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

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry
  • Face mask covering mouth and nose at all times except when actively eating or drinking
BB'S STAGE DOOR CANTEEN

WARTIME PIANO HAPPY HOUR

After your Museum visit, join us in BB’s Stage Door Canteen for a casual 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.

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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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Big Band Autumn Swing

The National WWII Museum's own Victory Swing Orchestra celebrates the greatest big bands of the WWII era. This amazing ensemble of talented New Orleans musicians will have you In the Mood to dance the night away! Join us for Big Band Autumn Swing at BB’s Stage Door Canteen! Beverages and charcuterie boards can be purchased at the bar in the American Sector Restaurant.

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Whiskey—From the Still to the Battlefield

Join us at BB's Stage Door Canteen for a discussion on the history of whiskey—from the illicit stills during Prohibition to an era of refined tastes for American whiskeys after World War II (and the whiskey distilleries' pivot to support the wartime effort in the production of rubber and industrial alcohol).

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Dinner with a Curator: "Kickoff: Football and World War II"

Join Senior Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs Kimberly Guise as she tackles the subject of football during the war.

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Swing That Music: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

New Orleans jazz legend and former bandleader for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Wendell Brunious, pays tribute to the great Louis Armstrong. The Grammy award-winning trumpet artist will present an evening of fabulous jazz and riveting stories about the poor, African-American boy from New Orleans who pioneered an entire genre of American popular music and taught it to the rest of the world. Ably assisted by BB’s Stage Door Canteen favorite Tom Hook and a band of Crescent City superstars, this will be an unforgettable evening for jazz aficionados and lovers of American popular music alike.

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A Swinging Christmas

Our wonderful Victory Belles celebrate the season with a sleigh full of swinging holiday hits. Their beautiful Belle harmony dazzles on Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, Let it Snow, and dozens more.

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Teddy Bear Tea

Teddy Bear Tea is the perfect holiday experience to share with children and grandchildren—delicious food and sweet treats, lively music from the Victory Belles, and a special visit with Santa!

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New Year’s Eve 2022

Ring in 2022 at BB’s Stage Door Canteen! Join the Victory Swing Orchestra for an enthusiastic and celebratory evening, which begins with a complimentary bubbly and ends with a champagne toast and a midnight chocolate buffet.

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The Victory Belles are Going Virtual!

We are excited to announce that the Victory Belles are now available to serenade you to the sounds of the 1940s—virtually! It's a great way to brighten a loved one’s day with a special song or birthday wish; or, bring the harmony of wartime America to your next corporate or family call.

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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