As TheaterJones reported in September, the 2011 season for Dallas Summer Musicals was leaked prematurely through an ad in the Shrek Playbill. But there was a rumor that one more show would be added to the lineup. (View that story here.)
Scratch that. There isn't an extra show, turns out.
The 2011 season is as was announced: Tommy Tune in Steps in Time (March 15-20); the ballroom dance extravaganza Burn the Floor (April 5-17); 9 to 5: The Musical (May 18-29); Stomp (June 7-12); Monty Python's Spamalot (June 14-26); a Guys and Dolls revival (July 19-31); and a tour of the most recent Broadway revival of West Side Story (Oct. 4-23), which features some of the songs performed in Spanish.
Aside from West Side Story, a masterpiece of musical theater that is always welcome in a professional production, the season isn't exactly burning up anything. The only new musical is 9 To 5: The Musical (which, admittedly, we're eager to see, despite less-than-glowing reviews), but all of the others have been seen here before. Several times. We can't even count the number of times Stomp has been here.
We'll hold out judgement for Guys and Dolls until we see the casting, although honestly, that's a show we could see in a local professional production, probably done better than what the touring circuit typically gives for warhorse revivals. The tour comes from Big League Productions, which is behind the tours of How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical and Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson's Greatest Hits.
Tommy Tune's show is great, as we saw when he did it for two nights in early 2010 at Lyric Stage.
Even DSM must realize it's a dullsville lineup, because they're already touting the 2012 season, which will include the newer Broadway musicals Memphis (which won the 2010 Tony for Best Musical), The Addams Family and Million Dollar Quartet, as well as a tour of the recent revival of La Cage aux Folles.
Still no mention of the tour of Next to Normal, which has been announced for other cities, but so far, not anywhere in the DF-dub, and dates are already booked through July 2011. (We'll hope for it on the third Broadway Lexus Series at AT&T Performing Arts Center.)
Perhaps it's just a not-great year for touring product. The biggest new show, Billy Elliot, was scooped up by ATTPAC (it closes the second Broadway Lexus Series, in June, 2011.)
In the news release for the new season, Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals, says:
With seven successful decades of presenting musical theater behind us, we look forward to the 2011 season with great optimism. Our wealth of past experience in theater operations has provided thoughtful guidance to the decisions made for this 71st season, and will position DSM for a bright future.
We understand the current economic climate is a consideration every household is evaluating this year, and in response, we have reduced the number of shows in the season and the ticket prices in order to make it more affordable to you in these tough times.
Subscriptions for the 2011 DSM season are $75-$380 (excluding the specials, Tommy Tune and Stomp), and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8. You can purchase online at www.dallassummermusicals.org, or buy in person at The Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, Dallas. You can also call 214-346-3300 or fax an order form to 214-691-7386.