The 89-year-old actor who brought Morgus the Magnificent to local television 60 years ago plans a one-man show, “An Evening with Sid Noel: Recollections of a Mad Scientist,” at the Orpheum Theater on Oct. 13.
Like a frazzled, bucktoothed Frankenstein, Morgus conducted half-baked experiments, often involving his silent cohort Chopsley. Noel’s comically gruesome “House of Shock” segments that punctuated weekly Hollywood horror movies made him a New Orleans icon. However, the Orpheum show will not be a Morgus performance per se. Noel does not plan to appear in his grubby lab coat, macabre makeup and untamable wig.
“For the first and only time in my life, I’m going to do a stand-up,” Noel said. “It will be the story behind the story. It will be a biography of two people, Morgus and that clown behind him.”
Noel promises to discuss the backstory of the character and share behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the live broadcasts, plus clips of classic episodes. For those fans who once relied on Dr. Morgus for scientific knowledge, Noel also plans to answer persistent questions such as “What happened before The Big Bang?” and “Is the speed of dark faster than the speed of light?”
See Sid Noel, creator of Morgus the Magnificent, LIVE at the Orpheum Theater in Downtown New Orleans on Sunday, October 13th. Doors open at 6pm.
Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.