The final show in Broadway in NOLA's 2013-14 season has arrived all-too-quickly. Regardless, it has been a wonderfully varied first-run back since the Saenger re-opened with 'Book of Mormon.' Now, the six-show series will conclude with a spectacular experience of World War I—through the eyes of a horse.
'War Horse' is a theatrical adaptation of the 1982 novel from Michael Morpurgo that has also recently been brought to the big screen. The story revolves around a foal named Joey, purchased at auction for one Albert Narracroft, who forms a strong bond with the horse before she's sold to serve the cavalry during WWI. Desperate to protect Joey from harm, Albert enlists in the army himself.
The stage production met an interesting challenge in adapting the novel. Specifically, creating a way to showcase the story's lead character: a horse. A life-sized puppet brings Joey to life, complete with related choreography developed for the puppeteers.
Numerous awards have been nominated and delivered for the production across the London and Broadway circuits. 'War Horse' has been performed in London, New York, Berlin, and Melbourne, and has toured across both the U.S. and U.K.
Eight performances are scheduled for the Saenger Theatre, from Tuesday May 13 until Sunday May 18. Showtimes are as follows:
- May 13 at 7:30pm
- May 14 at 7:30pm
- May 15 at 7:30pm
- May 16 at 8pm
- May 17 at 2pm
- May 17 at 8pm
- May 18 at 2pm
- May 18 at 7:30pm
Box office and group information can be found online. Theatre doors typically open an hour prior to showtimes, with seating starting 30-minutes before curtain. 'War Horse' runs approximately 2-hours and 40-minutes, with one intermission.