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<em>Fun Home</em>

2017-18 for ATTPAC

Next season, AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series has Fun Home, Bright Star and The Humans; plus The King and I, Jersey Boys and more. 



published Sunday, March 26, 2017

Photo: Joan Marcus
Fun Home

 

Dallas — Since we've known that AT&T Performing Arts Center lost the battle of Who Will Get Hamilton? to Dallas Summer Musicals, the announcement of ATTPAC's 2017-18 Broadway Series has been eagerly anticipated. DSM snatched up many of the new Broadway tours, but there were still several for its competitor—and good ones, too. The ATTPAC season begins with Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's Tony-winning Fun Home, and also has the Steve Martin/Edie Brickell musical Bright Star and Stephen Karam's Tony-winning play The Humans.

Also on the season is the tour of the new production of one of the masterpieces of 20th century musical theater, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I; the 20th anniversary tour of Riverdance, the return of the megahit Jersey Boys, and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Riverdance and Grinch are season subscription specials.

 

Here is the complete news release with dates, descriptions and subscription information:

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center today announced the 2017/2018 season of its Broadway Series, featuring Fun Home, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, The Humans and Bright Star. All performances will take place at the Winspear Opera House in the downtown Dallas Arts District.

Season subscribers will have the option to add Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour and Jersey Boys to their season subscription.

This lineup represents 27 Tony Awards, including 3 Best Musicals and a Best Play – and 2 of those are from the last 2 years. Season subscriptions are available now.

“The quality of these shows plus the quality of our venue equal a year of experiences that no theatre lover should miss,” said Doug Curtis, president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. “You won’t find a better place in North Texas to see the best that Broadway has to offer.”

Broadway Series subscribers enjoy free ticket replacement, discounted pre-paid parking and the Center’s inter-show ticket exchange, which provides the flexibility to exchange tickets for one show to another in the season (limit one exchange per season).

Center Circle members enjoy Broadway better than anyone else with a wide range of exclusive benefits. Member benefits include priority access to the best available seats, access to the Members Lounge for complimentary beverages at each performance and access to the Platinum Circle orchestra seating for Platinum Circle members. Membership donations not only help the nonprofit Center bring the very best in performing arts to North Texas, but also support the Center’s community and education programs, including Community Partners which provides free tickets to those who would otherwise not have access. To join Center Circle with a membership donation, visit attpac.org/support or call Membership Services at 214-978-2888.

Five-show subscription packages range from $145 - $625, with the option to order Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour for $25 - $113 and Jersey Boys for $30 - $133.

Information is available at www.attpac.org/broadway.  Subscriptions may also be purchased by phone at 214-880-0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House Box Office at 2403 Flora Street. The Box Office will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and before performances.

 

 

THE 2017/2018 SEASON OF BROADWAY

 

FUN HOME

September 13 – September 24, 2017

Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can.  The “groundbreaking,” “exquisite” and “unforgettable” new musical FUN HOME was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way.  Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.”  (The New York Times)

 

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL

December 5 – December 17, 2017

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday-loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. Don’t miss what The New York Times calls “AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE! 100 times better than any bedside story.”

 

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I

December 19 - December 31, 2017

Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival, THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).

 

RIVERDANCE - The 20th Anniversary World Tour

March 20 – March 25, 2018

The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland - in rock, music, theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.

Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold-out run across Europe and Asia.

 

THE HUMANS

May 9 – May 20, 2018

Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.

 

JERSEY BOYS

May 22 - May 27, 2018

Directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.  This is the true story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time.  They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”


BRIGHT STAR

June 12 – June 24, 2018

2016 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNING & 2016 TONY AWARD NOMINATED BEST MUSICAL

From Dallas native Grammy award-winning Edie Brickell and Grammy, Emmy and Academy-award winning Steve Martin comes BRIGHT STAR, the five-time Tony-Nominated new Broadway musical that the New York Times called "a shining achievement." Thanks For Reading





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