Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: March 13-19, 2023

A distant photo of Miller Outdoor Theatre with crowds of people on the hill
Miller Outdoor kicks off its 100th anniversary with back-to-back nights on the weekend | Courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, March 13 to Sunday, March 19, 2023.

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.

Dig deeper for more ongoing performances happening on stages across Houston by checking out the 365 Houston Calendar.

Here’s our list of must-see openings:

Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: March 13 to 19, 2023

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band: 60th Anniversary Celebration at Jones Hall | Tuesday, March 14 – The quintessential New Orleans legends of jazz, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, are celebrating their diamond anniversary by making a musical pilgrimage across the states, stopping in the H along the way. $29 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Randall Goosby at Hobby Center | Wednesday, March 15 – Signed to Decca Classics at the age of 24 and a protégé of Itzak Perlman, Randall Goosby has been acclaimed for his sensitive playing and interpretation. The virtuoso violinist performs a selection of Beethoven works for this Houston concert. $29 and up. 7:30pm.
  • 2023 Core Exhibition: The Opening at Glassell School of Art | Thursday, March 16 | FREE – In conjunction with MFAH’s annual core residency exhibition, artist-in-residence Erin Holland performs an original work based on 10 years of correspondence with her father. 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • 100th Anniversary Opening Weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, March 17 & Saturday, March 18 | FREE – Celebrating its centennial this year, Miller Outdoor Theatre kicks off its 100th anniversary with a night of traditional Irish dancing from Trinity Irish Dance Company on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17. Then, on Saturday, everyone is welcome to a roaring ’20s-themed bash with Vaudeville performers, swing dance lessons and more, followed by a concert from the Hot Sardines, a group that celebrates the heart and soul of classic jazz. Friday 8pm; Saturday 6pm, concert at 8pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Let’s Misbehave: The Music of Cole Porter at Jones Hall | Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19 – Tony DeSare and his guests Bria Skonberg and John Manzari offer their take on timeless Cole Porter classics such as “Night and Day,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top” and more. $35 and up. Times vary.
  • Yamato: The Drummers of Japan at the Grand 1894 Opera House | Saturday, March 18 – Head to Galveston to see this legendary drumming ensemble, celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new production, The Wings of the Phoenix. $19.80 and up. 8pm.
  • National Arab Orchestra in Concert at Hobby Center | Saturday, March 18 – The orchestra offers a concert featuring some of the most revered pieces of music from the Arab world. Ranine Chaar and Mohamed Mohsen will join the orchestra in performance. $55 and up. 8pm. 

Final Performances This Week

The final curtains draw on two productions on Saturday, March 18; Dirt Dogs Theatre’s take on Misery and the Spring Break run for the kids musical, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, both of which appear at MATCH.

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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’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.