The 1990 Broadway musical, “Once On This Island,” begins a three-week run at Raleigh Little Theatre tonight. Through its calypso-pop score, the show tells the story of a poor Caribbean island girl who saves and then falls in love with a handsome upper class man, angering the island gods. Her eventual sacrifice proves the power of love over death. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through 6/23). $12-$22. 919-821-3111; raleighlittletheatre.org.
• Friday-Sunday: “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” - NCSU Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through June 23). $14-$16. 919-515-1100; ncsu.edu/theatre.