Thursday, June 25, 2009

Broadway Across America returns to NOLA

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Broadway Across America, which brings touring companies of big New York hits (mostly musicals) to us folks in the hinterlands, hasn't been seen in these parts since Hurricane Katrina, when the touring company's home, the Saenger Theater, was badly damaged. The Saenger still hasn't reopened, but now we have the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in Armstrong Park, and that's where the touring companies will now land.

That's the good news. The bad news is the lineup itself, which kicks off Oct. 27 with Cats, the 28-year-old Andrew Lloyd Webber warhorse that's played New Orleans umpteen times before. The season continues with the musical adaptation of The Color Purple, ABBA-fest Mamma Mia! (again, haven't we seen this?), Wicked and Avenue Q. The last two have been playing New York since 2003, but at least they haven't come to New Orleans before. And, hey, we could've gotten the all-new version of Phantom of the Opera instead of Avenue Q, so there's that.

For ticket info, go here; to buy tickets, here.

And here's the best number from Avenue Q, "The Internet is For Porn," which contains, as they say Uptown, language....

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