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Curtains Up: Broadway Across America in New Orleans

There’s a very small gray area with musicals – you either love them or hate them. I belong to the former camp and am a huge fan of musicals; I have no idea which one was the first I saw, but there are many that I’m equally obsessed with: Grease, Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Phantom of the Opera being some of my top picks. If you can’t get enough when it comes to musicals, you’re in luck, as Broadway Across America is back in town and bringing seven great shows to the Saenger Theatre.

Broadway Across America operates in more than 40 U.S. cities and is locally sponsored by East Jefferson General Hospital, Zatarain’s, Hotel Monteleone and New Orleans Theatre Association. Season packages are available if you’re gung-ho about seeing all of the shows.  Below you can find information on the seven shows and their respective dates; for tickets, visit the Broadway in New Orleans site.

7 Musicals to See From Broadway Across America


October 7-12, 2014

Based on a play about “celebrity criminals,” Chicago is the longest-running musical on Broadway.

The Phantom of the Opera

November 5-16, 2014

Go back in time to an old, haunted Parisian opera and watch this twisted love story of sorts.

Dirty Dancing

December 16-21, 2014

Nobody puts Baby in a corner! Dirty Dancing is a high-energy show that follows a young girl’s post-high school awakening.

Mamma Mia!

January 13-18, 2015

Featuring songs from ABBA, this musical outlines a young girl’s quest to find her biological father before her wedding.


February 3-8, 2015

You will cheer for Annie, the optimistic young orphan and protagonist of this tale.


March 17-22, 2015

A relative newbie to Broadway and based on the Irish movie of the same name, Once tells the story of an aspiring musician, “Guy,” and his relationship with “Girl.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

April 14-19, 2015

You may remember Joseph, his coat of many colors, and his many jealous brothers from the Book of Genesis in the Bible. This musical is actually the first Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice collaboration (the second being Jesus Christ Superstar).

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