Arts & Culture

Theater District Open House: Bringing Broadway To Houston

Ernie Manouse chats with Jennifer Mire from Broadway at the Hobby Center about the upcoming Broadway tours that will be coming to Houston this season.

If you’ve been eager to see the great musical hits of Broadway but can’t quite muster a trip to New York City, have no fear! Broadway at the Hobby Center brings the magic of Broadway right to Houston’s doorstep. And not just Broadway quality… the actual Broadway productions, which Jennifer Mire was sure to emphasize in her conversation with Ernie Manouse: “When you’re coming to see Wicked, for instance, you get the costumes, the sets, the music… all of those pieces that went into the New York production… we get those right here.”

Broadway at the Hobby Center will have a special showcase at the upcoming TransCanada Theater District Open House on Sunday, where they’ll preview the impressive roster of shows coming to Houston. In October, they present Mamma Mia!, the hit jukebox musical featuring the music of ABBA, which Mire describes as “a party on stage.” The season also features older classics like The King and I and The Lion King, and newer favorites like Jersey Boys and The Book of Mormon.

Something Rotten! is the newest of the bunch, which tells the story of two brothers who are desperate to write the next big play. The only problem is that it’s the year 1595 and Shakespeare has essentially monopolized the theatre market… so what is left to do but to write the very first musical instead? “I can’t wait… I think this has some humor written all over it,” says Mire about the show.

Broadway at the Hobby Center’s full upcoming season can be seen here. For information about their presentation at the Theater District Open House, check the schedule on the Open House website!