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Broadway Across America 2014-2015 SEASON
Broadway Across America at the Hobby Center Upcoming Shows include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular National Tour, The Book of Mormon, a new musical from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q; ONCE National Tour, the Tony-winning musical based on the Academy award-winning movie; Mamma Mia, the story telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs; Newsies, the Tony-winning adaptation of the popular Disney film; Motown the Musical based on the life of Motown founder Barry Gordy. The Hobby Center is located at 800 Bagby Street, Houston Texas USA 77002. For tickets and information please log onto www.broadwayacrossamerica.com.
THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE 2014 - 2015 SEASON
by John Henry Redwood 2014 Production
In World War II
Harlem, two spinsters, Elizabeth and Quilly (or as they were called in those
days - an “old settler”) take in a young male roomer, Husband who has come from
South Carolina to search for his girlfriend, Lou Bessie. There is an ominous
cloud of tension that hangs over Elizabeth and Quilly’s relationship. This
tension is further exacerbated when Elizabeth and Husband take to liking each
other. It is this “carrying on” that exposes a thirty-year-old wound which,
until now, only had a bandage—now the wound can heal for the sisters.
For tickets and
information please call phone 713-520-0055. Visit THE
ENSEMBLE THEATRE at 3535 Main Street, Houston Texas
THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE Past Seasons
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA 2015 SEASON
Broadway Across America - Houston 2013 Season: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, a new musical based on the popular film from the team behind 'Hairspray'! Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. JERSEY BOYS won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical. JERSEY BOYS tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. SISTER ACT – National Tour Broadway’s acclaimed musical comedy based on the smash-hit film! SISTER ACT is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it "ridiculously fun,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to rejoice! Wicked – National Tour, so much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Visually stunning, Wicked boasts a soaring score from Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin), Tony Award winning sets and costumes and some of the most gravity-defying moments the Great White Way. Broadway Across America musicals are held at the Hobby Center Sarofim Hall at 800 Bagby Street, Houston Texas, USA.
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA - HOUSTON: PAST SEASONS
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS (TUTS) President and CEO John C. Breckenridge announced the TUTS’ 2014-2015 Season running in the Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. "Moving into our 47th year of offering world class musical theatre to Houston, I am thrilled to announce the highly-anticipated line-up for our upcoming season. TUTS will present a selection of Broadway’s golden classics, family favorites, and shows hot off New York stages. Fun and full-flavored, comedic and adventurous, this mix of shows embodies everything that makes musical theatre great,” says Breckenridge.
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS (TUTS) presents the TUTS’ 2013-2014 Season running from September 29, 2013 through June 2014 in the Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The riveting lineup of shows runs the gamut from riotous to ribald, family friendly to funky, and from contemporary to classic - every musical theatre lover will find something to love in the upcoming season.
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS' PAST SEASONS
CHECK OUT THE THEATRES SECTION OF HOUSTONTHEATRE.COM featuring an archive of Theatres in the general Houston area of the last decade. HoustonTheatre.com has documented special theatre performances from A - Z, from Absolute Theatre to Worldfest (Houston International Film Festival).
The Musical Theater of Houston
THE ART GUYS celebrate their 25th Anniversary by presenting NOTHING TO IT, An Evening of Itty Bitty Witty Ditties on May 3rd, 2008. THE ART GUYS Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing performed Wrap Music, a musical arrangement performed entirely on industrial strength wrapping material and Inverted Karaoke which features the duo singing songs karaoke - style while the audience is unable to hear the music.
A COFFIN IN EGYPT based on Texas' own Horton Foote's play
THE HOUSTON GRAND OPERA presents the American premiere of THE PASSENGER by exiled Polish-Jewish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Based on an eponymous novel by Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz, THE PASSENGER is set in the late 1950s and depicts a German couple, Liese and Walter, on board an ocean liner where former SS officer Liese thinks she recognizes an Auschwitz prisoner among their fellow passengers. Although Weinberg completed his score in 1968, the opera was not performed until 2006. It was not fully staged until the 2010 Bregenz Festival. THE HOUSTON GRAND OPERA also revives VERDI'S RIGOLETTO in a production remounted by original director Harry Silverstein and conducted by Patrick Summers. Ryan McKinny returns to sing his first RIGOLETTO, while Richard Tucker Award-winning tenor Stephen Costello makes his long-awaited HGO debut as the Duke of Mantua.
MOZART'S DON GIOVANNI including an Interview with the World Famous Lover MARIUSZ KWIECIEN
GOUNOD'S FAUST including A Conversation with the Devil (Part II). Interview with the International Superstar Samuel Ramey.
THE HOUSTON GRAND OPERA
revives its acclaimed Francesca Zambello production of GOUNOD'S French masterpiece FAUST
with a stellar cast, led
by one of America’s most gifted tenors, William Burden (The Coronation of Poppea, 2006) as the man who sells his
soul to the devil for a second chance at youth. Burden’s FAUST
, hailed as “superb…beautiful French, with fine
line and glowing tone,” (Philadelphia’s City Paper), is lured into eternal damnation by Mephistopheles, sung by
the incomparable American bass Samuel Ramey (Boris Godunov, 2005) in one of the roles that has made him world
famous. Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri makes her house debut as Marguerite, the naïve young woman who falls for
FAUST . Her devoted brother Valentin is sung by American baritone Earle Patriarco (The Barber of Seville, 2004).
FAUST is presented at the
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA's
Wortham Theater Center in Downtown Houston, Texas from January 20th - February 3rd, 2007.
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA: PAST SEASONS
For tickets and information please log onto www.alleytheatre.org or call the Box Office at ph. 713-220-5700.
Gregory Boyd, Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre announced its thrilling new season of plays created by playwrights that include a humorous tête-à-tête FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain, a new play by Jon Robin Baitz OTHER DESERT CITIES an Outer Critics Circle's Outstanding New Play winner; the World Premiere of FOOL a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck; GOOD PEOPLE a 2011 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, plus an ingenious comedy COMMUNICATING DOORS from acclaimed, award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn and VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE an irresistible new comedy that won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue, Houston Texas USA 77002. For tickets and information please log onto www.alleytheatre.org or call the Box Office at ph. 713-220-5700.
Season subscriptions may be purchased at www.alleytheatre.org, by phone at 713-220-5700, or in person at the Alley Theatre Box Office, 615 Texas Avenue Houston Texas.
ALLEY THEATRE: THE LAST 10 YEARS
Ransom of Red Chief at Express Children's Theatre
RANSOM OF RED CHIEF O. Henry's literary classic comes to life in this hilarious adaptation by Patricia Barry Rumble. This is the story of two crooks, Bill (Alan Gardiner-Atkinson) and Sam (Brandon Morgan) who plan a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap the very energetic child of a local banker. But they get a lot more -- and a lot less -- than they bargained for. Their 10-year-old victim, who refers to himself as an Indian named Red Chief (Nicholas Lewis), is barely missed. He is also exultant over having two playmates to tease, torment and awaken in the wee hours (audience participation encouraged). RANSOM OF RED CHIEF runs from June 3 through July 27, 2013 at the Express Childrens Theatre located at 446 Northwest Mall, Houston Texas. For more information visit www.expresstheatre.com or call ph. 713-682-5044.
LEGENDS OF WIND AND FIRE is a bi-lingual (English / Spanish) re-telling of classic Argentinian and Brazilian fables, told by Millartray and Mapu, two rambunctious Native American youth. Together, the spirited cousins take audiences on a journey through the Southern Cone of South America. Transforming into a lively cast of animal characters, to illustrate four myths: How Winter Was Born, The Legend of Treng-Treng and Kai-Kai, Why Penguins Do Not Fly and The Quest for Fire. Rich with culture, music and fun, these classic fables not only satisfy age-old curiosities, but also explore the timeless values of cooperation, sharing, selflessness and the value of friendship.
BROTHER TADPOLE is a story about friendship and love, ending with a positive resolution of conflict between friends. Written and created by Loreta Kovacic, BROTHER TADPOLE premiered on March 28th, 2009 at the new Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston. In BROTHER TADPOLE, Mary and Jack are friends (AMIGOS) but they are always quarreling and fighting. Why can't they just get along?!! They come to the magical land inhabited by Cyclops, cute little bunnies and other strange creatures. They become friends with the popular Cyclops Hans and his friend BROTHER TADPOLE. Jack falls in love with the goddess Dama, but she is out of reach. Mary and Jack become better friends to each other. They learn how to live in peace like the two fun loving Cyclops. It's all good in the land of Balvaria.
A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted. Travis High School Theatre Arts Program will present the musical BYE BYE BIRDIE on January 30, 31 & February 6 and 7, 2009. All shows begin at 7 p.m. All performances are in the Travis High School Auditorium located at 11111 Harlem Road, Richmond TX 77406.
Check out THE
CHILDREN'S THEATRE Section of HoustonTheatre.com featuring
Children's Theatres in the Houston Area. Also featured is Travis High School's
GODSPELL presented January, 2008 with
Interviews with the Cast and Director of GODSPELL. Also
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN Presented February, 2007 with
Interviews with the Cast and Director of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN.
Visit one of Houston Theatre's
CHILDREN'S THEATRES and Get Swept Away with Magic, Music and
Enchanting Stories of Love and Forgiveness. Interview with
with Director and Playwright Laura Weinberg Williams.
was Presented at
THE COMPANY ONSTAGE November, 2001.
2008 Interview with FRANK YOUNG
Founder and Producing Artistic Director of TUTS
TUTS' FOREVER YOUNG GALA April 27, 2007
Theatre Under The Stars' FOREVER YOUNG GALA raises more than $1 million
towards TUTS Education and Outreach programs, during its star-studded event held
at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Friday April 27, 2007. Chaired by Leticia and Steve Trauber
THEATRE UNDER THE
FOREVER YOUNG GALA
the evening of April 27, 2007 featured a tribute to TUTS Founder / Producing
FRANK M. YOUNG
which included Honorary Chairs President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush awarding
Young with the American Musical Theatre Award (AMTA) and performances by
Broadway and TV stars Debbie Reynolds, Robert Goulet and Austin Miller, among
THE HOUSTON BALLET'S 2010 - 2011 SEASON
"Dance is music made visible."----- George Balanchine. The Houston Ballet's Artistic Director Stanton Welch presents the 2010 - 2011 Season with a Houston Premiere of George Balanchine's JEWELS; an energetic tribute to the music of George Gershwin's THE CORE and a new perspective on the controversial and fascinating life of MARIE ANTOINETTE. "High Theater with all the trimmings." says Dance Magazine in regards to THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, recognized as one of the supreme achievements of classical ballet. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY is an exquisite interpretation of the classic story of good versus evil. RAISING THE BARRE, a world premiere by Finnish-born Jorma Elo, one of the most sought-after choreographers in the US and Europe. "Funny, touching, breathtakingly physical..." says Dance Magazine of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW which pays tribute to the brilliance and wit for which Shakespeare is known. For tickets and subscriptions, call ph. 713-522-5538 or online at www.houstonballet.org.
HOUSTON BALLET: The Last 10 Years
Read about a Real Christmas Ballerina. An Interview with Bridgett Zehr as the Sugar Plum Fairy at The Nutcracker presented by the Houston Ballet December 2005
This holiday, treat your lovelies to an annual Christmas tradition The Nutcracker, that shimmering, glittering spectacle of holiday cheer. Follow Clara on her journey from the family party to the Land of the Sweets. You’ll see a Christmas tree that grows to magnificent heights, dancing dolls, flying cooks and lots and lots of beautiful snow. With music by Tchaikovsky and stunning sets by Desmond Heeley, Ben Stevenson's production has something to delight every member of the family. It just wouldn’t be the holidays without The Nutcracker. The Houston Ballet Presents the Nutcracker from November 29 through December 29, 2013. For tickets and subscriptions, call ph. 713-522-5538 or online at www.houstonballet.org.
Interview with a Living Doll AMY FOTE performing as SWANILDA in Houston Ballet's COPPELIA
Listen Up Kiddies! Forget Cinderella Barbie and Lara Croft the Tomb Raider. If you want to have a hard body like AMY FOTE you're going to have to start eating your vegetables every day. Check Out the INTERVIEW WITH AMY FOTE. She stars as SWANILDA in HOUSTON BALLET'S Production of COPPELIA. HOUSTON BALLET and Artistic Director Stanton Welch presents COPPELIA from June 7th through the 17th, 2007 at the Brown Theater of the Wortham Theater Center. Considered the great comedy of classical ballet, COPPELIA tells the story of a doll so enchantingly lifelike that she mesmerizes an entire village, captures the heart of a young swain named Franz, and inspires the eccentric toymaker Dr. Coppelius to attempt to transform her into a living, breathing human being. HOUSTON BALLET'S Production of COPPELIA features breathtaking scenery by Tony Award winner Desmond Heeley, including a picturesque German village and a magical toy workshop whose treasures include a goat, a ballerina and a wizard. For tickets and general information, call 713-227-2787 or click to www.houstonballet.org.
STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE 2009 - 2010 SEASON
On July 16th, 2009 a 36-year old actor named JIM PARSONS was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series." The achievement was mainly due to his Television role as the persnickety physicist SHELDON COOPER on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Born and bred in Houston, Texas JIM PARSONS also went to the University of Houston where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. In August 2009, he won the Television Critics Association or TCA award for the highest individual achievements in comedy. But before all these recent accolades, JIM PARSONS starred in the 1998 Stages Repertory Theatre production of BELOW THE BELT. Check out the 1998 interview with NASA Astronaut Trainer and Flight Controller JERRY MILLER entitled "You Don't Have to be a Rocket Scientist...But If You Just Happen To Be One....."
STAGES' 1998 Production of BELOW THE BELT starring Jerry Miller and Jim Parsons
Premier Houston Social and Musical Event in 2004: MUSICAL BRIDGES: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST POLISH SETTLEMENT IN AMERICA held Friday, October 22nd, 2004. With the honorable presence of former President of Poland MR. LECH WALESA, and music by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Mariusz Smolij and guest pianist Adam Golka, the Polish National Alliance (Chicago) and the Polish American Congress - Texas Division and the Houston Polish community celebrated THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF PANNA MARIA, TEXAS the birthplace of American Polonia at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. Another Polish celebration held March, 2004 was Przechadzki - O Krakowie at the University of St. Thomas Jones Hall.
Check out The HoustonTheatre.com Parties Section where you will find the best musical parties in Houston, including the HOUSTON GRAND OPERA BALL 2001, The Hottest Rock N' Roll Party for THE SUMMER OF 2000 at the Grand Opening of the Hard Rock Cafe at Bayou Place in Downtown Houston, and CHRISTMAS BANQUET 2000, A festive evening of Holiday Fun featuring an interview with A.D. Players Founder and Artistic Director Jeannette Clift George at the Copperfield Baptist Church.
The 46th Annual WorldFest-Houston - 10 great days in April: 55 features, 96 shorts, 6 Professional Production Seminars - All film screenings at the AMC Studio 30 at Dunvale Theaters. The Official HQ Hotel - The wonderful Marriott Westchase! Special WorldFest Rates! with rooms starting at just $89 a night! They offer free shuttle bus service to The AMC Theater. The Festival Club is open every night! The WorldFest Professional Production Seminars are Thursday April 18 at 10am and 2pm, Friday, April 19 at 10am and 2pm and Saturday April 20 at 10am and 2pm. Awards Gala Dinner, Sat. April 20th, 2013. Houston Yacht Club/WorldFest Consular Regatta, VIP NASA/Space Center Houston Tour and Texas BBQ on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Y'all Come!
The Annual Houston International Film Festival
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