Top Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: May 8 to 14, 2023

A promotional image of pianist Eunbi Kim in red and a camera blur
Pianist Eunbi Kim performs at Asia Society on Thursday | Photo: Maria Baranova, courtesy of Asia Society Texas

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, May 8 to Sunday, May 14, 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.

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Here’s our list of must-see openings:

Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: May 8 to 14, 2023

  • Paul Hope Cabaret presents Sunny Side of the Street at Ovations | Monday May 8 | Ongoing – The lyrics of Dorothy Fields come alive in this set of performances of some of Broadway’s most recognizable tunes, including “The Sunny Side of the Street,” “If They Could See Me Now” and many more. This production runs through Monday, May 22. $15 and up. 7:30pm.
  • City Ballet of Houston Spring Concert at MATCH | Wednesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 11 – Check out new works in this performance that celebrates more than 50 years of dance and community collaboration by the ensemble. $25. 7pm.
  • Eunbi Kim in Concert at Asia Society Texas Center | Thursday, May 11 – Pianist Enubi Kim performs this sonic memoir that blends classic music and indie pop in a presentation ovelaid with visuals by new media artist Xuan. $25. 7:30pm to 9pm.
  • 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.
  • Stages presents The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Gordy | Thursday, May 11 | Ongoing – This world premiere explores the story of Casey, desperate to be the best Elvis impersonator ever. What happens when his audience disappears, he’s replaced with a drag act and the rent is due? This production runs through Wednesday, July 2. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Latin American Philharmonic: Mother’s Day Serenade at Hobby Center | Friday, May 12 – Join the orchestra for this tribute to mom, featuring international star Chucho Avellanet for a night that features works like “Mil Violines,” “Historia de Amor,” “Así,” “Toda una Vida” and more. $50 and up. 8pm.
  • Open Dance Project presents 1968 at MATCH | Friday, May 12 | Ongoing – 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. This production runs through Saturday, May 20. $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.
  • Apollo Chamber Players presents We Will Sing One Song at Rice University Stude Concert Hall | Saturday, May 13 – The chamber ensemble celebrates its 15th anniversary with this concert that features members of the Houston Chamber Choir, Olympian Dancers of Houston and the world premiere of composer Eve Beglarian’s Armenian-inspired fantasia, We Will Sing One Song. $40. 7:30pm.
  • Ars Lyrica presents Songs of Zion at Hobby Center | Saturday, May 13 – The early music ensemble closes its season with this celebratory concert, highlighting the rich musical tradition of the psalms in the Jewish and Christian traditions. $35 and up. 7:30pm.

Final Performances This Week

A whopping seven productions draw their final curtains this weekend: Friday, May 12 brings the final show of Houston Grand Opera’s Salome; then on Saturday, May 13, you’ll have one last chance to see Tooth & Tail at the DeLuxe Theater and James and the Giant Peach at MATCH; finally, on Sunday, May 14, the final shows come for The Bride: Or, Does This Dress Make Me Look Married? at Stages, The Play That Goes Wrong at A.D. Players, Dreamgirl Deferred at Midtown Arts Center, and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily at Alley Theatre.

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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.