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Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC)

Chicago 

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse

Music by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Script Adaptation by David Thompson

 

 

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse. 

 

October 6 – 15,  2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM

Tuck Everlasting

Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle

Music by Chris Miller

Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

Based on the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

 

Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

 

December 8 – 17,  2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM 

Sundays at 2:00 PM

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by Peter Parnell

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film

 

From the Academy Award-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.  The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.  A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

 

February 23 – March 4,  2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM 

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Catch Me If You Can

Book by Terrance McNally

Music by Marc Shaiman

Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman

Based on the DreamWorks Motion Picture

 

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught.  Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, though, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.  Catch Me If You Can is a big and bright spectacle with high-energy dance numbers and a riveting story.

 

April 13 – 22,  2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM 

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Alice in Wonderland

a Storybook Ballet in Two Acts

 

Alice in Wonderland is a ballet in two acts retelling the classic Lewis Carroll story in the form of dance.  Enter into the majestic setting of the classic tale and see the familiar story come to life in an all new way!

 

May 18 – 20,  2018

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM 

Sunday at 2:00 PM

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre (WPAT)

So Happy Together: “The Greatest Hits” of The Big Easy Boys

The Big Easy Boys, making their JPAS debut, revisits all of the timeless music from a bygone era, bringing a unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown, and old Rock n’ Roll hits from 50’s  & 60’s.  The Big Easy Boys has captured audiences of all ages by bringing the feelings and sounds of nostalgia to the stage.  The Times Picayune raved: “The Big Easy Boys and Babes have created a show that will brighten and delight audiences of all ages…the level of showmanship has been taken to a new level.”  Classic hits first performed by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and more are reborn in this evening of great music putting together some of the greatest hits and audience favorites from prior performances all completed with an exceptional eight-piece band.  The Big Easy Boys takes audiences back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars,  and martini shakers; a flashback to a time when on hot summer nights, young crooners would serenade and create a generation of memories.

 

September 15 – October 1,  2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Caroline, or Change

Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Produced in collaboration with the Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts

Set in 1963 Louisiana, a provocative story of political change, social change… and pocket change.  In 1963, the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline, live in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline is drifting through life as a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. A fragile, yet beautiful friendship develops between the young Gellman son, Noah, and Caroline. Noah’s stepmother, Rose, unable to give Caroline a raise, tells Caroline that she may keep the money that Noah leaves in his pockets. Caroline balks and refuses to take money from a child but her own children desperately need food, clothing and shoes. Outside of the laundry room, some of the greatest social advancements that the country has seen are being set in motion, and change is knocking on the door.

 

October 27 – November 5,  2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Butch Caire’s Holly Jolly Family Friendly Vintage TV Christmas Special (with special guest star Becky Allen!)

Created by Butch Caire

If you have fond memories of the Christmas TV variety specials from the 1960’s, you’ll love this “live” version that’s perfect for the whole family!  Back when the TV “variety show” was king, master entertainers like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Red Skelton, Andy Williams and others hosted holiday episodes of their shows.  Butch Caire and guests (including New Orleans’ sparkly Queen of Comedy, Becky Allen) recreate some of TV’s most memorable holiday moments along with  new skits and original songs. Here’s your chance to be in the studio audience and relive (as well as share with those who weren’t yet born) the seasonal productions that helped define Christmas for the first “TV generation!”

 

December 1 – 10,  2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Created by Roger Bean

This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.”  In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

 

March 9 – 25,  2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Season Specials: Teatro Wego! (TW)

Wine Lovers the Musical

Music by Michael Green and Gary Negbaur

Book by Travis Kramer

Michael Green is Gourmet Magazine’s wine and spirits consultant. He’s also appeared on a variety of Food Network shows. He’s now done something truly new and different -written a musical about wine.  Well, wine and love.  Wine Lovers tells the story of two mismatched students attending a wine class led by an effervescent teacher and their journey of discovery. During the show, audience members enjoy six delightful wines along with the class, and everyone learns a little about wine… and love.

 

July 7 – 16,  2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

The Songs of Blueberry Hill…In Concert!

 Created by Butch Caire

Join Butch Caire, creator of the smash hit Blueberry Hill trilogy of musicals, as he performs the biggest hits from the shows and tells the stories behind the songs and the New Orleans R&B performers who introduced them to the world.  If you’re a fan of Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Aaron Neville, Art Neville, Ernie K Doe, and the other artists who recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s tiny New Orleans recording studio and went on to influence music around the world, you won’t want to miss this musical mosey down memory lane.

 

August 25 – 27,  2017

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM

Sunday at 2:00 PM

La Famiglia

Presented by JPAS + Murder a la Carte.  Dinner by The Happy Italian

The Baritone family invites you to join them to celebrate Tony’s birthday at his favorite restaurant.  Bring your appetites but leave your weapons at home!  Watch as Tony gets a few more birthday surprises than he expects.  This party is to die for!

 

January 13, 2018

7:30 PM

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