Dallas — Looks like Dallas Summer Musicals is back, thanks to its booking of the hottest musical on the planet, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pultizer Prize- and Tony Award- and Every Other Award-winning Hamilton. DSM has the Dallas leg of the tour slated for its 2018-19 season at the Music Hall at Fair Park, along with the tour of Aladdin.
To have priority tickets for those two shows, you’ll have to subscribe to the 2017-18 season, which includes the tours of the new production of The Color Purple, plus the first local appearances of Waitress, On Your Feet (the Gloria Estefan musical) and two Andrew Lloyd Webber titles, School of Rock and Love Never Dies. The latter is a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Also on the season are the returns of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (non-subscription special), Les Misérables and The Lion King.
This means that when Dallas Summer Musicals fired Michael Jenkins last year and then signed on with the country’s biggest touring presenter, Broadway Across America, it wasn’t playing. The 2017 season, announced before the BAA alignment, wasn’t very impressive, except for An American in Paris, which opens next week.
A year ago, we would have put good money on ATTPAC snagging Hamilton, but considering the Music Hall at Fair Park has about 1,000 more seats than the Winspear Opera House, and it’s selling out in Chicago and the first tour stop in San Francisco, the booking in the bigger space makes sense. This is why we’ll probably never see the other huge hit on the touring circuit, Wicked, at the Winspear (2,300 seats) or Fort Worth's Bass Hall (2,056). The Music Hall has 3,420 seats.
The dates for Hamilton in Dallas haven’t been announced yet, but in a market this big, it’ll probably be booked for at least four weeks. FYI, if you’re dying to see the tour before the Dallas stop, your closest option is Houston, where it plays in April/May 2018. Oklahoma City and Tulsa will also get the show in the 2018-19 season, but dates have not been announced yet.
Here's the Dallas Summer Musicals 2017-18 season. Subscriptions are on sale now.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Dec. 5-10, 2017 (add-on)
This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to the Music Hall at Fair Park to see IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Performances begin December 5 – 10 for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.
The Color Purple
Jan. 23-Feb. 4, 2018
THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times) directed by Tony winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. It’s the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!
On Your Feet
Feb. 27-March 11, 2018
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes youbehind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couplewho, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreographyby Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by AcademyAward® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the mosticonic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
March 28-April 8, 2018
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 5-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert piemaker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearbycounty and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offertheir own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution toBroadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood,and the magic of a well-made pie.
April 24-May 6, 2018
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.
The Lion King
June 13-July 8, 2018
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to the Music Hall at Fair Park! More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.
Love Never Dies
July 24-Aug. 5, 2018
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Beautiful and haunting” Love Never Dies is set to tour North America! This is the highly acclaimed follow up musical to the 1986 love story The Phantom of the Opera set against the spellbinding backdrop of Coney Island.
School of Rock
Aug. 15-26, 2018
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”
Aladdin and Hamilton will appear in the 2018-’19 season. Dates to be announced. Oh, and what if, by the time Aladdin comes here, Fort Worth's Major Attaway, who is now playing Genie on Broadway, gets to do it on his home turf?