OPENING THIS WEEK
- “THE BOOK OF MORMON”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, various times through March 13; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The creators of “South Park” bring their full force to a look at the Church of Latter-day Saints in this Tony-winning spectacle of music, mayhem and Mormons. The globe-trotting production has riveted audiences and garnered high praise. The show does contain explicit language. $36 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- “DEAD MAN WALKING”: Opening 8 p.m. Friday, also 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. The New Orleans Opera Association presents the work based on the account of Sister Helen Prejean and her work with death-row inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary. With a libretto by Terrence McNally and music by Jake Heggie, the show has impacted audiences since its 2000 premiere. $26 and up. (504) 529-2278. neworleansopera.org.
- “A LESSON BEFORE DYING”: Opening 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through March 20; Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Ernest Gaines’ celebrated novel about justice, dying with dignity and death row in 1940s rural Louisiana.
- “MADEA ON THE RUN”: Opening 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; also 4 p.m. Saturday; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Tyler Perry stars as his unforgettable “Madea” in this comedy. Madea is on the run from the law and moves in with her friend Bam, recovering form hip replacement surgery. While there, Madea gives them a family makeover. $39 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- “THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE”: Opening Friday, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 20; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Six “kids” played by adults vie for honors in this spelling competition, with the characters revealing stories about themselves. Also, four audience members will be selected to “compete” onstage. $40, $38 seniors, $36 students/active military. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
- “THE AMOROUS AMBASSADOR”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego. This madcap comedy from the writer of “Sex Please, We’re Sixty,” comes a romp through the English countryside with Harry Douglas, of “The Sensuous Senator” fame. Directed by “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont. $25 and up. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.
- “BE A NEW ORLEANIAN — A SWEARING IN CEREMONY”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday; Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Jim Fitzmorris’ comic ride through what it takes to call oneself a citizen of the Crescent City. History, heartbreak and celebration are all part of the evening. $22.09. (504) 638-6323. thetheatreatstclaude.com.
“WAITING AROUND”: 8 P.M. FRIDAYS AND SATURDAY, 2:30 P.M. SUNDAYS, THROUGH MARCH 12, BAYOU PLAYHOUSE, 101 MAIN ST., LOCKPORT. THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL BY RICKY GRAHAM AND HARRY MAYRONNE JR. HITS THE STAGE WITH ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS CHRIS WECKLEIN AND BOB EDES JR. THE “RESTAURANT MUSICAL” WAS A BIG EASY AWARD WINNER. $25 ADVANCE, $27 DOOR. (888) 992-2968. BAYOUPLAYHOUSE.COM.
- “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”: Opening March 18, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through April 3; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Tennessee Williams’ classic tale of the Wingfields — mother Amanda, daughter Laura and son Tom — and the fragile life they lead, with explosive results when a gentleman caller pays a visit. (504) 522-2081. lepetittheatre.com.
- “MARY POPPINS”: Opening 7:30 p.m. March 11, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 20; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. The mystical, magical nanny flies on the stage at JPAS, with songs by the Sherman Brothers of Disney fame and a book by Julian Fellowes of “Downton Abbey” fame. The event promises to be “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” $40 and up. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.
- “ONE MAN’S STAND”: Opening 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.
- “SIVE”: Opening March 10, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through March 26; Ashe Power House Theater, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. The NOLA project presents the story of an orphaned Irish girl sent to live with relatives and the consequences of an arranged proposal to a 70-year-old man. $30, $20 backstage pass members. nolaproject.com.
- “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”: Opening March 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m., Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Eve Ensler’s collection of powerful stories, gleaned from 200 interviews with women comes to life, aimed at bringing awareness to and stopping violence against women and girls. $20, $10 students and seniors. (504) 569-9070. ashecac.org.
- 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.
- GG’S 504 COMEDY TOUR: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Gina Gomez hosts a stand-up comedy showcase featuring Molly Ruben-Long, Isaac Kozell, Mark Firmin and Jeff D. $10. (504) 343-1022. castle501.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.
- “CHICAGO”: Various dates and times, Saturday and Sunday; 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. playmakersinc.com.
- “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING” AND “THE WIZARD OF OZ”: Sunday by appointment only, Rivertown Theater for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Headshots and resume are requested for auditions. All roles are open with minimum age of 14 years. Singers must prepare 16 bars of an upbeat, Broadway musical number. Dance auditions for nonsingers will be held Monday at 8 p.m., with dancers learning a combination. Women should bring character heels. Sign up for auditions at email@example.com. rivertowntheaters.com.
- 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 local 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (504) 408-1685.