In the 1930s, when Laura Ingalls Wilder began publishing her Little House series of children's books, the novelist could never have imagined the big, brassy production Little House on the Prairie, The Musical. Coming to Houston thanks to Theatre Under the Stars, the two-year-old musical boasts the television series' Laura, Melissa Gilbert, as Ma. There's also a strong creative team backstage, including Tony Award-winning writer Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman (Emma). The show is filled with reams of calico, lots of big aprons, boys in bib overalls and a stage full of little wooden buildings that capture the hardscrabble landscape of nineteenth-century American life in the West. It's all the warm-hearted stuff that made the TV series so popular rolled into a big-sky, square-dancing, wagon-ho musical. See Little House on the Prairie, The Musical at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through May 9. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-558-8887 or visit www.tuts.com. $24 to $97.50.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 28. Continues through May 9, 2010