Wortham Center
Wortham Center
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This majestic theater houses the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera.
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CarrieAlex
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
I’ve been attending the Nutcracker at the Wortham for the past two decades. It is ridiculous enough that the audience is required to wear masks that do nothing to protect anyone from Covid; but the majority of the performers were required to wear them while on stage. Seriously, it was like watching a bunch of expressionless unics. Enough already. Catch up to the science and let’s move on.
Written December 17, 2021
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Caroline E
Houston, TX1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This did not feel like the Nutcracker, and it was frustratingly bizarre. My jaw dropped because of how silly the newly incorporated characters were. Mother Ginger is replaced by what I think was a car engine, there was a frog dancing like a stripper, the staging was 1/100th of how it previously was, and there were performers in full body, head to toe, leotards with spiky ice crowns. I can't imagine what the directors were aiming for. I would not recommend going, and I will not go back.
Written December 22, 2023
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APorter71
The Woodlands, TX5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
While the venue is a very nice one, this review is purely related to that of the Nutcracker Ballet itself. As a family who has attended this ballet 11 of the last 15 years, imagine our shock and horror after arriving and realizing that the ENTIRE performance had been changed since we last attended in 2015. We found this new performance to be hard to follow and lacking in the same classic qualities.

The newer set is one level instead of two, so when adding many more people on to the stage, it looked cluttered and often distracting much of the time. The new performance is also filled with random children coming onto the stage at different points for what seemed for no other purpose than “oohhh and ahhh” moments. There also is an obvious attempt for inclusiveness and political correctness in this new version, unnecessarily. I could go on and on, but in the end, you no longer feel like you are in a dreamlike state with Clara, drifting from 1 glorious scene to another. Instead, it’s a overstimulating smorgasbord. It even seemed like they drew inspiration from Game of Thrones, as some of the dancers with the Ice Princess resembled the Night King.

If you’ve never attended the previous performance, then you may enjoy this as you will have nothing to compare it to. However if you have, I can’t imagine that you’d feel much differently. Leaving the theatre, we overheard much of the same rhetoric from different groups, so I felt somewhat vindicated that I wasn’t being overly sensitive and nostalgic.

There was a sense of comfort and great joy by attending this year after year. This was a classic ballet that should NOT have been altered so completely. If they theater wanted to try some thing so extreme in contrast, they could have written a new ballet and left this beautiful classic alone. It really is a tragedy and sadly we will not attend another Nutcracker performance with the Houston Ballet again. It certainly was NOT worth the $500+ price tag for a family of 4.
Written December 1, 2019
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Rachel C
Oakland, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
Wortham Center is a wonderful theater for both the ballet and the opera! I've attended performances at the Wortham many times and always feel so welcome every time I get on that long ascending escalator up to the main floor. The Wortham has a modernity and simplicity that set it apart from other theaters. It is spacious and elegant though, a great place to go for a date, family outing, or fun times with friends.

Any seat in the Brown Theater is a good one. Balcony I and II seats are pretty high, but offer a nice view of the complex floor patterns the corps de ballet makes. I prefer the orchestra seats, as I like to be up close. All vantage points offer a unique and wonderful experience though. Take advantage of student or senior rush tickets. They are discounted tickets offered for most shows.

Last but not least, take advantage of the Masterson Green Room after the show. It's a beautiful green tinted room on the lower level of the Wortham. You can meet, talk to, and take pictures with the dancers after the show. It's a lovely way to cap off the evening!
Written May 26, 2014
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sdatex
Houston, TX488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012
My Mother & have enjoyed season tickets at the Wortham Center for the last 5 years. We always enjoy the ballet and the beautiful Wortham Center. We park in the underground parking ($7 cash) near the Wortham entrance and it's only a short walk away into the Center. Very convenient. Love going up the escalators with the gorgeous sculptures flanking either side. We often enjoy lunch at the buffet that is available if you come early. A little pricey, but good and convenient.
The first couple of years our seats were in the Balcony. The lower and more centered you are in those seats the better the view. Our seats our now in the Loge right on the railing and we love them. A perk of the Loge seats is that they will still seat you if you're running late. The only negative thing I would say is that there are not enough Women's bathrooms/stalls in the Center, but then again that's not uncommon wherever you go.
Written September 20, 2012
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Marilyn Z
Katy, TX35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
First I must say that the Wortham building reminds me of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This is a beautiful building. Very luxurious and the entire venue was breathtaking. The ushers were so accommodating and gracious. They helped us to our seats and new the the theater very well. The ballerinas were beautiful. The show was amazing. I had my two grandchildren with me. The theater was very crowded. They offered binocular and booster seat rental. Great idea. Kids loved it.
Written March 14, 2017
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Donna W
68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
We attend the Nutcracker every year for the past 12 years and we really enjoy it. This year is the new production of the Nutcracker and it was a AMAZING! So much better - and I really liked the previous production - but this fresh, more engaging, whimsical, and beautifully performed. They have a lot of children in the ballet and they are so so cute! A must see for the entire family. Highly recommend.

The Wortham is grand, especially for Christmas. The tree is spectacular along with the Gingerbread House. Seats are comfy. I prefer the Orchestra level. It is worth the money. Go see this show
Written November 28, 2016
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MsStarV21
Houston, TX89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
We attended the ballet here and were worried about which seats would be best, after arriving and looking around the Brown theater, almost any seat has to have a great view. And for those with little ones, they also rent booster seats should you need one. There is a variety of food/coffee/drinks offered inside, and they're spread out so you can still move about the area without having to squeeze past people. We've been to much bigger and more famous theaters that only have a couple options for drinks alone all packed together so that you have to push past people to get anywhere else. There were plenty of places to sit beforehand. There are a number of restaurants nearby that are all used to catering to the theater crowds and time constraints. We had no trouble parking on a weekday evening but could see it being difficult on weekend nights. Overall, a very nice experience and we definitely intend to go back.
Written December 20, 2013
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CPaM68
Texas686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We attended the Sunday afternoon ballet performance of the “Merry Widow” and had a great time. The sets and costumes were amazing as was the choreography and music. I’m not a ballet or dance type of person, but the dancers seemed very talented. The newly-renovated Wortham Center is a first-class performance hall. It is very accessible with nearby parking, reasonably priced admission, and is managed by an excellent staff. I disagree with another post that said the seats were uncomfortable with not enough legroom. I have attended performances (ballets, plays, operas) in various venues in Houston, New York, Paris, London, and Madrid, and I find the seating in the Wortham Center is more spacious than most. We have always sat on the lower level but would love to try the seats in the upper-level boxes. Give it a try and I think you will be surprised and glad you did. Earlier in the season, we saw “Robbins,” which was also very enjoyable and informative.
Written October 28, 2019
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Du-Ha Nguyen
Missouri City, TX19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
After Hurricane Harvey's flooding, this place has been transformed and screams ARTS as usually. It's still elegance and beauty.
Written July 30, 2019
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