Top Things To Do This Weekend: April 24–26

Featuring Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Wilco and Sweeney Todd.

By Michael Hardy April 22, 2015


Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

The duo—ages 88 and 29, respectively—may be an odd couple, but their album of jazz duets, Cheek to Cheek, won a Grammy and debuted atop the Billboard 200 last September, thanks in part to a live concert on PBS’s Great Performances. Now they’ve hit the road, this month bringing their unlikely but very real chemistry to The Woodlands.

April 24 at 8. $39.50–199.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 281-364-3024. woodlandscenter.org


Ever since its formation in 1994 by former members of the alternative country group Uncle Tupelo, Wilco has tiptoed between indie credibility and mainstream stardom, scoring its greatest success with 2002’s experimental album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, arguably one of the best of the century thus far. Led by singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy, the group remains one of the standard bearers for indie music amidst the rise of EDM and its various offshoots. 

April 23 (Thursday) at 8. $42.49–64.12. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. 800-653-8000. livenation.com


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The fictional character of Sweeney Todd, a murderous, vengeful barber, first appeared in the otherwise-forgotten Victorian penny dreadful The String of Pearls. Quickly capturing the English imagination, the character became a kind of folk anti-hero, making appearances in countless plays, musical works, and later television and film programs. Today, he’s most famous for this Tony Award–winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, which inspired Tim Burton’s 2007 film.

April 24–May 9. $18–370. Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-228-6737. houstongrandopera.org


Dominic Marsh and Hannah Vasallo in Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult

Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult

This ancient Celtic legend tells the story of a Cornish knight entrusted by his uncle, the king, to fetch a wife—an Irish prisoner of war—for the monarch. Instead, the knight falls in love with the woman, with predictably dire consequences. Over the years, the legend has inspired works ranging from the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere to one of Wagner’s greatest operas. Now comes innovative British theater troupe Kneehigh, whose own modernized adaptation, a mélange of comedy and pathos, has won rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. 

April 24–May 24. $26–86. Wortham Theater, University of Houston, 4116 Elgin St. 713-220-5700. alleytheatre.org

Classical Music

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

When veteran music composer Marvin Hamlisch died in 2012, he left behind an almost unparalleled legacy, having won four Grammys, four Emmys, three Oscars and a Tony—he's one of only twelve people to have ever earned the coveted EGOT. Perhaps best known for writing the music for A Chorus Line, Hamlisch also composed the scores for over 40 films, including The Way We Were, Sophie's Choice and The Sting. For this tribute concert, the Houston Symphony has enlisted the help of vocalist Marissa McGowan and chorus members from Theatre Under The Stars, all under the direction of Jack Everly. 

April 24–26. $25–134. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-4240. houstonsymphony.org

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