Top 15 Theater & Arts Performances in Houston: June 2022

The award-winning "Emojiland: The Musical" comes to Hobby Center at the end of June | Courtesy of Hobby Center

Catch virtual and live performances all month long with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions happening in June 2022.

June sees a summer slate of performing arts hit stages across Houston, with tributes to music icons and Harry Potter from Houston Symphony, plus new musicals, a Juneteenth celebration at Miller Outdoor, and more.

Check out our highlights for the city’s performing arts events this month:

Top 15 Performing Arts Events in Houston: June 2022

  • 4th Wall Theatre Company presents Between Riverside and Crazy at Spring Street Studios | Ongoing | Ends Saturday, June 4 – This Pulitzer Prize–winning play is the story of a retired New York City cop and a cast of larger-than-life characters fighting to keep it together in a gritty, changing world. One of 4th Wall’s last shows before the pandemic shuttered theaters, the show brings back the original cast. $32 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • AD Players presents Apollo 8 at the George Theatre | Ongoing | Ends Sunday, June 5 – The America of 1968 is divided by race and culture, and facing the possibility of losing the space race to Russia. So, when NASA decides to move up its planned orbit of the moon and has 16 weeks to make it happen, the country gets caught up in the story. This play blends real events with fictional stories to create a piece that merges the themes of the divine and human. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. presents Clybourne Park at MATCH | Ongoing | Ends Saturday, June 11 – The story of a Chicago neighborhood across a half century, this Pulitzer Prize–winning play explores the themes of gentrification, change and identity. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Song of Me at the Gordy | Ongoing | Ends Sunday, June 12 – Brother and sister Philip and Luci share memories, clash with each other and bond the night before Philip’s wedding in this world premiere musical that blends family, tradition and Vietnamese cooking. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Born With Teeth at Alley Theatre | Ongoing | Ends Saturday, June 25 – This world premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ play looks at what happens when two of the greatest writers of all time—Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare—meet in the back room of a pub to write a play. Expect intrigue, danger and egos in equal measure. $47 and up. Showtimes vary.
Byron Jacquet plays “Pops” in “Between Riverside and Crazy” | Photo: Gabriella Nissen; courtesy of 4th Wall Theatre
  • Noir at Alley Theatre | Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, July 3 – Inspired by classic film noir, this world premiere musical is the story of a lonely man who begins eavesdropping on the couple next door, drawn deeper into intrigue and deceit. $28 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Hobby Center | Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 – Take a musical journey through the hits of the incomparable Carole King in this Broadway biography. Telling the story of the trailblazing composer and singer’s life, it features a host of instantly recognizable songs including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “On Broadway,” “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company presents Moving Myths at Hobby Center | Saturday, June 4 – With stunning visuals, this journey from playwright Elizabeth A.M. Keel follows four travelers as they swap stories based in the mythology of Chinese, Native American, Norwegian and Ethiopian cultures. $25. 1pm and 4pm.
  • Wonka! A Dance Theatre Romp at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, June 10 | Virtual Option | FREE – An homage to the Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, follow the adventures of Charlie Bucket, his grandfather and a host of other children on their quest for a golden ticket that will take them into the magical Wonka Chocolate Factory. Lending Open Dance Project’s signature enthusiasm, artistry and athleticism to the story, it’s set to be a unique and fun experience for the whole family. 8:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in Concert at Hobby Center | Friday, June 10 & Saturday, June 11 – Experience the magic yet again when Houston Symphony performs live to the full film, allowing Harry Potter fans to relive the dramatic final battle for Hogwarts with a live symphony accompaniment. $34 and up. Showtimes vary.
“La Sylphide” returns to the stage for the first time in 14 seasons | Courtesy of Houston Ballet
  • Houston Ballet presents La Sylphide at Wortham Center | Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26 – The oldest ballet in existence, this is the story of a Scottish farmer who finds himself enchanted by a Sylph, a beautiful, winged creature, on the eve of his wedding. What will the cost of his betrayal be? $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents The Music of Whitney Houston at Hobby Center | Sunday, June 19 – Rashidra Scott’s powerful vocals join the mix as the Symphony performs some of the biggest hits of pop diva Whitney Houston’s storied career, including “Saving All My Love,” “How Will I Know?” and “I Will Always Love You.” $34 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Juneteenth: The Journey to Freedom at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Juneteenth, Sunday, June 19 | Virtual Option | FREE – More than a dozen performers come together to tell the story of African Americans from 1865 to today, and their journey to the celebration of freedom through dramatic visuals, live music, narration and dance. 8:30pm.
  • Apollo Chamber Players present Moonstrike at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, June 24 | Virtual Option | FREE – Produced by Apollo Chamber Players, this evening of music and dance blends together Native American, Turkish and Anarolian heritage to celebrate NASA’s Apollo program. It explores American Indian moon legends and incorporates folk music styles in its storytelling for an original, dynamic evening. 8:30pm.
  • Emojiland: The Musical at Hobby Center | Tuesday, June 28 to Sunday, July 3 – The award-winning musical is an eye-popping spectacle with a celebrated pop rock score that finds a diverse community of emoji characters that probes the fundamental questions of a society when a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it. $48 and up. 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 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.