UPDATE: Michele Norris, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered and founding director of The Peabody Award-winning Race Card Project, will moderate the Michelle Obama discussion.
Not to be outdone by her husband’s recent visit to Houston, former first lady Michelle Obama is poised to upstage the former president when she makes a highly anticipated stop in the Bayou City.
After a successful 2018 tour across 10 cities, Live Nation and Crown Publishing have announced new dates to Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama — including two Texas stops.
Obama will visit Houston Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Toyota Center after visiting Austin on Thursday, February 28 at Frank Erwin Center.
The public has been clamoring for tickets to Obama’s tour thanks to her wildly successful book. The former first lady’s memoir sold more than 2 million copies in all formats in North America in its first 15 days, according to Penguin Random House.
"I couldn't be more excited to visit even more cities across the country and around the world," says Obama in a statement. "I've been so humbled by the response to the tour thus far and the overwhelming interest we’ve received from so many communities we weren’t able to visit this year. That’s why I’m thrilled that we’re able to expand our conversations to these new settings and wider audiences. I can’t wait to continue the discussions that have been so meaningful for me and, I hope, for so many others.”
Attendees can expect frank reflections on the experiences and events that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her years spent at the most famous address in the world. Each stop will feature to-be-announced moderators who will appear in conversation with the former First Lady.
No word if the former first lady will dish on her sweet running joke with Former President George W. Bush, or her icy handshake with President Donald Trump.
In effort to get tickets into the hands of real fans, the North American events will utilize Ticketmaster's Verified Fan platform. Fans can register now through 8 pm Wednesday, December 12 CST for the Verified Fan presale. Registered fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets for the North American events before the general public on Friday, December 14, from 10 am local time to 10 pm.
Tickets for the new North American 2019 dates will go on sale to the general public beginning 10 am on Saturday, December 15 at BecomingMichelleObama.com. A limited number of VIP meet and greet packages with the former first lady will also be available.