Last spring, New Orleans was the home to a brand new event that harnessed all the best that the famous city has to offer. NOLA Crawfish Festival brought together some of the finest New Orleans musicians, such as George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, and Anders Osborne, and combined them with the crawfish mastery of the NOLA Crawfish King, Chris “Shaggy” Davis, and the top-notch beers made at NOLA Brewery and Tap Room, for what turned out to be three incredible days of fun, music, and local cuisine. The festival was the perfect way for people to spend the “daze between” weekends of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, creating a mini-Jazz-Fest vibe that kept fans dancing all week long while fueling themselves with the delicious energy that came from the cuisine.The event has released a recap video, which you can see below. At the end of the video, dates for a 2017 edition are announced, so fans can experience this festival in all of its glory on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of this coming year as it returns to the NOLA Brewery and Tap Room for three more days of funk, food, and fun.We’ll see you in May at the NOLA Crawfish Festival!
Jennifer Holliday A new Shug Avery’s comin’ to town, and she is not goin’. Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday will step into the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. The Dreamgirls favorite is scheduled to take her first bow at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on October 4.Fellow Tony and Grammy winner Heather Headley will play her final performance as Shug Avery on October 2. Holliday is the third actress to take on the role in the Tony-winning revival; Jennifer Hudson, who won an Oscar for playing Effie (whom Holliday originated on stage) in the Dreamgirls film adaptation, headlined the show when it opened last fall.Holliday last starred on Broadway back in 2001 in Chicago; she appeared in a three-city-tour of The Color Purple as Sofia in 2014. Since winning the Tony in 1982 for her performance in Dreamgirls—as well as a Grammy for her pop cover of the anthem “And I Am Telling You”—Holliday has gone on to reprise her performance as Effie White numerous times, including on tour and at the Muny in 2012. She has also released a number of gospel and R&B albums.”I was deeply moved by this truly uplifting production of The Color Purple,” Holliday said in a statement. “I am highly honored and absolutely thrilled to be joining this extraordinary cast. Nothing compares to performing before a Broadway audience and I can’t wait to return to the Broadway stage, where I started my career over 35 years ago.”Holliday joins a cast that includes Tony winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony nominee Danielle Brooks (both in their Broadway debuts) as Celie and Sofia, respectively, Isaiah Johnson as Mister, Joaquina Kalukango as Nettie, Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo and Patrice Covington as Squeak.Based on the Alice Walker novel, the musical follows Celie, a young black woman in Georgia who, through her friendship with her daughter-in-law and friend Sofia, relationship with the extravagant and troubled Shug Avery and her own self-acceptance, triumphs over adversity and learns to love herself.Holliday and Hudson—the two Effie Whites/Shug Averys—belted it out together in Atlanta in 2009. The video is worth watching. The Color Purple Jennifer Holliday(Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images) View Comments Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017