Top Performing Arts & Live Theater Shows in Houston This Month: February 2024

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Stanton Welch's "Cinderella" comes to Downtown in February | Courtesy of Houston Ballet

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 February 2024.

This month brings a huge slate of performing arts to stages across Houston.

From classical music and regional play premieres to musicals and dance, there’s something for every taste and budget.

Top Performing Arts & Theater Shows in Houston: February 2024

A woman in a dress carries a tomboyish person away from an older lady holding her hand to her face in shock
Houston Ballet’s “Cinderella” makes it mark in late February | Courtesy of Houston Ballet

Opening This Month

  • Vincent Victoria presents Love, Marriage & Heartbreak at Midtown Art Center | Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 11 – Culled from the slave narratives obtained during the 1930s and adding a modern backdrop, this play shares tales of love, marriage and the many heartbreaks experienced by enslaved African Americans in the American South before emancipation in 1865. $25; $20 for students and 65+. 8pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • The Garden Theatre presents Ann at MATCH | Friday, February 2 to Sunday, February 11 – Nora Hahn stars as Ann Richards, the irrepressible Texas governor. Showcasing her complex, colorful and captivating style, this one-woman show written by Holland Taylor has played to critical acclaim around the country. $28. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents Jazz, Love & Gershwin: A Century of Rhapsody in Blue at Jones Hall | Friday, February 2 to Sunday, February 4 – The world-renowned Marcus Roberts Trio and Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Catherine Russell join the orchestra for timeless love songs by George Gershwin, including “Our Love is Here to Stay” and “Embraceable You.” The Symphony then offers a new take on the composer’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue. $34 and up. Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2:30pm.
  • Paul Hope Cabaret presents Luck Be A Lady: The Broadway of Frank Loesser at Ovations | Monday, February 5 to Monday, February 19 – Relive some of the greatest hits of musical theatre in this tribute to one of Broadway’s most-loved composers. Expect an evening of songs such as “Guys and Dolls,” “Standing on the Corner,” “Big D” and more. It’s a chance to watch one of Houston’s finest cabaret ensembles keep the Great American Songbook alive. $15 and up. 7:30pm.
A man in overalls and a red shirt sits in the middle of a stage surrounded by living room furniture
“Tied: A One-Man Play” peers into a father’s tragedy in 1963 | Courtesy of On the Verge Theatre
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents It Is Magic at MATCH | Friday, February 9 | Ongoing – What evil lies at the heart of community theater auditions? Audiences will find out in this play that explores the dynamic of actors, friends and the spotlight. It’s the latest play by Mickle Maher, the force behind Catastrophic favorites Small Ball, There is a Happiness That Morning Is, and others. This production runs through Saturday, March 2. Pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • 26 Miles at Main Street Theater | Saturday, February 10 | Ongoing – Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes’s play explores the relationship between mother and daughter as they travel across the country. Along the way, they’ll unravel how much it matters that the mother’s skin is brown and the daughter’s is white, the vast distances love can connect, and what it means to be family. This production runs through Sunday, March 3. $35 and up. Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 3pm.
  • Live at the Founders Club: Love, Holland (Vavra, Not the Country) at Hobby Center | Wednesday, February 14 & Thursday, February 15 – This new cabaret series kicks off with one of Houston’s most-loved performers, fresh off a successful run of Always…Patsy Cline at Stages. She’ll sing love songs like “The Power of Love,” “Bring It On Home to Me,” “Let’s Get It On” and more. Guests will sit at tables of four as the Hobby Center’s Founders Club is transformed into an intimate nightclub. $49 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Opera in the Heights presents The Light in the Piazza at Lambert Hall | Friday, February 16 to Sunday, February 18 – Margaret and her daughter Clara are Americans visiting Italy. Things get tricky when Clara falls for the charming Fabrizio. Can Margaret overcome her own painful memories to help her daughter? $29 and up. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm.
Isata Kanneh-Mason sits behind a piano smiling with yellow, blue, red and brown wall behind her
Isata Kanneh-Mason comes to Downtown for a DaCamera performance | Courtesy of DaCamera
  • Stages presents Laughs in Spanish at the Gordy | Friday, February 16 | Ongoing – Mariana heads up a swanky gallery and she’s knee-deep in preparations for Art Basel. Only her gallery is an active crime scene. And her movie-star mother just showed up to try and save the day. Complications ensue in this snapshot of Cuban and Colombian American culture set in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. This production runs through Sunday, March 17. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • On the Verge Theatre presents Tied at Bering Church | Wednesday, February 21 to Sunday, February 25 – This moving play focuses on Daniel, who lost his daughter in the 1963 bombing that claimed the lives of four little girls in Birmingham. Houston playwright and actor Jason Carmichael takes to the stage in this one-man show that’s back at On the Verge by popular demand. $35. Wednesday to Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • DiverseWorks presents In Tarps I Trust at MATCH | Thursday, February 22 to Saturday, February 24 – This new series of works by Laura Gutierrez focus on the blue-collar work she saw during her father’s career as a billboard painter, highlighting the materials that were ever present growing up in her household, such as tarps, ladders, and ratchet straps. Pay-what-you-can. 7pm.
  • Houston Ballet presents Cinderella at Wortham Center | Thursday, February 22 | Ongoing – Stanton Welch’s take on the classic Prokofiev ballet finds a tomboy Cinderella fighting the will of her evil stepmother with everything she’s got. This is no damsel in distress, and when she finds love, she’s ready to grab it with both hands and hold on tight. This production runs through Sunday, March 3. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
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ROCO brings “Supersonic” in late February | Courtesy of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
  • King James at Rec Room Arts | Friday, February 23 | Ongoing – This poignant story of male friendship follows Shawn and Matt across 10 years, as they use sports to express feelings and ideas they otherwise couldn’t. The play explores their friendship through the lens of LeBron James’ career milestones. This production runs through Wednesday, March 6. $40. 7:30pm.
  • ROCO presents Supersonic at Church of St. John the Divine | Saturday, February 24 – The orchestra offers this high-energy concert, featuring the U.S. premiere of Richard Danielpour’s “Voci del Purgatorio,” Jessica Meyer’s Go Big or Go Home, featuring blues guitar phenom Clay Melton and his band, and Elfrida Andree’s colorful, lyrical Symphony No. 2 in A Minor. The Houston Youth Symphony returns as a special guest. Pay-what-you-wish; suggested price of $35. 5pm.
  • DaCamera presents Isata Kanneh-Mason in Concert at Wortham Center | Saturday, February 24 – The pianist praised for her dazzling technical ability and spellbinding musicality offers a concert that includes the Houston premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Easter Sonata, Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 and more. $41 and up. 8pm.
  • Music in Context presents Smyth & Dohnanyi at Rice University Shepherd School of Music | Sunday, February 25 – Music lovers will recall the stirring music and drama of Dame Ethel Smythe’s opera, The Wreckers. This is a chance to hear her violin sonata. Clarinetist Richey Hawley then performs with members of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music students. $35. 4pm.
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“Parsifal” brings the sounds of Wagner to the Wortham Center | Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

Closing This Month

  • Mildred’s Umbrella presents O: A Rhapsody in Divorce at Studio 101 | Through Saturday, February 3 – In this retelling of The Odyssey, O, a childless woman in her 40s, is blindsided when her husband asks for a divorce. He refuses to leave and she embarks on an odyssey of couch-surfing as she attempts to process events and move on. Pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents Parsifal at Wortham Center | Through Sunday, February 4 – Wagner’s final opera is the story of a group of knights trying to protect the Holy Grail and their king. Tenor Russell Thomas, soprano Elena Pankratova and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny lead a killer cast in this extraordinary epic. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Pictures from Home at Alley Theatre | Through Sunday, February 11 – This work began its life at the 2020 Alley All New Festival, and went on to garner acclaim on Broadway. It’s the story of a photographer, who begins taking photos of his parents to help discover the stories and truths behind their home movies. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents Madame Butterfly at Wortham Center | Through Sunday, February 11 – Puccini’s beloved tragic love story explores the relationship between Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman who falls for Pinkerton, an American naval lieutenant, setting them on a collision course of cultures and heartbreak. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
A man in a military uniform kneels to touch the face of a Japanese woman in a stage production
HGO’s “Madame Butterfly” closes at Wortham Center in February | Photo: Lynn Lane; courtesy of Houston Grand Opera
  • TUTS presents On Your Feet: The Story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan at Hobby Center | Through Sunday, February 11 – A love story, a success story, an inspirational story. Gloria and Emilio Estefan believed in each other, and together rode an astonishing wave of success with their Afro-Caribbean–infused rock sounds that set the world on fire in the 1980s. This bio-musical tells the story of their love, their heritage and their work ethic, bringing to life some of Miami Sound Machine’s greatest hits, including “Conga,” “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” and “On Your Feet.” $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A.D. Players presents Steel Magnolias at the George Theater | Through Sunday, February 18 – The beloved play about a group of women who gather in Truvy’s beauty shop is both hilarious and heartbreaking. It centers on the story of Shelby, who risks her life to have a baby, and how the women of the shop rally around her and her family. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • The Piano Lesson at Ensemble Theatre | Through Sunday, February 25 – August Wilson’s second Pulitzer Prize winner is the story of the Charles family, a Black family living in Pittsburgh in the 1930s. When one member decides it’s time to sell a much-loved heirloom to secure cash to purchase land the family had worked on as slaves, everyone must decide what is important. Eileen J. Morris, one of the country’s leading interpreters of August Wilson, directs.$37 and up. Showtimes vary.

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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'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.