 2014 - 2015 season, at the historic Saenger Theatre.
The sensational season kicks off with a true New York City institution and multi-award winning musical, CHICAGO. The season continues with the spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the electric stage adaptation DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE, Broadway's best-loved musical ANNIE, eight-time Tony Award®-winning musical ONCE, irresistible family musical JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and MAMMA MIA!, the enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
"Through our long-lasting partnership with East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans and the New Orleans Theatre Association, we can continue our mission to enhance the entertainment marketplace in New Orleans for another season," said David Skinner, general manager of Ace Theatrical Group, Inc., and the Saenger Theatre. "By offering a diverse lineup for the 2014 - 2015 season, we hope to provide a little something for everyone to create memories at the Saenger Theatre for years to come."
Shows of the 2014 - 2015 East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series include:
CHICAGO THE MUSICAL
October 7 - 12, 2014
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. It's no wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.
Cameron Mackintosh's Spectacular New Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
November 5 - 16, 2014
Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to New Orleans as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before." This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You," and "Masquerade" - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
December 16 - 21, 2014
DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do you Love Me?" and the heart stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." London's Sunday Express says "This crowd pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!" Don't miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You'll have the time of your life!
February 3 - 8, 2015
Leapin' Lizards! One of the world's best-loved musicals is back in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist Martin Charnin, this new production of ANNIE will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original. Featuring the beloved book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Don't wait until tomorrow. Subscribe today!
March 17 - 22, 2015
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
April 14 - 19, 2015
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including "Those Canaan Days," "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door." Subscribe today and be part of the magic!
January 13 - 18, 2015
MAMMA MIA! is not included as part of the six-show Season Subscription Package.
Season Subscribers have first access and can add MAMMA MIA! to their Season Subscription upon renewal.
Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives!
SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES ON SALE NOW!
Season tickets for the 2014 - 2015 East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (800) 218-7469, with special hours through February 20 (Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. CST, on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) or online at BroadwayInNewOrleans.com. Six-show season ticket package prices start at $174. The final deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew and keep their same seats is Thursday, February 20, 2014. Individual tickets will be available six to eight weeks prior to each scheduled performance. For group pricing, please call (504) 287-0372.
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA
A leading Broadway producer and the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America. BAA operates in 40 cities, bringing first-class touring musicals and plays to audiences across the US and Canada in markets such as Costa Mesa, Fort Lauderdale, Tempe, Boston, Minneapolis and New Orleans. As a producer, current and upcoming productions include Million Dollar Quartet, Pippin, Big Fish, Betrayal, Bullets Over Broadway, Little Miss Sunshine and Bull Durham. www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
Arts Center Enterprises - New Orleans, LLC - (ACE) is a theatrical facility management company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of professional performing arts facility management and theatrical property development. Allen Becker, together with his partners David Anderson, Gary Markowitz and Kirk B. Feldmann have succeeded in establishing a successful business model that combines an entrepreneurial operating strategy, with a wealth of industry relationships, which result in active, vibrant, well-managed and self-sustaining performing arts facilities. Not only has this business model served to uplift communities through the presentation of powerful live performances, but it has served to also provide economic stimulus into urban corridors in need of revitalization. Please visit ACE New Orleans online at www.saengernola.com.
Originally built in 1927, the Saenger Theatre was designed to reflect a magnificent 15th century Italian courtyard and gardens, with a starlit evening sky ceiling, arched surroundings, statuary, columns and decorative moldings. In January 2012, the City of New Orleans, Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC) and ACE Theatrical Group formed a public-private partnership to carry out a $52 million restoration project after the iconic theatre was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The Saenger Theatre will reopen in fall 2013, authentically restored to the finest level of detail, with state-of-the-art technological improvements and updated first-class amenities. The theatre will host a wide variety of performing arts attractions including live theater, comedy shows and musical acts. The Saenger Theatre is located at the corner of Canal and North Rampart streets in downtown New Orleans and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit www.saengernola.com for more information.
New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to attract and present the finest theatrical and performing arts attractions available in New Orleans. NOTA is also dedicated to financial and technical support of local non-profit institutions in New Orleans that are dedicated to the furtherance of theatrical and musical education and production.