It’s hot in Houston and just about every where else in the south. But that’s not the only news floating out there is cyber sapce. There have been a couple of new stories traveling through reporters over the past week and all of them give many of us theater goers on Houston a really big smile. Here’s What’s Happening in Houston for the week of August 1st.
The Houston Choral Showcase is seeking some new talent to audition for the Fall 2010 Season. The H.C.S. prides itself on providing an opportunity for local adults to experience a distinctive and and dynamic style of choral entertainment. The group performs four-part choral arrangements of songs in a variety of music genres. Movement, staging, and costumes are an integral part of performances. If you’re interested, auditions start at 6:30p.m. on August 16th, 23rd, and 30th, at Zio Lutheran Church (3606 Beauchamp Street Houston TX 77009). A prepared piece is not required. For more information on the H.C.S. and the audition process check out the official wesbite.
Good news for us musical theatre fans, Alley theater’s director Gregory Boyd is headed to Broadway with Frank Wildhorn’s musical “Wonderland: A New Alice.” “A New Musical Adventure” will arrive on Broadway at a Nederlander theatre in April of 2011. “I am at a point in my life where I want to stay in love with the things I fell in love with. The process of creating Wonderland with my extraordinary producers and collaborators has shown me the magic of fun is not just for the young. Being part of the Straz Center’s invaluable Broadway Genesis Project was an exciting and rewarding experience,” said Wildhorn. As the highest grossing show at the Alley Theatre in it’s history, the story focuses on an older Alice who returns to Wonderland to rediscover the wonder of life and search for daughter. For more information on the show please visit the official website. Congrats to the Alley Theatre, Gregory Boyd and Frank Wildhorn for this accomplishment.
The Houston Grand Opera will open the 2010 season with a new production of the highly beloved Madame Butterfly. “Madame Butterfly is all at once extraordinarily popular and heartbreaking,” said HGO’s General Director and CEO Anthony Freud. “We present it here with a new production in the hopes of bringing it to life in a way that is as thought-provoking and stimulating as these great masterpieces deserve.” This new production will be headed by the 2010 Tony Award-winning team of director Michael Grandage, set/costume designer Christopher Oran, and lighting designer Neil Austin. “As a production team we have worked almost exclusively in the theater,” noted Grandage. “I’m excited to work with Houston Grand Opera on such an important and beautiful piece of the operatic repertory.” The cast includes Soprano Ana Maria Martinez in her major role debut as Cio-Cio-San, and Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja in his HGO debut as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. Madame Butterfly opens friday October 22nd at 7p.m. in the Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center. All other performances will begin at 7:30p.m. and 2p.m for Sunday Matinees. For more information on the show check out the official HGO website.
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