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

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"1776" comes to Houston for three nights in July | Photo: Joan Marcus; courtesy of TUTS

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 July 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: July 2023

NobleMotion performs a new dance production on back-to-back weekends in July | Courtesy of NobleMotion Dance

Opening This Month

  • Houston Symphony’s Star Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Independence Day, July 4 | FREE – Celebrate Independence Day with this concert of much-loved patriotic music and songs representing the whole of America. Fireworks will cap it all off, beginning around 10pm. 8:30pm to 10pm.
  • Vincent Victoria presents The House of Patrick at MATCH | Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9 – This new play focuses on fashion designer Patrick Kelly, trying to make it in the cutthroat world of Paris fashion in the 1980s. He meets an aging Bette Davis and their friendship transforms his life. $30. Saturday 3pm and 8pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • Present Laughter at Main Street Theater | Saturday, July 15 | Ongoing – Noel Coward’s sparkling comedy about a self-obsessed actor going through a midlife crisis draws on the playwright’s own life. This production runs through Sunday, August 13. $39 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • TUTS presents 1776 at Hobby Center | Thursday, July 20 to Saturday, July 22 – Straight from Broadway, this national tour makes a stop in Houston for a production that Variety called “exuberant” and “thought-provoking.” It’s the story of how the Declaration of Independence came to be, as performed by a cast comprised of female, transgender, and non-binary actors playing all of the roles. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • NobleMotion Dance presents Power Play at MATCH | Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 30 – The acclaimed dance company kicks off its 15th season with this performance featuring three world premieres that blend artificial intelligence and multimedia design, built on NobleMotion’s signature physicality. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (suggested prices of $20 and up). Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 4pm.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd at Alley Theatre | Friday, July 21 | Ongoing – The Alley’s popular Summer Chills series is back with this Agatha Christie story that finds detective Hercule Poirot investigating secrets and blackmail to solve a murder. This production runs through Sunday, August 27. $46 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston presents The Pirates of Penzance at Hobby Center | Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 30 – This sparkling gem of an operetta explores the story of Frederic, apprenticed to a band of pirates. He’s expecting to be released from his obligation on his 21st birthday—but, because he’s born on February 29, his birthday only comes every four years. With another 63 years left to serve, will his love wait for him? $44.85 and up. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 2:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert at Hobby Center | Friday, July 28 & Saturday, July 29 – While the classic sci-fi film from 1977 plays on the big screen, the Symphony performs the iconic John Williams score, from the 20th Century Fox fanfare to the closing credits. $61 and up. Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
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“Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou” closes at Ensemble Theatre at the end of July | Courtesy of Ensemble 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'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.