Le Petit Theatre announces 2018-2019 Season

July 10 2018 | News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Janet Wilson: (504) 558-9320 or jwilson@lepetittheatre.com
 

LE PETIT THEATRE’S 102ND SEASON FEATURES SATCHMO, SCROOGE, MURDER, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS AND A PIANO VIRTUOSO.

Le Petit Theatre’s 2018-2019 season: Satchmo at the Waldorf by Terry Teachout; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Le Petit Theatre’s first annual production featuring young artists from the newly-launched Young Conservatory  program; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman with Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak; Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll adapted by Pierre Laville and Emily Mann; and The Pianist of Willesden Lane by Hershey Felder and Mona Golabek.
 
New Orleans, LA – July 10, 2018 – Maxwell Williams, Artistic Director and Don-Scott Cooper, Executive Director with the Le Petit Theatre Board of Directors announced the 2018-2019 Season today. "All of our plays this year are either based on or inspired by works of literature," says Artistic Director Maxwell Williams. "As we go through the season we’ll swing wildly around the geographical and emotional map, which excites our audiences here.  With a Tony Award-winning musical comedy, a searing Tennessee Williams adaptation, a brand-new holiday spectacular, and two inspiring and autobiographical plays, there’s going to be something for everyone.”
 
The season opens on Oct. 5, 2018 with Satchmo at the Waldorf, an extraordinary one-man, three-character play that journeys into the heart and mind of New Orleans’ beloved jazz legend, Louis Armstrong. The play takes place in March of 1971 in the backstage dressing room of the Empire Room at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. According to writer Terry Teachout, it’s where Armstrong performed in public for the last time four months before his death. The play was born from Teachout’s experience writing the 2009 Louis Armstrong biography, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong. He says, “Like all geniuses, Satchmo was complicated, and that complexity was part of what made his music so beautiful and profound.”
 
In December the company stages its first-annual production of Charles Dickens’ heartwarming Victorian classic, A Christmas Carol, featuring  young artists from our newly-launched Young Conservatory  Program. Miserly and menacing moneylender Ebeneezer Scrooge learns lessons in love, generosity, and redemption when he is visited by a host of spirits on the eve of Christmas Eve. Filled with magic, ghosts, and holiday cheer, this production features local favorites along with 20 young actors in a production that promises to be New Orleans’ new favorite holiday tradition. "Le Petit has a long tradition of having young people perform on its stages. The launch of our Young Conservatory in the fall will culminate in a youth company of performers who will take the stage in A Christmas Carol, a production that promises to be fun for all ages," says Executive Director, Don-Scott Cooper. "I'm thrilled to welcome education, training and young performers back to Le Petit!" 
 
Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best New Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder opens its run January 18, 2018. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is the knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit and the most-nominated show of the 2014 Broadway season. With ten Tony nominations and four wins, it also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Musical) and one Drama League Award (Best Musical). When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the second Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing Monty's mind.... A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways. 
 
In conjunction with the 33rd Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Le Petit presents the regional premiere Baby Doll, based on Tennessee Williams’ one-act play 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and the controversial 1956 film. Set in the sweltering summer heat of 1950s Mississippi, this dark comedy is a game of cat and mouse that explores the desires, desperation, and prejudices of two rival cotton gin owners and their attempts to seduce a young bride called Baby Doll after a suspected act of arson. 
 
Le Petit Theatre is bringing Grammy-nominated piano virtuoso Mona Golabek in to close the season with her inspirational show The Pianist of Willesden Lane. It is a powerful and inspirational play and according to the San Francisco Chronicle it’s “an astonishing tour de force”. She performs some of the world’s most beautiful music while chronicling the true story of her mother’s journey on the Kindertransport and life as a young musician in London during the Blitz in World War II. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is infused with hope and invokes the life-affirming power of music. Beloved selections from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and more enhance this captivating story.
 
The renewal process for current season ticket holders begins Wednesday, July 11th. The box office will open to new season tickets holders on August 1st and single tickets go on sale August 15th. Tickets are available online at www.lepetittheatre.com or by calling the box office at (504) 522-2081 ext. 1.
 

The 2018-2019 Season at-a-glance

Subscription Packages: 
Tier One - $220
Tier Two - $180
Tier Three - $140
 
Satchmo at the Waldorf by Terry Teachout
October 5, 2018 – October 21, 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 pm
Sunday matinee, 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15 - $55
Industry Night: Monday, October 15, 2018 7:30 pm $25
 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 
Le Petit Theatre’s first annual holiday production featuring young artists from the newly-launched education program
December 7, 2018 – December 23, 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday matinee, 2 pm
Tickets: $15 - $55
 
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman with Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
January 18, 2019 – February 3, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 pm
Sunday matinee, 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15 - $55
Industry Night: Monday, January 28, 2019 7:30 pm $25
 
Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll adapted by Pierre Laville and Emily Mann
March 15, 2019 – March 31, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 pm
Sunday matinee, 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15 - $50
Industry Night: Monday, March 25, 2019 7:30 pm $25
 
The Pianist of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek
May 10, 2018 – May 26, 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 pm
Sunday matinee, 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15 - $50
Industry Night: Monday, May 20, 2019 7:30 pm $25
 
Contact:
Janet Wilson, Marketing Manager
jwilson@lepetittheatre.com
616 St. Peter St. New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 558-9320
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