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New Orleans' 2017-2018 Broadway Season Will Include The Color Purple, Waitress, The Phantom of the Opera & More

New Orleans' 2017-2018 Broadway Season Will Include The Color Purple, Waitress, The Phantom of the Opera & More
'The Color Purple,' 'Waitress' & 'The Phantom of the Opera'
Get ready for some big-time Broadway entertainment, New Orleans!

The biggest hits on the Great White Way are headed to New Orleans as part of the just-announced East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2017-2018 season!

Broadway blockbusters The Color Purple, Waitress and The Phantom of the Opera will be part of the upcoming season. The lineup will also include Escape to Margaritaville, The King and I, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, An American in Paris and RENT. In addition, subscribers can choose to add the highly-anticipated engagement of The Phantom of the Opera.

Learn more about all of these exciting stage hits below!


ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
October 20 - 28
Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics that are near-and-dear to fans’ hearts, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything. Escape to Margaritaville is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley and features an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) and Mike O’Malley (Survivor’s Remorse, Shameless).


THE KING AND I
November 14 - 19
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The King and I tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Directed by Bartlett Sher and winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, The King and I is "too beautiful to miss," according to New York Magazine.


IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
December 19 - 24
Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing," "Snow" and the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright musical for the whole family.


AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
January 30 - February 4, 2018
An American in Paris is the new hit musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season.


THE COLOR PURPLE
February 20 - 25, 2018
Hailed as "a direct hit to the heart" (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly re-conceived production that is a glory to behold" (The New York Times), directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. The musical sensation that New York Magazine calls "one of the greatest revivals ever." Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Season Option
March 14 - 25, 2018
Critics are raving about Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, saying this breathtaking production is bigger and better than ever before. This Phantom features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Mackintosh and Matthew Bourne boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score—with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You" and "Masquerade"—is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.


RENT
April 17 - 22, 2018
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.


WAITRESS
June 12 - 17, 2018
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor offers her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, the irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

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