Musical commemorates 40th anniversary of Up Stairs Lounge tragedy

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Posted on June 20, 2013 at 7:42 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - It was a terrible tragedy when a deadly arson fire raced through the second floor of the Up Stairs Lounge in the French Quarter in 1973.

Thirty-two people died in an incident that the creator of a recent documentary called the worst mass murder of gays in U.S. history.

For the 40th anniversary of the fire, a new musical is set to premiere to tell the story of that dark moment in New Orleans history.

The producer and director of that musical, Wayne Self, and Wil Coleman with the Destiny Foundation joined us with more information.

You can see the musical at Cafe Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center on St. Claude Avenue.

It runs through June 24.

Tickets are $30, and you can also purchase music from the show online.

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