Summer Calendar

All performance information is subject to change. For updated times, dates, locations and ticket prices, please check the Web sites or call the box office phone numbers listed here.

NOTE: Productions designated with a star ( * ) are new, original works.

JUNE
Through June 14th
the taming of the shrew | Set to the music of Louis Prima, a celebration of life, love and all things Italian-American in 1950’s New Orleans. Following a record-setting preview in January, Shrew returns, featuring Lorenzo Gonzalez and Rebecca Frank reprising their roles as Petrucchio and Kate. After two nights of previews, the show officially opens on May 31st and includes a post-show gala celebrating the Festival’s 15th season. Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Lupin Theatre, Tulane University, New Orleans, Box Office: 504-865-5105, extension 2, www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com.

June 4-16

 *    mad wenches and wondrous forward women | A series of new plays by female playwrights which explore the world of Shakespeare and the age of Elizabeth I will be presented as readings. Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, McWilliams Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, Box Office: 504-865-5105, extension 2, www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com.

June 6

… and the ball and all | 7:30 pm. Directed by Ricky Graham and starring Becky Allen, the hilarious show centers around the Krewe of Terpsichore in 1950s New Orleans. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond, Box office phone: 985-543-4371, www.columbiatheatre.org.

June 6-29

cabaret | Featuring Roy Haylock as the MC and Jessie Terrebone as Sally Bowles. The wildly popular John Kander-Fred Ebb musical that became one of the most popular musical films in history. All the world’s a freewheeling cabaret in pre-war Germany when an American writer meets a divinely decadent girl who is performing in a sleazy nightclub. Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St. (on Jackson Square in the French Quarter), New Orleans, 504-522-2081, www.lepetittheatre.com.

June 6-29

     unplugged | An original hip-hop drama about a boy band with deep secrets. Fri., Sat., Sun. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, 504-862-7529, www.anthonybeantheater.com

June 7-22

… and the ball and all | Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 6 p.m. Created by Ricky Graham, this show has enjoyed long runs on various local stages since 1995. Starring many of the original cast, including Becky Allen, Yvette Hargis, Amanda Hargis and Mandi Zirkenbach.  Not only are their costumes and wigs fabulous, the props include green bean casserole. Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater, 715 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans (between Poydras and Julia Streets), 504-581-5812, www.cabaretlechatnoir.com.
June 8-29

june with judy | Sundays at 7 p.m., $15. The fourth annual (but different) salute to the music of the great legendary performer Judy Garland. Suitable for all ages. Teatro WEGO! Dinner Theater, 177-A Sala Ave., Westwego, Box office: 504-371-3330, www.jpas.org.
June 15

nord/noba center for dance company | 3 p.m. At NOCCA|Riverfront, Lupin Hall. New Orleans Ballet Association, One Lee Circle, New Orleans, 504-522-0996, www.nobadance.com.
June 19-22
 
pal joey | The penultimate Rodgers & Hart collaboration. Many people will know from the Oscar-nominated film starring Frank Sinatra and the timeless songs “I Could Write a Book” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” Directed by Summer Lyric Theatre’s Artistic Director B. Michael Howard, choreographed by Edmond Kresley, and starring Broadway veteran Ian Carney. Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University, 104 Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, 504-865-5269, http://summerlyric.tulane.edu/index.cfm.
June 20 – July 6

gertrude stein & companions |Presented by To Do Productions. Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny, New Orleans, 504-218-8559, www.marignytheatre.org.
June 21

bourbon and burlesque | The second annual Bourbon & Burlesque, a swinging soiree with proceeds benefiting the Contemporary Arts Center. Complimentary specialty bourbon cocktails; a spectacular review featuring members of New Orleans’ best burlesque troupes. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans, 504-528-3805/ 504-528-3800, www.cacno.org
June  26- July 12

as you like it | In the magical forest of Arden, Rosalind must become a man to make a man of Orlando. Director Sean Patterson’s re-imagining of Shakespeare’s popular comedy takes place in an urban park of the 1930’s filled with romance. It features the talents of local favorites Trina Beck, James Bartelle and Lara Grice. The opening night performance on June 28 includes a post-show reception with the cast. Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Lupin Theatre, Tulane University, New Orleans, Box Office: 504-865-5105, extension 2, www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com.
June  26 – July 12

  *   sadie returns | Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 6 p.m. Sadie Shepherd (aka Brian Peterson) returns with a revamped cabaret show. Her 2007 debut at Le Chat Noir launched this wonderful, funny character. Now she returns with musical director and accompanist Anthony Sears. Two weekends only. Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater, 715 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans (between Poydras and Julia Streets), Box Office: 504-581-5812, www.cabaretlechatnoir.com. JULY
Through July 6

gertrude stein & companions |  Presented by To Do Productions. Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny, New Orleans, 504-218-8559, www.marignytheatre.org.
Through July 6

  *   sadie returns | Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 6 p.m. Sadie Shepherd (aka Brian Peterson) returns with a revamped cabaret show. Her 2007 debut at Le Chat Noir launched this wonderful, funny character. Now she returns with musical director and accompanist Anthony Sears. Two weekends only. Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater, 715 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans (between Poydras and Julia Streets), Box Office: 504-581-5812, www.cabaretlechatnoir.com.
Through July 12

as you like it | In the magical forest of Arden, Rosalind must become a man to make a man of Orlando. Director Sean Patterson’s re-imagining of Shakespeare’s popular comedy takes place in an urban park of the 1930’s filled with romance. It features the talents of local favorites Trina Beck, James Bartelle and Lara Grice. The opening night performance on June 28 includes a post-show reception with the cast. Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Lupin Theatre, Tulane University, New Orleans, Box Office: 504-865-5105, extension 2, www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com.

Through July 16

     mad wenches, and wondrous forward women | A series of new plays by female playwrights which explore the world of Shakespeare and the age of Elizabeth I will be presented as readings. Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, McWilliams Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, Box Office: 504-865-5105, extension 2, www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com.
July 5 – August 3

   *  give up da funk | An original musical revue about a group of young people discovering the world of funk music. Fri.-Sun. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, 504-862-7529, www.anthonybeantheater.com
July 9-18

coyote on a fence | Wed.-Fri. InSideOut Productions presents Bruce Graham’s provocative drama set in death row, where John Brennan fights desperately to stay his execution but becomes conflicted when he inherits a new cell partner, an oddly likable white supremacist convicted of a heinous crime. Presented in a two-week Company in Residence with Delgado Community College, featuring Michael Aaron Santos, Angie Joachim, directed by Ashley Ricord. Tickets: $10 general public, $8 students and seniors. Call 505-616-6066. A portion of ticket sales will go to Delgado Theatre Scholarship.

July 10-13

li’l abner | The Tony Award-winning musical is pure entertainment. “If I Had My Druthers,” “Jubilation T. Cornpone,” “Namely You,” “Love in a Home” and “Progress is the Root of All Evil” will keep you laughing and wanting more. Directed by Diane Lala and choreographed by Edmond Kresley. Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University, 104 Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, 504-865-5269, http://summerlyric.tulane.edu/index.cfm.
July 10-26

the musical comedy murders of 1940 | Written by John Bishop, directed by René J. F. Piazza. Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2:30 p.m. Actors Theater of New Orleans, 4539 N. I -10 Service Rd., Suite 200, Metairie, 504-456-4111, www.actorstheatreofneworleans.com.
July 10-27

private eyes | Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. Golden Eagle Theatre Company presents Steven Dietz’s comedy of suspicion as part of SRT’s City Series. Directed by Andrew Elliott and featuring Liz Mills, Keith Launey, Angela Papale, Staci Robbins and Leon Contavesprie. Southern Rep Theatre, 333 Canal Place, New Orleans, 504-522-6545, www.southernrep.com. July 11-August 3

a place in the sun | Running With Scissors presents its screwball take on the 1951 film classic. George Eastman is a highly ambitious lowly employee at his rich uncle’s factory. His sights are set on sexy society gal, but on his way up the totem pole he makes a pit stop in the arms of dowdy Alice Tripp. Complications ensue, leading to a terrifying night on Loon Lake. Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater, 715 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans (between Poydras and Julia Streets), Box Office: 504-581-5812, www.cabaretlechatnoir.com.
July 11-27

les miserables (school edition) | Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, directed by Lynn and Randy Perkins, the epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Rd. (off Lee Road), Covington, 985-893-1671, http://www.playmakersinc.com.

July 19

gay appreciation awards | The annual appreciation awards of Ambush Magazine. Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny, New Orleans, 504-218-8559, www.marignytheatre.org. July 20-27

20th annual new orleans international piano competition | Providing opportunities for the most gifted and communicative musicians to further their careers and for the community to discover the world’s finest pianistic talents. The competition will be held in conjunction with the Annual Summer Keyboard Festival, both hosted by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. For more information contact director@masno.org, call 504-899-4826, or see http://masno.org.
July 23-26

twelfth night | Our high school training program, All Things
Shakespeare! presents a shipwreck, lost loves, and gender confusion … and that’s only the beginning. The play that gives us a world where everyone desires a person who doesn’t reciprocate. Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Lupin Theatre, Tulane University, New Orleans, Box Office: 504-865-5105, extension 2, www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com.
July 24 – August 16

an enemy of the people | by Henrik Ibsen and Arthur Miller, Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., 1130 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. As a small town prepares to resuscitate its economy by opening new medicinal baths, the doctor who conceived of the idea discovers the waters are contaminated. Certain he will be thanked for finding the flaw, he is alarmed when the town refuses to acknowledge or correct the defect. Cripple Creek Theatre Company, 504-891-6825, www.cripplecreekplayers.org, www.seeaplay.org.
July 25 – August 2

  *   what, has this thing appeared again tonight? | In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, NOLA Project Theatre Company, in a joint production with the Shakespeare Festival, returns to New Orleans in search of artistic inspiration born of disaster. Will they discover who, or what, The Thing is before it’s too late? Conceived, written and directed by the Festival’s Associate Artistic Director, Jim Fitzmorris. Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Lupin Theatre, Tulane University, New Orleans, 504-865-5105, extension 2, www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com.
July 31- August 3

oklahoma! | Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University presents
a version that is contemporary and timeless, tender, tough and sweet. Edmond Kresley will direct, with choreography by Matthew Neff
(of the Broadway revival tour). Summer Lyric Theatre, 104 Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, 504-865-5269, http://summerlyric.tulane.edu/index.cfm.

AUGUST
Through August 2

   *  what, has this thing appeared again tonight? | In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, NOLA Project Theatre Company, in a joint production with the Shakespeare Festival, returns to New Orleans in search of artistic inspiration born of disaster. Will they discover who, or what, The Thing is before it’s too late? Conceived, written and directed by the Festival’s Associate Artistic Director, Jim Fitzmorris. Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Lupin Theatre, Tulane University, New Orleans, Box Office: 504-865-5105, extension 2, www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com.
Through August 3

  *   give up da funk | An original musical revue about a group of young people discovering the world of funk music. Fri.-Sun. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, 504-862-7529, www.anthonybeantheater.com.

Through August 3

oklahoma! | Summer Lyric presents a version that is contemporary and timeless, tender, tough and sweet. Edmond Kresley will direct, with choreography by Matthew Neff (of the Broadway revival tour). Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University, 104 Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, 504-865-5269, http://summerlyric.tulane.edu/index.cfm.
Through August 3

a place in the sun | Running With Scissors presents its screwball take on the 1951 film classic. George Eastman is a highly ambitious lowly employee at his rich uncle’s factory. He’s got his sights set on sexy society gal Angela Vickers, but on his way up the totem pole, George makes a pit stop in the arms of dowdy Alice Tripp. Complications ensue, leading to a terrifying night on Loon Lake, followed by a trip even further up the river. Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater, 715 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans (between Poydras and Julia Streets), Box Office: 504-581-5812, www.cabaretlechatnoir.com.
Through August 16

an enemy of the people | by Henrik Ibsen and Arthur Miller, Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., 1130 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. As a small town prepares to resuscitate its economy by opening new medicinal baths, the doctor who conceived of the idea discovers the waters are contaminated. Certain he will be thanked for finding the flaw, he is alarmed when the town refuses to acknowledge or correct the defect. Cripple Creek Theatre Company, 504.891.6825, www.cripplecreekplayers.org, www.seeaplay.org.
August 1-2

dayton contemporary dance company | With featured dancers of the NORD/NOBA Center For Dance, at Loyola University, Roussell Hall. New Orleans Ballet Association, One Lee Circle, New Orleans, 504-522-0996, www.nobadance.com. August 1-10

gutenberg! the musical! | By Scott Brown and Anthony King, co-directed by and starring Gary Rucker and Sean Patterson. In the regional premiere of this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backer’s audition for their new project: a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. Presented by FourFront Theatre, www.fourfronttheatre.com. At Southern Rep Theatre, 333 Canal Place, 504-522-6545 or visit www.southernrep.com.
August 18-27

 *    what, has this thing appeared again tonight? | In Muriel’s Cabaret Theatre. Playwright and director Jim Fitzmorris teams with The NOLA Project and Le Petit to present his new play, which blends Shakespeare, science fiction and horror with a New Orleans setting in a bizarre mix that is uniquely Fitzmorris and immensely entertaining. (The play premieres at Tulane’s Shakespeare Festival July 25–Aug. 2 before moving to Le Petit.) Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St. (on Jackson Square in the French Quarter), New Orleans, 504-522-2081, www.lepetittheatre.com.
August 8-30

sweeney todd (the concert version) | The emerging generation of New Orleans musical theatre takes the stage in August as Michael Tramontin produces and stars. Featuring the songs from Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece Broadway show. Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater, 715 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans (between Poydras and Julia Streets), Box Office: 504-581-5812, www.cabaretlechatnoir.com.
August 14-30

rabbit hole | Local premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsey-Abaire. Directed by René J. F. Piazza. Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2:30 p.m. Actors Theater of New Orleans, 4539 N. I -10 Service Rd., Suite 200, Metairie, 504-456-4111, www.actorstheatreofneworleans.com.
August  15 – September 7

joseph and his amazing technicolor dream coat | The Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. This updated version of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s first musical provides a wonderful visual experience. Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell, 985-643-0556/985-641-0324, www.slidell-slt.org.
August  22 – September 6

ventriloquist verses: voices from beneath the water’s edge | Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. An original multi-media presentation by Diana Shortes that looks at loss, forgiveness and the search for cultural identity in post-Katrina New Orleans. Directed by John Grimsley, choreography by Monique Moss with musical accompaniment by local musicians. Alamo Underground, 1547 Crete St., New Orleans,  504-481-4091, www.alamounderground.org.
August  22 – September 7

radio golf | The last play by Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright August Wilson. Fri.-Sun. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, 504-862-7529, www.anthonybeantheater.com.
August  29 – September 28

thrill me | Presented by To Do Productions. Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny, New Orleans, 504-218-8559, www.marignytheatre.org.

SEPTEMBER

Through September 7

joseph and his amazing technicolor dream coat | The Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. This updated version of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s first musical provides a wonderful visual experience. Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell, 985-643-0556/985-641-0324, www.slidell-slt.org.
Through September 6

ventriloquist verses: voices from beneath the water’s edge | Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. An original multi-media presentation by Diana Shortes that looks at loss, forgiveness and the search for cultural identity in post-Katrina New Orleans. Directed by John Grimsley, choreography by Monique Moss with musical accompaniment by local musicians. Alamo Underground, 1547 Crete St., New Orleans, 504-481-4091, www.alamounderground.org.
Through September 7

radio golf| The last play by Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright August Wilson. Fri.-Sun. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, 504-862-7529, www.anthonybeantheater.com.
Through September 28

thrill me | Presented by To Do Productions. Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny, New Orleans, 504-218-8559, www.marignytheatre.org.

September 3-28

speech and debate | By young playwright Stephen Karam. Southern Rep Theatre, 333 Canal Place, New Orleans, 504-522-6545,  www.southernrep.com.
September 12-28

miss saigon | Directed by Butch Caire, with Vatican Lokey. Based on Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly,” this epic production centers around the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover during the Vietnam War. Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St. (Rivertown), Kenner, 504-468-7221, www.rivertownkenner.com/theatre.html
September 13-October 5

  *   fearnot | (Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m.). Presented by The NOLA Project, this original play is adapted from the Brothers Grimm tale about a boy who sets off on an adventure to learn what fear is. Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St. (on Jackson Square in the French Quarter), New Orleans, 504-522-2081,  www.lepetittheatre.com. •

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