<em>The Bridges of Madison County</em> comes to Dallas Summer Musicals

New DSM and PAFW Seasons

Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth are again joining forces for the 2015-'16 seasons. They'll share three shows, plus look for hits Wicked, The Book of Mormon and others.

published Monday, June 8, 2015

Photo: Joan Marcus
Bullets Over Broadway comes to Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas/Fort Worth — After what appears to be a successful strategy of sharing touring productions in the current 2014-15 season, Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth are continuing their partnership in 2015-16. They will share the productions of Disney's The Little Mermaid, which is self-produced by Dallas Summer Musicals, and the touring The Sound of Music and 42nd Street. (In the current season, they're sharing the upcoming productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Dirty Dancing and Pippin.)

These shared shows play two weeks in Dallas and then one week in Fort Worth, so the organizations share marketing costs and other benefits.

Dallas Summer Musicals will also have The Bridges of Madison County, Ragtime, Bullets Over Broadway and the mammoth hit Wicked at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Over in Fort Worth, the season includes the Cowtown premiere of The Book of Mormon, plus Motown the Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and a lot of season add on's and specials, at Bass Hall and neighboring McDavid Studio.

Below you can read the official press release about the partnership and individual seasons, with info on ticket sales. But here's a quick roster for each:


Dallas Summer Musicals at The Music Hall at Fair Park

  • The Sound of Music (Nov. 3-22, 2015) 
  • Elf the Musical (Dec. 8-20, 2015) 
  • The Bridges of Madison County (Feb. 2-14, 2016) 
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid (March 11-27, 2016)
  • Season add-on: Wicked (April 20-May 22, 2016) 
  • Ragtime (May 24-June 5, 2016) 
  • Bullets Over Broadway (June 14-26, 2016) 
  • 42nd Street (June 28-July 10, 2016)  


Performing Arts Fort Worth at Bass Performance Hall

Broadway at the Bass

  • The Book of Mormon (December 1-6, 2015)
  • Motown the Musical (January 13-17, 2016)
  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid (March 29-April 3, 2016)
  • The Wizard of Oz (June 7-12, 2016)
  • 42nd Street (July 12-17, 2016)
  • The Sound of Music (August 17-21, 2016)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (October 20-30, 2016)

Season Specials and Add On's (at Bass Hall unless otherwise noted)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (September 18-20, 2015)
  • Dixie Longate in Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (And 16 Other Things I Learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursday) at McDavid Studio (November 11-22, 2015)
  • Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (November 24-25, 2015)
  • Blue Man Group (February 19-21, 2016)
  • Mamma Mia! (May 20-22, 2016)
  • Back To School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales at McDavid Studio (October 5-9, 2016, McDavid Studio)


Here's the news release:

Photo: Johan Persson
The Book of Mormon makes its Bass Hall debut

Dallas Summer Musicals will kick off its highly anticipated 2015-2016 season with the North Texas debut of a brand-new stage adaptation of The Sound of Music. The season will continue with the hilarious tale of a modern day Christmas, Elf the Musical; followed by the musical romance, The Bridges of Madison County; DSM’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid; Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, Wicked, as a season add-on; a turn-of-the-century celebration, Ragtime; the classic comedy musical Bullets Over Broadway; and, closing the season, the caper revival, 42nd Street.

“Building from the momentum of our 75th Anniversary Season, we are thrilled to continue to present the Best of Broadway in North Texas,” said Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals. “This new season will bring something for everyone as we look forward to the next 75 years of creating memories, while continuing our legacy of presenting top quality family entertainment.”

From the creators of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon will open the Broadway at the Bass season, held at Bass Performance Hall, and play a limited six-day engagement Dec. 1-6. The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century" and Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time."

This season will close with Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

In between will be the direct-from-Broadway Motown the Musical, the story of Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul; DSM’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid; a revival of the classic backstage romp 42nd Street; the timeless classic The Wizard of Oz; and a brand-new production of The Sound Of Music. In addition, Mamma Mia!, Blue Man Group and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical will return as add-on specials, along with the previously announced Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The series also includes two shows in the intimate McDavid Studio – the previously announced Dixie’s Never Wear a Tubetop While Riding a Mechanical Bull (And 16 Other Things I Learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursday) and an all-new show in the Late Night Catechism series, Back To School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales. Both shows can be added on to season packages.

Continuing a partnership that blossomed last season, Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth will co-present three of these titles: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 42nd Street and The Sound Of Music.

“We at Dallas Summer Musicals are delighted to continue this great partnership with Performing Arts Fort Worth” said Jenkins. “This cooperation not only provides us with new opportunities for our organizations but it further enhances our commitment in developing collaborative efforts that benefit both our patrons and the Dallas-Fort Worth arts community.”

Dione Kennedy, President and CEO of PAFW, said: “This is a relationship that has worked extremely well for both us and Dallas Summer Musicals, and we’re thrilled to be able to continue this partnership with our new season.”

Dallas Summer Musicals’ seven-show season tickets, starting at $134, go on sale Sunday, June 7 at 10 a.m. online at and in person Monday, June 8 at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas or by phone at 214-346-3300. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to add on WICKED to their season subscription for an 8-show package starting at $174. For season tickets, groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount. For WICKED, groups of 15 or more save on select performances. All groups receive priority seating and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email

Broadway at the Bass season tickets go on sale online at at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and over the phone at 817-212-4280 and in person at the Bass Hall Box Office at 10 a.m. Monday, June 8. Seven-show season ticket packages start at $275. For more information, call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.comThanks For Reading

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Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth are again joining forces for the 2015-'16 seasons. They'll share three shows, plus look for hits Wicked, The Book of Mormon and others.
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