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The 10th Anniversary Benefit Production of "It's a Wonderful Life"

A radio-play on stage celebration of the famous movie, performed before a LIVE audience

Friday December 21st, 2018 (7.00pm)
Cafe Istanbul Performance Theater and Bar2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

Guest Stars

Lance Nichols 

Treme, Benjamin Button, The Campaign, House of Cards, Fantastic Four, The Purge, etc.

Jeff Crouere

Presenter: Ringside Politics (WGSO-990am New Orleans)

Paul Eubanks

Worldwide sports announcer, retired professional wrestler, actor (Claws, Tell Me Your Secrets, etc)

Plus a surprise appearance of The GooNOLAs comedy trio..!

For full list of cast and crew, please click here

Tickets: $25 balcony; $20 floor seating.

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Major New Orleans stars line up for
10th Anniversary 
benefit production of
"It's a Wonderful Life"

Prolific New Orleans native and multiple award-winning actor LANCE NICHOLS is one of several international and local stars from the world of entertainment who is lined up to appear in this year's TENTH ANNIVERSARY New Orleans and region benefit production of "It's a Wonderful Life", to be held Friday December 21st before a live New Orleans audience at the world famous Cafe Istanbul Performance Center, New Orleans, and broadcast live worldwide.

LANCE NICHOLS has featured in a plethora of movies and TV shows over a prolific career spanning 35 years - including TREME, BADLANDS, and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, HOUSE OF CARDS, NCIS:NEW ORLEANS) to name but a few of over 200 productions in which he has been featured.

Joining Lance on star billing are actor PAUL EUBANKS, former trophy-winning professional wrestler, international sports commentator and actor (CLAWS, TELL ME YOUR SECRETS, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE NOLA) and JEFF CROUERE, famous locally for his hugely-popular radio talk show "Ringside Politics" on WGSO-990am New Orleans.

The ever-present New Orleans voice talent BILL LEE stars for his tenth consecutive season as George Bailey, while popular British voice actor and award-winning voice coach STEPHEN JAMES, who resides in Biloxi, MS., will reprise the role of the guardian angel Clarence. Teaming up with the show's Producer and Director Stephen James, as Co-director is GEORGE TRAHANIS, a prolific actor from New York and a recent implant in New Orleans.

Poster design above by Mark Fowler. Based on one of the original cinema poster designs for "It's a Wonderful Life". Many thanks, Mark!

The annual New Orleans and region benefit radio production of "It's a Wonderful Life" has raised over $20,000 for local non-profits since its debut in 2009 and is organized by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation - a New Orleans 501(c)3 organization which provides education, opportunities, and youth & community support.


After a lengthy break while the members of The GooNOLAs have been working on other projects, New Orleans' comedy trio The GooNOLAs will at last be getting together for a brief pre-show couple of skits at this year's 10th Anniversary radio-play production of "It's a Wonderful Life". Bill Lee and GooNOLAs' founder Stephen James will be joined by George Trahanis to perform "Who's on First" and other skits as a warm-up to the show.

AND FINALLY... News of an upcoming GooNOLAs album have been greatly exasperated... 


Photos at heading and above from our 2017 production, by Racquel Ezell of Elodie Photography & Media