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This mission of the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival is threefold: to serve the community through educational, theatrical, literary, and musical programs; to nurture, support, and showcase regional, national, and international writers, actors, musicians, and other artists; and to honor the creative genius of Tennessee Williams, who considered New Orleans his spiritual home. The festival includes master classes, a scholars conference, over 25 panel discussions, author interviews, and other events. The master classes are led by such celebrated writers as Patrick Maney, Roy Blount Jr., Lisa D'Amour, Amy Dickinson, Dick Cavett, Wally Lamb, Robert Olen Butler, and Rick Bragg.
Based on the hit film and featuring music by Elton John, Billy Elliot is a theatrical experience that will stay with you forever. Set in a northern English mining town during the 1984 miners' strike, this musical tells the story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life forever.
Billy Elliot has captivated theatergoers around the world, critics included! The show received 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Note: Billy Elliot contains strong adult language and is recommended for mature audiences.
Comedian-actors Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker join forces for an unforgettable night of hilarity. Both have years of standup comedy, acting, and producing experience.
Dave Chappelle began his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights and subsequently landed roles in The Nutty Professor, Con Air, Blue Streak, and other box office hits. His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he cowrote with Neal Brennan.
Chris Tucker is best known for playing the role of Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. He became a favorite on Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s and came to prominence in the 1995 cult classic Friday, starring alongside Ice Cube. In 1997, Tucker was an executive producer for and costarred with Charlie Sheen in the hit movie Money Talks. That same year, he also appeared in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element.
For the first time in New Orleans, Le Petit Theatre is producing the Tony Award-winning musical that tells the true story of Ferdinand Joseph LeMothe, aka Jelly Roll Morton. Born a Creole American in the Faubourg Marigny, Jelly Roll Morton took the music he found in the cribs of Storyville out into the wide world. He became a star in Harlem, Chicago, and Los Angeles, going so far as to proclaim himself the "creator of jazz." Featuring explosive dancing and an original score inspired by the best musical traditions of New Orleans, Jelly's Last Jam is a musical triumph that won't give you the blues.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 13 and up.
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney's The Lion King, making its triumphant premiere at the Saenger Theatre!
Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Lion King brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features the extraordinary work of Tony-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway's most recognizable music, crafted by Tony-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.
More than 80 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular — one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.
Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle thick with emotion as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.
Based on the Disney movie of the same name, Tarzan is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Phil Collins and a book by David Henry Hwang.