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Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, intricate enchantment at the Orpheum

By Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune If you closed your eyes, the cascade of notes issuing from Chick Corea’s grand piano and Bela Fleck’s banjo at the Orpheum Theater Saturday (April 16) combined to produce a sound like a harpsichord. “Very baroque” a beguiled audience member commented. Corea is a preternaturally youthful jazz keyboard … Continued

Interview: David Cross is “making America great again”

David Cross, By Daniel Bergeron

The comedian comes to the Orpheum Theater April 18 By Alex Woodward David Cross asks that you do not tape his set, please. Cross is walking his dog in Brooklyn while on a short break from his whirlwind standup tour, his first time on the road in seven years, hitting some 90 shows across North … Continued

Cancer-free a decade, Melissa Etheridge performs Feb. 24 at the Orpheum

Melissa Etheridge will play The Orpheum Theater Feb. 24, 2016. (Photo by John Tsiavis)

By Alan Sculley Melissa Etheridge didn’t call her latest studio album “This Is M.E.” to suggest that it gave fans the most honest, best reflection of who she is musically, lyrically and as a person of any of her albums. She chose the title because it represented the sense of discovery she experienced during the … Continued

‘Cupid’s Cabaret,’ with burlesque star Trixie Minx, heats up the Orpheum on Valentine’s Day

Trixie Minx stars in 'Cupid's Cabaret,' a Valentine's Day variety review inspired by the gloriously restored Orpheum Theater (Photo courtesy Trixie Minx)

By Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune “It’s not just a burlesque show; this is the next level,” promised New Orleans’ disrobing diva Trixie Minx, as she described ‘Cupid’s Cabaret,’ a Valentine’s Day variety review. The show, she said, was inspired by the gloriously restored Orpheum Theater, which began as a vaudeville venue in 1921. … Continued

Dwight Yoakam brings country cool to the Orpheum in New Orleans

By Kara Martinez Bachman on October 11, 2015 at 10:44 AM, updated October 11, 2015 at 6:05 PM   Dwight Yoakam may have been one of the coolest things south of the Mason-Dixon line when he brought his atypical country to the newly renovated Orpheum Theater on Saturday (Oct. 10). The multiple-Grammy Award-winning actor and singer/songwriter … Continued

Q&A with comedian Marlon Wayans: At The Orpheum Friday (Jan. 22)

Comedian Marlon Wayans is coming to The Orpheum Theater on Friday (Jan. 22) (Photo courtesy The Orpheum Theater)

By Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Comedian Marlon Wayans is coming to The Orpheum Theater on Friday (Jan. 22), just a week before the debut of his new movie “Fifty Shades of Black,” a satire of the bondage-romance “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Wayans wrote, co-produced, and stars in the comedy. One of the twists of Wayans’ … Continued

Orpheum Theater fills with Allen Toussaint fans and New Orleans musicians as star-studded tribute set to begin

People reach out to touch the hearse carrying Allen Toussaint at a memorial service for him outside the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans on Friday, November 20, 2015. (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)

By Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune At 8 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 20), a ribbon of mourners made their way slowly down the right aisle of the Orpheum Theater. They were headed toward the glinting coffee-colored coffin at the edge of the stage to pay tribute to composer, producer and pianist extraordinaire Allen Toussaint, … Continued

Restored Orpheum Theater shines on opening night of 2015 New Orleans Film Fest

Quvenzhane' Wallis is interviewed on the red carpet at the New Orleans Film Festival Opening Night Gala at the Orpheum Theatre. Wednesday, October 14, 2015. (Josh Brasted Photo)

By Mike Scott, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Opening night of any film festival is reason enough for a cinema fan to party, especially if that festival happens to be playing out in New Orleans. But Wednesday night (Oct. 14) — which brought the first act of the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival‘s jam-packed nine-day 2015 … Continued

Wilco rattled the restored Orpheum Theater with ‘Star Wars’ and much more

Wilco performs at Orpheum Theater September 28, 2016. Photos by Zack Smith.

By Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Whatever your opinion of Wilco, its members can’t be accused of pandering. At a sold-out Orpheum Theater on Monday (Sept. 28), frontman Jeff Tweedy and his bandmates strolled onstage, took up their instruments and, with nary a word of explanation or even acknowledgement, proceeded to perform their new “Star … Continued

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Season opens at Orpheum Theater

Guests view a video presentation prior to the LPO's performance at Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra 25th Anniversary Season Opening Night at the Orpheum Theatre. Thursday, September 17, 2015. (Josh Brasted Photo)

By Sue Strachan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Opening night always garners excitement, but the one on Thursday (Sept. 17) could be considered a tour de force: the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra had returned after 10 years to kick off its 25th anniversary season at the recently restored Orpheum Theater. (The theater had its own debut party on Aug. … Continued

The Orpheum Theater, one of New Orleans’ classic stages, reopens in style

After 10 years, a grand revival of one of New Orleans’ classic theaters By Matt Brennan – Gambit “I call this the ghost room.” That’s how sixth-grader Mary Grace von Kurnatowski, scaling a metal stepladder, introduces the second-floor mezzanine of the refurbished Orpheum Theater. The iconic Beaux-Arts building was first opened in downtown New Orleans … Continued

Orpheum Theater makeover on track for Katrina anniversary debut in New Orleans

Renovations continue at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans Thursday, July 2, 2015. (Photo by Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)

By Chris Waddington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Orpheum Theater developers have confirmed that renovation work at the historic New Orleans concert hall is on schedule. They expect to complete the yearlong, $13 million project before the Aug. 29 anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Renowned for its acoustics, the Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, has been shuttered since … Continued

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