Dallas — Dallas Summer Musicals, which is having quite the come back given its new partnership with Broadway Across America and snagging the Every Award-winning musical Hamilton in 2019, had announced that the performer at its November Gala would be Bernadette Peters. But that was before the Tony-winning Peters was selected as the replacement for Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway.
In her place will be another Tony-winning great, Brian Stokes Mitchell. The event is Nov. 4 at the Music Hall on Fair Park. The full news release is below.
Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) 2017 Gala chairs, announced two-time Tony Award®-winner and Theater Hall of Fame member, Brian Stokes Mitchell as the new featured entertainment for the spectacular black-tie optional evening at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Saturday, November 4, 2017. A surprise Broadway guest, later to be announced, will join Brian Stokes Mitchell for a spectacular evening!
“We are thrilled to have the incredible Brian Stokes Mitchell as our new featured entertainer for the 2017 DSM Gala,” said Andy Smith. “A change in entertainment had to be made due to Ms. Peters recently being cast in the lead role of HELLO, DOLLY! on Broadway and we wish her much success.”
“Mr. Stokes is an exceptional choice and we can’t wait for our guests to experience an unforgettable performance," added Paul von Wupperfeld.
Dubbed “the last leading man” by the New York Times, two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in KISS ME, KATE. He also has Tony-nominated performances in MAN OF LA MANCHA, August Wilson’s KING HEDLEY II, and RAGTIME. Other notable Broadway shows include KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, JELLY’S LAST JAM, and WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. Last season he made a long-awaited return to Broadway in SHUFFLE ALONG and received his most recent Tony Award for his work as Chairman of the Board of the Actor’s Fund. 2016 also marked the year where he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. An extremely versatile singer, Stokes has performed at venues spanning jazz, opera, pops, country, and the musical theater world, including two performances at the White House. Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums and his musical talent has extended to the present day as producer, arranger, and orchestrator on his solo albums, including his latest recording, Simply Broadway. His next album, Plays With Music will be released this Fall.
“I am honored to be asked to perform at the 2017 DSM Gala,” said Brian Stokes Mitchell. “I look forward to visiting Dallas and can’t wait to have a sensational evening with those in attendance!”
An Evening with the Best of Broadway is a celebration of DSM and the magic of musical theatre – starring one of the world’s most critically acclaimed Broadway performers. Proceeds will support the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals and its education and community outreach programs. DSM brings the beauty of musical theater to many through programs such as DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Vets, Seats for Kids, Kid’s Club, Hear Us Now!™ and DSM Community Performance.
The 2017 DSM Gala will be an unforgettable musical affair and the public is invited to join in the excitement. Guests will enjoy an open bar cocktail reception followed by a crafted menu of culinary delights, as well as special experiences designed to engage attendees beyond the traditional dinner format. The evening will culminate with performances by renowned Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell and a surprise Broadway guest. This will be a wonderful opportunity to indulge in everything patrons love about Broadway and the DSM experience at the historic Music Hall at Fair Park.
The 2017 DSM Gala presenting sponsors are The David B. Miller Family Foundation, Ruth and Ken Altshuler, and Ticketmaster®. 2017 DSM Gala media sponsor is PaperCity Magazine. The official airline for the 2017 DSM Gala is American Airlines. DSM Broadway season sponsors are American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Instruments and WFAA Channel 8.
Individual dinner and show tickets as well as underwriting opportunities are available online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org. For more information please call the DSM Development office at 214-426-6333.
Existing Gala participants will be contacted by the DSM Development team via email and phone. Patrons who purchased public show tickets will be contacted by Ticketmaster. DSM Development team can be reached at 214-426-6333 and Ticketmaster Customer Service office can be reached at 1-(800)-653-8000.
For information about other events at the Music Hall at Fair Park visit www.LiveAtTheMusicHall.com.