With a new season comes some great new shows to the Houston theater scene. As Houston has some of the most diverse theatrical groups and companies in the nation, there is surely something for everyone coming to one of the may theaters in Houston this spring. From shows for the whole family to cabaret-style Broadway and some good old fashioned Sondheim, these are some great performances that you won’t want to miss out on.
Main Street Theater
4617 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Date: Through March 30, 2014
Based off of two Denver comediennes’ childhood diaries that were rediscovered in adulthood, “Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women” mixes songs, video, audience participation, improvisation and sketch comedy to explore what it is like to grow up as a girl. More than 10,000 Houstonian women saw the show the last time it was in town, and they loved it so much that Main Street Theater has brought it back. This spring’s run stars Tracy Ahern and Shondra Marie, both Houstonian actresses.
The Music Box Theater
2623 Colquitt St.
Houston, TX 77098
Date: Through March 29, 2014
Get ready to hear some of your Broadway favorites. The crew from the Music Box Theater is back with a variety show full of comedy and great Broadway tunes. This show features a washed-up diva from Broadway and all of the featured performers who she worked with across her career. Broadway classics will mix with some of today’s modern stage hits, including songs from “West Side Story,” “Chicago,” “Wicked,” “Showboat” and “Motown the Musical.”
Main Street Theater – Chelsea Market
4617 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Date: March 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 2014
This family-friendly show is sure to be a hit with those big and small. Based off of the well-known children’s books, the play follows the two best friends Frog and Toad through their adventures in spring, summer, fall and winter. The show is recommended for Pre-K and up; children ages three and under are not allowed in the theater.
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A Little Night Music
Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center
500 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
Date: Through March 23, 2014
Houston Grand Opera lights up a smaller venue than usual – the Cullen Theater in the Wortham Theater Center – for this popular musical by Stephen Sondheim. Many Houstonians will have heard reference to the song “Send in the Clowns,” which is one of the most memorable pieces from this musical about a former actress and her guests for the weekend, including her current and former lovers, a divinity student and her ex-lover’s new bride. This musical is full of surprises and adult comedy, and was the winner of six Tony awards.
The Owen Theatre
225 Metcalf St.
Conroe, TX 77301
Date: March 21 – April 6, 2014
When a teacher in a small Tennessee town begins to teach his students about the theory of evolution in science class, heads begin to turn to the teacher who is breaking the law to bring his classroom the truth. “Inherit the Wind” tells the story of a fundamentalist politician and lawyer who steps up to prosecute the teacher and his law rival who comes into town specifically to defend the teacher. A media frenzy ensues and the trial becomes the most talked about thing in town. This play is a must-see for anyone who likes courtroom dramas.
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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.