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!

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.

Learn More
BB's Stage Door Canteen

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.

Learn More
BB's Stage Door Canteen

Tiki Culture: From the South Pacific to Pontchartrain Beach

Join us for a discussion on Tiki drinking culture from its early beginnings after Prohibition to its explosion as a global phenomenon after World War II. Learn how GIs returning from the South Pacific came home with new tastes and embraced this new style of dining and drinking.

Learn More
BB'S STAGE DOOR CANTEEN

Big Band Summer 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 Summer Swing at BB’s Stage Door Canteen! Beverages and charcuterie boards can be purchased at the bar in the American Sector Restaurant.

Learn More
BB's Stage Door Canteen

World’s Greatest Johnny Cash Experience: Terry Lee Goffee

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.

Learn More
BB's Stage Door Canteen

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Thumbnail

Auditions & Employment Opportunities

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

Learn More

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. 

Thumbnail

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.

Thumbnail

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.

Read
Thumbnail

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!

Learn More
The National WWII Museum

Museum Campus

Location

Solomon Victory Theater