Arts Guide — Spring 2016
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It’s a season of firsts, with The Texas Repertory Theatre Co. Mounting the world premiere of Charles B. French’s Hair Like The Sun; Main Street Theater doing the regional premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information and the world premiere of Thomas Hagemann’s 1946; and Stages Repertory Theatre producing regional premieres of Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow, Lauren Gunderson’s I and You and Big Fish (book by John August), as well as the world premiere of Michele Riml’s Miss Teen. Important African-American themes are found in Obsidian Theater’s The Trojan Women, Intimate Apparel at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, Queensbury Theatre’s Big River and Ensemble Theatre’s Detroit ’67. Also this spring, Alley Theatre is producing The Christians; Broadway at the Hobby Center is doing Cabaret; and Theatre Under The Stars brings Heathers The Musical.

Hot Tickets

Anything Can Happen

When Disney released the 1964 film, based on the book by P.L. Travers, delighted audience members learned about the magical world of Mary Poppins, where sidewalk drawings come to life, chimney sweeps dance on rooftops and a magical carpet bag furnishes a room. The theatrical production includes music and lyrics by Academy Award-winning brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Leading illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer created special effects for the stage, including the scene in which the kitchen is destroyed and then restored, as well as the magical carpet bag.

Theatre Under The Stars presents Mary Poppins March 8-20 at The Hobby Center.

Skies Are Blue

America fell in love with a fresh-faced Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Her rich voice carried her through Hollywood’s Golden Era, with movie greats like Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade and the prophetic A Star Is Born. It’s those tragic last few months in London, before her untimely death at age 47, that form the framework for Peter Quilter’s musical drama End of the Rainbow. Carolyn Johnson portrays the beloved American star in Stages Repertory Theatre’s production, showcasing the late actress’s indomitable spirit in the face of negative press reviews, battles with drug addiction and unhealthy relationships with the men who surrounded her.

End of the Rainbow runs March 2-April 10 at Stages Repertory Theatre.

Right This Way

Broadway at the Hobby Center brings Roundabout Theatre Company’s national touring production of Cabaret to Houston. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the troubles of pre-WWII Germany are left outside and the tantalizing ensemble takes the stage each night with dancing, singing and divine decadence. The Tony Award®-winning production features music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, based on the book by Christopher Isherwood, and includes favorites such as “Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” “It Couldn’t Please Me More” and “Maybe This Time.”

Broadway at the Hobby Center’s Cabaret runs March 22-27.