ON THE BOARDS
by GEORGE PATTERSON, New Orleans
A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE
North Star Theatre, 347 Gerard St., Mandeville, 504.626.1500; 1.800.924.5538.
Another musical look at the ill-fated country singer written by Dean Regan and directed by Lori Bennett. It will star Mari (Serpas) Vigueira with her band, The Instigators. The production will also feature the director's husband, Michael Bennett, playing a number of roles ala Greater Tuna with Ms. Vigueira's husband, Ed, serving as musical director. Previews June 19, 20, 21 & 26. Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm, June 27 thru July 12. Sun., July 13, 2 pm.
DARYL'S PERILS: DEMON DOMINATRIX OF THE MOON MEETS THE AMAZON QUEEN OF THE LOST LAGOON
TrueBrew Theatre, 200 Julia St., 504.522.2907.
Written by Ricky Graham & David Cuthbert, with music by Harry Mayronne, Jr. & choreography by Karen Hebert, scenery by Ron Williams, costumes by Debbie Simeon and Roy Haylock and starring Becky Allen, Shelley Poncy & Ron Williams, this is an outrageous new musical comedy homage to Hollywood cliff-hanger serials. Others in the cast are: Kerry Mendelson, Sean Patterson, Stephen Rizzo, Billy Slaughter, and Mandy Zirkenbach. Opens July 18. Krewe of Petronius sponsors two dress rehearsals, Sat., July 5, 9 pm or, Sun., July 6, 7 pm. Call 504.525.4498 for tickets for these two performances only.
HOT STUFF-NEW ORLEANS STYLE!
True Brew Cabaret, 200 Julia St., 504.522.2907.
The fast-paced, New Orleans satirical musical revue starring and written by New Orleans' premiere musical comedy duo, Becky Allen and Ricky Graham, Fri. & Sat., June 27 & 28, 10 pm.
MONDAY NIGHT CABARET
Chef's Table, 2100 St. Charles Ave., 504.525.2328.
Harry Mayronne, Jr., Cynthia Owen & Christopher Wecklein's acclaimed cabaret act, which ran for over a year last season, is back for a month of Monday night performances in June. The trio will be joined by special guest Lyla Hay Owen. 8 pm, June 16 & 23. Optional dinner service from 5:30-7 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 July 20.
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. Others in the cast include Eric Haston, John Hammons, Steven McCreary, Adriano Mulino, John Lovett, Amanda Avery, Mary Gibas, Susan Domangue, Debbie Ledet, Meg Francis, Lauren Landwerlin, Barry Howell, Maria Thomas, Terence Foster and the director, Ken Risch. Thurs.-Fri., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm, thru June 29. Optional opulent dinner buffet available from 6 pm nightly, 12 pm on Sun.
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2018.
Stocker Fontelieu directs Neil Simon's raucous, hilarious farce of stairs, doors, and mistaken identities, with Leon Contavesprie, Walter Bost, Marc Belloni, Adrian J.Benjamin, Jr., Gemma Denmark, Michael Ernst, Christopher Fritz, Pauline Prelutsky, Janet Shea and Kathy Taaffe. Thurs.-Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm, thru June 29.
Rogers Chapel, Broadway and Newcomb Campus, 504.865.5105.
Tulane University Department of Theatre & Dance's Patchwork Players Improvisational children's theatre company conceived, written and directed by Buzz Podewell, presents its version of the children's classic fairy tale with a cast comprised of Podewell's daughter, Jessica, Tom Dugger, Greg Stratton, Kathryn Walton, Lance Spellerberg and Marc Anderson. Thru June 29.
Lupin Theatre, Tulane University, 504.865.5106.
In a mythic story of vengeance, Shakespeare explores themes of betrayal, exploitation, hope and redemption on a mystical island. Ron Gural plays Prospero; Lara Grice, Ariel; Danny Bowen, Caliban; Lisa Childers, Miranda; with Marc Anderson, J. P. Delahoussaye, Michael Downing, Daryl Harris, Heather Hollingsworth, Jerry Lee Leighton, Rebecca Lovett, Gavin Mahlie, Mark McLaughlin, Bob Pavlovich, Lance Spellerberg and Pete Thomason. Aimee Michel, who gave us last year's memorable production of Macbeth, directs. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun., 2 pm, thru July 25.
IN THE WINGS
ALL IN THE TIMING
Lafayette Community Theatre, 529 Jefferson, Lafayette, 308.235.1532.
LCT's Experimental Theatre presents the area premiere of David Ives' collection of outrageous one acts, collectively called All In The Timing . July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26, 8 pm.
THE BOYS IN THE BAND
Southern Repertory Theatre, 3rd Level, One Canal Place, 504.525.4498.
The Krewe of Petronius, in association with Southern Repertory Theatre, presents Mart Crowley's classic black comedy about life among New York gays, circa 1968. George Patterson directs. Fri. & Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 2 pm, Aug. 22-30.
Dixon Hall Theatre, Newcomb College, Tulane University,504.865.5269.
The Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, celebrating 30 years, presents Lerner and Loew's classic 1947 musical about the mythical Irish village that only materializes once every 100 years. Stars Melissa Marshall and Leonard Raybon. 8 pm, July 10, 11, 12; July 12 & 13, 2 pm.
THE ECUMENICAL CONVERSION SCAM & THE BIG SHOT OF AFRICA
CAC, 900 Camp St., 504.523.1216 or 504.522.5252.
Raven Productions presents two new plays by James McKay Fitzmorris in repertory. Nick Faust directs both, with Bert Pigg playing a New Orleans councilman in The Big Shot Of Africa along with Carol Sutton, Harold Evans, Karen Kaia-Livers, Michael Sullivan & Michael Arata, while The Ecumenical Conversion Scam (part two of this "kitchen trilogy") will feature Ron Gural, Adriana Bate, Tim Daley, Gemma Denmark, Max Arnaud and producer Aimee Hayes. July 11-Aug. 10.
THE MUSIC MAN
Dixon Hall Theatre, Newcomb College, Tulane University, 504.865.5269.
The Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, celebrating 30 years, presents Meredith Willson's oom-pah 1958 musical with 76 trombones and Anthony Laciura as the penultimate turn-of-the-century con man, Prof. Harold Hill, with Dee Moody as the girl of his dreams. July 31, Aug. 1, 2 at 8 pm; Aug. 2 & 3, 2 pm.