Performing Arts: July

5-8

ESSENCE Festival

The ESSENCE Fest returns to New Orleans with conferences, speakers and, of course, fantastic music featuring artists like Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and The Roots. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, 587-3663, Essence.com

6-22

Macbeth

Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of Lord Macbeth’s thirst for power that leads to his downfall hits the stage as part of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. Tulane’s Lupin Theater, 150 Dixon Hall Annex, 865-5106, NewOrleansShakespeare.org

6

The Best of Both Worlds Comedy Show

Comedic rising stars Majah Hype and Kerwin Claiborne join forces for an unforgettable night of laughter. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

10

Paramore with Foster the People and Jay Som

Following their massively successful “Tour Two,” Paramore returns to touring in support of their fifth studio album, After Laughter. Champions Square, LaSalle St., 587-3663, Champions-Square.com

12

Orpheum Summer Film Series – The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog, Disney’s modern classic set in New Orleans, plays in the old-time splendor of the Orpheum Theater. Free admission. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com

12-29

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s heartwarming musical about the love story between Belle and The Beast takes the stage at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts in a night of fun for the whole family. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475, RivertownTheaters.com

13

Allison Krauss

Grammy-winning Bluegrass legend Allison Krauss visits the Saenger in support of her latest solo album, Windy City. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

14 & 28

Dine and Dance with the Victory Swing Orchestra

Dance the night away as the National World War II Museum’s own Victory Swing Orchestra celebrates the music of the WWII era. BB’s Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944, NationalWW2Museum.org

18

By Any Scenes Necessary

This hilarious collaboration between the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane and the NOLA Project features a theatre/improv hybrid of Julius Caesar that recreates Shakespeare’s play without a script. Tulane’s Lupin Theater, 150 Dixon Hall Annex, 865-5106, NewOrleansShakespeare.org

17

Sam Smith – “The Thrill Of It All Tour”

Grammy and Oscar-winning pop star Sam Smith brings his world tour to the Smoothie King Center for one night only. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, SmoothieKingCenter.com

18

Debauchery!

New Orleans’ live, ongoing soap opera continues as sisters Chanel and Cartier continue their outrageous adventures. Church of Yoga NOLA, 1480 N. Rocheblave St., 522-6545, SouthernRep.com

21

Cheap Trick

1970s and 1980s rock gods Cheap Trick of “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me” fame bring their classic rock to the Saenger. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

22

Educare Presents The Blind Boys of Alabama

Educare New Orleans’ second annual benefit concert features gospel superstars The Blind Boys of Alabama, along with openers The Legends of New Orleans (featuring Cyril Neville and Irma Thomas). Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com

26

Orpheum Summer Film Series – Mary Poppins

Walt Disney’s beloved classic about everyone’s favorite flying nanny plays in the old-time splendor of the Orpheum Theater. Free admission. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com


 

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