For many theater-minded folk, there is nothing so pleasurable as a well-acted, character-driven ensemble piece. Such is the case with Lisa D’Amour’s ambitious, life-affirming, epic “Airline Highway,” masterfully directed by Aimee Hayes for the Sou…
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
For decades, Broadway producers have found success adapting popular movies into stage musicals. Obvious examples include a kingdom full of Disney princesses, while more recent critical and commercial hits include shows like “The Color Purple” and …
Australia — and in particular the vast expanses of desert Australia, far from the cosmopolitan coasts — seems about as far away from New Orleans, literally and figuratively, as you can possibly get.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
New Orleanians have always enjoyed seeing themselves portrayed on the stage. Witness the perennial popularity of shows like “And The Ball and All,” not to mention the innumerable productions of “A Streetcar Named Desire” that have been mounted ove…
The 2016-17 New Orleans Ballet Association season kicks off with a lively dance troupe from Brazil that’s as hot as the equatorial temperatures in this massive South American nation.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The regional premiere of “The Toxic Avenger,” a musical comedy based on the 1984 cult film, hits the stage at the Theater on St. Claude on Oct. 13-31.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
The carousel’s flashing lights and music make it a main attraction for City Park, and not just for kids. It instantly captivated artist Tami Curtis.
Saturday, October 01, 2016
The Contemporary Arts Center hosted nearly 30,000 people to view art in the Warehouse District and along Julia Street and Magazine Street. The event allowed guests to freely peruse the art galleries, gift shops, exhibits, and more.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Some people see the annual Art for Arts' Sake extravaganza every October as more or less a repeat of summertime’s Whitney White Linen Night, only with slightly heavier fabrics and maybe red wine instead of white.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Commissioned by the Steppenwolf Theatre and written by New Orleans native and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour (“Detroit”), the boisterous and moving play "Airline Highway” tells the story of a ragtag group of strippers, hustlers and poets who…
When Karina Canellakis makes her New Orleans debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra tonight, she'll have two starring roles: performer and conductor.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Is “West Side Story” a dated observation of inner-city teen culture? Has it lost its punch? In the era of “Book of Mormon,” “Hamilton” and “Kinky Boots” has its entertainment value diminished?
Friday, September 23, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The greatest American musicals often combine universal stories and themes with specific times and places — family squabbles in the musical hills of Austria just before the Second World War; star-crossed lovers in New York’s West Side in the 1950s;…
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Ten days before Fat Tuesday, a merry band of New Orleans area performing artists and their supporters will descend upon a Metairie performing arts center decked out in their finest garb.
For Kerstin Anderson, the 22-year old college student plucked from her classes at Pace University to star in the touring production of “The Sound of Music,” the legacy of Maria von Trapp goes much deeper than the character made famous by Julie Andrews.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Red carpet for premiere of "Deepwater Horizon" film starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson at the Orpheum Monday, Sept. 19, 2015.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Photographer Chandra McCormick grew up in the Lower 9th Ward and knows every corner of the neighborhood.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The executive director of a local nonprofit that brings a festival of independent films to New Orleans each fall is stepping down after six years, the group has announced.
After six years spent running the Old Marquer Theatre (formerly the Shadowbox Theatre), which closed earlier this year after losing its lease, Richard Mayer returns to the New Orleans theater scene as manager of the brand new Valiant Theatre and Lounge.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Friday, September 09, 2016
Jason Kimes draped his arms over the statue's shoulders, steadying it as a forklift elevated the 450-pound steel man into the air.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
According to the old adage, tragedy plus time equals comedy. The problem with that equation is that “time” is an unknown variable. How long does it take for tragic events to become funny?
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
In the half decade since its inception, the annual Louisiana Contemporary exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has become the premier showcase for emerging artistic talent not only in New Orleans but in the state and region as a whole.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Over the past four years, Arianna Pelullo — aka the fire-breathing, hoop-dangling, escape artist LadyBEAST — has worked hard to produce some of the most thrilling, eye-popping circus-arts productions around New Orleans.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
A "Pokemonument" statue that mysteriously appeared in Coliseum Square two weeks ago and quickly gained national attention has vanished from its former spot at Terpsichore Street and is set to be auctioned off in September.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Even though the Tony-award winning musical “Ragtime” focuses primarily on the early years of the 20th century, the show is an entire history of American political and social turmoil.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
This year’s Whitney White Linen Night will be an extra special one for Jonathan Ferrara and his gallery team, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their “No Dead Artists” group show.
A new production of the 1996 Tony Award-winning musical “Ragtime,” presented Aug. 5-21 by Cripple Creek Theatre Company at Marigny Opera House, aims to tackle the show’s politically charged issues without losing sight of the everyday people at the…
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
More than 2,000 women, from the greater New Orleans area and around the United States, are expected to take to the stage and the streets this weekend as part of the sixth annual FestiGals, a uniquely feminine festival that celebrates both women an…
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Nearly two years ago, neighbors in the Faubourg Lafitte told artist Laurel True that they’d like her public artwork to reflect their community’s rich history and culture.
Adapted by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) from “L’Illusion Comique” by the 17th-century French dramatist Pierre Corneille, “The Illusion” tells the story of Pridamant, who, searching for the son he cruelly ban…
Friday, July 15, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Despite the fact that it’s one of the most ubiquitous and versatile of artistic media — not to mention one of the oldest — paper never seems to get the respect it deserves.
Bradley Sumrall, Curator of the Collection at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, chooses five must-see objects in the “/ˈpāpər/” exhibition exclusively for The New Orleans Advocate.
Monday, July 11, 2016
“The High Priestess of Dark Alley” opens with a monologue from Claire Charbonnet, a Creole woman living with her sister in New Orleans’ 7th Ward.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Friday, July 01, 2016
It was 1934, and a former burlesque theater in New York had just been repurposed to become the Apollo Theater, allowing African-Americans for the first time to grace its stage.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
If you happen to consider design in the context of an art museum, things like egg cartons and chopsticks probably aren’t among the objects that immediately come to mind.