4 and 6
Dead Man Walking
The opera is based on Sister Helen Prejean’s 1993 account of her work on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. New Orleans Opera Association, Mahalia Jackson Theater, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St., 529-3000, NewOrleansOpera.org

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Be
The musical comedy centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 461-9475, RivertownTheaters.com

The Book of Mormon
The hit Broadway musical about a pair of Mormon missionaries stationed in Africa returns to the Saenger. Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

Written by Irish playwright John B. Keane, the play tells the story of an orphaned girl of 17 sent to live with her deceased mother’s brother and his calculating wife. The NOLA Project, Ashe Power House Theatre, 1731 Baronne St., 302-9117, TheNOLAProject.com

Malpaso Dance Company
Based in Havana, the ensemble of 10 dancers is an independent company bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century. New Orleans Ballet Association, Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA, 522-0996, NOBAdance.com

Marry Poppins
JPAS presents the stage adaptation of the movie. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie, 885-2000, jpas.org

An American Spring
The program features works by Schimmel (“Woolgatherer’s Chapbook”), Copland (“Appalachian Spring”) and Gershwin (songs from Porgy and Bess). Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, LPOMusic.com

18-April 3
The Glass Menagerie
The theater mounts the Tennessee Williams classic in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, LePetitTheatre.com

Marigny Opera Ballet: “Emerging Choreographers”
The program features new works by MOB dancers and live musical accompaniment.Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., 948-9998, MarignyOperaHouse.org

April 2
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
The company combines modern, jazz and ballet to create an energetic, athletic form of dance. NOBA Presents, Mahalia Jackson Theater, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St., NOBADance.com