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Holiday Theater Roundup: What to See this Season in New Orleans

Matt Kopec (Buddy) and the cast of ELF The Musical (Photo by Joan Marcus)

After Halloween, it’s nearly impossible to escape the holiday bombardment. Open the newspaper and you see advertisements for the season’s hottest toys, stores are flooded with Christmas decorations, and the holiday spots are up and running on TV. A great refuge from the constant barrage is going to the theater. This holiday season in New Orleans, we’re bringing the classics to life. Start a new holiday tradition and head out to a live performance. It will give you all the magic you need to get fully into the holiday spirit.

Matt Kopec (Buddy) and the cast of ELF The Musical (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Broadway in New Orleans

The 2018/2019 Broadway in New Orleans season is bringing two great productions to the Saenger Theater this fall. On Your Feet!, the musical celebrating Gloria Estefan, comes to the Saenger Nov. 27 through Dec. 2. Also at the Saenger in December, catch ELF the Musical, a fun holiday show based off of the movie. Enjoy the modern day classic from Dec. 18-23, just in time for Christmas. Tickets start at $30 for both productions.

Le Petit Theatre

Those who love a true holiday classic will enjoy Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Le Petit Theatre this December. This first-annual production of the Christmas classic features 20 young artists from Le Petit’s Young Conservatory Program. See the performance Dec. 7-23. Tickets start at $15 for students and $35 for adults.

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

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

It’s always a good time when the 610 Stompers are involved. That’s why the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Spectacular is a can’t miss event of the season. Watch as the Stompers take to the stage on Dec. 8 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater to save Christmas alongside special guests. For a more traditional program, enjoy a Baroque Christmas featuring Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 20 at First Baptist New Orleans on 5290 Canal Blvd. Tickets for the Holiday Spectacular start at $10 and tickets for a Baroque Christmas start at $20.

NOBA Center for Dance students perform in the Party Scene of The Nutcracker Suite (Photo by Jeff Strout)

The Nutcracker

New Orleans is home to many wonderful productions of the Nutcracker, a holiday classic. The Nutcracker Suite presented by the New Orleans Ballet Association is held at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall on Dec. 2 and features a multigenerational cast of over 200 dancers ages 6-70+. New Orleans Ballet Theatre’s production of the Nutcracker will be held at the Orpheum Theater on Dec. 15, 16, 22, and 23. Delta Festival Ballet’s Nutcracker will be performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Dec. 22 and 23 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker makes its way to the Saenger Theater on Dec. 26. Tickets for the Nutcracker Suite are $10 for children and $15 for adults; New Orleans Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker tickets start at $38.50; Delta Festival Ballet’s Nutcracker tickets start at $35; Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tickets start at $28.

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