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Troop NOLA begins patrol of New Orleans streets; Sweeney Todd debuts at Tulane Lyric Theatre

Actors pose on the set of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane.
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Actors pose on the set of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane.

A new state police force has been patrolling New Orleans streets this summer. It’s called Troop NOLA. Members conduct traffic stops in crime hot spots around the city, and have so far made over 20 arrests.

Gov. Jeff Landry created the unit earlier this year in an effort to crack down on crime in the Crescent City. To learn more about the new force’s activity, we’re joined by John Simerman, investigative reporter at the Times Picayune, who has been tracking the troop.

The Tony Award winning musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens the 57th season of shows for Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane.

It is directed by Ray Proctor, Tulane assistant professor of theatre and dance, who joins us now to preview the show.


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