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The Nacirema Society Mar 31 - Apr 14, 2017  
The Ensemble Theatre The Nacirema Society
Young love blossoms and old flames simmer at the Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Alabama's centennial celebration. Each year since Emancipation, the society (whose name is American spelled backwards) introduces six elegant African-American debutants to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility. This year, with national media attention on hand ... what could possibly go wrong? Award-winning playwright and author Pearl Cleage, New York Times best-selling author of the Oprah book club selection What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, invites you into a glamorous world where folks still dress for dinner. This sparkling and distinctly Southern romantic comedy comes to Houston courtesy of The Ensemble Theatre.
Dreamgirls Apr 4 - Apr 16, 2017  
The Hobby Center Dreamgirls
Full of onstage sparkle and backstage drama, the Tony and Academy Award-winning hit musical Dreamgirls tells the rags-to-riches tale of a fictional 1960s Motown girl group based on the stories of real-life acts like The Supremes and The Shirelles. Jam packed with great R&B music, punctuated by showstopping hits like "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "One Night Only," this now-classic show pulls back the curtain on the emotional struggles that come along with fame and fortune -- and does so with plenty of soulful style. This sophisticated staging of Dreamgirls is under the stars at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
The Barber of Seville Apr 5 - Apr 23, 2017  
Classical Theatre Company - Chelsea Market The Barber of Seville
Gioachino Rossini's delightfully funny story of young love unfolds in Spain and finds the dashing Count Almaviva striving to win the love of the lovely young Rosina. To rescue her from her awful guardian, the Count enlists the help of the town's busybody barber, the famed Figaro -- who ends up creating hilarious mayhem with his many disguises and wacky schemes. With a triumphant overture made famous through other mediums -- think Bugs Bunny -- The Barber of Seville appeals to both opera newbies and aficionados. A top-notch cast sails through the score's bel canto glories, thrilling the audience with their portrayals of characters that are just as vivid today as when they first took the stage. Rossini's razor-sharp musical wit glints through every scene of this delicious comedy, one of the most playful and popular in the entire operatic repertoire. Catch this brand-new translation of the classic French farce when it makes it's Houston debut at Classical Theatre @ Chelsea Market.
Dancing at Lughnasa Apr 7 - Apr 22, 2017  
Playhouse 1960 Dancing at Lughnasa
Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa took the theater world by storm when it debuted, winning the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play. Staged at Houston's Playhouse 1960, this powerful and intimate portrait of a country and a family at a crossroads, set in rural Ireland in 1936, tells the tale of five unmarried sisters -- the proud Mundy sisters -- staving off the hardships of daily life through talk, laughter and dance. But after they welcome their frail missionary brother home from Uganda, several intersecting events threaten to irreparably burst the Mundy women's fragile bubble of happiness.
Annie Apr 8 - Apr 9, 2017  
Jones Hall for the Performing Arts Annie
The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. This production of Annie will be a brand-new incarnation of the iconic original Broadway show, which won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Featuring a book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." The plucky orphan dances her way into hearts at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston.
Greater Tuna Apr 8 - Apr 9, 2017  
The Grand Greater Tuna
A funny sendup of small-town morals, the long-running off-Broadway comedy Greater Tuna takes place in the fictional city of Tuna, the "third-smallest" town in Texas -- the kind of place where the Lions Club is considered too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. You'll meet the town's eccentric citizens, including the Bumillers, puppy-poisoning Aunt Pearl, the longwinded Reverend Spikes, good ol' Vera Carp and many more. Created more than 30 years ago as a party skit based on a political cartoon, Greater Tuna's popularity has endured, spawning countless tours, several sequels and even an HBO special. Now you can see it in a production from The Grand at Galveston Island. And as a special treat, each performance will be followed by a Q&A with director Jaston Williams that's bound to be as entertaining as the show itself.
Finding Neverland Apr 25 - Apr 30, 2017  
The Hobby Center Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland is Broadway's biggest new hit and the winner of's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical! This breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart" (Time Magazine). Vogue cheers, "it's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!" Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is "far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR).
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) May 5 - May 20, 2017  
Playhouse 1960 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Get thee forth to witness three of the wittiest men around as they take to the stage (in tights!) for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). This trio of hilarious performers takes on the seemingly impossible challenge of performing the nuts 'n' bolts of each of Shakespeare's 37 plays in less than two hours. These theater classics undergo some changes, of course -- Titus Andronicus becomes a cooking show, Othello's summarized in rap and Hamlet is pared down to less than a minute. People of all ages will be pulled in by the cheeky, madcap comedy and still -- miraculously -- by show's end, you'll have a general idea of the plot of every comedy, tragedy and historical work written by the Bard, all played out on the stage of Playhouse 1960 in Houston.
Luna Gale May 10 - May 28, 2017  
Stages Repertory Theatre Luna Gale
The sharp-eyed contemporary drama Luna Gale focuses on Caroline, a social worker who must decide whether a hospitalized child should be given back to her recovering teenage meth addicts parents or the infant's grandmother, a religious evangelist. Caught in the middle of a much larger fight, her decisions about the child's welfare dredge up a secretive past and further ignite the conflict. The Chicago Tribune hailed the play as "excellent and intensely involving," and the Sun-Times agreed, calling it "provocative and impassioned." Now Seattle Repertory Theatre presents this heartbreaking and unforgettable tale from Pulitzer nominee Rebecca Gilman at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance May 24 - Jun 25, 2017  
Stages Repertory Theatre The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Based on the 1962 John Ford film starring James Stewart, Lee Marvin and John Wayne, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance brings a rip-roaring Western tale to the stage. When a young scholar from New York City decides to head west in search of a new life, he arrives in the dusty town of Twotrees half-dead and beaten down. There, he finds new purpose thanks to the love of a local woman. But will that be enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants to bury him six feet underground? You'll have to make your way to Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston to find out for yourself.
Something Rotten! Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2017  
The Hobby Center Something Rotten!
Something Rotten! is Broadway's big, fat hit! (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is The Producers + The Book of Mormon x The Drowsy Chaperone. Squared! (New York Magazine).
Sister Act Jun 9 - Jun 24, 2017  
Playhouse 1960 Sister Act
Based on the beloved 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film, the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Sister Act tells the hilarious and uplifting tale of a wannabe disco diva whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses a crime and is put into hiding in a convent. As this free-spirited soul singer shakes things up under the watchful eye of Mother Superior, teaching her fellow sisters to sing, she rediscovers her own voice in the process. Featuring powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a moving story, this Playhouse 1960 production brings the spirit of the original to Houston.
The Lion King Jun 27 - Jul 23, 2017  
The Hobby Center The Lion King
Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you've ever heard. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist.
The Bodyguard Aug 15 - Aug 20, 2017  
The Hobby Center The Bodyguard
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including "Queen of the Night," "So Emotional," "One Moment in Time," "Saving All My Love," "Run to You," "I Have Nothing," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and one of the biggest selling songs of all time - "I Will Always Love You."