Bayou City Theatrics closes its inaugural season with the "red-hot summer musical" The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa. "Though the musical handles some very intense subject matter and has one of the more challenging modern musical theater scores we've ever worked on, it is truly a beautiful work of art and just the kind of 'risk' we like to take!" says BCT Artistic Director Colton Berry, whom we first met through his work at Radio City Music Theatre and the glitzy F Bar. Characters for The Wild Party include a cocaine-fueled lush, a brash lesbian with a heart of gold, a not-so-innocent minor and a foul-mouthed hooker - all our favorite elements for a wild party or family Thanksgiving dinner. Berry's personal favorite song in the show is "Poor Child," which lands a little past the center of the first act. "It deeply explores the four central characters' thoughts, desires and fears with complex counterparts and melodies," he says. "All of these intricate pieces line up perfectly for an explosive vocal climax - it is a true powerhouse number!"
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8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through July 27. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For information, call 713-529-1819 or visit bayoucitytheatrics.com. $26.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 5. Continues through July 27, 2013