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.

 


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.


Full Casting Announced for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour

August 12th, 2016

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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


DSM’s Best Actor and Best Actress Make DSM History in New York City!

July 5th, 2016

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Best Actor John Fredrickson from Guyer High School placed as a finalist and won a scholarship and Best Actress Kaiden Mains from Waxahachie High School won a scholarship 

          (July 1, 2016- Dallas, TX)    The 5th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards (DSM HSMTA) Best Actor John Fredrickson from Guyer High School placed as a finalist and both he and Best Actress Kaiden Maines from Waxahachie High School won scholarships at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) on June 27th in New York City.

This is the first time since DSM began the High School Musical Theatre Awards five years ago that the Best Actor has placed as a finalist and both Best Actor and Best Actress have won scholarships. John received a $2,500 scholarship towards his future education from the Barry and Fran Weissler Foundation and Kaiden received a $2,500 Special Recognition Scholarship presented by Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
John said, “The experience at the Jimmy Awards was unbelievable. It was such an honor and a privilege to represent the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards and finish as one of the top four finalists in the nation. The whole experience was surreal as well as life changing. I cannot be more thankful to DSM for their sponsorship and all of those who supported me through this entire process. The past ten days have been the best time of my life and I will miss it all because it was truly wonderful. Hooha!”

Kaiden agreed, saying, “I had such an amazing time at the Jimmy Awards. I met so many talented people and was honored to be one of the six selected for a special recognition scholarship. I had so much fun making my Broadway debut on the Minskoff stage, and I can’t thank DSM enough for making this wonderful journey happen for me. I will miss it, but I’m looking forward to whatever is next!”

Supporting Kaiden and John in NYC were John R. Clutts, chair of The 5th Annual DSM HSMTA, Tina Walsh, the recipient of the inaugural Leah and Jerome Fullinwider Award, DSM HSMTA manager Tracy Jordan, and DSM Board Vice President Community Relations Nancy Natinsky and Vice President Education, Downie Mathis.

The annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) is a Broadway-focused talent showcase which featured performances by all 62 nominees and solos by select finalists. Their debut on a Broadway stage followed nine days of rehearsals and private coaching with faculty at the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama and other professionals. Students also enjoyed a performance of ON YOUR FEET!  including a talkback with the cast.
The 2016 National High School Musical Theatre Awards introduced a new format for the program in order to accommodate more regional awards programs and provide opportunities for more students to experience Broadway and New York City. This year there were 62 students representing 31 programs, compared to last year’s 52 students representing 26 programs.
The students auditioned before a panel of judges earlier in the week, singing two prepared songs and participating in a dance call. Based on the audition results, the students were split into two groups: The Medley Group and The Production Group, leading up to when all students performed together in the opening and closing numbers on the Minskoff stage. The groups worked together throughout the week and received the same amount of coaching. All nominees were eligible for the scholarships and awards.

DSM’s HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and the second largest program of its kind in the country and has been recognized by the National High School Musical Theater Awards as their official affiliate program for North Texas.
Just this past April, Kaiden won the Best Actress award for her performance as Lady of the Lake in Waxahachie High School’s production of SPAMALOT and John won Best Actor for his performance as Bert in Guyer High School’s production of MARY POPPINS at The 5th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards show at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
Based on Broadway’s Tony Awards®, DSM’s HSMTA brings together show business veterans, community leaders and celebrities to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theatre programs.

HSMTA founding sponsors are Leah and Jerry Fullinwider. Honorary Chairs were Holly and Brad Reeves. DSM Chairman of the Board is Ted Munselle.

The DSM HSMTA Angels Host Committee raised over $128,000 to benefit HSMTA and scholarships. Seven cash scholarships of $5,000 each were presented to outstanding participating students. To date, DSM has awarded $135,000 in cash scholarships to outstanding students.

This year has broken all records for participating schools in HSMTA. There were 67 schools participating showcasing 70 shows, representing 33 school districts across North Texas. Among the 67 are also 7 private schools. In addition, 6 schools have entered two musicals this year for the total of 70 productions which were evaluated. 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 Annual HSMTA in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting schools as far away as Denton and Allen to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east.

You can see their experience in New York City through DSM’s blog at https://dallassummermusicals.wordpress.com/ and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DSMHSMTA  and the website at http://www.DSMHSMTA.org The 5th Annual DSM HSMTA media sponsor is People Newspapers.
For questions, contact Tracy Jordan, the program manager at 214-413-3951 or tjordan@dallassummermusicals.org


About the National High School Musical Theatre Awards:
Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), NHSMTA’s mission is to raise the profile of musical theatre in schools, recognize dedicated teachers and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Also known as The Jimmy™ Awards, in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theatre owner James M. Nederlander, the NHSMTA is partnered with NYU Tisch School of the Arts and supported by many leading theatre industry organizations. More information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards can be found at http://www.nhsmta.com


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(r) 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!(tm); 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.

 

 


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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BULLETS OVER BROADWAY TO MAKE ITS DALLAS PREMIERE

May 27th, 2016

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NATIONAL TOUR TO MAKE ITS DALLAS PREMIERE
AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
JUNE 14-26

Dallas, TX (May 25, 2016) – The national tour of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, will make its Dallas premiere June 14-26 at the Music Hall at Fair Park presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

Following his work on the Broadway production of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, originally directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman, the tour is helmed by director Jeff Whiting.

The creative team also includes Jason Ardizzone-West (scenic design), six-time Tony Award® winner William Ivey Long’s original Broadway costumes coordinated by James Halliday, Carolyn Wong (tour lighting design and adaption, based on the original Broadway lighting design by Donald Holder), Shannon Slaton (sound design) and Bernie Ardia (wig and hair design) with Glen Kelly (music arranger, adaption and additional lyrics), Andy Einhorn (vocal arranger), Doug Besterman (orchestrations) and Robbie Cowan (music director and conductor). BULLETS OVER BROADWAY features existing music of the period, including “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” “Let’s Misbehave,” I’m Sitting On Top Of The World” and “Runnin’ Wild.”

A playwright who needs someone to back his next show. A mobster who needs some way to please his showgirl girlfriend. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship – or a brand new musical comedy! Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the 20s roar, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY brings musical comedy back with a bang.

Hailed by Time Magazine as, “Musical Theatre Gold!” and described as “A Fun Machine from Start to Finish!” by The New Yorker,  BULLETS OVER BROADWAY tells the story of an aspiring young playwright newly arrived on Broadway in 1920’s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY features Michael Williams as “David Shayne,” Emma Stratton as “Helen Sinclair,” Jeff Brooks as “Cheech,” Bradley Allan Zarr as “Warner Purcell,” Michael Corvino as “Nick Valenti,” Hannah Rose DeFlumeri as “Ellen,” Rick Grossman as “Julian Marx,” Jemma Jane as “Olive Neal” and Rachel Bahler as “Eden Brent.”

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will also feature Blaire Baker, Mary Callahan, Jake Corcoran, Elizabeth Dugas, Carissa Fiorillo, Patrick Graver, Andrew Hendrick, Lainee Hunter, Justin Jutras, Ryan Kanfer, Brian Martin, Conor McGiffin, Corinne Munsch, Kaylee Olson, Joey Ortolani, Kelly Peterson, Lexie Plath, and Ian Saunders.

The original production of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY premiered on Broadway last season at the St. James Theatre with performances beginning on March 11, 2014 and an official opening on April 10, 2014. The production received six Tony-Award® nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography.

In an initiative to elevate the arts, Dallas Summer Musicals in conjunction with Broadway World DFW and WFAA Channel 8 have partnered up and developed a fun summer series of walk-on roles to give audiences an inside look at the life of an actor. Ron Corning, WFAA Anchor, will transform himself and give viewers a behind the scenes look as he becomes part of cast in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY.

Single tickets for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, from $20-$99 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Closing Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016 Season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. DSM’s highly awaited 2016 – 17 Season Announcement ‘Broadways Most Wanted’ is set to be revealed soon. A season teaser campaign is now online and throughout DSM’s social media platforms!

Have you ever wondered about your Mobster alter ego? Visit www.bulletsoverbroadway.com/mobsterme and upload your photo to get your Mobster name and look.


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) 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 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.
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.
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LOCAL 5 & 7 YEAR OLD DALLASITES CAST IN UPCOMING TOURING BROADWAY PRODUCTION

May 19th, 2016

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Dallas TX (May 18, 2006) – Dallas Summer Musicals is pleased to announce that James Hayes (age 7) and Anthony Taylor (age 5) from St. Phillip’s School & Community Center have been cast as Young Coalhouse in the upcoming Dallas engagement of the 2015/2016 National Tour RAGTIME at the Music Hall at Fair Park May 24 – June 5.

In an initiative to elevate the arts, Dallas Summer Musicals in conjunction with Broadway World DFW and WFAA Channel 8 have partnered up and developed a fun summer series of walk-on roles to give audiences an inside look at the life of an actor. Young Coalhouse is the sweet and innocent boy of Sarah and Coalhouse Walker, Jr.  His walk-on role occurs in the final, uplifting moments of the show.

 

James Hayes, a Dallas native, is currently in first grade and attends St. Phillip’s School & Community Center. James loves to play the drums which he has played since he was three years old. He plays for St. Luke Children’s choir, Salem Institutional Baptist Church children’s choir, and his school’s Chapel Service every morning. James interests include basketball, drawing, collecting airplanes and he enjoys listening to music. 


Anthony Taylor
, a Dallas native, is currently in PK4 at St. Phillip’s School & Community Center and will be entering kindergarten in the fall. Anthony loves participating in his school theater program which he has been involved in since he was four years old. Anthony has played as part of the ensemble in St. Phillip’s School’s Destiny Musical 2016 and Christmas Musical 2015 & 2016. Anthony’s interest include dancing, singing, painting, drawing, watching plays, visiting museums, running and soccer.

“The performing arts scene in Dallas is evolving and its future has never looked brighter,” says Paulette Hopkins, DSM Director of Marketing and Patron Services, “Live theater is a magical experience and with opportunities such as this DSM seeks to continue a long tradition of investing in our youth by sparking their interest in the arts as we showcase the incredible talent Dallas has to offer while encouraging them to build their craft.”


At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing…and anything is possible. RAGTIME returns to the road in an all-new touring production that Bloomberg News hails as “explosive, thrilling and nothing short of a masterpiece.” Dallas will be swept away by this ravishing and relevant production on May 24 – June 5 at the Music Hall at Fair Park presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13-time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life – what it could and should be!  The Hollywood Reporter declares that RAGTIME is “one of the best musicals of recent decades.” Its celebrated score includes “Wheels of a Dream,” “Back to Before” and the title song, “Ragtime.”

RAGTIME features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and is based on E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling 1975 novelTony-nominated Director & Choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge will helm the production.   Scenic Design by Kevin Depinet, Lighting Design by Mike Baldassari and Sound Design by Craig Cassidy.

The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York – all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.  Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score.

RAGTIME, E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel, won the National Book Critics Circle award and sold 4.5 million copies. It became a film in 1981 and a Broadway musical in 1998.  The original 1998 production ran on Broadway for 834 performances. A 2009 Broadway revival received rapturous reviews and is now on tour throughout North America.

The RAGTIME tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment www.phoenix-ent.com.

For more information, visit www.ragtimeontour.com.


Single tickets for RAGTIME, from $20-$99 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016 Season will continue with BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. DSM’s highly awaited 2016 – 17 Season Announcement ‘Broadways Most Wanted’ is set to be revealed soon. A season teaser campaign is now online and throughout DSM’s social media platforms!

Choose Your Own packages for the last three DSM 2016 season shows, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org and by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849). They can also be purchased at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane Suite 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center.


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) 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 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.

 

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RAGTIME – National Tour To Make Its Dallas Premiere!

May 13th, 2016

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NATIONAL TOUR TO MAKE ITS DALLAS PREMIERE
AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
MAY 24 – JUNE 5

Dallas, TX (May 5, 2016) – At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing…and anything is possible.  RAGTIME returns to the road in an all-new touring production that Bloomberg News hails as “explosive, thrilling and nothing short of a masterpiece.” The Music Hall at Fair Park will be swept away by this ravishing and relevant production on May 24 – June 5 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM).

Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13-time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life – what it could and should be!  The Hollywood Reporter declares that RAGTIME is “one of the best musicals of recent decades.” Its celebrated score includes “Wheels of a Dream,” “Back to Before” and the title song, “Ragtime.”

RAGTIME features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and is based on E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling 1975 novelTony-nominated Director & Choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge will helm the production.   Scenic Design by Kevin Depinet, Lighting Design by Mike Baldassari and Sound Design by Craig Cassidy.

The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York – all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.  Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score.

RAGTIME, E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel, won the National Book Critics Circle award and sold 4.5 million copies. It became a film in 1981 and a Broadway musical in 1998.  The original 1998 production ran on Broadway for 834 performances. A 2009 Broadway revival received rapturous reviews and is now on tour throughout North America.

The RAGTIME tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment www.phoenix-ent.com.

For more information, visit www.ragtimeontour.com.


Single tickets for RAGTIME, from $20-$99 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016 Season will continue with BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. DSM’s highly awaited 2016 – 17 Season Announcement ‘Broadways Most Wanted’ is set to be revealed soon. A season teaser campaign is now online and throughout DSM’s social media platforms!

Choose Your Own packages for the last three DSM 2016 season shows, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org and by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849). They can also be purchased at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane Suite 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center.


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) 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 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.
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DSM Chair issues second statement on Jenkins

May 2nd, 2016

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DSM Chair issues second statement on Jenkins

Board Chair Munselle says forensic examination of financials led to decision

(DALLAS, May 2, 2016)–Ted Munselle, the volunteer chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals, today released a further statement regarding leadership changes at the organization. Earlier today, DSM confirmed that Michael Jenkins is no longer the president and managing director of the organization. The executive committee also named arts management veteran David Hyslop, 73, as interim managing director.

“For some,” said Munselle, “this announcement is difficult to accept, but DSM’s Executive Committee believed that it was clear that it’s time for a change.”

Munselle said the Executive Committee (EC), for over a year, has been immersed in an intense assessment of the organization, with special attention on management accountability and professional examinations of DSM’s financial performance including reporting, profitability, expenditures and investments. He said DSM has suffered losses every season, except for one, since 2008.

“Theater is a difficult and competitive business, and the EC was concerned about DSM’s financial losses as well as the quality of its financial reporting,” said Munselle. “We engaged a leading national law firm to lead a team of forensic investigators, including a group of auditors from a Big Four CPA firm, to conduct a forensic examination of the organization’s books and records.”

Their report was delivered to DSM’s Executive Committee last Thursday. After hearing the report, The Executive Committee, in a near unanimous vote, decided that it was time for a change in leadership at DSM.

Munselle said that clearly DSM has a bright future and is looking forward to working closely with David Hyslop as DSM seeks a new direction for the future. DSM has been presenting the Best of Broadway to the North Texas area for 76 years and looks forward to keeping it going for another 76 years and more.

Munselle also added that the 2017 season is almost complete and will be announced soon.

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Dallas Summer Musicals to Chart New Course

May 2nd, 2016

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Dallas Summer Musicals to Chart New Course

 Veteran Arts Administrator David Hyslop named Interim Managing Director

 

(DALLAS, May 2, 2016) – The Dallas Summer Musicals announced today the beginning of “a new generation” of leadership at DSM, the non-profit institution that has delivered Broadway musical theater to North Texas for 76 years. David Hyslop, 73, a distinguished arts expert and administrator who assisted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a key transition period, was named Interim Managing Director of DSM. He replaces Michael Jenkins, who has been the President and Managing Director of DSM since 1995. Jenkins’s departure is effective immediately.

Ted Munselle, DSM’s volunteer Chairman, said DSM is fortunate that a seasoned veteran, such as David Hyslop, is available to assist the organization in this transition period.

“David knows Dallas; he knows the arts community very well,” said Munselle. “He immediately recognized the future opportunities for DSM and the Music Hall. Most importantly, he is a bridge builder, someone who wants to help us establish a collaborative partnership with the people who care deeply about Dallas, Fair Park and DSM’s leadership in the arts.”

DSM’s Chair-Elect Randy Wright also praised Hyslop’s appointment saying he expects the new Interim Managing Director to push the Music Hall at Fair Park as an important venue in the competition for meetings and other entertainment events.

“The Music Hall is a fabulous under-used city asset that can buoy the community’s effort to create a revitalized destination at Fair Park,” said Wright. “The Music Hall should be competing with local venues and nearby locations in other states for the best concerts and corporate events,” said Wright. “It has the best sound system in North Texas; that’s what makes the Music Hall the best venue for Broadway productions.”

Hyslop, a respected arts veteran who has led and consulted myriad arts organizations including theaters, has agreed to serve as DSM’s Interim Managing Director while its Board launches a search for a permanent Managing Director.

“I see DSM as a stable and beloved institution,” said Hyslop, “and it is a key anchor at Fair Park, bringing in the most visitors outside the State Fair. Nevertheless, it has huge unrealized potential to have a bigger regional presence for both the entertainment dollars from theater-goers as well as financial support from the community. There’s a lot of work to be done by all stakeholders of the DSM family.”

Hyslop met with DSM staff and key personnel Monday morning.

“Clearly, they want to focus on a turnaround for DSM,” said Hyslop. “We also have the presentation of Wicked right now. I saw a group of people dedicated to the principle that, ‘the show must go on,’ and I am confident this will be a seamless transition for theater-goers.”

Munselle said board members are not in a position to discuss the departure of Michael Jenkins.

“The details are still being worked out,” said Munselle. “When we can discuss this personnel issue further, we will.”

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WICKED – BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER RETURNS TO NORTH TEXAS!

April 8th, 2016

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BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND WINNIE HOLZMAN
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GREGORY MAGUIRE

BROADWAY’S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER
RETURNS TO DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS 
APRIL 20 – MAY 22 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE

Dallas, TX (April 4, 2016) – Broadway’s biggest blockbuster and Dallas’s most popular musical, will return to The Music Hall at Fair Park April 20 – May 22, 2016 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM). Tickets for the return engagement are now on sale.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…).

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards.

Single tickets for WICKED, from $40-$179 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Groups of 15 or more receive a 10% discount (on weekday evening performances and Sunday nights as well as Thursday, April 21st matinee), VIP handling, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

“We are thrilled to present once again Broadway’s greatest hit WICKED as we bring the Emerald City back to the Dallas Summer Musicals stage at the Music Hall at Fair Park. An enthralling musical, WICKED delivers splendid performances and a luscious visual production for a truly unforgettable experience. Our 5th engagement of this spectacle will be one to remember” said Michael A. Jenkins, DSM President and Managing Director.

The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, WICKED tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in.  Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made WICKED one of the world’s most popular musicals.

WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly.  WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 13 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, and Mexico) and has thus far been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Korean.

Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016 Season will continue with RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016.

Choose Your Own Package for any three DSM 2016 season shows, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org and by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849). They can also be purchased at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542, Preston Royal Shopping Center.


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) 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 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.

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Dallas Summer Musicals Curtain Call Kicks-Off at Bistro 31

March 18th, 2016

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 16, 2016
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(October 29, 2015 – Dallas, TX)   Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) Curtain Call kicked-off its 2016 gala Cirque du Musicale on October 26th at a soirée hosted by Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village.

Gala chairs Suzanne and David Palmlund welcomed supporters announcing the gala date of Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, saying this gala will be like none other! Many surprises are in store at Curtain Call which supports Dallas Summer Musicals’ mission to bring the Best of Broadway to North Texas and provide for children’s education and outreach programs.  Sponsors’ support will bring the magic of musical theater to so many children who otherwise would never experience it — magic created through programs such as DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Vets, Seats for Kids, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, Kid’s Club, Stage Right and Hear Us Now!®. Mayor Mike Rawlings is honorary chair.

Special thanks went to Michael Bratcher, manager of Bistro 31 and host, as patrons enjoyed specialty hors d’oeuvres and wines, including a specialty cocktail created especially for this evening’s announcements.

Patron Party chair Hilary Roberts, well-known Dallas performer, shared a story of her life-long passion for the arts, especially musicals, and treated the gathering to a beautiful rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Afterwards, she announced her own gift of $10,000 and challenged everyone to match those funds, starting with a $5,000 bid, which was matched. In another challenge to meet or beat that amount, a lump sum of $30,000 was pledged. Hilary remarked how this generosity and dedication to DSM touches all of our hearts, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. A total of $45,000 was raised at this evening’s event!

DSM’s premier fundraiser of the year, Curtain Call is an exciting evening of gourmet delights, inspiration, and entertainment! Curtain Call – Cirque du Musicale will provide guests with a break from the traditional seated dinner format and transport them to a creative, cirque-influenced dining experience and evening filled with cirque entertainment, delicious tastes and bites from a select menu designed by a celebrity chef and prepared by M Dining at the Music Hall, exciting auctions, and open bars – all followed by a special performance in the theatre and a night cap at a cabaret, dessert, and cigar lounge. This is your opportunity to indulge in everything you love about DSM and musical theatre, and share in the Magic of the Music Hall at Fair Park with your closest clients, friends, and family.

Sponsorships and underwriting available starting at $5,000. Cirque Party of 10 packages start at $4,000. Diamond Cirque VIP gala event tickets are $760 and include all event benefits: early access at 6: 00 p.m. to cocktail reception, first look at auctions, gourmet dinner, and concert. Individual gala event tickets are $400 and include:  access at 7:00 p.m., cocktails and dinner, and concert. All Curtain Call underwriting opportunities and benefits are available through the web site at: dallassummermusicals.org  and can be purchased online at dallassummermusicals.giv.sh/756d or by calling the Development office at DSM, 214-413-3961 and email at jjenner@dallassummermusicals.org

Curtain Call Sponsors:  The Greatest Star/Patron Party Sponsors: Hilary L. Roberts and J. Baxter Brinkmann; Superstar Cirque Announcer: Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians; Cirque Trapeze Star: Texas Instruments. Media Sponsors: Park Cities News/The Waters Family.

Dallas Summer Musicals presenting sponsor is Texas Instruments. Season sponsors are American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.

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Beyond presenting Broadway shows and extraordinary musical theatre performances, DSM annually invests in sustaining and expanding the following DSM educational and programming initiatives:

DSM ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS offers professional training – integrating the disciplines of singing, acting and dancing – in satellite locations throughout the Dallas metro area.  To ensure access to all learners, the school offers scholarships to promising students with limited financial resources. For more information, visit: dsmschool.org

DSM HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS is patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the Arts to significantly improve all areas of education.  The 5th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards is scheduled for April 14, 2016.  Sponsorships start at $5,000 and support college scholarships to outstanding and deserving participants. For more information visit: dallassummermusicals.giv.sh/b5c7

KIDS CLUB is a free membership program created to develop tomorrow’s musical theatre audience.  Through exciting activities, special events, backstage tours and informational exchanges, children gain an interest, hands-on knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. For more information visit: dallassummermusicals.org/showpage-forkids or email kidsclub@dallassummermusicals.org

SEATS FOR KIDS provides a meaningful theatre arts experience to low-income, at-risk and special needs children.  Every year DSM provides children in the Dallas area experience live musical theatre, many for the first time, through this program.

HEAR US NOW utilizes five assistive listening device technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver clear and direct audio signal from the performers so that patrons with limited hearing abilities can enjoy the show.

DSM SEATS FOR VETS DSM has a long established tradition of providing discounted access to military veterans and their families.  The new DSM Seats for Vets initiative is an intentional effort to do more – built on the idea that “their service deserves great seats.”

DSM COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE – As a part of DSM’s 76th season, Disney’s The Little Mermaid returns to the DSM stage for a three-week run organized by DSM in March, 2016.  During the show’s run, DSM will organize a DSM Community Performance and offer the Dallas community complimentary seats in the Music Hall at Fair Park.

DSM GUILD The DSM Guild is looking for prospective members and sponsors. Guild members share a love of musical theatre, provide special Dallas hospitality to the traveling companies by hosting opening night cast parties and serving donated meals, and enthusiastically support DSM.  Interested in joining please email dsmguild@dallassummermusicals.org

DSM ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS The DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 45. Their mission is to cultivate future patrons and leaders of DSM and to make DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. To learn more, please visit associateproducers.org

The public can play a part in bringing the Best of Broadway to the young people in our community! Charitable contributions are vital to the sustainability of these initiatives at Dallas Summer Musicals.  Please assist DSM in its mission to build awareness for the enjoyment and educational values of musical theater as it does so through its ongoing education and community programs.

For more information including sponsorships, booking, or program details, please contact the DSM Development Department at 214.413.3961 or jjenner@dallassummermusicals.org.


 

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) 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 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 by 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.

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Dallas Summer Musicals Community Performance is Sold Out!

March 2nd, 2016

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First community performance will reach over 3,400 families and children from 43 nonprofit organizations and DISD schools

 

Dallas, TX – Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) announces its new investment in creating public access to the performing arts, the DSM Community Performance, has sold out! Engaging families and children from 38 nonprofit organizations and 5 DISD Elementary Schools from the Madison and Lincoln feeder patterns, this special show will provide over 3,400 seats to community organizations free of charge. This very special event is made possible with financial support from sponsors and the enthusiasm and interest of schools, neighborhoods, and other nonprofits as partners, volunteers, and advocates which have come on board to make this truly an event dedicated to community outreach, filling the Music Hall at Fair Park.

“This event demonstrates Dallas Summer Musicals’ ongoing commitment to the Dallas community and our leadership role as a cornerstone nonprofit performing arts organization for the City of Dallas and its citizens in Fair Park,” said Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, DSM. “We are thrilled at the immediate response from community partners and grateful for the support from sponsors earmarked for this special event, including the Moody Foundation, the Hillcrest Foundation and Frost Bank, along with DSM season sponsors Texas Instruments, WFAA, American Airlines and The Dallas Morning News. Their involvement as corporate and community advocates has been crucial in making this Community Performance a reality.”

Slated for Friday, March 11, 2016 the DSM Community Performance will take place during DSM’s 76th season presentation of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, a proven family favorite, creating memorable experiences for children and parents to see a major touring Broadway production – many for the first time. Based on the animated film, this special show features a revamped script, new songs, and an entirely fresh interpretation of the film. Tickets for all other performances are for sale and open to the public during the show’s run through Sunday, March 27th. Details are below.

“Each year, DSM seeks opportunities to enhance its organizational mission of presenting extraordinary Broadway shows by giving back to organizations, families, and students in the Dallas and greater North Texas community through community ticket donations, initiatives like Seats for Kids and the newly-developed Seats for Vets, and through scholarship funds for both the DSM Academy of the Performing Arts and the High School Musical Theatre Awards,” Jenkins continued. “The DSM Community Performance represents our latest community investment concept, designed to demonstrate that what’s good for the Dallas community is good for Dallas Summer Musicals.”

DSM is pleased to welcome students and families from five Dallas ISD elementary schools from the Madison and Lincoln feeder patterns. “Participating in and attending quality arts events enrich the lives of our students in many ways,” said Dr. Danna Rothlisberger, Executive Director-Visual and Performing Arts. “Studies show that students who engage in arts activities develop skills that help promote academic and life success.   For certain, our young people who attend live performances gain a rich experience that provides much for classroom and family conversations long after the event.  Therefore, we are so grateful that the Dallas ISD elementary students in the Fair Park neighborhood have this opportunity to benefit from the district’s new partnership with the Dallas Summer Musicals.”

Ted Munselle, Chairman of the Board at DSM, agreed, saying, “This is a win-win-win for DSM, for Dallas, and for Fair Park and an intentional effort to expand on our community outreach. During the last presentation of Disney’s THE LION KING, for example, DSM organized a “Buy a Seat, Give a Seat” promotion for one of the performances, which enabled DSM subscribers, patrons and community partner organizations to purchase over 1,700 seats for underserved and low-income families to attend the performance.  This community investment was a great success and that success is one inspiration for the DSM Community Performance.”

Sponsors of the DSM Community Performance as of February 25 include: The Moody Foundation ($100,000), The Hillcrest Foundation ($50,000) and Frost Bank ($5,000), with additional annual education and community outreach program support from The Hirsch Family Foundation ($25,000), The Hoglund Foundation ($25,000), the Scovell Fund of The Dallas Foundation ($25,000). In-Kind partners include: Big Thought, Creativity Sponsor; Chick-Fil-A, food sponsor; DART, transportation sponsor; and Mother Ruckers, cookie sponsor. DSM is also grateful to season sponsors Texas Instruments, American Airlines, WFAA, and the Dallas Morning News for ongoing support in its 76th year.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season presented by Texas Instruments continues with DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 12-27, 2016; WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016; RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. Dallas Summer Musicals Management Group, Inc. will also present the Broadway hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, February 27 & 28, 2016 for a limited engagement.

The public can make charitable gifts to support the DSM Community Performance and future performance by visiting https://dallassummermusicals.giv.sh/9c74 or contacting James Jenner, Director of Development, at (214) 413-3961 or jjenner@dallassummermusicals.org.

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) 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 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.

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DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS WELCOMES NEW BOARD LEADERSHIP NAMING TED MUNSELLE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD FOR ITS 76TH SEASON

January 20th, 2016

Dallas, TX (January 20, 2016) – Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in North Texas, has named Ted Munselle, a business executive and civic leader, Chairman of the DSM Board of Directors for 2016.

Munselle’s love for musical theatre started early and was solidified in 1978, when he married his wife, Gay, a Music Educator and Choir Director. Gay and Ted were DSM season ticket holders early in their marriage and he jumped at the chance to serve on DSM’s Board of Directors when the opportunity arose in 2008. Since joining DSM’s Board, Ted served as Vice President of Investments and Vice President of Development before being named Chair-Elect in 2015. In addition, he has served DSM as a member of the Audit and Finance Committees.

Ted is a Certified Public Accountant and has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Nurseries, Inc., a wholesale nursery company headquartered in Coppell, Texas, since 1998. Before joining Landmark, Ted spent over 10 years with two national CPA firms (Laventhol & Horwath and Grant Thornton, LLP), then spent 12 years as an Audit Partner in two Dallas, Texas based CPA firms. Ted serves on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Audit Committees of four publicly traded corporations, and is actively involved as an Elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

Gay and Ted have a son, Chris, who lives in Plano with his wife Kristine, and their four children (Josiah, Layla, Judah and Ivy), and a daughter, Elyse, who lives in Austin.

DSM President and Managing Director Michael A. Jenkins said, “Ted Munselle brings DSM an outstanding track record of executive and business leadership as he takes the helm as Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals for 2016. Combining an impressive record of 39 years of achievement in his profession with volunteer leadership in support of the arts, Ted has been a big supporter of DSM for many years. As a past member of the board, he has rapidly and actively engaged in advancing the transformation of DSM and we feel very lucky to welcome him as the new Chair.”

New DSM Board Chairman Munselle said, “I am honored and excited to be able to serve as DSM’s Chair during its 76th season. I have loved the organization for many years and I look forward to working with our incredible team of officers as we lead DSM forward into the future, not only presenting the Best of Broadway to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but also providing educational opportunities to students with such programs as High School Musical Theatre Awards and Seats for Kids, to name a few. As a not-for-profit organization, we will continue to work together with our patrons, sponsors and volunteers, not to mention the City of Dallas and the community as a whole, to create a fun and welcoming experience each time we get together.”

Immediate Past Chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals is Dorsey L. Baskin, Managing Partner of Innovative Services Development at Grant Thornton LLP, with Randy Wright, Tax Partner at BDO USA LLP, serving as Chairman Elect. Ruth Altshuler holds the title of Honorary Chair, and Michael A. Jenkins is President and Managing Director of DSM.

In addition, other DSM Officers for 2016 include Vice President of Audit, Christopher McRorie; Vice Presidents of Community Relations, Nancy Natinsky; Vice President of Development, Jane Schoen; Vice President of Finance, Tom W. Watson; Vice Presidents of Marketing, Jennifer Altieri and Jay Fox; Vice President of Personnel & Compensation, Scott T. Collier; Vice President of Education and Children’s Committee, Downie Mathis; Secretary, Robert Witte; Treasurer, David Dienes; and Guild President, Juliann Krumbholz.

Members of the Executive Committee include: Ruth Altshuler; Ed Bratton; Brad E. Cheves; J. Diane Childress; O. Paul Corley, Jr.; John R. Clutts; Joshua N. Curlett; Barry Epstein; Patti Flowers; Stanley D. Gardner; Rick J.W. Graham; Gary Griffith; Charles L. Gummer; Sally Hoglund; Darrell E. Jordan; Dr. Sheffield Kadane; Juliann Krumbholz; Steven C. Metzger; Andrew N. Meyercord; Scott Night; Craig G. Ongley; Honorable James R. Pitts; Gail H. Plummer; Mark B. Plunkett; James W. Porter, Jr.; Holly Reeves; Richard L. Rogers; Kenneth D. Sandstad; Donald K. Spies; Michael C. Steindorf; Steven H. Stodghill; Paul A. Stotts; Steve B. Watson; Kit Williams; and Dr. Kimberly Yamanouchi.

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

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season presented by Texas Instruments will continue with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; followed by DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 2016; WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016; RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. Dallas Summer Musicals Management Group, Inc. will also present the Broadway hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, February 27 & 28, 2016 for a limited engagement.

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) 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 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 by 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.

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John R. Clutts Chairs the 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards!

October 22nd, 2015

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John R. Clutts Chairs The 5th Annual
Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards

Mark your calendars for the Awards Show on Thursday, April 14, 2016

(Dallas, TX –August 28, 2015) Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), announced long-time supporter and DSM Board member John R. Clutts has been named chair of The 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Tracy Jordan, DSM HSMTA Manager, with John Clutts, 2016 DSM HSMTA Chair. Photo by Chris Waits.

Tracy Jordan, DSM HSMTA Manager, with John Clutts, 2016 DSM HSMTA Chair. Photo by Chris Waits.

As president of The Clutts Agency, Inc., which is a Texas Talent Agency and a SAG/AFTRA franchised agency, John is a former Neiman Marcus executive with 25 years of experience in the photo industry, has performed on stage in many regional productions and taught musical theatre at Dallas Theatre Center. In addition to serving as a DSM board member, he also serves on the Advisory Board of The Dallas Children’s Theater and the Board of Dallas Contemporary. He has served as: VP, USA Film Festival; Chair, Dallas Fashion Incubator; and Chair of the Board of Trustees, DIFFA/Dallas. He has chaired many charitable events, including Cabaret Gala benefiting Dallas Children’s Theater 2011 and 2005; Fresh Faces of Fashion 2007 benefiting Suicide and Crisis Center and DIFFA|Dallas Collection 2001. In 2005, he was awarded DIFFA’s highest award, the Legend Award.

“John’s experience in the community as a dedicated leader and volunteer, along with his business acumen and insight, is the perfect combination for this role as chair of The 5th Annual High School Musical Awards,” Jenkins said.

“I am honored to chair this program and be a part of its continued development and success,” John replied. “The reach of this program across North Texas is growing and we look forward to even more schools participating next year.”

Celebrating its 5th year, DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) had 65 high schools participating in 2015 – which is more than double the first year’s total of 30 high schools participating, representing 33 school districts across North Texas. Among the 65 were also 7 private high schools. This represented a new all-time high of high schools, teachers and students taking part in the program.

DSM HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and the second largest program in the country. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by The National High School Musical Theatre Awards as their official affiliate program for North Texas.

Since DSM’s First Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting high schools as far away as Denton and McKinney to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east.

Slated for Thursday, April 14, 2016 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. Red carpet arrival begins at 5:30 p.m. The show begins 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. The show is topped off with a finale of performers from each participating high school.

Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in the production of high school musical theatre. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each are awarded. In 2015, DSM awarded seven cash scholarships of $5,000 each to outstanding participating students. To date, DSM has awarded over $100,000 in cash scholarships to outstanding students.

Jenkins said, “This program encourages participation in the musical arts throughout North Texas. It is important to encourage these talented students to follow their dreams and goals and to draw attention to the excellent work being done in education in musicals in our area high schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved and a great show! We are grateful to founding sponsors Leah and Jerry Fullinwider for their support and vision, which literally brought this awards program to life.”

Jenkins praised the community’s support saying, “For our preeminent educational outreach program to have grown so significantly in such a short time is a tribute to DSM as a resource to our community and a wonderful testament to the tremendous contribution of the teachers, judges, committee members and volunteers. We encourage everyone to visit the high schools and watch the shows first-hand.”

John added, “With the celebration of its 75th Anniversary, DSM is putting the focus on the next 75 years as the High School Musical Theatre Awards program spotlights the Broadway stars of tomorrow.”

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 submitted to the accounting firm of Grant Thornton.

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.

Participating high schools and their shows will be listed on the website at http://dallassummermusicals.org/HSMA-Participants.shtm or for questions, contact Tracy Jordan, the program manager at 214-413-3951 or tjordan@dallassummermusicals.org

Facebook page is constantly updated at https://www.facebook.com/DSMHSMTA

National program website: http://www.nhsmta.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions

Get updates and news through our social media web sites:

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WordPress: http://dallassummermusicals.wordpress.com

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 community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) 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 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 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 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. 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. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Coming this fall, Seats for Vets will serve war veterans and their families by providing them with a unique theatrical experience and 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.

 

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DSM HSMTA Media Contact, Sharon Adams
(972) 773-9289 | Adamscomm1@aol.com

DSM Publicist & Media Contact, Francisco Chairez
(214) 413-3909 | fchairez@DallasSummerMusicals.org


Brand New Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Makes North Texas Debut!

October 8th, 2015

The Sound of Music

MAKES NORTH TEXAS DEBUT

NOVEMBER 3-22, 2015

AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

& AUGUST 17-21, 2016

AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL.

“Sparkling, fresh and lively.” – Los Angeles Times

“An unabashed paean to the healing power of art.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Go see The Sound of Music, as it will be unlike any other you have encountered.” – LA Daily News

Dallas, TX (October 8, 2015) – A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, will make its North Texas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park November 3-22, 2015, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. This lavish production will roll back into Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall August 17-21, 2016, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

BEN DAVIS (Broadway’s Violet, A Little Night Music, La Bohème) will play Captain Georg von Trapp and ASHLEY BROWN (Broadway’s Mary Poppins, NBC’s The Sound of Music) will play The Mother Abbess with MERWIN FOARD as Max Detweiler, TERI HANSEN as Elsa Schraeder, DAN TRACY as Rolf and PAIGE SILVESTER as Liesl. The von Trapp children will be played by ERICH SCHUETT (Friedrich), MARIA KNASEL (Louisa), QUINN ERICKSON (Kurt), SVEA JOHNSON (Brigitta), MACKENZIE CURRIE (Marta) and AUDREY BENNETT (Gretl).

Introducing Jack O’Brien’s brand new discovery, KERSTIN ANDERSON as Maria Rainer. A current student at Pace University, Ms. Anderson won the coveted role from hundreds who auditioned.

The ensemble includes Carey Rebecca Brown, Ronald Brown, Caitlin Burke, Christopher Carl, Kyla Carter, Austin Colby, Daniella Dalli, Elisabeth Evans, Donna Garner, Meghan Hales, Jenavene Hester, Adam Hill, Jeremy Michael Lanuti, Darren Matthias, Kelly McCormick, Julia Osborne, Andrea Ross, Brent Schindele and Jim Schubin.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. This new production is directed by Jack O’Brien (credits include: Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia), choreographed by Danny Mefford (Fun Home, The Bridges of Madison County and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and music supervision by Andy Einhorn (Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella, Brief Encounter, The Light in the Piazza). The design and production team is comprised of Douglas Schmidt, set design (Tony Award® nominee: 42nd Street, Into the Woods); Jane Greenwood, costume design (2014 recipient of the Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), Natasha Katz, lighting design (Five-time Tony Award® winner: An American in Paris, Once, Aida, The Coast of Utopia, The Glass Menagerie) and Ken Travis, sound design (Aladdin, Newsies, Memphis). Casting by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, CSA.

According to director Jack O’Brien, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be. But it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever. It’s no longer ‘your mother’s’ familiar SOUND OF MUSIC. We are tearing off the varnish of the past from one of the great glories of our theatergoing experience and making it fresh! This is an opportunity we’ve all longed to create!”

Producer Beth Williams (Grove Entertainment) said, “It’s a great privilege to bring this beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical to theaters across North America. We hope that people of all ages will continue to fall in love with it for the first time, or all over again, and that it will truly become one of their ‘favorite things.’ From our distinguished team led by the creative master Jack O’Brien, audiences can expect a truly magnificent production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.”

In the words of Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC continues to be the world’s most beloved musical. When a major national tour was suggested, I not only agreed, but was willing to roll up my sleeves and do whatever I could to fashion a new stage production that would re-engage today’s theatergoing public. The show was originally created for Broadway, and seeing it on stage only reinforces the power of the story and the score. And with Jack O’Brien at the directorial helm – well, we simply couldn’t do better. Landing somewhere between The Coast of Utopia and Hairspray (shows for which Jack won the Tony®), his production is smart, focused, and surprising.”

THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013; 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Single tickets for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, from $25 – $106 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

For Fort Worth tickets: Single tickets on sale TBA.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. For group sales, call 817.212.4248 or email groupsales@basshall.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season will continue with ELF The Broadway Musical, December 8-20, 2015; THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 2016; WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016; RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ seven-show season tickets, starting at $134, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org, in person at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas or by phone at 214-346-3300. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to add on WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016, to their season subscription for an 8-show package starting at $174.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount for all shows excluding WICKED where groups of 15 or more save on select performances. All groups receive priority seating and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2014-2015 Season will close a great run with KINKY BOOTS, Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2015.

Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2015-2016 Season kicks off with the Fort Worth debut of THE BOOK OF MORMON Dec. 1-6, 2015, followed by MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Jan. 13-17, 2016, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID March 29-April 3, 2016, THE WIZARD OF OZ June 7-12, 2016, 42ND STREET July 12-17, 2016, THE SOUND OF MUSIC Aug. 17-21, 2016 and, closing out the season, the spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Oct. 20-30, 2016.

Broadway at the Bass season tickets are on sale online at www.basshall.com, over the phone at 817-212-4280 and in person at the Bass Hall Box Office. Seven-show season ticket packages start at $275. For more information, call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth will co-present three of these titles: Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, 42ND STREET and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The shows will play in Dallas for two weeks, then head to Fort Worth for limited, one-week runs.

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) 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 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 provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theater 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. 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:

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of Bass Performance Hall, presents national Broadway touring product under the Broadway at the Bass banner. Bass Performance Hall is the crown jewel of a city which boasts the nation’s third largest cultural district. It is also an important symbol of one of the most successful downtown revitalization efforts in the country.

The 2,056-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.

Bass Performance Hall is located on a full city block encompassed by Commerce, Calhoun, 4th and 5th Streets in the historic Sundance Square district of downtown Fort Worth.

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Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth Announce 15/16 Broadway Seasons!

July 29th, 2015

DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS AND PERFORMING ARTS FORT WORTH ANNOUNCE 2015-2016 BROADWAY SEASONS!
The two organizations will come together to co-present three shows

DSM plus PFW

Season tickets for both seasons are on sale now!

Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth proudly announce their 2015-2016 Broadway seasons! Once again, the two performing arts groups, in a groundbreaking move spearheaded last season, will come together to co-present many of these titles, allowing patrons across North Texas ample opportunities to experience the Best of Broadway.

Dallas Summer Musicals will kick off its highly anticipated 2015-2016 season with the North Texas debut of a brand-new stage adaptation of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The season will continue with the hilarious tale of a modern day Christmas, ELF The Musical; followed by the musical romance, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY; DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID; Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, WICKED, as a season add-on; a turn-of-the-century celebration, RAGTIME; the classic comedy musical BULLETS OVER BROADWAY; and, closing the season, the caper revival, 42ND STREET.

“Building from the momentum of our 75th Anniversary Season, we are thrilled to continue to present the Best of Broadway in North Texas,” said Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals. “This new season will bring something for everyone as we look forward to the next 75 years of creating memories, while continuing our legacy of presenting top quality family entertainment.”

From the creators of “South Park” and winner of nine Tony Awards ®, THE BOOK OF MORMON will open the Broadway at the Bass season, held at Bass Performance Hall, and play a limited six-day engagement Dec. 1-6.  The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century” and Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.”

This season will close with Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

In between will be the direct-from-Broadway MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the story of Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul; DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID; a revival of the classic backstage romp 42ND STREET; the timeless classic THE WIZARD OF OZ; and a brand-new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

In addition, MAMMA MIA!, BLUE MAN GROUP and RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL will return as add-on specials, along with the previously announced JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. The series also includes two shows in the intimate McDavid Studio – the previously announced DIXIE’S NEVER WEAR A TUBETOP WHILE RIDING A MECHANICAL BULL (AND 16 OTHER THINGS I LEARNED WHILE I WAS DRINKING LAST THURSDAY) and an all-new show in the “Late Night Catechism” series, BACK TO SCHOOL CATECHISM: THE HOLY GHOST AND OTHER TERRIFYING TALES. Both shows can be added on to season packages.

Continuing a partnership that blossomed last season, Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth will co-present three of these titles: Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, 42ND STREET and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

“We at Dallas Summer Musicals are delighted to continue this great partnership with Performing Arts Fort Worth” said Jenkins. “This cooperation not only provides us with new opportunities for our organizations but it further enhances our commitment in developing collaborative efforts that benefit both our patrons and the Dallas-Fort Worth arts community.”

Dione Kennedy, President and CEO of PAFW, said: “This is a relationship that has worked extremely well for both us and Dallas Summer Musicals, and we’re thrilled to be able to continue this partnership with our new season.”

Dallas Summer Musicals’ seven-show season tickets, starting at $134, go on sale Sunday, June 7 at 10 a.m. online at DallasSummerMusicals.org and in person Monday, June 8 at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas or by phone at 214-346-3300. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to add on WICKED to their season subscription for an 8-show package starting at $174.

For season tickets, groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount. For WICKED, groups of 15 or more save on select performances. 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. Seven-show season ticket packages start at $275. For more information, call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com

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 community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 501(c)(3) 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 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 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 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. 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. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 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:

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of Bass Performance Hall, presents national Broadway touring product under the Broadway at the Bass banner. Bass Performance Hall is the crown jewel of a city which boasts the nation’s third largest cultural district. It is also an important symbol of one of the most successful downtown revitalization efforts in the country.

The 2,056-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.

Bass Performance Hall is located on a full city block encompassed by Commerce, Calhoun, 4th and 5th Streets in the historic Sundance Square district of downtown Fort Worth.

 

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Casting Announced for the National Tour of The Bridges of Madison County!

July 28th, 2015

ELIZABETH STANLEY & ANDREW SAMONSKY
TO STAR AS FRANCESCA & ROBERT
IN
THE NATIONAL TOUR OF

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THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MUSICAL TO MAKE NORTH TEXAS DEBUT FEBRUARY 2-14, 2016 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

“The score by Jason Robert Brown is SUMPTUOUS!”
-New York Times

“MAGIC! An evening you will cherish long after the show’s over!”
NPR

“The beating heart of the show is Brown’s score. It’s richly melodic and rhythmic — and one of Broadway’s best in the last decade!”
-Daily News

“GORGEOUS, POWERFUL & RAPTUROUS! ‘BRIDGES’ is one of the few recent Broadway musicals to take up the challenges laid down by the great works of Rodgers and Hammerstein – to tell important stories and somehow make them sing.”
New York Magazine

The producers of the upcoming national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY have announced that Elizabeth Stanley, currently starring in the role of Claire De Loone on Broadway in the revival of ON THE TOWN, and Andrew Samonsky, last seen in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at the Paper Mill Playhouse, will star as Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. Featuring gorgeous, soulful music by three-time Tony Award® winner JASON ROBERT BROWN that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the sweeping balladry of classic Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News hails it as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade.” Tom Geier of Entertainment Weekly exclaims that Brown “has written a lush and deeply romantic score, filled with rich and melodic duets,” and NPR proclaims it’s “MAGIC! An evening you will cherish long after the show is over!” As previously announced, the production will begin performances on November 28 at the Des Moines Civic Center in Des Moines, IA and will continue to over 15 additional major markets across North America in its first season.

Elizabeth StanleyElizabeth Stanley is currently starring as the man-crazed anthropologist Claire De Loone in the Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN (Drama Desk Nomination). Other roles originated on Broadway: Dyanne in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET; Allison in CRY-BABY, and April in the Tony Award-winning revival of COMPANY First National Tour: Kira in XANADU. Off-Broadway: Gussie in the New York City Center, Encores! production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, and The Nurse in HELLO, AGAIN (Transport Theatre Group—Drama League Nomination, best ensemble). Favorite regional roles: Kate in KISS ME KATE, Sugar in SUGAR, Constanze in AMADEUS. TV: Black Box, Made in Jersey, Fringe, The Chappelle Show, and PBS Great PerformancesCompany. Graduate of Indiana University. www.elizabethstanley.net

Andrew SamonskyAndrew Samonsky recently played Captain Phoebus in the American premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at the Paper Mill and La Jolla Playhouse. Broadway: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROO (Neville), SCANDALOUS (Kenneth Ormisten, original cast recording), and SOUTH PACIFIC (Lt. Cable, including the Live From Lincoln Center PBS broadcast). Off-Broadway: Queen of the Mist as Frank Russell (Drama Desk Award nomination, original cast recording), and Encores! productions of Fiorello! and Merrily We Roll Along.  Original productions of Somewhere in Time (Richard, Portland Center Stage), TALES OF THE CITY (Beauchamp, ACT), LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (La Jolla Playhouse, Joshua), and DISNEY’S ON THE RECORD (Original Cast Recording).  He’s a soloist with symphonies across the country.  TV/Film: ElementaryGuiding Light.

The critically acclaimed musical of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY features one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams with music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award®-winning composer JASON ROBERT BROWN (PARADE, THE LAST FIVE YEARS), book by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer MARSHA NORMAN (THE SECRET GARDEN, THE COLOR PURPLE, ‘NIGHT, MOTHER), and led by the Tony Award®-winning director BARTLETT SHER (SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA).

The team also includes scenic design by two-time Tony Award®winner MICHAEL YEARGAN (THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, SOUTH PACIFIC), costume design by six-time Tony Award® winner CATHERINE ZUBER (SOUTH PACIFIC, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, THE COAST OF UTOPIA), lighting design by two-time Tony Award® winner DONALD HOLDER (SOUTH PACIFIC, THE LION KING), sound design by JON WESTON, orchestrations by JASON ROBERT BROWN, and movement by DANNY MEFFORD.

Based on the best-selling novel by ROBERT JAMES WALLER, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY will launch in Des Moines, IA at the Des Moines Civic Center with performances beginning Saturday, November 28th and will travel to more than 15 cities in its first season. The previously released tour route is available by clicking here with additional cities to be announced soon.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, now available on Ghostlight Records, was released on April 15, 2014 and debuted as the #1 Cast Recording on the Billboard charts. For more information or to purchase the Cast Recording, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/bridgesofmadisoncounty.

For more information about the upcoming tour, please visit www.BridgesMusical.com

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is part of Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season. The new season will kick off with the North Texas debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, November 3-22, 2015; followed by ELF The Musical, December 8-20, 2015; THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 2016; WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016; RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ seven-show season tickets, starting at $134, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org, in person at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas or by phone at 214-346-3300. In addition, season ticket buyers have the option to add on WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016, to their season subscription for an 8-show package starting at $174.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount for all shows excluding WICKED where groups of 15 or more save on select performances. All groups receive priority seating and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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 community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 501(c)(3) 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 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 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 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 celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Hear Us Now!™ is DSM’s newest initiative. 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. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Coming this fall, Seats for Vets will serve war veterans and their families by providing them with a unique theatrical experience and 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.

 

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BIOS:

MARSHA NORMAN (Book) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and co-chair of Playwriting at Juilliard. She won a Tony for THE SECRET GARDEN, and another nomination for THE COLOR PURPLE. Her first play, GETTING OUT, received the John Gassner Playwriting Medallion, the Newsday Oppenheimer Award, and a citation from the American Critics Association. Other plays include THE LAUNDROMAT, THE POOL HALL, LOVING DANIEL BOONE,TRUDY BLUE, and her newest play, LAST DANCE.

Published collections of her works include Four Plays, Collected Works of Marsha Norman, Vol. 1, and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has also worked extensively in television and film and has an upcoming play for the UN about trafficking and violence toward women. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a former advisory member of the Sewanee Writers Conference, and current vice president of The Dramatists Guild of America. She serves on the boards of the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Independent Committee for Arts Policy. Ms. Norman was elected to the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees in 2003. She lives with her two children in Monterey, MA and New York City.

JASON ROBERT BROWN (Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations) has won three Tony Awards for his groundbreaking work as a composer, lyricist, and orchestrator. His emotionally incisive, ferociously energetic, and deeply human scores for HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations), PARADE (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Drama Desk Award), 13, and SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD have brought his unique voice and highly personal songs to stages all over the world. Other works include his “novel symphony,” The Trumpet of the Swan (written with Marsha Norman), which he conducted with the National Symphony Orchestra. Jason also tours with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, with whom he has recorded a CD, Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes.                                                                                           

BARTLETT SHER (Director). LCT: THE KING AND I; GOLDEN BOY (Tony nomination); BLOOD AND GIFTS; WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (also current London production); JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE (Tony nom.); SOUTH PACIFIC (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics awards; also London and Australia); AWAKE AND SING!, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Tony noms.). Recent New York: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Schoenfeld), PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY (Playwrights Horizons), WASTE (Best Play Obie Award), CYMBELINE (Callaway Award, also at Royal Shakespeare Company), Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA, BAM). Artistic director of Seattle’s Intiman Theater (2000-2009). Previously company director for the Guthrie Theater and associate artistic director at Hartford Stage. Opera: Faust (Baden Baden); Two Boys (ENO, Metropolitan Opera); Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg, Milan, Chicago); Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera, New York City Opera). Upcoming productions include Otello (Metropolitan Opera), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF(Broadway), Adam Guettel’s new musical MILLIONS.