THE 2010 - 2011 SEASON!  IT SHINES!


"hairspray," "9 to 5: the musical," "dr. seuss' how the grinch stole christmas,"

"billy elliot the musical," "curtains" AND "rock of ages"!



                                                                                        TUTS' 2010 - 2011 SEASON


HOUSTON, TEXAS…Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) President and CEO John C. Breckenridge announces TUTS’ 2010-2011 Sensational Season: It Shines! October 2010 through June 2011 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.  “This will be our 43rd season here in Houston, and we’re proud to be bringing some fresh new shows directly from Broadway!  All six are TUTS debuts, five of which are Houston premieres.” says Breckenridge. The TUTS 2010-11 season features two shows which are still currently playing to Broadway crowds.

New and renewing subscriptions to the Theatre Under The Stars 2010-2011 Season are available online at, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS, outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office (800 Bagby at Walker).  For a full season brochure, call Theatre Under The Stars at (713) 558-2600.  Discounted group subscriptions of 15 or more are also available by calling (713) 558-8888. 


October 5 – 17, 2010

A TUTS Debut

A big, beautiful Broadway hit, TUTS presents Hairspray, October, 5 – 17, 2010!  It’s 1962. Made all the more popular by the recent film, this is a show your family will love. The 50s are out, and Baltimore is ready for change!  Trendsetting teenager Tracy Turnblad has big hair, a big heart and an even bigger dream – to dance on “The Corny Collins Show.”  When her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arrives, she grooves her way from outsider to instant teen celebrity.  But she’ll need the help of a cast of crazy characters to really shake things up! Can she dethrone the program’s reigning princess, integrate the show’s dance floor and win the love of the dream-boat Link Larkin, without denting her ’do? Find out if a toe-tapping beat and a whole lot of aerosol attitude is enough to make a dream come true.  Hairspray hits include “Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now,” “You Can't Stop the Beat” and “Good Morning, Baltimore.”



November 9 – 21, 2010

9 to 5: The Musical
Houston Premiere

9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton's original hit title song along with her new Tony Award® -and Grammy-nominated score.  The book is by Patricia Resnick (co-writer of the original screenplay). 9 to 5: The Musical tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business... it's about getting credit and getting even. TUTS is proud to present 9 to 5 from November 9 - 21, 2010.



November 24 - December 5, 2010

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Houston Premiere and Timeless Family Classic

Discover the magic of the critically acclaimed Broadway hit Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," The Grinch discovers there's more to the Yuletide Season then he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic perfect for the entire family. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small", decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Celebrate the holidays with this heart-warming holiday classic at TUTS, November 24 – December 5, 2010.



February 23 – March 13, 2011

Billy Elliot The Musical
Current Broadway Hit and Houston Premiere

Billy Elliot The Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. A big musical with an even bigger heart, Billy Elliot will enchant the dreamer in all of us. Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot is brought to life by a phenomenal cast of 45 and the Tony Award-winning creative team -- director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall -- along with music legend Elton John, who has written what the New York Post calls "his best score yet!" Billy Elliot plays in Houston from February 23 - March 13, 2011.



March 29 – April 10, 2011

Houston Premiere and Knock ’em Dead Broadway Hit

What Broadway musical combines music, comedy and murder in one killer package? It’s Curtains, the brand-new smash-hit from the creators of Cabaret and Chicago, legendary songwriters Kander & Ebb, in its Houston premiere at TUTS, March 26 – April 10, 2011. When the hapless star of Boston’s newest musical kicks the bucket during her opening night curtain call, the real show begins! Can a star-struck police

detective solve the murder without getting himself killed, or will the lure of the theatre prove too irresistible?  After an unexpected backstage romance blooms, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi finds himself just as intent on making the show a hit as he is on solving the case! Nominated for eight Tony® Awards, this hilarious musical is a tribute to Broadway’s Golden Age, featuring a book by Rupert Holmes, music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb and an original book and concept by Peter Stone.



May 31 – June 12, 2011

Rock Of Ages!
Houston Premiere and Current Broadway Hit

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s five time 2009 Tony Award® nominee Rock Of Ages, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on May 31 – June 12, 2011.



In addition to a phenomenal season schedule, TUTS continues to provide new and exciting theatre experiences. With each show, come a number associated events and opportunities: 
       •   Exclusive VIP events including intimate cast talk-backs 
       •   Dinner packages throughout the season in partnership with incredible local  estaurants
       •   Angelika & TUTS co-hosted screen to stage film series.
Throughout the season, special event information will be available at

Theatre Under The Stars 2010-11 Sensational Season is generously sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. For all of Theatre Under The Stars’ 2010-2011 shows, air transportation is provided by Continental Airlines, the official airline of Theatre Under The Stars. Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston Chronicle.  Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Founded in 1968, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston’s acclaimed non-profit musical theatre company and is currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge.  TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the building opened.  Since its founding by Frank M. Young, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world premieres such as Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom,  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. TUTS has also produced international tours including Debbie Reynolds in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Juliet Prowse in Mame, Robert Goulet in Man of La Mancha, as well as critically acclaimed local re-inventions of classics Cabaret and Les Miserables.  As a way to continue the tradition of musical theatre, TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre provides instruction and stage experience for more than 1,700 students annually through both The Academy and The Studio, which allow students to flourish in a year-round schedule of classes.   Housed in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston’s high school musical theatre programs.