Catch virtual and live performances all month long with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions happening in May 2022.
The month of May brings to a close several major productions – including conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada’s Houston Symphony career – as a world premiere takes the stage at the Alley Theatre, a 4th Wall production returns from its pandemic hiatus, a genre-bending violin performance arrives to downtown and more.
Check out our highlights for the city‘s performing arts this month:
Top 15 Houston Performing Arts: May 2022
- Houston Symphony presents Mahlers resurrection Symphony at Jones Hall | Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May | virtual option – In his final appearances as Music Director of the Houston Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts this magnificent symphony unrivaled in all music. Celebrate the end of an era in Houston’s arts scene with a performance that showcases the orchestra at its best. $29 and up (live stream is $20). Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m.
- Presenting Broadway Across America violinist on the roof in the hobby center | Ongoing | End Sunday May 1st – There’s a reason this show is a Broadway classic. The story of milkman Tevye, his wife and five daughters includes instantly recognizable songs like “If I Were A Rich Man”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition”. Directed by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, it’s an uplifting look at life, love and family. $30 and up. Game times vary.
- Classical Theater Company presents The War of the Worlds in the DeLuxe Theater | Ongoing | End Sunday May 1st – first published in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the story of invaders from Mars. Transformed into a radio play, the play amazed and terrified listeners in the 1930s. Throughout its 120-year existence, it has been immortalized in comics, films, and more. Now, CTC offers this world premiere of the enduring story that offers a glimpse of what it means to be human. $25 and up. Wednesday to Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m.
- Apollo Chamber Players presents American Legends at several venues | Sunday May 1st and Saturday May 7th – The string quartet closes its season with the live world premiere of In the shadow of the mountain by Jennifer Higdon, the world’s most performed living composer. $55 and up at the Hobby Center (Sunday, May 1); $25 at the University of Houston–Clear Lake Bayou Theater (Saturday, May 7). Times vary.
- Single black woman in the Ensemble Theater | Ongoing | End Sunday May 8th – This regional premiere of the hilarious two-woman show explores the lives of 30-something African American women searching for love, the perfect outfit and a sense of dignity in a world that refuses to acknowledge them. $37 and up. Game times vary.
- Dead man’s cell phone at the Alley Theater | Ongoing | End Sunday May 8th – A woman in a cafe. A phone that won’t stop ringing and a man who won’t answer. a death. An impulsive act that leads to a lie. This imaginative comedy explores mortality and the need for connection. $43 and up. Game times vary.
- Houston Grand Opera presented Turandot at the Wortham Theater Center | Ongoing | End Sunday May 8th – Puccini’s masterpiece is the story of a princess who is unwilling to marry and thwarts the efforts of her suitors by challenging them to solve complex puzzles or have themselves beheaded. But what happens when she finds someone who can finally answer? $25 and up. Thursday to Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
- stages presented You are cordially invited to sit down in Gordy | Ongoing | End Sunday May 22nd – This world premiere explores the lives of four black college students from Houston’s segregated Third Ward as they join the fight for civil rights. Set to music from the 1960s and ’70s, this Houston tale is inspired by the true story of the first sit-in in Bayou City. $15 and up. Game times vary.
- AD Players presented Apollo 8 at the George Theater | Wednesday May 4th to Sunday June 5th – The America of 1968 is racially and culturally divided and faces the possibility of losing the space race to Russia. When NASA decides to move up its planned orbit of the moon and has 16 weeks to make it happen, the country gets caught up in history. This play blends real events with fictional stories to create a play that fuses themes of the divine and the human. $30 and up. Game times vary.
- Born with teeth at the Alley Theater | Friday May 6th to Sunday June 5th – This world premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ play shows what happens when two of the greatest writers of all time – Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare – meet in the back room of a pub to write a play. Expect intrigue, danger and egos alike. $47 and up. Game times vary.
- 4th Wall Theater Company presents Between Riverside and Crazy at Spring Street Studios | Thursday May 12th to Saturday June 4th – This Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a retired New York City police officer and a group of larger-than-life characters who struggle to stay together in a dark, changing world. One of 4th Wall’s final shows before the pandemic’s closed theaters, the show brings back the original cast. $32 and up (pay-what-you-can on Monday, May 30th). Game times vary.
- Performing Arts Houston Presents Black Violin: Impossible Tour at Jones Hall | Tuesday May 17th – See how classical music and hip-hop merge into one unforgettable performance. Classically trained string players Wil B. and Kev Marcus join forces with DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes for a show that breaks with the clichés of what classical music can be. $39 and up. 19:30 o’clock.
- Mildred’s Umbrella presents The Mother Project: A collaboration to honor black mothers and their children in the DeLuxe Theater | Thursday 19 May to Saturday 28 May – A collaboration with Esurient Arts, this show is based on interviews with Black American mothers and doulas, exploring the joy and heartbreak of being a Black mother in America through themes of equality and love. Pay what you can. Game times vary.
- Ars Lyrica presented Dido and Aeneas in the hobby center | Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd – This new production of Henry Purcell’s opera is the dramatic tale of a queen who falls in love with a prince and the sorceress who plots to separate them. $25 and up. Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m.
- funky good time at the Miller Outdoor Theater | Thursday 26 May to Saturday 28 May | FREE | virtual option – This funk-filled celebration promises the sound of soul and an epic good time. Some of Houston’s favorite entertainers will take the stage for an evening fun for music lovers of all ages. The performance on Saturday, May 28th will also be streamed live. 8:30 p.m.