There’s no doubt that Austin is abounding with creative, artistic individuals. Beyond the live music shows that we’re so well-known for, Austin is also home to a thriving performing arts scene. While it make take extra planning and prepping for us busy moms to get a night out at the theatre, it’s such a worthwhile and emotionally satisfying activity. So get out there! Take advantage of our city’s “culture of creativity”. Enjoy some singing, dancing, and storytelling that will move you, entertain you, and inspire you.
Children’s Theatre Roundup for August:
Wizard of Oz
George Washington Carver Museum – Boyd Vance Theater
Austin Summer Musical for Children presents the live musical theater version of the motion picture “Wizard of Oz.” Tickets for the show are available at the door 45 minutes before the show time.
Appropriate for all ages.
FREE! Must arrive 45 min. in advance to get tickets at the door.
Saturdays at 11am, 2pm, and 4pm, Sundays at 2pm and 4pm
The Long Center (Summer Stock Austin)
In a grey town made entirely of stones, where everyone is afraid of everything, a charming stranger arrives with nothing to fear. Will he inspire the citizens to take back their city and tear down their thousand foot wall? Will his new-found friend find the courage to use her power to bring the magical city back to life? This imaginative, high-energy, comedic re- telling of the classic folk tale uses an eclectic mix of rock/pop/folk and world music to create a fresh new musical.
Through August 9
$10, Aug. 2nd, 6th, 8th, and 9th at 10am, Aug. 3rd at 2pm
The Legends of Robin Hood
Austin Scottish Rite Theater
Hear ye! Hear ye! Directly from Sherwood Forest Faire, Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws are stirring up mischief at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The Legends of Robin Hood brings you heroes of Sherwood Forest outwitting the Sheriff of Nottingham in the original adventure story of Merry Olde England, with live music by Alan A Dale.
Tickets $7 for children, $10 for adults.
- Sat, Aug 16 – 11 AM, 1 PM
- Sun, Aug 17 – 2 PM, 4 PM
- Sat, Aug 23 – 11 AM, 1 PM
- Sun, Aug 24 – 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 7 PM
Austin Theatre Roundup for August:
Fiddler on the Roof
Trinity Street Theatre
To mark the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest musicals in history, Trinity Street Players and Austin Jewish Repertory Theater will come together to present Fiddler on the Roof. The story centers on a poor Russian milkman named Tevye who struggles as his daughters fall in love and attempts to maintain his family values and their Jewish religious traditions in a time of exceptional change. As ethnic violence and modern dreams threaten their community, faith, and traditions, Teyve clings to the security of his old-fashioned ways.
Saturdays and Thursdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM. Free Admission – RSVP for reservations
The Long Center (Summer Stock Austin)This sharp-edged satire, set in the roaring 20s, features a dazzling score that inspired immortal staging by Bob Fosse. The #1 longest-running american musical in Broadway history, Chicago has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. Featuring songs like All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle, you will be entertained with one show-stopping number after another.
Through August 10
Tickets $22 and up. 7:30pm (except Aug. 9th at 2pm)
The Long Center (Summer Stock Austin)
Footloose, the perfect summer musical, is packed with exhilarating dancing, vibrantly vintage 80s costumes, and a score filled with music that defined an era. Based on the film, which celebrates a 30th anniversay this year, Fooloose the musical features songs from the film itself: Footloose, Almost Paradise, Holding Out For A Hero, and Let’s Hear it for the Boy. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Through August 10
Tickets $22 and up. Showtimes vary from 2pm and 7:30pm.
The Buddy Holly Story
Georgetown Palace Theatre
On February 3rd, 1959, the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash at age 22. Now, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of his greatest hits including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy.
Through August 3rd
Tickets from $24 and up
The Who’s Tommy
The Who’s legendary rock opera explodes with hit songs like “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me” and “I’m Free.” Tommy falls down the rabbit hole into a ZACH-created rock-n-roll landscape where the “deaf, dumb and blind kid” encounters Uncle Ernie the Mad Hatter, his mother the White Queen, Cousin Kevin the Cheshire Cat, the Acid Red Queen, and his doctors Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum. This critically acclaimed, smash hit is a must-see theatrical journey where the entire theatre becomes a giant pinball machine!
Through August 24
Wed. – Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2:30pm, $25 and up
Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma!
Through August 16
Thursdays – Sundays, approx. 8:30pm, FREE
For details on parking, what’s permitted in the park, etc., click here.
Hyde Park Theatre
From acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Port Authority is the interconnected story of three generations: a young man falling for his female roommate; a middle-aged alcoholic in a great job he can’t handle; and a widower who receives a mysterious package.
Through August 9
Thu.-Sat., 8pm. Tickets from $20-22
Chanteuse in Concert
Presented by Austin Civic Players in various locations
“Chanteuse in Concert” is a concert version of the musical “Chanteuse”. The cast of three portrays Johanna Clarke and Darcy Bailey, two college friends from Texas, who are hired as folksingers in 1959, and Sydney Feldman, a coffee house owner and former blacklisted comic, who becomes their manager and father figure. Their careers and friendships diverge during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.
The “Chanteuse in Concert” Tour presents the musical at various venues in the Austin area. So far we have confirmed Star Co. Coffee House in Round Rock for July 19th, Recycled Reads in Austin for July 20th, Wake the Dead Coffeehouse in San Marcos for July 26th, Green Man Coffeehouse in Austin for August 1st and Kick Butt Coffee and Booze for August 2nd.
Through August 31