Perennial Favorite Returns to Le Petit Theatre For the Holiday Season


NEW ORLEANS (press release)  – New Orleans’ favorite holiday revue, Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears returns to Le Petit for two shows to benefit The Innocence Project New Orleans and Le Petit Theatre!

Past years’ revelers included: Bryan Batt, Eric Bloom, John Boutté, Michael Cerveris. Patricia Clarkson, Kimberly Kaye, John Goodman, Helen Gillet, Phil DeGruy, Evan Christopher, Debbie Davis, Tom McDermott, Aurora Nealand, Solid Harmony, Matt Perrine, and more!

Welsh-born and Los Angeles-based pianist and singer-songwriter Judith ​Owen​ and her husband, actor and humorist Harry Shearer​ (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap) will once again spread their special brand of yuletide cheer with Christmas Without Tears in a two-night benefit event.​ What Owen describes as “an antidote to Xmas,” the witty and heartwarming show features an all-star array of friends and guests dropping into Owen and Shearer’s onstage living room to share a song, a story or a laugh – a perfect mix that makes for a true variety show.

A reverent and irreverent antidote to the most stressful of seasons, each evening includes both invited performers and surprise guests who drop into Harry and Judith’s onstage living room and share a song or a joke to bring the holiday spirit to all. Song selections range from the sentimental (“Winter Wonderland” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) to the irreverent (“F&*k Christmas” and “Jesus Was a Dreidel Spinner”).


This Yuletide tradition began in Shearer and Owen’s living room, followed by their first public performance in 2005 at a Disney Hall benefit in support of the people of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. ALL proceeds go to charities, with performances from the 2016 U.S. Tour benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, My Friend’s Place, Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic & Assistance Foundation. A throwback to simpler times, this homespun variety show is both festive romp and salve for the soul, serving as a reminder to all that Christmas is a time to be with the ones you love…and sometimes, even family!


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WHEN: December 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $45-$75 | Reserved Seating

WHERE: LE PETIT THEATRE – 616 St. Peter St. New Orleans LA 70116 | 504-522-2081

BOX OFFICE: 504.522.2081 or





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