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Houston performing arts to return to the stage in 2021

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON — Hosting America’s highest number of theatre seats, Houston is ready to welcome the return of its performance art district after a long period of COVID-19 hiatus.

Houston is home to over 500 institutions working in the arts and culture industry. According to the latest Arts & Economic Prosperity report by Americans for the Arts, this sector could produce over $1.1 billion in total economic activity before the current coronavirus situation.

The spending of $579.4 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and an additional $538.0 million spent by audiences, supported 25,817 full-time equivalent jobs, generated $801.6 million in household income to locals, and contributed $119.3 million to the local and state government.

When the pandemic hit, months-long cancellations for performance arts organizations across the city took place. However, as the distancing protocols are relaxed, Houston’s performing arts are ready to make a comeback.

Below are some of the performances that will mark the return.

Miller Outdoor Theater — A Gulf Coast Juneteenth: Featuring Bobby Rush

The outdoor theatre in historic Hermann Park will host its annual Juneteenth blues and creole festival featuring Grammy award-winning blues legend Bobby Rush. A Gulf Coast is set to show on June 19. To learn more about this show, visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.

MATCH – TORCH Presents (I)sland T(rap); The Epic Remixology of the Odyssey

The classic Homer’s Odyssey will get an ultimate remix in this hip-hop riff on Ulysees. (I)sland T(rap); The Epic Remixology holds three performances on August 7 at MATCH. To learn more about this show, visit matchouston.org.

Houston Symphony – Once Upon a Time: Alan Menken’s Broadway

Beloved Broadway performers will join the Houston Symphony for the performance of the Academy Award-winning Disney Classics. Once Upon a Time will show at Jones Hall from September 3 to 5. To learn more about this show, visit houstonsymphony.org.

Stages – Hook’s Tale

A one-man show promises a theatrical romp and true tale of Peter Pan by award-winning playwright John Leonard Pielmeier. Make sure to book your spot at the Gordy. The show runs from October 1 to 17. To learn more, visit www.stageshouston.com.

Theatre Under the Stars – Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages is an 80s lover’s delight featuring music of hit bands including REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Bon Jovi, and Journey. Rock of Ages will runs October 5-17 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more, visit www.tuts.com.

Houston Grand Opera – Carmen

Considered to be the world’s most popular opera, Carmen features some of the most recognizable arias and characters in the genre of Bohemian love story. Carmen will be at Wortham Theatre from October 22 until November 7. To learn more, visit www.houstongrandopera.org.

Da Camera – Garrick Ohlsson, piano: An Evening of Chopin

Grammy Award-winning pianist and master recitalist Garrick Ohlsson takes the stage for Da Camera’s opening night. An Evening of Chopin is set for October 29 at Wortham Theater. To learn more, visit www.dacamera.com.

Society for the Performing Arts – Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats

Food and performance collide in this new culinary-focused variety show featuring Food Network star Alton Brown. Beyond the Eats is set for November 2 at Jones Hall. To learn more, visit spahouston.org.

Houston Ballet - The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is the ultimate holiday tradition for Houstonians, young and old. The Nutcracker will show at Wortham Theater from November 26 to December 24. To learn more, visit www.houstonballet.org.

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