OPENING THIS WEEK
- “MOTOWN THE MUSICAL”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, Jan. 24; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Jan. 22-23; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23-24; 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: Opening 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, with performances through Saturday, Jan. 23, 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”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Friday, running 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.
- “SOUNDTRACK ’63”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. A multi-media live music performance that takes the audience back with a cultural and artistic retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement from 1963 to the Black Lives Matter Movement. $40, $30 members. (504) 528-3805. cacno.org.
- “SWEET CHARITY”: Opening 8 p.m. Jan. 15, 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.
- “YOU DON’T KNOW THE HALF OF IT”: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Local writers provide short scripts for a scene but only one of the two actors has memorized it. The works unfold, backed by a live band. $22. (504) 522-2081. lepetittheatre.com.
- “... AND THE BALL AND ALL”: 8 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Saturday; Rivertown Theatre for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The Krewe of Terpsichore is at it again. Ricky Graham’s hilarious send-up of Carnival, Y’ats and the general fun and flavor of Mardi Gras in New Orleans will be live at the theater, featuring the talents of Becky Allen, Rebecca Taliancich, Mandy Zirkenbach, Gogo Borgerding and Amanda Hebert. $26. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheatres.com.
- “DITZYLAND!”: 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Café Istanbul, Healing Arts Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Varla Jean Merman skewers Walt Disney’s most treasured animated features, joining in this adult send-up of fairy tale madness by Sean Patterson, Ricky Graham and Jefferson Turner on piano. $25. ditzyland.eventbrite.com.
- “MUCK DYNASTY”: 8 p.m. Sunday, Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Philip Melancon and Chris Champagne appear in a political satire surveying the local and state landscape in comedy and music. $15. (504) 3202-0986.
- 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.
- “CARNAVAL!”: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans; also Jan. 22, 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 as the soloist. Works include Berlioz, Verdi, Respighi and Chabrier. $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lpomusic.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.
- “THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 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., 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. Jan. 22, Orpehum 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. Jan. 23, 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.
- “STAR TREK — THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE”: 8 p.m., Jan. 27, 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.
- “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, La Nuit 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.
- “A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM”: Saturday, JPAS Rehearsal Space, 5005 Bloomfield St., Jefferson. Jefferson Performing Arts Society is holding auditions for ballet dancers of all ages. Ages 8-12 at 10 a.m., ages 13 to adults at 2 p.m. Registration online, no phone calls. signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aada82cabf94-38th2.