TUTS Plans Regional Stagings of Curtains and Hairspray
By Adam Hetrick
Houston's Theatre Under the stars will present the national tours of Billy Elliot and Rock of Ages, in addition to resident productions of Curtains and Hairspray as part of the 2010-2011 season.
A fresh resident production of the Tony-winning hit Hairspray will run Oct. 5-17. The musical based on the John Waters film has a score by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman with a book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell.
The national tour of the Tony-nominated musical 9 to 5, featuring a score by country music legend Dolly Parton, arrives Nov. 9-21. The stage production has a book by original screenwriter Patricia Resnick.
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will usher in the holidays Nov. 24-Dec. 5. Based on the Broadway production, the tour promises songs from the animated cartoon including "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas."
The ten-time Tony Award-winning musical Billy Elliot will spark electricity in Houston Feb. 23-13, 2011. Also based on an acclaimed film, the stage production boasts a score by Elton John and features the work of original film creative team members, including director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and book writer/lyricist Lee Hall.
A new production of the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains, a backstage whodunit where everyone in the cast and crew is a suspect, will run March 26-April 11, 2011. Nominated for eight Tony Awards, Curtains features a book by Rupert Holmes, with a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and based on a concept by Peter Stone.
The final offering of the season will be the national tour of Broadway's Rock of Ages May 31-June 12, 2011. The Tony-nominated musical about a musician with a dream on the Sunset Strip rocks out to the hits of the 1980's including songs from Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison and Whitesnake.
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