1111 Canal St. | New Orleans
800-218-7469 | saengernola.com
Experience Broadway in New Orleans at the grand and historic Saenger Theatre. The freshly renovated downtown icon is a hit all by itself, and the line-up on its stage is not to be missed.
“Memphis” (March 11-16). From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Tennessee comes a tale of fame and forbidden love.
“War Horse” (May 13-18). A heart-warming, Tony Award-winning tale of loyalty and friendship told with the help of astonishing life-sized puppets
“Chicago” (Oct. 7-12). The show has everything that makes Broadway great, including one show-stopping song after another.
“The Phantom of the Opera” (Nov. 5-16). There will never be another show like this one – now’s your chance.
“Dirty Dancing” (Dec. 16-21). The classic musical love story explodes with heart-pounding music and sensational dancing.
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
325 Minor St. | Kenner
504-461-9475 | rivertowntheaters.com
Theatre 13 pros Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi keep the big-time entertainment coming in shows presented on the stages of the lovely riverside theaters.
“The Ladies of the Camellias” (March 14-29). This diva of all farces imagines a meeting in Paris, in 1897, between Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. Directed by David Hoover.
“Young Frankenstein” (May 9-24). This musical comedy is as much fun as Mel Brooks’ original movie.
“Shrek, the Musical” (Sept. 12-27). Part romance, part twisted fairly tale, this show is full of irresistible songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery. Directed by Gary Rucker.
“One Man, Two Guvnors” (Nov. 7-22). Richard Bean’s hilarious comedy won raves from London to New York and now arrives on a local stage. Directed by Ricky Graham.
Southern Repertory Theatre
Box Office: 504-522-6545 | southernrep.com
Artistic Director Aimée Hayes takes this theater’s top-quality productions to venues around the city.
“The Night of the Iguana,” (March 12-April 6). Mike Harkins and Aimée Hayes star in the confession drama considered Tennessee Williams’ last great play. Troubled souls navigate faith, sex and sin in an attempt to save one another. Directed by Phil Karnell. At The Art Klub, 519 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans
“The Wizard of Oz.” Part of the spring musical theater workshop for kids (March 11-May 15), this production will take the stage at the Jewish Community Center. See website for details and registration packets.
“Debauchery! The Soap Opera.” Part of Southern Rep’s Lagniappe Series, this interactive monthly soap opera has sisters Chanel and Cartier flouncing their way through outrageous exploits. At Mid-City Theatre. Check website for updated dates, times and locations.
6X6 – Six 10-minute plays by six playwrights. Part of the Lagniappe Series, this is a great way to see emerging dramatic talent. Check website for dates, times and locations.
3540 Toulouse St. (behind the American Can apartments) | New Orleans
504-488-1460 | midcitytheatre.com
This welcoming neighborhood theater is a hub of entertainment, from cabaret and comedy to drama. Discover the Bayou St. John ambience of Fred Nuccio’s creative theater.
March is cabaret month and among other shows will feature “Leslie Castay … Unscripted” (March 7-8). The cabaret diva performs songs that range from American standards to classic Broadway, jazz and pop. Check the website for more details.
“Paul Oswell’s Narrowing My Horizons” (March 12-13). Via his comedic blend of stand-up, song, poetry and film, let Oswell take you to exotic climes and the seedier parts of your own neighborhood.
“The Golden Girls Return!” (April 3-19). By popular demand, three great new episodes star Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham, Brooklyn Shaffer and Brian Johnston, plus Becky Allen. Come sing along and prepare to laugh.
“Le Continentale!” (March 20). A night out in the Paris of Mid-City, this concert features a cabaret of French chanson starring Bremner Duthie.
“Pat Bourgeois’ Debauchery” (March 19, April 9, May 7). The soap opera about a snooty Uptown family with a decidedly downtown mom continues. (Produced by Southern Rep Theatre)
Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane
Dixon Hall | Tulane University Campus New Orleans
504-865-5269 | summerlyric.tulane.edu
Now presenting its 47th season, Summer Lyric Theatre each summer employs the talents of over 200 paid and volunteer actors, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, choreographers, designers and technical artists. Its mission is to preserve one of America’s greatest art forms by producing high-quality, timeless musical theater.
“Les Miserables” (June 19-22). The incredible, heart-rending story of 19th-century France is seen in the life of the central character, Jean Valjean.
“A Chorus Line” (July 10-13). A story that will invigorate anyone who has ever danced in a chorus or wished that they could. Not to be missed.
“Cabaret” (July 31-Aug. 3). The wildly popular and still amazing musical comes to the local stage.
“Death of a Salesman”
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré
616 St. Peter St. | New Orleans
A new chapter in the history of a storied theater began with a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2013. The historic stage has returned to life at the corner of Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
“Death of a Salesman” (May 9-24). Arthur Miller’s masterpiece is a thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that is considered one of the greatest American plays ever written. This production marks the debut of Le Petit’s educational program, offering select daytime performances for high school students in addition to the regular evening performance schedule.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (July 11-26). One of the most beloved musicals of all time, this Bible story set to music is fun for the family. Based on the tale of Jacob’s son Joseph, Dreamcoat garnered eight Tony nominations in its original Broadway run.
Anthony Bean Community Theater
1333 South Carrollton Ave. | New Orleans
504-862-7529 | anthonybeantheater.com
Founder and Artistic Director Anthony Bean dedicates the organization to developing young talent and providing a stage where novices and professional actors may work together. The situations and characters of the productions reflect issues in the New Orleans community, past and present
“White Chocolate” (March 21-April 13). Black identity in small-town white America turns out to be anything but idyllic. By Sam Kelley, a regional premiere.
“Say Amen” (June 6-29). A world premiere by Anthony Bean. A young Christian couple learns the meaning of worship when their only child is taken from them through an act of violence.
“Two Trains Running” (Sept. 5-29). Changing attitudes toward race unfold from the perspective of urban residents.
“Candy Land, the Musical” (July 18-27). A world premiere, by Anthony Bean. Inner city kids want to escape their hopelessness in a world of make-believe.
“I Wanna Be Rich” (Nov. 1-24). A world premiere, by Fred A. Roberts Jr. Friends show their true colors in a comedy that carries a lesson.
Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Jefferson Performing Arts Center: 400 Phlox St., Metairie
Box office: 504-885-2000
Teatro WEGO! Dinner Theater: 177 Sala Ave., Westwego
504.371.3330 | jpas.org
Under the direction of Dennis Assaf, the regional theater offers a diverse line-up on two stages as the organization awaits completion of the beautiful new performing arts center on Airline Highway. Scheduling has been delayed on several shows, including “Les Miserables,” “Shrek” and “The Color Purple,” but details should be available soon.
“Perfect Wedding” (March 7-23). A bridegroom awakens on his wedding morning to find a strange girl in his bed, and he has no idea how she got there. The circumstances of course lead to chaos of nuclear proportions. At Teatro Wego!
Summer Camps and Conservatory 2014. Stay tuned for information regarding our educational programs.
The Joy Theater
1200 Canal St. | New Orleans
504-528-9569 | thejoytheater.com
The reopening of this downtown landmark has enlivened upper Canal Street with live music, comedy and theatrical productions. Audiences enjoy a diverse lineup of performances in a great performance venue.
“Slightly Stoopid” (April 24). Huka Entertainment presents a case study in underground success, steeped in years of concert tours, as the band members perform the art of the stealth groove on stage.
“An Evening with The Word” (April 27). WCP and JamBase present gospel-blues-rock supergroup The Word reuniting in advance of releasing a new recording.
“Men are from Mars Women are from Venus – Live” (May 15). A hilarious fusion of theater and stand-up that’s based on a best-selling book from author John Gray. The 90-minute show will have couples elbowing each other all evening.
ZMR Music Awards Concert (May 17) ZoneMusicReporter once again hosts the awards show live in New Orleans, featuring David Arkenstone with Charlee Brooks; Todd Boston; Lisa Downing; Fiona Joy, Kevin Keller and Paul Speer.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Box office: 504-523-6530 | lpomusic.com
Music Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto presents a season of stars featured in a repertoire that spans several centuries.
Shostakovich “Leningrad” Symphony (March 20). Featuring Juho Pohjonen on the piano. At Mahalia Jackson Theater.
“Fiesta Sinfonica“ (March 22). Featuring Latin jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Paquito D’Rivera. At Mahalia Jackson Theater.
LPO “Under the Sea” (March 23). Featuring favorite “underwater” music. At Roussel Hall.
“Philippe Quint and West Side Story” (April 11). Featuring the renowned violinist, at Mahalia Jackson Theater.
"Fabergé Opus Ball” (April 12). A concert featuring pianist Lola Astanova, conducted by Jahja Ling, followed by dinner and dancing, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
“Mahler “Tragic” Symphony (May 15). At Mahalia Jackson Theater.
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (May 24). Featuring mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. At Mahalia Jackson Theater.
New Orleans Opera Association
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts | New Orleans
Box office: 504-529-3000 | 800-881-4459
General and Artistic Director Robert Lyall again leads the association in a season of performances by some of the world’s top operatic stars. Watch for Opera On Tap in local clubs.
“La Boheme” (April 4, 6) Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the tragic love story of Mimi and Rodolfo, set to Puccini’s immortal music, never loses its power to move audiences. Fall in love again! At Mahalia Jackson Theater.
Get your opera fix in between major performances via Opera on Tap, presenting grand talent in the humble surroundings of area pubs and other settings. Check the website for dates, times and locations.
New Orleans Ballet Association
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts | New Orleans
Box office: 504-522-0996 | nobadance.com
The central Gulf region’s premiere presenting organization dedicated solely to dance, the association offers another season of main stage and educational programs featuring world-class dance companies and artists.
“Gala des Etoiles” (March 28). At Mahalia Jackson Theater.
“The Joffrey Ballet” (March 29). Back by popular demand, the great ballet returns with seldom-seen works by Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. At Mahalia Jackson Theater.
“Parsons Dance” (May 10). A special NOBA-commissioned world premiere with New Orleans musical guests, the always-popular company oozes with virtuosity and breathtaking athleticism. At Mahalia Jackson Theater.