2017 Season Announced For Centerplate's Dinner/ Jazz Tricentennial ‘Creole, Of Course’ Historic Show
NEW ORLEANS – “Creole, of Course,” a jazz dinner theater show written and narrated by author/artist Morgan Molthrop, pairs the cuisine of New Orleans to the epochs in which they were inspired. With five star cuisine by Centerplate’s award-winning chef Brandon Felder, and starring the Shotgun Jazz Band and Chief Honey and the Wild Bamboulas, the show highlights New Orleans' history in a multi-sensory extravaganza. It opens to the public and groups on Jan. 10 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
“The show is the first of its kind to be staged for a major convention center,” Morgan Molthrop, who wrote the show and created the photographs and artwork for it, said. “It's a fun show that tempts all of your senses. 'Creole, of Course' combines delicious local fare, jazz, dancing and the amazing story of New Orleans. In just under two hours, we answer the question: ‘Why is New Orleans so unique?’ The show ends with a traditional jazz second line parade."
Jack Lyon, general manager of Centerplate, said, “It’s part of [Centerplate's] wider goal to make sure everyone who comes to the Convention Center leaves with a taste of New Orleans. We serve tens of thousands of meals here a year and some people never get a chance to leave the hall or their hotel rooms. We want to make sure they eat authentic food and have access to our amazing story."
Rose Lehn, who heads up cuisine operations at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center said, “We are proud to be able to offer the show to groups coming to town looking for something besides a traditional dinner. Our production team is one of the best in the word — we host scores of Mardi Gras events here in addition to our cadre of corporate clients and associations. The team was thrilled to be able to work on a show that presents New Orleans in such a lively and informative way.”
The show lasts two hours and starts at 6:30 p.m.
Tentative dates for the 2017 schedule are:
Jan. 10 – Press Preview, open to the public
Jan. 11 – Special Battle of New Orleans Show
Jan. 13 – Press Preview, open to the public
Jan. 14 – Opening Night
Jan. 19 – 21 – Nightly
Jan. 26 – 28 – Nightly
Feb. 23 – 26 Special Mardi Gras Shows
March 18 – 24 – Special
April 9 – 18 Special Easter Show
May 11 – 19 [Ballroom]
June 9 – 13 [Great Hall]
July 4 – 10 Special Fourth of July Show
Aug. 8 – 31 – Women and Entrepreneurship Special
Sept. – DARK
Oct. 23 – 31 Includes Special Halloween Shows
Nov. 19 – 30 Includes Special Thanksgiving Show
Dec. 3 – 7 Special Tricentennial Kickoff
Tickets, which include a Caribbean aperitif, wine and a five-course meal, are $99 per person. Louisiana residents will get a discount, as will groups over 15.