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!

Per current City of New Orleans guidelines, Museum visitors are not required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination. However, the CDC strongly encourages unvaccinated individuals to continue wearing a mask when indoors.

BB's Stage Door Canteen

Wartime Piano Happy Hour

May 27, 2022
June 10 & 24, 2022

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.

*The following dates will be held in the Patriots Circle Lounge at the Higgins Hotel:
May 27 | June 10 & 24

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Stage Door Idol

Attention, songbirds and superstars—the Stage Door Idol competition is back after a two-year break! Prepare 32 bars of a song originally written or recorded in the 1940s, and join us at BB's Stage Door Canteen to audition* for our 11th Stage Door Idol. Forty contestants will be selected to compete this summer for a $2,000 cash prize!

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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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Dinner with a Curator: The Fighting Comics of World War II

May 24, 2022

Join Assistant Curator Chase Tomlin as he presents The Fighting Comics of World War II. Learn how the burgeoning comic book industry engaged with and informed the American public on the eve of war, promoted and facilitated the war effort, and inspirited the fighting troops overseas.

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

June 17 – 26, 2022
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

Matinee Luncheons: June 8

Show Only: May 21, 28 & 30 | June 4, 11 & 24

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