Take in virtual or live performances this spring with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions happening online and in-person in June 2021.
Houston’s performing arts community is nothing if not resilient. Over the past year, many performance companies have begun offering virtual events as they begin to transition back to in-person and on-stage productions this summer.
We’ve gathered many types of performances you can see this month, including some that offer virtual options in addition to their in-person presentations.
Top 9 Performing Arts Events in Houston: June 2021
- AD Players presents No One Owns Me Streaming Online | Ends Sunday, June 13 | FREE | Virtual – Part of the Metzler New Works Festival, this stirring play is the story of Macy, who has dreams of being a singer-songwriter but instead finds herself caught up in the world of human trafficking. This play contains mature themes and may not be recommended for ages under 13. Free, with registration.
- Mildred’s Umbrella presents FEMFEST Houston: Virus Edition Online | Ends Thursday, June 24 | FREE | Virtual – Two play readings inspired by the pandemic close out the theatre company’s annual festival, giving voice to new plays by women. Sitting and Talking (Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 13) tells the story of two 60-somethings who enter the world of online dating, while HiTouch (Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 24) tells the story of Beryl, a touch specialist who helps people supplant the desire for physical touch with virtual touch, examining what society gains with the absence of physical intimacy. Free, with registration.
- Alley Theatre presents Choosing Love Streaming Online | Ends Sunday, July 4 | FREE | Virtual – What happens when a man steps out of the pouring rain and into a psychic’s shop? An encounter that may or may not change his life. Free, with registration.
- Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents Hope Stone Dance’s Rule #4: Don’t Walk on the Sidewalk Screening | Thursday, June 10 | FREE – Filmed at CAMH in November 2020, this screening showcases Hope Stone’s gorgeous choreography that features five women, alone in their sitting rooms, reconciling with themselves and what they yearn for. Seating is limited and RSVP is required. 6:30pm.
- Houston Symphony presents Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday, June 10 & Saturday, June 12 | FREE | Virtual Option – Featuring the orchestra’s string section and led by conductor Yue Bao, Thursday’s concert includes works by Strauss, Valerie Coleman, and Dukas; while Saturday night features Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets, along with renditions of Mozart, Elgar, and works by contemporary composers. A livestream of the performance will be available on Miller Outdoor’s YouTube. Seating in the covered area requires free tickets that can be ordered online. Seating on the hill is free and does not require ticketing. 8:30pm.
- Music Box Theater presents 10 Year Anniversary Show | Select dates from Saturday, June 12 through Saturday, August 14 – Celebrating both the re-opening of its cozy Colquitt Street home and its 10th anniversary, this cabaret features a musical tribute to favorite songs and funny moments from the last decade. Seating is limited to 60% capacity. General admission is $35; $48 for reserved seating. Performances at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 2pm on select Sundays.
- Stages presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill | Friday, June 18 through Sunday, July 18 | Virtual Option – Billie Holiday is at the end of her career, performing at a Philadelphia dive bar and sharing stories about her iconic life. This knock-out Tony winner includes more than a dozen Billie Holiday hits like “Crazy He Calls Me,” “Easy Living, ” and “Strange Fruit.” Livestream is available via Overture+. Tickets start at $25. Times vary.
- Miller Outdoor Theatre presents An Evening with Christina Wells | Friday, June 25 | FREE | Virtual Option – Houston-native Christina Wells shot to national attention as a semifinalist on America’s Got Talent. Hear her share her stories and songs in this concert, which she calls her “love letter to Houston.” A livestream of the performance will be available on Miller Outdoor’s YouTube. Seating in the covered area requires free tickets that can be ordered online. Seating on the hill is free and does not require ticketing. 8:30pm.
- Miller Outdoor Theatre presents Keeping the Music Alive: The Ernest Walker Band | Saturday, June 26 | FREE | Virtual Option – In honor of Black Music Month, this performance showcases the sizzling sounds of R&B and hip-hop legends, including songs by Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., and more. A livestream of the performance will be available on Miller Outdoor’s YouTube. Seating in the covered area requires free tickets that can be ordered online. Seating on the hill is free and does not require ticketing. 8:30pm.