Anthony Bean Community Theatre
1333 South Carrollton Ave. | New Orleans | 504-862-7529
Founder and Artistic Director Anthony Bean has dedicated this theater to developing young talent and providing a stage where novices and professional actors may work side by side. This is a professional theater company and school that allows unrestricted entrance to children and adults.
Watch the website for announcements of upcoming training and educational opportunities. Anthony Bean’s after-school programs provide wholesome and challenging activities for children, ages 10-17.
In past sessions, young people participated in an intensive 12-week acting and playwriting workshop to develop their performance skills and write their own material to be performed before audiences of family and friends. Dance and vocal lessons also are available.
The theater also has a fall program under way for aspiring adult actors focusing on acting technique, movement and voice. Call for details of future training opportunities.
Rivertown Repertory Theatre
325 Minor St. | Kenner | 504-468-7221
Theatre 13 pros Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi have taken the helm at Rivertown and promise to carry the theater to new heights during its 25th season. Look for fresh performances and a steady stream of outstanding local talent in the Broadway Series. And watch for “Gypsy” coming in May.
“Freckleface Strawberry” (Oct. 12-21)
Catch Rivertown’s first children’s theatre production and a delightful musical, directed by Stephen Eckert.
“Boeing Boeing” (Nov. 2-18)
A nonstop comedy directed by Ricky Graham features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has French, German and American fiancées/airline hostesses and enjoys frequent “layovers.”
“Class of ‘70 Something” (Jan. 11-27, 2013)
The decade of disco and plenty more comes alive. Dust off your bellbottoms and platform shoes for a rollicking musical journey. Directed by Gary Rucker.
Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Jefferson Performing Arts Center
400 Phlox St. | Metairie
Box office: 504-885-2000.
Westwego Performing Arts Theatre
177-A Sala Ave. | Westwego
Teatro WEGO! Dinner Theater
177 Sala Ave. | Westwego
The regional theatre, under the direction of Dennis Assaf, offers a diverse lineup on stages in three locations, plus selected additional venues (see below). Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.)
“The Full Monty” (through Oct. 7)
Unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, NY, come up with a bold twist on “girls night out.” At Jefferson Performing Arts Center.
“Driving Miss Daisy” (Oct. 5-14)
The prize-winning study of the unlikely relationship between a crotchety, aging, white Southern lady and a proud, soft-spoken black man. Starring Janet Shea and Lance Nichols. At Teatro Wego!
“Frost/Nixon” (Oct. 26-Nov. 4)
An interview that sealed a president’s legacy is a prize fight between talk show host David Frost and Richard M. Nixon. At Westwego Performing Arts Theatre.
“Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” (Nov. 30-Dec. 9)
A hit play especially for kids, adapted from the popular film. Filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides, it’s entertainment for the family.
“A Celtic Christmas” (Dec. 15-16)
Join singer Danny O’Flaherty and friends to celebrate the season. At Westwego Performing Arts Theatre.
Ballet Hysell’s “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 22-23)
With the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dennis G. Assaf, a presentation of the holiday classic.
“Avenue Q” (Jan. 25-27)
Laugh-out-loud musical tells the story of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment. At Westwego Performing Arts Theatre.
“The Color Purple” (Feb. 22-March 3)
Inspiring family saga of an unforgettable woman who triumphs over adversity and discovers her unique voice. At Jefferson Performing Arts Center.
Southern Repertory Theatre
333 Canal Place | 3rd floor | New Orleans | 504-522-6545
The city’s premiere repertory theater holds its own after losing its lease last year. Artistic Director Aimée Hayes presents the 2012-13 season in residence at the Contemporary Arts Center’s Freeport-McMoRan Theater, at 900 Camp St. Southern Rep will also offer other productions in collaboration with local companies, at other sites.
“The Lily’s Revenge” (Oct. 18-21)
The epic production presented in collaboration with Cripple Creek Theatre, Mondo Bizarro and the AllWays Lounge. At Den of Muses, on Architect Street, in Bywater.
“A Christmas Carol” (Nov.-Dec., call for dates/times)
Starring John “Spud” McConnell as Ebenezer Scrooge in the well-loved classic, beginning Thanksgiving weekend. At Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. 504-528-3800.
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
801 N. Rampart St. | New Orleans | 504-525-1052
Looking for Broadway in New Orleans? It’s on stage at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Along with hit musical classics, the theater presents a range of entertainment, from standup comedy to rock ‘n’ roll bands.
“Les Misérables” (Oct. 30-Nov. 4)
Cameron Mackintosh presents a 25th anniversary production of the legendary musical with glorious new staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.
“Disney’s Mary Poppins” (Dec. 18-Dec. 23)
The irresistible story and songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular staging.
“Jersey Boys” (Jan. 8-27)
Award-winning musical about rock-n-roll hall of famers The Four Seasons (Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi). The story of how four blue-collar kids became one of pop music’s biggest successes.
3540 Toulouse St. (behind the American Can apartments)
New Orleans | 504-488-1460 | www.midcitytheatre.com
The city’s newest neighborhood theater has concluded its first year of drama, comedy and cabaret. Renowned locals Ricky Graham and Becky Allen have become features on the stage here. Discover the Bayou St. John ambience of this wonderfully creative theater set amid great neighborhood dining spots. The parking lot wraps around the building and parking is free.
Pat Bourgeois’ “Debauchery” (Oct. 17)
Get soaped up with the city’s only live theater soap opera.
“6 by 6” (Oct. 24, Nov. 21).
Discover talent as it arises. Six 10-minute plays by local playwrights doing staged readings.