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 war-time tradition in our very own Stage Door Canteen, an exciting entertainment and dining destination.
The 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 of headliner acts, signature musical productions, big bands, dancing, the Victory Belles vocal trio, and more, plus pre-show dinner, brunch, or lunch by The American Sector restaurant. It’s all at the Stage Door Canteen!