Live theater in New Orleans this week (June 20-26, 2017)

Annie Get Your Gun
Annie Get Your GunThu.-Sun. June 22-25 | Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre opens its 50th season with Irving Berlin's musical based on sharpshooting entertainers Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, featuring songs such as "There's No Business Like Show Business."

Review: Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)

The Civil War drama at Loyola runs through June 25
Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3 is an emotionally moving epic about the U.S. Civil War written by Suzan-Lori Parks and presented by Southern Rep Theatre. It borrows themes from classical Greek theater to heighten the drama about a slave named Hero (Sam Malone), who faces an awful dilemma.

Stage Events in New Orleans this week (June 13-19, 2017)

Willy Wonka
Willy WonkaFri. June 16 | Magic Mike stars as Willy Wonka, Mamie Dame is Charlie and the Mystic Pony Aerial Troupe plays the Oompa Loompas in burlesque company Fleur de Tease's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Review: The Taming of the Shrew

Cripple Creek's production runs June 16-18
The Taming of the Shrew is a classic Shakespeare comedy and one of the playwright's most popular works. It's based on the war between the sexes, and the plot pits an opportunistic, 16th-century lord against a headstrong woman, whom he is wooing in order to acquire her substantial dowry.

New Orleans theater companies collaborate for comedy

Companies combine for It's Only a Play and Taming of the Shrew
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre closes its centennial season with a comedy about horrible theater types, Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play.   The play takes place in the Upper East Side New York townhouse of a socialite who's produced a play.

Review: Ain't Misbehavin', The Fats Waller Musical

The musical revue runs through June 24
Ain't Misbehavin', The Fats Waller Musical, performed in the retro ambience of The National World War II Museum's BB's Stage Door Canteen, begins with the title song, composed by Waller in 1929, and ends with "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now," released by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra in 1932. Waller's music is lively and bawdy, playful and raw and sometimes recalls speakeasies ("The Joint is Jumpin'"), where liquor flowed freely and marijuana was rife.

Theater and comedy events in New Orleans this week (May 30-June 5, 2017)

David Alan Grier, The Taming of the Shrew
David Alan GrierFri. June 2 | The comedian made waves on In Living Color and currently stars on the Norman Lear-esque NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show, which premieres its third season this week.

Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre hosts 50th anniversary gala

A host of veteran performers take the stage June 3
Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University begins its 50th anniversary season with Annie Get Your Gun June 22. It celebrates the anniversary June 3 with an evening of performances by more than 50 veterans of its stage, including Bryan Batt (pictured), Anthony Lachiura (who has appeared hundreds of times at New York's Metropolitan Opera and in Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire), opera singer Sarah Jane McMahon, Melissa Marshall, Leslie Castay, Ricky Graham, Janet Shea, Beverly Trask, Bob Edes Jr., Sean Patterson, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts' Kelly and Mark Fouchi (who met at a Summer Lyric production of South Pacific), Keith and Leslie Claverie and others.

Review: The NOLA Project stages The Spider Queen

The group presents an imaginative story in City Park
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park is enchanting even without the appearance of super-sized puppets, medieval costumes, trolls, elves, druids and a minotaur. So, as The NOLA Project introduces a cast of fantastic creatures and lighting effects in its original production, The Spider Queen, audience members' imaginations ignite.

Theater and opera events in New Orleans this week (May 16-22, 2017)

Foreign to Myself and La Flamenca
Foreign to Myself

Review: Bye Bye Birdie at Rivertown

Reviving a vintage piece of Americana May 18-21 and 26-28
By the time Elvis Presley was drafted, he was a teenage heartthrob, drawing swarms of swooning teenagers everywhere he went. His induction into the Army in 1958 was the inspiration behind Bye Bye Birdie, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical parodying public appearances of a fictitious rock 'n' roll singer, Conrad Birdie (Trevor Brown).

Theater and comedy events in New Orleans this week (May 9-15, 2017)

The Spider Queen and Earthquake
The Spider QueenWed.-Fri. & Sun.

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