Audrey Morabito has been enthralled with the Houston theatre community her entire life, having attended countless productions at Theatre Under the Stars and Main Street Youth Theatre since she was five years old. Fourteen years later, her love for theatre has grown and she is thrilled to be writing for BroadwayWorld Houston. She currently attends Texas Christian University as a second-year Theatre and Psychology student with a minor in Arts Administration. A lover of big cities, simple words, and the little things in life.
As I stood outside the Revention Music Center in downtown Houston on Thursday night with a growing line of enthusiastic Just Dance fans, I did not know what to expect when I walked through the doors. Having played Just Dance for the first time back in my middle school days, I was intrigued by this live event that would bring the memories of my favorite dances, characters, and songs to a stage right in front of me. What welcomed us as we walked in the doors was a completely transformed world where Just Dance, the number one music video game franchise by Ubisoft, had truly come to life before us.BWW Review: WELL Explores Wellness & Personal Narrative at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company January 19, 2018
What truly makes us well? Is wellness some otherworldly notion or mindset that we consciously choose or decide not to choose? How much power does an individual genuinely have over their wellness, or lack thereof? Additionally, how much power does an individual have over the wellness of others? These are the questions that the cast and creatives of Lisa Kron's WELL, currently in performance at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company, ask the audience to consider as they witness a multicharacter theatrical exploration of issues of health and illness both in the individual and in a community .BWW Interview: Playwright Vincent Victoria Focuses on Historical Empowerment in THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EARTHA KITT January 16, 2018
Parallel to the 50th Anniversary of the activist and entertainer, Eartha Kitt's, notorious visit to the White House in January 1968, Vincent Victoria's new play The Disappearance of Eartha Kitt will be making its world premiere in Houston. The play will detail the whereabouts and life of Eartha Kitt from 1968-1978, as she moved her career to Europe, later returning to Broadway ultimately to be nominated for a Tony Award in her musical comeback Timbuktu .BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Places Soul and Spirit On Display at The Hobby Center January 10, 2018
The Broadway Across America engagement of the 2016 Tony Award Winning Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE presented a performance brimming with soul and spirit to The Hobby Center. Based on Alice Walker's 1982 novel, the show follows the difficult journey of Celie (Adrianna Hicks), a young black mother in early-20th century Georgia. A story of coming of age and growing-into-her-own, Celie navigates prejudice, star-crossed love, motherhood, and a wealth of hurt as she relies on faith and sisterhood to push her through to better days.BWW Review: SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT Brings Out the Child in All at Theatre Under The Stars December 15, 2017
In partnership with Lythgoe Family Panto, Theatre Under the Stars has opened their family-fun, holiday-filled interactive production Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight to Houston audiences. With a star-studded cast, popular music, and a storybook vibe, Kris Lythgoe's Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight had both the children and the parents in the audience laughing, shouting at the characters onstage, and erupting in applause. This production tells the tale of the cursed Princess Aurora (Lauren Taylor) on the brink of her eighteenth birthday, and the handsome Prince (Garrett Clayton) on the road to his wedding day with the Princess, as the evil fairy Carabosse (Debbie Gravitte) does everything in her power to sabotage the kingdom.BWW Review: Theatre TCU's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Showcases Wealth of Student Talent November 30, 2017
For the Fall 2017 semester, Theatre TCU produced a studio season made up of three successful productions. These included Tom Kellogg in B Flat, an original play written by Theatre TCU faculty Member T.J. Walsh, Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, and finally, the renowned classic Fiddler On the Roof (Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick) as the closing show of the semester. It is worth noting that Theatre TCU completely sold out all seven performances for Fiddler On the Roof within a matter of minutes, and when I attended the production it was clear why as soon as the opening number Tradition began. Theatre TCU has proven time and again that they are capable of producing professional, technically thorough productions bursting with youthful student talent.BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! Electrifies Audiences at The Hobby Center November 22, 2017
Last night, On Your Feet! opened with a bang to an enthusiastic crowd at the Hobby Center. An electrifying production, On Your Feet! classifies as a jukebox musical a production that weaves together an iconic artist's most popular songs with their biography (often focusing on the rise to stardom) to tell the artist's story through their own lyrics while adding all the elements of musical theatre. These biographical musicals can sometimes lose their footing in a focus either too completely on song or on biographical plot, but directed by Jerry Mitchell with a book by Alexander Dinelaris, On Your Feet! finds balance between a storyline of Gloria and Emilo's lives while being jam-packed with loud, catchy, and thrilling song and dance numbers.BWW Interview: Director Jacey Little of FEATHERS AND TEETH at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company October 19, 2017
Opening their 49th Season with the enchanting storybook tale THE SECRET GARDEN, Theatre Under the Stars has welcomed Dan Knechtges as Artistic Director to take over the season that predecessor Sheldon Epps put in place. The musical, directed and choreographed by 5th Avenue Theatre's Artistic Director David Armstrong is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's fairytale classic and a book by Marsha Norman, infused with music by Lucy Simon. As part of a pre-Broadway co-production, this Tony Award winning musical will be undergoing refinements made by Armstrong and his creative team.BWW Interview: Director Jacey Little of FEATHERS AND TEETH at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company October 6, 2017
Now launching its second season, Opera In The Heights has announced the 2017-18 lineup for their young professional's arts subscription series, CIRCLE OF FIFTHS, a collaborative project designed to bring awareness of various arts organizations to the enthusiastic, young professional audience member. As discussed below by Founder Paige Myrick, this all-inclusive, diverse arts pass will immerse the audience member in a wide variety of performance genres present in the world of Houston entertainment: music, theatre, opera, and dance.BWW Preview: Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED Addresses Immigration and Cultural Roots at 4th Wall Theatre Company September 5, 2017
Shortly after the recent saddening announcement of 4th Wall Theatre Company's upcoming closure, the spirited troupe of actors, creatives, and theatrical masterminds are hard at work preparing for the opening of award-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar's theatrical work DISGRACED. This Houston premiere will mark the start of 4th Wall's seventh season, and will feature 4th Wall's Co-Founders Philip Lehl as an actor and Kim Tobin-Lehl as director.BWW Review: THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT August 14, 2017
On Friday night The Gravity Players opened a courtroom comedy and exploration of faith, THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, to a lively audience. Set in the Court of Purgatory, a place of redemption and a 'waiting list' between Heaven and Hell, the audience was to witness trials regarding sinners' placement in Purgatory, as many desired to appeal their judgment to move on to Heaven. Judge Littlefield, played by Paul Menzel, demands Bailiff (Philip Hays) to call the cases, 'God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Thorseen the Implacable', 'God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Benedict Arnold', and finally 'God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Judas Iscariot'.BWW Interview: Director Jacey Little Invites All to Uplifting Experience at Horse Head Theatre Company's CHURCH July 25, 2017
Houston's Alley Theatre will open a new musical comedy,FREAKY FRIDAY, on June 2 to will play through July 2.A co-production by La Jolla Playhouse,Cleveland Playhouse, and Alley Theatre, directed by Christopher Ashley, this wild classic has been translated into a contemporary musical comedy based on Mary Rodger's novel of the same name, with music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey of Next to Normal and If/Then. I spokewithJennifer Newberry,Houston native and avid performer about her performance past growing up in Houston and the striking similarity she has to her character in FREAKY FRIDAY, Gretchen.BWW Interview: Kim Tobin-Lehl of 4th Wall Theatre Co. Talks LOBBY HERO's Social Relevancy May 1, 2017
With music and lyrics by the celebrated Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, this vulgar delight of a production is no small undertaking; however, the students and faculty of TCU's Theatre department proved they were certainly up to the challenge.