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The Arts in June
June 2017

Celebrate the first month of summer in New Orleans where the fun never stops. With plays, musicals and festivals, you can escape the summer heat with unforgettable indoor entertainment.

Ain't Misbehavin'
Through June 25, 2017

Venue: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum
Sponsoring Organization: National World War II Museum
Tickets: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum

Early jazz and the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s come together in the three-time Tony Award-winning musical revue Ain't Misbehavin’. Five performers take you on a journey through the timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller.

You’ll be jumpin’ and jivin’ with such memorable songs such as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Black and Blue,” “This Joint is Jumpin’”, “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling” and, of course, the show’s title track. One of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a sassy, sultry musical celebration of the Fats Waller legend.

Brunch and dinner show packages are offered. Call or visit website for details and to make reservations.

Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
Through June 25, 2017

Venue: Loyola University Marquette Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: Southern Rep Theatre
Tickets: Southern Rep and Loyola University

This regional premiere written by Suzan-Lori Parks is set in West Texas in 1863. A slave named Hero is promised his freedom in exchange for his service in the Civil War - on the Confederate side. He leaves behind his community, his father, and the woman he loves for what is likely an empty promise. What Hero finds on the front lines might make it impossible for him to return home the same man.

Performance times vary; call for details.

The Vic-Tones
Through June 28, 2017

Venue: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum
Sponsoring Organization: National World War II Museum
Tickets: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum

The Vic-Tones, a dynamic male vocal trio with their own distinctive sound, are the newest addition to The National WWII Museum’s entertainment roster. These talented singers celebrate the music of the 1940s each Wednesday through June 28.

Swing, big band, jazz, Latin and country music dominated and defined this decade, and the Vic-Tones bring it all to life in three-part harmony. You’ll hear such ageless classics as “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and many others.

A matinee buffet is offered, starting at 11:45. Call to make reservations.

Birdfoot Backstage: 6th Annual Birdfoot Festival
June 1, 2017

Venue: Contemporary Arts Center
Sponsoring Organization: Birdfoot Festival
Tickets: Free. Reservations required

Birdfoot Festival
Birdfoot Festival

Join Birdfoot Festival musicians and WWNO 89.9 FM “backstage” in a conversation about Felix Mendelssohn’s exuberant “String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87.” The piece was written at the height of the composer’s career in 1845 and overflows with zest for life.

This event is an opportunity to get inside Mendelssohn’s music alongside musicians from the Birdfoot Festival and find out why this string quintet is a favorite of composers, musicians, and listeners alike. Guests are invited to join the conversation.

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. For more details call (504) 451-6578 or email info@birdfootfestival.org.

Late Night Rite @ The Ace Hotel: 6th Annual Birdfoot Festival
June 1, 2017

Venue: The Three Keys, Ace Hotel
Sponsoring Organization: Birdfoot Festival
Tickets: Free admission

A new feature of this year’s Birdfoot Festival is a late night set featuring music from Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring) and contemporary composer Jorg Widmann’s bloodthirsty Hunt Quartet.
The performance runs from 11:00 p.m.-12 midnight.

As One
June 2-4, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organizations: New Orleans Opera Association and Marigny Opera House
Tickets: New Orleans Opera Association and Marigny Opera House

In the first-ever offering in the New Orleans Opera Association’s Chamber Opera Series, As One chronicles a transgender person’s inner journey. This new, 75-minute chamber opera depicts the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. Two singers, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, both portray the character of Hannah.

Friday and Saturday performances at 8:00 p.m.; 2:30 Sunday.

Rules of the Dance: 6th Annual Birdfoot Festival
Friday, June 2, 2017

Venue: Contemporary Arts Center
Sponsoring Organization: Birdfoot Festival
Tickets: Birdfoot Festival

From the strictly proscribed dance steps of the court of Louis XIV to Igor Stravinsky’s ancient pagan Rite of Spring” in which a young maiden must dance herself to death to ensure the arrival of spring, the Birdfoot Festival explores the physical side of the social contract.

The evening’s featured pieces include Thomas Ades’ Catch, Francois Couperin’s Les Gouts Reunis Concert VIII – Dans le Gout Theatral and Les Barricades Mystérieuses, Jorg Widmann’s The Hunt Quartet andStravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps – The Rite of Spring

The performance is preceded by a Young Artist Program Showcase Concert in Spun Café in the Contemporary Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. The main performance is at 8:00. To purchase tickets or for more information call (504) 451-6578 or email info@birdfootfestival.org.

Late Night Catechism
June 2-4, 2017

Venue: Saenger Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: Broadway in New Orleans
Tickets: Saenger Theatre and Ticketmaster

Venue: Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Sponsoring Organization: Theatre 13
Tickets: Theatre 13

Late Nite Catechism, starring local favorite, Amanda Hebert, is an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back to the children they once were.  The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). 

Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant.  These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school (especially parochial school).

Call the theater for show times, tickets and other information.

The Taming of the Shrew
June 2-18, 2017

Venue: Lupin Theater, Tulane University
Sponsoring Organizations: Cripple Creek Theatre Company and New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

Tickets: New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

In this opening production of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival’s Summer 2017 Season, William Shakespeare’s bawdy comedy turns raw and heartbreaking. As Petruchio sets out to “tame” the unbridled Katherina, and men vie for the affections of the submissive Bianca, themes of disguise, subversion, and costume run rampant.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Final Gala Concert: 6th Annual Birdfoot Festival
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Venue: George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organization: Birdfoot Festival
Tickets: Birdfoot Festival

Three beloved masterpieces close out the Birdfoot Festival’s 2017 season, the first of which is Johannes Brahms’ Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello in A minor, Op. 114, composed in 1891.

The second piece is the more contemporary Ainsi La Nuit (Thus the Night), composed between 1973 and 1976 by Henri Dutilleux. And the closing piece is the Mendelssohn “Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87” that was one of the composer’s most famous works.

The main concert is preceded by a Young Artist Program Showcase Concert in the foyer of the building at 7:00 p.m. The main performance is at 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information call (504) 451-6578 or email info@birdfootfestival.org.

Mamma Mia!
June 6-11, 2017

Venue: Saenger Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: Broadway in New Orleans
Tickets: Saenger Theatre and Ticketmaster

Mamma Mia
Mamma Mia
Mamma Mia

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the Greek island they last visited 20 years ago.

The production features some of the best-known songs of the Swedish group ABBA, including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes it All,” “I Do I Do I Do I Do,” and the title track.

Show times vary; call for details.

It's Only a Play
June 9-25, 2017

Venue: Le Petit Theatre
Sponsoring Organizations: The NOLA Project and  Le Petit Theatre
Tickets: Le Petit Theatre

In an exciting partnership between New Orleans resident theatre company, The NOLA Project, and Le Petit Theatre, Le Petit closes out its 100th Anniversary Season with an outrageously funny farce written by Tony- and Emmy Award-winning writer Terrence McNally.

It’s the opening night of the brand new play, The Golden Egg, on Broadway, and wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her opulent Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs, the celebrity guests are pouring in. But the real action is upstairs in the bedroom where a group of insiders eagerly await the opening night reviews.

Performances are on Thursday-Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. Recommended for ages 13 and older. 

Comedy Recess
June 10, 2017

Venue: Castle Comedy Theatre, 501 Williams Boulevard, Kenner, LA
Sponsoring Organization: Castle Comedy Theatre
Tickets: Castle Comedy Theatre

Rated as one of the Top 50 Comedy Clubs in America, Castle Comedy Theatre presents first-rate stand-up humor featuring The Comedy Recess Crew. Their show can be best described in three simple words: “Lots of fun!”

Show time is 8:00-11:00 p.m. Call (504) 287-4707 for tickets and information.

Opera Fusion
June 11, 2017

Venue: New Orleans Opera Women’s Guild Home, 2504 Prytania Street, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organizations: Lyrica Baroque and New Orleans Opera Association
Tickets: Eventbrite

Presented in collaboration with the New Orleans Opera Association, the talented classical artists of Lyrica Baroque explore the theme “Opera Fusion” where chamber music meets operatic drama.

The Sunday afternoon event features Lyrica Baroque’s Sarah Jane McMahon (soprano) and Metropolitan Opera star and Louisiana native Paul Groves (tenor).  Also joining the ensemble is Bradley Moore from the Houston Grand Opera on piano and violin superstar Eric Silberger.

The performance runs from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

New Orleans Civic Symphony
June 11, 2017

Venue: Performing Arts Center, University of New Orleans Lakefront
Sponsoring Organization: New Orleans Civic Symphony
Tickets: None. Free and open to the public

The New Orleans Civic Symphony is presenting a program consisting of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Edvard Grieg’s Opus 56 “Sigurd Jorsalfar,” and Richard Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Hollander” (The Flying Dutchman).

Dr. Charles Taylor, professor and chairman of the Department of Music at UNO, will conduct. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

The Victory Belles
June 12, 2017

Venue: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum
Sponsoring Organization: National World War II Museum
Tickets: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum

The Victory Belles are a delightful vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s, which brought hope and joy to our GIs and those on the Home Front alike. Their repertoire includes all the treasured gems of the WWII era plus patriotic classics including a musical salute to each branch of the US armed forces.

Brunch and dinner show packages are offered. Call or visit website for details and to make reservations.

"Masquerade" with Bon Operatit!
June 14, 2017

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton
Sponsoring Organizations: Four Points by Sheraton and Bon Operatit!
Tickets: FREE and open to the public; $5.00 valet parking rate available for attendees

Bon Operatit!
Bon Operatit!

The musically gifted quartet of singers in Bon Operatit! present the best of Andrew Lloyd Webber with selections from Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Evita, and more Broadway favorites.

The performance will run from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Bon Operatit! ensemble features Joseph Akin (tenor), Lauren Mouney Gisclair (soprano), Mary Penick Akin (mezzo-soprano) and Jacob Penick (bass), plus a piano accompanist and various guest artists. Learn more about the ensemble and this event on their website, www.bonoperatit.com.

Debauchery
June 14, 2017

Venue: The Theatre at St. Claude
Sponsoring Organization: Southern Rep Theatre
Tickets: Southern Rep Theatre and The Theatre at St. Claude

Sometimes, the name says it all. Certainly in this case it does. Playwright Pat Bourgeois presents “Debauchery! The Soap Opera” about a wealthy, eccentric Uptown family just trying to find love, family, and infamy in New Orleans.

Now in its seventh season, New Orleans’ only live, ongoing soap opera is more hilariously histrionic than ever!  

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Follow the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WeloveDEBAUCHERY.

Across the Americas
June 16, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: New Orleans Chamber Orchestra
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

Conductor Maxim Samarov and the New Orleans Chamber Orchestra close the summer 2017 season with music from Across the Americas.

Guitarist Javier Olondo performs Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s “Concerto Elegiaco.” The orchestra features music from New Orleans composers with Barbara Jazwinski’s “Sequenze Concertanti” and the world premiere of Jerry Sieg’s “Fantasy on Wondrous Love” with hornist Mollie Pate soloing.

Audience favorites, including Samuel Barber’s “Adagio” and Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Aria,” round out the program. The concert runs from 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Thursdays at Twilight: Symphony Chorus of New Orleans
June 22, 2017

Venue: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park
Sponsoring Organizations: Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and City Park
Tickets: Symphony Chorus of New Orleans

As part of the ongoing series, “Thursdays at Twilight,” the 60-member Symphony Chorus will perform works by Franz Schubert and Antonio Vivaldi in the first half of the concert, and then music about New Orleans and Louisiana in the second half.

For more information about the performers, visit www.symphonychorus.org  Please remember to print your ticket(s) ahead of time and bring with you to the event. The concert starts at 6:00 p.m.

See more at: neworleanscitypark.com/calendar/category/thursdays-at-twilight - sthash.A0ryksso.dpuf

Annie Get Your Gun
June 22-25, 2017

Venue: Dixon Hall, Tulane University
Sponsoring Organization: Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University
Tickets: Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

This award-winning musical composed by Irving Berlin is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860–1926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler. It features such classic Broadway show tunes as “There's No Business Like Show Business,” “Doin' What Comes Natur'lly,” “They Say It's Wonderful” and “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better”).

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Madagascar Jr.
June 23-25, 2017

Venue: Jefferson Performing Arts Center
Sponsoring Organization: Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Tickets: Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Largely paralleling the script of the 2005 animated movie from DreamWorks Productions, Madagascar Jr. follows the adventures of four animals from the Central Park Zoo who unexpectedly find themselves stranded on the exotic island of Madagascar off the east African coast.

Performed by children ranging from 3rd-8th grade, Madagascar Jr. is a fun adventure for the whole family – especially the kids. Call the theatre for show times and ticket information.

Ice Scream Theater
June 30-July 1, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: The Creativity Collective
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

Avant-garde ballads and burlesque-influenced dance punctuate this play based on the book of poetry, These are the Rooms to my Mother’s House by New Orleans multi-disciplinary artist, C.M. Soto.

Soto, as her performance alter ego, “Vinylux,” stars in Ice Scream Theater. Set to a score of original music by UFO Death Cult, this performance art musical echoes Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Tom Waits’ What’s He Building in There? Adult themes.

The show runs from 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. both nights. Student discounts available.

 
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