New Orleans area calendar for June 24-30, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by 30 by Ninety -- 'Sondheim on Sondheim' tells the story of legendary songwriter Stephen Sondheim in his own words. The story is takes the stage this weekend at the 30 by Ninety Theatre in Mandeville.

OPENING THIS WEEK

  • BROWN IMPROV BIRTHDAY BASH: 9 p.m., The Broad Theater, 636 N. Broad St., New Orleans. Comedy group celebrates 22nd birthday with games, prizes and improvisational comedy. $5. facebook.com/brownimprov.
  • “DISNEY’S THE LION KING JR.”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. With music and lyrics by Tim Rice and Elton John, plus staging by Julie Taymor, the story of Simba and his destiny comes to life in this production by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. $15. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.
  • “DRESS 2 BURLESQUE”: 7:30 p.m., courtyard, W New Orleans - French Quarter, 316 Rue Chatres, New Orleans. Performance series on origins of art form, with art and fashion from the 1920s-40s. $10 and up. wburlesque.eventbrite.com.
  • “EVERYTHING’S FINE IN THE MORNING”: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Barrett Complex, St. Catherine of Siena Church, 105 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie. Giving Individuals Fabulous Theater presents family-friendly musical comedy to benefit Team Gleason. facebook.com/theatergift.
  • “THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA”: 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, and Sunday, through July 2; The Tigermen Den, 3113 Royal St., New Orleans. In Good Company presents Federico Garcia Lorca’s work about oppression and passion in 1930s Spain with a nine-member female cast. $20. albanola.brownpapertickets.com.
  • “THE KILLING OF A LESBIAN BOOKIE”: Opening Thursday through July 3, The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Written and directed by Jim Fitzmorris, the show is a throwback to the classic crime films of the 1970s, featuring Justin Welborn, Bunny Love and Kimberly Kaye. $40 opening night, $25. (504) 638-6326. thetheatreatstclaude.com.
  • “OLD SCHOOL — AN EVENING OF CLASSICS FROM BROADWAY AND THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK”: Opening 8 p.m. Friday, Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St., New Orleans. Broadway veterans Leslie Castay and Justin Lee Miller perform cabaret show with Jesse Reeks at the piano. (504) 267-4863. littlegemsaloon.com.
  • “THE WIZARD OF OZ”: 10 a.m. Friday, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie; also 10 a.m. Monday, West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Hampstead Stage Company family-oriented production of the classic story. Dorothy and company head to the wizard and find teamwork and confidence along the way. jplibrary.net.
  • “THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OOOOO”: 8 p.m. and midnight, Friday, Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Local burlesque and variety troupe The Society of Sin teams with Designs by Dane body painting for a parody on the classic tale. $10 and up. wizardofoooo.eventbrite.com.

NOW PLAYING

  • “THE DIVINE SISTER”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. A comic homage to nearly every film involving nuns, “The Divine Sister” looks at the trials and tribulations of Mother Superior as she deals with fundraising for a new school and her flock of nuns. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
  • “SNOW WHITE”: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The Patchwork Players bring to life the story and invite six kids to take the roles of Dopey’s companions. $11. (504) 461-9475. RivertownTheaters.com.
  • “SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. With live music and exclusive interview footage, the show looks at the career of the legendary songwriter in his own words. $15 and up. (844) 843-3090 toll free. 30byninety.com.
  • “TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA”: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays, through July 2, Lupin Theater, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Shakespeare Festival at Tulane presents the Bard’s romantic comedy about love, friendship and a dog. $20 and up. neworleansshakespeare.org.

OPENING SOON

  • “BY ANY SCENES NECESSARY”: Opening July 27; Lupin Theater, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and NOLA Project partner for theater/improv on “Hamlet.” $15. neworleansshakespeare.org.
  • “RUMPLESTILTSKIN”: Opening July 5-10, Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The Patchwork Players bring to life the story of the Brothers Grimm imp who keeps his name secret until the queen discovers it. $8.50. (504) 461-9475. RivertownTheaters.com.
  • “SUESSICAL THE MUSICAL”: Opening July 15-23, Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The world of Dr. Suess comes to life in this family-friendly show with the Cat in the Hat narrating an ensemble of characters from the beloved book, including Horton, Jojo, Mazie and Gertrude. $17, $13.50 ages 12 and under. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
  • “THE WIZARD OF OZ”: Opening July 14-24, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Stage adaptation of the 1939 Technicolor film has the familiar characters singing and dancing their way through the much-loved music that winds its way through L. Frank Baum’s timeless story. $40, $38 seniors, $36 children. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.

COMEDY/OPEN MIC

  • AMATEUR OPEN MIC NIGHTS: 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, NOLA Comedy Theater, 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.
  • COMEDY SPORTZ: 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, Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Comedian Gina Gomez hosts show including Amanda G., Linda Wright and Mike Strecker. $10. (504) 287-4707. 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.
  • OPEN MIC NIGHT: 5 p.m., St. Rose Community Center, 608 Mockingbird Lane, St. Rose. Poetry and karaoke night. (504) 305-5138. stcharlesgov.net.
  • SOUTHLAND COMEDY SHOWCASE: 7:30 p.m. Friday, La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Richard Dubus hosts three stand-ups. (504) 231-7011.
  • 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

  • “SHREK, THE MUSICAL”: 6 p.m. Sunday, July 10, Slidell High School, 1 Tiger Drive, Slidell. Slidell Little Theater will hold open auditions for all roles in the Broadway hit based on the Dreamworks animated feature. Prepare 16 bars of an upbeat number and bring music. A capella is not acceptable. Résumés are encouraged. All participants will be cast. slidelllittletheatre.org/lets-make-a-monster.