Performing Arts: April
After the death of her Cuban-born mother, New Yorker Zelia comes to terms with her heritage and learns of her great aunt who remained in Cuba out of love for another woman. The play is written by New Orleans native Christina Quintana. Southern Rep Theatre, 2541 Bayou Road, 523-9857, SouthernRep.com.
Jump, Jive, and Wail: The Music of Louis Prima
A spectacular cast recounts Prima’s legendary life and career while performing timeless classics like “Just a Gigolo” and “Basin Street Blues.” The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943, NationalWW2Museum.org.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical follows two intercultural love stories during World War II. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700, JPAS.org.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Enjoy this family musical based on the comic strip Peanuts performed by talented young local actors. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475, RivertownTheaters.com.
The longtime host of popular HBO current affairs talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher” brings his incendiary, take-no-prisoners standup to the Saenger. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com.
Double Dare Live!
Original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo return with the live version of the classic Nickelodeon TV show. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com.
11 & 13
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
One of the leading cellists of our time, Julian Steckel, makes his debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com.
NPR contributor and renowned comic storyteller David Sedaris (Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day) is on a national tour promoting his new bestseller, Calypso. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
The legendary duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical take on the Cinderella fairy tale will delight audiences young and old. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com.
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh brings his band to the Joy Theater with music infused with rock, folk, punk, jazz, metal, classical and other influences. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569, TheJoyTheater.com.
26 & 28
Verdi’s tragic opera about love, power and revenge features powerful drama and beautiful music. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue “Treme Threauxdown 5”
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue host another stellar lineup of musicians for the fifth “Treme Threauxdown.” Previous guests have included Usher, Wyclef Jean and Dr. John. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com.
This Southern rock jam band, formed as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band, returns to New Orleans for a show at the Orpheum. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Melissa Etheridge with Liz Phair
Grammy-award winning singer Melissa Etheridge (“Come to My Window”) brings her Medicine Show tour to the Saenger with fellow 1990s rocker Liz Phair. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com.