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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 3/09/2014 THE WIZARD OF OZ
The Hobby Center
3/4-3/16/2014
"We're off to see…" the most magical adventure of them all. Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 3/09/2014 FOOL
Alley Theatre
2/21-3/16/2014
In Theresa Rebeck's new comedy, Fool, two kings get together and place a wager on their fools - a jester competition, and the funniest one gets to keep his head. Two evil minions have a lot to say about this, but not as much as the kitchen wench. And what's the queen been up to all night? A dramatical comical farcical tragical play about power, love, laughter, and death, set in a medieval kitchen. Fool is the fifth play by Theresa Rebeck to be produced by the Alley, starting with the hugely successful Bad Dates in 2005, which Arts Houston called "dazzling." In 2007 the Alley produced The Scene, called "tightly written, sharply observed, and all too true . . . first-rate social satire" by the Houston Chronicle. The "cunningly crafted suspense comedy" (Houston Chronicle) Mauritius followed in 2009. The Alley Theatre's most recent production of Rebeck's work was the "juicy black comedy" (Variety) What We're Up Against in 2012. In the past two seasons, Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck's comedies, Seminar and Dead Accounts opened on Broadway. Seminar received rave reviews including: "the funniest show on Broadway" (WOR), "surprising and witty" (Wall Street Journal), "enormously entertaining" (Variety) and "one of Rebeck's best works" (Associated Press). USA Today called Dead Accounts "Rebeck's most robustly entertaining Broadway entry to date, with dialogue that crackles and purrs." Rebeck's writing is described by the NY Daily News as showing "smarts, topicality and zingy dialogue" and the Houston Press writes "Rebeck's dialogue is deliciously rich with wry observations about the current human condition." In addition to writing and producing for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue, she is the creator of the NBC drama SMASH and one of its executive producers. Her play, The Scene, which the Alley produced in 2007, has been turned into a feature film titled Seducing Charlie Barker in 2010. She was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek in 2011.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 3/09/2014 PETER PAN
The Berry Center
2/21-3/16/2014
Generations have embraced this effervescent fantasy of childhood! While on an adventure in his far-flung island home, the boy-who-never-grows-up must protect three children from the devilishly refined pirate, Captain Hook.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 3/09/2014 THE WIZARD OF OZ
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts [Sarofim Hall]
3/4-3/16/2014
Andrew Lloyd Webber's reworked stage musical The Wizard of Oz is set to launch a North American tour in fall of 2013. After its run at the Ed Mirvish theatre in Toronto this December, The Wizard of Oz will take its entire cast across Canada and into the United States, hitting cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles. Andrew Lloyd Webbera€™s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team of the revival of The Sound of Music. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 3/09/2014 A COFFIN IN EGYPT
Houston Grand Opera
3/14-3/22/2014
An intimate afternoon conversation triggers a searing examination of the past in this tour-de-force written for superstar Frederica von Stade. The story is rich with regional imagery by Horton Foote, the legendary Texas playwright and author. Houston Grand Opera's fifty second world premiere, A Coffin in Egypt is by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Leonard Foglia.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 3/09/2014 A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Houston Grand Opera
3/7-3/23/2014
"Send in the Clowns" and elegant waltzes drive this bittersweet story-the winner of six Tony awards including best musical, book, and score. Old flames are rekindled and new affairs ignite in this farce about famous actress Desiree Armfeldt and her weekend guests: an ex-lover, Fredrik, his much-younger bride, and his son-a divinity student. When Desiree's current paramour arrives unannounced, the stage is set for grownup comedy. "Futral floats the songs on a voice that sounds tender and radiant and intimate." - Washington Post "Shelton employed a rich, resonant tenor that was consistent in all registers. He displayed particularly fine ringing tones at the top of his range." - Kansas City Star
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 3/09/2014 THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
Stage Door Inc.
2/28-3/23/2014
This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until the Watchdog focuses his television cameras on the institution
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 3/09/2014 BOEING, BOEING
Playhouse 1960
3/14-4/5/2014
Boeing-Boeing is a classic farce written by French playwright Marc Camoletti. The English language adaptation, translated by Beverley Cross, was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962.
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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Main Street Theater
2/26-4/5/2014
MainStage:Willie Reale; lyrics: Willie Reale; music: Robert Reale; dir: Andrew Ruthven.
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Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 3/09/2014 INTO THE WOODS, JR.
Playhouse 1960
3/15-4/6/2014
The musical has been adapted into a child-friendly version for use by schools
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THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW
A. D. Players
3/18-4/6/2014
MainStage:Aurand Harris.
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BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK
The Ensemble Theatre
3/15-4/14/2014
George W. Hawkins Mainstage:Lynn Nottage; dir: Eileen J. Morris.
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