Help ensure the treasured City Park Carousel is taken care of for future generations to enjoy by attending Lark in the Park, Friday, March 14, 2014. The gala under the stars presented by Friends of City Park will raise money to refurbish and repair the beloved historic Carousel.
At City Park since 1906, the Carousel, or “Flying Horses”, is one of fewer than 100 hand-carved wooden Carousels in the United States and is one of the oldest attractions in the park.
“There is something magical about the Carousel that keeps children of all ages coming back,” said Beau Bassich, City Park's Executive Director and Honorary Chair of Lark in the Park 2014. “It is a beloved iconic figure that captures the heart and brings out the child in all of us.”
The exclusive Sponsor and Patron Party will take place inside the Pavilion of Two Sisters. Set among the beautiful backdrop of the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park, Lark in the Park 2014 will feature live music from Flow Tribe, dozens of New Orleans' best restaurants, and plenty of premium liquor. Tickets to Lark in the Park are $90 per person for Friends of City Park members and $100 per person for non-members.
Hot Club of New Orleans, takes swing-era music and retains a classical groove, melding it with modern sensibilities. They count greats like Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli among their influences, and their tight but fun sound has led to performances at various festivals including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Fellini Jazz Festival and Jazz Ascona Festival in Switzerland. Band members include Christopher Kohl (clarinet), Matt Rhody (violin/vocals), Nathan Lambertson (bass), Larry Scala (guitar) and John Rodli (guitar).
The New Orleans/Louisiana premiere of "Zanna, Don't! (A Musical Fairy Tale)" will open at The Shadowbox Theatre, located at 2400 St. Claude Avenue-New Orleans, LA-70117, on March 14 and run March 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night performances will begin at 8pm and Sunday matinee performances will begin at 2pm.
"Zanna, Don't" is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning 2003 off-Broadway musical written by Tim Acito with additional lyrics and material by Alexander Dinelaris. The show is set in a parallel magical universe where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is taboo. Set in a mid-western all-American type town, the action takes place at heterophobic Heartsville High. Zanna, the school matchmaker (think Dolly Levi with more flair), brings together happy same-sex couples until the football team's handsome quarterback and the lovely captain of the Girls' Intramural Mechanical Bull-Riding Team begin to discover their feelings for each other.
In addition to receiving several 2003 Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle award nominations, the original production of "Zanna, Don't" won the Lucille Lortel award for best choreography as well as the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater Production and was voted Favorite Off-Broadway Musical in the Broadway.com Audience Awards.
Following the sold out run of the Big Easy Award nominated "Evil Dead the Musical", "Zanna Don't" will be quite a change of pace; going from the world of blood, dismemberment, and evil Candarian demons to a celebration of love and diversity! "See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company" is proud to continue its mission of bringing musicals to the New Orleans theater community that are brand new to local audiences.
"Zanna, Don't!" is produced and directed by Christopher Bentivegna. Choreography and assistant direction is provided by Lindsey Romig. Natalie True is the music director (leading a live rock band).
Ariel Schwab will serve as production manager. Caroline St. Amant is the stage manager and Michelle deMontluzin is the production designer. Elizabeth Corley will contribute to special effects.
Joshua Brewer will play the title role of Zanna. Larry Johnson will play the role of Mike. Janie Heck will play the role of Kate. Allee Peck will play the role of Roberta. Kali Russell will play the role of Candi. Lloyd Meekins will play the role of Tank. Brian-Eric Lugo will play the role of Arvin. Price Provenzano will play the role of Steve and Elyse McDaniel will play various roles.
For tickets, patrons can call The Shadowbox Theatre box office: 504-298-8676.
The Irish Network New Orleans is sponsoring Tara O'Grady who is bringing her unique Celtic Jazz to town just in time for St. Patrick's weekend, with Michael Hashim on sax/clarinet, Brian Seeger and Larry Scala on guitars, and James Singleton on bass. Tara combines Celtic, folk, blues, swing and especially jazz - imagine Billie Holiday singing Danny Boy and you've got the idea.