As New Orleans heats up, there’s nothing like the refuge of a cool theater. What better way to support local artists than by checking out one of the plays or musicals below? Enjoy the following productions this summer in New Orleans. 

June

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Le Petit Theatre 

Where: Le Petit Theatre 

When: May 18 to June 4 

Tickets: $35+ 

Based on a novel of the same name by Mark Haddon, this story focuses on a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by young Christopher Boone, who is on the autism spectrum. 

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird – Broadway in New Orleans 

Where: Saenger Theatre 

When: May 30 to June 4 

Tickets: $35+ 

Aaron Sorkin’s thought-provoking Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece stops at the Saenger this spring.  

Twelfth Night – Tulane Shakespeare Festival 

Where: 150 Dixon Hall Annex 

When: June 8-24 

Tickets: $22.50+ 

Love, laughter, mistaken identities, and unexpected twists are all themes of this Shakespearean classic. 

The Music Man – Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre  

Where: Dixon Hall, Tulane University 

When: June 15-18 

Tickets: TBA 

Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre returns for its 56th season of performances. First up is Meredith Willson's The Music Man from June 15-18. In this classic musical, con artist Harold Hill promises to transform a sleepy Midwest town into a musical haven, only to have his plan complicated by Marian, a skeptical piano teacher with whom he falls in love.

Photo credit: Kristy Ganslle
The UpStairs Lounge - Mélange Dance Company

The UpStairs Lounge — Mélange Dance Company

Where: New Orleans Museum of Art

When: June 23-25

Tickets: $20-$50

On June 23-25, Mélange Dance Company will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the deadliest fire in New Orleans history, when an arsonist set fire to The UpStairs Lounge, a popular French Quarter bar and safe haven for the LGBTQ+ community. The stories of the patrons are brought to life through dance, film, spoken word, and elements of live music in a moving masterpiece you won't want to miss. 

July 

Little Shop of Horrors – Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre 

Where: Dixon Hall, Tulane University 

When: July 6-9 

Tickets: TBA 

Little Shop of Horrors is second in the Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre season from July 6-9. This horror-comedy musical centers around flower shop assistant Seymour pining for co-worker Audrey, and the obsession that ensues. 

Romeo and Juliet – Tulane Shakespeare Festival 

Where: 150 Dixon Hall Annex 

When: July 13-30 

Tickets: $22.50+ 

The classic tale of hidden love comes to life on stage at Tulane Shakespeare Festival.  

Oliver! – Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre 

Where: Dixon Hall, Tulane University 

When: July 27-30 

Tickets: TBA 

Last up in the Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre season is Oliver!, a coming-of-age musical based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. 

We Will Dream New Works Festival 

The We Will Dream New Works Festival is a theater festival running from March 19-June 17. The season continues into the summer with: 

  • The Defiance of Dandelions by Philana Imade Omorotionmwan (April 28 - June 17) 

  • Sons of Liberty by Cris Eli Blak (June 10-17)