Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts New Orleans History

If you're looking for a bit of live entertainment, then you're definitely in the right spot, as even though there are plenty of options around New Orleans, it doesn't get any better than Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts. There is nothing quite like being there when the show is getting taken to the next level and the buzz of the crowd is rising – a phenomenon that tends to happen with some regularity whenever Mahalia Jackson Theater gets rolling with a great event. With an eclectic mix of entertainment possibilities, this is just one of those venues you don't want to skip.

The Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts began as the New Orleans Theater of the Performing Arts in January 1973 with an inauguration performance by bass-baritone and international opera star Norman Treigle, also a New Orleans native. The theatre was renamed the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts in 1993 to pay homage to the cherished New Orleans gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. The venue was among the New Orleans landmarks ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but remains a landmark in Armstrong Park, making it always a good idea to keep an eye on the concert calendar to make sure that you don't miss a second of the excitement.


Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts Events

One of New Orleans' best kept secrets is, to be blunt about it, the place to be for a stunning array of incredible events. The Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts has long been home to amazing concerts and comedy acts, and you never know who is going to pop up on the schedule of events next. Take a look at the schedule and you'll see some amazing shows that you won't want to get left out of, as one day you might find a show from the always hilarious Aziz Ansari, then next maybe it will be a concert from a great band like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and after that just about anything might pop up. Once you're there watching the big show along with an electric crowd, you'll be glad that you're not anywhere else, as this is a venue that is always loaded with passion and enthusiasm for a reason.


Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts Trivia

Did you know that this theater held shows for Wicked, The Color Purple and Mamma Mia! all within the first year of bringing Broadway shows back to the stage?

It didn't take long for Mahalia Jackson Theater to bring in some of the most popular musicals in history – a tradition that continues to hold true from one year to the next.


Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts Experience

Sure, we know that there are plenty of different options for entertainment these days in the digital age, but there is still nothing that can quite compare to the live entertainment scene – particularly when it's a top-tier venue like Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts in New Orleans. There may be plenty of different options for entertainment these days, but you're not even close if you think that you can duplicate the situation anywhere else.

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