John Schneider, Tom Wopat bring ‘Dukes of Hazzard’-inspired Christmas to south Louisiana
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on November 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM, updated November 27, 2015 at 11:11 AM
One of the wildly popular family television programs of the 1970s-1980s, “Dukes of Hazzard,” brought viewers an unforgettable pair of good-looking cousins who enjoyed country living, running from the (notably incompetent) law, and traipsing the rural countryside in the iconic, confederate flag-covered car, the “General Lee.”
Back then, Bo and Luke Duke — depicted by John Schneider and Tom Wopat, respectively — were beloved by millions of children, and adults as well.
The “good ‘ol boys” aim to conjure the nostalgia of the television series — and rustle up some country Christmas magic — when they present the second year of “Home for Hazzard Christmas: John Schneider and Tom Wopat in Concert” on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event will take place in a rustic, tin-roofed barn at John Schneider Studios, the actor’s working film studio on 58 acres in Holden, located about 20 minutes west of Hammond.
“It’s funny because Tom and my relationship began around a guitar,” Schneider said. “We’ve been performing music together both publicly and privately since 1978. You may be very surprised at how well we sing together.”
Both actors have had full careers since they last ambled around the fictional Hazzard County in blue jeans and cowboy boots.
After portraying Luke Duke, Wopat parlayed his skill set into a successful career on Broadway, earning Tony Award nominations for his work on “Annie Get Your Gun” and “A Catered Affair.” He has also released four jazz albums, the latest being “I’ve got your Number” (2013).
Schneider has kept busy in varied arts following his turn as the blonde-haired Bo Duke. He’s remained active in television, including work on Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Haves Nots” and in a role as Clark Kent’s dad on “Smallville,” an adaptation of the Superman story. He has directed and shot his own films at John Schneider Studios as well as provided resources for other films in production.
Musically, Schneider is no slouch, either; to date he’s released 14 studio albums and 18 singles, including “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know,” “Country Girls,” and others that have topped the Billboard Country singles charts.
In 2014, Schneider and Wopat came together to create a holiday album, “Home for Christmas,” and performed together at the studios last Christmas. This year, they return for two shows and a special VIP cocktail event.
The 90-minute shows will feature Wopat, Schneider and a “big band.”
Ticket holders are also invited to get an add-on, which grants access to a VIP cocktail party where Wopat and Schneider will be present. The cocktail event will offer “pass around” appetizers and an autographed CD for each guest.
“Want the perfect Christmas gift for you and your family?” Schneider asked, suggesting the ideal present would be coming out to see him and Wopat “singing and playing music in the studio barn.”
“We’ll have more fun and perform more music than you can possibly imagine,” Schneider said.
“Home for Hazzard Christmas: John Schneider and Tom Wopat in Concert” will take place Saturday, Dec. 5 at John Schneider Studios, 16050 Florida Blvd., Holden. The “early show” is at 3 p.m., “late show” at 8:30 p.m., and VIP cocktail hour takes place at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for either show are $35 per person in advance or $45 at the studio gate. The optional cocktail party add-on is an additional $100 in advance or $120 at the event and is only open to those also purchasing tickets to the show.
For tickets, visit Eventbrite.com and search for the event titled “Home for Hazzard Christmas.”