Top Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: July 8 to 14, 2024

A character in a Rafiki costume hold his arm out as dancers in Gazelle costumes jump behind him
"The Lion King" opens a three week run on Thursday | Photo: Joan Marcus; courtesy of Disney

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, July 8 to Sunday, June 14, 2024.

This week, catch classic tales with productions of The Lion King and Wizard of Oz, plus the return of the Houston Symphony’s free summer concerts, and more.

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.

Here’s our list of must-see openings:

Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: July 8 to 14, 2024

  • Candlelight presents The Best of Hans Zimmer at Lone Star Flight Museum | Thursday, July 11 – The Listeso String Quartet performs selections from some of Zimmer’s most loved scores, including The Lion King, The Pacific and Pirates of the Caribbean in this multi-sensory experience. $45 and up. 7pm and 9:15pm.
  • Broadway Across America presents The Lion King at Hobby Center | Thursday, July 11 | Ongoing – See this beloved Disney classic like you’ve never seen it before. The characters of Pride Rock are brought to life with an incredible mash-up of puppetry and live action, and the musical retains all the songs you love, from “Circle of Life” to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” This production runs through Sunday, August 4. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • The Wizard of Oz at Queensbury Theatre | Friday, July 12 | Ongoing – Using the score from the beloved 1939 movie, this musical follows the adventures of Dorothy, who travels over the rainbow from Kansas to Oz. There, she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, and together they follow the yellow brick road to see the all powerful wizard, who can hopefully help Dorothy return home. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Summer Symphony Nights with Houston Symphony at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13 | Ongoing | FREE – Guest conductor Kellen Gray leads the orchestra in an evening of all-American music. Experience the classical repertoire including Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess concert suite, “Catfish Row,” and the sounds of jazz and jubilee on the concert stage. Florence Price’s turbulent third symphony caps off the concert. 8:30pm.
  • The Woman in Black at Main Street Theater | Saturday, July 13 | Ongoing – Stephen Mallatratt’s play, based on the novel by Susan Hill, finds Arthur Kipps obsessed with a curse. He believes anyone who sees “The Woman in Black” will die. He hires a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story to exorcise the fear that grips his soul. This production runs through Sunday, August 11. $39 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Texas New Music Festival at MATCH | Sunday, July 14 | Ongoing – Across this eight-day event, more than 50 composers, choreographers and instrumentalists will present 28 world premieres. It’s an opportunity to see vibrant and diverse styles, and celebrate the creative process. This production runs through Sunday, July 21. $20 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 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.

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