New Orleans Stages Calendar, May 5-11, 2016 _lowres

Photo by John Barrois -- 'How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' takes to the stage at Rivertown Theater in Kenner this week. Taking roles in the '60s musical hit are, from left, Abbey Murrell, AbbyBotnick, Carrie Daigle Back and Allee Peck. 8 p.m. opening Friday, through May 22, Fridays and Saturdays and May 19, 2 p.m. Sundays; $40, $38 seniors, $36 students/active military. (504) 461-9475 or 468-7221. rivertowntheaters.com.

OPENING THIS WEEK

  • CHE MALAMBO: 8 p.m. Saturday, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. New Orleans Ballet Association presents the Argentine percussive dance and music spectacle. $25.50 and up. (504) 522-0996. nobadance.com.
  • “DEBAUCHERY”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Southern Rep presents the ongoing soap opera set in New Orleans about family drama. $10. southernrep.com/plays/debauchery.
  • “DOUG CHURCH — THE TRUE VOICE OF ELVIS”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday; BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Elvis tribute artist and Air Force veteran brings his show to New Orleans. $29.52 show, $58.99 brunch, $64.99 dinner. nationww2museumorg.
  • “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING”: 8 p.m. opening Friday, through May 22, Fridays and Saturdays and May 19, 2 p.m. Sundays; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Big business means big laughs in the clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder, with a tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm; boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser. $40, $38 seniors, $36 students/active military. (504) 461-9475 or 468-7221. rivertowntheaters.com.
  • JIMMY JAMES: 8 p.m., 3 Keys, Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., New Orleans. Vocalist renowned for his live impressions ranging from Barbra Streisand to Elvis Presley. Part of “Honor Thy Mother” series. $25 and up. acehotel.com.
  • KATT WILLIAMS — “CONSPIRACY THEORY”: 8 p.m. Friday, UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans. The veteran comedian, actor and renowned urban public official is on a near 100-city tour. $55 and up. (504) 280-7222. arena.uno.edu.
  • LOYOLA BALLET SPRING CONCERT: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Roussel Performance Hall, Communications and Music Complex, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Evening of classical, character and contemporary works. $12, $8 students, seniors, faculty/staff. (504) 865-2074. loyno.educ/cmfa.
  • NOCCA MUSIC THEATRE SENIOR RECITAL: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Seniors perform works from the American song book. nocca.com.

NOCCA SPRING DANCE PERFORMANCE: 7 P.M. THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, FREDA LUPIN MEMORIAL HALL, NEW ORLEANS CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS, 2800 CHARTRES ST., NEW ORLEANS. STUDENTS PERFORM ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY, AS WELL AS CLASSICAL PIECES. NOCCA DANCERS EXHIBIT THEIR SKILLS RANGING FROM CLASSICAL BALLET TO MODERN, TO JAZZ AND TAP. NOCCA.COM.

NOW PLAYING

  • “DON QUIXOTE”: 7 p.m. through May 22; Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. The NOLA Project mounts a new production of the tale of the Spanish knight and his practical sidekick Sancho Panza and their hilarious adventures through life. $24, $18 Backstage Pass holders, museum members and students. (504) 302-9117. nolaproject.com.
  • “THE LITTLE MERMAID”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Based on the Disney movie, Ariel gives up her voice to Ursula the Sea Witch in exchange for legs to woo Prince Eric. $22 and up. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
  • MUSICAL THEATRE ACTING SHOWCASE: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Blackbox Theatre, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Annual performance by arts students. nocca.com.
  • “SEA OF COMMON CATASTROPHE”: 8:30 p.m. through Sunday; Catapult, 609 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. A multi-disciplinary performance inspired by a passage from Gabriel Garcia Marquez, intended to be a site-specific prelude to a new touring show about displacement, detritus and designer food. $10. artspotproductions.org.
  • “SPAMALOT”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 15; Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. The Broadway smash based on the classic comedy movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” comes to the stage with dancing knights, lethal bunnies, the Lady of the Lake and shrubberies. $28.25. slidelllittletheatre.org.

OPENING SOON

  • BLUE MAN GROUP: 8 p.m. May 13-14, 7:30 p.m. May 15, 2 p.m. May 14-15; Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Multimedia performances feature three bald and blue characters who take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. $25 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
  • “BRUNDIBÁR”: 7:30 p.m. May 14-15, also 3 p.m. May 15; U.S. Freedom Pavilion, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. The children’s opera, a musical fable composed by Hans Krasa prior to WWII, was staged at Theresienstadt concentration camp. New Orleans Opera, collaborating with the museum, Temple Sinai Synagogue and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, present the opera. Special guest Ela Weissberger, the sole survivor of the original 55 performances at the camp, will be in attendance. $20, $18 museum members, $5 children. (504) 528-1944, ext. 213. nationalww2museum.org.
  • MARIGNY OPERA BALLET AUDIENCE FAVORITES: 8 p.m. May 13-15, Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. The company presents final production from its inaugural season and a premiere by choreographer Nikki Hefko: “Under a Glass Bell.” $30/$20. (504) 948-9998. marignyoperahouse.org.
  • “A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS’ DREAM BALLET”: 9:45 a.m. May 13, 7:30 p.m. May 14, 2 p.m. May 15; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Based on Shakespeare’s comedy, this ballet is set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, choregraphed by Kenneth Beck and Kimberly Matulich-Beck. Part of JPAS Arts Adventure Series. $6. (504) 885-2000, ext. 206. jpas.org.
  • “WICKED”: Various times, May 25 to June 19; Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The other side of the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda, the “good,” this Broadway smash brings stellar sets, imaginative costumes and a totally different perspective on “The Wizard of Oz” story. $62 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.

COMEDY/OPEN MIC

  • ALOHA BINGOH: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., New Orleans. Geneva Joy serves as emcee for monthly comedy games with prizes and performances of local comics. $5. (504) 592-7083. barredux.com.
  • AMATEUR OPEN MIC NIGHTS: 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, NOLA Comedy Theatre, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Comedy Sportz competitive, clean, all-ages improvisation. $12 adults, $8 kids under 18. (504) 390-4958. nolacomedy.com.
  • COMEDY GUMBEAUX: 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. Open mic with seasoned performers. comedygumbeaux.com.
  • COMEDY NIGHT: 9 p.m., Saturdays, Twist of Lime, 2820 Lime St., Metairie. (504) 455-7775.
  • COMEDYSPORTZ: 8 p.m. Saturdays, NOLA Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. All-ages improv comedy show. $10 advance, $13 door. (504) 231-7011. comedysportzneworleans.com.
  • NEUTRAL GROUND POETRY FORUM: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Neutral Ground Coffee House, 5110 Danneel St., New Orleans. (504) 891-3381.
  • NOLA COMEDY HOUR OPEN MIC: 8 p.m., Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave. (504) 945-4446.
  • OPEN MIC NIGHT: 5 p.m., St. Rose Community Center, 608 Mockingbird Lane, St. Rose. Poetry and karaoke night. (504) 305-5138. stcharlesgov.net.
  • THINK YOU’RE FUNNY?: 9 p.m., Carrollton Station Bar and Music Club, 8140 Willow St., New Orleans. Sign up at 8 p.m. (504) 865-9190.

AUDITIONS/CASTINGS

  • COURT 13 CASTING: Production company and nonprofit based in New Orleans is casting in the style of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” seeing nonactors and locals interested in auditioning for two “very specific roles” in their next film: female Caucasian, age 30-40, a strong, hard-working mother with a twinkle in her eye and joy in her heart; and a male Caucasian, age 50-70, tall with angular facial features, a tough man whose hard life and rough exterior mask a trustworthy soul. No acting experience required. Anyone matching either description can send in a photo — a recent selfie, snapshot or family photo — and contact information to c13auditions@gmail.com. (504) 408-1685.