BB's Stage Door Canteen

BB's Stage Door Canteen

At The National WWII Museum

Bette Davis served the desserts. Marlene Dietrich and Lauren Bacall danced the night away. Red Skelton told the jokes and Bing Crosby crooned. The place was the Stage Door Canteen and the guests were the steady stream of GIs headed off to war. Many were leaving home for the first time and the Canteen offered a welcome opportunity to forget their anxieties—if only for a time—with entertainment, fellowship, and a little American spirit.

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans honors this memorable wartime tradition in our very own BB's Stage Door Canteen, an exciting entertainment destination.

BB's Stage Door Canteen presents a wonderful series of unique entertainment, showcasing the songs, style, stars, and spirit of this incomparable era. Enjoy evening and matinee performances by headliner acts, signature musical productions, big bands, dancing, the Victory Belles vocal trio, and more! It's all at BB's Stage Door Canteen!

Required for Entry per City of New Orleans Mandate

  • Per City of New Orleans mandate, proof of COVID-19 vaccination (at least one dose) or a negative COVID-19 PCR/antigen test (taken within 72 hours) is required for entry to BB's Stage Door Canteen, the Museum's food and beverage outlets, private rentals, and public events. These requirements currently apply to everyone 5 years of age and older. Proof of two doses of the COVID vaccine will be required starting February 1, 2022.
BB's Stage Door Canteen

World’s Greatest Johnny Cash Experience: Terry Lee Goffee

January 21 – 30, 2022
Friday / Saturday Evenings and Sunday Matinees

In the spring of 1955, Johnny Cash walked into the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and the music world was never the same. Not long afterward, Terry Lee Goffee put his first Cash record on a turntable and his world changed too.

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Dinner with a Curator: "Dogfight in Space"

January 25, 2022
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us on January 25 as Curator Cory Graff presents Dogfight in Space. Discover how George Lucas used his childhood love of World War II aviation, hotrods, and classic war movies to create the machines and moments seen in the climactic Death Star attack scene from 1977's Star Wars. As it turns out, Lucas was inspired by many events not very long ago or far away when it came to crafting his iconic sci-fi spectacular.

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Wartime Piano Happy Hour

After your Museum visit, join us in *BB’s Stage Door Canteen for a casual instrumental performance of wartime piano music! Tap along to favorites like “Sentimental Journey” and “I’ll Be Seeing You” and learn how these tunes coincided with significant events of the war. Beverages can be purchased at the bar in the American Sector Restaurant.

*January 28 and February 4 & 11 shows will be held at the Higgins Hotel.

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Mardi Gras Mambo

February 12 & 13
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mardi Gras Mambo Time! Come on down to The National WWII Museum to kick off the Carnival Season with festive fare, music, and fun.

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A Sweetheart of a Valentine's Show

February 14
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Dine and dance with our Victory Swing Orchestra for a romantic salute to the golden era of big bands.

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Hank Williams: The Lonesome Tour

May 13 – 22, 2022
Friday / Saturday Evenings and Sunday Matinees

Jason Petty brings Hank Williams's music and story to life in his one man show. Over the course of an intimate set, Jason plays acoustic guitar and tells the story of one of Country Music's greatest legends with wit, wisdom, and reflective humor.

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We’ll Meet Again: A Tribute to the Blonde Bombshells of World War II

June 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26
Friday / Saturday Evenings and Sunday Matinees

Join us for a tribute show honoring some of the best WWII songbirds—Betty Hutton, Doris Day, Dinah Shore, and more.

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The Victory Belles

The Victory Belles are a delightful vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s, serenading audiences at The National WWII Museum and across the globe.

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KNOW BEFORE THE SHOW:
SOME PERFORMANCES CARRY INCREASED RISK

Please note that singing and instrumental music produced by wind instruments are still thought to be higher risk activities for COVID-19 spread. Older adults and people with certain medical conditions are at increased risk to become severely ill from COVID-19, and it is especially important for people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19—as well as those who live with them—to protect themselves from getting COVID-19.

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Auditions & Employment Opportunities

Find out about audition information for future productions or learn more about employment opportunities at BB’s Stage Door Canteen.

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The story of how Bob Hope gave levity and laughter to troops during one of the most brutal conflicts in human history is a crucial component of the history of the war—and a demonstration of how humanity can shine through in the darkest of times. The National WWII Museum is proud to have BB's Stage Door Canteen performances supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation. If you are a veteran of any war, you may be eligible for free show only tickets to BB's Stage Door Canteen performances through our Tickets for Troops program. Please call our box office at 504-528-1943 for more information. 

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Now Playing: So Ready for Laughter

An 11-minute documentary, featured in the recent special exhibit dedicated to Bob Hope’s tireless efforts to entertain servicemembers during World War II, now plays continuously in BB’s Stage Door Canteen. Look for it on your next visit.

Supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation.

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The Original Stage Door Canteen

Where could a GI enjoy the best big bands, dance with the ladies, and rub elbows with the likes of Marlene Dietrich? Only at the Stage Door Canteen.

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Victory Belles Birthday Serenade

Do you know a WWII veteran or Home Front worker who’s about to celebrate a birthday? Invite The National WWII Museum’s 1940s songbirds to the party!

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The National WWII Museum

Museum Campus

Location

Solomon Victory Theater