The Victory Belles present Songs that Won the War
February 3 – August 24
The Victory Belles bring to life the songs that inspired the Allies to victory during World War II. This new Belles show features musical gems of the era such as White Cliffs of Dover, Harbor Lights, The Last Time I Saw Paris, La Vie En Rose, and I'll Be Seeing You, all sung in rich, three-part harmony. You may even find yourself dancing with one of our beautiful Belles!
The Accidental Hero
May 27 & 28
This is the extraordinary true story of a WWII officer who liberated the same Czech towns where his grandparents lived. Matt Konop had grown up speaking Czech on a farm in Wisconsin, ashamed of his humble background. Thrown into World War II, he landed on Omaha Beach, was a hero in the Battle of the Bulge, and survived to the final days of the war. Then, he was given the dangerous assignment to go behind enemy lines into Czechoslovakia. At the border, he decided to go in alone. His life would never be the same, as one coincidence after another brought him face-to-face with his identity. What once was a source of shame became his greatest pride, as the people of his grandparent's hometown hailed him as their "liberator." They, in fact, liberated him as well. The play was developed and is presented by Patrick Dewane, Konop's grandson. The material for the play was derived from Konop's memoir, which was discovered more than 20 years after his death. Told with never-before-seen color movie clips from World War II, vintage music, and photos, The Accidental Hero is a multimedia delight that has captivated audiences across the country.
Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes Featuring Jason Petty
There is only one Hank Williams, and only one actor who can bring him to life: Jason Petty. Petty is the only actor to portray Williams in New York City's hit Off-Broadway musical, Lost Highway, where he won an Obie award and earned multiple nominations for his performance. Petty is the only actor to portray Hank in Lost Highway at Nashville's world-famous Ryman Auditorium. Petty also has over a dozen appearances at The Grand Ole Opery, along with a litany of incredible reviews from The New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and more. He has played thousands of shows and left millions of fans thrilled.
Sentimental Journey: The Big Bands of World War II
Saturdays, July 9 – August 27
The National WWII Museum's Victory Swing Orchestra celebrates the great big bands of the WWII era. This romantic evening will feature classic hits like Sentimental Journey, Begin the Beguine, Stardust, Sing, Sing, Sing, Tuxedo Junction, and Take the A Train by bandleader greats such as Glenn Miller, Harry James, Benny Goodman Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington. This amazing ensemble of talented New Orleans musicians will have you In the Mood to dance the night away!
Wednesdays, September 14 – November 30
The Vic-Tones, a dynamic male vocal trio with their own distinctive sound, are the newest addition to The National WWII Museum's entertainment roster! These talented singers celebrate the music of the 1940s. Swing, Big Band, jazz, Latin, and country music dominated and defined this decade, and the Vic-Tones bring it all to life in BB's Stage Door Canteen. You'll swoon and swing to the harmonic vocal stylings of ageless classics like Stardust, Paper Doll, Swinging on a Star, Pistol Packin' Mama, That Old Black Magic, Besame Mucho, and The Way You Look Tonight, among many others.
Thanks for the Memories: Bob Hope and His All-Star Pacific Tour
Weekends, September 16 – October 2
Back by popular demand is this tribute to the incredible shows and stars Bob Hope took to war-zone islands during World War II. A cast of 14 recreates Judy Garland, The Andrew Sisters, Dianna Durbin, Carmen Miranda, Lena Horne, Frances Langford, and Bob himself, along with our Victory Swing band. Just imagine how thrilled our troops were when these stars performed such favorites as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, In the Mood, I'll Be Seeing You, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and, of course, Thanks for the Memories.