Lonely Planet Writer

Six years late, New Orleans’ Jefferson Performing Arts Center opens

Bourbon Street, New Orleans.
Bourbon Street, New Orleans. Image by Lars Plougmann / CC BY-SA 2.0

It’s been a long time coming, ten years in fact, but finally this weekend, New Orleans is getting a new state-of-the-art performing arts center. On Saturday the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAS) will open in the Metairie district with a gala reception and entertainment from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society Orchestra. The new space covers 86,000 sq ft and can house up to 1000 concert goers in its steel and glass structure. The center was originally scheduled to open in 2009 but has been beset by many delays and an overblown budget. The JPAS’s first production will be My Fair Lady, opening on the 24th September, and will follow with Verdi’s Rigoletto, with Hysell’s The Nutcracker rounding out the year. Read more: nola.com