See Stunning Miss Saigon at Houston Hobby Center

by Julie Bonnin on May 2, 2019

Stacie Bono plays Ellen, the wife left behind by an American soldier during the Vietnam War in the new national touring company of Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway revival, Miss Saigon. It’s a challenging role, to say...

“The Humans” Explores What Scares Us

by Julie Bonnin on March 19, 2019

The first character to take the stage in Stephen Karam’s Tony award-winning play, “The Humans,” at Houston’s Alley Theatre, says nothing for several long moments. Hesitancy pervades every tentative movement from Erik Blake (Steve Key),...

BowiElvis Fest Celebrates Rock Icon Birthdays In Houston and Austin

by Julie Bonnin on January 10, 2019

On the Saturday before Elvis and David Bowie’s shared birthday, Pecos Hank wailed his fast-paced version of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” then segued seamlessly into “Suffragette City,” and people dressed as Ziggy Stardust, Princess Leia...

Les Mis: World’s Most Popular Musical Opens in Houston

by Julie Bonnin on September 20, 2018

“Les Misérables” has been seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries making it the world’s most popular musical. The epic runs Sept. 25-30 at the Hobby Center in Houston. The touring production...

Andrew Lloyd Webber “Phantom” Sequel Follows Beloved Characters to Coney Island

by Julie Bonnin on July 5, 2018

In the Andrew Lloyd Webber sequel to the beloved long-running musical, “Phantom of the Opera,” the story picks up 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House and finds him living amid...

“Holmes & Watson” at Alley Theatre: It’s Elementary

by Julie Bonnin on June 21, 2018

It’s an Alley Theatre tradition to bring light-hearted mystery fare to the stage during the summer months. In previous years, theatergoers have enjoyed Agatha Christie, last year’s hilarious Hitchcock romp, “The 39 Steps,” and this...

Suzanne Vega Brings Carson McCullers Passion Project to Stage

by Julie Bonnin on February 28, 2018

"It’s absorbing in the way of a really good book, especially if that book happened to be backed by a live, on-stage band." It’s not an easy task to bring to life a singular writer...

“Great Society” A Larger Than Life History Lesson on Alley Theatre Stage

by Julie Bonnin on February 2, 2018

The Houston Alley Theatre set for “Great Society” is a marvel, a backdrop that, by turns, takes on the grandeur of the White House Oval Office, Civil Rights march infrastructure, and ever-increasing tallies of Vietnam...