Places! July 24-30, 2014

Here are some of the performing arts events opening on local stages this week. Plus, the list of last-chance shows.

published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Every week in Places!, TheaterJones rounds up the weekend and coming week for theater, music, opera, dance and comedy performances that are opening/happening on North Texas stages.

This week is all about musicals! In fact, the Weekend Top 5 is all musicals, and you'll find more listed as opening this weekend and throughout the week—including movie musicals. Don't miss the week's two big musical area premieres—Dogfight at WaterTower Theatre and The Boy from Oz at Uptown Players—and the world premiere of Broken: The Musical.

Click on the slideshow icon in the floating menu at bottom left of your screen, and you'll see photos from some of these productions and events.





Photo: Mike Morgan
Alex Ross stars in The Boy from Oz at Uptown Players


1. WaterTower Theatre has not only the area premiere of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's musical Dogfight, but it's the first professional production outside of New York. Previews are July 25-27, opening is July 28, running through Aug. 17.

The show won the prestigious 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical! Set on the eve of the Kennedy assassination on November 21, 1963, Dogfight chronicles the story of newly inducted Marine Eddie Birdlace. Before shipping out to Vietnam, Birdlace and his friends make a bet: Each man contributes $50 to a pot, and whoever brings the ugliest date that night to a bar wins the prize. But when Eddie meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress as his date, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Dogfight is a musical adaptation of the 1991 indie film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor.

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Look for an interview with Pasek and Paul on TheaterJones soon


2. The 2014 season for Uptown Players closes with the area premiere of The Boy from Oz, the musical about Peter Allen, the Oscar-winning songwriter who married Liza Minnelli (he later came out as gay). This is the show that won Hugh Jackman at Best Actor in a Musical Tony. Runs July 25 through Aug. 10 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Uptown.

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Our feature on Alex Ross, who plays Peter Allen

3. The world premiere of Broken: The Musical, which deals with rape, is July 25-Aug. 17 at the Lone Star Room in Gilley's in Dallas. There's a cool website for the show, which includes videos with the four actors playing the lead roles. You can view them from the site's homepage, here. And you can view a video trailer for the show below.

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


4. The Best Movie Fest Ever, at Cinemark West Plano, shows three back-to-back film musicals: Hello, Dolly!, Moulin Rouge and Oklahoma!, on Saturday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 29. Tickets are $15 for thtexas e festival (all three films, each day), or $10 per movie, and can be purchased at Costumes are encouraged, and there will be giveaways, including tickets to local productions of musicals, given by your TheaterJones team, which will be on site both days.

The screening times are:

Saturday, July 26

  • 11:15 a.m. Hello, Dolly!
  • 2:20 p.m. Moulin Rouge
  • 5 p.m. Oklahoma!

Tuesday, July 29

  • 1 p.m. Hello, Dolly!
  • 4:15 p.m. Moulin Rouge
  • 7 p.m. Oklahoma!


5. The season for Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas closes with Maury Yeston's Phantom, based on the Gaston Leroux novel, which inspired that other musical. July 25-Aug. 9 at the Irving Arts Center

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more




Photo: OSA Productions
Michael Jackson's The Immortal Tour, from Cirque du Soleil, will be at American Airlines Center


The Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson's The Immortal Tour returns to the American Airlines Center, 8 p.m. July 25 and 26

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Stage West's Summer Conservatory students perform the original Rob Bosquez play Starlake Falls, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Stage West's Studio Theatre

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's 11th annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern closes with A Choreographer's Exchange, featuring Bill Evans Dance Company and more, 8 p.m. July 24 and 25

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Artes de la Rosa brings back Dora the Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure, July 25-Aug. 10

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Runway Theatre in Grapevine does The Great American Trailer Park Musical, July 25-Aug. 17

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


The Epic Theatre in Colleyville presents Godspell, July 25-28

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


The Texas Christian University School of Music has the Festival of American Song, featuring opera and musical composer Ricky Ian Gordon, with an array of musicians and vocalists. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at PepsiCo Recital Hall on the TCU campus.

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Casa Mañana's Apprentice Program presents Jekyll & Hyde, July 26-28

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Texas Family Musicals presents The Night the Music Died, an imagined concert by Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, July 25-27 at the Uptown Theatre in Grand Prairie, and Aug. 1-2 at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more




Grapevine's Ohlook Performing Arts presents Stephen Karam's play Columbinus, which looks at a massive school shooting, July 28-Aug. 14 (performed Mondays-Thursdays)

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


You can still catch the National Theatre Live screening of Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, presented by Amphibian Stage Productions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



These productions and events will close this weekend

Photo: Justin Locklear
Matthew Posey in Christhelmet at the Ochre House


Basically Beethoven Festival, presented by Fine Arts Chamber Players at Dallas City Performance Hall

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Christhelmet at the Ochre House

» Our review

The Comedy of Errors, presented by Junior Players at the Shakespeare Dallas space at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Tenison Park

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more (look for a review coming soon on TheaterJones)

The Dance Council's Vitruvian Salsa Festival has its closing performance at Vitruvian Park Amphitheater in Addison

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Legally Blonde the Musical at Repertory Company Theatre, Richardson

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Miss Nelson is Missing! at Theatre Off the Square, Weatherford

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Thoroughly Modern Millie at Garland Summer Musicals
» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



a look ahead at 50 performances opening/happening in the subsequent weeks/months

  1. Rover Dramawerks in Plano does Norman Krasna's Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?, July 31-Aug. 23
  2. CrossOver Arts presents Kathi Baker's adaptation of Dumas' The Three Musketeers, July 31-Aug. 9 at the Corner Theatre in DeSoto
  3. Soul Rep Theatre Company brings back its New Play Festival, running July 31-Aug. 3 at the Margo Jones Theatre
  4. Garland Civic Theatre's 2014-15 season opens with The Wiz, July 31-Aug. 23 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland
  5. Stolen Shakespeare Company presents the musical Gypsy, Aug. 1-17 at the Sanders Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  6. Fun House Theatre and Film presents the original, critic-skewering comedy Stiff, Aug. 1-9 at Plano Children's Theatre
  7. Denton Community Theatre presents Murray Schisgal's Twice Around the Park in the Point Bank Black Box Theatre, Aug. 1-3
  8. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine does Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party for its late-night series, Aug. 1-16
  9. Richardson Theatre Centre presents Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Aug. 1-17
  10. Lakeside Community Theatre in The Colony opens its season with The Rocky Horror Show, Aug. 1-30
  11. Estudio Flamenco Dallas presents Fiesta Flamenca at the Ochre House, Aug. 2-3
  12. SceneShop's annual summer series of scenes and monologues is called J.O.B., Aug. 2-9 at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth
  13. The tour of The Phantom of the Opera comes to the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House for the first time, Aug. 6-24
  14. Theatre Three opens its 2014-15 season with the premiere of Ronnie Claire Edward's Candy Barr's Last Dance, Aug. 7-31
  15. Theatre Arlington closes its season with Larry Shue's The Nerd, Aug. 8-24
  16. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine does the musical Peter Pan, Aug. 8-17
  17. WaterTower Theatre stages Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton's Full Gallop in the Studio Theatre at Addison Theatre Centre, Aug. 9-31
  18. The Indian Cultural Heritage Project presents The Music Within and Prophet, Aug. 10 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  19. Sundown Collaborative Theatre opens its seventh season with its third short works festival, We've Done It Again: A Mixtape, Aug. 11-17 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park
  20. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Johnny Simons' Nekkid With the Cats: A Wisepecker Connundrum, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  21. Rockwall Summer Musicals presents Cole Porter's Anything Goes, Aug. 14-17
  22. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas does Wait Until Dark, Aug. 15-Sept. 7
  23. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre does Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore, Aug. 15-24
  24. The One-Minute Play Festival and Kitchen Dog Theater presents the first Dallas One-Minute Play Festival, Aug. 16-18 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary
  25. Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne presents the revue Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Aug. 15-Sept. 13
  26. The Stars of American Ballet returns to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, 3 p.m. Aug. 17
  27. Stage West closes its season with Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Aug. 21-Sept. 28
  28. Circle Theatre opens Bruce Graham's Stella & Lou, Aug. 21-Sept. 20
  29. African American Repertory Theater presents Gee's Bend, Aug. 21-Sept. 7 at the K.D. Studio Theatre
  30. The Fort Worth Symphony's annual Great Performances Festival features the music of Brahms and Dvořák, Aug. 22-24 at Bass Performance Hall
  31. DVA Productions presents the original revue It's a Man's World, Aug. 22-31 at the Sanders Theater at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  32. Plano Children's Theater presents The Odyssey, Aug. 22-30
  33. The inaugural Dallas DanceFest happens Aug. 29-31 at City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District
  34. The tour of the Gershwin revue Nice Work If You Can Get It comes to Dallas Summer Musicals Sept. 2-14; and then to Bass Hall Sept. 16-21
  35. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora series begins with the tour of Buyer and Cellar, starring Plano native Michael Urie at Dallas City Performance Hall, Sept. 3-6
  36. Lyric Stage opens its 2014-15 season with a full-orchestra revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Sept. 5-15 at the Irving Arts Center
  37. The spoof Silver Screen Slayer is at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Sept. 5-27
  38. Fort Worth Symphony presents Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure, Sept. 5-7 at Bass Performance Hall
  39. Onstage in Bedford presents the musical Next to Normal, Sept. 5-28
  40. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Seasons opens with a program called Let's Dance!, Sept. 5-7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  41. Dallas Theater Center's 2014-15 season opens with The Rocky Horror Show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre, Sept. 11-Oct. 19
  42. Our Productions Theatre Company does God of Carnage, Sept. 11-20 at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville
  43. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Sept. 11-27
  44. Uptown Player's Fourth Annual Pride Performing Arts Festival, headlined by Dan Savage, is Sept. 12-20 at Kalita Humphreys Theater
  45. MOMIX opens the season for TITAS at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 12-13
  46. Theatre Britain does Ray Cooney's Out of Order at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano, Sept. 12-28
  47. Theatre Arlington opens its season with the area premiere of Ed Dixon's Whodunnit, the Musical, Sept. 12-Oct. 5
  48. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents its fall program, Sept. 12-13 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  49. Tarrant Actors Regional Theater opens its second season with The Crucible, Sept. 12-28 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  50. Artes de la Rosa presents Andy de la Tour's Viva! at Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theater, Sept. 13-Oct. 5

» For complete listings of what's happening on North Texas stages, click on the calendar icon at the top right of the page. Once there, you can click the red "Search the Calendar" box, and search for listings by dates, performance type, the presenting company, titles or descriptions. Thanks For Reading

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Here are some of the performing arts events opening on local stages this week. Plus, the list of last-chance shows.
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