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Loyola Theatre to Produce the New Orleans Premiere of Head Over Heels

By Loyola University on Fri, 03/18/2022 - 18:56

Jukebox musical features the best of the Go-Go’s.

(New Orleans – March 18, 2022) With great joy, the Loyola Theatre and Dance Department this spring produces the New Orleans premiere of the hit musical, Head Over Heels, with Broadway’s Hardy Weaver, a new arrival to Loyola faculty, directing. 

Head Over Heels will be the first musical produced at Loyola in two years. And it should be a great night. Head Over Heels, by Jeff Whitty & James McGruder, features the music of the Go-Go’s.

“The New Orleans premiere of Head Over Heels is a delightful celebration of love and acceptance. It is a perfect show for today featuring a superb cast, witty script and the iconic music of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, the Go-Go’s,” said C. Patrick Gendusa, chair of the Loyola University New Orleans Theatre and Dance Department, a superfan of the Go-Go’s who never misses a tour. 

“Making his directorial debut is New Orleans’ own Hardy Weaver. Hardy and I started doing shows together at Le Petit when he was a young man. He is the perfect choice to direct this piece. His love and compassion shines through every element of the production. I am so proud of him and cannot wait to share this show with Loyola and New Orleans!”

A jukebox musical adaptation of Sir Philip Sidney’s The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia, Head Over Heels incorporates the songs of the cultural phenomenon and revolutionary girl group The Go-Go’s into an empowering tribute to life’s fluid journey of love and self-discovery. By blending the aesthetics of Elizabethan England, 1980’s new wave, and contemporary queer culture, as well as disregarding restrictive, type-based characters and casting, this musical aims to celebrate the beauty in both the traditional and the unconventional in theatre and in life.

Head Over Heels will be directed by Hardy Weaver. Hardy spent over a decade performing on Broadway and across the country in national tours of shows such as The Book of Mormon, Cats, and A Chorus Line. He then went to study in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he learned the practice of Vedic Meditation. He now resides in New Orleans and travels around the country, teaching folks how to be less stressed. Having joined the crew at Loyola, it's been his true pleasure to merge his old passion of theatre with his new passion of self-care.

Head Over Heels will run in the Marquette Theater at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, on March 31, April 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets available online at http://cmm.loyno.edu/calendar/theatre/head-over-heels

For more information, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at (504)865-3840.