OPENING THIS WEEK
BARRY MANILOW “ONE LAST TIME”: 7:30 p.m. Friday; Smoothie King Center, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. The man that writes the songs takes to the road for a show, with 13 musicians and singers. In honor of this first chart-topping hit’s year, tickets start at $19.75. smoothiekingcenter.com.
G-EASY’S “WHEN IT’S DARK OUT”: 9 p.m. Saturday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Moved from the Joy Theater, this concert of the musician’s sophomore album is part of a national tour. Tickets from the scheduled venue will be honored. (504) 274-4871. orpheumnola.com.
LOYOLA PERFORMS THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: 3 p.m., Roussel Performance Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Faculty of the School of Music perform classics from Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Porter and more. $15; $10 for students, children, seniors, faculty and staff; $5 Loyola students with ID. (504) 865-2074. calendar.loyno.edu.
“RINALDO”: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Lupin Hall, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. NOCCA Vocal Music Division presents an abridged version of the classic Handel opera. The work, a story of love, battle and redemption, is set during the First Crusade and loosely based on Torquato Tasso’s epic poem “Gerusalemme Liberata” (“Jerusalem Delivered”). In its three acts, Rinaldo takes part in battles, fights for his love and overcomes evil in a magical realm. $15. nocca.com.
TOOL WITH PRIMUS AND 3TEETH: 7:30 p.m., Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans. $30 and up. smoothiekingcenter.com.
“TOUCHÉ”: 9 p.m., Thursday, The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. A blend of burlesque, drag and cabaret performances, featuring “Ben DeLa Creme” of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame, plus Ray Gunn, Gal Friday, Madame Rosebud and New Orleans’ own Bella Blue. $20 and up. thejoytheater.com.
“THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents an encore production of their popular story of an American businessman in Tuscany in 1953. With the JPAS Symphony Orchestra. $40 and up. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.
“SLEEPING BEAUTY”: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Feb. 14, with breaks for Carnival, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. In this world premiere adaptation, comedy meets Carnival in a reimagining of the classic fairy tale. Directors Jon Greene and Maxwell Williams draw inspiration from British Panto to create an experience both new and oddly familiar. The original script, by Jon Greene, has been crafted specifically for New Orleans. $35 and up, $15 students. (504) 522-2081. lepetittheatre.com.
“SWEET CHARITY”: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. One of the perennial hits of Broadway, this Tony Award-winning musical tells of the ups and downs of the life of Charity Hope Valentine as she looks for love. “Big Spender,” “If They Could See Me Now” and “Rhythm of Life” are some of the mainstays of the American musical theater. $40; $38 seniors, $36 students/military. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheatres.com.
BB’S STAGE DOOR CANTEEN PRESENTS “BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE”: Opening Feb. 19-21; 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show, Feb. 19-21; 11 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m. show Feb. 21; BBs Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Currently one of the longest-running productions Off-Broadway, the show is an award-winning historical docudrama narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first black aviators in the U.S. Army Air Forces during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism in 20th-century America. $65. (504) 528-1944, ext. 273. nationalww2museum.org.
“CUPIDS CABARET”: 6 p.m., Feb. 14, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Champagne reception, dinner and classic vaudeville-style burlesque show for Valentine’s Day featuring Trixie Minx. Tables for two $225 and up. (504) 274-4871. orpheumnola.com.
“DITZYLAND”: Opening Feb. 26-28, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Varla Jean Merman, Rickie Graham, Sean Patterson and company take aim at the wonderful world of Walt for this sendup of classic fairy tales. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheatres.com.
“KINKY BOOTS”: Opening Feb. 16-21, Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The Broadway hit, based on the film of the same name, brings the music of Cyndi Lauper and words of Harvey Fierstein to the local stage in this delightful show. $30 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
“A LESSON BEFORE DYING”: Opening March 4-10, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Ernest Gaines celebrated novel about justice, dying with dignity and death row in 1940s rural Louisiana.
“LOVE TAPS”: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 19-27; 2 p.m. Sundays Feb. 21 and 28; Nims Black Box Theatre, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Narrative works of dance theater through tap and live music in a cabaret setting. $18 and up. theatreontap.com.
“ONE MAN’S STAND”: 8 p.m. March 11-12, 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Quevaughn Bryant’s show blends comedy, theater and multimedia presentations. $17.50. (884) 843-3090. 30byNinety.com.
“ORPHEUS DESCENDING”: Opening March 12-April 3, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; Robert Nims Theatre, UNO Performing Arts Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Southern Rep, in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival present the playwright’s reimagining of the Orpheus myth in true, Southern Gothic style. $25 and up. (504) 522-6545. southernrep.com.
“VAYNA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE”: Opening Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays; 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Tony winner for best play, middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home where they bicker and complain about their lives. Movie-star sister Masha, swoops in with boy toy Spike. Old resentments flare, leading to threats to sell the house. Sassy maid Cassandra can predict the future and aspiring actress Nina’s prettiness worries the imperious Masha. (884) 843-3090. facebook.com/30byNinety.
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.
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.
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.”: Saturday, East Jefferson Auditorium, 400 Phlox Ave., Metairie. Open to children ages 7-14, with performance slated early April. To schedule an audition and download the information packet, go the website. signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aada82cabf94-jpas2.
“CHICAGO”: Various dates and times, Saturday, Feb. 27 through March 6; Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. Kander and Ebb’s vaudeville-style show about murder and mayhem set to music will hit the stage in July. Auditioners should prepare 16-32 bars of audition piece, with sheet music in the proper key or bring a CD with no vocals. Actor hopefuls will read from sides. A separate dance call will be held and is mandatory. (985) 893-1671. playmkersinc.com.
“INTO THE WOODS junior”: Friday, 4:30 p.m., Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Open auditions for ages 10 and up. Prepare 16-32 bars of audition piece, with sheet music in proper key. Reading may also be required. Rehearsals will be weekends, beginning Feb. 19. Production is slated for early April (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
“JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Big River”: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, for AEA and EMC auditions; 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, callbacks. Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre holds auditions for three musicals, with a varied and extensive cast roster, ages 8 to adult. Vocal and movement auditions have different requirements. All must bring a headshot or photograph and resume. Some out-of-town auditions will be held.(504) 865-5271. summerlyric.tulane.edu.
“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”: noon Saturday, Feb. 20, 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Directed by Adolpho Rodriguez, the show examines race relations in Alabama during the Depression. Roles include children (ages 10-12) and several adults. Auditions will include cold readings from the script. Email to register. 30byNinety@gmail.com. (884) 843-3090. facebook.com/30byNinety.