Pop icon Cyndi Lauper made history as the first solo woman ever to receive the Tony for Best Score thanks to her contributions to Broadway's high-heeled hit, Kinky Boots. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots tells the story (based on actual events) of Charlie Price, who has inherited his father's nearly bankrupt shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible. Along the way, Lola helps Charlie become the man he's meant to be. Featuring direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a spectacularly uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles), this red-hot musical smash can be enjoyed at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston.
Fetch Clay, Make Man tells the fascinating story of the unlikely friendship between boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit. Set mostly during the mid-'60s, the young, vibrant Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) is winning bouts in the boxing ring and arguments outside of it about the dignity of African-Americans. Meanwhile, the faded Fetchit represents an older, uglier era. Once a millionaire due to his immense success playing racist stereotypes on the silver screen in the '20s, '30s and '40s, the actor is now broke and half-forgotten. In the days leading up to one of Ali's most anticipated fights against Sonny Liston, the prizefighter and the movie star form an unlikely and revealing friendship. Catch Fetch Clay, Make Man at Houston's Ensemble Theatre.
Painter Arcadio Rogers Rodríguez has made quite a name for himself crafting images. But what does it take to really bring a canvas to life? A visit from your dead mother? A Faustian deal with a devilish muse? Alma en Venta (Soul on Sale) is a magical-realist examination of the cost one Latino artist has to pay to save a soul. Catch the regional premiere of this lyrical production at Stages Repertory Theatre-Yeager Theatre in Houston.
Indomitable Texas Governor Ann Richards is brought to life by the incomparable Sally Edmundson in a one-woman tour-de-force, Ann. This hilarious new play, written by Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), is a no-holds-barred look at the complex and captivating woman who changed the face of Texas politics. Come on y'all, it's time for a grand night of theater at Houston's Stages Repertory Theatre.
The hills are alive in this brand-new production of The Sound of Music. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning score, including unforgettable songs like "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and more. Enjoy The Sound of Music at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston.
What really happens after "happily ever after?" Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods answers that question, skillfully interweaving several classic fairy tales into one epic story that goes beyond the happy endings to show what happens when a fairy-tale world gets real. This modern twist on the Brothers Grimm brings together Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Rapunzel and more. The beloved storybook characters take on startling complexity as they discover that wishes always come with a price. Witches, wolves, giants and mysterious strangers force the heroes to face the music and their future in a world where everything doesn't always end happily. Be sure to catch this humorous and heartfelt romp through the woods, featuring such unforgettable songs as "No One Is Alone," "Children Will Listen" and "Giants in the Sky," when Into The Woods comes to Houston's Playhouse 1960.