Rick Springfield highlights Manship season

Ladies of a certain age already are swooning — Rick Springfield at the Manship Theatre.


“He’s going to be the act for our red carpet gala on April 10,” said Renee Chatelain, the theater’s executive director. “The evening includes a silent auction, food and drinks.

And Rick Springfield.”

There will be many performances preceding this one in the Manship Theatre’s 2013-14 season. They’re divided into categories of music, theater, dance, family and film.

“Our season will kick off with Dr. John and the Nite Trippers on Sept. 8,” said John Kaufman, director of marketing. “Leon Redbone will be here on Oct. 3, and Eric Burdon and the Animals will perform on Oct. 9.”

The music lineup also includes Chris Mann from NBC’s The Voice on Friday, Nov. 1; and Jon Batiste and Stay Human on Friday, Feb. 28.

“Jon Batiste will be coming in during Mardi Gras, and he’ll be doing community outreach during that week,” Chatelain said.

These are only a few performances she’s picked from the Manship Theatre’s schedule, which is so full that there’s almost too many things to name.

Take, for instance, the family performance category. Kids will quickly recognize Fancy Nancy. She’s the heroine of Jane O’Connor’s popular children’s book series.

Fancy Nancy the Musical will be coming to the Manship for two performances on Sunday, April 27.

And, speaking of books, the Aquilla Theatre will perform its rendition of Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 on Thursday, Nov. 7.

“I’m really excited about Farenheit 451,” Chatelain said. “This year marks the 60th anniversary for Ray Bradbury’s book. He wrote it in 1953, but it’s so prevalent today. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Aquilla Theatre does with it on stage.”

Bradbury’s story won’t be set to music, but Opera Louisiane’s performance of Richard Wagner’s The Ring will offer both music and myth to audiences on Friday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 29, during the theater’s OktoBRfest.

“We’re also looking forward to our dance performances, which will include performances by River North Dance Chicago and Flamenca Viva,” Chatelain said. “This will be Flamenca Viva’s 30th anniversary.”

During the holiday season, the Preservation Hall band will perform its Preservation Hall Creole Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Finally, the Jewish Film Festival returns to the theater from Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 15-19, and the Bengali Evening of Indian Cinema makes its Manship debut on Monday, Aug. 17.

Season tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 16. Manship Theatre members tickets are on sale now.

For tickets, call (225) 344-0334 or visit manshiptheatre.org.