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Houston’s Theater District

More than two million people annually visit Houston’s Theater District, a 17-block area in the heart of downtown Houston. The district is home to world-class performing arts organizations (see a description of each below), the 130,000 square-foot Bayou Place entertainment complex, restaurants, movies, plazas and parks. Houston is one of only five cities in the U.S. with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines – opera, ballet, music and theater. The district has nearly 13,000 seats, which ranks second only behind New York City for the most theater seats in a concentrated downtown area.

The Alley Theatre is celebrating its 63rd anniversary season in 2009-10. Productions include adaptations of Harvey, Our Town, A Christmas Carol, Wonderland, and Boeing-Boeing. The Alley Theatre is one of the oldest professional theater companies in the country. (713) 228-8421 /

Presented by the Society for the Performing Arts, Broadway in Houston brings the best of Broadway touring productions to Houston. 2009-2010 productions include Mary Poppins, In the Heights, and Young Frankenstein. (713) 622-SHOW /

Houston’s most innovative producer and presenter of ensemble music, Da Camera is committed to reinventing the concert experience in the 21st-century. (713) 524-5050,

Houston’s largest black theater company, the Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by actor/director George Hawkins. The largest minority theater in the southwest, the group evolved from a band of strolling players into a resident professional company of 40 actors and eight directors. (713) 520-0055

The fifth largest ballet company in America, Houston Ballet performs an extensive repertoire of works, ranging from Swan Lake to cutting-edge pieces by some of the world’s most exciting young dance makers. The annual holiday performances of The Nutcracker are a Houston tradition. (713) 227-ARTS /

The Houston Grand Opera is internationally recognized as one of the innovators in musical theater. The company’s record of accomplishment speaks for itself with 20 world premiers and
six American premiers in over 40 years. (713) 227-ARTS /

The Houston Symphony is one of America’s oldest performing arts organizations, founded in 1913. Its summer home is the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, where it plays with a wide
range of performers. (713) 227-ARTS /

The Miller Outdoor Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater in Hermann Park, presents free performances each summer, including multi-cultural performances and traditional favorites.
(713) 520-3292 /

The Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is the largest non-profit performing arts presenter in the southwest. SPA attracts the most diverse audiences among Houston’s major performing arts organizations. (713) 227-2787 /

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is the largest non-profit producer of musical theater in America. TUTS performs an average of 200 shows annually, and has a reputation for premiering new musicals and organizing national and international tours. (713) 558-2600 /