The 73rd season for Dallas Summer Musicals has been announced, and it should be bigger than recent seasons, thanks to two mega-hits on the schedule: Wicked and The Lion King, each doing four weeks. Those we knew about from DSM's website, which also gave away that they'd have the first local tour stop for Catch Me If You Can, which is based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie, and the third North Texas stop of Mary Poppins, which is looking to be another hit show that can expect a lengthy touring run.
The other three shows on the lineup are, like Catch Me If You Can, new. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will make it two years in a row for drag queens at DSM (after this year's La Cage aux Folles). Then we'll get two weeks of Sister Act (which will then go to Bass Hall in Fort Worth for another week), and the pre-Broadway engagement of the musical version of Flashdance.
We're reserving judgement on that last one for later, considering that this year's pre-Broadway adapted-from-a-movie show was Bring It On, which surprisingly turned out to be one of the best tours of the year.
Speaking of movies, notice a trend for the 2013 shows? Six of the seven are adapted from movies, the exception being Wicked. To be fair, Mary Poppins and Catch Me If You Can were books first, but the musicals come from the movie versions.
All shows are at the Music Hall at Fair Park, which has a new $200,000 air conditioning system, and a newish $600,000 sound system upgrade.
Oh, and another big piece of news is that all evening performances are moving up 30 minutes, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. We like that.
Here are the details:
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
February 12-24, 2013
Based on the hit Dreamworks Film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end—and finds something he never expected. A big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love, and in deep, deep trouble.
March 20-30, 2013
Returning to Dallas for two weeks only, the "roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!" as proclaimed by the New York Daily News, features an irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time. With brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft, MARY POPPINS is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show. Get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gave four out of four stars, calling it "a certifiable super hit!"
April 10-May 5, 2013
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in! Variety calls WICKED "a cultural phenomenon," and it has broken box office records and sold out every time it has played Dallas. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, WICKED is "Broadway's biggest blockbuster," according to The New York Times. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for "the most complete—and completely satisfying—new musical in a long time." (USA Today).
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL
May 14-26, 2013
Presenting the most outrageously fun Broadway musical, a spectacular show that tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime. Hopping aboard a battered old bus in search of love and friendship in the middle of the Australian Outback, they end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, Tony® Award-winning costumes, PRISCILLA features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "Finally" and "I Will Survive." The Hollywood Reporter calls PRISCILLA "funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!"
SISTER ACT, A DIVINE MUSICAL COMEDY
June 4-16, 2013
Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash, called by The New York Post "Ridiculously Fun," has audiences jumping to their feet in total agreement. Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to rejoice.
FLASHDANCE, THE MUSICAL
June 25-July 7, 2013
The pop-culture phenomenon and runaway international success is now live on stage. It all started with a dream. To be bigger. To burn brighter. To dance harder. Directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis, The AddamsFamily), this new musical features a score of smash hits including The Academy Award® winning title track "Flashdance – What a Feeling," "Maniac," "I Love Rock & Roll," and 16 new original songs. Experience the magic all over again, as FLASHDANCE leaves you begging for more.
THE LION KING
October 2-20, 2013
Experience the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING, Broadway's Landmark Musical. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score, including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment." THE LION KING will be the 2013 State Fair of Texas musical.
Season tickets, priced from $125-$710, go on sale Tuesday, August 28 at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, #542 in Dallas. Subscribers may order by mail or in person at The Box Office, by phoning 214-346-3300, by faxing 214-691-7386, or online at www.dallassummermusicals.org. For groups, please call 214-426-GROUP.
Here's a video clip from the terrific 1994 Australian movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: