Andrew Lloyd Webber's megahit musical about a disfigured genius obsessed with a beautiful soprano returns in a new tour, featuring new direction and new production design. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Broadway at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby; $50-$170; 800-982-2787, BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org.
Mark Schultz's tragicomic play centers on a teenage girl who reacts to her mother's death by lapsing into a fantasy world ruled by her obsession with beauty, sexual desirability and Helen of Troy. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 5; Catastrophic Theatre, 1119 Interstate 10 E.; pay-what-you-can admission; 713-522-2723, catastrophictheatre.com.
Stepp Stewart's musical takes two children on a magical journey through favorite holiday songs, as done by several generations of pop artists. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30; Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main; 713-520-0055, ensemblehouston.com.
Stage adaptation of Frank Capra's classic film about a man who gets to see what the world would be like if (as he wished in a moment of crisis) he hadn't been born. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 20; $23; Houston Family Arts Center, 10760 Grant; 281-587-6100, houstonfac.com.