Top Performing Arts Events This Week: January 16 to 22, 2023

A Broadway performance of Jesus Christ Superstar
Catch a limited run of the Broadway smash, "Jesus Christ Superstar" this week | Photo: Evan Zimmerman; courtesy of Broadway at the Hobby Center

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, January 16 to Sunday, January 22, 2023.

Looking for ways to keep the theater calendar straight? We have you covered with this weekly roundup series tracking openings at theaters and performing arts institutions across the city of Houston.

Dig deeper for more ongoing performances happening on stages across Houston by checking out the 365 Houston Calendar.

Here’s our list of must-see openings:

Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: January 16 to 22, 2023

  • Chamber Music Houston presents Merz Piano Trio at Rice University Stude Concert Hall | Tuesday, January 17 – This young ensemble is already making a name for itself in the world of chamber music, sending the Hudson Review raving over their “perfection of intonation.” This concert is an homage to the 150th anniversary of Rachmoninoff’s birth, and includes a world premiere commissioned by Chamber Music Houston. $20 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Broadway Across America presents Jesus Christ Superstar at Hobby Center | Tuesday, January 17 to Sunday, January 22 – The Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice megahit comes to Houston in its 50th anniversary production. Telling the story of the last weeks of Jesus’ life, this musical created a smash when it debuted in 1971, and forever cemented the rock musical as a force to be reckoned with. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • 4th Wall Theatre Company presents The Sound Inside at Spring Street Studios | Thursday, January 19 | Ongoing – Adam Rapp’s play tells the story of a writing professor, used to being alone, and what happens when she crosses paths with a promising student. Their relationship proves unexpected and will force difficult choices. This production runs through Saturday, February 11. $32 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Musiqa & Houston Ballet II present New Year, New Motion at MATCH | Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21 – The cultural collaboration between two of Housotn’s great arts organizations combines new choreography and new compositions for a program that showcases how art is ever evolving and making way for new creations. Pay-what-you-can; suggested price of $35. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Riots & Scandals Festival at Jones Hall | Friday, January 20 to Sunday, January 22 – The conclusion of this two-week festival offers concerts featuring beloved masterpieces, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto feature. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • The Garden Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at MATCH | Friday, January 20 | Ongoing – Shakespeare’s love quadrangle explores four misguided lovers who journey into the forest, only to have their fates in the hands of the fairies who dwell there. This production runs through Sunday, January 29. $20 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Cambodian Rock Band at Alley Theatre | Friday, January 20 | Ongoing – In this play that blends storytelling with music, we follow a Khmer Rouge survivor who travels back to Cambodia for the first time in decades, as his daughter is about to prosecute an infamous war criminal. Pulsing with music from Dengue Fever and Cambodian oldies, it takes audiences on a journey to a dark time in history to explore the triumph of the human spirit. Please note: this play contains violence, language, and descriptions and depictions of genocide. This production runs through Sunday, February 12. $26 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Roe at the Gordy | Friday, January 20 | Ongoing – When Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United States in 1973, the country’s landscape changed dramatically, pitting those on both sides in a multi-generational battle. This play by Lisa Loomer explores the decision’s repercussions, focusing on two Texas women; Sarah Weddington, who argued the case before the Supreme Court; and Norma McCorvey, a/k/a “Jane Roe”. This productions runs through Sunday, March 5. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • NobleMotion Dance presents Coin Toss at MATCH | Sunday, January 22 – This concert that combines athleticism, artistry and fun features works by Lenorris Arnold, Reagan Crandall, Jaiquan Laurencin and NobleMotion Dance’s artistic directors Andy and Dionne Noble. $20. 7pm.

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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.