With a definite emphasis on family entertainment and deciding perhaps to relinquish more daring theater to TUTS Underground – with one startlingly exceptional exception – Theatre Under the Stars today announces a 2016-17 season dominated by old favorites.
Tried and true money makers Grease, How to to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Shrek the Musical and Jesus Christ Superstar are all headed back to Houston's Hobby Center, courtesy of TUTS.
The new offerings include An American in Paris, a new Tony Award®-winning musical complete with George and Ira Gershwin's famous songs, which will be a big audience draw along with memories of the famous 1951 movie.
The other new musical and the surprise is Fun Home, the 2015 Tony Award® Winner for Best Musical and four other Tonys. “Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood,” according to a TUTS press release.
What the press release fails to include is that Alison's journey of discovery includes coming out as a lesbian while in college and growing up with a father who didn't let his marriage to her mother keep him from engaging in homosexual relationships, sometimes with underage males.
Risky stuff indeed, yet Fun Home is a play with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, “ that won over a number of critics and audiences – hence the awards.
Here's the dates:
Grease - September 13 – 25, 2016
You know the story. Summer love so wonderful becomes embarrassing when Australian Sandy stays in the States and arrives at Rydell High where she is reunited with Danny Zuko. She doesn't fit, he spurns her, antics ensue. She does eventually find friends, and once transformed with the help of a leather outfit, she finds that love again and everyone dances their fannies off. Great songs, wonderful chance for choreography. A now classic look at high school in the 1950s.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – October 25 – November 6, 2016
The story of self-invented J. Pierrepont Finch, a young schemer who wants to climb the corporate ladder and does so in less than moral fashion.
Shrek The Musical – December 6 – 18, 2016
The Green one, Fiona and the Donkey, in fact all of Shrek's pals are back with smart alecky one-liners and lessons to be learned about true beauty. Life in the Swamp was never better.
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An American in Paris – February 21 – March 5, 2017
A classic movie becomes a classy musical. This is the romantic story of an American soldier who decides to stay on in Paris after the end of World War II to paint and how he encounters and falls in love with a young French woman. Songs include "I Got Rhythm", "Liza", "'S Wonderful" and "But Not For Me."
Jesus Christ Superstar – April 4 – 16, 2017
The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice production returns with its tale of friendship, betrayal and the son of God. It's the last days of Jesus's life as Mary Magdalene tries to comfort him and Judas Iscariot goes for the silver and the inevitable end arrives, with some memorable music along the way.
Fun Home – May 16 – 28, 2017
We already told you about this one. It's all about growing up and relationships with the main character seen at three different times of her life — and sometimes two of her at those times are on stage at once.
For more information call 713-558-8887 or visit tuts.com.