Dallas — It's an interesting time for Broadway touring product in Dallas-Fort Worth. With last year's game-changing news that Dallas Summer Musicals has teamed with Broadway Across America and had won the tour of Hamilton in the 2018-19 season, and announced a terrific 2017-18 season with tours of mostly new shows, it took the thunder away from the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series. Both organizations' 2017-18 seasons had all of the new major tours that were out there (with Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall getting spillover from both), but with the 2018-19 season, it looks like there are more tours of revivals than of newer musicals.
With the notable exceptions of the revolutionary musical Hamilton (April 2-May 5, 2019) and the first national tour of Disney's Aladdin (June 6-23, 2019), that is.
DSM, which presents shows at the Music Hall at Fair Park, has them both in 2019, as well as the first national tour of Anastasia. But the rest of the season consists of tours of the latest revivals of classics Fiddler on the Roof and Hello, Dolly!, and a new production of The Phantom of the Opera. To boot, it has the tour of Miss Saigon, which, back in 2015 was announced to be part of a future season at ATTPAC. Ouch.
DSM also has season extras Elf and The Book of Mormon. The latter title will have its first stop at Dallas Summer Musicals in 2019 (it has been to ATTPAC thrice, and Bass Hall once); under DSM's previous leader, Michael Jenkins, that show wouldn't have made it on the roster because of pervasive bad language and extremely off-color humor.
It will also be interesting to see how Hello, Dolly! fares without a name like Bette Midler or Bernadette Peters in the title role; maybe they can book an unexpected star like Octavia Spencer or Lady Gaga.
We also know that the tour of Dear Evan Hansen, last year's Tony winner for Best Musical, will go to DSM in the 2019-20 season. As DSM did with Hamilton this year, it will leverage Evan Hansen for the current year's subscriptions. Although with the five weeks of Hamilton, that won't be as necessary.
The Hamilton tour stars in the title role Austin Scott, who was the Sheriff of Nottingham in the world premiere of Hood at Dallas Theater Center; the Chicago production of Hamilton stars Miguel Cervantes, a Garland native and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Also in the touring ensemble is Hope Endrenyi, an SMU grad and co-author, with Jeffrey Colangelo, of Gog and Magog: Two Clowns Trapped in Hell, having its premiere in a Cara Mía Theatre Company/Prism Movement Company co-production this year.
The Broadway production of Aladdin currently features another North Texan, Fort Worth's Major Attaway, as the Genie. Wouldn't it be something if he was able to do at least the Dallas leg of the tour?
ATTPAC will announce its 2018-19 in a month or two and we'll see what new touring shows they pick up. Of the currently announced tours, there aren't any that haven't already appeared on some local season.
As for the new Broadway hits that will probably tour, we'll have to wait to see which shows land in Fair Park or the Dallas Arts District. Keep an eye for the likely tours of Come From Away, The Band's Visit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Once on This Island; and in another three or four seasons, Spongebob Squarepants, Pretty Woman: The Musical, Mean Girls and the next show that will no doubt be a blockbuster on Broadway and the road, Frozen. Our fingers are crossed for a tour of The Great Comet. And how about more touring plays? Those are more in ATTPAC's wheelhouse, such as the upcoming tour of The Humans.
Below is the complete Dallas Summer Musicals news release, with dates, descriptions, subscription info and more. Subscriptions are currently on sale.
Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) and Broadway Across America (BAA) are thrilled to announce the full lineup of Broadway shows coming to Dallas as part of the 2018-2019 season, as well as DEAR EVAN HANSEN, which will headline the 2019-2020 season. Joining previously announced HAMILTON and Disney’s ALADDIN is Broadway’s most beloved musical, the 2017 Tony Award® winner for Best Revival, HELLO, DOLLY!. Also announced are Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; the romantic and adventure- filled new musical ANASTASIA; the legendary story direct from Broadway, MISS SAIGON; and a gorgeous new Broadway production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.
In addition, DSM and BAA are pleased to welcome back two audience favorites to Dallas as Season Add- Ons. The musical for every-BUDDY, ELF, based on the film of the same name will return to Dallas just in time for the holiday season.
By popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical, will also return to Dallas for a limited one-week engagement.
It was also announced that the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and 2018 Grammy Award® nominee DEAR EVAN HANSEN will play Dallas as part of the Dallas Summer Musicals 2019-2020 season. Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post, DEAR EVEN HANSEN is a new American musical about life and the way we live it. DEAR EVEN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award® and Tony winning composers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and direction by 4-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).
The Original Broadway Cast Recording of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961. A special edition coffee table book from Pasek, Paul, and Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen: through the window (Grand Central Publishing / Melcher) is now available, offering an in-depth, all-access look at the musical, including never-before-seen production photos and cast portraits, behind-the-scenes stories, and a fully annotated script by the authors.
Subscribers for the 2018-2019 season will have first access to reserve their seats for DEAR EVAN HANSEN when they renew their subscription for the 2019-2020 season. The dates and performance schedule will be announced at a later date.
“The stage is set for another amazing season at Dallas Summer Musicals. With so many hits direct from Broadway, we continue to fulfill our promise of bringing the best of Broadway to North Texas. It’s the season everyone’s been waiting for, so don’t miss your chance to be in the room where it happens!” says Kenneth T. Novice, DSM President.
“We are so proud to partner with Dallas Summer Musicals for what is sure to be a record-breaking season at the Music Hall at Fair Park! This season will be one that will be talked about for years to come,” said Lauren Reid, COO of the John Gore Organization – the parent company of Broadway Across America.
Dallas Summer Musicals’ seven-show subscription packages start at just $204. That’s an average of about $30 per show. Current subscribers can begin renewing their current seats beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018. New subscriptions will also be available beginning at the same time on January 13. Subscriptions can be renewed or purchased online at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (866) 276-4884. DSM and BAA will have the Subscriber Hotline open for special hours on January 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hotline will be closed on January 14, and, beginning January 15, the regular hours will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subscriptions can also be purchased in person at the Box Office at the Music Hall at Fair Park on January 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and starting January 15, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A four- installment payment plan is available to both renewing and new subscribers. In addition, subscribers who renew or purchase a new subscription will have first access to purchase tickets for the Season Add- Ons ELF and THE BOOK OF MORMON.
Perks of being a season subscriber include the interest-free payment plan, savings over day-of-show single ticket pricing, the exclusive privilege to exchange tickets if they can’t make a performance, and priority access to tickets for the Season Add-Ons before anyone else. Subject to availability. Plus, 2018- 2019 Season subscribers will have first access to tickets for DEAR EVAN HANSEN when they renew their subscription for the 2019-2020 season.
Groups of 10+ can begin placing orders on Monday, January 15. Groups who place their orders before tickets go on sale to the general public will get priority seating, a 15% discount to the Crystal Terrace for groups of 20+, and many other great perks. Group minimums and discounts vary by show. Seating locations for group orders may not be confirmed until later this year. Group tickets may not be available for HAMILTON. For more information or to order group tickets, please call (214) 426-4768 or email groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.
Tickets to individual shows in the 2018-2019 lineup are not available for purchase at this time. Individual tickets typically go on sale to the general public 8-12 weeks prior to opening night.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – Sunday, January 6, 2019
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will come to Dallas Summer Musicals as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
Tuesday, February 19 – Sunday, March 3, 2019
Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Dallas Summer Musicals at last!
From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to
silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.
Tuesday, April 2 – Sunday, May 5, 2019
HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Tuesday, May 14 – Sunday, May 26, 2019
“A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL.” - The New Yorker
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including
Broadway hits like “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “The Heat is On in Saigon,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.
Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 23, 2019
Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.
Wednesday, July 17 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
Winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Broadway’s most beloved musical is back where it belongs! Directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks and featuring choreography by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, HELLO, DOLLY! is “the best show of the year” (NPR).
The bold and enchanting Dolly Gallagher Levi is a widow, matchmaker and professional meddler. When she decides the next match she needs to make is for herself, she weaves a web of romantic complications for her newest client, the cantankerous “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder, his two clerks, a pretty hat maker and her assistant. HELLO, DOLLY! features Broadway classics like “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and, of course, the title number, “Hello, Dolly!”
Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous critical raves on Broadway, this “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion -- hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow indeed!”
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 18, 2019
Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony- winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.
The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.
Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
Tuesday, November 27 – Sunday, December 2, 2018
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
THE BOOK OF MORMON
Tuesday, January 29 – Sunday, February 3, 2019
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.