Top Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: May 15 to 21, 2023

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"La Traviata" comes to Miller Outdoor for back-to-back nights of free performances | Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, May 15 to Sunday, May 21, 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: May 15 to 21, 2023

  • TUTS presents Rent at Hobby Center | Tuesday, May 16 | Ongoing – 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.
  • The Best of Everything at Main Street Theater | Thursday, May 18 | Ongoing – This regional premiere is a new adaption of Rona Jaffe’s 1958 bestseller that tells the stories of ambitious secretaries who want thrilling careers and grand adventures. Is it possible to really have it all? $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Drag Wonderettes at the Gordy | Friday, May 19 | Ongoing The Marvelous Wonderettes gets a new twist, with this high drag performance featuring songs you know and love from the 1960s like “Stupid Cupid,” “The Shoop Shoop Song” and more. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents La Traviata at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 | FREE – Verdi’s epic love story about the courtesan Violetta and her doomed affair with Alfredo comes to the stage with passion and energy, performed on back-to-back nights at Miller. 8pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Oedipus Rex at Jones Hall | Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 – Actor Kyle MacLachlan (of Twin Peaks fame) joins the Symphony to narrate Stravinksy’s epic Greek tragedy, accompanied by an all-star cast of singers for this monumental season finale. $29 and up. 8pm.
  • Opera in the Heights: 25th Anniversary Concert at Lambert Hall | Saturday, May 20 – The opera company marks this milestone with this concert featuring the Oh! Orchestra and some of the company’s favorite artists from seasons past, who will perform the best of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, Korngold, Bernstein, Sondheim, and more. $94.50. 7pm.
  • Mercury presents Beethoven’s 7th Symphony at the 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.
  • Steve Tyrell in Concert at the Grand 1894 Opera House | Saturday, May 20 – The historic Galveston theater offers this performance by the Grammy Award–winning soulful crooner. $31.50 and up. 8pm.
  • Musica Tra Amici at MATCH | Sunday, May 21 – The ensemble performs works by Korngold, along with a discussion of his life and career in revolutionizing the film music industry, followed by Tchaikovsky’s thrilling and evocative Souvenir de Florence. $35. 7pm.

Final Performances This Week

Saturday, May 20 brings the final show for Open Dance Project’s 1968 at MATCH.

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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.