August tends to be a lazy month for theater and the performing arts in Houston ahead of the big fall openings. While a few companies started their 2022-23 seasons with a summer show – like the goofy alley murderer Index and the nostalgic Stages musical Dream: The music of the Everly Brothers — the curtain usually doesn’t rise on the following season until September.
With that in mind, we’re planning a special roundup of companies that have made official announcements of their 2022-2023 seasons. Mark those calendars for each company’s opening show and dates, and check out our preview of a fall filled with drama, music, comedy, and a few world premieres.
Houston Ballet opens with Peter Pan (9 September)
First to make the dramatic fall leap will fittingly be Houston Ballet with a fun dance about The Boy Who Refused to Grow Up by famed choreographer and former apprentice choreographer, Trey McIntyre.
The show features flight sequences, sword fights, giant puppets and costumes inspired by punk fashion. As previously reported, the ballet is taking about five minutes of respite before returning to the stage for their fall mixed rep production. good vibes (September 22-October 2) with Red earth by Stanton Welch, The letter V by Mark Morris, and the world premiere of the dance Arthur Pita good vibes.
At the edge of the theater present Related (September 15)
Houston’s new venture officially opened its inaugural season with Runaways (now through August 21), the 70s, Tony award-winning musical based on true stories of runaway teenagers.
They will move quickly in the fall with a world premiere from Houston playwright Crystal Rae. Tied chronicles the spiritual journey of the father of one of the girls who died in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. On the Verge founders Bruce Lumpkin and Ron Jones plan to stage each show on a different stage or non-traditional venue throughout its first season, with Related presented at the Ensemble Théâtre.
alley theater opens with Lend me a soprano (September 16)
First of six world premieres for The Alley this season, Ken Ludwig reworks his contemporary classic comedy lend me a tenor for the 21st century, with the divas lucky enough to go to war for the spotlight.
Next, the Alley kicks off its Neuhaus Stage season with Edward Albee’s Seascape (October 14). During his time teaching at UH, Pulitzer winner Albee was occasionally seen in the audience for many Alley productions of his work. Alley art director Rob Melrose says he’s wanted to give this look at two marriages – one human, one sea monster – a production for a long time.
The company then celebrates the holidays with two world premieres a new Christmas song adaptation of Melrose and the Dickens-inspired tale, unique to Texas, What a Christmas!
Mildred’s Umbrella opens with Scrambled (September 16)
In this one-man show by Rotem Natchmany, the award-winning Israeli actress and playwright takes audiences on this woman’s journey to conception. Natchmany has performed this intimate performance on international stages and theater festivals.
Next year Mildred’s will finally world premiere the family show by local playwright Elizabeth AM Keel Tooth and Tailwhich was originally slated to debut in 2020 before the pandemic.
Main Street Theater opens with mind problem (September 17)
This partly forgotten and now acclaimed play by groundbreaking novelist and playwright Alice Childress recently made its Broadway debut, more than 65 years after its originally planned transfer.
When theater producers in the 1950s asked Childress to tone down mind problem‘ exploration of racism in the world of theatre, she held her artistic ground. Now, MST will be the first Houston company to stage this comedy-drama as theaters across the country embrace the play for the 21st century.
Later in the fall, the MST brings back The Wickhams – Christmas at Pemberleythe second of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s vacation Pride and Prejudice suites.
Theater under the stars opens with Don’t misbehave (September 20)
TUTS has one of the busiest drops in Houston with three shows before the end of the year. Things open with the ultimate party, as the Tony-winning best musical of the late 70s takes audiences back to the Harlem Renaissance and jazz nightclubs filled with the music of Fats Waller. .
Due to scheduling conflicts, previously announced announcements Holidays the musical will not take a road trip to Houston. instead, TUTS will produce the regional premiere of The secret of my success. The new musical, based on Michael J. Fox’s hit 1980s film, has only had one full production run, in Chicago. TUTS Artistic Director Dan Knechtges will direct this new production.
Finally, wait for a visit from everyone’s favorite nanny, Mary Poppins for the holidays.
Ad Players opens with Miss Maude (September 21)
Not only is their season opener a world premiere, but it’s set to make the leap to Broadway sometime after its Houston run.
Based on the true story of a remarkable photographer and subject, playwright Martin Casella Miss Maude relates the relationship between magazine of life photographer W. Eugene Smith and South Carolina nurse and midwife Maude Callen.
Sheldon Epps, who served as artistic advisor to TUTS for the 2016-2017 season and is now senior artistic advisor at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC, will direct the show.
This November, get ready for family laughs with the outrageous new comedy A Texas song from AD Players Executive Artistic Director Jayme McGhan and Artistic Producer Kevin Dean for their holiday show.
Steps opens with Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson (October 7)
Stages dance through the fall with a world premiere that can no longer reach Houston in its local roots and international reach.
Written and co-directed by former Houston Poet Laureate Deborah DEEP Mouton, with choreography by Houston Ballet Artistic Director and Urban Souls Dance founder Harrison Guy, this bio-theatrical work with original music tells the story of Houston’s favorite Sugar Plum fairy, the legendary Lauren Anderson, who is one of the first black principal ballerinas in a major ballet company.
Saving world premieres for the rest of 2022, look for two new holiday shows, Houston for vacation with DeQuina Moore and Panto Snow White and the Seven Dorks.
4th wall theater opens with The thin place (October 13)
This season, the company continues to embrace cutting-edge contemporary works by the hottest established and up-and-coming playwrights, like Adam App and Jackie Sibblies Drury, with four plays set to premiere in Houston.
The first is that of Lucas Hnath thin place. In perhaps a cleverly spooky vibe perfect for October, 4th Wall describes the show as a suspenseful ghost story that probes the deeply human need for connection. As a woman grappling with loss, seeks answers and the friendship of a medium, who communicates with the dead residing in a different “thin place”.
Dirt Dogs Theater opens with Coyote on a fence (21st of October)
True to its reputation for intense and intimate productions, the company opens its lucky seventh season with this intriguing piece by Bruce Graham, based on a true story from Texas death row.
In the program, the editor of a prison newspaper, himself imprisoned, is about to speak to a man condemned to death in order to write his obituary.
Outside of their regular season, Dirt Dogs Unleashed, their initiative focused on developing new work, is teaming up with Sweet Darlin’ Productions for the new play. Shake the blue flamingo (August 12-20), about a distinctly different meeting of sorority sisters.
Houston Grand Opera opens with The traviata (21st of October)
“Fortune smiles on the bold” has been HGO’s motto for their ’22-’23 range, making The traviata has bold opening move. This production features Grammy Award-winning soprano Angel Blue, who makes her company debut as Violetta, a courtesan whose pursuit of love belies a creeping fatal disease.
HGO will pair Verdi’s masterpiece with an opera that hasn’t seen a major production in over a century, Dame Ethel Smyth’s 1906 epic The Wreckers (October 28).
Broadway at the Hobby Center opens with Six (8 November)
Houston’s Broadway season is still feeling COVID reverberations (hopefully definitive) as it closes season 21-22 late with the rescheduled, Tony-winning Hadesville (October 4-9), before doing it all over again with this musical sensation from the West End to Broadway to Houston.
Maybe taking a page from hamiltonEnglish history takes on a new rhythm in Sixas Henry VIII’s wives – in the guise of pop divas – finally get a chance to tell their side of the very interesting marital story.
Classical theater company opens with Figaro’s wedding (November 10)
The company, which only performs works over 100 years old but still manages to find intriguing new versions of the classics, will produce French farce like a play, not Mozart’s opera.
Classical Artistic Director John Johnston will translate Pierre de Beaumarchais’ original 18th century play and also direct this new production. Le Figaro begins its season entirely composed of comedies including The school of scandal and Maugham The circle both in 2023.