The Alley’s 2017-2018 Season includes world premieres of Rajiv Joseph’s epic play tracing the stories of seven men and women connected by Russian history, myth and conspiracy theories – Describe the Night; Cleo by Lawrence Wright, a comedy about the titanic love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; Lover, Beloved: An Evening with Carson McCullers, a celebration of renowned southern writer Carson McCullers with music by singer/songwriters Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik; and The Cake, Bekah Brunstetter’s brilliant comedy about three women trying to reach out across a divide that keeps growing.
The Alley’s 71st season brings to life some of America’s most iconic and intriguing characters to the stage. The lineup also includes Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society, a sensational political drama and companion piece to All the Way continuing the story of President Lyndon B Johnson; comedian and actor Steve Martin’s fantastic comic imagining of Picasso and Einstein’s meeting – the hilarious comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile; a moving portrait of Louis Armstrong’s life-Satchmo at the Waldorf by Terry Teachout; and Holmes and Watson, a new Sherlock Holmes adventure by celebrated writer Jeffrey Hatcher.
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, our 2017-18 Season features the Houston Ballet premiere of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, the return of Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake and Ben Stevenson’s beloved Don Quixote. Houston Ballet highlights the season with a world premiere by Stanton Welch AM, Songs of Last Century, as well as five one-act ballets making their Houston debut by many of the world’s leading choreographers including William Forsythe and Alexander Ekman.
SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Houston’s leading performing arts presenter, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), announced its 2017-2018 season filled with music, dance and theatrical entertainment from the world’s best artists and companies. The diverse season will captivate audiences of all ages from start to finish from season opener, MOMIX Opus Cactus to the spring debut of Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic, to everything in between, such as the comedic duo, Penn and Teller and the return of the international sensation, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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 from New York direct to your backyard in Houston, Texas. Our sensational 2017-2018 season features the pre-Broadway engagement of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, ON YOUR FEET, the 2013 Tony Award ® winner for Best Musical, THE COLOR PURPLE, SCHOOL OF ROCK, the 20th Anniversary World Tour of RIVERDANCE, HAMILTON, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES, the sequel to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Tickets and more info at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com.
Photo: HAMILTON National Tour, © Joan Marcus.
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA
Houston Grand Opera expands its commitment to broadening the audience for opera with a 2017–18 season that includes the first presentations of Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical West Side Story by a major American opera house and the world premiere of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek’s holiday opera The House without a Christmas Tree. HGO will present its first performances in a quarter century of two iconic works: Richard Strauss’s revenge-filled Elektra with virtuoso soprano Christine Goerke in the tempestuous title role and 2016 Richard Tucker Award–winner and HGO Studio alumna Tamara Wilson in her role debut as Chrysothemis, under the baton of HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers; and Bellini’s grand-scale tragedy Norma showcasing the debut of stellar dramatic soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the notoriously difficult title role, with 2015 Tucker winner and HGO Studio alumna Jamie Barton as Adalgisa. The company will revive its production of Handel’s Julius Caesar set in 1930s Hollywood, featuring the role debuts of star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (HGO’s 2017–18 Lynn Wyatt Great Artist) and Houston favorite and HGO Studio alumna soprano Heidi Stober as Caesar and Cleopatra, respectively, also conducted by Maestro Summers; and Rossini’s ever-popular comedy, The Barber of Seville, with a cast that includes the eagerly anticipated return of HGO Studio alumnus Eric Owens, Musical America’s 2017 Vocalist of the Year, as Don Basilio. The season opens with director Arin Arbus’s probing staging of Verdi’s poignant La traviata, with acclaimed soprano and HGO Studio alumna Albina Shagimuratova as Violetta, tenor Dimitri Pittas as Alfredo, and the North American debut of the highly praised young Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim.
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
Da Camera is 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 2017/2018 season, with the theme No Place Like Home, features four international string quartets; an all-Beethoven recital by renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson; classical guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad with mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital; seven jazz concerts by artists including pianists Robert Glasper and Brad Mehldau and vocalist Dianne Reeves; and intimate concerts at the Menil Collection. Tickets and more info at dacamera.com.
This season, Andrés continues a trajectory of presenting the traditional with the unconventional. From Grammy Award-winning virtuosos to one of the world’s cutting-edge percussionists, he has assembled an extraordinary roster of established and rising talent. With world-class live performances across a wide range of musical genres, the season offers exciting, enriching and inspirational moments.
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, Musiqa, Noble Motion Dance, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, Virtuosi of Houston, WindSync and many more. For tickets and more info visit www.thehobbycenter.org.