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GoNOLA Guide to the Performing Arts in New Orleans this Spring

Shoba Narayan, Ta'Rea Campbell and Nyla Sostre - HAMILTON National Tour - (c) Joan Marcus 2018

Classical music, ballet, and theater collide in New Orleans this spring, presenting a unique opportunity to see critically-acclaimed performances as well as new works. Support the New Orleans arts community by attending a show this spring – you can’t go wrong with these picks.

Shoba Narayan, Ta’Rea Campbell and Nyla Sostre – HAMILTON National Tour – (c) Joan Marcus 2018

Theater

Hamilton

Saenger Theater, March 12-31

The much-anticipated, Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning musical comes to New Orleans this spring. Telling the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through hip-hop and rap, this musical breathes new life into old history. Tickets start at $155.50

Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll

Le Petit Theatre, March 15-31

Based off the 1956 film of the same name and Tennessee Williams’ one-act play “27 Wagons Full of Cotton,” Baby Doll makes its regional premiere at Le Petit Theatre this spring. This controversial dark comedy follows two rival cotton gin owners and their attempts to seduce a young bride called Baby Doll after a suspected fire. Tickets start at $15

(L-R) Tyler Eisenreich, Zina Ellis and Kaitlyn Mayse in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. © Carol Rosegg

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Saenger Theater, April 12-14

This production won’t feature a blonde girl in a blue dress, but the fairytale remains the same in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Expect song and dance, an evil stepmother, and a fairy godmother doling out magic throughout the show. Tickets start at $30

The Lightning Thief Company (Photo: Jeremy Daniel)

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Mahalia Jackson Theater, April 13-14

Based off of the New York Times best-selling novel written by Rick Riordan, this musical follows Percy Jackson, a son of Poseidon, on a quest to discovering his powers. Tickets start at $35

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Le Petit Theatre, May 10-26

Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” tells the true story of a young Jewish pianist in pursuit of her dream: making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall during the Nazi regime. Tickets start at $15

Come From Away

Saenger Theater, May 28 – June 2

This inspiring musical tells the true story of a small Canadian town that welcomed the more than 7,000 stranded international passengers in the midst of 9/11. Tickets start at $30

The National Tour of Kinky Boots. (Photo credit Matthew Murphy)

Kinky Boots

Saenger Theater, June 14-16

A fun and fabulous tale of creativity and acceptance, “Kinky Boots” takes audiences from a shoe factory in Northampton to the catwalks of Milan. Tickets start at $39.50

Dance

Book of Saints

Marigny Opera House, March 21-24

This original full-length ballet from Teresa Fellion first premiered in 2017 and is back at the Marigny Opera House for a limited run this March. Tickets start at $32

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ (Photo by Krautbauer)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Mahalia Jackson Theater, March 22-23

This historically African-American, world-renowned dance company stops at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for not one, but two performances this spring. Program A on March 22 features Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations, while Program B on March 23 features works from contemporary choreographers Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, and Jamar Roberts. Tickets start at $35

BODYTRAFFIC (Photo by Tomasz Rossa)

BODYTRAFFIC

Freda Lupin Memorial Hall at NOCCA, April 5-6

Hailed as one of the country’s leading contemporary dance companies, BODYTRAFFIC comes to New Orleans April 5 and 6 for three performances this spring. The company makes its New Orleans debut with works by Hofesh Shechtor, Matthew Neenan, and Richard Siegal and music by Peggy Lee, Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson, and Count Basie. Tickets are $50

New Orleans Ballet Theater presents Cinderella

Orpheum Theater, May 24-25

This classic fairytale transforms into a ballet with this production from the New Orleans Ballet Theater. Tickets start at $35

The Orpheum Theater (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Classical

The Fantastical Imagination

Orpheum Theater, March 15

Just as the name states, this show will have your imagination running wild with Nathan Bates’ “Anthology of Fantastic Zoology” and “The Infant Minstrel and His Peculiar Menagerie” by Lera Auerbach. Tickets start at $17

St. John Passion

Orpheum Theater, March 28

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra teams up with special guests to bring you St. John Passion, the older of the two surviving Passions by Bach that narrates the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John. Tickets start at $17

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra lead by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Cirque Musica: Heroes and Villains

Mahalia Jackson Theater, April 6

Perfect for the family, this show features circus and acrobatic talent from Cirque Musica alongside musical selections from classic superhero movies performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets start at $10

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Orpheum Theater, April 11 & 13

Cellist Julian Steckel makes his debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in this performance featuring Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7.” The show is April 11 with an encore presentation on April 13. Tickets start at $17

The Rite of Spring

Orpheum Theater, May 16 & 18

Catch the final performances of the Louisiana Philharmonic’s 2018-2019 season featuring pianist Joyce Yang, Mussorgsky’s “Prelude to Kovanschina,” and Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” The show is May 16 with an encore presentation May 18. Tickets start at $17

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