Following a wildly successful 2018 tour across 10 cities, former first lady Michelle Obama is making a stop in Austin in early 2019. On December 11, Live Nation and Crown Publishing announced new dates for Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama — including two Texas stops.
Obama will appear at the Frank Erwin Center on February 28, 2019. She will follow that with an appearance in Houston on March 2 at the Toyota Center.
The public has been clamoring for tickets to Obama’s tour thanks to her wildly successful book, Becoming. The anticipated 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 Obama, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an attorney balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her years spent at the most famous address in the world. Each stop will feature a to-be-announced moderator who will appear in conversation with the former first lady.
No word if Obama will dish on her sweet running joke with former President George W. Bush, or her icy handshake with President Donald Trump.
In an 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 Obama will also be available.