March 14-22: Bacharach & Bingo!

Bacharach & Bingo

Strap on your bell bottoms and widen your lapels: Running With Scissors is taking you back in time to meet the man at the center of the 1970s, Burt Bacharach!
It’s a swinging Saturday night, and Burt’s pad is packed with all the stars of the day: Dionne Warwick, Richard Chamberlain, Angie Dickinson, Jane Fonda, Herb Alpert — everyone but Burt, who’s locked himself in the bathroom. (Poor guy has a habit of doing that.)
But no matter, we’ve got a host with the most (Jack Long) to regale you with Hollywood gossip and a talented crew of crooners (Sean PattersonLisa Picone,Dorian Rush, and The Kentucky Sisters) to belt Bacharach’s best-known tunes, from “Close to You” to “Say a Little Prayer” and all points in-between. And just for the heck of it, we’ve thrown in a few rounds of Bingo and some nifty prizes. (We don’t know why, it just seemed to go with Burt’s snazzy vibe.)
Order your favorite cocktail from the bar, grab a Bingo card or two, and enjoy a night of BACHARACH AND BINGO! as part of Mid-City Theatre’s month-long celebration of cabaret.

THE NITTY & THE GRITTY

BACHARACH AND BINGO! runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from March 14 – 22 at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street, New Orleans. Showtimes are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 6pm Sundays. Tickets are $25 Fridays and Saturdays, $20 on Sundays, and can be purchased at MidCityTheatre.com or 504 488 1460.

BACHARACH AND BINGO was written by Jack Long, with music by Burt Bacharach and Hal David (obviously). The show is produced by Running With Scissors.

The 2014 Big Easy Theater Award Nominees Have Been Announced!

Gambit Weekly has published the Big Easy Theater Award nominees for 2014! Running With Scissors was recognized for HELL’S BELLES and MISS GULCH RETURNS, and Yvette Hargis got a nod for her role as Fannie French in HELL’S BELLES, too. Constant collaborators like Bob Edes Jr., Ashley Ricord, and Ricky Graham are up for numerous awards as well.

In the grand scheme of things, awards aren’t a huge deal, but it’s so nice to know that people like y’all enjoy what we do!

October 18 – 27: Miss Gulch Returns!

Miss Gulch Returns!

“A show for the ages… a score full of sophisticated comedy numbers that would make Cole Porter proud… the lyrics are so cleverly constructed, the rhyme schemes so elegantly intricate, and the messages so rich and ripe that they make a mockery of most of today’s Broadway show scores.” – TheaterMania.com

Poor Almira Gulch! In The Wizard of Oz, the crotchety cantankerous Kansan intrigued and intimidated us, but she never got to tell her side of story. She’s remained poorly understood, grossly underestimated, and vastly unappreciated.

Through the decades, frustrated fans have hungered for solutions to the mysteries surrounding Miss Gulch. Why does she ride that bike? What does she have against neighborhood girls and their little dogs, too? What becomes of her after that tornado? And most of all: who’s the real woman beneath that ferocious facade?

Now, the biddy is back in all the glory Hollywood denied her, starring in a one-man, one-piano tour de force: MISS GULCH RETURNS!

In this unforgettable metaphorical musical, Miss Gulch gives us the dirt. She lays her soul bare — and yours if you dare. She sings (at last!). She belts a mean tune (what other kind?). The role of Miss Gulch is performed by multiple Big Easy award-winner Bob Edes Jr., accompanied at the piano by Jim Walpole. MISS GULCH RETURNS! is presented by Running With Scissors.

So turn off your cell phones, turn Judy’s picture to the wall, turn up the volume, and welcome to the wit and wisdom of Miss Gulch, your “entertainesse extraordinaire!”

MISS GULCH RETURNS! is written by Fred Barton and stars Bob Edes Jr. as Almira Gulch, with Jim Walpole on piano. Performances run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from October 18 – 22 at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street, New Orleans. Showtimes are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 6pm Sundays, with tickets priced at $25 (Fri & Sat) and $20 (Sun). To make your reservation, please call 504-488-1460 or visit MidCityTheatre.com.

PLEASE NOTE: the opening night performance on Friday, October 18 is hosted by the Mystic Krewe of Satyricon. For tickets to that show only, please call 504-252-5476 or visit MysticKreweOfSatyricon.com.

Hell’s Belles: The Reviews Are In!

Critics and audiences alike have been laughing their hoop skirts off at HELL’S BELLES! Check out these two great reviews:

“In the hands of the Running With Scissors troupe, this ‘comic cocktail of the Confederacy’ becomes a hearty dose of Southern Gothic, with a splash of Grand Guignol excesses. The result is an over-the-top journey of laughs that we’ve regularly come to expect from Running With Scissors.”
– Ted Mahne, Times-Picayune

Hell’s Belles…is an antebellum Southern Gothic tale, but you’re more likely to come across a harlot than a Scarlett at this Tara.”
– Dalt Wonk, Gambit Weekly

Click here to order your tickets now!