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OCTOBER 11-23, 2005
It's Broadway's most popular musical--a razzle-dazzle tale of sin and celebrity. The recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations, Chicago is the sensation that just keeps getting bigger. Chicago tells the story of Velma Kelley, who is striving to make herself a legend as a nightclub singer. When she shoots her philandering husband, she lands on Chicago's famed murderess row, retains Chicago's slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, and is the center of the town's most notorious murder case, only increasing her celebrity. Roxie Hart, seduced by the city's promise of style and adventure, dreams of singing and dancing her way to stardom. When Roxie's abusive lover tries to walk out on her, she too ends up in prison. Suggested for Mature Audiences.
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DECEMBER 6-18, 2005
CATS comes to TUTS for the very first time. A musical phenomenon, CATS opened in London in 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. Andrew Lloyd Webber's wildly successful musical then came to Broadway where it ran for over 18 years. Based on the popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats. The longest running show in Broadway history – CATS is a "memory" that will live, now and forever. Suitable for All Ages.
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JANUARY 17-29, 2006
An Extraordinary New Musical based upon the music of Leslie Bricusse and the Hugh Lofting classic. Nine-time Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune will stage and star in Dr. Dolittle. Dr. Dolittle is an extraordinary new musical about a beloved veterinarian who talks to the animals. It is based upon Leslie Bricusse’s 1967 Oscar-winning movie of the same name and "The Doctor Dolittle Stories" by Hugh Lofting. Throughout his prolific career, the legendary Mr. Tune has garnered many prestigious awards, including The National Medal of Arts presented by the President in 2003, nine Tony® Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, two Obie Awards and two Fred Astaire Awards. The multi-talented performer, choreographer and director has many credits to his name including Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the original production of Nine.
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MARCH 14-26, 2006
The bewitched Beast dwells in a dark castle with a magic mirror, awaiting true love--the beautiful daughter of a local inventor knocks on the door, and the story begins.Suitable for All Ages.
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MAY 9-21, 2006
Director Roy Hamlin and TUTS Founder/CEO Frank Young collaborate on the revised 110 In The Shade Love, don't turn away! One of the most beautiful and memorable musicals ever written becomes a Theatre Under The Stars premiere, when 110 In The Shade plays from May 9-21 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby at Walker). Based on the famous play The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash that was later turned into a film starring Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn, 110 In The Shade features sweeping and passionate songs by Texas natives Harvey Schmidt (music) and Tom Jones (lyrics). This deeply moving musical is a tale of faith and the miracles of life and love. This TUTS premiere production will feature revised material by Schmidt and Jones.
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MAY 24-JUNE 4, 2006
Shakalaka, Baby! Bombay Dreams is a dazzling spectacle set amid India's bustling film industry, features music by A.R. Rahman, lyrics by Don Black, book by Meera Syal and Thomas Meehan, and was based on an idea by Shekhar Kapur and Andrew Lloyd Webber. A feast for the senses, this Tony-nominated epic spectacle combines the glamour of the movies and heart-aching romance with a lush score, glittering costumes and exotic dance numbers.
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JULY 18-23, 2006 AT MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE
American Idol's Diana DeGarmo and Broadway's Melba Moore to Star Direct from Broadway, Theatre Under The Stars presents the Houston premiere of the sidewalk fairy tale, Brooklyn The Musical, as its annual free show July 18-23 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre (100 Concert Drive). Featuring a book, music and lyrics by the writing team of Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, Brooklyn The Musical marks their collaborative Broadway debut for the new musical, which will play nightly at 8:15 p.m. Tony award-nominee Jeff Calhoun, who most recently directed and choreographed the Tony-nominated revival of Big River presented by TUTS in 2004, will serve as director for Brooklyn The Musical, while Grammy and Emmy award-winner John McDaniel provides music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations.
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