Theatre Under the Stars


 

The TUTS Spotlight Series began in 2018 as a free event that takes you behind the scenes of our productions. These free, public discussions provide unique opportunities to meet, and hear from, the cast and creative teams.

Facing the challenges presented by COVID-19, TUTS has initiated a virtual path to connect with our community, while continuing the tradition of allowing our audience a sneak peak at the magic being made behind-the-curtain. We are pleased to announce the TUTS Spotlight Webcast and the TUTS Spotlight Podcast.

Following the same vein as the Spotlight Series, we’re pleased to announce the TUTS Spotlight Webcast and the TUTS Spotlight Podcast.

The TUTS Spotlight Webcast introduces our viewers to a diverse group of artists, creators, innovators and industry experts in the theatre arts world. Airing live on the TUTS Facebook page, this ongoing episodic series gives you a chance to hear from, and ask questions of, the heavy hitters of the arts world.

Upcoming Episodes

Episode 5: “And The Tony Goes To…”
James Lapine, of course. He’s taken home not one, or two, but three Tony Awards in his illustrious career for Into the Woods, Falsettos and Sunday in the Park with George — for which he also won a Pulitzer. James is an American legend, a stage director, playwright, screenwriter, librettist and frequent collaborator with Stephen Sondheim.

Join us for a conversation with James about his incredible career to Broadway stardom.

Wednesday, October 14, at 6:00pm (CST)

Guests:
James Lapine, Tony-Award-winning Director, Librettist and Playwright

Hosted by Dan Knechtges, TUTS Artistic Director

Episode 6: “Dressing Them Up”
Colleen Grady starts with a conceptual sketch that soon morphs into dazzling costumes that keep audiences in awe. Our house costume designer breaks down what it takes to go from page to stage when dressing up the stars of TUTS.

Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00pm (CST)

Guests:
Colleen Grady
Sandy Keslar
Jimmy Wead

Hosted by Israel Jimenez, TUTS Director of Community Engagement

Episode 7: “Connecting Communities”
TUTS connects communities in Houston with programming that culminates in an epic musical production at Outdoor Miller Theatre each year. Find out how this connects us to an international community that works to transform lives.

Wednesday, November 4, at 6:00pm (CST)

Guests:
Monica Roberts, Director of Professional Development and Education, Dress for Success Houston
Laurie Woolery, Director of Public Works, The Public
Ouly Niang, Teaching Artist

Hosted by Israel Jimenez, TUTS Director of Community Engagement

Episode 8: “Under The Sea”
The musical adaptation of Disney’s 1989 film is here at TUTS just in time for the holidays! Get to know the artists that are part of TUTS’ awaited return to the stage and hear selections of your favorite songs from this unforgettable production.

Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00pm (CST)

Guests:
TBD

Hosted by Israel Jimenez, TUTS Director of Community Engagement

Episode 9: “You Got The Part”
What does a casting director look for when casting the next big theatre star? A look into the complex world of casting a musical theatre mainstage with TUTS’ own resident casting director, Megan Larche Dominick.

Wednesday, December 9, at 6:00pm (CST)

Guests:
Megan Larche Dominick
Victor Vazquez

Hosted by Israel Jimenez, TUTS Director of Community Engagement


Check out previous episodes of the Spotlight Webcast here.

The TUTS Spotlight Podcast invites you to join us for a listening party as we explore the TUTS vault of cast recordings. Each episode will feature a different Original Broadway Cast recording – from classic musicals to modern hits – and even the totally obscure. We’ll talk about the creation of these shows and the stories behind the music.

Plus, each episode will feature a signature cocktail to enjoy during the journey.

The Spotlight Podcast launches September 9 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to podcasts.