Jambalaya, the Musical will make its New Orleans debut at the Orpheum Theater on Wednesday, November 30.
The new musical from Grammy-award winning director, writer and choreographer Nancy Gregory will run for a total of seven nights, with the other performances scheduled for December 1-3 and December 21-23. Jambalaya was performed for a workshop audience at Lafayette, LA’s Heymann Center in September, but the Orpheum shows will mark the production’s first full run.
Jambalaya features a cast of Louisiana performers, and Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band even play a part in the production. Set in the present day, the musical follows two very different generations in Louisiana’s bayou country. An enthusiastic Cajun named Boudreaux guides the story, introducing the audience to his culture and his dream that the younger generation will keep it going.
The production also focuses on Boudreaux’s 22-year-old grandson, T, a talented young man interested in following his own path. While T and his grandfather don’t see eye to eye on everything, they’re able to come together to defend their culture.
Gregory has enlisted an impressive team to help her with Jambalaya. Grammy-winning songwriter and Ahmet Ertegun Award recipient Jeff Barry (“Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” “Be My Baby,” “Then He Kissed Me,” “Chapel of Love”) is the musical’s signature songwriter, and he’s supported by contributions from Grammy-winning producer Clarence Jay and Louisiana singer Josef Gordon. Kennard Ramsey acts as musical director, while multiple Emmy Award winner Joe Stewart is on board as set designer.
The production has also tapped Louisiana stagecraft professionals like set builder Matthew Whittle, lighting designer Brian Schneider, costumer Neysha Perry and stage manager Kylen Wijayasuriya.
“South Louisiana is so unique,” says Gregory. “The enthusiasm of the cast and the terrific response from the workshop audience in Lafayette encouraged my team to continue our pursuit of the potential of Jambalaya and we are very pleased that we’ll open at the Orpheum on November 30.”
Tickets for the production are now on sale.