Top 10 Theater & Arts Performances in Houston: September 2021

Houston Ballet returns to Wortham Theater Center this month | Courtesy of Houston Ballet

Catch virtual and live performances all month long with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions happening online and in-person in September 2021.

This month, performing arts continues to trickle back to the stage with Houston Ballet and ROCO returns, Broadway goes back to Hobby Center, and Miller Outdoor hosts special performances for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Check out all types of performances and theater events taking place this month:

Top 10 Performing Arts Events in Houston: September 2021

  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Tamarie Cooper’s Golden Jubilee | Ends Sunday, September 5 | Virtual – The incomparable Tamarie Cooper is 50 and that calls for a celebration in a way that only she can deliver. Riffing on all things 50, from bad dates to those pounds that won’t leave, this wild summer extravaganza features original songs, dances, and adorable pet appearances. Tickets are pay-what-you-can.
  • TEATRX presents Sonia Flew at MATCH | Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 5 – Honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this family drama explores themes of patriotism and love through the eyes of Sonia, a Cuban immigrant living in Minneapolis with her Jewish husband and two children. When her son wants to enlist in the military after the 9/11 attacks, Sonia’s memories of fleeing war-torn Cuba are triggered and the family must come to grips with war and politics. Tickets are pay-what-you-will, and begin at $10. Times vary.
  • Totally ’80s at Music Box Theater | All Month Long – The house band and Music Box ensemble turn their talents to the totally tubular hits of the 1980s—nostalgic tunes that are guaranteed to have audiences singing along. Tickets are $35; $48 for reserved seating. Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sunday, September 12 at 2pm.
  • Asia Society Texas Center presents Electrifying India: A Night with Karmagraphy at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, September 3 | FREE | Virtual Option – Take in a dazzling performance that features the spirited Bollywood dance of the Los Angeles-based Karmagraphy dance company, who have traveled the world over to perform in front of tens of thousands of people. This performance will also be livestreamed online. 8pm.
  • Houston Chamber Choir presents Two Streams at South Main Baptist Church | Friday, September 10 & Sunday, September 26 | Virtual Option – This world-premiere cantata by Composer Daniel Knaggs is based on biblical texts and the writings of Polish nun Saint Faustina, and composed in memory of Knaggs’s father. The Grammy Award–winning choir are joined by Houston-based string ensemble, Kinetic, and international soloists Caitlin Aloia, Sasha Cooke, Christopher Bozeka, and Mark Diamond. The performance on Sunday, September 26 will be virtual-only. Tickets are $25; $22.50 for ages 65+; $10 for students. 7:30pm (virtual release on Sunday, September 26 at 2pm).
  • Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady at Hobby Center | Tuesday, September 14 to Sunday, September 19 – The beloved musical kicks off its US tour in Houston, bringing the story of a stuffy professor, Henry Higgins, who bets he can refine plucky flower seller Eliza Doolittle. With songs like “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” this Lincoln Center production is sure to dazzle Houston audiences. Tickets start at $35. Times vary.
  • ROCO presents Bursting at the Seams at Church of St. John the Divine | Saturday, September 25 | Virtual Option – Opening the orchestra’s 17th season, this full-orchestra concert features two world-premiere pieces inspired by real-life events: Maxime Goulet’s Ice Storm Symphony, Turmoil explores Canada’s devastating 1998 ice storm, and Marcus Maroney’s OK, Goodbye was inspired by the melting of Iceland’s Okjökull glacier. This performance will also be livestreamed online. Tickets are pay-what-you-will, with suggested price of $35. 5pm.
  • Foundation for Modern Music presents Salsa y Salud at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, September 25 | FREE | Virtual Option – This fully staged theatrical production features a cast of over 50, made up of artists from Houston and around the world, in a program that incorporates salsa hits and world premiere performances. This production will also be livestreamed online. Free tickets for covered seating will be available on Thursday, September 23. 8pm.
  • Danza Azteca Splendor! at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Wednesday, September 29 | FREE – The Calmecac Indigenous Organization takes to the stage to perform traditional Aztec dancing based on pre-Columbian traditions of the Nahuatl-speaking Teotihuacanos/Mexica and other indigenous nations of central Mexico, including the Otomo/Chichimeca nations of Queretaro. Through this exploration of Aztec history, philosophy, language, culture and foods, audience members can gain a new way of looking at the world through Indigenous eyes. 11am.
  • Houston Ballet presents Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance at Wortham Theater Center | Thursday, September 30 to Sunday, October 3 – Houston’s premier dance company is back on its home stage at the Wortham Center with an epic opening performance that features a collection of solos, ensemble pieces, and pas de deux designed to highlight the talents of the full Ballet company. Tickets start at $25. Times 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 Eater.com'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.