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Columbia Theatre hosts Ricky Graham's 'Renew Revue' May 8

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


Renew Review

     HAMMONDRicky Graham is returning to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts May 8 with his musical comedy “Renew Revue.” Co-written with Sean Patterson, the 7:30 p.m. production is a witty, wicked look at New Orleans’ post-Katrina recovery efforts and its struggle back to life.

     Patrons can expect to hear songs about the Insectarium, Ray Nagin, Ed Blakely, Sidney Torres IV, Road Home, post-Katrina cough, “Chocolate City,” the Army Corps of Engineers, and fighting over territory at the Endymion parade.

     “If you like the Capitol Steps – one of the all-time favorites of our annual Fanfare arts festival -- you will love ‘Renew Revue,’” said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson.  “It pokes fun at all things Louisiana, specifically the recovery efforts in New Orleans. It is a lighthearted look at disaster… as only Ricky Graham can do.”

     Graham, whose Carnival spoof “And the Ball and All” was a hit last season with Columbia Theatre patrons, has been called the Crescent City’s “reigning merry minstrel.”

     Along with Harry Mayronne, Graham has also written “Hollywood Heaven,” which won the Gambit Big Easy Award for Best Comedy, and “The Black And White Blues,” which played at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City.

     He recently co-starred in “Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte!” with Varla Jean Merman in Provincetown, Mass., Atlanta, Ga., and Palm Springs, Calif.   

     Tickets for “Renew Revue” are $35, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $29, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $23, Balcony 2. They are available online at or at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before performance times.

     For more information about upcoming Columbia Theatre events, visit or call 985-543-4366.

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