The sounds of Broadway come to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for the Houston Symphony’s Broadway Showstoppers Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
Show-stopping numbers from the latest generation of Broadway musicals such as Wicked and Mamma Mia, along with selections from such high-energy shows as The Lion King and Hairspray, take the audience on a musical journey to modern-day Broadway. This concert will have you toe-tapping and dancing in the aisles.
The evening opens with rockin’ hits including Medley from Jesus Christ Superstar, “A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)” from The Wiz, “Good Morning, Baltimore” from Hairspray, “Circle of Life” from The Lion King and Medley from Mamma Mia. Keeping the beat going are “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray, Overture/Pinball Wizard from The Who’s Tommy, “Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)” from Jesus Christ Superstar and “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. Wrapping up the concert are “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls and “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera.
Joining the Houston Symphony are acclaimed Broadway stars performing the iconic roles for which they are famous, including Julia Murney (Wicked), Capathia Jenkins (Caroline, or Change and The Look of Love), Hugh Panaro (The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables) and Robert Evan (Jekyll & Hyde and Les Miserables).
Also joining the Houston Symphony is the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, one of the most visible faces of diversity in the Houston area since it was founded 30 years ago. Members are from all backgrounds, income levels and vocations. The Chorus strives to promote a positive sense of community through the music they sing.
Venture “Off Broadway” to the North Plaza for pre-concert activities sponsored by Fidelity Investments and Market Street-The Woodlands starting at 7 p.m. Kicking off the evening is Class Act Productions’ Act One performing on the Side Stage from 7-7:45 p.m. Visit The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo, Woodlands Online, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests also can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House,” and participant in Fidelity’s Seat Exchange and Text to Win with Market Street-The Woodlands. All pre-concert festivities are free to anyone attending the performances.
Tickets to Broadway Showstoppers are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free and tickets are not required. Orchestra tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, select FYE, H-E-B, and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Box Office. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2010 season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Donoho’s Jewellers, Audi of America, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, Houston Community Newspapers, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.
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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Center is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.