Theatre Under The Stars presents Elf: The Musical. Based on the 2003 movie, this modern-day classic returns in an all-new production. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Through Dec. 27. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.
The Music Box Theater presents A Beatles Holiday Cabaret with the iconic music of The Beatles, and many other traditional and contemporary Christmas classics. Through Dec. 28.
The Music Box Theater also presents 2019 Year in Review, looking back over the year with a montage of some of their best and audience favorites. Jan. 4 through Feb. 1. 2623 Colquitt. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
The Alley presents Fully Committed, Becky Mode’s comedy featuring 40 characters brought to life by one man. Sam works the reservation line at one of New York’s hottest restaurants, where the best food inspires the worst behavior. Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner and featuring Dylan Godwin. Through Dec. 29.
The Alley Theatre also presents A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas. A family tradition from the pen of Charles Dickens, directed by James Black makes its annual return to the Alley stage. A family-friendly retelling of classic Dickens is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Through Dec. 29. 615 Texas Ave. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
Ensemble Theatre presents Celeste Bedford Walker’s More Than Christmas, a warmhearted story and family, faith, and forgiveness featuring traditional Christmas carols and inspirational original music. Through Dec. 29. 3535 Main Street. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055.
Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Snowflakes, sword fights, dancing dolls, and a Christmas tree that reaches the sky are featured in Stanton Welch’s opulent production. Through Dec. 29. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. Tickets: HoustonBallet.org or 713-227-2787.
Society for the Performing Arts presents The Color Purple. This joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American south has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (New York Times). Jan. 3–4. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Tickets: SPAHouston.org.
Broadway at the Hobby Center presents Hello, Dolly! Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, it is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” The Los Angeles Times says, “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.” This gorgeous new production pays tribute to the legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion. You’ll fall in love with the antics of Dolly Levi as she plays Matchmaker while possibly searching for her next meal ticket. Based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker. Jan. 7–12. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. Tickets: TheHobbyCenter.org or 713-315-2525.
Shabach Enterprise presents Fade to Black Reading Series 2020. Returning for its fifth year, this limited engagement reading series is Houston’s first and only short play festival to showcase new works of Black playwrights. Within the span of eight years, over 90 plays have already been produced, utilizing the talents of our culturally diverse theatre community of actors and directors. Jan. 10–12. Midtown Arts Center (MATCH), 3400 Main St. Tickets: MATCHHouston.org or 713-521-4533.