Just For Fun
Just For Fun Series
Houston is a city that takes “just for fun” to the next level. At Society for the Performing Arts, our Just For Fun Series lives up to that expectation. Whether it’s a family night out, date night, girls night, or taking in a performance alone, this series is all about letting go and just having fun!
The 2017-2018 Just For Fun Series is comprised of 4 shows. Beloved writer and New York Times Best-Selling author, David Sedaris, will be back in Houston to present his new book! Country-music fans will kick off the holiday season with A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas. Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit KINKY BOOTS is inspired by a true story that will uplift Houston with its award-winning soundtrack. Houston will be alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC as it delights audiences of all ages this summer. Finally, Penn & Teller will close the series with a show that is both hilarious and magical.
A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas
Wynonna Judd —along with her band, The Big Noise— will bring “A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas” to Jones Hall. The show will feature incomparable musical arrangements from The Big Noise, putting Wynonna’s voice front and center for what promises to be a truly memorable evening of music and holiday magic. Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning a remarkable 33-year career. Charting countless singles, including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”
December 7, 2017
Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit that will step into hearts of Houston. With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon, Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots will take you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out.
January 19, 2018
Seven Things I’ve Learned – An Evening with Ira Glass
Ira Glass brings an all-new show to Houston! Go behind the scenes of the public radio broadcast, This American Life, with its incredibly talented host, Ira Glass. He is also the creative producer of the show, contributing much more than just his distinct and entirely unusual radio voice. Glass is returning to demonstrate the creative processes in making the show, dissecting raw materials such as monologues, interviews, and recorded events to craft compelling narratives with careful editing and music. Come and see the creative wonders behind the radio show that is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners.
May 12, 2018
The Sound of Music
The Hills Are Alive! A brand-new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Jones Hall. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.
June 1, 2018
Penn & Teller
For over 40 years Penn & Teller have defied labels—and at times physics and good taste– by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy.
With sold out runs on Broadway, world tours, Emmy-winning TV specials, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and hundreds of outrageous appearances on everything from Fallon to Friends, The Simpsons to Colbert, Modern Family to Top Chef, comedy’s most enduring team show no signs of slowing down.
With an amazing eight wins as “Las Vegas Magicians of the Year,” their 16-year run at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino makes them the longest running and one of the most-beloved headline acts in Las Vegas history, outselling every other resident magician on The Strip.
Their acclaimed Showtime series, Penn & Teller: BS! was nominated for 13 Emmys and was the longest-running series in the history of the network. The show tackled the fakes and frauds behind such topics as alien abduction, psychics and bottled water.
June 8, 2018