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2019-20 for DSM

Next season, Dallas Summer Musicals has Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, Frozen, a co-presentation with ATTPAC of The Band's Visit, and more.



published Friday, March 29, 2019

Photo: Matthew Murphy
The national tour of Come From Away, which includes Dallasites Chamblee Ferguson and Julie Johnson in the cast

 

 

Dallas — Earlier this year, it was announced that the two competing Broadway presenters in Dallas, AT&T Performing Arts Center and Dallas Summer Musicals, would collaborate so that DSM could book up to four weeks of touring shows at ATTPAC's Winspear Opera House. And now that both seasons have been announced, we know how that will work: In the 2019-20 season, Dallas Summer Musicals will present a one-week stop of the Tony-winning musical The Band's Visit, as well as a limited engagement of Blue Man Group at the Winspear.

The Band's Visit, which won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a gorgeous but very intimate show that would be swallowed up on DSM's mammoth Music Hall at Fair Park stage. It will run a total of three weeks, the first two weeks (Feb. 4-16, 2020) as a DSM subscription, and the third week (Feb. 18-23) on the ATTPAC season.; Blue Man Group is Jan. 15-19, 2020, and is available via both organizations as season add-ons.

The rest of DSM's Broadway series also has the first local stops of Best Musical Tony-winners Come From Away (which has North Texas actors Chamblee Ferguson and Julie Johnson in the cast) and Dear Evan Hansen, as well as the First National Tours of Frozen and Escape to Margaritaville, and revivals of Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Rent.

 

 

The full news release from Dallas Summer Musicals is below:

Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) and Broadway Across America (BAA) are pleased to announce the full lineup of Broadway shows coming to Dallas in the 2019-2020 season. Pop- culture phenomenon DEAR EVAN HANSEN and Disney’s FROZEN anchor the nine-show season made up of Tony Award® winners, acclaimed revivals, North Texas premieres and beloved family favorites.

DSM’s 2019-2020 season launches in November with the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical CATS, followed by the six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and 2018 Grammy Award-winning DEAR EVAN HANSEN.

This is the first season that embraces the new groundbreaking collaboration between Dallas Summer Musicals and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in which THE BAND’S VISIT (winner of ten 2018 Tony® Awards including Best New Musical) and the returning favorite BLUE MAN GROUP, an optional add-on, will be presented at the Winspear Opera House. Season subscribers are among the first to enjoy the benefits of this exciting collaboration between these two beloved Dallas institutions. Subscribers will be automatically reseated into the Winspear Opera House for THE BAND’S VISIT following the renewal window.

Also announced are COME FROM AWAY, the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them; a mesmerizing new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; the Tony®-nominated Best Musical from the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin, Disney’s FROZEN; and the musical comedy ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, featuring both original songs and your most loved Jimmy Buffett classics.

In addition, the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will also be presented as an optional add-on. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning musical returns to the Music Hall at Fair Park in April.

Photo: Matthew Murphy
Dear Evan Hansen

“From classic revivals to contemporary blockbusters, we are proud to continue bringing the Best of Broadway to North Texas with yet another spectacular season,” says Kenneth T. Novice, President of Dallas Summer Musicals. “We could not be more excited about our collaboration with the AT&T Performing Arts Center as we work together to enhance the Broadway experience for the city of Dallas.”

Currently, Dallas Summer Musicals’ season packages are only available to existing, renewing subscribers starting at $215. For more information, patrons can visit DallasSummerMusicals.org or call 1 (866) 276- 4884, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Subscriptions can also be renewed in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New patrons are encouraged to sign up for the subscription notification list at DallasSummerMusicals.org to be among the first in line when new subscriptions become available later this spring.

Season subscribers avoid potential single ticket price increases closer to the show by reserving their seats now, and enjoy the privilege of priority ticket opportunities, lost ticket replacement, and exchange privileges on existing seats for select shows. On-sale dates for individual shows will be announced in the coming months. Group minimums start as low as 10 for select shows; groups can reserve seats now by calling (214) 426-4768 or emailing Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

  

Cats

November 5-17, 2019

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—"Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!

 

Dear Evan Hansen

November 26 - December 8, 2019

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

 

Blue Man Group

January 15-19, 2020

Presented at the Winspear Opera House

(Season Add-On)

Photo: Matthew Murphy
The Band\'s Visit

BLUE MAN GROUP performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication. Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre, the live show has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple North American and World tours, reaching more than 35 million people worldwide. Blue Man Group is universally appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds, and continually injected with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and sensory stimulating graphics.

 

At BLUE MAN GROUP, you’ll rock, laugh and party. As three bald and blue men explore our world, together we’ll discover music, comedy and surprises at every turn. By the end of this spectacular journey, you’ll be saying “I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT JUST HAPPENED BUT I LOOOVED IT.” 35 million people of all ages and cultures know what Blue Man Group is really about. Now it’s your turn!

 

The Band’s Visit

February 4-16, 2020

Presented at the Winspear Opera House

THE BAND’S VISIT is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history. And now it’s also a Grammy Award® winner for Best Musical Theater Album.

In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.

With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, THE BAND’S VISIT rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.

 

Photo: Matthew Murphy
Come From Away

Come From Away

March 10-22, 2020

Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner across North America!

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed, and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

 

Rent

20th Anniversary Tour

April 14-19, 2020 (Season Add-On)

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

 

Jesus Christ Superstar

April 28 - May 10, 2020

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the  acclaimed  director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.

With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

 

Photo: Deen Van Meer
Frozen

Disney’s Frozen

June 17 - July 12, 2020

A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they’ll learn that to find it they’ll have to look inside themselves first.

FROZEN is melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award- winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. The creative team at its helm has won a cumulative 16 Tonys and includes Oscar Award® winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT-winning Robert Lopez (music & lyrics), Oscar-winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award®-winner Michael Grandage (director) and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer).

An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.

 

Jimmy Buffet's Escape to Margaritaville

 July 28 - August 9, 2020

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy Award® nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivors Remorse,” “Shameless”) ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. USA Today calls it "A little slice of paradise!" and Entertainment Weekly raves, "It will knock your flip-flops off!" So don't let the party start without you.

 

About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Since 1941, the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals Inc. (DSM) has presented the Best of Broadway to North Texas audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park, DSM promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to offer affordable ticket prices, preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and develop impactful community programs.

DSM gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors, annual fund donors and corporate partners American Airlines, Texas Instruments, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA TV Channel 8. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214-421-5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

 

About Broadway Across America:

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office. Led by 18-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 45 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include The Band’s Visit, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Hairspray, Mean Girls, The Producers and Waitress.


About the AT&T Performing Arts Center

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center operates and programs its 10-acre campus comprised of three premier performance venues and a park in downtown Dallas. Since opening ten years ago, the Center has helped complete the 30-year vision of the Dallas Arts District.

Center audiences enjoy the best Broadway plays and musicals; premier world dance companies co- presented with TITAS Presents; top concerts and performers through Center Presents; cultural icons in the #hearhere speaker series; and the best small and emerging Dallas arts groups in The Elevator Project. Audiences also enjoy the work of the Center’s five resident companies. The Center’s education program Open Stages provides thousands of students with impactful arts experiences, and through Community Partners, the Center provides access to the arts to historically underserved communities.

The Center’s mission is to provide a public gathering place that strengthens community and fosters creativity through the presentation of performing arts and arts education programs. For more information about the AT&T Performing Arts Center, to purchase tickets, become a member, or make a donation, visit www.attpac.org.

 

About the Winspear Opera House

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is one of four venues on the AT&T Performing Arts Center campus of which Opera Magazine said, “Quite justifiably, it has come to be recognized as America’s finest opera house.”

The 2,200-seat venue is a 21st Century version of the traditional horseshoe-shaped European opera houses, providing audiences an intimate hall and superior acoustics. The Winspear Opera House is home to The Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, TITAS Presents, the Center’s Broadway Series, and many of the diverse performers and concerts brought to Dallas through Center Presents. Thanks For Reading





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