25 March 2009

oak alley plantation announces premiere of "midnight bayou"

oak alley plantation as "manet hall"

wst... received the following email from oak alley plantation:
Nora Robert's "Midnight Bayou" filmed at Oak Alley Plantation

The Great River Road's most beautiful antebellum plantation home is the setting for many varied and amazing scenarios. From stunning wedding ceremonies, rollicking parties, concerts, arts and crafts festivals, to reenactments of great moments in our nation's history. It is the stage upon which all unfolds in perfect harmony with the demands of each event.

There are creepy and mysterious tales to share as well, and on October 21st through the 24th, 2008, Oak Alley was the setting for the filming of The Lifetime Original Movie "Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou,". Stars Jerry O'Connell ("Crossing Jordan"), Lauren Stamile ("Grey's Anatomy") and Faye Dunaway ("Chinatown") roamed the eery Plantation while filming the second of the 2009 Nora Roberts' movie slated to to air in 2009. Mandalay Television and Stephanie Germain Productions produced the film with Peter Guber and Stephanie Germain serving as executive producers.

The Lifetime Movie production of Nora Roberts' novel premieres on March 28th at 8 P.M. Central time.

In "Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou" Harvard-educated lawyer Declan Fitzpatrick (O'Connell), impulsively gives up his settled life to buy Manet Hall (Oak Alley Plantation), a newly restored plantation manor near New Orleans, which he has always found himself drawn to.

Legend has it that the house is haunted and shortly after Declan moves in he starts hearing voices and seeing things. Declan is also distracted by an undeniable attraction to Cajun local Lena Simone (Stamile), who grew up on the bayou with her grandmother Odette (Dunaway), and has her own deep connection to the manor.

While living in the house he begins to have visions from a century past and details of events that took place in the mansion. With the help of Odette, Declan and Lena realize that they are inextricably linked with Manet Hall (Oak Alley Plantation) and uncover a shocking secret that has been hidden there for more than one hundred years.

The story opens on a Mardi Gras night in 2001. Young revelers are out for a wild time, cruising along the west bank of the Mississippi River, music blaring, moon roof open and carnival craziness in full swing.

If you've read the book you'll already know some of the plot. But, it's not the same as being there. The camera's eye sees the same as yours, the shadows enveloping you and the mighty avenue of oaks as the moon is swallowed up by scudding clouds.

Yes indeed! You won't want to miss a moment of "Midnight Bayou" and see how Oak Alley Plantation was transformed for this movie.

"Midnight Bayou"

March 28, 2009

9 P.M. Eastern / 8 P.M. Central

Click Lifetime link below for previews of movie.

Lifetime Channel

Check your local listing for times and channel in your area.
midnight bayou listing at the internet movie database