(May 1, 2014) - The New Orleans Fringe is pleased to announce that "Badu-izms: A Tribute to Erykah" will be remounted for two performances only at the Joy Theater on May 11 at 3 pm and 8 pm. This electrifying “music video on stage” was originally presented at the Allways Lounge as part of the 2009 Fringe Festival, demonstrating the power of the Fringe to act as a launching pad for original, innovative works destined for even greater things. “This is the first Fringe show to go to Canal Street,” says Damon Rosenzweig, Fringe Development Coordinator. “It shows that local performing groups can use Fringe as a springboard to bigger stages and wider audiences in the resurging Canal Street theater district. And Canal Street is enriched by the incredible creative energy and talent bubbling up in our local theater scene.” Tickets are available now at www.thejoytheater.com.
"Badu-izms" is a visually stunning tribute to singer/songwriter Erykah Badu, penned by local playwright/director Pamela Davis-Noland, with all live music and performance. This phenomenal, rousing musical has gained a huge following since its debut in 2009 at the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Talented performers from the cities of Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Houston – where Erykah Badu’s mother and sister attended and gave it a rousing two thumbs up – have graced the stage and wowed audiences with song, dance and skits motivated by the Badu’s rousing lyrics and powerful messages.
This special Mother’s Day performance will include a cameo appearance at both shows from Nayrock Udab, Erykah Badu’s younger sister. Tickets are $35. Moms (and others) can be treated to VIP tickets for only $50 and enjoy balcony seating, mimosas, chocolate-covered strawberries and a chance to win a Windsor Court Day Spa package.
The show will feature some of New Orleans’ talented singers and musicians, such as Tank and The Bangas, Tonya Boyd Cannon, Zena Moses and more, paying homage to one of the finest singer/songwriter's in the neo-soul/hip hop genre at one of New Orleans’ great resurrected landmark theaters, the Joy Theater.
Badu-izms is sexy, soulful and sincere -- slipping seamlessly through playful intimacy, honest wisdom, and the audacity of independence. Weaving Erykah Badu's music, gorgeous voices, and clever mini-stories, this show sings! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll find yourself calling out "Sing it, Sister", and you'll want to see it again!
Theater artists who want to follow in Badu-izms’ footsteps via the New Orleans Fringe will be excited to know that the Fringe is now accepting applications to its November 2014 Festival. Applications are due July 2 and can be found at www.nofringe.org.
The Fringe is a 501(c)3 non-profit that was founded by local arts organizers to nurture fearless theater in New Orleans and to benefit artists, venues, neighborhoods and local businesses. Fringe is supported by a SEED grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. This program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.