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Inside The Arts: MISS SAIGON, Mother Courage And Her Children, Jazz In January

Photo Courtesy: North American Tour of MISS SAIGON
Emily Bautista as "Kim" in MISS SAIGON

This week on Inside the Arts, the Hancock-Whitney Broadway in New Orleans series continues its season as the legendary musical, MISS SAIGON, opens at the Saenger.  The new national tour of Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Boublil and Schönberg's epic love story, is set during the Vietnam War, and features Emily Bautista starring in the role of "Kim".  We catch up with her by phone.

Then, Southern Rep Theatre, opens a production of Ntozake (N TOE ZAH KAY) Shange's (SHAN GAY) Mother Courage and Her Children. The powerful adaptation of Bertholt Brecht's epic tale transposes the action from Europe during the Thirty Years War to the American Southwest after the Civil War. WWNO's Karl Lengel chats with director Chivas Michael and actor Lawrence Weber.

And, the 5th Annual Jazz in January kicks off this weekend on the Northshore. The three-day music festival at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, features nightly concerts by an eclectic mix of national and regional artists, and two jazz masses honoring the legacy of a musical legend. We talk with festival founder Rev. Bill Miller by phone.

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"This is NPR's Morning Edition, at 89.9 WWNO. Good Morning, I'm Diane Mack."