If you want see a big musical during the State Fair of Texas, you better go to The Lion King this year, which closes out Dallas Summer Musicals' 2013 season. Because in 2014, there will not be a State Fair Musical, and according to publicist JoAnn Holt, there won't be another big State Fair musical for the foreseeable future.
That's because DSM's contract with the State Fair ends this year, and patrons who only want to see the musical have complained about the parking situation during the Fair. "We might bring in something for a shorter run, like The Blue Man Group at some point," she said at Tuesday night's announcement of the 2013-2014 season.
This means that next year, the season ends just before the Fair opens, and then the 2014-2015 season will likely begin in November and December, as the 2013-2014 season does this time.
The season begins with two subscriber specials: The Lord of the Rings musical in concert, in conjunction with Dallas Pops, for three days; and the return of Rain — A Tribute to the Beatles for two days.
Then the subscriber season begins in December with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, which was at Fort Worth Bass Hall in 2011; and in 2014, there will be two area premieres that piggy-back with tours at Bass Hall: Ghost the Musical in January, and the Gershwin revue Nice Work If You Can Get It in September.
In between those, the only show on the touring circuit that makes a frequent return is Mamma Mia! There's also the tour of the latest Broadway revival of Evita, and speaking of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, they've created a new version of The Wizard of Oz, which we'll see here.
In February 2014, Dallas is one of five cities to get the tour of the Disney musical The Little Mermaid (there are several preview performances before it opens), which has been redesigned since its Broadway run in 2009; and the Queen musical We Will Rock You finally makes it to North Texas after being a hit in London for 11 years and counting.
Below is the full season, and at the bottom you'll see info on ticket subscriptions.
DALLAS, TX…Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) announces their 2013-2014 season of shows, with eight touring Broadway productions and two specials coming to the Music Hall at Fair Park. DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in professional live theatrical entertainment for 74 seasons, since 1941.
Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals, said, “We believe in creating memories that will last a lifetime, so our 74th season is filled with musicals that should provide an unforgettable experience for everyone in the family. We simply could not wait to start fulfilling that promise, so we are kicking off the 2014 season with a great family musical, Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS, in December of 2013.”
DSM 2013-2014 SEASON AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, December 17-29, 2013
The story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
GHOST THE MUSICAL, January 28-February 9, 2014
Featuring an original pop score from multiple Grammy Award winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin. The story follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave dangers. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. GHOST THE MUSICAL is “eye-poppingly brilliant” (AP) and “astounding,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, Previews Feb. 13-16, runs February 18-March 2, 2014
The “under the sea sensation” brings to the stage a magical kingdom where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it’s a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Come fall in love with the magic for the first time, or all over again!
WE WILL ROCK YOU, March 4-16, 2014
From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group, Queen, with Ben Elton. Now in its 11th year in London, seen by 15 million people worldwide, this hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon boasts a fantastic score that you just can’t resist singing along to, such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little thing Called Love,” “We Are the Champions,” Bohemian Rhapsody” and the title song, “We Will Rock You.”
THE WIZARD OF OZ, March 18-30, 2014
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally re-conceived for the stage. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar® winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the family.
EVITA, April 15-27, 2014
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical returns at last. Eva Peron used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world, while her greed, out-sized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. Evita’s passionate and unforgettable true story features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” and “High Flying, Adored.” The new production is directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford.
MAMMA MIA!, June 3-15, 2014
Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel good show. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, September 2-14, 2014
The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in this hilarious Tony® winning new musical. It’s the roaring twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. Featuring a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved instantly recognizable tunes, set in a fresh and funny song and dance spectacular with a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro and direction by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. Filled to the brim with such classic songs as “But Not for Me,’ “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” this sparkling tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour, and those glorious Gershwin songs.
LORD OF THE RINGS IN CONCERT, Special, Nov. 8-10, 2013
Composer Howard Shore brings J.R.R. Tolkein’s literary imagination to vivid life with his Academy and Grammy Award winning score to The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring. Shore’s music, performed by Dallas Pops Orchestra, expresses Peter Jackson’s film as an immense symphonic work; a uniquely developed vision drawn from centuries of stylistic tendencies. Counted among film music’s most complete and comprehensive works, this unique performance of the music of The Lord of the Rings sets the score to the film but allows the music to bear the narrative weight, creating a wholly new and dramatic live concert experience.
RAIN — A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, Special, Nov. 23-24, 2013
Direct from Broadway, RAIN performs the full range of the Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance in this multi-media concert. From the early hits to later classics, such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” and “Hey Jude, this tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends.
Season tickets, priced from $133-$782, go on sale Wednesday, July 31 at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas. Subscribers may order by mail or in person at The Box Office, by phoning 214-346-3300, by faxing 214-691-7386, or online at www.dallassummermusicals.org. For groups of 10 or more, please call 214-426-GROUP.
Season subscribers enjoy such benefits as first opportunity to get the best seats available for the season, plus huge savings over single ticket prices and easy payment plans, lost ticket replacement, ticket exchange privileges and a 20% discount on all DSM logo merchandise. Plus, season subscribers have first option on their seats for the following season, and can save up to $97 over the cost of single tickets.