National Concert Tours And Broadway Productions Propel The Live Performance Industry

Louisiana provides the perfect space for any production with readily available theaters and live performance venues, as well as competitive incentives, a business-friendly climate and rich creative culture. Whether launching a national concert tour or staging a new theatrical production, Louisiana’s unique blend of advantages creates the ultimate opportunity for success. Recent live performances have included artists as diverse as Taylor Swift, George Strait, Cirque de Soleil, Eric Church and Jason Aldean.

The state is home to many world-class, state-of-the-art facilities. With the renovated historic Saenger Theatre, as well as the Strand, Civic, Joy and Carver theaters, Louisiana is a major destination for Broadway and other live performances. Shreveport-Bossier City welcomed Jimmy Buffet’s Paradise Theater which offers visitors a very intimate experience. Tipitina’s Co-Op expanded to Lake Charles and Monroe, complementing existing facilities in Shreveport, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

The Musical and Theater Production Tax Incentive Reduces Costs

The Live Performance Production Program offers a unique tax credit for production expenditures and state-certified higher education musical or theatrical infrastructure projects, with tax credit value increasing with the total production expenditures:

  • 7 percent tax credit for certified Louisiana expenditures between $100,000 and $300,000
  • 14 percent tax credit for certified Louisiana expenditures between $300,000 and $1,000,000
  • 18 percent tax credit for certified Louisiana expenditures over $1,000,000

In addition, the state offers a 7 percent tax credit on payroll expenditures for Louisiana residents. The program is subject to a cap of $10 million per fiscal year. 

Live Projects

100 Years of Women in Blues

At one time or another we have all felt the blues, and artists like Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Irma Thomas, Ma Rainey and Big Mama Thornton among others, have expressed in their songs our feelings and our sins.  This show, by Big Easy Entertainment Award Winner Dorian Rush, travels from 1919 to 2019 and it’s a journey of life, love, heartache and loss.  Who could do this better than the Women of the Blues? 

August: Osage County

A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. 

BIZET’S CARMEN

NEW ORLEANS OPERA: The opera tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous torero Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. Carmen was first performed in Paris on March 3, 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas.

CINEMA & THE SYMPHONY: ACADIANA SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION “BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” will take you through the bayous of South Louisiana and show you a world of wonder as you listen to the original soundtrack performed live by ASO’s 30-member orchestra and GRAMMY Award winning Lost Bayou Ramblers. 

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