As the summer will soon become a distant memory, audiences look towards the fall, cooler weather and new theatre seasons. Houston theaters have been compiling and releasing their upcoming productions. There are some returning classics, some new hits and some exciting premieres planned for the 2015-2016 season.
Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) offers a returning favorite “The Little Mermaid” (Sept 10-13) which is currently a subscription add on and only available to subscribers. This production was a huge success when it came through Houston about a year ago and will be sure to delight audiences of all ages again this time around. “Matilda The Musical” gets the season started October 6-18. TUTS’ Summer Conservatory program will bring “RENT” the 1996 Jonathan Larson widely successful musical to the stage. “A Christmas Story The Musical” (December 8 – 20, 2015) will bring audiences cheer and laughs this holiday season. April 5-17, 2016 “Oliver” the celebrated classic will take the stage. “The Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder” which won the 2014 Tony for Best Musical dances into town May 3-15, 2016.
TUTS Underground continues their third season bringing Houston the most modern, exciting musicals. “Bonnie and Clyde” kick off their new season running from October 1-4. “Striking 12” takes the stage December 17-20, offering audiences a little something different for their holiday season. Kicking off the new year, an exciting and one of kind musical “Sweet Potato Queens” runs March 17-20, 2016. After a first time reading at TUTS Underground, this musical loosely based on the life-story of #1 New York Times best-selling author and SPQ founder, Jill Conner Browne, will make its world premiere. Rounding out the season, “Heathers The Musical” runs April 28-May 1, 2016. Based on the 1989 movie, this musical follows three of the meanest Heather’s as rebel Veronica challenges their rule and nothing will be the same after.
Broadway Across America brings some returning classics and modern hits for the 2015-2016 season. “Pippin” kicks off the season running October 20-25. Another fan favorite “Phantom of the Opera” takes the stage November 18-29. This old as time classic will be sure to delight returning fans and create a new generation of fans. A family and sing along favorite “The Sound of Music” dances into town February 16-21, 2016. For season options, audiences can choose between two outstanding selections, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” running April 27 – May 1, 2016 or “Wicked” running July 6 – August 14, 2016.
Main Street Theatre has been undergoing many exciting changes and renovations. Main Street Theatre also celebrates their 40th season in their newly renovated Rice Village location. They kick off their season with a Texas premiere “Silent Sky” running November 7-29. “1946” is a world premiere running from March 26 to April 17 and tells the story of a Texas family following WWII. They offer two exciting season extra’s the first being the funny, delightful Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night” running December 31-January 10 or a more mature production “Venus in Fur” coming to the stage January 14-24, 2016.
Stages Repertory Theatre kicks off another exciting season for Houston audiences. Texas Playwrights Festival in collaboration with the Dramatists Guild Fund, the Houston Arts Alliance and TeCo Theatrical Productions runs July 30 – August 2, 2015. This is an exciting weekend and event which Stages will host of independent Texas plays all written by Texas playwrights. “Driving Miss Daisy” is up next running August 5-September 13. Early December, the theatre brings the world premiere of this wacky, kid friendly production “Panto Snow Queen: Unfrozen”. The New Year gets kicked off with two regional premieres “Straight White Men” running February 10-March 6, 2016 and “End of the Rainbow” running March 2-April 10, 2016. “Miss Teen” another world premiere, takes the stage April 6-May 1, 2016 as a shy girl wins a local beauty contest starting a skyrocket towards stardom as she competes in other pageants. “Big Fish” another regional premiere closes the season in May. Based on the celebrated novel and acclaimed film this story follows Edward Bloom, a traveling salesmen who lives life to the fullest and in the most unexpected ways.
Houston theatre’s continue to bring fun, challenging and exciting new productions to the local stage. These are just a few of what the local area theatre’s have in story for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. For additional area lineups be sure to check back with additional previews and upcoming articles posted shortly.