Theatre Under The Stars to Serve Community Post-Harvey with AMERICAN IDIOT

Theatre Under The Stars to Serve Community Post-Harvey with AMERICAN IDIOT

As Houston's premiere non-profit musical theatre company, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is dedicated to serving Houston through community engagement, arts education, and our commitment to artistic excellence by producing the highest quality musical theatre in Houston.

The TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) production of Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT will go on in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts with a slightly altered performance schedule.

As a result of Hurricane Harvey, we regretfully must cancel both Friday performances and the Saturday matinee performance of the show. The Saturday evening performance at 7:30 p.m. will go on as scheduled.

"The show must go on, we must persevere and go forward; that's the spirit that Houston is showing the whole world right now. TUTS and our students want to honor that spirit by giving the people in our community, who are going through so much right now, an evening that delves into the existing world of punk rock-n-roll inhabited by Green Day's iconic music," said Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director of Theatre Under The Stars.

After accommodating those who have already purchased tickets to the other previously scheduled performances which were cancelled, we have 200 tickets left to the Saturday evening performance. As a way to say thank you to the first responders for all they do, to our friends in the Theater District and our fellow Houstonians who may need a few moments of relief, we would like to offer these tickets for free on a first come, first served basis.

"I have never been more proud to be part of the greater Houston community than I am now. TUTS is so grateful for the support of our extended family, our community, we wanted an opportunity to say thank you and offer a few moments reprieve to our hometown heroes and as many people as possible," said Hillary Hart, Executive Director of Theatre Under The Stars.

Additionally, the dress rehearsal on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. will be open to the public free of charge for those who wish to see the show, but are unable to attend on Saturday evening.

To reserve tickets, visit TUTS.com/AmericanIdiot or call the TUTS Box Office at 713-558-TUTS(8887). All seats that have been reserved, but are not claimed 15 minutes prior to curtain will be released to the Standby Ticket line.

After the performance, the cast of AMERICAN IDIOT will be present in the lobby collecting donations for the Mayor Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of Johnny, Tunny, and Will who are struggling to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When they leave the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths quickly diverge as Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny's attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship.

The story of the two-time Tony-Award-winning production is fueled by music from Green Day's American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown albums. All music for AMERICAN IDIOT was composed by Green Day. Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the lyrics, and co-wrote - along with Michael Mayer - the book for the musical.

?This production of AMERICAN IDIOT is made possible in part by the generous support of our sponsor, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts.

AMERICAN IDIOT is recommended for mature audiences. The show contains some graphic language, and references to adult themes. Parental guidance suggested as some material may not be suitable for children under the age of 14. For more information, visit TUTS.com.

Founded in 1968, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston's leading Musical Theatre Company. TUTS is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization with a focus on inclusivity, education and community engagement. TUTS relies on the generous support of donors to continue offering the very best in musical theatre to the greater Houston community, as well as to support our education, community engagement, and accessibility programs. For more information, visit www.tuts.com.

Founded in 1972, the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT), the nationally-recognized educational wing of Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), offers the only technique-based musical theatre training program in the Houston area. HSMT educates and develops musical theatre students of all ages and is fully committed to providing our community with the very best in performing arts education. Focusing on the principle of process over product, students learn the fundamentals of musical theatre performance through year-round courses, productions, workshops, and master classes, all geared toward equipping students with the tools they need to be successful in musical theatre and in life. Visit TUTS.com/hsmt for more information!

Children's MemoriAl Hermann Hospital is the official healthcare partner of Theatre Under The Stars. United Airlines is the official airline partner of Theatre Under The Stars. KTRK ABC13 is the official media partner of Theatre Under The Stars. TUTS is supported in part by the City of Houston through the Theater District and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

AMERICAN IDIOT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com




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