Eager to experience the glamour and excitement of a Broadway hit? Look no further than Louisiana, where professional touring groups keep theaters across the state abuzz. An added plus: Tickets are reasonable—with each theater offering a variety of price points—so you can splurge on a pre-show dinner.
The Saenger Theatre in New Orleans has re-opened after a $52 million project featuring an authentic restoration of the original 1927 design, including restorations and recreations of the original finishes and color schemes. New, state of the art building and technical systems including an expanded theatre stage house ensuring that every performance looks and sounds its best. The Saenger draws sell-out crowds to its Broadway shows. Each season includes shows pitched to a variety of tastes and age groups, including smash hits like "Wicked, “West Side Story,” “The Color Purple,” “Book of Mormon” and “Shrek The Musical.” Get tickets for the next show.
The Strand Theatre in Shreveport, is an ornate beauty built in 1923 and has been recently restored. The theatre brings in a wide array of theater productions including Broadway hits each year—mostly musicals like “West Side Story,” “Hello, Dolly” and more. The Strand’s glamour has led it to be recognized by USA Weekend and AMC Magazine as one of the country’s glitziest theaters for live performances.
Broadway also comes to Cajun Country in Lafayette, where the Theatre League of Louisiana puts on a five-show lineup at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. Musicals make up most of the season. Typical offerings are "Hello, Dolly” and “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” The Heymann Center is surrounded by lots of restaurants, many within walking distance.
Visitors to our state’s capital can catch a show at the Baton Rouge River Center, right on the banks of the Mississippi River. The Broadway in Baton Rouge series includes like the sizzling "Bring It On” production while classics like "Hair" take the stage. Shows are held in the center’s 1,900-seat Theatre for the Performing Arts.