Review: A Beatles Holiday Cabaret With Music Box Theater

There’s a bright melodic gift under the tree right now, wrapped in five shiny voices accompanied by a swinging jazz quartet. This is of course Music Box Theatre’s season review, And Beatles Holiday Cabaret, a sublime mix of Christmas carols mixed with Beatle standards. It may sound strange, but never underestimate the Fab Five when … Read more

Preview: Potted Potter Returns | Houston Press

Jefferson Turner calls the reaction to the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling “the closest to Beatlemania in the literary world” that he has ever seen before (or since). So when he and co-creator and fellow author Daniel Clarkson set out to exploit the Potter craze with a parody, it was not born of evil, … Read more

Best bet in the week 2.-8. December 2021

The holiday festivities continue this week with a Dickensian transformation hitting Galveston’s historic Beach, the city’s official tree lighting and all the Tchaikovsky you could wish for (courtesy of the Houston Symphony). But there is also a bit of film noir, Disney and spontaneous theater. Keep reading for the full list of this week’s best … Read more

Preview: The Little Mermaid at TUTS on The Hobby

Playing a Disney princess is definitely not just hanging around waiting for a prince to come, but if a good one shows up, it’s a bonus, says Delphi Borich, who returns to Theater Under the Stars to take on starring as Ariel in The little Mermaid. “I really love how charming she is and how … Read more

Review: The Christmas shoes at AD Players at The George

The nutcracker If Cecil B. DeMille and Flo Ziegfeld produced a holiday show, it would look suspiciously like Stanton Welchs. The nutcracker for the Houston Ballet. It’s lavish and lush in the DeMille way, with solid scenery and stunning costumes, and for Zeigfeld, those legs are for days and more dancing than usual seen in … Read more

Preview: The Snowy Day at the Houston Grand Opera

Emmy-winning composer Joel Thompson had never done an opera before, but when Houston Grand Opera’s Patrick Summers approached him with the germ of an idea to build on the classic children’s book The snowy day, he was both “humble” and ready to go. “Suddenly, opera made sense as a possible genre for me,” says Thompson, … Read more

Best bet of the week November 25-1. December 2021

Update at 9:15: THEB Thanksgiving Day Parade has been canceled this morning due to rain and thunderstorms in the area. Before and after you have stuffed yourself with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and lots of pie, you will probably want to be entertained. You know, after the tryptophan disappears. If so, keep reading for a … Read more

Things to do: Ancient Cat Society publishes singles and performs

Just as COVID began shutting everything down in 2020, Splice Records artist Ancient Cat Society was on its way into the studio. Now the band is ready to lock listeners into their new album, which will be released next year, with the release of their first singles “City Breathes” and “Out Of My Mind”. The … Read more

Preview: The Nutcracker with the Houston Ballet returns

For the first time, in far too long, the Houston Ballet’s company of dancers will take the Wortham Center stage, starting later in the week to meet a lot to dance, act and amaze the audience in the explosion of color, leap and history that we call The nutcracker. Yes, it’s true that they did … Read more

Review: Miss Bennet and A Christmas Carol

Miss Bennet, Christmas and Pemberly Egad, who struck in Darcy’s? In recent holiday seasons, the Main Street Theater has presented Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s sequels of the kind to Jane Austen’s immortals Pride and Prejudice: Miss Bennet and The Wickhams, both subtitles Christmas at Pemberly. I think it produced Bennet three times, one of … Read more