Music & Theater
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If you’re looking for a fun alternative to the same old movie theater outing – whether with friends or family – take a look at our music & theater options. This area is full of exciting things to do, including theatrical productions and musicals.

Check out our venues below and add some magic to your days. Each listing includes a more detailed description of the venue and the events they host, as well as their name, address, phone number, website, and driving directions.
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

(512) 457-5550

310 W Willie Nelson Blvd
Austin, TX 78701   Directions Website

Pick up tickets to Austin City Limits, a nationally broadcast show taped each week at the University of Texas. The broadcast began in 1976 to showcase Texas music. Tickets are distributed via online on a first-come, first-served basis. The Moody Theater serves as the new home for the taping of the acclaimed KLRU-TV produced PBS series.

Austin Opera
Austin Opera

(512) 472-5992

3009 Industrial Terrace Ste 100 Ste 100
Austin, TX 78758   Directions Website

Austin Opera invites you to fall in love with an art form as adventurous and spirited as Austin itself. Discover the transformational power of live music and experience epic opera, locally grown with blockbuster productions of opera’s most beloved stories. The main stage performances take place at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Austin Playhouse
Austin Playhouse

(512) 476-0084

405 W 22nd St
Austin, TX 78705   Directions Website

Experience regional theater at its finest at the Austin Playhouse. Classics like "The 39 Steps" and children-friendly plays offer entertainment for everyone.

Austin Scottish Rite Theater
Austin Scottish Rite Theater

(512) 472-5436

207 W 18th St
Austin, TX 78701   Directions Website

The Scottish Rite Children's Theatre is Austin's oldest surviving live theater venue, built in 1869 as a German opera house and purchased by the Freemasons in the early 1900s. In the tradition of historic theaters, period costumes and hand-painted backdrops from the late 1800s are still used today in many of the high-quality productions.

The original plays are adapted from well-known children's fairytales and stories, with a modern twist on the tales, which are written to be interactive with the children in the audience and include positive life lessons. Throughout each play, children are encouraged to help the hero defeat the villain and participate in the fun.

The Scottish Rite Children's Theatre seating includes a special reserved area at the front of the stage, where children can sit on carpet squares and interact with the actors if they wish. The actors also mingle with the theater-goers after the shows, signing autographs and posing for pictures with the children.

Hyde Park Theater
Hyde Park Theater

(512) 479-7529

511 W 43rd St
Austin, TX 78751   Directions Website

Hyde Park Theatre is a critically acclaimed theater and production group in Austin, winning rave reviews from theater-goers and critics alike. The theater presents alternative productions and mines talent primarily from the Southwest while showcasing nationally acclaimed playwrights as well. Performances also include classical alternative-theater productions that are still relevant today.

Part of the theater's appeal is its intimacy: The venue seats 90 guests, and often patrons feel as if they are an integral part of the performance. Accolades include dozens of Critic's Table Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Drama and Outstanding Production of a Comedy. Also, the group has won several B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Comedy.

Founded in 1992, Hyde Park Theatre also produces FronteraFest, a five-week fringe theater festival that features more than 800 local and national artists annually.

Mary Moody Northen Theatre -  St. Edward’s University
Mary Moody Northen Theatre - St. Edward’s University

(512) 448-8484

3001 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704   Directions Website

Mary Moody Northern Theatre is an exciting part of the professional theater program at St. Edward's University, a private Catholic college in downtown Austin. The casual theater hosts approximately six plays every year. Students and professional actors work together in the productions. Plays run the gamut, from Moliere to Rogers & Hammerstein. Productions in the Mary Moody Northern Theatre consistently win awards from the local arts community.

Each year Austin Shakespeare teams up with St. Edwards to bring the comprehensive, two-week workshop for high school and middle school actors. The workshop participants stage a performance each year at the Mary Moody Northern Theatre.

Pollyanna Theatre Company
Pollyanna Theatre Company

(512) 743-7966

Austin, TX 78704
Website

Watch children's theater at its finest with the Pollyanna Theatre Company. The award-winning entertainment is meant to inspire, teach and engage children in the art of live performance. A resident playwright produces original plays, including fairytales with a twist. Performances held at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The touring company has won numerous B. Iden Payne Awards for Children's Theatre, including best director, best actor and actress, and best costume design.

Texas Performing Arts
Texas Performing Arts

(512) 471-2787

2350 Robert Dedman Dr
Austin, TX 78712   Directions Website

Texas Performing Arts has brought international performances in music, theater, dance and stage to the University of Texas since 1981. Large-scale touring Broadway productions and concert attractions are also open to the public and round out the Performing Arts schedule year after year.

The arts presenter brings performances to all six of the university's different venues, most notably the Bass Concert Hall. The 3,000-seat theater hosted Texas Performing Arts first presentation, which was the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Since then, a wide selection of talented performers from around the wold has graced the stage, including Ella Fitzgerald, Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Royal Ballet of London, Carol Burnett, Cary Grant, Victor Borge and Marcel Marceau.

The Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre

(512) 472-5470

713 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701   Directions Website

Take your wildest pick of film festivals, comedy, drama, dance concerts and parties and make history alongside so many others at The Paramount Theatre, a live venue/movie theatre located in Downtown Austin with an impressive classical revival style structure built in 1915. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places and it lives up to this enduring honor.

It’s truly remarkable that Austin’s original performing arts venue has stood the test of time and stands as a testament to how important the venue is to the community and the cultural landscape that makes Austin unique. Once you’re here you will enter a 100-year old space that wraps itself around you, making you feel welcome, timeless and inclusive, playing host to a wide variety of acts ranging from vaudeville, musicals, legitimate theatre and movies.

ZACH Theatre
ZACH Theatre

(512) 476-0541

202 S Lamar St
Austin, TX 78704   Directions Website

The ZACH Theatre has been called "The city's liveliest and most polished professional theater" by the Austin American-Statesman. The theater is actually Texas' longest running theater company, a testament to the quality, vibrancy and excitement of each production.

Local thespians from the extremely talented pool of Austin-area actors covet roles at the venue. Artists from across the country have vied for roles at the ZACH Theatre. It is truly a testament to the city's unwavering support of the arts and especially live theater.

ZACH Theatre has earned recognition and accolades from influential organizations, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The New York Times as well as numerous theatrical awards.

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