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Broadway and Ballet at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

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Named for the world-famous New Orleans opera singer, the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts is a historic landmark for performances, including musical theater, ballet and concerts from opera to contemporary music. A cultural center for the city, the theater occupies a piece of land in Armstrong Park that has housed a theater since 1919. After undergoing a $22 million renovation, the 2,100-seat theater building re-opened in 2009 with a modern, upgraded design, surrounded by elegant plaza fountains and statues of jazz legends, and a theater lobby adorned by a massive crystal chandelier with colorful LED lighting.

Past performances featured at the theater include:

  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Les Miserables
  • The Lion King
  • Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Randy Newman accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

The theater provides residents with a dedicated venue for the area to host a variety of performances throughout the year, such as those offered by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Ballet Association, the New Orleans Opera Association and Broadway Across America productions.

Photo Credit: New Orleans Ballet Theatre