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TUTS 2020-21 Season Has Broadway Buzz And Houston Talent, Plus Sesame Street’s Emilio Delgado Stars in “Quixote Nuevo”

Artistic Director (and foodie) Dan Knechtges shares his take on TUTS’ upcoming season of musicals, and Sesame Street’s “Luis” reflects on the famous children’s program as well as his current on-stage role.

  • Houson's own Simone Gundy (from NBC’s "The Voice") will star in TUTS' "Sister Act." Emilio Delago performs in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo." (Photo Credit: Laura Hagen and T. Charles Erickson)
    Houson's own Simone Gundy (from NBC’s "The Voice") will star in TUTS' "Sister Act." Emilio Delago performs in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo." (Photo Credit: Laura Hagen and T. Charles Erickson)
  • Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director of Theatre Under The Stars (Photo Credit: Jenn Duncan)
    Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director of Theatre Under The Stars (Photo Credit: Jenn Duncan)
  • TUTS 2020 - 21 season features the pre-Broadway engagement of "1776."
    TUTS 2020 - 21 season features the pre-Broadway engagement of "1776."
  • TUTS 2020 - 21 season features the Tony-nominated jukebox musical "Rock of Ages." (Photo Credit: Laura Hagen)
    TUTS 2020 - 21 season features the Tony-nominated jukebox musical "Rock of Ages." (Photo Credit: Laura Hagen)
  • TUTS 2020 - 21 season includes "Disney's The Little Mermaid" for the holiday season.
    TUTS 2020 - 21 season includes "Disney's The Little Mermaid" for the holiday season.
  • TUTS 2020 - 21 season includes an all-new company production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic, "South Pacific."
    TUTS 2020 - 21 season includes an all-new company production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic, "South Pacific."
  • Simone Gundy who appeared on NBC’s "The Voice," and in TUTS' "Memphis," will star in the TUTS premiere of "Sister Act" in April 2021. (Photo Credit: Laura Hagen)
    Simone Gundy who appeared on NBC’s "The Voice," and in TUTS' "Memphis," will star in the TUTS premiere of "Sister Act" in April 2021. (Photo Credit: Laura Hagen)
  • Emilio Delgado
in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
    Emilio Delgado in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
  • Emilio Delgado and Hugo E. Carbajal
in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
    Emilio Delgado and Hugo E. Carbajal in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
  • Emilio Delgado and Hugo E. Carbajal
in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
    Emilio Delgado and Hugo E. Carbajal in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
  • Emilio Delgado
in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
    Emilio Delgado in The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
  • The cast of The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
    The cast of The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
  • The cast of The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
    The cast of The Alley Theatre's "Quixote Nuevo" (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)

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In this episode of the podcast "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu chats with Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director of Theatre Under The Stars, about the company's recently-announced 2020 – 2021 season. Knechtges, a Tony-nominated director and choreographer, talks about the eclectic mix of national productions with major buzz and homegrown TUTS productions that celebrate Houston talent – and why it's like a meal of tapas.

Then, Ernie Manouse interviews Emilio Delgado, who played "Luis" on Sesame Street for over four decades. Delgado stars in The Alley Theatre's production of Quixote Nuevo. Written by playwright Octavio Solis and directed by KJ Sanchez, the story is a reimagining of Cervantes' Don Quixote, set in a fictional modern-day Texas border town. It runs January 17 – February 9.

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Music used: Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid Original Broadway Cast Recording

 

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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