The 2016 -2017 season features Texas playwright Robert Askins’ Tony-nominated Hand to God, the World Premiere of NSangou Njikam’s Syncing Ink, new musical Freaky Friday, and a celebration of Shakespeare with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Alley’s productions range from the best current work, to re-invigorated classic plays, to new plays by contemporary writers. The theatre is home to a Resident Company of actors. In addition, the Alley engages theatre artists of every discipline – actors, designers, composers, playwrights – who work on individual productions throughout each season as Visiting Artists. A total of eight productions are part of the 2016 – 2017 season which are presented in two theatre spaces. Additional offerings include the holiday classics A Christmas Carol and The Santaland Diaries; the second annual new play festival, Alley All New and the return of pedestrian-based live theatre Remote Houston. The Alley offers nearly 500 performances each season. The Company reaches over 200,000 people each year through its performance and education programs. Its audience enrichment programs include pre-show and post-performance talks, events, and workshops for audience members of all ages. For more information go to www.alleytheatre.org.
Houston Ballet’s mission is to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs. This upcoming year, Houston Ballet’s 2016-17 season reprises three signature works by artistic director Stanton Welch AM, which includes the globally recognized and poignant Madame Butterfly, the empowering production of Cinderella, and the vibrant and colorful interpretation of La Bayadere. Additionally, the company will present the North-American premiere of The Tempest, a powerful tale by the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, as conceived and choreographed by the great ballet storyteller David Bintley. There will also be a diverse array of one-act ballets added into company repertoire that include works by renowned choreographers William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins, Jiří Kylián, and Justin Peck. The season also includes the widely-anticipated world premiere of Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker, guaranteed to be bigger, brighter and grander than ever before. For more info, visit houstonballet.org.
SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is celebrating fifty years of presenting amazing performances for Houston audiences, and our 2016-2017 Season is paying tribute to both the dynamic history and exciting future of SPA. The 50th Anniversary Season will feature returning favorites such as David Sedaris, David Parsons Dance, the Trockaderos, Pilobolus, and STOMP, along with shows brand new to Houston like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Live!, Joey Alexander Trio, and Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus. This thrilling season offers diverse programming, providing something for every member of the family. Whether it’s our newly expanded family programming (B-Underwater Bubble Show, The Odd Squad – Live!, Annie the Musical, Cirque Dreams Holidaze), or our continued commitment to bring great entertainment to Houston (The Irish Tenors, Jessica Lang Dance, Balé Folclórico da Bahia), or our excellent slate of world-renowned speakers (Neil Gaiman, Alton Brown, David Sedaris, Neil deGrasse Tyson), this season is a crowd pleaser for a wide variety of audiences. Join us this season, as we celebrate fifty years of “bring the world’s best to Houston!” Visit spahouston.org to see the full lineup of shows in our 50th Anniversary Season.
BBVA COMPASS BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER
BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center is presented by the Hobby Center Foundation and brings first class touring musicals and plays from New York and London’s West End direct to your backyard in Houston, Texas. Our sensational 2016-2017 season features THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, THE KING AND I, FINDING NEVERLAND, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, and THE BODYGUARD. Back by demand, don’t miss the worldwide phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Farewell tour of MAMMA MIA!, the return of THE BOOK OF MORMON, as well as family favorite, Disney’s THE LION KING. Tickets and more info at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA
Houston Grand Opera presents another wonderful season with 7 spectacular operas including one of Mozart’s comedic gems, The Abduction from the Seraglio and the world premiere of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Also, don’t miss the finale of Wagner’s 4-part Ring cycle, Götterdämmerung; a true feast for the eyes and the ears! Stop by the Wortham Theater Center for the biggest savings of the season on both single tickets and a subscription. Can’t stop by today? Visit HGO.org or call 713-228-OPERA (6737).
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), Houston’s acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company, promises to provide “more theatre for more people” by offering a greater variety of world-class musical theatre titles and through educational initiatives that extend beyond the stage and into the community. Performed downtown at the Hobby Center, TUTS season features a spectacular mix of touring musicals and self-produced shows. For more information, visit tuts.com.
DA CAMERA OF HOUSTON
Acclaimed for its innovative programming, notably Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg’s unique concerts connecting music with literature and the visual arts, as well as for its jazz series, featuring a distinctive mix of renowned performers and emerging artists. Our 2016/2017 season features jazz pianist Jason Moran, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, guitarist Jason Vieaux, jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard and many more. Tickets and more info at dacamera.com.
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its third season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
Uniquely Houston® is an innovative program established by the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to provide a home venue for Houston’s smaller and mid-sized nonprofit performing arts organizations in the Theater District. This collaboration enables the Hobby Center to showcase Houston’s cultural landscape and exceptional artistic talent in Zilkha Hall with programs that appeal to diverse audiences. The upcoming season will include local artists such as Ars Lyrica, Noble Motion Dance, Musiqa, Virtuosi of Houston, Houston Ebony Opera, Houston Symphonic Band, and many more. For tickets and more info visit www.thehobbycenter.org.