Just last week it was announced that Broadway in New Orleans would be returning to the Saenger Theatre for the first time since Hurricane Katrina for the 2013-2014 season. Now we know fans can expect to watch “The Book of Mormon,” “War Horse” and “Memphis” in the theater during the season, among others.
“The Book of Mormon” will kick off the 2013-2014 Broadway in New Orleans season, and will run October 15-27. Following that performance, there will be three musical based on films of the early 1990s, starting with “Ghost the Musical,” which is scheduled to run November 19-24. The score of the musical is written by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and producer Glen Ballard.
Next up is “Sister Act,” which will run just before Christmas, December 17-22. The musical is based on the Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name, and features music by Alan Menken.
“Beauty and the Beast” will kick off the new calendar year, and is scheduled to run February 4-9, 2014. The musical version features many of the well-known songs from the original Disney animated film.
Next up are two Broadway hits, beginning with “Memphis,” which will play March 11-16, 2014. The musical won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2010. Finally, “War Horse” will end the season, playing May 13-18, 2014. The Broadway version of the musical one five Tony Awards in 2011.
Though not part of the official Broadway season, a special show “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” will run January 17-19 and be offered as an additional purchase for season ticket holders.
The Saenger Theatre was built in 1927 but destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The facility is currently undergoing a $52 million renovation to restore it to its original 1920’s look.
“We spent hours and hours doing microscopic paint analysis to find out what was originally there,” said David Anderson, CEO of ACE Theatrical Group, illustrating how important preserving the original theater is to the renovation project.