Theater LaB Houston makes a theatrical move to MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston) this fall with the start of its 23rd season of major Houston premieres.
The new season, which opens November 4 with the one-man musical, From Broadway to Obscurity, promises to be TLH’s biggest and best to date. As always, it will introduce Houston audiences to an outstanding array of theatrical productions that are exciting, bold, contemporary and not to be missed.
Dreams collide in this hilariously revealing and high-energy musical confessional from Jersey Boys’ Eric Gutman who, at the peak of his career, moved back to his hometown to raise his daughters. Having performed over 1100 times (and to 1.3 million people) with the national touring and Broadway companies of Jersey Boys, Gutman played six different roles, including three of the Four Seasons.
A consummate theater and singing professional Gutman shares his backstage stories, audience anecdotes and how he felt during the ups and downs of his career. He intimately details the rocky road to “making it,” and sweating bullets auditioning face to face with Frankie Valli himself.
The show, which runs November 4-8, is packed with well-known and great songs from on and off Broadway, dead-on celebrity impressions and a heart-warming script as Gutman takes the audience on his musical journey from Broadway star to suburbia dad.
More Shows in November
Next on the intimate stage will be Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany.
The show is an adaptation of the acclaimed autobiography of Eleanor Ramrath Garner’s youth – adapted by her grand-daughter, Ingrid Garner. It is the true tale of an American girl trapped in Nazi Germany. It runs from November 11-15.
Also on stage in November is the regional premiere of The Twentieth-Century Man by Tom Jacobson. Based on an obscure anecdote from Los Angeles gay history, the play first appeared in New York City as part of the 2010 New York Fringe Festival. It runs from November 18-22.
History and Mission
Theater LaB Houston was founded in November 1991, as a new professional, non-profit theater. Its mission is to produce and stage the very best in contemporary plays from nationally and internationally renowned playwrights and guest artists performing their original and unique productions. The theater’s founding purpose was and still is to mount dramas, musicals and comedies that take audiences on an adventure as they explore the human condition and the major issues of our times.
From 1993 through 2012 Theater LaB Houston performed at 1706 Alamo in the historic First Ward. In November 2013, TLH partnered with Obsidian Art Space to produce the 2013-2015 season productions at 3522 White Oak Blvd.
Season tickets are now available and can be ordered at www.thelabhou.org/.