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The producers of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE and BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center announced today that pre-sales for the Houston Premiere of the new musical comedy getaway at The Hobby Center begin on June 5, 2017.

As previously announced, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is currently having its World Premiere steps from the ocean at the Tony Award®-winning La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, having extended twice with performances now through July 9.  Following La Jolla, this production of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE will relaunch in New Orleans before making its way to Houston and Chicago as it sets sail down Broadway to 46th Street at the Marquis Theatre in New York.

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, the new musical featuring the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, will begin previews on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street) on Friday, February 16, 2018, with the official Broadway Opening Night on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

“Well, going to Broadway is a dream come true, but to be coming to the Marquis is like having a great margarita with a tequila floater. If we are going to turn the island of Manhattan into Margaritaville, Times Square seems the perfect place to drop anchor after our voyage from La Jolla, New Orleans, Houston and Chicago,” said Jimmy Buffett. “I am grateful to all the wonderful people at all levels, who participated in the hard work of turning a dream into reality.  It’s going to be a tropical season in Houston. Fins Up!!!!”

Escape to Margaritaville travel packages are available via the show’s official travel provider, The Travel Team, at

Tickets for the Houston engagement go on sale to the public on August 27, but  Groups of 10 or more are already on sale and available by visiting, calling (888)451-5986 or e-mail

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The Community Artists’ Collective celebrates its 30th anniversary at Deborah Colton Gallery in April 2017 on APRIL 15

The Community Artists’ Collective will celebrate its 30 years of service to the Houston arts community with a Birthday Bash celebration at the Deborah Colton Gallery, 2445 North Blvd. on April 15, 2017.

Nationally recognized art historian and curator Alvia Wardlaw will preside over the event. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Lester Marks Patron of the Year Award for Philanthropy to community leader Peter H. Brown.

Tony and Dina Alsowayel Chase are honorary chairs of the event.

Sarah Trotty, Deborah Colton and Beverly Harmon will serve as co-chairs of the event, themed “Illuminating Unlimited Creativity.”

Prior to the event, a limited edition of 100 original 22 x 15” linoleum prints by Delita Pinchback Martin will be available for purchase. Martin, who works as a full-time artist in her studio Black Box Press in Huffman, has been described as one of 16 African American artists gaining national attention by the International Review of African American Art.

The Collective, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, provides a wide range of activities for a diverse population. Local artists are presented with opportunities to expand their skills, receive training in entrepreneurship and are exposed to the greater Houston art community through interactions with art collectors and the exhibition of their art. The education program offers art instruction to children and adults of all ages, impacting their development of creative techniques and providing increased self-esteem. The Collective’s quilting program, the Jubilee Quilt Circle, is attracting new and established quilters on a regular basis.

Individual tickets for the 6 to 9 p.m. celebration are $150, and sponsorship packages begin at $5,000.

For more information contact The Collective at 713-523-1616 or and visit the website at


THEATRE UNDER THE STARS (TUTS) announces 2017-18 Season including HAMILTON as a “Special Engagement” with BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center

Sheldon Epps, Artistic Advisor for Theatre Under The Stars, said they’re are excited about this season especially being able to offer HAMILTON at TUTS.      

“Certainly it will be the centerpiece of a season that is already rich in theatrical diversity, excitement and tremendous energy,” said Epps. “Our audiences will be lucky to enjoy American classics both old and new throughout this incredible season, and have the joy of taking a wide array of theatrical journeys that will thrill and satisfy them throughout the year.”

As previously announced, the full 2017-18 Season that includes HAMILTON is only available through a six-show Season Subscription. Full six-show Season Subscriptions are ONLY available through Friday, March 31, 2017.

It is important to note that Season Subscriptions sold after March 31st will NOT include HAMILTON. Beginning on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 five-show Season Subscriptions and Pick Four packages will be available.

“TUTS is beyond thrilled to be able to offer HAMILTON to some of our most loyal supporters – our subscribers – as part of an already unique and diverse mix of programming in our 2017-2018 Season. Building upon the artistic and critical success of our 2016-2017 Season, we are confident we have productions and opportunities for engagement that will appeal to the entire Houston community,” said Hillary Hart, Executive Director for Theatre Under The Stars.

As previously announced, the 2017-18 Season will kick off in October with the Theatre Under The Stars presentation of The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of THE SECRET GARDEN as part of the show’s road to Broadway.

This season will also mark the return of noteworthy directors to the TUTS stage. Linda Goodrich, who directed MARY POPPINS during the 2015-16 Season, will be directing SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT in December. Nick DeGruccio, who directed TUTS’ critically acclaimed production of IN THE HEIGHTS last September, will be putting a fresh spin on the classic musical GUYS + DOLLS.

Also included in the season’s lineup are MEMPHIS and BRIGHT STAR.

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Houston Grand Opera Presents Landmark Return of Nixon in China (January 20–28) to open Winter Season  

In the fall of 1987, Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of Nixon in China made political headlines and galvanized the opera world. Thirty years later, John Adams’s trailblazing opera returns in a new-to-Houston production that sheds light on the electronic media’s role in political history, just as a new media-savvy American president takes office.

John Adams/Alice Goodman: Nixon in China

Sung in English with projected English text

January 20, 22m, 24, 26, 28, 2017  

A co-production of Houston Grand Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Love Jones, The Musical

 Feb 2, 2017Feb 4, 2017 at Sarofim Hall
Inspired by one of the greatest urban films of all times, Love Jones, written and directed by Theodore Witcher.

What happens after love at first sights? That’s exactly what we find out as Tank, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn, Dave Hollister, MC Lyte and more join forces to tell the classic and iconic love story of Darius and Nina in Love Jones, the Musical.

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iawl3Houston Grand Opera presents world premiere of the opera based on the cherished holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. 

This timeless tale follows a troubled banker whose guardian angel helps him understand the lasting impact his life has made on those around him. Together, they learn the most valuable lesson of all: “no matter how your story ends, no one is a failure who has friends.”

Don’t miss the music packed with an incredibly lyrical, melodic score that showcases a full range of styles—from a high school dance to a young lovers’ duet and a Christmas carol sing-along.

Composer, Jake Heggie, who exploded on the scene with his first opera, Dead Man Walking, joins  librettist Gene Scheer, with whom he saw immense success with in Moby-Dick and in the HGO world premiere Three Decembers.

Tickets available at  For more information, call 713-228-6737 (OPERA) or visit 

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Don’t miss BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center show

coming November 15-20, 2016

More details for tickets and times available at (800) 982-2787 or go online to order at or

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents new line up for 2016/17 Season

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In celebration of the rich history and with eyes on their upcoming 50th anniversary in 2018, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) announced a new line up for their 2016/17 season with a nod to the future and their past as a relevant and vital contributor to the arts and cultural scene in Houston and beyond.

Perhaps most influential in this transition has been the addition of Sheldon Epps, TUTS’ new Artistic Advisor.

Based on his advice and guidance, TUTS now promises to provide “more theatre for more people” by offering a greater variety of world-class musical theatre titles and more broadly diverse lineup of material. Their goal is to show a full spectrum of theatrical experiences that engage, inspire and entertain at the highest level of musical theatre artistry.

“One of my first desires when I arrived to work with TUTS was to examine the programming for the 16-17 Season, ” said Epps. “I believe that this revised season will bring a greater breadth of theatricality to our audiences. It will also offer the work of some of the true masters of the musical theatre field from Stephen Sondheim to the currently justly celebrated Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, which is perhaps the greatest theatrical juggernaut of our time. Further, this season fully addresses the desire at TUTS to reflect the richness and diversity of the Houston community, and indeed of our country. All in all a combination of elements which I believe will create a ‘better than ever’ season for TUTS.”

Take a look at the revised 2016/17 Season: 

In The HeightsSept. 13-25: In the Heights, the first offering from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the game-changing Hamilton: An American Musical, won five Tony Awards® including Best Musical in 2008. In the Heights is a vibrant snapshot of three days in an eclectic Manhattan neighborhood as the residents face the changes and challenges of a world that is on the move.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingOct. 25 -Nov. 6: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is not just the name of a smash musical but also the book (based on a real book by Shepherd Mead) that inspired window-washer J. Pierrepont Finch’s meteoric ascent up the corporate ladder of the World Wide Wicket Company.

Into The WoodsDec. 6-18: Into the Woods -Winner of five Tony Awards®, this enchanting tale, created by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is a complex, courageous journey through a forest of calamity, cleverness and gorgeous songs.

An American in ParisFeb. 21-March 5: Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season!

DreamgirlsApril 4-16: Winner of 7 Tony Awards® and two Grammys® for Best Cast Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Dreamgirls tells the story of the Dreams first break to their tumultuous climb to top of the charts. Follow this female trio’s journey, both behind the scenes and onstage, through the changing musical and cultural climate of the 1960’s and 70’s; they girls overcome cutthroat business deals and unscrupulous managers only to discover that fame can’t replace family.

Fun Home May 16-28: 2015 Tony Award® Winner–Best Musical: The “groundbreaking,” “life-affirming” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the 2014-15 Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and making history along the way. 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.

How To Subscribe: Subscriptions to TUTS’ 2016/17 mainstage season are available:
• Online at
• Phone at (713) 558-TUTS
• In person at the TUTS Box Office (800 Bagby St. – Downtown Houston)
• Discounted group subscriptions of 15 or more are available at (713) 558-8888 or via email at

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