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JANUARY 16  – 26, 2020

The fifth annual Alley All New Festival featured new plays from some of the most exciting voices in contemporary theatre.  Learn more about the plays in the 2020 Alley All New Festival below.

2020 Alley All New Festival Calendar

All Alley All New workshop performances and readings are free and open to the public.

Seating at the Alley All New Festival is general admission, with priority seating for festival package holders.




Directed by Austin, Texas-based KJ Sanchez and starring “Sesame Street’s” Emilio Delgado, Quixote Nuevo is an inspiring reimagining of Cervantes’ Don Quixote by celebrated playwright Octavio Solis. Set in a fictional modern-day Texas border town, Quixote and his sidekick embark on an adventure in search of long-lost love. Infused with imagination, Tejano music, and true Texas soul, Quixote Nuevo shows the challenges of living in this modern world all the while in pursuit of a lost dream. The play is a co-production with Hartford Stage and Huntington Theater Company. 



Sterling Stage

Stages in partnership with Aperio presents

The Fantasticks

book and lyrics by Tom Jones
music by Harvey Schmidt


January 24 – March 15, 2020

Celebrate the love of theatre itself with this timeless gem for The Gordy’s inauguration! Follow your imagination into a whimsical tale of young lovers, meddling parents, and a bond that matures in adversity. The longest-running musical in world history has been refreshed for the new century and is the perfect valentine to the theatre and the eternal power of love.


The Humphreys Foundation
Isla and T.R. Reckling, III


Cynthia and Ben Guill
Pat and Roger Medors
Jane and Dick Schmitt


Mady and Ken Kades
Carolyn J. Keating
Cornelia and Meredith Long


Underwriting of Kawai Shigeru grand piano for The Gordy made possible by
Jo Dee and Cliff Wright 



"The Perfect Musical. It's a Gem!" — The Wall Street Journal

"Still the best ... after all these years!" — New York Post

"★★★★ Extraordinary" — Matt Windham, AM New York



Lester and Sue Smith Stage

Water by the Spoonful

by Quiara Alegría Hudes

February 7 – 23, 2020

An Iraq War veteran and former addict finds solace in an online chat room as he struggles to reconnect with his mother– herself a former heroin addict. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Water by the Spoonful is an uplifting and heartfelt meditation on broken lives, forgiveness, and the strength to carry on.


The Humphreys Foundation



"A complete and satisfying work…A quartet of wounded yet fiercely bright characters who are trying to stay sober communicate over the internet. Those who feel the web is a cold connection may change their opinion after they see the very hot limbo in which these characters live and interact…This is a very funny, warm, and, yes, uplifting play with characters that are vivid, vital, and who stay with you long after the play is over.—The Hartford Courant.

"Quiara Alegría Hudes is a blazing talent…Her new play, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, blazes with promise. Non-linear and fascinating, it is not easily followed but definitely worthy of both close attention and ultimate praise…Provocative and brimming with life.—Talkin' Broadway.

"All the characters in Quiara Alegría Hudes' compassionate follow-up to Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (a Pulitzer finalist) are seeking a kind of visa—one that will allow them to make it to a safe haven in a messed-up world. Everyone in the play is living day to day—or spoonful by spoonful, to echo Hudes' poignant metaphor—enabled, hindered, and supported by an ever-interrelated reach of family and friends. The play is a combination poem, prayer and app on how to cope in an age of uncertainty, speed and chaos. When cyber meets the real world, anger gives way to forgiveness and resistance becomes redemption; the heart of the play opens up and the waters flow freely." —Variety.




Elliot Ortiz is a young soldier, like his Pop was before him, like his Abuelo before that. But despite the things they share—their love of music, their love for each other, and their experiences of war—even when they desperately need to communicate, they just can’t seem to make it work.

This powerful portrait of a Puerto Rican military family by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award® nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful) is a breathtaking symphony of music, memories, and the things that mark our bodies…and our souls.

Houston audiences will have the rare opportunity to follow Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy playing concurrently. Main Street’s production of Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, Part I of the Trilogy, and Stages Repertory Theatre’s production of Water by the Spoonful, Part II, which open 1 day apart in February. The final installment of the trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last, will have a staged reading at Main Street Theater during the first week of March.


January 7-12, 2020

calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”Rolling Stone  tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. payingHELLO, DOLLY! is now touring America, breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this After ). The Washington Post) is “making people crazy happy!” (Vogue’ “gorgeous” new production ( Jerry ZaksDirector   says “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.”Los Angeles Timesis the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the HELLO, DOLLY! Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, 



Jan 28, 2020 - Feb 2, 2020
Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center / Sarofim Hall

The critically acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical The Band’s Visit is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history.  It is also a Grammy Award® winner for Best Musical Theater Album.

In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.

The cast of world-class performers is led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and the Broadway production, and Chilina Kennedy, known best for her historic run as Carole King in Broadway’s Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.

Age Recommendation: Recommended for ages 10+.

Run Time: 100 minutes (no intermission)

“IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE ANY MUSICAL EVER. It doesn’t sound like anything else you’ve heard. PERFECT is the wrong word for such an unusual musical, but it will just have to do.”
–New York Magazine

“An exquisitely peaceful musical. The Band’s Visit is one of those rare shows that has captured a bit of magic.”
–The Washington Post

“ONE OF THE MOST RAVISHING MUSICALS YOU WILL EVER BE SEDUCED BY. David Yazbek’s simmering score, which inflects Broadway balladry and character songs with a haunting Middle Eastern accent, feels as essential as oxygen.”
– The New York Times

“My favorite musical of the Year.”
– Wall Street Journal

“My favorite musical of the Decade.”




Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center
2019-2020 Season