Top Theater & Performing Arts in Houston: February 2023

Two Moulin Rouge performers in frilly dress dance on stage
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” opens in late February at Hobby Center | Photo: Matthew Murphy, courtesy of Broadway Across America

Catch some of the city’s most exciting upcoming performances, happening all month long, with our roundup of live theater and performing arts productions in February 2023.

Houston’s eclectic and electric arts scene is on full display this month.

There’s the razzle-dazzle of Broadway musicals like Chicago and Moulin Rouge, plus the acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to Houston this month with a dynamic vision on ballet.

And over at Asia Society, Kinetic looks at the intersection between French and Korean musical influences.

There’s a whole lot more on stage, proving that arts lovers in our city have an abundance of riches.

We’ve gathered some of the best performing arts and theater events taking place in Houston this month, which you can check out below.

Top Performing Arts & Theater Shows in Houston: February 2023

Opening This Month

  • A.D. Players presents Every Brilliant Thing at the George Theater | Wednesday, February 1 to Sunday, February 19 – When he was seven years old, the mother of this play’s protagonist attempted suicide, prompting him to make a list of everything worth living for. An examination of mental illness, love, and the power of joy and forgiveness, it’s a show that offers hope to all. $36 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A Number at Rec Room Arts | Thursday, February 2 to Saturday, February 25 – This psychological thriller explores parenthood, genetic experiments, and the debate over nature and nurture. Find out why this “devastating drama” (Time Out London) has “the power to provoke.” (The Guardian). $40; $30 for ages 30 and under. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents Concert of Arias at Wortham Center | Friday, February 3 – See the opera stars of tomorrow compete for cash prizes and a place in the Houston Grand Opera Studio, HGO’s renowned young artist training program. Singers from across the world perform pieces in this American Idol–like concert, a favorite on the HGO calendar. $43 and up. 7pm.
  • Kinetic in Concert at Asia Society Texas Center | Friday, February 3 – The chamber ensemble makes its Asia Society debut with a concert that explores the intersection of Korean and French musical identities. On the program are Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and selections from Korean American composers. $25. 7:30pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Dance Theatre of Harlem at Jones Hall | Friday, February 3 & Saturday, February 4 – One of the most renowned dance troupes in the world comes to Houston with a series of works that showcase their brilliant vision of ballet in the 21st century. $34 and up. Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2pm.
  • Open Dance Project presents Peter & Wendy at MATCH | Friday, February 3 to Saturday, February 11 – The music of Two Star Symphony blends with Open Dance Project’s signature artistry and athleticism in a whimsical, brand new take on the classic story of the Boy Who Never Grew Up. $35. Friday at 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 1pm and 4pm.
  • Houston Chamber Choir presents Mass for the Endangered at the Church of St. John the Divine | Saturday, February 4 – New instrumental group Loop38 joins the choir for this work by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, praised by the Los Angeles Times for her “culturally electric new music,” which serves as a call to awareness of the natural world. $40. 7:30pm.
  • Mighty Acorn Productions presents Almost, Maine at MATCH | Wednesday, February 8 to Sunday, February 12 – It’s winter in Almost, Maine, and the townspeople are falling in and out of love. The New York Times praised the play’s “shrewd writing” in these nine interlocking vignettes. $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Eddie Goes to Poetry City at MATCH | Friday, February 10 | Ongoing – Eddie imagines that Poetry City must be paradise. But when he gets there, he finds himself disoriented in a place that “melts language.” This production runs through Saturday, March 4. Tickets are pay-what-you-can; suggested price of $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Permanent Collection at Main Street Theater | Saturday, February 11 | Ongoing – Who controls art? Who decides what should be seen? Those are just two of the questions raised in this play that finds an African American businessman, newly named head of a renowned art collection, at odds with the collection’s director of education over his proposal to change the collection by adding eight pieces of art. This production runs through Sunday, March 5. $44 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Paul Hope Cabaret presents Glitter & Be Gay at Ovations | Monday, February 13 to Monday, February 27 – Explore Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway in this evening of music featuring favorites from On the Town, West Side Story, Candide and more. $15 and up. Mondays at 7:30pm.
  • Chamber Music Houston presents Cuarteto Casals at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall | Tuesday, February 21 – The Independent proclaimed that “no other quartet can match this group’s four-voiced marriage.” Shubert’s enduring Death and the Maiden highlights their return to the Chamber Music Houston stage. $20 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Broadway Across America presents Moulin Rouge! at Hobby Center | Wednesday, February 22 | Ongoing – Baz Lurhmann’s electric film comes to life onstage in this musical, complete with eye-popping visuals and over-the-top energy. This production ends Sunday, March 12. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet at Wortham Center | Thursday, February 23 | Ongoing – Stanton Welch’s production of the classic tale of star-crossed lovers reimagines Renaissance Italy through dazzling costumes and fresh choreography. This production ends Saturday, March 4. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents Giving Voice! at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church | Friday, February 24 | FREE – The opera partners with Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern University for this epic concert that blends opera, gospel and spirituals. Hosted by KHOU’s Len Cannon, it features renowned tenors Lawrence Brownlee and George Shirley, soprano Nicole Heaston—who the New York Times praised for her “radiant voice,”—and more. Free with registration. 7:30pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Mnzoli Brass: Gold at Wortham Center | Sunday, February 26 – Called the Monty Python of the music world, this Austrian band performs a concert that includes selections as varied as the Green Hornet theme and the overture to Die Fledermaus. $29 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Dance Source Houston presents Mind the Gap XXII at MATCH | Tuesday, February 28 – This dance showcase features the work of Houston choreographers exploring a range of styles. $15 and up. 7:30pm.

Closing This Month

  • Houston Grand Opera presents Werther at Wortham Center | Through Friday, February 10 – Massanet’s elegant opera is a story of unrequited love that cascades to a tragic end. Rarely seen, this opera is back on the HGO stage for the first time in 40 years. $20 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • 4th Wall Theatre Company presents The Sound Inside at Spring Street Studios | Through Saturday, February 11 – Adam Rapp’s play tells the story of a writing professor, used to being alone, and what happens when she crosses paths with a promising student. Their relationship proves unexpected and will force difficult choices. $32 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • TUTS presents Chicago at Hobby Center | Through Sunday, February 12 – A shrewd commentary on murder and celebrity, this multi-award–winning musical is among Broadway’s most beloved. See for yourself why it’s still going strong on the Great White Way…and all that jazz. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Cambodian Rock Band at Alley Theatre | Through Sunday, February 12 – In this play that blends storytelling with music, we follow a Khmer Rouge survivor who travels back to Cambodia for the first time in decades, as his daughter is about to prosecute an infamous war criminal. Pulsing with music from Dengue Fever and Cambodian oldies, it takes audiences on a journey to a dark time in history to explore the triumph of the human spirit. Please note: this play contains violence, language, and descriptions and depictions of genocide. $26 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Main Street Theater for Youth presents The Lightning Thief at MATCH | Through Sunday, February 19 – Based on Rick Riordan’s bestselling book, this musical finds a teenage Percy Jackson discovering he’s a demigod. Now, he must find Zeus’ lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods. Recommended for fifth grade and older. $20 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Paradise Blue at Ensemble Theatre | Through Sunday, February 26 – When gifted trumpeter Blue considers selling his jazz club in Detroit, the fates of many are thrown into question. This drama is infused with music, and explores the connections that make us human. $34 and up. Showtimes vary.

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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 Eater.com’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.