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

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

Hello DSM fans!

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

INTERVIEWS, & PERFORMANCES

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

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

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

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

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

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

REVIEWS

Check out our Opening Night Interviews with the Dallas audience!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INSIDE LOOK, ARTICLES & FEATURES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda

A Timeline of Events: EVITA and Eva Perón

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda

Evita – A Historical Background for Characters

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

JUAN PERÓN

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHE

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

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

MAGALDI

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

THE MISTRESS

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

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

ENSEMBLE • THE PEOPLE

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

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

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda

Things to Know About The Revival of EVITA

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

FOCUS ON AUTHENTICITY

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

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

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

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

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

The design is inspired by Argentine architecture.

NEW SONG

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

CHE

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda

Evita and Agentine History

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

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

EVITA and ARGENTINE HISTORY

BUENOS AIRES

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

LUNA PARK

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

TANGO

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

THE WEALTHY FEW

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

DESCAMISADOS

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

THE CASA ROSADA

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

RAINBOW TOUR

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

THE SOCIAL AID FOUNDATION

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

 

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

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See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch a sneak peek by clicking here!

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

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Article By Andrew Kingsford-Smith

Evita Returns to Dallas April 15 – 27!

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

EVITA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UPDATED: Your Broadway Gift Guide for the Holiday Season!

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It’s that time of year again – gift buying season is here! Sometimes the task can be a bit daunting, but we’ve got your current (and soon-to-be) Broadway fans covered! Check out Dallas Summer Musicals’ Holiday Gift Guide for some ideas and inspiration!

Not sure who to give Broadway to this season?

8 Reasons Tickets Make A Great Gift:

  1. You’re giving an EXPERIENCE. 
  2. Do you really remember every gift you received last year? 5 years ago?  Give your loved ones something they’ll remember for years to come. 
  3. You won’t be wasting your hard earned cash – unlike a sweater, tie or pink bunny footie pajamas… tickets won’t get pushed to the back of a closet.
  4. Instead of playing the gift guessing game with a toy that gets tossed to the side, introduce the kids to the magic of theatre.
  5. Date night.  Need we say more?
  6. We all know that in-laws are difficult to buy for.  Make it a 4-pack and they’ll be pleased with your willingness to share date night with them.
  7. Ladies: choose to give tickets over gift cards this year, and change up your Girl’s Night Out routine!
  8. Check the entire family off of your gift-giving list and make it a family affair! It only takes 10 people to qualify for our Group Discount!

From all of us here at DSM, we hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season!

-DSM Amanda

 

*Please note: This post has been updated from the previous post to reflect our current promotions and availability. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at webinfo@dallassummermusicals.org. Thank you!

Your Broadway Gift Guide for the Holiday Season!

Holiday_GiftGuide

It’s that time of year again – gift buying season is here! Sometimes the task can be a bit daunting, but we’ve got your current (and soon-to-be) Broadway fans covered! Check out Dallas Summer Musicals’ Holiday Gift Guide for some ideas and inspiration!

Not sure who to give Broadway to this season?

8 Reasons Tickets Make A Great Gift:

  1. You’re giving an EXPERIENCE. 
  2. Do you really remember every gift you received last year? 5 years ago?  Give your loved ones something they’ll remember for years to come. 
  3. You won’t be wasting your hard earned cash – unlike a sweater, tie or pink bunny footie pajamas… tickets won’t get pushed to the back of a closet.
  4. Instead of playing the gift guessing game with a toy that gets tossed to the side, introduce the kids to the magic of theatre.
  5. Date night.  Need we say more?
  6. We all know that in-laws are difficult to buy for.  Make it a 4-pack and they’ll be pleased with your willingness to share date night with them.
  7. Ladies: choose to give tickets over gift cards this year, and change up your Girl’s Night Out routine!
  8. Check the entire family off of your gift-giving list and make it a family affair! It only takes 10 people to qualify for our Group Discount!

From all of us here at DSM, we hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season!

-DSM Amanda

DSM – Creating Memories to Last a Lifetime!

DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS ANNOUNCES 74TH SEASON
CREATING MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME
AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
See 8 Shows for as Low as $133!

DALLAS, TX…Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM)announces their 2013-2014 season of shows, with eight touring Broadway productions and two specials coming to the Music Hall at Fair Park. DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in professional live theatrical entertainmentfor 74 seasons, since 1941.

Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals, said, “We believe in creating memories that will last a lifetime, so our 74th season is filled with musicals that should provide an unforgettable experience for everyone in the family.  We simply could not wait to start fulfilling that promise, so we are kicking off the 2014 season with a great family musical, Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS, in December of 2013.”

DSM 2013-2014 SEASON AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, December 17-29, 2013.

The story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.  Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

GHOST THE MUSICAL,  January 28-February 9, 2014.

Featuring an original pop score from multiple Grammy Award winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin. The story follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death.  Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave dangers. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.  GHOST THE MUSICAL is “eye-poppingly brilliant” (AP) and “astounding,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, Previews Feb. 13-16, runs February 18-March 2, 2014.

The “under the sea sensation” brings to the stage a magical kingdom where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.  Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it’s a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.  Come fall in love with the magic for the first time, or all over again!

WE WILL ROCK YOU, March 4-16, 2014.

From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group, Queen, with Ben Elton.  Now in its 11th year in London, seen by 15 million people worldwide, this hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon boasts a fantastic score that you just can’t resist singing along to, such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little thing Called Love,” “We Are the Champions,” Bohemian Rhapsody” and the title song, “We Will Rock You.”

THE WIZARD OF OZ, March 18-30, 2014.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of THE WIZARD OF OZis an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage.  Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar® winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires.  Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the family.

EVITA, April 15-27, 2014.

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award® winning musical returns at last.  Eva Peron used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.  Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world, while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic.  Evita’s passionate and unforgettable true story features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” and “High Flying, Adored.”  The new production is directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford.

MAMMA MIA!,June 3-15, 2014.

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel good show.  Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, September 2-14, 2014.

The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in this hilarious Tony® winning new musical.  It’s the roaring twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter.  But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart.   Featuring a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved instantly recognizable tunes, set in a fresh and funny song and dance spectacular with a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro and direction by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall.  Filled to the brim with such classic songs as “But Not for Me,’ “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” this sparkling tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour, and those glorious Gershwin songs.

LORD OF THE RINGS IN CONCERT, Special, Nov. 8-10, 2013.

Composer Howard Shore brings J.R.R. Tolkein’s literary imagination to vivid life with his Academy and Grammy Award winning score to The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring.  Shore’s music, performed by Dallas POPS, expresses Peter Jackson’s film as an immense symphonic work; a uniquely developed vision drawn from centuries of stylistic tendencies.   Counted among film music’s most complete and comprehensive works, this unique performance of the music of The Lord of the Rings sets the score to the film but allows the music to bear the narrative weight, creating a wholly new and dramatic live concert experience.

RAIN- A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, Special, Nov. 23-24, 2013.

Direct from Broadway, RAIN performs the full range of the Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in studio but never performed for an audience.  Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance in this multi-media concert.  From the early hits to later classics, such as “I  Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” and “Hey Jude”, this tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends.

Season tickets, priced from $133-$782, go on saleWednesday, July 31 at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas.  Subscribers may order by mail or in person at The Box Office, by phoning 214-346-3300, by faxing 214-691-7386, or online at www.dallassummermusicals.org. For groups of 10 or more, please call 214-426-GROUP.

Season subscribers enjoy such benefits as first opportunity to get the best seats available for the season, plus huge savings over single ticket prices and easy payment plans, lost ticket replacement, ticket exchange privileges and a 20% discount on all DSM logo merchandise.  Plus, season subscribers have first option on their seats for the following season, and can save up to $97 over the cost of single tickets.

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

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

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

As a nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theater, educate young audiences and create important community programs.DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theater arts training and scholarships to talented students in need.  Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors.  Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

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

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For media information about any of the individual shows or the Dallas Summer Musicals, and for videotape, photos, or reviewer’s passes, please call Jo Ann Holt at 469-363-7371, or email joannholt@gmail.com.

 

Now Announcing the 2013/2014 DSM Season!

Dallas Summer Musicals is pleased to announce our 74th Season!

2013/2014 Season Tickets are ON SALE NOW! Join us for the season and enjoy the best Broadway shows, in the best seats, at the best price! See 8 shows for as low as $133 and save up to $97 on single ticket prices!

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2013/2014 Season Tickets ON SALE NOW! Click on the pic above for more info!

The 2013/2014 DSM Season is 8 Broadway touring shows:

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical – December 17-29, 2013 – Music Hall at Fair Park (#WhiteChristmasDSM)

Ghost The Musical – January 28 – February 9, 2014 – Music Hall at Fair Park (#GhostDSM)

Disney’s The Little Mermaid – Previews February 13-16, Performances February 18 – March 2 – Music Hall at Fair Park (#LittleMermaidDSM)

We Will Rock You The Musical – March 4-16, 2014 – Music Hall at Fair Park (#WWRYDSM)

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New Production The Wizard of Oz – March 18-30, 2014 – Music Hall at Fair Park (#WOZDSM)

Evita – April 15-27, 2014 – Music Hall at Fair Park (#EvitaDSM)

Mamma Mia! – June 3-15, 2014 – Music Hall at Fair Park (#MammaMiaDSM)

Nice Work If You Can Get It – September 2-14, 2014 – Music Hall at Fair Park (#NiceWorkDSM)

Specials:

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert with the Dallas Pops – November 8-10, 2013 (#LOTRDSM)

Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles – November 23-24, 2013 (#RainDSM)

Check out a sneak peek of the season below!

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Season tickets are only available for purchase for a limited time before the season starts and seats are assigned based on the date you place your order. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase DSM season tickets! Click here to get more info and to buy now!

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