Top 12 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: January 2019

The Book of Mormon | Photo courtesy of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Grab your tickets to the top 12 theatrical shows and arts performances happening around the Greater Houston area in January 2019.

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Shows are listed in chronological order and are not ranked numerically from most to least recommended.

Top 12 Plays & Arts Performances This Month: January 2019

  • Metropolitan Opera National Council Houston Competition at Rice University | Saturday, January 5 | FREE – Close to 30 young singers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to sing on stage with the famed Metropolitan Opera. For behind-the-scenes buffs, this is a chance to see how singers audition for coveted music programs and watch how they’re judged. The day-long event is open to the public and a rare chance to see inside the world of opera. 10am; winners will be announced around 3pm.
  • Origins at MATCH | Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 12 – A show that brings together artists of different backgrounds, using different media, this is an energetic collaboration of dance, jazz, and visual art. It’s presented by Group Acorde, an organization dedicated to allowing artists to express themselves creatively, even when working outside their usual medium. Tickets are $20. Showtimes vary.
  • Totally ‘80s at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts | Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13 – Relive the era of big hair, parachute pants, and Members Only jackets as the Houston Symphony takes you back in time with the music of Phil Collins, Billy Joel, George Michael and more, featuring Broadway performers Nicole Parker and Aaron Finley. Tickets start at $29. Showtimes vary.
  • The Secretary at Main Street Theater | Sunday, January 13 through Sunday, February 10 – Main Street presents the second production ever of this recent play, the story of Ruby, who runs a small-town gun company specializing in firearms for women. Billed as an offbeat comedy, it follows what happens when guns start going off all over town, with no one pulling the trigger. Tickets start at $42. Showtimes vary.
  • Book of Mormon at the Hobby Center | Tuesday, January 15 to Sunday, January 20 – The wildly funny and often irreverent musical returns to Houston, chronicling the adventures of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, two mismatched Mormon missionaries sent to Africa to spread the word of Joseph Smith and Jesus Christ. What the find out about their faith, the world and themselves has made this one of Broadway’s most popular shows. Tickets start at $40, but you may also find cheaper, better, or hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketShowtimes vary.
  • The Carpenter at the Alley Theatre | Friday, January 18 through Sunday, February 10 – From the writer of Hand to God comes this world premiere story about the clash of cultures between a self-made blue-collar Houston guy and his rich, Highland Park fiancé. When the couple travel to Dallas to meet her family, all hell breaks loose. Tickets start at $26. Showtimes vary.
  • The River Bride at Stages Repertory Theatre | Wednesday, January 23 through Sunday, February 10 – Rooted in traditions of Brazilian folklore, the play is the story of two sisters in a fishing village struggling to find happiness and honor family traditions. The play wowed critics and is hailed as moving and seductive. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.
  • Too Heavy for Your Pocket at the Ensemble Theatre | Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, February 24 – Set in rural Tennessee at the height of the Civil Rights movement, this family drama follows the story of Bowzie, who gets a scholarship to the prestigious Fisk University. The chance can change his life – and that of his family’s. But what happens when the pull of forces outside the classroom proves too powerful to ignore? Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.
  • Tuesdays with Morrie at the George Theatre | Friday, January 25 through Sunday, February 10 – A.D. Players presents this play, based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom, this is the heartwarming story of sportswriter Albom, who makes a visit to the ailing profession Morrie Schwartz, and how one meeting can change everything. Tickets start at $15. Showtimes vary.
  • The Pearl Fishers at the Wortham Theater Center | Friday, January 25 through Friday, February 8 – Houston Grand Opera presents this rarely performed opera by George Bizet is the story of best friends who see their world upended when a priestess arrives to bless the pearl harvest on the island of Ceylon. Two great opera voices, Mariusz Kwiecień and Lawrence Brownlee, lead the international cast. Tickets start at $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Peter and the Bear at the Houston Zoo | Sunday, January 27 – ROCO presents this annual concert of Peter and the Wolf, which this year changes its names to Peter and the Bear to mark the new bear exhibit at the Houston Zoo. In addition to Prokofiev’s gorgeous score, the concert features costumes from Magpies and Peacocks and actors from Horsehead Theatre Company enhancing the story. Tickets are included with general Zoo admission. Showtimes vary.
  • Waitress at the Hobby Center | Tuesday, January 29 to Sunday, February 3 – This charming musical, based on the beloved film, is the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of leaving her small town and loveless marriage. Can she do it by winning the baking competition held in the next county over? Tickets start at $77, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. Showtimes vary.

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