It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti's learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

The Show Must Go On – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Now that the Katrina-darkened footlights are back on at the Saenger, the Mahalia Jackson and the Civic, theater is big business in New Orleans. Peter’s guests on out to Lunch are two of the people who brought these theaters back to life and who operate them. 

bryan bailey

Bryan Bailey is co-owner and Managing Partner of the Civic Theater.

david skinner

David Skinner is General Manager of the Saenger and the Mahalia Jackson theaters.

After millions of dollars worth of renovations,  the Saenger, Mahalia Jackson, and Civic theaters are now hosting a multitude of productions – from touring Broadway plays to rock concerts – and thousands of New Orleanians are discovering them, many for the first time.


David And Bryan tell Peter about the very different routes that got them into the theater business and discuss the common issues they have in encouraging performers to include New Orleans in their touring schedule. In this show we get a glimpse behind the scenes at the business of live theater.