OPENING THIS WEEK
- “CARNAVAL!”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans; also Friday, First Baptist Church, 16333 La. 1085, Covington. Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra present a festival of music with Carnival ties. Trumpeter Vance Woolfe is the soloist. Works include Berlioz, Verdi, Respighi and Chabrier. $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lpomusic.com.
- “THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA”: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 31; 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.
- LITTLE RIVER BAND: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. From the ’70s and ’80s come the sounds of this chart-topping group, with Top 10 hits in six consecutive years, the first band to achieve that honor. $43 and up. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.
- MARLON WAYANS: 8 p.m. Friday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Part of the hugely talented Wayans family, Marlon has made a name for himself in movies such as “White Chicks” “Scary Movie” and the upcoming “50 Shades of Black.” $35 and up. (504) 274-4871. orpheumnola.com.
- PATTON OSWALT: 8 p.m. Saturday, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment, from his Grammy-nominated comedy specials to his memorable guest roles on his favorite TV shows. $38 and up. (504) 525-1052. mahaliajacksontheater.com.
- “ROMÉO ET JULIETTE”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, also 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Loyola Opera Theatre presents an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic by Charles Gounod. $25 and up; (504) 865-2074. cmfa.loyno.edu/montage/music-events.
- “STAR TREK — THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE”: 8 p.m., Wednesday, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. Lavish production includes a live orchestra and international soloists. Experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and popular musical achievements while the most iconic “Star Trek” film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot-wide screen. $35 and up. (504) 525-1052. mahaliajacksontheater.com.
- TERRANCE BROWN: 7:30 p.m., Dixon Hall Recital Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The baritone sings in the Calara del Marmol-Annabelle Bernard Vocal Series. (504) 862-3214.
VOLODYMYR VYNNYTSKY: 8 P.M. MONDAY, DIXON HALL, TULANE UNIVERSITY, 6823 ST. CHARLES AVE., NEW ORLEANS. THE UKRAINIAN PIANIST WILL PRESENT A CONCERT AS PART OF THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT’S SERIES. (504) 862-3214.
- “MOTOWN THE MUSICAL”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Story of musical mogul Berry Gordy and his creation and journey with Motown. $30 and up. (504) 525-1052. sanegernola.com.
- NOLA COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL: 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, NOLA Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Regional and national comedians tickle everyone’s funny bone at this annual festival. Prices and hours vary. nolacomedy.com.
- “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. THURSDAYS TO SATURDAYS; 2 P.M. SUNDAYS, THROUGH JAN. 31; 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.
- BARRY MANILOW “ONE LAST TIME”: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29; 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.
- “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 show about unexpected and delightful show. $30 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- “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.
- “RINALDO”: 7 p.m. Jan. 28-29, 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.
- “TOUCHÉ”: 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, 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.
- “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, La Nuit 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.
- “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.