Playwright Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity in “Marjorie Prime,” presented by StageWest Theatre Company. Through Jan. 22 (dates and times vary), Kum & Go Theater at the Des Moines Social Club. $20-$33; stagewestiowa.com.
The musical ensemble Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox reimagines contemporary hits in styles of the past, from ragtime to Motown — “pop music in a time machine,” in the words of pianist and arranger Bradlee. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place. Tickets start at $76; hoytsherman.org.
Lavish parties can’t buy love, but Jay Gatsby tries in “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.” Through Feb. 12 (dates and times vary), Des Moines Community Playhouse. $25-$36; dmplayhouse.com.
Interviews with veterans of five wars shaped the moving music and libretto of “Soldier Songs” by American composer David T. Little. Baritone Michael Mayes (pictured) stars in this multimedia event that combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music and videography, exploring the loss of innocence and the difficulty of expressing truths about war. Presented as a part of Des Moines Metro Opera’s Second Stages Series, this production will be staged in the Freedom Center at Camp Dodge in Johnston (photo IDs are required to enter the camp). Through Jan. 29 (times vary), Camp Dodge. $40; dmmo.org.
Acclaimed conductor Joann Falletta leads the Des Moines Symphony in Masterworks 4: Cathedrals of Sound, a program of Brahms, Bolcom and Bruckner. 7:30 p.m.; also Jan. 29 at
2:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. $15-$65; dmsymphony.org.
Dancers from various disciplines use the language of motion to tell personal stories in choreographer Kyle Abraham’s production Abraham.In.Motion (pictured). Presented by Des Moines Performing Arts as part of its 2017 Dance Series. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. $15-$57; desmoinesperformingarts.org.
What could be more timeless than a 1930s story told in a 1940s book that spawned a 1960s movie and still stirs audiences today? Des Moines Performing Arts presents the stage version of “The Sound of Music.” Through Feb. 12 (times vary), Des Moines Civic Center. $35-$118; desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Civic Music Association presents Aaron Diehl Quartet with Warren Wolf. Pianist Diehl and vibraphonist Wolf are both classically trained jazz virtuosos with impressive performance histories. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place. $19-$49 (less for students); hoytsherman.org.
“Alchemy: Transformations in Gold” brings together 16 international artists whose work incorporates aspects of gold and probes its historic and cultural significance. Through May 5, Des Moines Art Center. Free admission; desmoinesartcenter.org.
Singer, actress and author Kristin Chenoweth joins the Des Moines Symphony in concert. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center. $99; dmsymphony.org.
Join us to celebrate the unveiling of the March/April issue of dsm, the opening of The Republic on Grand, a new boutique hotel by Marriott in the East Village—and Mardi Gras! Laissez les bon temps rouler indeed. 5-7 p.m. (short program at 6 p.m.), The Republic on Grand, 401 E. Grand Ave.; therepublicongrand.com.