Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center announces its 2012-2013 season and it's a bit of a yawner. The company is playing it safe with six familiar shows that are sure to provoke polite applause, but no criticism.
First is Disney's Beauty and the Beast (September 25 to 30, 2012). Tim Rice did have a hand in writing the lyrics, but it's still the same show we've seen in several incarnations. Families will love the colorful costumes, big musical numbers and sweet romantic music. Theater-goers with no little kiddies in tow will have a little harder time sitting through the performance.
Second is Les Misérables (November 6 to 11, 2012). Cameron Mackintosh is presenting a new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg's musical. There's new staging and reworked scenery based on the paintings of Victor Hugo. But it's still Les Misérables, which has been done to death. True, Mackintosh's version will likely be impressive -- an impressive version of an old show. How much more exciting would it have been to have a new show by Mackintosh?
Third, there's a Houston premiere of...wait for it...Catch Me If You Can (February 5 to 10, 2013). Yes, this is the show we saw a few years ago in film version with Leo DiCaprio as a con man flitting from one identity to another. Here it is again, but with music. Most of the creative team has been involved with The Full Monty and Hairspray, so expect lots of highly crafted, over-the-top fluff.
Fourth, it's Jersey Boys (March 13 to 30, 2013), followed by the Houston premiere of Sister Act (May 28 to June 2, 2013) and season-closer Wicked (July 10 to August 11, 2013).
There's nothing here that we would call cutting-edge theater. And be honest, reading that list, was there anything you got excited about? Anything that made you say, "Oh, wow! I've got to see that!" No? Neither did we.
For more information on the 2012-2013 Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center season, visit www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. or call 800-952-6560.