ON THE BOARDS
by GEORGE PATTERSON, New Orleans
...AND THE BALL AND ALL
True Brew Theatre, 200 Julia St., 504.522.2907.
Now in its second year, and final weeks, this comic masterpiece, and Big Easy Award-winning hit, written and directed by Ricky Graham, concerns the problems of the members of the fictitious all-female Krewe of Terpsichore, when the treasurer absconds with the ball money. The final performances will feature Becky Allen in her original role of Frances Trepagnier, along with original cast members Yvette Hargis, Kiel Junius, Renee Maxwell. Traci Collins Butts, Amanda Hebert, and Shannon Mathas complete the cast. Fri., Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm, thru June 8.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Le Petit Theatre Children's Corner, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081.
Edward R. Cox designs and directs this charming children's operetta, circa 1974, written by local entertainment legends Ricky Graham and Fred Palmisano, with musical direction and orchestrations by Ryan Thomas and choreography by Karen Hebert. The cast includes Sarah McMahon as Beauty, Vatican Lokey as Beast, with Bonnie Knowles, Amanda Berg, John Giraud, Richard Arnold, Scott Sauber, and dancers Jennifer Cameron and Richard LeBlanc. For audiences age 6 and over. Sat. & Sun., 1 & 3 pm, May 17-June 1st.
HENRY IV, PART I
Dreyfous Meadow by NOMA, City Park, 504.486.5268.
The fourth annual Shakespeare Under The Stars, produced by Dog & Pony Theatre Co.& Pamela Marquis, with direction, and script revision, by John Grimsley, will feature Mark McLaughlin as Falstaff and John Hammons as King Henry IV. Daniel Pettrow is Young Prince Hal and Gavin Mahlie is Hotspur. Others in the cast include Scott Arroyo, Matt Borel, Joseph Iuzzolino, Jerry Lee Leighton, Lauren Levy, Rob Luke, Robert Pavlovich, Bert Pigg, Francine Segal, Philip Tracy, Larry Warner, with a special appearance by Arthur Tong. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and a can of bug spray. "Luxurious" box seats are available by reservation. Thurs.-Sun., 8 pm, thru May 25.
HOT STUFF - NEW ORLEANS STYLE
True Brew Cabaret, 200 Julia St., 504.522.2907.
The fast-paced, musical comedy revue that pokes maliciously delicious fun at - you name it. Written by, and starring Ricky Graham and Becky Allen, it lights up the Warehouse District every Fri. @10:30 pm.
Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, 504.522.5555; 800.488.5252; for groups of 20 or more, 504.569.1520.
The Broadway Series at the Saenger Theatre presents the Louisiana Premiere of producer Cameron Mackintosh's London and New York blockbuster musical, with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics and book by Alain Boublil (creators of Les Miserables and Martin Guerre) and Richard Maltby, Jr., directed by Nicholas Hynter and choreographed by Bob Avian. It stars Joseph Anthony Foronda as The Engineer, with Deedee Lynn Magno as Kim, the young Vietnamese girl who falls in love with Chris, the American Soldier, played by Will Chase (ala Madama Butterfly). Also featured are Raymond Patterson, Jacquelyn Piro and David Kater. At certain performances, Alex Lee Tano will play Kim. Tues.-Sat., 8 pm; Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 2 pm. Additional performances on Sun., May 11, 7:30 pm, and Mon., May 26, 8 pm.
CAC's Freeport MacMaRon Theatre, 900 Camp Street, 504.523.1216 or 504.522.5252.
This was a rousing Off-Broadway musical comedy hit of several years ago, in which the audience gets to pick the winner of a nightly beauty pageant with men playing the beauty contestants. Written by Bill Russell, Frank Kelly & Robert Langbottom, with music by Albert Evans, Carl Walker will helm this local premiere edition with musical direction by Michael Howard, costumes by Roy Haylock, sets by Keith Christopher, lights by Martin Sachs and sound by Jeffery Talbolt, produced by All Kinds Of Theatre. Wess Hughes plays emcee Frankie Cavalier, presenting Brooks Braselman as Miss Deep South, Russell Hodgkinson as Miss Great Plains, Douglas Park as Miss Bible Belt, Steve Sherman as Miss Texas, Paul Soileau as Miss Industrial Northeast and Ken Weatherup as Miss West Coast. Thurs-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm, through June 15. The Krewe of Petronius (504.525.4498) will sponsor two previews, May 21 & 22.
IN THE WINGS
Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 504.468.7221; 504.826.8000, ext. 1746.
Burt Bacharach and Hal David's single foray into the world of musical comedy, with book by sure shooter Neil Simon, based on the movie The Apartment. Ken Risch directs, with local musical comedy star Cynthia Owen returning from California to play the female lead. June 5-June 29.
CAC's Bank One
Theatre, 900 Camp St., 504.522.1314, 504.528.3800.
One of San Francisco's most unique entertainment experiences, the Divas revive their 1996 hit, Aberrant Acappella! From Tchaikovsky to the Who, the Divas' skewed musical commentary breaks the fourth wall with an interactive show that lets the audience call the shots. It's not just virtual reality, it's real reality. The Screaming Divas are: Melissa Baer, Danielle Nice (from New Orleans), Pamela Nissley, Lilli Oldfield & Tina Osinski. Wed, Thurs., Sun., 7:30 pm; Fri. & Sat., 7:30 & 10 pm (no shows June 6; June 14, 10 pm only) June 4 - June 22.