Top Performing Arts & Live Theater Shows in Houston: May 2023

A wicked witch and the good witch face off with their broom and sceptre on stage
"Wicked" comes to Hobby Center for a summer run in Houston | Photo: Joan Marcus; courtesy of Broadway at Hobby Center

Catch some of the city’s most exciting upcoming performances, happening all month long, with our roundup of live theater and performing arts productions in May 2023.

Houston’s eclectic and electric arts scene is on full display this month. There’s plenty to find on stage, proving that arts lovers in our city have an abundance of riches.

We’ve gathered some of the best performing arts and theater events taking place in Houston this month, which you can check out below.

Top Performing Arts & Theater Shows in Houston: May 2023

Third Coast Percussion brings a street dance performance to Wortham Center | Courtesy of Third Coast Percussion

Opening This Month

  • Music Box Theater presents The Greatest Hits Album Side B: Moving Boxes at Queensbury Theatre | Ongoing – The cabaret troupe celebrates the move to its new home in CityCentre with an evening of jazz, pop, rock and Broadway tunes from the 1960s through the ‘90s. $38 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Chamber Music Houston presents Calidore Quartet at Rice University | Tuesday, May 2 – This celebrated young quartet performs a concert of works by Mendelssohn and Mozart. Lincoln Center star violist Matthew Lipman joins the ensemble. $20 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Mildred’s Umbrella presents Tooth & Tail at the DeLuxe Theater | Thursday, May 4 to Saturday, May 13 – This world premiere by Elizabeth A.M. Keel is the swashbuckling story of Vixen LeFey and her dragon Flicker, on a quest to save the kidnapped Princess Plumeria. Its a fairy tale, an adventure and a reflection on what women can do and how we’re stronger together. Please note, parents are encouraged to read the play’s content warning before determining whether to bring younger children. Pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Metamorphosis: Third Coast Percussion at Wortham Center | Friday, May 5 – This Grammy-winning ensemble lights up the stage in the style of street dance, choreographed by Lil Buck and Jon Boogz of Movement Art. $34 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Vincent Victoria presents Dreamgirl Deferred at Midtown Art Center | Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 14 – A selection of the National Black Theatre Festival in 2022, this production is a fictionalized dramatization on the tragic life of singer Florence Ballard of the Supremes. Set in Detroit in 1975, the story finds Ballard in a mental health and alcohol recovery center, dealing with depression while trying to attempt a musical comeback. $25. Showtimes vary.
  • Fiddler on the Roof at the Grand 1894 Opera House | Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7 – This enduring musical about the dairy farmer Tevye and his daughters comes to Galveston, bringing with it the songs that have made it a beloved classic since its original opening on Broadway nearly 60 years ago. A story of traditions, family and how to endure against struggle, Fiddler is loved around the world. $34.20 and up. Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7pm.
  • Jewish Legends of Broadway at Brith Shalom | Sunday, May 7 – Hazzan David Krohn appears in concert with Mark Nadler, in a show featuring some of Broadway’s best-loved tunes and selections from the Great American Songbook. The performance is a fundraiser for Congregation Brith Shalom. Pay-what-you-can; suggested price of $18. 3pm.
A black-and-white image of several people in bellbottoms and other '70s fashions, draped in American flags
Open Dance Project throws it back to 1968 with a special performance at MATCH | Courtesy of Open Dance Project
  • Our Texas presents Rachmaninoff 150th Anniversary Concert at Russian Cultural Center | Thursday, May 11 – Acclaimed pianist Osip Nikiforov performs some of the composer’s most famous pieces, including several Preludes and Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 in B-flat minor. Jon Kimura Parker, pianist and professor of piano at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, will discuss the composer’s works and legacy. $25. 7:30pm. 
  • Brother Toad at Ensemble Theatre | Thursday, May 11 | Ongoing – Teenage Marques and his friend are sitting in their car one night when gunfire breaks out, killing Marques’ friend. When his uncle works to stage a march against gun violence, and Marques’ family doesn’t want to participate, tensions fly in this timely play. This production runs through Sunday, June 4. $34 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Open Dance Project presents 1968 at MATCH | Friday, May 12 to Saturday, May 20 – This immersive dance experience incorporates photos and audio to tell the story of an iconic year in American history. The audience can choose how they navigate the stage in this multimedia presentation. $40. Showtimes vary.
  • Torrea at Alley Theatre | Friday, May 12 | Ongoing – This world premiere is the story of a Mexican girl who wants to be a bullfighter. But can she overcome entrenched societal traditions to achieve her dream? The play was part of the Alley’s All New Festival in 2022. This production runs through Sunday, June 4. $51. Showtimes vary.
  • TUTS presents Rent at Hobby Center | Tuesday, May 16 to Sunday, May 28 – The epic musical re-imagining of La Boheme became an anthem to love and acceptance that won the Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards. This brand new production gets a run in Downtown, courtesy of Theatre Under the Stars. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents Oedipus Rex at Jones Hall | Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 – The orchestra brings Stravinksy’s epic Greek tragedy to the stage with a passionate score, and immersive installations and projections. $29 and up. 8pm.
  • Mercury presents Beethoven’s 7th Symphony at Wortham Center | Saturday, May 20 – Conductor Antoine Plante leads the ensemble in Beethoven’s energetic and beautiful work that brought audiences to its feet when it first premiered—and still inspires rapture more than 200 years later. $10 and up. 8pm.
  • Wicked at Hobby Center | Wednesday, May 31 | Ongoing – The Broadway sensation arrives in Houston for a summer series of shows that looks at what happened in the Land of Oz, long before Dorothy dropped in. This production runs through Sunday, July 2. $54 and up. Showtimes vary.
Todd Waite as Sherlock Rolmes, dressed in a robe and reclining in an armchair
Todd Waite reprises his role as Sherlock Holmes at Alley Theatre, closing in May | Photo by T. Charles Erickson; courtesy of Alley Theatre

Closing This Month


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Holly Beretto
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.