PASA announces its “return” line-up
PASA leaves your casa and returns to its own home: the stage at the Heymann Performing Arts Center.
Now officially Performing Arts Serving Acadiana, the overhaul of an organization that has presented internationally renowned shows to Lafayette for more than 30 years, has announced its first season. Over the past year, shows have been offered virtually as part of the “PASA in your Casa” series.
But today, standing on the Heymann stage, PASA Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr Daniel Wiltz announced that Acadiana can once again experience the special magic that is only possible from a live performance in a dark theater.
Some of the performances scheduled for the season, which begins in September, include the inventive modern dance company Momix; the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; Scott Bradlee’s postmodern Jukebox and theatrical success Dark Angels on Tuskegee. All performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette, LA.
Momix, who turns 40, brings his fantastic production of Alice in Lafayette on September 20. Alice takes the audience on a fun adventure with Lewis Carroll’s most beloved main character from the classic novel Alice in Wonderland, as well as the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the Caterpillar. Celebrated artistic director Moses Pendleton runs this wildly creative enterprise, recognized around the world as a maverick of creativity and invention.
“Each trip is an incredible and unforgettable journey,” said the New York Times representations of Momix.
Alice was scheduled to make its first U.S. tour in fall 2020, then came the lockdown. The production is now slated for a performance in Dallas, TX, then here at the Heymann before heading to Paris, France, for a three-week tour of the Folies Bergère.
“Momix Alice is a chance for everyone of all ages to see some of the best dancing in the world. We are delighted to present this amazing work and talented dance company as we organize our comeback, ”said Jacqueline Lyle, Executive Director of PASA,“ It’s exciting to think that our presentation will only be the second time that Alice will have been seen in the United States.
Former PASA audiences saw Momix here at the Heymann Center in its beautiful Botanica.
Grammy Award Winner New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) arrives on stage on October 21. Under the new direction of its artistic director and drummer Adonis Rose, the NOJO takes the sonic power and stylistic versatility of a big band, adds a New Orleans accent on groove and swings with great ballads and local jazz. blows. NOJO’s Lafayette show will feature the music of famous musical genius Allen Toussaint. Toussaint’s songbook includes the 60s hit Stepmother; tunes recorded by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and Nights of the South.
“October 21 will be a true celebration of the music of Louisiana, performed by some of the best jazz musicians in our state,” said Lyle.
Scott Bradlee’s postmodern jukebox (PMJ), the time-tested musical collective known for putting “pop music into a time machine”, is slated for release December 1. Audiences around the world should see Postmodern Jukebox on The Grand Reopening Tour, which will bring PMJ back to delight music-hungry audiences in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, in performing some of modern music’s greatest hits in classic styles from bygone eras.
“We were very lucky to have received an alert regarding this tour,” said Lyle. “We acted quickly and were able to secure this Postmodern Jukebox date, which will be so much fun for our ticket buyers!”
As always with PMJ’s dazzling shows, The Grand Reopening Tour will feature an ensemble of multi-talented singers and musicians, who will perform Bradlee’s arrangements spanning the entire generation. The core ensemble is often joined by surprise guests who make each concert unique and unpredictable.
The acclaimed drama Dark Angels on Tuskegee by Layon Gray arrives in Lafayette for a performance on January 20, 2022. One of the oldest Off-Broadway productions, this award-winning historical docudrama is a tale of six men embarking on a journey to become the first black aviators of the United States Air Force in a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism. Inspired by real events, Dark Angels on Tuskegee movingly illustrates how men unite in brotherhood to achieve a common vision.
“Some plays teach, others celebrate, and a few simply entertain. Dark Angels on Tuskegee manages to do all three and one more thing: it inspires, ”NYTheatre.com says of this important drama.
The board of directors of the new version of PASA has worked diligently to create a new agile model that offers the most efficient way to make great shows available to local audiences.
All shows are on sale now and no subscription is required – choose which shows you want to see, which for many performance enthusiasts will all be. Although ticket prices vary from performance to performance, almost every event features a 4-pack of family and friends for $ 100, available in every seating area, from the first to the last row. Additional ticket fees and other charges will apply and vary depending on the method of purchase.
“We’re like a basketball team going from zonal defense to one-on-one,” Lyle explains. “Our world has changed, and PASA has changed too.”
Lyle is dedicated to the successful return of PASA and works without compensation. She says the organization’s overhead costs are tiny.
“While I donate to our organization, I know I can improve results a lot more by working without pay,” says Lyle. “We are preparing for a financial future that allows us to create a sustainable staffing model, which we will need as we increase our impact on the community. “
Tickets are available now for each event through TicketMaster. Links to tickets for each event and more information about the performances are available at www.pasaonline.org. Tickets are also available at the Heymann Performing Arts Center box office (337) 291-555 and other TicketMaster outlets, as well as at ticketmaster.com and by phone on the 24-hour TicketMaster line (337) 262-7597.