You do not need to travel to the Big Apple to experience real life Broadway musicals these days. Houston is blessed to be home to the Theater Under The Stars at the Hobby Center. Amazing productions come through the Bayou City. In fact, my husband and I just recently saw The Secret Garden. I actually read this book and I love the story-line. I couldn’t wait to see it and it sure did not disappoint!
A little history, The Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The musical’s script and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. It premiered on Broadway in 1991 and ran for 709 performances.
The story is set in the early years of the 20th century. Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned by a cholera outbreak when she is ten years old. She is sent away from India to Yorkshire, England, to live with relatives whom she has never met. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden, as well as to her sickly cousin and uncle.
TUTS has the honor of participating in this pre-Broadway co-production of the Tony® Award winning musical. This production, which just broke box office records in Washington D.C., will include revisions to the book and score made by 5th Ave. Theatre’s Artistic Director, David Armstrong and the original creative team.
The fantastical tale features stunning sets and costumes, a gorgeous score and rich, lush storytelling. Unfortunately, this show was here for a few short weeks in October. I am writing about it because if you have not experienced the TUTS atmosphere, then please go to their website and catch another performance if you can. Ticket prices range.
For more information go to www.tuts.com . Coming Soon is Sleeping Beauty, Memphis, and Guys & Dolls! A great date night, family matinee on the weekend, or perhaps schmooze a client! During intermission enjoy their reception area with a bar and refreshments or pop into nearby restaurant Artista! Enjoy!