BWW Exclusive Details On Theatre Under the Stars' Season of Audience Favorites

The original Broadway cast of KINKY BOOTS.
Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Proudly announcing Theatre Under the Stars' (TUTS) 47th season, Artistic Director Bruce Lumpkin says, "As Houston's largest homegrown musical theatre organization, there's a lot to be excited about!" Certainly, there simply is no denying that the season features a truly diverse array of audience favorites from Broadway's golden classics to contemporary hits. Bruce Lumpkin adds, "We're presenting some of the most exciting things happening on the musical theatre stages! We've got some of the classics, some of the edgier shows, and we've got some of the freshest productions from New York. I don't think it gets any better than this! Trust me when I say that TUTS is moving and shaking things up!" At the bottom line, TUTS is in a unique position to offer Houston audiences "both self-produced shows as well as national tours, so I think that the Houston audiences are going to enjoy the best of both worlds."

VICTOR/VICTORIA. Photo by: Claire
McAdams Photography.

Opening TUTS' 47th Season is a local production of VICTOR/VICTORIA, the 1995 musical based on the 1982 film by the same name starring Julie Andrews. The musical features a hit score by Henry Mancini and Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn, and a book by Blake Edwards. It tells the story of an out-of-work soprano, Victoria, who conspires with the flamboyant Toddy to become "Victor." Once performing as Victor, the persona becomes an overnight sensation in Paris nightclubs. Things go awry when Victoria falls for King Marchan, a macho Chicago gangster. With a diverse score made up of songs like "Le Jazz Hot," "Crazy World," "Chicago, Illinois," and "Almost a Love Song," this modern classic is sure to thrill and entertain audiences. The show will play from September 16 - 28, 2014.

Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Next, the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR starring The Rockettes makes its triumphant return to Houston's Hobby Center after eight years with an all new show! This season's offering features "brand-new scenes, new sets and costumes, breathtaking special effects and an unforgettable new finale!" For the brand-new scene, New York at Christmas, The Rockettes dance on a life size double-decker tour bus, taking audiences on a guided tour through the streets of New York City, and a 50-foot LED screen is used to augment this scene and the full show with breathtaking imagery. Also, favorites like the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity return, and both are poised to captivate audiences again. Don't miss the most spectacular Christmas ever imagined as it runs December 5 - 28, 2014. This production is being presented as part of both TUTS' and Gexa Energy Broadway At The Hobby Center's 2014-2015 Seasons.

The original Broadway cast of KINKY BOOTS.
Photo by Matthew Murphy.

In their commitment to bring the best of Broadway to Houston, TUTS kicks off 2015 with Broadway's high-heeled hit KINKY BOOTS. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, this musical tells the story of Charlie Price, who has inherited his father's struggling shoe factory. In effort to save the family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, an entertainer who is in desperate need of well-built stilettos. Over the course of the musical, the unlikely pair finds that they have a surprising amount in common. Armed with a pop score penned by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell, this splashy show is sure to leave audiences uplifted and saying "Yeah!" Houston audiences can strut their stuff in style with Charlie Price and Lola from February 10 - 22, 2015. (P.S. I personally think this heartwarming show would make the perfect Valentine's Day Gift!)

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David Clarke David Clarke has had a lifelong love and passion for the performing arts, and has been writing about theatre both locally and nationally for years. He joined running their Houston site in early 2012 and began writing as the site's official theatre recording critic in June of 2013.