Inspired by New York’s City Center Encores, Bayou City Concert Musicals produces unabridged concert stagings of under-performed musicals for Houston audiences, while casting local professional actors and musicians in the performances. The concert musical form is unique, and BCCM is the only theatre group in Houston to perform exclusively in this concert musical format. We perform award-winning classic musicals that were produced on Broadway from the 1940s to the 1980s.
At a BCCM concert musical, audience members see a fully-staged and choreographed production of the original script. All performers are costumed and off-book. There are no elaborate sets. Chairs and small tables (and maybe an occasional ladder) simulate the settings with no loss of enjoyment by the audience. A full orchestra playing the original orchestrations is positioned on the stage behind the actors.
BCCM’s annual concert musical is performed at the Heinen Theatre on the central campus of the Houston Community College. The historic Heinen, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is a jewel of a theatre. Originally a synagogue, the Heinen accommodates 300 with exceptional sight lines and comfortable seats.
Audience members must use their imagination to “fill in” the scenery. This format allows the story, the music and the performances to shine. Many BCCM patrons have reported that they didn’t miss the sets; in fact, they found themselves even more drawn into the substance of the work.
Proceeds from the annual concert musical go to small local charities, usually those that support the local arts community. Currently, BCCM is supporting the Tim Harris Memorial Fund, a philanthropic arm of the Houston Professional Musicians Association. The Tim Harris Fund provides financial resources to local musicians who have suffered catastrophic illness or injury.
BCCM also presents two cabarets each year, one in February and another in May. Each cabaret is presented on three consecutive Monday evenings. The cabarets are performed at The Performance Centre at The Ensemble Theatre.
Each cabaret focuses on the music of a specific American composer.
BCCM is committed to casting only local Houston talent for both the concert musical and the cabarets. The talent pool in this city is exceptional, but local performers have little opportunity to perform in the masterworks of the American musical stage. BCCM provides that opportunity.