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 and dining destination.
BB's Stage Door Canteen presents a wonderful weekly 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, plus preshow dinner, brunch, or lunch by The American Sector Restaurant + Bar. It's all at BB's Stage Door Canteen!
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 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 Stage Door Canteen performances. Please call our box office at 504-528-1943 for more information.
This musical comes complete with down-home country humor and true emotion. The show includes many of Cline’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, Walkin’ After Midnight, and many more.
Weekends, February 23 - March 25, 2018
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.
March 8 & 12, 2018
April 1, 15 & 29, 2018
May 6 & 18, 2018
June 1, 2018
September 17 & 28, 2018
The Best of Sinatra
Our salute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” features the adorable and charming Spencer Racca backed by the Museum’s Victory Trio. Join us for a nostalgic matinee performance featuring Frank’s classic hits such as Fly Me to the Moon, All of Me, One for My Baby, Come Fly with Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, My Way, and New York, New York. This legend lit up the world with his voice!
Wednesdays, March 7 - November 28, 2018
Buddy Holly Tribute Show with Johnny Rogers
Join us as Johnny Rogers puts on the best Buddy Holly tribute show in the world! Endorsed by Buddy’s family and The Crickets guitarist Tommy Allsup.
April 6 - 8, 2018
Blue Angel: A Roy Orbison Tribute with Terry Harris
Terry Harris performs his solo Roy Orbison tribute show, a salute to the image, look, and sound of legendary performer Roy Orbison. Return to the glory days of “The Big O” at this entertaining one-man show!
April 20 - 22, 2018
On the Home Front: Louisiana During World War II
Louisiana’s contributions to World War II were not limited to New Orleans boatbuilder Andrew Higgins’s incredible output of landing craft and PT boats. This original musical, written exclusively for The National WWII Museum, will salute the Higgins legacy as well as many other aspects of the Pelican State’s wartime efforts on the Home Front.
Weekends, May 12 - July 1, 2018