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Jones Hall For The Performing Arts

615 Louisiana, Houston, TX, USA
Seats (approximate): 2745

On June 1, 1962, John T. Jones, Jr., the nephew of Jesse Holman Jones, announced that Houston Endowment, Incorporated, had offered to underwrite the construction costs for a performing arts hall in Houston. The Houston Endowment, a charitable foundation endowed by Jesse H. Jones and his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones, for the purpose of supporting charitable, educational, or religious undertakings, made possible the establishment of a permanent home for the Houston Symphony Orchestra,qv the Houston Grand Opera Association, and the Houston Ballet Foundation. The city council of Houston passed an ordinance accepting the offer made by John Jones on June 6, 1962, and, on December 4, 1962, the council passed an ordinance officially naming the prospective building the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. On January 10, 1964, groundbreaking for the building took place. On October 20, 1965, the cornerstone was laid, and on October 2, 1966, the building became the property of the city of Houston. In 1967 the American Institute of Architects awarded the facility its Honor Award. The site for the building was provided by the city, and the total construction cost was $7.4 million. The building occupied a full city block and consisted of a grand lobby decorated with sculpture by Richard Lippold, a minor lobby, and the main hall, which seated 2,912 and was renowned for its acoustics. A counter-weighted ceiling had panels that could be lowered to reduce seating capacity to 2,304. The stage measured fifty-five feet by 120 feet, the largest in the city in 1968. Other facilities included a room for performing artists to entertain friends and press, a rehearsal room, and offices for the administrative staff. Total space measured one million cubic feet. In the 1990s Jones Hall remained the resident performance hall for the Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts. Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Foundation moved to the Wortham Theater Center in 1987. In 1993 Jones Hall closed for several months to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility, which continued to be operated by the City of Houston Civic Center Department, was leased an average of 280 days a year.


Productions Production Dates
The Illusionists
Special, Original, Magic
Music by Evan Jolly
Jun 02, 2015 - Jun 06, 2015
Fela!
Musical, Original
Additional music by Aaron Johnson, Jordan McLean; Music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Book by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis; Additional lyrics by Jim Lewis; Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Jun 05, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012
Movin Out
Musical, Original, Dance
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Apr 19, 2005 - Apr 24, 2005
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 22, 2005 - Mar 27, 2005
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jul 09, 2002 - Aug 25, 2002
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Jun 05, 2002 - Jun 16, 2002
Contact
Musical, Original, Dance
Written by John Weidman
May 28, 2002 - Jun 02, 2002
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jan 22, 2002 - Jan 27, 2002
Cinderella
Musical, Original
Jul 24, 2001 - Jul 29, 2001
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Jan 23, 2001 - Jan 28, 2001
Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields; Revised book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Dec 19, 2000 - Dec 24, 2000
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 24, 2000 - Oct 29, 2000
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Aug 15, 2000 - Aug 20, 2000
Titanic
Musical, Original
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Jul 11, 2000 - Jul 23, 2000
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Jun 27, 2000 - Jul 09, 2000
Art
Play, Original
Music Composed by Gary Yershon; Written by Yasmina Reza
May 30, 2000 - Jun 04, 2000
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Apr 25, 2000 - Apr 30, 2000
Fosse
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance
Jan 19, 2000 - Jan 23, 2000
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Dec 21, 1999 - Dec 26, 1999
Ragtime - 1999
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Jul 31, 1999 - Aug 15, 1999
Footloose
Musical, Original
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
May 11, 1999 - May 16, 1999
Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk
Musical, Original, Dance, All Black Cast
Apr 27, 1999 - May 02, 1999
Sunset Boulevard - Second National
Musical, Original
Dec 22, 1998 - Dec 27, 1998
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Nov 03, 1998 - Nov 08, 1998
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Aug 04, 1998 - Aug 16, 1998
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 09, 1998 - Jul 18, 1998
The King and I - 1997
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Apr 07, 1998 - Apr 12, 1998
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Mar 03, 1998 - Mar 15, 1998
Big
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Shire; Book by John Weidman; Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Jan 27, 1998 - Feb 01, 1998
Show Boat
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jul 08, 1997 - Aug 03, 1997
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
May 27, 1997 - Jun 01, 1997
Master Class
Play, Original
Written by Terrence McNally
Mar 04, 1997 - Mar 09, 1997
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jan 14, 1997 - Jan 19, 1997
Deathtrap
Play, Revival, Comedy,Mystery,Thriller
Written by Ira Levin
Dec 24, 1996 - Dec 29, 1996
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Oct 15, 1996 - Oct 20, 1996
Aint Misbehavin
Musical, Revival, Revue
Apr 02, 1996 - Apr 07, 1996
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jan 09, 1996 - Jan 14, 1996
Laughter On The 23rd Floor
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Oct 17, 1995 - Oct 22, 1995
Miss Saigon - Second National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jul 15, 1995 - Sep 03, 1995
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jun 13, 1995 - Jun 18, 1995
The Sisters Rosensweig
Play, Original
Written by Wendy Wasserstein
May 02, 1995 - May 07, 1995
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Apr 11, 1995 - Apr 16, 1995
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Jan 17, 1995 - Jan 22, 1995
Crazy For You
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 15, 1994 - Nov 20, 1994
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 02, 1994 - Jul 17, 1994
The Who's Tommy
Musical, Original
Apr 05, 1994 - Apr 10, 1994
Evita - 1992
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Oct 12, 1993 - Oct 17, 1993
The Secret Garden
Musical, Original
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Jun 01, 1993 - Jun 06, 1993
Aspects Of Love
Musical, Original
Feb 23, 1993 - Feb 28, 1993
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Jan 19, 1993 - Jan 24, 1993
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Nov 24, 1992 - Nov 29, 1992
Once On This Island
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Lynn Ahrens; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Aug 25, 1992 - Aug 30, 1992
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 16, 1992 - Jun 21, 1992
City Of Angels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Jan 21, 1992 - Jan 26, 1992
Grand Hotel
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 16, 1991 - Apr 21, 1991
M. Butterfly
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Henry Hwang
Mar 05, 1991 - Mar 10, 1991
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jan 15, 1991 - Jan 20, 1991
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Aug 28, 1990 - Sep 02, 1990
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jul 03, 1990 - Jul 15, 1990
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Mar 27, 1990 - Apr 01, 1990
Into the Woods
Musical, Original, Comedy, Drama
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Jan 23, 1990 - Jan 28, 1990
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
May 30, 1989 - Jun 11, 1989
Me And My Girl
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 31, 1989 - Feb 05, 1989
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Aug 18, 1987 - Aug 30, 1987
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jun 02, 1987 - Jun 07, 1987