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NEW ORLEANS - (March 6, 2015) - East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans today announces the lineup of Broadway's biggest hits for the 2015 - 2016 season, at the historic Saenger Theatre.
The sensational season opens in September with the market debut of DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID. The beloved animated classic comes to life on stage with memorable songs like "Under the Sea" and "Part Of Your World." In October, Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA features an incredible orchestra, jaw dropping transformations and all the moments you love - the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball - plus some surprising new twists! The season continues with DISNEY'S NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney and the eye-popping spectacle, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST presented by NETworks, featuring unforgettable characters and dazzling production numbers, in December.
January gets an exhilarating start with MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. February welcomes KINKY BOOTS, a musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of 6 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, it also features a joyous, Tony®-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.
After a record breaking run in New Orleans in 2013, THE BOOK OF MORMON will return to the Saenger Theatre for a limited engagement in March.
Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece CABARET will play at the Saenger Theatre in April. As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL'S (Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production. East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans will conclude its season with a four-week engagement of New Orleans' most popular musical WICKED (season special) in May. Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz.
"This season once again celebrates the diversity of Broadway and brings its biggest hits along with widely-loved family classics to the Saenger Theatre," said David Skinner, general manager of Ace Theatrical Group, Inc., and the Saenger Theatre. "From the memorable scenes to outstanding scores, we are proud to offer a sensational new season that we hope our audiences will appreciate." Skinner added, "What a great season...this may be our most memorable series for many years."
Shows of the 2015 - 2016 East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series include:
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel's crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, THE LITTLE MERMAID is making its New Orleans debut. The beloved animated classic comes to life on stage with all the songs you love like "Under the Sea" and "Part Of Your World." So dive on in! Life is the bubbles, under the sea! "COLORFUL ENTERTAINMENT,
WRAPPED UP IN AN ATTRACTIVE PRODUCTION" - HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that's delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love - the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more - plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago," in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who's ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes. With a fresh new take on the beloved tale, this Tony Award®- winner combines the story's classic elements with some surprise twists. "A DAZZLING DELIGHT FOR ALL AGES! ‘CINDERELLA' CASTS A NEW SPELL ON
BROADWAY!" - NEW YORK MAGAZINE
December 1 - 6, 2015
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines...Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it "A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!" (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it's a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don't want to miss. Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It's a rousing tale about fighting for what's right...and staying true to who you are. NEWSIES was brought to the stage by an award-winning creative team. It features a score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba's Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Big River).
Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!
It began as one man's story... became everyone's music... and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of 6 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Inspired by a true story, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony®-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. This new musical is the winner of 6 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score and has the biggest heart on Broadway. "THERE IS NO SHOW HOTTER THAN KINKY BOOTS." - CBS News
Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards®, THE BOOK OF MORMON is the blockbuster Broadway smash from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar®-winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL'S (Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd--and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside - life is beautiful at CABARET, JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
*The following productions are not included as part of the six-show Season Subscription Package.
Season Subscribers have first access and can add each show to their Season Subscription upon renewal.
May 25 - June 19, 2016
Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething"), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who's Tommy, How To Succeed...).
SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES ON SALE NOW!
Season tickets for the 2015 - 2016 East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series will go on sale Friday, March 6, at 11 a.m. CST/12 p.m. EST. Season tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 218-7469 or online at www.BroadwayInNewOrleans.com. Subscribers can choose a six-show package without THE BOOK OF MORMON, starting at $170, or a seven-show package including THE BOOK OF MORMON, starting at $205. Both packages can add all three season options. The final deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew and keep their same seats is April 6, 2015. Individual tickets will be available six to eight weeks prior to each scheduled performance. For group pricing, please call (504) 287-0372.
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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 reopened 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 hosts 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
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.
Season photo and b-roll links:
Shows B-C: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mzrmmhsn8gol0ta/AAB7vvZLgnXWrm8AxJao1Tnta?dl=0
Shows K - W: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7amgmb7g067wwqy/AACKz57KgyNy9NzLgKrMN2-ha?dl=0