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Broadway Road Trip Series: New Orleans with Myra Lucretia Taylor

Join us on a road trip to New Orleans as we talk with one of the stars of "Tina! The Tina Turner Musical."

We talked with Tony Award Nominee Myra Lucretia Taylor about her projects (she’s currently starring in “Tina! The Tina Turner Musical”), what she’s working on and where she would go on a road trip. While this road trip is long, there is so much to see and do along the way and even more to enjoy in New Orleans! 

Headshot (Courtesy Myra Lucretia Taylor) | WhereTraveler
Headshot (Courtesy Myra Lucretia Taylor)

The Interview

Where: What city are you in currently?
Taylor: New York City.

Where: What are you working on right now?
Taylor: Staying sane... And “Tina! The Tina Turner Musical.”

Where: What show has been your favorite and why?
Taylor: “Tina! The Tina Turner Musical” is my favorite because the audience response is like a tidal wave of goodness, excitement, and healing. The thought of coming back to this show was my guiding star throughout the confusion and uncertainty of the last 18 months.

Where: What’s your favorite meal in New York City?
Taylor: Strangozzi (homemade linguini, shrimp, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, garlic and olive oil) from Bono Trattoria. The owner taught me how to pronounce bruschetta-skeh, not sheh.

Where: What are your favorite Broadway shows (Other than “Tina!” Of course!)?
Taylor: “Ain’t Too Proud;” the music is outstanding, and the dancing is a marvel! “Wicked;” good fun, and what’s more touching than “For Good?” “Because I Knew You I have been changed for Good...”

Where: What are your favorite places to go to in New York City?
Taylor: The High Line—beautiful tall grasses in the sky! Lincoln Center—the plaza at The Lincoln Center is such a majestic open space. Wave Hill—beautiful vistas in New York! Relax, breathe. 

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Lincoln Center (©Kate Glicksberg/NYC & Company)

Where: If you could take a road trip anywhere, where would you go?
Taylor: New Orleans. Cafe Du Monde. I’ve never been, and I want a beignet.

Where: What would be your Broadway road trip soundtrack?
Taylor: “Tina!” OBC, hopefully. This music makes you glad to be human-it is truly inspiring. It is a head back, toe-tapping, finger poppin’ delight.

Where: Where would you stop along the way?
Taylor: Coney Island—Hot dogs for the road! 

The Road Trip - NYC to NOLA

This road trip takes over 18 hours of drive time one-way, so make sure you have plenty of days to explore and drive before making it to your destination. You can split the drive into three shorter drives by stopping in Richmond, VA and Atlanta, GA, and both cities offer plenty of accommodations, dining and things to do before you arrive at your destination. 

Jackson Square (©Sara Jeong) New Orleans, Louisiana | WhereTraveler
Jackson Square (©Sara Jeong)

Eat

  • Cafe Du Monde: Make sure to stop here for the world-famous beignets.
  • Commander’s Palace: An authentic New Orleans institution, you’ll find decadent fine dining here.
  • Dat Dog: An excellent spot for foodies and those on a budget, the imaginative dogs are an absolute delight. 
Beignets at Cafe Du Monde (©Chelsea Audibert) New Orleans | WhereTraveler
Beignets at Cafe Du Monde (©Chelsea Audibert) 

Play

  • Mardi Gras Museum: Get an up-close look at costumes and artifacts from previous Mardi Gras parades.
  • The National WWII Museum: This massive museum is home to some of the most educational and detailed World War II exhibits. 
  • Steamboat Natchez: Take a jazz cruise down the river and see the city from the water. 
Steamboat Natchez (©Deborah Bates) New Orleans | WhereTraveler
Steamboat Natchez (©Deborah Bates) 

Stay

  • Henry Howard Hotel: Located in the Garden District, this historic mansion has been converted into an upscale hotel.
  • Omni Royal Orleans: Located in the heart of the French Quarter, you can’t beat the fantastic location.
  • Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery: This award-winning boutique hotel is close to the waterfront, French Quarter and the Central Business District. 
Henry Howard Hotel (©Jessica Myers) New Orleans | WhereTraveler
Henry Howard Hotel (©Jessica Myers)