Putting It Together
Think of it as Stephen Sondheim’s greatest hits—this 1999 musical revue squeezes dozens of the songwriter’s most beloved numbers into a single evening of entertainment. The show begins at a Manhattan penthouse party, which the guests proceed to transform into the backdrop for Sondheim classics like “The Ladies Who Lunch” (Company), “Putting It Together” (Sunday in the Park with George), and “Pretty Women” (Sweeney Todd).
Jan 8–Feb 1. $35–39. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd. 713-524-6706. mainstreettheater.com
Diavolo: Architecture in Motion
Founded by Cirque du Soleil alumnus Jacques Heim, Diavolo is a Los Angeles–based dance company that combines dance and gymnastics for an immersive experience that pushes the boundaries of the human body. For its Houston performance, the company presents a piece called Fluid Infinities, originally created for the Hollywood Bowl, which is choreographed to Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 3 and features dancers cavorting on and around a moon-like dome. See our full story here.
Jan 9 at 8. $28–78. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. spahouston.org
Myths and Legends
Musiqa showcases two Houston classical music composers in this one-night-only concert, which includes the world premieres of Rice University professor Anthony Brandt’s chamber opera Ulysses, Home (with a libretto by Neena Beber) and Karim Al-Zand’s new score to German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger’s 1922 silent animated film Aschenputtel (Cinderella).
Jan 10 at 7:30. $20–40. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2525. musiqahouston.org
The Crimson Prince of Venice
The orchestra teams up with composer/arranger Denis Plante—the brother of Mercury artistic director Antoine Plante—for a world premiere multimedia concert that uses the music of Vivaldi and Paganini to tell an original story called The Crimson Prince of Venice.
Jan 10 at 8. $18–65. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-533-0080. mercuryhouston.org
Later in the Week
The Korean-American Lee broke through in 1995 with his debut novel Native Speaker, a powerful examination of the American immigrant experience. His fifth and latest novel, On Such a Full Sea, is set in a dystopian future where urban neighborhoods have become labor colonies ringed by gated “charter villages.” (Come to think of it, that doesn’t sound so far-fetched.)
Jan 14 (Wednesday) at 7. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713-523-0701. brazosbookstore.com