Casa Mañana originally opened in 1936 as a magnificent outdoor amphitheater that was built by impresario Billy Rose as the part of the Texas Centennial Celebration. The amphitheater closed forever after a 100-day run, due to cost overruns and the looming threat of World War II. In 1958, a new Casa Mañana opened in the same location, this time as a fully enclosed, air-conditioned, domed theatre-in-the round. Then, in 2003, the theatre was renovated and reopened with a modified thrust stage configuration. Casa offers Broadway musicals, children’s shows, and special events. In 1998, it began producing national touring shows at the newly opened Bass Performance Hall in addition to presenting its own shows there. Sample fare includes Rent, The Fantasticks, Damn Yankees, Avenue Q, and Annie Jr. (MP)
Casa Mañana Information
- Public Transportation: Good (steps from The T bus 7 at West Lancaster Avenue/University Drive; and a 6-minute walk from buses 2, 10, and 57 at West 7th Street/University Drive)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: 4 Broadway Series shows, and 5 Children’s Theatre shows per season with multiple performances of each
- Ticket Prices: $40–$70 for Broadway Series and $16–$25 for Children’s Theatre depending on show and seat selection. Select Friday Preview Nights ($10) are open to Students/Faculty/Staff and include a talkback with the cast and director following the show
- Subscriptions: Broadway Series ($120–$220) with prices varying by seat selection. Children’s Theater ($64.50–$84.50) depending on date and seat selection.