The Top 5 Reasons to see NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT!

September 9th, 2014

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On the fence about seeing NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT? Check out our list of the Top 5 Reasons to see the show!

Top 5 Reasons to see NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

  1. Comedy – Lots of Laughs
    • Get ready to laugh! From slap-stick comedy to very clever dialogue, the most unexpected aspect of this show is the hilarious comedic timing. If you need a lighthearted, good laugh, this is definitely the show for you.
  2. Set during the Prohibition Era
    • Alcohol is illegal. Secret speakeasys and bootlegging are at its peak and anti-alcohol activists are on the lookout. What could go wrong? Well, when a woman bootlegger and a wealthy playboy cross paths, it’s only the beginning of a hilarious journey.
  3. Gershwin Tunes
    • NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT has a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Get ready to dance in your seat and sing along with all of the songs you already know!
  4. Lots of 20’s Style Dancing
    • From the Charleston to the shimmy, this show has all of your favorite 1920s-30s dance moves with several big dance numbers! Lots of glitz and glamor! Want a sneak peek of the show? Click here to see!
  5. Cast of Characters
    • A feisty woman bootlegger with her 2 bootlegging coworkers, a “head-in-the-clouds” wealthy playboy, a self-obsessed fiancé, an anti-alcohol senator and his activist sister, and lots of girls and glamour make up a cast of different and hilarious characters! Check out photos from the show below!
  6. BONUS: Critics Love It!
    • Check out our blog post here with all of the reviews we’ve received for this show – and the praises keep coming in!

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is on stage at the Music Hall now thru September 14th, then jumps to the Bass Performance Hall September 16-21. For more info and tickets, click here.

We hope to see you at the theater soon!

-DSM Amanda


Dallas Loves Nice Work If You Can Get It!

September 8th, 2014

Original Post: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:30am
Updated Post: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:55pm

Hello DSM fans!

This is your go to post for all things NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT! Check out our inside look into the show with behind the scenes footage! Also, check out the great interviews with the cast, reviews from the critics, and articles about the show. We’ll be updating this frequently, so check back later for more!

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INTERVIEWS & PERFORMANCES

Behind the Scenes of Nice Work If You Can Get It – News Feature on CW33 NewsFix:
http://cw33.com/2014/09/04/behind-the-scenes-nice-work-musical-launches-in-dallas/

Performance by Mariah MacFarlane (Billie Bendix) singing “Someone to Watch Over Me” on KTXD – The Broadcast TV:
http://www.ktxdtv.com/story/26451712/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it?clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypass

Alex Enterline (Jimmy Winter) performing “Nice Work If You Can Get It” on Good Morning Texas (WFAA):
http://tinyurl.com/kzgam8c

Interview with ensemble member and Highland Park native Carl DeForrest Hendin on WFAA – Midday News 8:
http://www.wfaa.com/story/entertainment/2014/09/03/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-broadway-dallas-musical/15023673/

Highland Park alum Carl DeForrest Hendin talks ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ with Nancy Churnin from The Dallas Morning News:
http://artsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/highland-park-alum-carl-deforrest-hendin-talks-nice-work-if-you-can-get-it.html/

 

REVIEWS

Here’s what the Dallas audience had to say about the show on Opening Night:

“Theater review: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ will brighten your life” by Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News:
http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140905-theater-review-nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-will-brighten-your-life.ece

“You Can Get It: The tour of the newish Gershwin show Nice Work If You Can Get It launches in Dallas, and delights all the way.” by Cheryl Callon with TheaterJones:
http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/reviews/20140907122318/2014-09-07/Dallas-Summer-Musicals/Nice-Work-If-You-Can-Get-It

Nice Work if You Can Get It Kicks off the Dust and Bursts with Sass” by Lindsey Wilson with D Magazine:
http://frontrow.dmagazine.com/2014/09/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-kicks-off-the-dust-and-bursts-with-sass/

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” by Gary Murray with Selig Film News:
http://seligfilmnews.com/nice-work-can-get/#.VAhbwcwqCjI.gmail

“Theater Review: “Nice Work If You Can Get It” Is Top-Notch Entertainment” by James McDonald with Red Carpet Crash:
http://redcarpetcrash.com/theater-review-nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-is-top-notch-entertainment/

Review from The Flash List:
http://www.theflashlist.com/assets/venue/us/tx/neast/dallas/arts/perform/org/dallassummermusicals/2014/niceworkifyoucangetit/fp/dallas.html

“Nice Work If You Can Get It kicks off national tour in Dallas” by Lea Ann Stundins from Mommys Wish List:
http://mommyswishlist.blogspot.com/2014/09/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it-kicks-off.html

The Clubhouse Podcast:
Podcast Listen: http://podcasts.theclubhousepodcast.com/Podcasts/Season_5/iTunes_Exclusive_Episode_Nice_Work_If_You_Can_Get_It.mp3

Rob’s Review – http://www.theclubhousepodcast.com/#!news/nws1/F38570EA-0277-42AC-A509-B3EA49B47659/rob-reviews-%22nice-work-if-you-can-get-it%22

Chad’s Review – http://www.theclubhousepodcast.com/#!news/nws1/C299CE45-1AE3-4A29-B3A2-4FC14DA72686/chad-reviews-%22nice-work-if-you-can-get-it%22

Don’s Review – http://www.theclubhousepodcast.com/#!news/nws1/5355E2FA-C685-4987-918E-AE1CE2419DEF/don-reviews-%22nice-work-if-you-can-get-it%22

Review by John Strange with Selig Film News:
http://seligfilmnews.com/nice-work-can-get-review-john-strange/#.VA3_FNh0zb0

Quick Review by Elizabeth Ygartua with People Newspapers:
http://www.parkcitiespeople.com/2014/09/05/dallas-summer-musicals-is-doing-nice-work/

“See what’s so “Delishious” about Nice Work If You Can Get It at DSM!!” by Vanna Collins:
http://www.vannacollins.com/#!See-whats-so-Delishious-about-Nice-Work-If-You-Can-Get-It-at-DSM/c112t/CE1BC020-80BF-4201-9953-DFEC6C1888A2

Review by Richard Blake with The Column:
http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/09-12-2014_NICE-WORK-IF-YOU-CAN-GET-IT/

 

INSIDE LOOK, ARTICLES & FEATURES

Sneak Peek at Scenes from the show:
http://youtu.be/ljUopZ4CPS0

Playbill.com Article – PHOTO CALL: “Sweet and Lowdown”; A First Look at the National Tour of Tony-Winning Nice Work If You Can Get It:
http://playbill.com/news/article/photo-call-sweet-and-lowdown-a-first-look-at-the-national-tour-of-tony-winn

Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News:  Top 5 Theater Picks:
http://artsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/nancy-churnins-top-5-theater-picks-buyer-cellar-nice-work-fiddler-more.html/

Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News Feature Article – “Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall happy about ‘Nice Work’”
http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140906-tony-award-winner-kathleen-marshall-happy-about-nice-work.ece

Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News Feature Article – “Highland Park HS pitcher taps in ‘Nice Work’ at DSM”:
http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140829-highland-park-hs-pitcher-taps-in-nice-work-at-dsm.ece

Keep checking back for more exciting videos, photos, and more!

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is on stage now thru September 14th at the Music Hall at Fair Park, then will be at Bass Performance Hall September 16-21! Tickets on sale now – go to http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/nicework.html for tickets and details!

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda


Nice Work If You Can Get It Coming To North Texas!

August 26th, 2014

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NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, BROADWAY’S GERSHWIN-INSPIRED MUSICAL COMEDY, LAUNCHES NATIONAL TOUR IN NORTH TEXAS!

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, the award-winning musical comedy that played Broadway from 2012-2013, will launch its national tour in North Texas next month. The tour kicks off at the Music Hall at Fair Park September 2-14, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Then the tour rolls into Fort Worth, where it’ll play at Bass Performance Hall September 16-21, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

It’s the Roaring Twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes!

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is filled to the brim with classic songs, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin.

The musical comedy features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) inspired by material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. The production features direction and choreography by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes), recreated by David Eggers.

The creative team also includes Shoko Kambara (scenic design, based on the original Broadway scenic design by Derek McLane), Martin Pakledinaz (costume design), Amy Clark (costume coordinator), Paul Toben (lighting design, based on the original Broadway lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski), Keith Caggiano (sound design, based on the original Broadway sound design by Brian Ronan) and Paul Huntley (hair and wig design).

Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane will star as wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter and feisty bootlegger Billie Bendix, respectively. The tour will also feature Reed Campbell as Cookie McGee, Aaron Fried as Duke Mahoney, Stephanie Gandolfo as Jeannie Muldoon, Stephanie Harter Gilmore as Duchess Estonia Dulworth, Benjamin Perez as Senator Max Evergreen, Rachael Scarr as Eileen Evergreen, Thomas Schario as Chief Berry and Barbara Weetman as Millicent Winter.

Rounding out the company are Jessica Bare, Christian Bufford, Elyse Collier, Carl DeForrest Hendin, Nick Jones, Kristina King, Alison Morooney, Sarah Primmer, Kevin Michael Raponey, Chelsea Jane Ryan, Justin Schuman, Heather Stinson and Chris Woods.

For Dallas tickets: Single tickets, priced from $15-$85, are available at The Box Office, 5959 Preston Royal Shopping Center #542 in Dallas, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount and priority seating.  Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email groups@dallassummermusicals.org.

For Fort Worth tickets: Single tickets, priced from $38.50-$99, are available online at www.basshall.com, over the phone at 817-212-4280 or in person at the Bass Hall Box Office.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. For group sales call 817-212-4248 or email groupsales@basshall.com.

For more information, please visit www.dallassummermusicals.org and www.basshall.com.

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For Dallas Summer Musicals, please contact Jo Ann Holt at 469-363-7371 or joannholt@gmail.com.

For Performing Arts Fort Worth, please contact Malcolm Mayhew at 817-212-4319 or mmayhew@basshall.com.


Dallas Loves Evita, on stage now thru April 27th!

April 18th, 2014

Originally posted on April 18, 2014 at 9:04am
Updated on April 25, 2014 at 5:20pm

Hello DSM fans!

This is your go to post for all things EVITA THE MUSICAL! Check out our inside look into the show with behind the scenes footage! Also, check out the great interviews with the cast, reviews from the critics, and articles about the show. We’ll be updating this frequently, so check back later for more!

INTERVIEWS, & PERFORMANCES

Josh Young (Che in EVITA) performed the National Anthem at the Texas Rangers game on Monday, April 14th. Click here to see it! (Please note, the beginning was accidentally cut off from the video.)

Krystina Alabado (Mistress in EVITA) performed “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” on The Broadcast TV. Click here for the performance.

Interview with Alison Mahoney (Ensemble in EVITA) on CW33 Nightcap. Click here for the interview.

Katerina Papacostas (Evita u/s in EVITA) performed “Buenos Aires” on WFAA Good Morning Texas on Thursday, April 17th. Click here for performance.

Alison Mahoney (Ensemble in EVITA) on StageTalk.net. Click here for interview.

Josh Young interview on WFAA Midday News. Click here for interview.

REVIEWS

Check out our Opening Night Interviews with the Dallas audience!

 

“Impeccable ‘Evita’ national tour is a stunning success in Dallas” by Nancy Churnin, The Dallas Morning News – Click here for full review.

“Evita” by John Garcia, The Column – Click here for full review.

“Theater Review: ‘Evita'” by Mark Lowry with Fort Worth Star Telegram – Click here for review.

“Nothing to Cry About” by David Novinski with TheaterJones.com – Click here for review.

“EVITA-THE MUSICAL” by Gary Murray with Selig Film News – Click here for review.

“Evita – Dallas Summer Musicals Review and Interview with Krystina Alabado” by Gadi Elkon – Click here for review and interview.

“Musical Theater Review: EVITA” by Sherri Tilley with The Flash List – Click here for review.

“Evita: The Broadway Musical Now In Dallas At Dallas Summer Musicals” by Vanna Collins – Click here for the review.

“Evita” by Drew Jackson, EDGE Dallas – Click here for review.

INSIDE LOOK, ARTICLES & FEATURES

Q&A with Josh Young on TheaterJones with Cathy O’Neal – Click here for interview!

“Tony nominee Josh Young is playing Che a new way” by Nancy Churnin, The Dallas Morning News – Click here for the full article.

Check out our photo album full of behind the scenes pics of the cast around Dallas!

Spiritual Leader of the Nation: Eva ‘Evita’ Perón of Argentina – Click here for the DSM blog post.

EVITA and Argentine History – Click here for the DSM blog post.

Things to Know About The Revival of EVITA – Click here for the DSM blog post.

EVITA – A Historical Background for Characters – Click here for the DSM blog post.

A Timeline of Events: EVITA and Eva Perón – Click here for the DSM blog post.

 

Keep checking back for more exciting videos, photos, and more!

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EVITA is on stage now thru April 27th at the Music Hall at Fair Park! Tickets start at $15 – go to www.dallassummermusicals.org/shows_evita.shtm for tickets and details!

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda


A Timeline of Events: EVITA and Eva Perón

April 17th, 2014

Been wondering the timeline of the events in EVITA? Check it out below!

  • Eva Duarte was born May 17, 1919, in Los Toldos, a small village 150 miles west of Buenos Aires. Youngest of five illegitimate children, her parents never married. Her father died in 1926 and the family moved to Junin, where she met tango singer Agustin Magaldi as a teenager.
  • Eva moved to Buenos Aires (at age 15) with Magaldi in 1935 to become an actress
  • June 1943: The Grupo de Oficiales Unidos (GOU), who believe that only military dictatorship can bring glory to Argentina, march into Buenos Aires and depose President Castillo. Juan Perón becomes Chief of the Secretariat of the War Ministry.
  • January 1944: Eva met Juan Perón at a fundraising concert for earthquake victims.
  • 1944: President Ramirez breaks off relations with Nazi Germany and is deposed. The new President Farrell makes Perón Minister of War and of Labour, and later Vice President.
  • 1945: Perón and Eva court the support of the working class – “descamisados” – whose wages increase when Peron combines the unions into one big organization, the Confederation General de Trabejo. The Military powers become worried with Perón’s increasing power, and they demand his resignation.
  • October 1945: Plaza de Mayo is the scene of a massive pro-Perón demonstration with 50,000-100,000 workers calling for the re-instatement of Perón. Perón is released and appears in triumph on the Casa Rosada balcony. Perón and Eva marry in a private ceremony.
  • Perón is elected president in February 1946.
  • Eva Perón becomes First Lady of Argentina. She is hated by the aristocracy and military, and loved by the working class; she tells them she is taking riches only for them, so they may inherit them in the future. She also campaigned heavily for women’s suffrage (achieved in 1951)
  • Rainbow tour: In June 1947, Eva embarked on a tour of Europe, to gain the new regime respectability in the Old World, to bury old associations with Nazi Germany and to re-open European markets for meat and grain. 150,000 people saw her off at the airport; she was enthusiastically welcomed in Spain, treated with some respect in Italy, tolerated in Paris, insulted in Switzerland and snubbed in Great Britain.
  • 1949: The Peronist Women’s Party is set up, with Eva as its President
  • October 1951: On the sixth anniversary of her first appearance on the Casa Rosada balcony, Eva makes her last public pronouncement, urging all who lover her to understand that her life has been devoted to the people, her country and Perón. Juan Perón declares October 17 “Santa Evita’s Day”
  • June 4, 1952 Juan Perón is sworn in for his second term as President. Eva collapse later that day in the Casa Rosada.
  • July 26, 1952, Eva Perón died of cancer in Buenos Aires, at age 33.
  • 1952-1974: The working class slowly began to lose faith in Perón. His opposition began to get bolder, and in 1955, military leaders seized power in Cordoba and were able to drive Peron out. He spent the next 18 years in exile, mainly in Venezuela and Spain. Despite the fact that the new government made any support of Perón illegal (including even saying his name in public), he maintained great influence over Argentine politics from exile, and candidates he supported frequently won elections. By 1973, millions were clamoring for him to return and he was re-elected, but died of a heart attack in 1974.

Please note that many of these dates and details have been debated by experts and are not 100% confirmed.

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EVITA is on stage now thru April 27th! Click here for more information and tickets.

Want to read about the history of Eva Peron? Click here to see our previous blog post.

Want to read about the history behind the major scenes in EVITA? Click here to see our previous blog post.

Want to read things to know about the revival of Evita? Click here to see our previous blog post.

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda


Evita – A Historical Background for Characters

April 16th, 2014

Earlier this week, I did a blog post about the lady herself, Eva Peron! (Missed it? Click here!) Now I wanted to share a little history about some of the other real-life characters in EVITA, on stage now thru April 27th at the Music Hall at Fair Park!

JUAN PERÓN

Ambitious military figure who is initially ousted from power and then elected President of Argentina in 1946 and creates a powerful government administration with Evita’s help.

Juan Perón’s father was of Sardinian descent and the real family name was Peróni. His formative years were spent on a sheep ranch in the remote southern region of Patagonia. At school he was more successful on the athletics field than in the classroom and he gained admission to the Colegio Militar (Military College) at the age of 16 in 1911.

He continued to excel in sports, graduated two years later as a second lieutenant and progressed to Sargento Cabral Officers’ School. Leaving there as Captain Perón, he entered the Escuela Superior de Guerra (Superior War School) where he became Professor of Military History and was appointed to the War Ministry. He wrote several military volumes and was acknowledged as an expert on matters martial.

In 1936 he was appointed military attache in Chile and his next posting took him to Italy. He absorbed the politics of Mussolini and visited other European states, including Hitler’s Germany. Returning to Argentina and its corrupt regime, Perón believed that only military rule could bring glory back to Argentina. He was instrumental in founding the Grupo de Oficiales Unidos (Group of United Officers) whose policy was simply to establish a military dictatorship. They met little resistance and staged a coup in 1943. Perón became Chief of the Secretariat of the War Ministry – an important man who could help Eva continue to succeed under the new regime.

Perón’s military experience made him painfully aware that he could not survive in office with military backing alone. If his political ambitions were to be realized he needed the support of the majority – the labor forces of Argentina. With this in mind, he obtained the position of Director of the National

Labor Department which in 1943 was elevated to become the Secretariat of Labor and Public Welfare. The 1944 earthquake disaster in San Juan provided him with a further boost to his popularity as he set up a Relief Fund and made sure that the press coverage concentrated on his caring side.

CHE

Our narrator, Che is the charismatic, passionate, hopeful yet cynical guide through the events of Evita’s life. As he narrates, he is present in many scenes, playing different “roles” to provide insight, criticism and commentary from a variety of perspectives.

In Argentina people use the expression “che” in the way that English speakers use “hey” to attract someone’s attention. Argentineans often begin conversations with “Che (name) how are you etc…” As a term of affection it can also be used in the way we might say chum or buddy. Che therefore seemed an appropriate name for the narrator character of Evita. During discussions about the original 1978 production of Evita, the character evolved into a representation of the revolutionary Che Guevara although he would never actually have met Eva Perón. For this new production the creative team have returned the narrator figure’s anonymous status. As an everyman character Che is able to comment more naturally, and directly, on the developments in Eva’s life and career.

MAGALDI

Tango musician who is Evita’s first love interest. He is her “ticket” from small town life to the excitement and possibility of Buenos Aires.

THE MISTRESS

Juan Perón’s lover who Evita sends packing in order to take her place center stage in Perón’s life.

It is a fact that when Perón began his relationship with Eva, the mistress she usurped was just 16 years old and he would occasionally pass her off as his daughter. Rumors of his sexual proclivity may have been exaggerated, but he did seem to like his women young. Eva was 24 years his junior and his third wife was 35 years younger than him.

ENSEMBLE • THE PEOPLE

The ensemble represents the variety of people of Argentina as Evita makes her rise to power and prestige, most dramatically as The Descamisados – “shirtless ones.”

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EVITA is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park thru April 27th! Click here for details and tickets.

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda


Things to Know About The Revival of EVITA

April 16th, 2014

The benefits of reviving a show on Broadway is that it can be reinvented and refreshed as if it is a new story being told. Of course, with EVITA, this is not only a musical that has had it’s place in history, but it is one that is full and rich with real-life history. Here are some things to know about the changes and updates that have been made to this iconic and classic musical.

FOCUS ON AUTHENTICITY

The creative team has done extensive research about Argentina and the Peróns to present a more authentic look at the story, while still paying homage to the iconic moments.

When ALW and Tim Rice wrote Evita in the 1970s, only Rice had visited Argentina, and there wasn’t as much accessible information about the Peróns outside of Argentina as there is today.

In the 1970s, Latin culture was less familiar to the general English and American public than it is now so the musical was written with an admittedly “Anglo” perspective of Argentine culture for an audience that wouldn’t have had a reference.

ALW and David Cullen have re-orchestrated the show to give it a more authentic, Latin sound.

Rob Ashford’s choreography reflects a more Argentinean style by incorporating tango. Furthermore, this production features more dance than any of its predecessors as dance is an inherent and important part of the Argentine culture.

The design is inspired by Argentine architecture.

NEW SONG

There is a new song added to the score since the original production: Oscar-winning “You Must Love Me” – written for the 1996 film and was included in the ‘06 London production.

CHE

In this production, the narrating role of Che is as it was written for the original concept album – an “everyman” (in Argentina, “che” means “guy”) that serves as the voice of the people; not Che Guevara. Using Che Guevara as inspiration for the role was a choice made by the original production’s director, Hal Prince.

Webber & Rice have said they wrote the role of Che with a pop/rock star in mind (specifically: David Essex)

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Want to read about the history of Eva Peron? Click here to see our previous blog post.

Want to read about the history behind the major scenes in EVITA? Click here to see our previous blog post.

EVITA is on stage now thru April 27th at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for tickets and more information.

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda


Evita and Agentine History

April 15th, 2014

The classic and iconic musical EVITA is on stage now thru April 27th!

Are you coming to see the show? Great! Here are some historical facts for you to take a look at before you come and see the show. I love how this show is so rich in history!

EVITA and ARGENTINE HISTORY

BUENOS AIRES

The name of Argentina’s capital city translates as “Fair Winds.” Not only is it the largest city and port in Argentina, but one of the largest cities in the world. Strongly influenced by European culture, it is often referred to as the Paris of South America and is renowned for its sophistication and nightlife. The city was federalized in the 19th century and removed from the Buenos Aires province. At the same time the city limits were extended to absorb the former towns of Belgrano and Flores. In changes to the country’s constitution in 1994 Buenos Aires was declared an autonomous city. The population of the greater Buenos Aires area was recently estimated at eleven million people. It would have been about two million when Eva arrived in 1935.

LUNA PARK

Eva and Perón met at a charity event held in aid of Perón’s Relief Fund to benefit the thousands of San Juan earthquake victims. The final concert of a fundraising “artistic festival” was held at the Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires on January 22, 1944 and Perón invited many film and radio stars to appear, including Eva. Having met, they spent most of the night together and left the festivities together in the early hours. Scandalously, they moved in together soon after and were married the following year. Eva later recalled the gala as her “marvelous day.”

TANGO

The national dance of Argentina, Tango was originally introduced by Spanish settlers from Spain and Morocco. The Argentinean tango originated around 1880 in the bars, gambling houses and brothels on the periphery of Buenos Aires. The distinctive style may have grown from the gauchos visiting brothels. The close contact was shocking in an age when social dancing involved group patterns and certainly no closed holds between man and woman. Argentina developed very fast between 1880 and 1930 and was one of the ten richest nations in the world. The nobility all had second homes in Europe. Holding Argentinean parties to impress their foreign neighbors, the tango became the hit of Parisian salons and gained respectability in Rome and Berlin. In London, Tango Teas were enormously popular and the craze reached America too, helped by the onscreen presence of Rudolph Valentino in the 1920s. Now so popular with the upper classes in Europe, the dance returned to its homeland and was reclaimed by the people of Argentina as one of their national treasures.

THE WEALTHY FEW

Argentinean economic development during the 20th century was rapid due to foreign investment, mainly from Great Britain. Argentina was a British colony in all but name, with British railways, trams, banks, telephones, water systems, clubs, newspapers and sports. There was even a branch of the famous department store Harrods. The country was rich but all the wealth was in the hands of very few.

DESCAMISADOS

The literal translation of Descamisados is “shirtless ones.” While the well-to-do had coined the phrase as an insult to the workers, Eva adopted the phrase for the lower classes, whose support she craved, and turned it into a badge of honor.

THE CASA ROSADA

The Casa Rosada is the official Presidential Palace and Government Headquarters. It is situated on the Eastern side of the Plaza de Mayo at the heart of Buenos Aires. The name (translated as Pink House or Rosy Palace) is derived from the shocking pink color of the external walls. Dating back to the foundation of the city, it is constructed on the site of a fortress, post office and customs house. It was remodelled in 1776 when Buenos Aires became the capital of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. The current building dates from 1873 and was built and painted during the Presidency of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. The famous balcony is traditionally used to address the population gathered in the huge square facing it. As well as Eva, General Galtieri, Diego Maradona and Pope John Paul II have all been seen on the balcony in worldwide media coverage. In the 1996 film of Evita, Madonna sang “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” on the real balcony. It is believed that Sarmiento chose the shocking pink color of the external walls in an attempt to defuse tension between the two opposing political parties of the time which were represented by the colors red and white. The original color was more likely to have been the result of the cow or bull’s blood which was mixed into the paint in order to help preserve the building’s plaster from the humid climate.

RAINBOW TOUR

As Argentina took its place in the United Nations after the war, Eva Perón embarked on a much-publicized tour of Europe in 1947 as part of a public relations exercise. She met dignitaries in a number of countries including Spain, Italy and France and the whole event was engineered as a nonpolitical tour without Juan Perón at her side. She was well-received in Spain, but the reception in Italy was less effusive. She suffered exhaustion during the tour which was not helped when the British King, George VI, refused to give her the honor of a state visit. Eva did not go to the United Kingdom and a visit to Switzerland went particularly badly (opposition rumors in Argentina even suggested the whole tour was planned to deposit funds in a Swiss bank account). She soon returned home with enough positive press behind her, and the “Rainbow Tour” became part of the iconography that surrounds her to this day.

THE SOCIAL AID FOUNDATION

Eva Perón’s Social Aid Foundation was established to eclipse every other charity in Argentina so that Eva could be revenged on the aristocratic officials of the Society of the Ladies of Benevolence. They had snubbed her by not offering her the role of Honorary President, as was the custom for the President’s wife. By the year of her death the Foundation’s income was equal to one third of the entire Argentine national budget (in the region of 100 million dollars). It paid no tax, received one fifth of the profits from the national lottery, and businesses and the stock exchange were obliged to make donations. Hospitals and schools were built but there were occasions where money was literally thrown in the air or people applied for welfare by lottery, hoping to have their names selected by Eva’s aides. No financial records were kept.

 

EVITA is on stage now thru April 27th at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Get your tickets now by clicking here!

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See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda


Spiritual Leader of the Nation: Eva ‘Evita’ Perón of Argentina

April 14th, 2014

Spiritual Leader of the Nation:
Eva ‘Evita’ Perón of Argentina

Officially María Eva Duarte de Perón, known as Eva Perón and affectionately nicknamed Evita, this pivotal Argentinian figure not only won her nation’s heart in her short lifetime, but also had a major impact on the country’s politics. With the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical Evita touring North America in 2013, discover the life of the ‘spiritual leader of Argentina’.

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Born in 1919, Evita grew up in rural Argentina in a village called Los Toldos (where there is now a museum situated in the house of her birth). Her mother was the mistress of Juan Duarte and Evita was the youngest of five children from this relationship. Eventually her father abandoned this second family for his legal one, leaving Evita’s mother in financial hardships. Eager to make a name and fortune for herself, Evita left for Buenos Aries at the age of 15.

Evita is celebrated in Argentina for her passion and commitment towards the working class in Argentinian politics. Although she youthfully dreamed of becoming an actress, it was meeting her future husband, Juan Perón, which would change the direction of her life. At the time of their meeting Juan was the Secretary of Labour and Social Welfare, and aspired to become the President. Marrying in 1945, the two worked together to campaign for Juan’s presidency and were immensely popular with the working class because of their focus on workers’ rights and welfare. Many elite figures were reportedly threatened by this, and consequentially sanctioned Juan’s arrest before the election. However, after hundreds of thousands of protestors gathered in front of the Government house demanding his release, he was soon freed, allowing him to gain victory in the Presidential Election of 1946.

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Although holding no official political title other than First Lady, Evita was reportedly the Secretary of Labour ‘in everything but name’. She actively and passionately campaigned for workers’ rights, social welfare and higher wages, and was often made public appearances in places such as hospitals and factories, gaining further support. She was also renowned for her charity work, and even started her own organization called the Eva Perón Foundation, which helped children from disadvantaged backgrounds gain scholarships and financial assistance. On top of this, Evita was a supporter of women’s rights, and she is considered to have been influential in the gaining of women’s suffrage in 1947. Evita created the Female Peronist Party, further helping women become more active in politics in Argentina.

With incredible popularity and the nation behind her, Evita considered running for Vice President under her husband in the 1952 elections. This caused tremendous political controversy, with the Argentinian military and the upper class officials outraged at the proposal, while her vast number of supporters literally cheered in their millions at a mass rally, encouraging her to officialise her candidacy. Several days after this rally Evita announced over the radio that she would not run as Vice President. Unknown to her at the time, Evita had advanced cervical cancer and feeling her health degenerating she was unsure whether she had the endurance for the campaign. Instead she continued to support her husband, helping him secure his re-election in June 1952. A little over a month later, she passed away and the country mourned her death. In a ceremony after this sad day, Evita was given the official title, ‘Spiritual Leader of the Nation’.

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Evita inspired and changed a nation, and the love held towards her can still be felt in Argentina. In an attempt to capture this story and share it with the world, many artists and writers have used Evita as the subject of their work. One such project was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1976 Broadway Evita. With the lyrics written by Tim Rice, this musical was an international success and songs such as ‘Don’t Cry for me Argentina’ have become a part of musical history. This production was recently revived in Broadway in 2012, and has commenced a North American Tour throughout 2013. Re-exploring the life and influence of this national icon and receiving critical acclaim, Evita is ensuring that the world remembers the passion of Eva Perón, a woman who will forever be remembered as the spiritual leader of Argentina.

EVITA is live on stage presented by Dallas Summer Musicals April 15-27 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Watch a sneak peek by clicking here!

For more information about the show and to get tickets, visit www.dallassummermusicals.org.

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Article By Andrew Kingsford-Smith


Evita Returns to Dallas April 15 – 27!

April 10th, 2014

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NATIONAL TOUR OF
TIM RICE’S AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S

EVITA

IS COMING TO DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS
FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT APRIL 15-27
AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

Dallas, TX…Experience the passion and seduction in this elegant masterpiece, Tony Award®-winning musical EVITA.

Dallas Summer Musicals presents EVITA April 15-27, 2014 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Single tickets are priced from $20-$90, available at The Box Office, 5959 Preston Royal Shopping Center #542 in Dallas, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount and priority seating. Please call 214-426-GROUP214-426-GROUP (4768) or email groups@dallassummermusicals.org.

Directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford, this is the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago. The New York Post said “The wait was worth it: packed with memorable tunes, EVITA is a MODERN MASTERPIECE!”

Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.”

Produced by Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders and Troika Entertainment, the creative team includes tour director Seth Sklar-Heyn, tour choreographer Chris Bailey, Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Neil Austin, Olivier Award-winning sound designer Mick Potter, wig and hair designer Richard Mawbey, projection designer Zachary Borovay, and music supervisor Kristen Blodgette, music director/conductor William Waldrop, orchestrations are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen, and dance arrangements are by David Chase.

Josh Young who is performing the role of “Che” in the current national tour, is playing the part as it was originally written, as did his predecessor on Broadway.  The narrating role of “Che” is reverted to the way it was conceived for the concept album – as an ‘everyman’ of the lower/working class, serving as the voice of the people, not Che Guevara.

Using Che Guevara as inspiration for the role was a choice made by Hal Prince when he staged the original production.

EVITA stars Caroline Bowman as Eva Peron, Tony-Award nominee Josh Young as Che and Sean McLaughlin as Juan Peron.  The cast also features Desi Oakley as the alternate for Eva Peron, Christopher Johnstone as Magaldi and Krystina Alabado as the Mistress.  EVITA, written by Tim Rice, with a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford.

DSM 2014 season shows continue with MAMMA MIA!, June 3-15, 2014; and NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, September 2-14, 2014.

Please visit www.dallassummermusicals.org for a complete schedule of performances or more information about Dallas Summer Musicals.

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For media information, including photos, interviews or reviewer passes, please contact Jo Ann Holt at joannholt@gmail.com or 469-363-7371469-363-7371.


The Wizard of Oz in Dallas March 18-30!

March 24th, 2014

Originally posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:03am
Updated post on April 2, 2014 at 11:15am

Hello DSM fans and fellow Ozians!

This is your go to post for all things THE WIZARD OF OZ! Check out our inside look into the show with behind the scenes footage! Also, check out the great interviews with the cast, reviews from the critics, and articles about the show.

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Inside Look Videos and Photos

For photos of the cast around Dallas, special events, inside look, and more, click here!

Click here to see a sneak peek of the show!

“Nigel The Rescue Dog is the Ultimate Toto in ‘The Wizard of Oz'” by Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning NewsClick here for article.

“‘Wizard of Oz’ Star Knows There’s No Place Like Home.” by Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News – Click here for article.

Interviews and Performances

Interview with David A. Rogers, the show’s conductor and a Dallas native by TheaterJones.com – Click here for full interview.

Danielle Wade (Dorothy) performs “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” on WFAA Good Morning Texas – Click here for performance.

Interview with David A. Rogers, the show’s conductor and a Dallas native by CBS 11’s Teresa Frosini – Click here for full interview.

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (The Wicked Witch of the West) performs “Red Shoe Blues” on FOX4 Good Day – Click here for performance.

Interview with Danielle Wade (Dorothy) on The Broadcast TV with Amy Kushnir – Click here for interview.

Interview with Danielle Wade (Dorothy) on StageTalk.net – Click here for interview.

Reviews

Click here to see what the Dallas audience had to say about Opening Night!

“A spectacular ‘Wizard’ with a gentle heart at Dallas Summer Musicals” by Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News – Click here for review.

“No Place Like Home” by  Cheryl Callon with TheaterJones.com – Click here for review.

“Musical Theatre Review: The Wizard of Oz” by Sherri Tilley with The Flash List – Click here for review.

“‘The Wizard of Oz’ Is A Musical Joy to Behold” by James McDonald with Red Carpet Crash – Click here for review.

“‘The Wizard of Oz-The Musical'” by Gary Murray with Selig Film News – Click here for review.

The Wizard of Oz was on stage at the Music Hall at Fair Park March 18-30, 2014.

-DSM Amanda


We Will Rock You The Musical in Dallas!

March 11th, 2014

Originally posted on 3/11/14 at 4:05pm
Updated on 3/14/14 at 1:05pm

Hello DSM and WE WILL ROCK YOU fans!

This is your go to post for all things WE WILL ROCK YOU! Check out our inside look into the show with behind the scenes footage! Also, check out the great interviews with the cast, reviews from the critics, and articles about the show. We’ll be adding more as the show continues, so keep checking back here!

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Inside Look Videos and Photos

Ruby Lewis Photo Exclusive on Playbill.com – http://www.playbill.com/news/article/186790-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Scaramouche-Scaramouche-On-the-Road-With-We-Will-Rock-You-Leading-Lady-Ruby-Lewis?tsrc=hph

Sneak Peek Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak0lKa8h5FA

The Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU in Dallas Photo Album – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152388497178465.1073741841.23412623464&type=3

Interviews and Performances

Interview with Ruby Lewis by Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News – http://artsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/03/we-will-rock-you-star-ruby-lewis-talks-about-rocking-the-music-hall-at-fair-park.html/

The Broadcast TV Performance with Brian Justin Crum and Ruby Lewis – http://www.ktxdtv.com/story/24892146/we-will-rock-you

Interview with Ryan Knowles for StageTalk.net – http://www.prophotography.com/stage/WWRY/index.html

Performance on Good Morning Texas with with Brian Justin Crum and Ruby Lewis – http://www.wfaa.com/good-morning-texas/We-Will-Rock-You-cast-rocks-the-GMT-stage-248856711.html

Interview with Erika Peck by Gadi Elkon – http://gadielkon.com/2014/03/will-rock-dallas-summer-musicals-interview-erika-peck-oz/#.Ux9zx7Q_wik

Interview with P.J. Griffith by TheaterJones – http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/features/20140303103358/2014-03-04/QA-PJ-Griffith

Reviews

Opening Night Video – http://youtu.be/Z1EVcHW5Opg

Kory with CBS Radio – KVIL – http://kvil.cbslocal.com/2014/03/10/korys-review-we-will-rock-you-dallas-summer-musicals/

John Garcia with The Column Online – http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/03-05-2014_WE-WILL-ROCK-YOU/

Thor Christensen with The Dallas Morning News – http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/arts/headlines/20140305-review-jukebox-musical-we-will-rock-you-nails-queens-camp-and-swagger-in-dallas-premiere.ece

Punch Saw with Fort Worth Star Telegram – http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/03/05/5623985/stage-review-we-will-rock-you.html

Gary Murray with Selig Film News – http://seligfilmnews.com/2014/03/will-rock/#.Ux9zs7Q_wik

Shari Goldstein Stern with White Rock Lake Weekly – http://whiterocklakeweekly.com/view/full_story/24703341/article-THEATER-Queen-s-music-transforms-DSM-s-rockin–stage

Dallas Voice – http://www.dallasvoice.com/consciences-queen-10169104.html

Keep checking back for more videos, articles, and much much more!

-DSM Amanda


We Will Rock You’s creators talk about the show

March 6th, 2014

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We Will Rock You’s creators talk about the show
By Jeff Lunden

 Long before We Will Rock You, the rock theatrical featuring the songs of the super group Queen, became an enormous hit in London and throughout the world, it was simply an idea tossed out by an Academy Award-winning actor.  More than a dozen years ago, Robert De Niro, who’s also a film and theater producer, approached the surviving members of Queen about taking their catalogue and turning it into a musical.  “I’m not a fan of musicals as a genre,” says drummer/songwriter Roger Taylor, “so, basically, it’s nothing I was ever interested in.”  Still, he and the band’s two other members decided to give it a try.  Guitarist/ songwriter Brian May says the original idea was to make the show a biography of the late Freddie Mercury, Queen’s flamboyant lead vocalist, who died of AIDS in 1991.  “We began to get keen on the idea,” he explains.  But though they did a couple of theatrical workshops, the piece didn’t gel.  “We didn’t really feel comfortable with portraying our lives and Freddie’s life — it just didn’t seem to sit well.”

Enter Ben Elton, a multi-hyphenate stand-up comic-novelist-playwright-television writer, whose resume includes musicals with Andrew Lloyd Webber and writing for the cult TV series, Blackadder.  Taylor and May approached him about finding a way to put Queen’s songs into a theatrical setting.  “The reason they wanted to speak with me,’ says Elton, is “because I principally work in comedy – comedy with content.  Queen has always had an immense sense of fun, never taking themselves too seriously.  You can see it in everything Freddie did and the costumes they wore.  They were very aware of the sort of theatrical silliness of performance.”

Elton was a Queen fan to begin with, and appreciates the band’s continued popularity.  “Queen’s music is so ubiquitous and all-pervasive.  It belongs to us all,” he says.  But he “became a much bigger fan when I began to investigate the studio albums, after Queen approached me.”  Elton says the band’s songs – which fill two greatest hits albums – are “extraordinary; even more eclectic and varied than you would know.”   And, he adds, they have an “exuberance and sense of theater.”

The playwright and director crafted a satirical story set three hundred years in the future, a “tongue-in-cheek legend.”  Elton wove twenty of Queen’s biggest hits into the dystopian narrative, which features a hero and heroine named Galileo and Scaramouche, a villainous Killer Queen and a group of underground rebels called the Bohemians.  “I had this image of a guitar buried in rock, a world where rock music is banned, where live rock and roll is seen as the enemy of kind of computer-recorded industrialized-pop that is downloaded directly into the kids’ bedrooms, without recourse to their individuality,” he says.  “And so that was where I began; the idea of one last guitar with which rock and roll will be reborn, and live music will again be played on the planet.”

The man who wielded Queen’s axe, guitarist Brian May, says integrating songs into the story turned out to be pretty easy: “Strangely enough, it wasn’t that difficult to put the songs in there, because a lot of Queen stuff is about finding yourself, finding freedom, breaking away from where you are, breaking in to the world.  You know, “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,”  “I Want to Break Free.”  It’s kind of all there.  Most of the songs are delivered intact without even any lyric changes.”  May says they did change some of the lyrics to their hit, “Radio Ga Ga.”  He says it “becomes a song about what’s happening in the future; everything’s Internet, everything’s advertising, the kids have no freedom to think for themselves.”

We Will Rock You opened in London eleven years ago, and has played at the Dominion Theatre ever since.  It’s even a bigger international hit.  Productions have played in Australia, Japan, Spain, Russia, South Africa and Canada, among other places.  A sit down version played in Las Vegas.  Writer/director Ben Elton says the show appeals not only to fans of Queen, but to broad audiences.   “You don’t need to be a Queen fan to love it,” he says, chuckling.  “You do need to be a rock and roll fan – you do need to like your rock!” For the North American tour, Elton has made script changes, as he does for every production.  He says he adapts things for the individual skills of the actors cast.  And also, “because there’s a lot of reference to popular culture, a lot of fun to be had with the history of rock and roll and the grandiose sort of vanities of rock stars and their excesses,” he’s constantly updating the script.

As they have since the beginning, band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are actively involved in selecting not just the actors, but the musicians who will accompany the tour.  “We put together the band, you know it’s a completely live show,” says Taylor.  “And the band has to be very, very hot and we personally audition them.  It’s become a huge family of musicians, all of whom are great.   I love those guitarists who can do stuff that I can’t do! ” On occasion, May has been known to join the band for the show’s finale.

It was May who dubbed We Will Rock You a “rock theatrical” and the moniker stuck.  The show features the kind of lighting and video projections that are part and parcel of the kind of arena rock Queen used to play.  For the first time ever, Freddie Mercury’s epic hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is performed live onstage.  The original version featured 180 vocal overdubs – onstage the choral parts are sung live by the entire cast.  By the end of the show, Elton says “We’ve got a triumvirate of songs, which are stadium pleasers, and you can’t NOT be on your feet!”  Brian May says over eleven years: “It’s never happened that people didn’t get up and get into it.  So, it’s a joy.  I love watching it and I love being a part of it.”  Drummer Roger Taylor says he’s pretty sure audiences for the North American tour will react the same way: “I just hope the audiences leave the theater with a feeling of having been uplifted, having laughed a lot and having been ROCKED.”

WE WILL ROCK YOU is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals March 4-16, 2014 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Great seats still available! Visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/yzbh33?brand=dallasmusicals for tickets and http://dallassummermusicals.org/shows_wewillrockyou.shtm for more information!


The Continuing Evolution of WE WILL ROCK YOU!

March 5th, 2014

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By Ben Elton

Way back in the year 2000, I got the chance to write the book for a musical based around Queens greatest hits. Queen had a terrific sense of humour and also quite a futuristic vibe (Flash! Ah ah!). Also, a kind of legendary feel, so I came up with a comical Dystopian ‘legend’. Sword in the Stone meets the Matrix. Except the sword was a guitar.

The story imagined a world where technology is sufficiently advanced to allow the media entertainment machine to download the latest homogenised pop music, games and videos directly to every consumer on Earth at once. Thus creating a bleak and lonely world where the most significant relationship an individual has is with their personal computer.

Clearly events have rather overtaken what, at the time, still seemed a futuristic vision. The ‘wrist held’ communicators of our original design through which the kids downloaded their every influence are scarcely a futuristic idea now everyone has a smart phone. There was no American Idol in 2000, no YouTube and no social networking. For a story about the death of live rock through a Net empowered corporate media machine, these are not developments that are possible to ignore.

Back then, I called my brave new world Planet Mall, imagining Earth as one vast shopping precinct. A couple of years ago, I changed the name to the iPlanet. Nobody goes shopping in real time anymore.

And that’s the great and exiting privilege I have with We Will Rock You. Because it’s still running in London and now being produced around the world, I get the chance to update the script.

For example, in the story, our two teen rebels are captured and the police plant tracking bugs in their heads. These days we’re all tracked; my wife can see where our three children are at all times by looking at ‘Find My Phone’.  Most young people actually announce their whereabouts themselves on social networking. If the cops want to get someone they can just follow their tweets. Because of WWRY’s longevity, I get to play with these developments and work them into the script.

We even get to use different songs when it feels right. Queen’s hit catalogue is too vast to include them all, so for instance, You’re My Best Friend is not in the London show. There is, however, a scene where our two leads run away and discuss their loneliness and isolation. They realize that they are both friendless. These days, with the arrival of social networking, loneliness and isolation have taken on a very different form. It tends to be experienced not so much in the corners of cafes and schoolrooms but via headphones and a tiny screen. In 2013, it seemed ridiculous for two kids to discuss friendship without reference to Facebook. Young people now live in a world where it’s possible to have many virtual ‘friends’ and ‘likes’ and yet still be entirely isolated and alone. Factoring this into the story has added a whole new layer in which real friendship in real time is viewed with suspicion as almost deviant behaviour. The new dialogue with this very changed emphasis brought the song You’re My Best Friend into the show.

Likewise, the stunning outreach and ubiquity of Broadband which has occurred in the last decade has led me to introduce the rock anthem Now I’m Here (Now I’m There) into the evil Killer Queen’s repertoire.

Apart from addressing the broader social and technological changes, I also get the chance to update moments of topical humour. In the story, a group of rebels called Bohemians fashion themselves on half forgotten Rock Gods and so the script is peppered with references to rock and pop. Britney Spears for instance is the subject of a gag, but during the time of her very public emotional problems I took it out because what had been a fun and supportive joke suddenly felt dark and wrong. Happily, Britney’s back in the show but during her absence, Posh Spice, Hilary Duff and Jessica Simpson all took a bow. Clay Aiken was a presence in the early days but Idols come and go; he’s moved on and so have we. When I was looking at the script for our upcoming US tour, I put in a reference to Hannah Montana. Since then, Miley Cyrus has twerked her way to ubiquity and so the gag had to change. Twerking is in the show now of course, but I think it will have a short shelf life.

In the long run, the show is a celebration of live music. Something well worth celebrating in a world where the majority of ‘live’ music is a semi lip synched dance show taking place in a vast arena. And which the audience experience through a sea of camera phones including their own. Long live rock n’ roll.

WE WILL ROCK YOU is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals March 4-16, 2014 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Great seats still available! Visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/yzbh33?brand=dallasmusicals for tickets and http://dallassummermusicals.org/shows_wewillrockyou.shtm for more information!


The Wizard of Oz Comes to Dallas March 18-30!

March 3rd, 2014

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Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals
Music Hall at Fair Park
March 18-30, 2014

 Dallas, TX….Dallas Summer Musicals is delighted to announce that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play March 18-30 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Single tickets are priced from $20-$90, on sale now at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, #542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, or any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Mini packs for any four DSM shows are still on sale at The Box Office, or online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Groups of 10 or more get a 15% discount and priority seating; please call 214-426-GROUP214-426-GROUP (4768) or send email request to groups@dallassummermusicals.org.

THE WIZARD OF OZ had its North American premiere on December 20, 2012 in Toronto, ON, at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, where it ran through August 18, 2013.

Starring Danielle Wade, who was chosen by the Canadian public through CBC TV’s reality show “Over The Rainbow” as Dorothy, the tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic.  Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

The national tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ will feature the same award-winning creative team from London and Toronto:  Jeremy Sams (direction), Robert Jones (set and costume design), Arlene Phillips (choreography), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video/projection design), David Cullen (orchestrations) and Graham Hurman (musical supervision).   Animals will be provided by William Berloni.

The national tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ is produced by Bill Kenwright, The Really Useful Group, David Mirvish, Troika Entertainment & Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.

Costumes are made with Swarovski Elements.  www.wizardofozthemusical.com.

DSM 2014 season shows continue with EVITA April 15-27, 2014; MAMMA MIA!, June 3-15, 2014; and NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, September 2-14, 2014.  Please visit www.dallassummermusicals.org for more information about Dallas Summer Musicals.

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For media information, including photos, interviews or reviewer passes, please contact Jo Ann Holt at joannholt@gmail.com or 469-363-7371469-363-7371.


We Will Rock You Comes to Dallas March 4-16!

February 24th, 2014

BOHEMIANS, REJOICE!

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QUEEN AND BEN ELTON’S WE WILL ROCK YOU
RECEIVED AN UPGRADE FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH MORE LAUGHS, MORE TECHNOLOGY, AND MORE QUEEN SONGS TO LOVE…
COMING TO DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS
MARCH 4-16 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

                                                                                                                                         

DALLAS, TEXAS…The worldwide smash hit ‘rock theatrical,’ Queen and Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You, built around 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, opens at the Music Hall at Fair Park Tuesday, March 4, 2014. We Will Rock You is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations.

 

Single tickets for We Will Rock You are priced from $15-$85, on sale now at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, #542 in Preston Royal Shopping Center, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.  For complete performance schedule or to purchase tickets online, please visit  www.dallassummermusicals.org.

 

Mini Packs for any four or more DSM season shows, starting as low as $61, are also on sale at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane #542 at Preston Royal Shopping Center. Mini packs are also available at www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Groups of 10 or more get a 15% discount and priority seating; please call 214-426-GROUP214-426-GROUP (4768) or email groups@dallassummermusicals.org.

This hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon is created by celebrated British comedian and writer Ben Elton (TV’s “Mr. Bean” and “The Young Ones”), and boasts a fantastic score of Queen’s biggest songs including “Another One Bites The Dust”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.”

 

For the US production, writer and director Ben Elton has redrafted his original script to resonate with US audiences as well as reflect the cultural changes since he first penned the storyline.

 

“Apart from addressing the broader social and technological changes, I also get the chance to update moments of topical humor,” says Elton. New additions to the show include the most current pop culture references (yes, there is a Miley Cyrus twerking joke!) and the addition of a new song, “You’re My Best Friend.”

 

“There is a scene where our two leads run away and discuss their loneliness and isolation,” Elton says. “In 2013, it seemed ridiculous for two kids to discuss friendship without reference to Facebook. Young people now live in a world where it’s possible to have many virtual ‘friends’ and ‘likes’ and yet still be entirely isolated and alone. The new dialogue with this changed emphasis brought the song ‘You’re My Best Friend’ into the show.”

 

Tribeca producer Jane Rosenthal says, “With Ben’s updates, it’s almost a new show. However, in some ways, it was already ahead of its time when it opened in 2002. The overarching theme is a demand for individualism and intimacy in a world where everything is downloadable.”

 

Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor are musical supervisors to the show, taking an active role in

casting the singer/actors and musicians for every production worldwide. The cast features Brian Justin Crum as Galileo, Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche, Jacqueline Arnold as Killer Queen, P.J. Griffith as Khashoggi, Ryan Knowles as Buddy, Erica Peck as Oz and Jared Zirilli as Britney.

Rounding out the ensemble are Danny Balkwill, Samantha Berman, Bentley Black, Jessica Crouch, Saccha Dennis, Sam Digiuseppe, Suzanna Dupree, Daniel Greenberg, Stephen Hernandez, Nathan Keen, William Joseph Lewis, Brooke Morrison, Jennifer Mote, Katie Murphy, Jennifer Noble, Fred Odgaard, Patrick Ortiz, Jason Sermonia, Stephanie Sy and Kasey Walker.

 

The We Will Rock You band includes Rick Hip-Flores (Musical Director/Conductor), Brandon Ethridge (Assistant Conductor/Keyboards), Emily Marshall (Keyboards), Tristan Avakian (Guitar), Bob Wegner (Guitar), Mike Cohen (Bass), David Stevens (Percussion) and Danny Young (Drums).

 

The show is in its 12th year at The Dominion in London’s West End, one of London Theatreland’s biggest theatres, making it the venue’s longest-running production ever. We Will Rock You is now officially the 9th longest running show in the West End and was crowned the UK’s favorite show at the 2011 Olivier Awards, the UK equivalent of the Tony Awards, in a category voted entirely by members of the public. Outside of the UK, the show has now been seen in local productions in 17 countries, playing to an audience of over 15 million people.

 

We Will Rock You takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation. Globalization is complete. Individuality is taboo. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes and thinks the same thoughts. Music is generated by the corporation’s computers, rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned. The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance – an alliance of rebel Bohemians, waiting for a hero to lead the battle to bring the power of rock back to the people.

 

“This show is all about legend,” says Ben Elton. “We take the legend of Queen and create our own fantastical story of young kids battling the mighty corporation who wants to suppress their individuality and their love of music. They need a hero who can help them in their struggle, and we have two – the dreamer Galileo, and the sassy rock chick Scaramouche. Guess who ends up winning?”

 

“Creating the show with Ben was very much a three-way thing,” says Roger Taylor. “It was great because he was a pleasure to work with and because he has such a fertile mind. He never stops churning out ideas.”

 

Brian May adds, “The amazing bonus is that Ben’s script subtly works as a metaphor too. People definitely come out of the theatre feeling that in a strange way they now know us, Queen, and our struggle, our journey.”

 

The original production of We Will Rock You is a Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Tribeca Theatrical Productions and Queen Theatrical Productions presentation.  Book and direction by Ben Elton. Music and Music Supervision by Queen/Roger Taylor and Brian May. Musical staging and choreography by Arlene Phillips. Production Design by Mark Fisher and Lighting Design by Willie Williams. Sound by Bobby Aitken. Costumes by Tim Goodchild. Tracey Flye is the Associate Director and Associate Choreographer of the North American tour.

 

Queen Theatrical Productions is a production entity created especially by the band’s parent company Queen Productions Ltd to handle the development and production of We Will Rock You.

 

Headquartered in New York, Tribeca Theatrical Productions was founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, the acclaimed producers of the Meet the Parents franchise, Analyze This and Wag the Dog. Through Tribeca Theatrical Productions, De Niro and Rosenthal co-produced, along with Queen Theatrical Productions and Phil McIntyre Entertainment, the theatrical musical We Will Rock You, based on the music of Queen.

 

DSM season shows continue March 18-30 with THE WIZARD OF OZ; April 15-27 with EVITA; June 3-15 with MAMMA MIA!, and September 2-14 with NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT.  For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please visit www.dallassummermusicals.org.

 

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Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Music Hall Now Thru March 2!

February 21st, 2014

Originally posted on 2/21/14 at 8:30am
Updated post on 2/28/14 at 9:45am

Hello DSM and The Little Mermaid fans!

This is your go to post for all things The Little Mermaid! Check out our inside look into the show with behind the scenes footage! Also, check out the great interviews with the cast, reviews from the critics, and articles about the show. We’ll be adding more as the show continues, so keep checking back here!

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INSIDE LOOK VIDEOS & PHOTOS

Montage – http://youtu.be/nbHaUjQEvHY

Colleen Coyle from WFAA learns to “swim”! – http://www.wfaa.com/video/featured-videos/Colleen-dives-into-The-Little-Mermaid-245998311.html

Teresa Frosini from CBS learns to “swim” – http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/02/17/disneys-little-mermaid-opens-at-music-hall/

The Flash List: All about flying and interviews with Paul Rubin and Glenn Casale – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX4r2xHd3dQ

Production Photos from the Dallas Cast – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152359552678465.1073741839.23412623464&type=3

Behind the Scenes Interview photos – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152352782563465.1073741837.23412623464&type=3

Twitter Takeover by cast member Jessica Wockenfuss – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152357203713465.1073741838.23412623464&type=3

Special Appearance by Liz McCartney and Steve Blanchard – https://madmimi.com/mimio/f7f484/preview

INTERVIEWS AND PERFORMANCES

Bleeckie Streetie, the puppet interview with Chelsea Morgan Stock – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g611L5xMTx4

Good Morning Texas – http://www.wfaa.com/good-morning-texas/Disneys-The-Little-Mermaid-The-Musical-star-performs-246005741.html

Midday WFAA – http://www.wfaa.com/entertainment/Star-of-Little-Mermaid-talks-about-coming-to-Dallas-stage-246034401.html

KTXD – http://www.ktxdtv.com/story/24763104/the-little-mermaid

Selig Film News – http://gadielkon.com/2014/02/little-mermaid-review-and-interview-with-alan-mingo-jr/#.UwtUBnTnbIU

Stage Talk Interviews with Chelsea Morgan Stock and Paul Rubin – http://www.prophotography.com/stage/lm/index.html

Bobbie Wygant – http://www.nbcdfw.com/video/#!/entertainment/the-scene/Dallas-Little-Mermaid-Features-Show-Stopping-Flying/247286031

Midday WFAA Cooking Segment – http://www.wfaa.com/home/Recipe-jambalaya-247286701.html

REVIEWS

Opening Night Reviews from the Dallas Audience – http://youtu.be/lAYagJ6Zs3Y

The Dallas Morning News, Nancy Churnin – http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140219-disneys-little-mermaid-swims-into-kids-hearts-at-dallas-summer-musicals.ece

The Column, John Garcia – http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/02-20-2014_DISNEYS-THE-LITTLE-MERMAID/

Oh So Cynthia – http://www.ohsocynthia.com/2014/02/dsms-little-mermaid-is-no-damsel-in.html

The Nerds Wife – http://thenerdswife.com/2014/02/little-mermaid-dallas-summer-musicals.html

Mommys Wish List – http://mommyswishlist.blogspot.com/2014/02/disneys-little-mermaid-lights-up-dallas.html

Momma DJane – http://mommadjane.com/disneys-mermaid-musical-dallas

The Flash List – http://www.theflashlist.com/assets/venue/us/tx/neast/dallas/arts/perform/org/dallassummermusicals/2014/thelittlemermaid/fp/dallas.html

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mark Lowry – http://www.dfw.com/2014/02/21/870587/stage-review-the-little-mermaid.html

D Magazine, Lindsey Wilson – http://frontrow.dmagazine.com/2014/02/theater-review-does-little-mermaid-recall-disneys-broadway-glory/

Selig Film News – http://seligfilmnews.com/2014/02/little-mermaid-musical/#.UwzH6rT6RI1

Vanna Collins – http://www.vannacollins.com/#!The-Little-Mermaid-is-at-Dallas-Summer-Musicals-until-March-2nd/c112t/FF234B1D-5254-4455-9441-CB9C4EFFE955

Red Carpet Crash – http://www.redcarpetcrash.com/interview-little-mermaid-star-chelsea-morgan-brings-ariel-life-dallas-summer-musicals/

ARTICLES

The Dallas Morning News, Nancy Churnin – http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/family-fun/20140213-disneys-new-little-mermaid-should-get-on-swimmingly-in-dallas.ece?nclick_check=1

Culture Map – http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/arts/02-12-14-little-mermaid-music-hall-fair-park-flying-swimming-magic/

The Flash List – http://theflashlist.com/dallas/events/2014/02/arts/usa-texas-dallas-music-hall-at-fair-park-dallas-summer-musicals-disneys-the-little-mermaid.html

Keep checking back for more videos, articles, and much much more!

-DSM Amanda


Rick Rogers named Chairman of the Board of DSM

February 3rd, 2014

DALLAS BUSINESS EXECUTIVE AND CIVIC LEADER RICK ROGERS
NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS

Dallas, TX… Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc., (DSM), the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, has named Richard L. (Rick) Rogers, a banking executive and civic leader, Chairman of the DSM Board of Directors for 2014.  Rogers was installed as Board Chairman at DSM’s annual meeting in December 2013.

Rogers, a native of Benton, Arkansas, graduated from the University of Arkansas where he was an Alcoa Scholar.  He began his banking career in Dallas immediately after earning an MBA from SMU. Financing middle market companies has been the focus of his banking career, which includes tenure at three banks prior to joining Texas Capital Bank in early 2006. In his current role as Executive Vice President of Texas Capital Bank, Rogers focuses on financing rapidly growing owner managed companies.

Rick has served on numerous nonprofit boards including the Dallas Summer Musicals.  Rick has been married to wife Susan since shortly after graduating from SMU, and they have two children.  He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Texas Can! Academies and actively participated in their fund raising activities the past 14 years.  A Life Member of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, he was a recipient of the John J. Hospers Award for 1998, 1999 and 2000 and top individual fund raiser for five years.

DSM President and Managing Director Michael Jenkins said, “We are very lucky to have an outstanding banking executive and business leader like Rick Rogers take the helm as Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals for 2014.  He combines an impressive record of 30 years of achievement in the banking industry with volunteer leadership in support of education and the arts, and has been a big supporter of DSM for some time.”

New DSM Board Chairman Rogers said, “It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this prestigious arts organization during its 74th season in 2014.  DSM belongs to the people of Dallas, and we are here to safeguard it and make sure that it is passed along in good condition to the next generation.  As a nonprofit, we work year-round to bring the best that Broadway has to offer to Dallas at an affordable ticket price.  My first association with DSM was in 1963, when my parents traveled from Benton to see DSM’s production of West Side Story.  DSM continues to have a large number of patrons from all over the southwest, including my home state of Arkansas.  With the help of sponsors, subscribers, volunteers and the community at large, we will continue this tradition for many years in the future.”

Immediate Past Chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals is Steve Watson, with Dorsey Baskin serving as Chairman Elect.  Ruth Altshuler holds the title of Honorary Chair, and Michael A. Jenkins is President and Managing Director of DSM.

Other DSM Officers for 2014:

Vice President – Audit, Brian Dill; Vice Presidents – Community Relations, Glenda Kemple and Nancy Natinsky; Vice President – Development, Ted Munselle; Vice President – Finance, Randy Wright; Vice Presidents – Marketing,  Jay Fox and Jennifer Ryan; Vice President – Nominating, Steve Watson; Vice President – Personnel & Compensation, Mike Steindorf; Secretary, Steven C. Metzger; and Treasurer, David Dienes.

The 2014 executive committee members are Ruth Altshuler, Dorsey Baskin, Steven E. Beene, Ed Bratton, Brad E. Cheves, Karl Chiao, Diane Childress, Scott Collier, O. Paul Corley, Jr., Jerry Dilettuso, Barry Epstein, Patti Flowers, Jay Fox, Stanley D. Gardner, Rick Graham, Gary E. Griffith, Charles L. Gummer, Sally Hoglund, Darrell Jordan, Sheffie Kadane III, Rebekah Kay, Glenda Kemple, Marvin Lane, Dr. John McCoy, Steven C. Metzger, Andy Meyercord, Ted Munselle, Nancy Natinsky, Craig G. Ongley, Hon. James R. Pitts, Gail Plummer, Mark Plunkett, James W. Porter, Jr.,  W. Scott Ragland,  Holly Reeves, Richard L. Rogers, Jennifer Ryan, Kenneth D. Sandstad, Jane Schoen, Kip Sowden, Donald K. Spies, Michael C. Steindorf, Steven H. Stodghill,  Paul A. Stotts, Steve B. Watson, and Randy Wright.

Past Chairmen of the Board for DSM are Ed Bratton, O. Paul Corley, Jr., Stanley D. Gardner, Rick Graham, Gary Griffith, Charles L. Gummer, Darrell Jordan, Steven C. Metzger, Bud Porter, Dick Quisenberry, Ken Sandstad, Donald K. Spies, Michael Steindorf, Paul A. Stotts, Steve Watson, and Kit Williams.  Past Chairmen O. Paul Corley, Sr., J. Frank Miller III, Douglas Perry, and Charles Pistor are deceased.

Now celebrating its 74th season, Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) is the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States, and the sixth largest nonprofit theatre company in the nation.  DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in live, musical theatre entertainment since 1941.

In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours local productions, and is involved in developing new works. Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSM MGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park.  In addition, DSM has its own school of musical theatre, which provides quality education and outreach to the youth of Dallas. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, visit their website at www.dallassummermusicals.org or call 214-421-5678.

 

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Disney's The Little Mermaid Coming to Dallas Feb. 13-March 2!

February 2nd, 2014

This post has been updated on 2-6-14 at 10:00am.

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Dallas, TX…Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is making its North Texas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park, produced by Michael A. Jenkins and Dallas Summer Musicals. The new production features a revamped script, additional songs, a new physical production and an entirely fresh interpretation of the musical.

Directed by Glenn Casale with original choreography by Glenn John MacInnis, the all-star cast includes Eric Kunze (Prince Eric), Chelsea Morgan Stock (Ariel), Liz McCartney (Ursula), and Alan Mingo, Jr. (Sebastian).

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the enchanting 1989 Disney animated film and one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and his long-time collaborator, the late Howard Ashman, it also contains new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.  The book for the musical is by Pulitzer Prize® and Tony Award®-winning playwright Doug Wright, a native Dallasite.

“The Dallas Summer Musicals version of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID has never been seen before,” said director Casale.  “The script and the structure of the piece are entirely new.  Ursula and Triton have new songs.  It is a family adventure that you will want to share with your sons and daughters.”

Glenn Casale (Director) helmed the Broadway production of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby and filmed by A&E.  Off Broadway he directed The Property Known as Garland, Dragapella at Studio 54.  Internationally he directed Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

Casale’s work has been seen throughout the U.S. in productions of Dr. Dolittle; Ballroom starring Tyne Daly and Charles Durning; Wrestlers starring Mark Harmon and George Clooney; From the Top starring Carol Burnett; Camelot starring Michael York; and The Prisoner of Second Avenue with Jason Alexander.  He is artistic director for the California Musical Theater in Sacramento.

John MacInnis (Choreographer) recently choreographed the European productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid now running in Holland, Russia and JapanHe also choreographed Beauty and the Beast in more than five European countries, including a touring production currently running in Spain.  In 2011 he served as associate choreographer of the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon.  Other credits include directing and choreographing the Olympic Medals Ceremonies at the 2002 and 2012 Winter Olympic Games.  From 1999 to 2001, he directed and choreographed the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Craig Barna (Music Director) musically directed the Broadway productions of Peter and the Wolf, Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the national tours of Camelot, Cats, Singin’ in the Rain and Grease.  Television credits include A&E’s Peter Pan, the 1999 Tony Awards, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Today Show, and CBS This Morning.

THE LITTLE MERMAID design team includes:

Scenic design by Kenneth Foy.  Foy’s credits include the Broadway productions of Candida starring Joanne Woodward, Macbeth with Nicol Williamson, the David Merrick production of Oh, Kay!, the 20th anniversary production of Annie, An Evening with Jerry Herman, and the 1989 Tony Award-winning production of Gypsy directed by Arthur Laurents.

Costume design by Amy Clark and Mark Koss.  Clark’s design credits include Chaplin (Broadway), On Your Toes (Encores!), Show Boat (Goodspeed), and Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre).  Koss designed costumes for California Musical Theater’s Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Producers.

Lighting design by Charlie Morrison, whose credits include Groovaloo, Grinch, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miss Saigon, Aida, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The King and I, Gypsy, 42nd Street, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Who’s Tommy, Titanic, The Music Man, and many others.

Sound design by Paper Mill Playhouse Resident Sound Designer Randy Hansen.  Over the past 25 years he has designed hundreds of musicals, plays, and live events all over the country.

Hair and wig design by Leah J. Loukas.  Loukas recently designed hair and wigs for Paper Mill’s production of The Sound of Music.  On Broadway, she designed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot, Irena’s Vow, and Shakespeare in the Park’s Into the Woods.

Paul Rubin will serve as the flying sequence choreographer.  His work was seen on Broadway in Wicked, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Curtains, The Pirate Queen, Frozen, The Green Bird, Kiss Me, Kate, Dance of the Vampires, Fiddler on the Roof and Saturday Night Fever.

Preview performances of The Little Mermaid will be February 13-16, with official press opening night Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m., with the last performance Sunday, March 2.  There will be eight performances weekly.  All evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and selected Thursdays during the show’s run.

Single tickets are priced from $25-$90, available at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane #542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, or any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or www.dallassummermusicals.org.  For groups of 10 or more, call 214-426-GROUP (4768).

DSM 2014 Season Shows continue with WE WILL ROCK YOU, March 4-16, 2014; THE WIZARD OF OZ, March 18-30, 2014; EVITA, April 15-27, 2014; MAMMA MIA!, June 3-15, 2014; and NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, September 2-14, 2014.

 

Mini Packs for any four DSM season shows, starting as low as $61, are also on sale at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane #542 at Preston Royal Shopping Center. Mini packs are also available at www.ticketmaster.com.  Groups of 10 or more get a 15% discount and priority seating; please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email groups@dallassummermusicals.org.

 

Season sponsors and partners for Dallas Summer Musicals are The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, The Original Cupcakery, and Texas Instruments.

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas.  DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.

 

DSM is the largest producer and presenter of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States, and the fourth largest nonprofit theatre company.  In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours productions, and is involved in developing new works.  Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSMMGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park.

 

As a nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theater, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children.

 

DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theater arts training and scholarships to talented students in need.  Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors.  Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

 

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214-421-5678 or visit the website at www.dallassummermusicals.org.

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Ghost The Musical's Illusionist – An Interview with Paul Kieve

January 15th, 2014

Ghost The Musical

An Interview with Paul Kieve, Ghost The Musical’s Illusionist

After seeing Ghost The Musical on Broadway, the renowned illusionist David Copperfield tweeted, “It’s rare for me to experience wonder, but my friend Paul Kieve gave me that experience for an illusion he created.” Copperfield also thanked Kieve, telling him it was a long time since he’d had that feeling of awe.

            Copperfield was not alone in his effusiveness. Teller, of Penn & Teller, wrote that “loads of the conjuring fooled me, indeed took my breath away.” The same is true of audiences.

            Ghost  The Musical is, of course, based on the phenomenally popular film written by Bruce Joel Rubin, who also wrote the book and some of the lyrics for the show. Most everyone is familiar with the plot: A young man named Sam is murdered, becomes a ghost, and must find a way to communicate to his girlfriend, Molly, that she is in danger. The musical is directed by Matthew Warchus, and features a score by Grammy Award-winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.

            The movie includes all sorts of eye-catching special effects. But in order for the illusions to most effectively astound and even move audiences, Kieve took a selective approach for the stage. The show’s most eye-popping moment is when Sam walks through a door – that’s the illusion that flabbergasted Copperfield – and Kieve didn’t want to diminish the effect by using variations of that trick earlier. “When you watch the movie, you don’t think twice about ghosts walking through things,” he says. “But when someone walks through a solid object onstage, it’s a big event. It’s kind of miraculous. So if Sam has already walked through every other object before he walks through the door, then walking through the door is not an event. So one of the first things I said to Matthew was, ‘We’ve got to decide where we’re going to play our aces.’”

            They took out any illusions that seemed superfluous, but at the same time, Kieve offered suggestions for other places in the script where he thought he could create a magic moment. One occurs at the end, when Sam is taking revenge on the man responsible for his death. “Sam ends up beating him up and throwing things around the office,” says Kieve. “I thought it would be really delicious to make that kind of an invisible man scene. Obviously, Sam is always invisible to the characters onstage, but the audience sees him. I suggested to Matthew that it would be really great to have one moment where the audience gets the excitement and delight of not seeing Sam, but seeing his affect on objects, and seeing the bad guy get beaten up by his invisible hand.”

            One of the most crucial and poignant scenes in the movie is the levitating penny, the moment when Molly believes that Sam is actually present. But after trying out that trick, Kieve replaced it with something that he thought would work more effectively onstage. “We couldn’t do the coin floating the same way as in the movie,’ he says, “because in the movie, you quickly switch points of view. One second you see Patrick Swayze balancing the coin on his finger, and the next time you see the coin hovering towards Demi Moore. For the show, we had to decide whether you see Sam or not; you can’t switch points of view. And without Sam there, it’s just a floating coin. Even though it looked great, I think people would be sitting there trying to figure out how we did it. At that point in the story, you don’t want the audience concerned about how the trick works. It’s probably the most important moment in the show, because it’s what the show is all about: believing. You want the pathos. So we replaced the coin with a letter, and without giving away what we do, it delivers an emotional punch first, and then gives you the magic.”

            Kieve has won virtually every prestigious award bestowed by the magic community in his native England and in the United States. He was 10 years old when he became interested in magic, and began his professional career when he was 16. By the time he was in his early 20s, Kieve had been touring the globe with his magic act for four years. After playing the Theatre Royal Stratford East, he was invited by the company to work on its upcoming world premiere, The Invisible Man. The show opened in 1991, Kieve’s effects garnered considerable attention, and his theatrical career was launched. He has thus far worked on over 100 theatrical productions – shows (Pippin, Matilda the Musical), ballets, and operas – in the West End, on Broadway, and internationally, and was involved in some capacity on all the Harry Potter movies.

            “I enjoy working in film, but I can’t compete with computer generated images,” he says. “You really get the impact of magic in the theater. When you see something happen before your eyes, it gives you a moment of astonishment. And magic is such a huge part of drama. I recently did Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth, and as I was working on it, I realized the similarities and overlap of themes between Macbeth and Ghost: jealousy, greed, murder, and a ghost coming back to warn or haunt somebody. That’s why Ghost is such a terrific story: it connects to great narratives and great tragedies. Working on it was a wonderful opportunity to use magic in such an honorable way; the story elevates the magic and the magic elevates the story.”

© 2013, Ghost On Tour, LLC.

GHOST THE MUSICAL is coming to Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park January 28 – February 9! Get your tickets and more info at http://budurl.com/14Ghost.

Check out this video, giving you a sneak peek into the illusions in the show!

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