The Music Box Theater salutes Broadway in the final performance of Best of Broadway. The talented resident cast promises to provide non-stop entertainment while performing songs from Tony award winning musicals from across the decades. This troupe’s music-filled and hilarious cabaret features such favorites as the classic “Luck Be A Lady Tonight” from Guys and Dolls, “Memories” from Cats, “Age of Aquarius” from Hair, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables and many more. For the seventh year in a row, the talented singers and formidable band members have created a new show entirely dedicated to Broadway. Through April 20. 2623 Colquitt Avenue. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
The Trojan War Projectis the epic undertaking by Main Street Theater to present three productions: Shakespeare, Euripides and Homer’s unique perspectives of The Trojan War. For centuries, the triumphs and the struggles of Helen, Achilles, Hecuba, Ulysses, and the heroes and heroines of the Bronze Age have inspired, shocked and warned of the horrors of war and the consequences of destructive human behavior. Troilus and Cressida and Hecuba and The Trojan Woman play in repertory. This collaboration with Prague Shakespeare Company is co-directed by Guy Roberts and Rebecca Greene Udden with music composed by Patrick Neil Doyle. Through April 20. 2540 Times Boulevard. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents the smash hit musical that has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years: Little Shop of Horrors. A nerdy flower shop clerk named Seymour stumbles across a new breed of plant that he affectionately names after his secret crush, Audrey. The exotic bloom offers the promise of fame and fortune, but Seymour soon discovers that the mysterious “Audrey II” also has a taste for blood, ominous origins and an insatiable appetite for power! Directed and choreographed by Mitchell Greco, with musical direction by Steven Jones. Through April 28.
Stages also presents Murder for Two, a new musical comedy.Everyone is suspect in this hilarious murder mystery with a twist. One actor plays the investigator, the other plays all 13 suspects, and both play the piano throughout! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and murder mystery, this whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.
Directed and choreographed by Mitchell Greco, with music directed by Steven Jones. April 24 through June 16.3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
The Alley Theatrepresents Crimes of the Heart,Beth Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Circle Awards winner. The author’s first play brings you to the Mississippi home of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn’t like his looks. This brings middle sister Meg back to town from Los Angeles, where she is unsuccessfully pursuing a music career. And poor Lenny, everyone has forgotten her birthday! Warmhearted, irreverent and imaginative, Crimes of the Heart teems with humanity as the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future. Renowned director Theresa Rebeck returns to the Alley to direct. Suitable for high school-aged audiences and older. Through May 5.
The Alley also presents Constellationsby Nick Payne. One couple. Infinite possibilities. Science and romance collide in this spellbinding play that imagines when boy meets girl. And when boy meets girl again. And again. Defying the boundaries of the world we think we know, Constellations delves into the universal truth of finding and losing love and questions the difference between choice and destiny. Directed by Leslie Swackhamer. May 3 through June 2.615 Texas Avenue. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-220-5700.
Theatre Under The Starscontinues its 50th anniversary season with Ragtimewithbook by Terrance McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s powerful novel about immigrants and the fight for the American soul in the early 1920s, Ragtime is a deeply moving musical featuring a Tony Award-winning score and book set at a time when cultures are colliding on issues of race, gender identity, and politics. This ensemble piece takes a look at the past; in it, we see our present.
April 16 through 28. Hobby Center, 801 Bagby Street. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.
The Ensemble Theatre presents the regional premiereof Pipeline.Nya, an inner city high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities at his upstate private school where he is threatened with being expelled. Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? May 5 through June 2. 3535 Main Street. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055. Broadway at the Hobby Centerpresents the acclaimed new production of Miss Saigon. From the creators of Les Miserables, this is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character named The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring a stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring Broadway score, this is a theatrical event you will never forget. May 7 through May 12.Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Street. Tickets: 713-315-2400.