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Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre and Dance kicks off the 2015-2016 season with "A Grand Night For Singing"

Loyola press release - September 23, 2015

The Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance opens the 2015-2016 season with “A Grand Night for Singing,” a romantic, entertaining revue of music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, the duo who created songs that are standards of musical theater and American popular culture.

“A Grand Night for Singing” will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, and again at 7:30 p.m. the following Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3, in the Lower Depths at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, located at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 students, children and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at montage.loyno.edu. Group rates are available. For ticket information, call 865-2074.

Directed by Loyola theatre director C. Patrick Gendusa and musical director Ken Weber, “A Grand Night for Singing” is an enchanted revue that features songs about people falling in and out of love. Original music is composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music arrangements by Fred Wells and conceived by Walter Bobbie.

“You probably never imagined 'Shall We Dance?' as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, ‘How do you solve a problem like Maria?’” Gendusa said. “But that’s precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this new revue, with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque ‘I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,’ a swingin’ ‘Honeybun’, and a jazzy ‘Kansas City,’ which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein remain.”

For more information, contact Patricia M. Murret, Associate Director of Public Affairs, pmurret@loyno.edu,
(504) 861-5448.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of the picturesque Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans. For more than 100 years, Loyola has helped shape the lives of its students, as well as the history of the city and the world, through educating men and women in the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence and service to others. Loyola’s more than 40,000 graduates serve as catalysts for change in their communities as they exemplify the comprehensive, values-laden education received from Loyola.