Mary Testa twice received Tony Award nominations for her performances on Broadway (for On the Town in 1998 and 42nd Street in 2001). She received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her role in Xanadu in 2007 and won a special Drama Desk award in 2012 — and a resounding ovation at the awards ceremony. She has dazzled audiences with consistently outstanding work, including her tour-de-force performance in 2012's Queen of the Mist. Now she brings these great gifts to Houston in a one-woman show, Mary Testa: On Broadway…And a Little Off. ''Mary's powerhouse talent crafts a performance that is rare in cabaret theater,'' says Brad Scarborough, co-founder of The Music Box Theater. ''Her unique take on music, both contemporary and classic, is enough to make heads spin and ears tingle with excitement.''
Testa says: ''I can't wait for Houston to help me rediscover these amazing songs and roles. I've waited a long time to bring Broadway to the Houston audience, and now is the perfect time!''
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8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2623 Colquitt. For information, call 713-522-7722 or visit themusicboxtheater.com. $27 to $37.
Aug. 2-3, 2013