Strand Theater announces 2021-2022 season including Broadway hits
The Strand Theater, Louisiana’s official state theater, invited guests to the stage on Friday to announce the touring productions lineup scheduled for 2021-2022.
The theme for the 37th season is “Places Please: A Season to Celebrate” – a nod to the anticipation and excitement of workers and patrons as the doors of the theater reopen to the public afterwards. an unexpected interruption.
The 2019-20 season has been cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The abrupt conclusion resulted in cancellations and postponements of shows leaving the grand theater house empty for more than a year. The 2020-21 season is called “the season that was not”.
In September, the new season kicks off with award-winning and famous Broadway musicals, concerts, comedy shows, children’s classics and more.
“I am excited about this season,” said Jenifer Hill, general manager. “The whole season has gone seamlessly. It’s been really tough getting here, but we’re here and we’re going to open on September 18 with The Second City, which I’m endlessly excited about. We’re going to have an experience. incredible., high season. “
The quarantine of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused The Strand to cancel several shows in 2020 and to make arrangements for new dates. The productions carried over to the 2021-22 season are “Mutts Gone Nuts” (February 26), “One Night of Queen” (April 27) and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” (June 7).
The Strand, a non-profit organization, has also launched a new initiative to gain financial support after a turbulent year.
The Strand’s ‘sit down’ campaign is dedicated to the conservation of historic theater. Customers can purchase a timeless engraved brass plate for the armrests in any area of the theater. The name on the plaque can be that of the donor or loved one, a couple, a business, or to honor or commemorate someone.
The amount of the contribution is determined by the location of the seat and ranges from $ 200 to $ 19,000 for an entire box, Hill said. The recognition will be on the seats for five years before being moved to a memory wall in The Strand lobby.
“Every penny of that goes back to the building,” Hill said. “We own the building and are 100% responsible for it. When the power goes out or the air conditioning doesn’t work … it’s all on us. ”
Another support option will allow donors to take home a bit of The Strand. Prints of a new Strand Theater poster will be available for $ 45 and $ 150 each. The illustration was drawn and painted by Christopher Coe, internationally renowned architect and native of Shreveport. Limited edition signed prints are available while supplies last. All proceeds from the poster campaign will go towards the historic preservation of The Strand.
Come to the marquee
The season will kick off with some good laughs provided by the comedians of famed The Second City on September 18th. For 60 years, the Chicago-based comedy business featured satirical reviews and launched the careers of some of the greatest comedians. go on stage or on screen. In the touring production, the actors will perform sketches, songs and improvisations for an evening of legendary laughter, aimed at an adult audience.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will present The Grand Reopening Tour on December 2. The international show adopts a 1920s style with 21st century finesse. The show features a cast of singers and instrumentalists performing modern hits reworked into vintage musical genres to appeal to all generations.
The holiday season will send “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” to town on December 15th. The family-friendly live show is an adaptation of the classic TV show and co-stars Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and that adorable reindeer with his fiery nose.
The first show of 2022 is “Mutts Gone Nuts”. The adorable furry athletes will return, dive and roll around the stage of The Strand in the showcase of physical comedy and circus art. Joined by their human counterparts, Scott and Joan Houghton, “Mutts Gone Nuts” is an exciting exhibition to wow audiences of all ages.
Get your ticket and get ready to step into the wonderful world of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on March 16th. The beloved epic will feature songs from the original film, including “I Have a Golden Ticket,” “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination.” Prepare to be swept away by Oompa-Loompas, propelled in a glass elevator and embarked on a delightfully eternal adventure with Charlie and the mysterious Mr. Wonka.
On March 25, The Queen’s Cartoonists will present an animated show filled with music, illustrations and comedy. The six-person group will play the music and sound effects of original and classic cartoons and contemporary animation as they are projected on a big screen.
Ten-time Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner South Pacific will arrive in Shreveport on April 21. South Pacific focuses on two unlikely love stories that take place on a tropical island during World War II. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical and hit will feature songs such as “There Is Nothin ‘Like a Dame”, “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”.
One Night of Queen, presented by Gobo Productions Ltd, will bring the house down with a concert by the legendary rock band Queen on April 27. Gary Mullen and The Works will pay homage to Freddy Mercury and his musical companions in a concert packed with chart-topping hits including “We Will Rock You”, “Under Pressure” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
On May 6, The Strand will offer a live production of the Broadway musical, “Waitress.” The story begins with expert waitress and pastry chef Jenna in desperate need of a fresh start. Cooking proves to be therapeutic as she prepares dishes that reflect her life upside down, such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie”. A baking contest in a neighboring county may be the opportunity she needs to get out of her small town and difficult marriage, and maybe for a new love. Join Jenna as she tries to concoct the courage to seize happiness and a new beginning. (Rated for an adult audience.)
Discover the life and legacy of Carole King, teenage songwriter who became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, through a song on June 7. The Tony and Grammy-winning Broadway production features the songbook and the life of the musical maven. The audience will sway, stomp and sing along to their favorite tunes, such as “You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “I Feel the Earth Move” and “One Fine Day”.
Refer to The Strand’s rating system for recommended audiences for each production.
The Strand Theater’s 2021-2022 season lineup:
- The second city – legendary laughter. 8 p.m. on September 18.
- Postmodern jukebox. 8 p.m. on December 2
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. 7 p.m. on December 15.
- Mutts Gone Nuts. 2 p.m. on February 26
- Charlie and the Roald Dahl Chocolate Factory. 7 p.m. March 16
- The queen’s designers. 7 p.m. on March 25
- South Pacific. 8 p.m. on April 21
- A queen’s night. 8 p.m. April 27
- Waitress. 8 p.m. on May 6
- Belle-The musical Carole King. 8 p.m. on June 7
If you are going to
What: Strand Theater Season 37 – Seats Please: A Season to Celebrate
Or: 619 Louisiana Ave., downtown Shreveport
Info: Ticket prices vary for each show and for different seating levels. Student tickets are available for some shows.
Ticket holders of rescheduled 2020 productions will have their tickets honored on the new show date. Contact The Strand Box Office if the ticket (s) has been misplaced or for any other questions regarding participation.
Season ticket packages offer customers discounted prices and top-notch experiences. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 16 online at thestrandtheatre.com or call (318) 226-8555. Friends of the Strand can order from July 16.
Friends of the Strand donating $ 250 or more are eligible for a 20% discount for the entire season or a 15% discount for six or more shows.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thestrandtheatre.com or call (318) 226-8555 or email [email protected] The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and on performance days at noon on weekends.