DSM Opens the Music Hall to the Community for STOMP

March 10th, 2017

 

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2nd Annual DSM Community Performance Opens the Music Hall at Fair Park
to 2,500+ Dallas ISD and Other Middle School Students

It’s been a while since school buses lined up in Fair Park for an opportunity to see a Dallas Summer Musicals’ show.  On Friday, February 17th, DSM with leadership grant support from the Moody Foundation in Galveston, Texas opened the doors of the Music Hall at Fair Park to more than 2,500 middle school students from Dallas ISD and from DeSoto ISD and Richardson ISD to watch a special, complimentary, school-day performance of STOMP.  The grant from the Moody Foundation also provided important support for Dallas ISD bussing services.

Ted Munselle, Chair of the DSM Board of Directors, kicked it off and welcomed the students from the stage, emphasizing the vital importance of DSM’s community investments in fulfilling its nonprofit mission, and thanking the Moody Foundation for its incredible grant support and the community partners Big Thought and Dallas ISD for their collaboration and coordination.  Also in attendance at a coffee reception were City of Dallas Councilmember, Tiffinni A. Young, Park and Recreation Board Member for District 3, Marlon Rollins, and numerous DSM Executive Committee and Board Members and Dallas ISD and other school district executives.

The student audience swelled and applauded exuberantly as the cast of STOMP put on this special performance, and there were smiles galore as the students departed in organized fashion and returned to school safely.  Thanks to an ongoing partnership with Big Thought, each student received a STOMP themed activity book for at-home activities.

DSM is pleased and proud to be able to create this level of community access and to support school-based education via projects like the DSM Community Performance. Projects and programs like this one are supported in large part by the generosity of DSM’s family of season sponsors, donors, and other benefactors.

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Rhythmic Energy and Enthusiasm Filled the Music Hall for
STOMP – DSM Kids Club with Big Thought and Seats for Kids Programs

The morning started out quiet at the Music Hall at Fair Park for the DSM Kids Club and Seats for Kids program prior to the Saturday matinee performance of the crowd-favorite show STOMP, but it would not stay that way for long.  The energy and rhythm of the 200 plus families and children that attended pulsed steadily through the Music Hall at Fair Park as DSM and Big Thought welcomed participants to engage in:

  • Bucket Drumming with drum enthusiast and local artist, Menkiti Rice
  • A Found Objects Symphony with local artist, Kelly Nygren
  • Bull Roarer craft making stations with Creative Solutions Student Volunteers
  • Creative dance and performance sessions

Thanks to DSM annual fund donor gifts, season sponsor support, and in-kind partnership with Big Thought, the DSM Seats for Kids program awarded 100 complimentary seats to four local organizations to attend the DSM Kids Club program and to watch STOMP, including Hackberry Elementary, Cornerstone Crossroads Academy, Child Care Group, and Northside Elementary from DeSoto ISD. 

DSM Kids Club programs are free; registration is appreciated but not required. The next and final DSM Kids Club program for the 2016-17 season is during CIRCUS 1903 on Saturday, May 27th from 11:30am til 1:30pm. 


DSM HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS KICK OFF PARTY

February 24th, 2017

 

DALLASITE AND TWO-TIME TONY AWARD® NOMINEE STARK SANDS IS NAMED
RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 FULLINWIDER AWARD AT DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS KICK OFF PARTY

2017 Breaks All Records for Participating Schools!
Seventy six schools are participating showcasing seventy six productions

 

Dallas, TX (February 23, 2016) The Zodiac at Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas hosted a standing ovation party to kick off The 6th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards (DSM HSMTA) and College Scholarship program. Dallasite and two-time Tony Award® nominee Stark Sands was named this year’s recipient of the Fullinwider Award honoring him for his roots and educational years in the Dallas theater community. Patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards®, DSM HSMTA celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education.

Ted R. Munselle, Chair of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), welcomed the crowd and thanked Neiman Marcus downtown, for their gracious hospitality in hosting the evening’s event. Munselle followed by introducing Marjon Henderson, Public Relations Manager of Neiman Marcus, who expressed positive remarks about DSM HSMTA and Neiman Marcus philanthropic mission. “Stanley Marcus had an incredible passion for the arts. Programs like DSM HSMTA are the perfect fit to our philanthropic model, which focuses on arts education in our community. DSM has created some of my favorite memories and we are glad to support such a great organization,” said Henderson.

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John R. Clutts, 2017 Chair of DSM HSMTA, shared exciting news: 2017 has broken all records for participating schools in DSM HSMTA. There are 76 schools participating this year showcasing 76 productions, representing 40 school districts across North Texas and Oklahoma. Among the 76 are also seven private schools. Three schools have entered two musicals this year while four schools in Keller ISD combined their efforts to create a big production of GREASE. This represents a new all-time high of schools, teachers and students taking part in the program. This is more than double the first year’s total of 30 schools participating.

Since DSM’s first HSMTA in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting schools as far away as Lubbock and Oklahoma as well as new and returning schools from the DFW Metroplex. DSM HSMTA has grown to be the largest program of its kind in the state of Texas and the second largest program in the nation. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by The National High School Musical Theatre Awards as the official affiliate program for North Texas.

Clutts thanked the Angels Host Committee, HSMTA Committee and staff for their participation in the money raised so far this year. “Historically we have presented seven scholarships to deserving students. This year we are thrilled we will be able to award 17 scholarships as we continue to foster the great talent North Texas has to offer; 17 for 2017,” said Clutts. This year’s College Scholarship program consists of ten Ambassador Scholarships at $1,000 each, five Theater Major Scholarships (in all areas of theater) at $5,000 each, and two $10,000 scholarships for the winners in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories. DSM HSMTA is the only program in the nation, other than the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards), to offer Best Actor and Best Actress winners $10,000 scholarships to continue their education. To date, DSM HSMTA College Scholarship program has awarded $135,000 in cash scholarships to deserving students.  He also reported that DSM launched a scholarship endowment drive to raise $1,000,000 to be used for future DSM HSMTA scholarships. “In just four months, we have already raised over $270,000,” said Clutts.

After an announcement of longtime supporters Paddy and Barry Epstein as Honorary Chairs, Paddy shared their experience with DSM. “We thank John Clutts and the Angles Host Committee for the creative idea of an endowment. Barry and I are honored to be this year’s Honorary Chairs and are thrilled at the opportunity to begin this endowment to secure the future of DSM HSMTA program,” said Paddy Epstein.  

Stark Sands by Drew WiedemannClutts also thanked Leah and Jerry Fullinwider, DSM HSMTA Founding Donors. The Fullinwider Award was created last year to honor the Fullinwiders for their initial gift of $100,000 which helped fund and produce DSM HSMTA and College Scholarship program in 2012. The excitement grew after two-time Tony Award® nominee Stark Sands was named this year’s recipient of the Fullinwider Award for his roots and educational years in the Dallas theater community. Sands is a Dallas native who attended Highland Park High School. He is known for his role as Tunny in the original Broadway cast of AMERICAN IDIOT, and originating the role of Charlie Price in KINKY BOOTS on Broadway. Clutts also announced a special appearance by Stark Sands to accept the award and to perform at the DSM HSMTA event in May.

As a special treat, John Frederickson, 2016 DSM HSMTA Best Actor winner, took the stage and sang The Street Where You Live from MY FAIR LADY. Fredrickson shared his experience during DSM HSMTA and the Jimmy™ Awards calling it, “an absolute dream.” He ended with a second song titled Run Away With Me from THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF SAMANTHA BROWN, and a rousing applause.

Topping off the evening, Director of DSM HSMTA, Tracy Jordan, gave some closing remarks but not before bringing John Clutts back on stage for a grand finale. A birthday cake was revealed with candles blazing in celebration of John’s birthday, as everyone joined in singing Happy Birthday and shared the cake and champagne.

Slated for Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a red carpet affair and the public is invited to join in the excitement.  The nominees and celebrities arrive and walk the red carpet beginning at 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. with performances which include separate medleys of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees, production numbers from Best Musical nominees and an opening number featuring all nominated performers accompanied by a live orchestra. Winners and scholarship recipients are announced and the show culminates with a finale performance by students from each participating high school.

A three-judge panel of entertainment industry professionals and veteran educators will visit each high school and judge the performers in 16 categories: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Male Performer, and Best Featured Female Performer. Ballots will be tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant Thornton – the official ballot professional service partner of the 2016 Tony Awards®.

Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their high school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

All participating high schools and their shows will be listed at www.DSMHSMTA.org.

 DSM HSMTA media sponsor is People Newspapers. DSM season sponsors are American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Instruments and WFAA Channel 8.

 


AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – Most Awarded Musical of 2015 – Makes North Texas Debut!

February 6th, 2017

 

Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth are thrilled to co-present the artistic romantic masterpiece, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Music Hall at Fair Park, through February 12, 2017. This lavish new classic will head over to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall, February 14-19, 2017. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! Check out what the DFW Metroplex has to say about it. – DSM Cisco

 

Red Carpet Reviews from Opening Night

 

TV & RADIO INTERVIEWS

98.7 KLUV’s Jenny Q chats with Garen Scribner (Jerry Mulligan)

ABC 8 Midday News interviews Sara Esty (Lise Dassin) & Garen Sribner (Jerry Mulligan)

Telemundo 39 Acesso Total’s Adriana Lopez interviews Lucas Segovia (Ensemble) in Spanish  

ABC 8 Good Morning Texas interviews Nick Spangler (Henri Baurel)

Telemundo 39 Acesso Total features An American In Paris in their top things to do this week in Spanish

 

REVIEWS

 “Breathtaking…Not to be missed” – The Dallas Morning News

98.7 KLUV Rave Review Soundbite

 “An American in Paris is simply gorgeous” – Dallas Voice

 “’S absolutely freaking flawless” – Broadway World

 “Glorious dancing, acting and stunning visuals” – Theater Jones

 “An American in Paris is a standout” – CultureMap

 “‘Who could ask for anything more?’” – The Flash List

 “An American in Paris is that rare breed of musical that just practically doesn’t exist anymore” – The Column

 “What a way to begin 2017 at DSM!” – CBS Radio

 “It’s a razzle-dazzle sensation” – EDGE Media Network

“Traditional Broadway at its best” – Real Posh Mom

The Clubhouse Podcast:

 

ADVANCE INTERVIEWS

The Dallas Morning News interview with Sara Esty (Lise Dassin) & Garen Sribner (Jerry Mulligan)

Dallas Voice interview with Garen Sribner (Jerry Mulligan)

Broadway World interview with Ryan Steel (Jerry Alternate/Ensemble)

Theater Jones interview with Bill Elliott (Orchestrations)

White Rock Lake Weekly & Katy Trail Weekly interview with David Andrews Rogers (Tour Music Director)

 

OTHER ADVANCE ARTICLES

Broadway World advance article

D Magazine top things to do in Dallas this week

Uptown Latino advance article in Spanish

This Chix Flix advance article

The Flash List advance article

My Crazy Savings advance article

 

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is on stage NOW through Sunday, February 12 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and ticket information.

Join us and don’t miss this lavish production!

 

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STOMP RETURNS TO DALLAS!

January 27th, 2017

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THE INTERNATIONAL PERCUSSION SENSATION RETURNS
TO THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
FEBRUARY 14-19, 2017

 

Dallas, TX (January 16, 2016)STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Dallas after six years for a one week limited engagement at the Music Hall at Fair Park February 14-19, 2017.  From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.

Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; this year, it will incorporate two new pieces. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts  or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or…

STOMP, an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, and sell-out engagements, is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London’s Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays.

In addition to the stage shows, STOMP has been an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud, noteworthy TV appearances including The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a series of award-winning international commercials.

The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps – to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

Critics and audiences have raved: “STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York Times. The San Francisco Chronicle declares, “STOMP has a beat that just won’t quit!” The Los Angeles Times exclaims, “Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience.” “A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking – a joyous invention!” says the Chicago Tribune.

Single tickets for STOMP, starting at $15, are now on sale at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016-2017 season continues with the lavish AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Jan. 31 – Feb. 12, 2017; followed by STOMP, Feb. 14-19, 2017; THE ILLUSIONISTS, Feb. 28 – Mar. 5, 2017; LET IT BE, Mar. 7-19, 2017; KINKY BOOTS, Mar. 28 – Apr. 9, 2017; CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS, May 23 – June 4, 2017; and closing the season will be THE BODYGUARD, July 18-30, 2017.

In addition, Disney’s THE LION KING will be roaring back to the Music Hall in DSM’s 2017-2018 season! Performance dates and times will be announced at a later time.

Three-Show Mini Packages for DSM 2017 season, starting as low as $46*, are now on sale online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 214-346-3300. *Price does not include processing fees.

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BERNADETTE PETERS IS NAMED AS FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT FOR DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS 2017 GALA

January 20th, 2017

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR AN EVENING WITH
TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS BERNADETTE PETERS ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017
All proceeds support Dallas Summer Musicals and its Education and Community Outreach programs.

Dallas, TX (January 19, 2017) Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), is pleased to announce Texas Instruments (TI) executives and arts philanthropists Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld as chairs of An Evening with Bernadette Peters, Dallas Summer Musicals 2017 Gala. The spectacular black-tie optional evening will feature renowned Broadway star Bernadette Peters at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

An Evening with Bernadette Peters is a celebration of DSM and the magic of musical theatre – featuring one of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed performers. Proceeds from An Evening with Bernadette Peters support the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals and its education and community outreach programs. DSM brings the beauty of musical theater to many through programs such as DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Vets, Seats for Kids, Kid’s Club, Hear Us Now!™, and DSM Community Performance.

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“Dallas Summer Musicals has played a special role in both our lives. Paul attended DSM performances as a young child with his grandmother. My 16th birthday present was a trip from Tyler to see the DSM production of CAMELOT. We both fell in love with musical theater through DSM, and we’ve also seen how DSM has touched the lives of youth in our community through their outreach and education programs,” said Andy. “We couldn’t be more honored than to be asked to chair An Evening with Bernadette Peters, which will generate vitally needed funding for DSM and its community programs.”

“Going to Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park with my grandmother was my first exposure to ‘real’ theatre on the big stage. Learning the stories and hearing the music instilled a love for the stage in me that endures to this day. I am thrilled at the opportunity to help another generation experience that same magic,” said Paul.

DSM’s 2017 Gala will be a glamorous musical affair, and the public is invited to join in the excitement. Guests will enjoy an open bar cocktail reception followed by a crafted menu of culinary delights, as well as special experiences designed to engage attendees beyond the traditional dinner format. The event’s silent auction will consist of Broadway memorabilia and several surprises. The evening will culminate with a performance by renowned Broadway star Bernadette Peters accompanied by a live orchestra. This will be a wonderful opportunity to indulge in everything patrons love about Broadway and the DSM experience at the historic Music Hall at Fair Park.

“DSM is thrilled to have Andy and Paul as chairs of An Evening with Bernadette Peters,” said Ted R. Munselle, Chair of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals. “We are lucky to have outstanding and dedicated leaders in our community like the two of them who understand the value of the performing arts and the importance of our programs, all of which impact the lives of thousands in our community, each and every year.”

DSM’s 2017 Gala media sponsor is People Newspapers. DSM season sponsors are American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Instruments and WFAA Channel 8.

Individual dinner and show tickets as well as underwriting opportunities will soon be updated on the DSM website at DallasSummerMusicals.org. For more information please call the DSM Development office at 214-426-6333.

 


About Bernadette Peters:

Throughout her illustrious career, Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings.

One of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed performers, Bernadette has won numerous accolades including three Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, two Grammy Awards, three Emmy nominations and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She recently appeared in City Center’s Encores! production, A BED A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Wynton Marsalis. Other recent Broadway credits include Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Follies, which also played the Kennedy Center.

Currently, Ms. Peters can be seen on Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe winning TV series, Mozart in the Jungle. In addition, she also has a recurring role on the upcoming CBS-TV series, The Good Fight, a spinoff of the hit series, The Good Wife, which will premiere February 19th, 2017.

Peters devotes her time and talents to numerous events that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  Her “pet project” Broadway Barks, co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore, is an annual, star-studded dog and cat adoption event that benefits shelter animals throughout the New York City area. She is a New York Times Best Selling author who has penned three children’s books, Broadway Barks, Stella is a Star and Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever. All of her proceeds from the sale of these books benefit Broadway Barks. Peters resides in New York and Los Angeles with her rescue dogs, Charlie and Rosalia.

About Andy Smith:

Andy Smith is the executive director of the Texas Instruments Foundation and director of corporate philanthropy for Texas Instruments, which he joined in 1997.  His roles at TI have also included media relations and marketing communications.  Prior to joining TI, he worked as public relations/development director for several nonprofit organizations.

Andy has been active in his community in a variety of ways, including running for public office. Currently, he serves as past co-chair of the Dallas/Fort Worth Corporate Citizenship Network, secretary of the Dallas Theater Center, a member of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman College Executive Board and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Community Involvement Roundtable. He is also a member of the Dallas Breakfast Group and the Dallas Friday Group, the Human Rights Campaign Federal Club Council and a lifetime member of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association.

Andy has also served on the boards of AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services of Dallas, Center for Nonprofit Management, Dallas Coalition of HIV/AIDS Services, The Senior Source and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

In 2015, he was recognized by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and received the Friend of Network Award from the Network of Community Ministries.  Additionally, in 2011, he received the Live United Award from the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and in 2012 was honored with the Crystal Hope Award from AIDS Interfaith Network.  Furthermore, Andy is a graduate of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2010 and the 2011 Out & Equal Executive Forum.

A fifth-generation Texan, Andy received an A.A. from Tyler Junior College and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University, cum laude.  He and his husband, Paul von Wupperfeld, reside in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas.  Andy enjoys singing in his church choir, traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

About Paul von Wupperfeld:

Paul von Wupperfeld is the worldwide manager of translation and localization at Texas Instruments (TI), a leading semiconductor manufacturer based in Dallas, Texas. In this role, he leads the multifunction team that defined and now operates a unified worldwide architecture to automate TI’s global translation process from content authoring to posting and publication. He has more than twenty years’ of experience in marketing and communications in the high technology industry, with expertise in developing and launching product campaigns for customers across the world.

He is active in TI’s employee diversity and charitable efforts, serving as the chair of the TI Pride Network (TIPN), an officially recognized TI employee resource group for LGBT employees and straight allies, since 1997. Outside of work, Paul was a founding officer of the Out & Equal DFW Regional Affiliate in 2004, and serves on the board of directors for the Resource Center Dallas. He and his partner of 25 years, Andy Smith, reside in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas and sing in the choir at Grace United Methodist Church.


AN AMERICAN IN PARIS MAKES NORTH TEXAS DEBUT!

January 6th, 2017

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MOST AWARDED MUSICAL OF 2015 MAKES NORTH TEXAS DEBUT
JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 12, 2017 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
& FEBRUARY 14-19 AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (December 19, 2016) – AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will play the Music Hall at Fair Park January 31 – February 12, 2017, for two weeks presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. This lavish modern classic will then head to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall February 14-19, 2017, for one week presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin will be played by Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, who performed these leading roles on Broadway. Joining them are Etai Benson (Wicked) as Adam Hochberg; Emily Ferranti (Wicked, Dreamgirls) as Milo Davenport; Gayton Scott (Gypsy, The Women) as Madame Baurel; and Nick Spangler (The Book of Mormon, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Henri Baurel.

Leigh-Ann Esty (Miami City Ballet) and Ryan Steele (Newsies, Matilda) join the cast as the Lise and Jerry alternates. Rounding out the ensemble are: Karolina Blonski, Brittany Bohn, Stephen Brower, Randy Castillo, Jessica Cohen, Jace Coronado, Barton Cowperthwaite, Alexa De Barr, Ashlee Dupré, Erika Hebron, Christopher M. Howard, Colby Q. Lindeman, Nathalie Marrable, Tom Mattingly, Caitlin Meighan, Alida Michal, Don Noble, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, Alexandra Pernice, David Prottas, Danielle Santos, Lucas Segovia, Kyle Vaughn, Laurie Wells, Dana Winkle, Erica Wong and Blake Zelesnikar.

The creative team is also comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer); Jon Weston (sound designer); 59 Productions (projection designer); Rob Fisher (musical score adaption, arrangement and supervision); Todd Ellison (musical supervisor); David Andrews Rogers (musical director/conductor); Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (orchestrations); Sam Davis (dance arrangements); Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A. (casting); Rick Steiger (production supervisor); Dontee Kiehn (associate director); and Sean Kelly (associate choreographer).

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards. The musical was included on the Year’s Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.

The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “‘S’Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American In Paris.”

The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on April 12, 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris November 22, 2014-January 4, 2015. The New York production closed on October 9, 2016 after playing more than 600 performances. A West End production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will start in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

The producers are Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet.

For more information, visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.

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Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, starting at $25, are now on sale at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Single tickets for the Fort Worth engagement of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, starting at $44, are now on sale. To charge tickets by phone, call 817-212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at www.basshall.com. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016-2017 season will continue with the explosive and vigorously choreographed STOMP, Feb. 14-19, 2017; followed by THE ILLUSIONISTS, Feb. 28 – Mar. 5, 2017; LET IT BE, Mar. 7-19, 2017; KINKY BOOTS, Mar. 28 – Apr. 9, 2017; CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS, May 23 – June 4, 2017; and closing the season will be THE BODYGUARD, July 18-30, 2017.

In addition, Disney’s THE LION KING will be roaring back to the Music Hall in DSM’s 2017-2018 season! Performance dates and times will be announced at a later time.

Three-Show Mini Packages for DSM 2016/2017 season, starting as low as $46*, are now on sale online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 214-346-3300. *Price does not include processing fees.


The exciting new 2017 BROADWAY AT THE BASS SEASON will feature eight shows: ANNIE January 17-22; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Feb. 14-19; LET IT BE March 21-26; MATILDA June 13-18; THE BODYGUARD Aug 1-6; BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Sept. 12-17; RENT Oct. 17-22; and the return of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS Nov. 14-19.


TOP 5 Reasons to See BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND

December 5th, 2016

Hey DSM Fans!

BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND opens tomorrow night, and we’re giving you the TOP 5 reasons to see the show while it’s here in Dallas.

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1. SPARK YOUR HOLIDAY SPIRIT! We all know the holidays can be a stressful time of year, causing even the best of us to flip our switch to autopilot just to make it through. NOT this year! Step away from the whirlwind and make your official transformation from foggy to festive with BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND.

 

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2. ICE SKATING. We love our city, but Dallas doesn’t always come through with temps cold enough to freeze our ponds (it’s hard enough to get a picturesque sprinkle of snow around here!), but we’ve got you covered this year. Audiences will be thrilled and amazed as the Music Hall’s stage sensationally converts into a glistening ice pond complete with world champion ice skaters! 

 

 

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3. DAZZLE & DANCING. Deemed “quite simply one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever,” BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND features an amazing cast in glittering costumes and the highest kicking Chorus Girls this side of the North Pole. Their high-energy performance paired with the production’s sparkly aesthetic will surely have you bouncing along in your seat.

 

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4. BRUSH UP ON YOUR CAROLS. BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND is bringing the hits: “White Christmas,”  “Deck the Halls,” “O Holy Night,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” to name a few (of many, many more). Cue the nostalgia. With this show’s song list, your favorite memories of holidays past will be making a cameo appearance.

 

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5. A GREAT EXCUSE FOR FAMILY TIME. Gather the gang together, get all gussied up, and go out for a night on the town! Make a reservation for your family to enjoy a pre-show dinner at M Dining, located inside the Music Hall at Fair Park (reservations are highly encouraged, click here to reserve a table). There are also several dining options near the venue: check out the Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville and Knox-Henderson neighborhoods. In the long run, experiences trump presents under the tree, so use the evening to make memories your family will cherish.

 

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***BONUS***:  FAMILY PHOTO OP! Find your favorite Music Hall Christmas Tree and snap a family photo! Running a little behind on sending holiday cards this year? It’s not too late if you opt for the e-card version over snail mail. You can do this. We believe in you!
Don’t forget to share your photos on social media using #BwayChristmasDSM for the chance to win a signed Playbill.

 

 

 

 

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December 6-18 | Music Hall at Fair Park


Full Casting Announced for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour

August 12th, 2016

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
THE MOST AWARDED NEW MUSICAL OF 2015
ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR NATIONAL TOUR

New York, NY – The producers of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, have announced the full cast for the upcoming national tour. As previously announced, Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin will be played by Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, who performed these leading roles on Broadway. Joining them are Etai Benson (Wicked) as Adam Hochberg; Emily Ferranti (Wicked, Dreamgirls) as Milo Davenport; Gayton Scott (Gypsy, The Women) as Madame Baurel; and Nick Spangler (The Book of Mormon, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Henri Baurel.

Leigh-Ann Esty (Miami City Ballet) and Ryan Steele (Newsies, Matilda) join the cast as the Lise and Jerry alternates. Rounding out the ensemble are: Karolina Blonski, Brittany Bohn, Stephen Brower, Randy Castillo, Jessica Cohen, Jace Coronado, Barton Cowperthwaite, Alexa De Barr, Erika Hebron, Christopher M. Howard, Colby Q. Lindeman, Nathalie Marrable, Tom Mattingly, Caitlin Meighan, Alida Michal, Don Noble, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, Alexandra Pernice, David Prottas, Emily Ramirez, Danielle Santos, Lucas Segovia, Kyle Vaughn, Laurie Wells, Dana Winkle, Erica Wong and Blake Zelesnikar.

The national tour will premiere in Boston at the Citi Wang Theatre October 25-November 6, following a preview period at Proctor’s in Schenectady, NY. The full tour route can be found on www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.

Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

The creative team is also comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer); Jon Weston (sound designer); 59 Productions (projection designer); Rob Fisher (musical score adaption, arrangement and supervision); Todd Ellison (musical supervisor); David Andrews Rogers (musical director/conductor); Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (orchestrations); Sam Davis (dance arrangements); Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A. (casting); Rick Steiger (production supervisor); Dontee Kiehn (associate director); and Sean Kelly (associate choreographer).

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards. The musical was included on the Year’s Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.

The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “‘S’Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American In Paris.”

The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on April 12, 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris November 22, 2014-January 4, 2015. The New York production recently played its 500th performance, and continues at the Palace Theatre through Sunday, October 9, 2016. A West End production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will start in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre

The producers are Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is presented by Dallas Summer Musicals
January 31 – February 12, 2017 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

To secure your tickets, become a DSM Subscriber today!

Season Tickets On Sale Now! For more info, visit: www.DallasSummerMusicals.org


DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS ANNOUNCES 2016/2017 BROADWAY SEASON!

June 19th, 2016

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 DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS WILL PRESENT SIX
NORTH TEXAS PREMIERES IN ITS TEN SHOW SEASON

Season tickets are on sale now!

Dallas, TX (June 19, 2016) – Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) and Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) are thrilled to announce their 2016-2017 Broadway seasons! Once again, the two performing arts groups will come together to co-present four titles, allowing patrons across North Texas ample opportunities to experience the Best of Broadway.

Dallas Summer Musicals will kick off its 2016-2017 Season with the dazzling holiday favorite, BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND. The season will continue with the Tony Award®-winning lavish and stunning Broadway hit AN AMERICAN IN PARIS; followed by the spectacular theatrical concert, LET IT BE, a tribute to The Beatles; back by popular demand, the high-heeled kicking sensation, KINKY BOOTS; the captivating circus extravaganza, CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS; and closing the season, the romantic thriller based on the smash hit film, THE BODYGUARD, starring Grammy® nominee Deborah Cox!

In addition, the beloved family-friendly stage adaptation, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSE REINDEER: THE MUSICAL; the Emmy® Award-winning classic hit TV series, CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE; the explosive and vigorously choreographed, STOMP; and the magical and thrilling return of, THE ILLUSIONISTS will be presented as season add-ons.

“The future of the performing arts has never looked brighter and our new season lineup brings the types of shows that remind us why we love live theater,” states David Hyslop, DSM Interim Managing Director. “From classical lavish debuts like An American In Paris, to high energy returning engagements like Kinky Boots as well as fun family productions such as Broadway Christmas Wonderland, this season has something for everyone. We invite you to join us as we witness the beauty of the performing arts when the curtain goes up and the magical world of theater unfolds before your eyes.”

Performing Arts Fort Worth’s season is made up of eight shows, six of which are making their Bass Hall debuts.

Kicking off the season in January, 2017, will be the family favorite ANNIE, returning to the Hall in an all-new production. The Chicago Tribune called the show “one of the best family musicals ever penned.”

The series will close in November, 2017, with another show back by popular demand, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS.

In between will be the direct-from-Broadway AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the acclaimed, Tony Award-winning musical about love and mystery in the City of Lights; the ultimate tribute to The Beatles, LET IT BE; MATILDA, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl and winner of 50 international awards, including four Tonys; THE BODYGUARD, a musical retelling of the hit 1992 film featuring singer Deborah Cox; BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, which tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom; and the 20th anniversary tour of the Broadway sensation RENT.
Continuing a partnership that blossomed two seasons ago, Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth will co-present four of these titles: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS; LET IT BE; and THE BODYGUARD.
“For the first time ever, we’re offering eight shows, many of which have never played in Fort Worth before,” says Dione Kennedy, President & CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth. “And as we always strive to do, we’ve put together a season that offers something for everyone, from families to serious Broadway buffs to everyone in between. It’s really a dynamite season.”
Dallas Summer Musicals’ season tickets start at $116 and will go on sale Sunday, June 19 at 10 a.m. online only at DallasSummerMusicals.org. On Monday, June 20 season tickets will be available online, by phone at 214-346-3300 and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Payment plan options are available. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to include four season add-ons to their season subscription. Season add-on tickets are discounted for subscribers and range from $14-$82 per show.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount throughout the season. Orders of 10 or more placed before September 16, 2016 will receive a 20% discount. All groups receive priority seating and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Broadway at the Bass season tickets go on sale online at www.basshall.com at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and over the phone at 817-212-4280 and in person at the Bass Hall Box Office at 10 a.m.  Monday, June 8. Eight-show season ticket packages start at $287. For more information, call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com. Payment plan options are available.

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About Dallas Summer Musicals:
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 education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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 theatre, 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 Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show.
Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!™; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

About Performing Arts Fort Worth:
The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.
Built entirely with private funds, Bass Performance Hall is permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Cliburn. Each resident company operates independently from Performing Arts Fort Worth and manages its own programming schedule at Bass Hall.
Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of the Hall, also presents national Touring Broadway product under the Broadway at the Bass banner, as well as programming that includes Family Series at the Bass, and the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series.
The 2,042-seat multipurpose Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot diameter Great Dome tops the Founders Concert Theater while two 48-foot tall angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become preeminent cultural icons of the Dallas-Fort Worth community. The Hall itself is renowned for its superb acoustics, exceptional sight lines and ambience on level with the great halls of the world.
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