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Following ten-year hiatus, Orpheum Theater announces diverse lineup

Photo via Orpheum Theater, Instagram (@orpheumnola) Photo via Orpheum Theater, Instagram (@orpheumnola)
Photo via Orpheum Theater, Instagram (@orpheumnola) Photo via Orpheum Theater, Instagram (@orpheumnola)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Following a ten-year hiatus, shows will resume at New Orleans’ historic Orpheum Theater.

The theater announced a newly confirmed lineup on Monday that includes music, comedy and dance acts. Wilco, Dwight Yoakam, Rickey Smiley, Chick Corea & Béla Fleck and Paul Taylor Modern Dance Company are among the first performers at the renovated Orpheum Theater.

  • Monday, September 28, 2015: Wilco (tickets currently on-sale)
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015: Dwight Yoakam (tickets on-sale this Friday, August 21, 10 a.m. CST)
  • Saturday, October 24, 2015: Rickey Smiley 
  • Sunday, April 17, 2016: Chick Corea & Béla Fleck
  • Saturday, May 21, 2016: Paul Taylor Modern Dance Company

Hurricane Katrina caused a ten-year hiatus. Built in 1918, the Orpheum has been dormant since the storm. The facility's basement area suffered extensive water damage.

A $15 million renovation restored the building's rich design and ornate details, while also packing in some modern features – from an adjustable floor to state-of-the art sound.

The newly-renovated theater now boasts a seating capacity of 1,488 and the paint color scheme is now precisely as it was in 1921. It includes an adjustable orchestra floor and state-of-the art audio and lighting systems.

The Orpheum's co-owners say they'll host a wide range of events, from theater to concerts. The venue will also serve as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's home, once again.

"It is going to be fantastic, and we're really looking to forward to it,” said Eric George, MD, the Orpheum's Co-Owner. “To be part of such an iconic property is priceless.”

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