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THE HOBBY CENTER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES COVID-19 SAFETY POLICY EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1st

Updated September 3, 2021
The Hobby Center Foundation has announced updated health and safety policies effective October 1. These policies are based on the current information available

The following will be required for all Hobby Center event attendees beginning October 1, 2021:

All patrons ages 2 and older will be required to show either proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination, and photo identification. Patrons ages 18 and older must bring a photo ID that matches the name on the proof. Guests younger than age 18 without ID must be accompanied by an adult with proper identification. Test results and proof of vaccination must meet the following criteria:

Patrons must bring a printed copy of the negative COVID-19 test results which matches the patron’s photo I.D.

  • Both PCR tests and antigen tests are acceptable. The results must have been performed by a third party, such as a lab. At-home tests will not be accepted
  • A PCR test must be taken within 72 hours prior to attending the event. For example, if your event is on a Friday, the date of your test should be between Tuesday and Friday
  • Patrons who choose to take a rapid antigen test must obtain results within 6 hours of arrival. The results must have been performed by a third party, such as a lab. At-home tests will not be accepted

Patrons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 14 days after final dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) may bring proof of vaccination as a substitute for a negative COVID test result.

  • The final vaccination date must be 14 days or more, prior to performance date
  • Either the original vaccination card, a printed copy of the vaccination card, or a digital copy of the card, and a photo I.D. must be presented on arrival

Proof of a negative test result or proof of vaccination will be checked before entering the venue. Patrons are asked to allow extra arrival time for testing or vaccine verification. Late arriving patrons will be held outside the seating area for several minutes once the performance begins.

For more information and the entire press release, please click HERE

Click HERE for a letter from Hobby Center Foundation President and CEO Fran Macferran.

TOOTSIE TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 3 AT 10AM

First national tour of the Tony Award®-winning musical plays the Hobby Center November 16-21

Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center is pleased to announce the First National Tour of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, TOOTSIEwill be a part of Houston’s 2021-2022 Season. The hilarious hit TOOTSIE will play the Hobby Center November 16 – 21, 2021. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 3 at 10 AM.

Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone). Call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter). Call it TOOTSIE! This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Featuring a hilarious Tony®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony®-winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “a joyful delight” (The Washington Post) that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a jokebox musical!” (Bloomberg). “In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” raves Rolling Stone. “TOOTSIE is it!”

For more information and the entire press release, please click HERE

"MY FAIR LADY" TO PLAY THE HOBBY CENTER SEPT. 14-19

Tickets on sale now!!

Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center is pleased to announce that the North American tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY will be a part of Houston’s 2021-2022 Broadway season. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the North American tour will relaunch at the Hobby Center and play September 14 – 19, 2021. MY FAIR LADY tickets will go on sale Friday, July 30 at 10 AM.

For more information and the entire press release, please click HERE

THE PACK IS BACK!

PAW Patrol™ Live! “Race to the Rescue” Brings Family Fun to Houston

Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” an action-packed, music-filled production. The PAW Patrol are on a roll, returning in person and LIVE on stage! The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, will visit the Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall, December 29-31! Tickets for all 7 performances are on sale to the public Friday, August 13 and can be purchased at www.pawpatrollive.com or thehobbycenter.org

For more information and the entire press release, please click HERE

FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY

Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey & Phoebe are back and PIVOT-ing to the Hobby Center October 1-3

The Hobby Center Foundation is delighted to announce tickets for FRIENDS! The Musical Parody will go on sale on June 25 at 10 a.m. FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, the New York City Off-Broadway hit, will play the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall October 1-3

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the unauthorized comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The musical recreates our favorite moments from all 10years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp. FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY was created by Bob and Tobly McSmith.

For more information and the entire press release, please click HERE

BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER ANNOUNCES WICKED POSTPONEMENT

Broadway at the Hobby Center announces due to the continued effects of COVID on the touring Broadway industry WICKED will be rescheduled to May 31 – July 2, 2023. MY FAIR LADY is still currently scheduled to open the 2021-2022 Season, September 14-19, 2021.

WICKED ticket holders will be automatically moved to the rescheduled date(s), and contacted directly by Broadway at the Hobby Center via email with further information.

For more information and the entire press release, please click HERE

BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SEASON SCHEDULING UPDATES

Broadway at the Hobby Center announces that all shows, with the exception of two, have been rescheduled to the 2021-2022 season and additionally includes Disney’s FROZEN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and HAMILTON.

2020-2021 season subscribers will keep the same subscription seats for the 2021-2022 season including MY FAIR LADY, TOOTSIE, HADESTOWN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Disney’s FROZEN, and MEAN GIRLS. Subscribers will have priority access this spring to secure their same package seats for HAMILTON. Patrons will be notified when seats are available for purchase. If applicable, credits from previously canceled Broadway at the Hobby Center shows may be used towards HAMILTON tickets. While there may be additional unforeseen scheduling changes in the season, please know if any performances on the series are cancelled, subscribers will have the option to receive a credit, refund, or the ability to donate the value of their tickets. Individual show ticket sales will be announced at later dates.

My Fair Lady — September 14 - 19, 2021
Tootsie — November 16 - 21, 2021
Hadestown — January 4 - 9, 2022
Fiddler on the Roof — April 26 - May 1, 2022
Disney's Frozen — June 20 - July 17, 2022
Mean Girls — Aug 16 - 21, 2022
Hamilton (7-show package ADD-ON) — February 22 - March 20, 2022
Beautiful (Season Option) — June 3 - 5, 2022

For more information and the entire press release, please click HERE>

THEATRE UNDER THE STARS POSTPONES SEASON UNTIL OCTOBER 2021

"Homecoming Season" Will Run through May, 2022

The newly-dubbed “Homecoming Season” runs through April of 2022, ending with the national tour of Come From Away. Here’s the full line-up:

Rock of Ages — Oct. 5 through 17, 2021
Sister Act — Nov. 2 through 14, 2021
Disney’s The Little Mermaid — Dec. 7 through 24, 2021
South Pacific — Feb. 8 through 20, 2022
Come From Away — Mar 22 through Apr 3, 2022
Jersey Boys — May 10 through 22, 2022

HOUSTON'S HOSPITALITY COMMUNITY
LAUNCHES "HOUSTON CLEAN'

Community-Wide Standards & Protocols Establish Commitment to Health & Safety

The Houston Venues & Events Task Force along with the hospitality, tourism and transportation industries are committed to the health and safety of residents and visitors. As the area continues to safely reopen, industry partners have joined together to form Houston Clean, a campaign aimed to help guests easily identify safety measures in place to protect both patrons and associates.

Houston Clean (www.HoustonClean.com) unifies the individual efforts of businesses to present consistent operating guidelines to visitors. These guidelines serve as a baseline commitment to practice recommended health safety protocols in alignment with orders issued by federal, state and local officials, as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

For more information and the entire press release, please click HERE

HOBBY CENTER ACHIEVES GBAC STAR™
FACILITY ACCREDITATION

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts announced today that the venue has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Hobby Center has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility.

As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that the Hobby Center implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

The Hobby Center becomes just the third performing arts center in the nation and first in Texas to achieve this accreditation.

For more information and the entire press release, please click HERE