Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), founded in 1968 by Frank M. Young, is Houston's acclaimed musical theatre production company. Since producing, directing and conducting TUTS' first production, Bells Are Ringing, Young guided the non-profit company to … show more
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), founded in 1968 by Frank M. Young, is Houston's acclaimed musical theatre production company. Since producing, directing and conducting TUTS' first production, Bells Are Ringing, Young guided the non-profit company to national prominence through 300 musicals. In 2006, Young assumed the new position of Founder/Producing Artistic Director and handed the President/CEO reins to John C. Breckenridge, who has been with TUTS since 1990, previously as Producer and Chief Operating Officer. Breckenridge and Young are continuing the distinguished leadership that brought TUTS to the first rank of American musical theatre companies, noted for its World Premieres and National Tours.
With the Walt Disney Company TUTS co-produced the pre-Broadway premiere of Beauty and the Beast in 1993. In 1995, with the Alley Theatre and The 5th Avenue Theatre of Seattle, TUTS mounted Jekyll & Hyde, which enjoyed a national tour before Broadway. Other TUTS premieres include James Michener's Sayonara, Phantom, Annie Warbucks, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Zorro: the Musical, Scrooge, Chaplin, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.
TUTS' international tours include Debbie Reynolds in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Juliet Prowse in Mame, Robert Goulet in Man of La Mancha, and the Tony Award-winning Carousel. Other guest stars include Debbie Allen, Linda Eder, Larry Gatlin, Eartha Kitt, Jane Powell, Tony Randall, John Schneider, Jean Stapleton, Leslie Uggams, Stefanie Powers, Tony Curtis, and Tommy Tune.
TUTS' name originates from its first venue, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, where TUTS has performed—free to the public—for 40 consecutive summers. It holds the all-time Miller attendance record of 91,000 for Grease. In 1972, TUTS started an indoor season at the downtown Music Hall. It now produces a subscription season of six musicals, plus the free Miller show.
With a grant from the Humphreys Foundation of Liberty, Texas, TUTS established the Humphreys School of...