Top 12 Theater & Arts Performances in Houston: September 2022

Mercury Chamber Orchestra performs a live concert of favorites at Miller Outdoor | Courtesy of Mercury Chamber Orchestra

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

This month finds curtain peeling back for the 2022-23 openers for multiple companies around town. Catch Houston Ballet, Alley Theatre, TUTS and more returning to the stage, alongside multiple ongoing and one-night only world premieres.

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

Top 12 Performing Arts Events in Houston: September 2022

  • The Moonlit Princess at Rec Room Arts | Ongoing | Ends Saturday, September 17 – This world premiere is based on a Persian fairy tale that is a universal story. Little Mah loses her parents and endures a string of hardships, but through her challenges, she strives to choose kindness. Pay-what-you-can; suggested price of $40. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Dream: The Music of the Everly Brothers at the Gordy | Ongoing | Ends Sunday, September 25 – Recently extended, DREAM explores the music and legacy of the Everly Brothers through 25 songs that feature their tight harmonies and tunes that unmistakably captured the innocence of young love. $30 and up. Showtimes vary
  • Garden Theatre presents While Childhood Slept at MATCH | Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4 –  In partnership with Holocaust Museum Houston, this heart-wrenching original musical follows the true story of the boys of Home Number One, who secretly create art, poetry and short stories while living in a Nazi concentration camp. Please note these performances are a staged reading of the musical as it readies for full production in the 2022-23 season. $25. Showtimes vary.
  • Mercury Chamber Orchestra presents Music Among Friends at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, September 3 | Virtual Option – The award-winning local orchestra features in a live concert performance where the musicians riff on some of their favorites songs, including showpieces by Vivaldi, Elgar, Fritz Kreisler, George Gershwin, and more. 8pm.
Soloist Tyler Donatelli as Tinkerbell in Trey McIntyre’s “Peter Pan” | Photo: Claire McAdams; courtesy of Houston Ballet
  • Houston Ballet presents Peter Pan at Wortham Center | Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 18 – Based on the beloved J.M. Barrie novel, this enchanting, exciting ballet follows Wendy, John, Michael and Peter on an unforgettable journey to Neverland. Look for flying, sword fights, giant puppets and punk-inspired costumes. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • On the Verge Theatre presents Tied at Ensemble Theatre | Ongoing | Opens Thursday, September 15 – When four little girls were killed in the 1963 bombing at a Birmingham Baptist church, the world mourned. But the attack was personal for David, who lost his youngest daughter. And now, someone is threatening the life of his wife and surviving child. This world premiere one-man play is based on actual events. $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Lend Me A Soprano at Alley Theatre | Ongoing | Opens Friday, September 16 – In this world premiere by Ken Ludwig, the manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is ready to welcome a preeminent soprano to town for a single show of Carmen. The soprano turns up late, her husband is jealous, and it falls to the manager’s assistant to figure out how the show can go on. Ludwig based the show on his own smash hit Lend Me A Tenor. $26 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Trouble in Mind at Main Street Theater | Ongoing | Opens Saturday, September 17 – The Rice Village theater opens the 2022-23 season with this regional premiere, the story of a gifted Black actress on the cusp of having all she’s dreamed of—but what principles will she have to sacrifice to get it? $44 and up. Showtimes vary.
“Dream: The Music of the Everly Brothers” gets an extended run at the Gordy | Courtesy of Stages
  • TUTS presents Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Hobby Center | Ongoing | Opens Tuesday, September 20 – The music of Fats Waller and the energy of the Harlem Renaissance combine in this Tony Award–winning musical that returns in a brand-new production from Theatre Under the Stars. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A.D. Players presents Miss Maude at the George Theater | Ongoing | Opens Wednesday, September 21 – There’s big buzz around this pre-Broadway play based on the real-life friendship between a Life magazine photographer and a South Carolina midwife. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Ballet presents Good Vibrations at Wortham Center | Ongoing | Opens Thursday, September 22 – Inspired by the music of the Beach Boys, this long-awaited world premiere combines original score with ballet choreography for a triple bill that also features Stanton Welch’s Red Earth and The Letter V by Joseph Haydn. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Ars Lyrica presents Hail, Bright Cecilia at Hobby Center | Friday, September 23 | Virtual Option – The early music ensemble opens its season with a Baroque orchestra of period strings, winds, keyboards, lutes and percussion, along with eight soloists—seven of which are from Houston, making this a great opportunity to see hometown talent in a show that that pays homage to the patron saint of music. $25 and up; $20 for virtual tickets. 7:30pm.

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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.