Houston audiences will get the chance to experience “theatrical magic” in the powerful production of WAR HORSE, winner of five 2011 Tony Awards including Best Play, coming to the Hobby Center in the Gexa Energy Broadway series on May 27.
WAR HORSE, based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel by the same name, was also the inspiration for Steven Speilberg’s feature film which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
This production is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.
In addition to Best Play, WAR HORSE received Tony® Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.
WAR HORSE received its World Premiere in a limited engagement at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to the National Theatre for a second run playing from in 2008-2009 before transferring to the West End’s New London Theatre in Spring 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run. The American premiere was in spring 2011 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center.
The show has been seen by over four million people worldwide and is currently playing in London’s West End, in Australia and on the North American Tour. This autumn, a German version of the play entitled GEFAHRTEN opens in Berlin and WAR HORSE begins a major tour of the UK and Ireland.
Tickets are available by calling (800) 982-ARTS, going online at www.BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or www.TheHobbyCenter.org. Ticket prices start at $30. For groups of 10 or more, call (888)451-5986 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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