Top 5 Plays & Arts Performances in July 2017

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Take in a show that you can’t miss with 5 performances that are sure to get your July started on the right foot.

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From the classic story about a man meeting a woman who says she’s a spy to the beloved Stephen Schwartz/John-Michael Tebelak musical based on the Gospel of Matthew, there are plenty of performances to choose from this month.

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Top 5 Plays & Arts Performances this Month: July 2017

  • Disney’s The Lion King at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Through Sunday, July 23 – Disney’s blockbuster musical about the young lion cub Simba and how he assumes his rightful place as king of the pride hits Houston with its stunning puppet artistry and favorite melodies like “Hakuna Matata” and “The Circle of Life.” Tickets range from $54.50 to $135, not including ticket fees, but you may find hard-to-get, better, or cheaper seats on TicketNetwork’s resale website. Showtimes vary.
  • Simply Simone at the Ensemble Theatre | Through Sunday, July 30 – This regional premiere is a musical portrait of the incomparable Nina Simone: child prodigy, jazz legend, and civil rights activist living in political exile. Devotees will love classics from the Simone songbook: “I Loves You Porgy,” “The Look of Love,” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” while those just discovering her will probably be hooked for life. Tickets range between $35 to $50. Showtimes vary.
  • Godspell at A.D. Players | Wednesday, July 19 to Sunday, August 20 – The beloved Stephen Schwartz/John-Michael Tebelak musical based on the Gospel of Matthew is sure to delight young and old, theater lovers and novices alike. Newly updated, the production includes modern references, while keeping true to the spirit of the 1971 original. Tickets range between $24 to  $68. Showtimes vary.
  • The Gondoliers at the Wortham Theater Center | Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July  23 – Houston’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents this operetta, a story of love and mistaken identity against the backdrop of Venice. Tickets range between $28 to $53. Showtimes vary.
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at The Alley Theatre | Friday, July 21 to Sunday, August 20 – The classic film about a man who meets a woman who says she’s a spy gets a comedy send-up as four actors take on more than 150 characters in this show that launched the Alley’s popular Summer Chills series. Tickets range between $26 to $62. Showtimes vary.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to's Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.