Dallas/Fort Worth — The 2016-17 seasons for Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) and Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) have been announced, and for the third consecutive season, the two organizations are joining forces to present several tours back-to-back, sharing marketing and other resources.
It's a good strategy that is obviously beneficial to both. This time that works in the favor of Performing Arts Fort Worth, which also gets a few big tours that have already been in (or are also coming to) Big D courtesy of Dallas' other touring presenter, AT&T Performing Arts Center, namely Matilda, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and the 20th anniversary tour of Rent. But as for Dallas Summer Musicals? Aside from the Tony-nominated An American in Paris (which goes to both DSM and PAFW), the DSM season looks pretty dull. We'll give the benefit of the doubt to the musical version of the 1992 movie The Bodyguard, which starred Heather Headley in London, and stars Deborah Cox on this tour. It received mixed to unfavorable reviews in London; it has not been on Broadway. (And given the recent DSM tours of Dirty Dancing and Flashdance, other movies-to-musicals that didn't make it to Broadway, we have reservations.)
The rest of DSM's season features a holiday thing called Broadway Christmas Wonderland; the Beatles tribute Let It Be; the return of Best Musical Tony Winner Kinky Boots, which is fun if formulaic; and Circus 1903 — The Golden Age of Circus. Season specials are the returns of Stomp and The Illusionists, plus the locally grown Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and, the weirdest-sounding item, Cheers Live on Stage, a stage recreation of the iconic 1980s Boston bar-set sitcom.
Fort Worth shares An American in Paris, The Bodyguard, Let It Be and Rudolph with DSM. In addition to the aforementioned Matilda and Beautiful, there's the return of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the 20th anniversary tour of Rent, and the tour of Annie that was recently seen at ATTPAC.
An American in Paris notwithstanding, where are all the big tours of the Broadway musicals (and plays), you ask? Looks like ATTPAC snagged the bumper crop for its next season.
Here is more on the seasons from the joint DSM/PAFW press release, with ticketing info:
Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas Summer Musicals will kick off its 2016-2017 Season with the dazzling holiday favorite, Broadway Christmas Wonderland. The season will continue with the Tony Award-winning lavish and stunning Broadway hit An American in Paris; followed by the spectacular theatrical concert, Let It Be, a tribute to The Beatles; back by popular demand, the high-heeled kicking sensation, Kinky Boots; the captivating circus extravaganza, Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus; and closing the season, the romantic thriller based on the smash hit film, The Bodyguard, starring Grammy nominee Deborah Cox!
In addition, the beloved family-friendly stage adaptation, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; the Emmy® Award-winning classic hit TV series, Cheers Live On Stage; the explosive and vigorously choreographed, Stomp; and the magical and thrilling return of, The Illusionists will be presented as season add-ons.
“The future of the performing arts has never looked brighter and our new season lineup brings the types of shows that remind us why we love live theater,” states David Hyslop, DSM Interim Managing Director. “From classical lavish debuts like An American In Paris, to high energy returning engagements like Kinky Boots as well as fun family productions such as Broadway Christmas Wonderland, this season has something for everyone. We invite you to join us as we witness the beauty of the performing arts when the curtain goes up and the magical world of theater unfolds before your eyes.”
Performing Arts Fort Worth
Kicking off the season in January, 2017 will be the family favorite Annie, returning to the Hall in an all-new production. The series will close in November, 2017, with another show back by popular demand, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
In between will be the direct-from-Broadway An American in Paris, the acclaimed, Tony Award- winning musical about love and mystery in the City of Lights; the ultimate tribute to The Beatles, Let It Be; Matilda, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl and winner of 50 international awards, including four Tonys; The Bodyguard, a musical retelling of the hit 1992 film featuring singer Deborah Cox; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom; and the 20th anniversary tour of the Broadway sensation Rent.
Continuing a partnership that blossomed two seasons ago, Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth will co-present four of these titles: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; An American in Paris; Let It Be; and The Bodyguard.
“For the first time ever, we’re offering eight shows, many of which have never played in Fort Worth before,” says Dione Kennedy, President & CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth. “And as we always strive to do, we’ve put together a season that offers something for everyone, from families to serious Broadway buffs to everyone in between. It’s really a dynamite season.”
Dallas Summer Musicals’ season tickets start at $116 and will go on sale Sunday, June 19 at 10a.m. online only at DallasSummerMusicals.org. On Monday, June 20 season tickets will be available online, by phone at 214-346-3300 and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Payment plan options are available. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to include four season add-ons to their season subscription. Season add-on tickets are discounted for subscribers and range from $14-$82 per show.
Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount throughout the season. Orders of 10 or more placed before September 16, 2016 will receive a 20% discount. All groups receive priority seating and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or emailGroups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.
Broadway at the Bass season tickets go on sale online at www.basshall.com 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. Eight-show season ticket packages start at $287. For more information, call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com. Payment plan options are available.