Evita, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical about the rise and fall of Latin America's most powerful woman, Eva Peron, kicks off the Theatre Under the Stars' summer season July 11 at Houston's Wortham Center. Evita runs through July 23.
Original Evita choreographer (and Tony nominee) Larry Fuller directs and choreographs this staging. The musical's Tony-nominated set designer Timothy O'Brien also repeats those honors here.
Buddy runs at the Wortham Center Aug. 8-20. First mounted on Broadway in 1990, Buddy tells the true story of a country-singing boy from Texas and his rise to pop stardom. Tragically, Holly's career was cut short by an airplane crash following a 1959 concert. Alan Janes wrote the musical, mixing in Holly hits like "Peggy Sue," "Maybe Baby," "That'll Be The Day" and "Oh Boy," while telling the rocker's life story.
July 19-29 at the Miller Theatre, two weeks of free Tommy reign with hits like "Pinball Wizard" rocking the outdoor amphitheatre. Michael Tapley, who appeared in the Broadway production, directs and repeats his performance as the "deaf, dumb and blind boy who sure plays mean pinball." Wendy Bobbitt Cavett, also a veteran of the Broadway production, is the musical director and conductor.
To arrange for seats to Tommy, visit the Miller Theatre between 11:30 AM and 1 PM on the day of performance. Picnic and lawn chair seating is available on the hill flanking the theatre. Tickets for Evita and Buddy are $75-$16. The Wortham Center is located at 510 Preston. The Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 100 Concert Drive in Hermann Park. For reservations, call (800) 678 5440. Theatre Under the Stars is on the web at http://www.tuts.com.
-- By Christine Ehren