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

Ghost The Musical

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

© 2013, Ghost On Tour, LLC.

GHOST THE MUSICAL is coming to Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park January 28 – February 9! Get your tickets and more info at

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



Ghost The Musical – From Screen to Stage; The Creative Process

Ghost The Musical

The Creative Process

When Bruce Joel Rubin, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Ghost, was first approached about writing a musical based on his beloved film, his answer was no. “I couldn’t see an upside to it,” he says. “The film had a life, a reputation.”

            But a meeting with the producers a couple of years later fired up Rubin’s imagination. “I love the movie,” he says, “but I thought that this might be an opportunity for me to explore the spiritual dimension of the story, things that intrigued me that weren’t in the film. When I use the word spiritual, what I mean is a cosmological view of the universe that doesn’t abegin with birth and end with death. And the producers were very open to that idea.”

            That was the first step in the journey of Ghost The Musical, which opened in London in 2011, transferred to Broadway in 2012, and is now touring the country. The show is directed by Matthew Warchus, and features a book and lyrics by Rubin, music and lyrics by Dave Stewart (the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (co-writer and producer of Alanis Mroissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”), and a Drama Desk Award-winning set design. “It was a labor of love for all of us,” says Rubin. “It was an exceptional experience, moment to moment, day to day.”   

            The musical closely follows the plot of the film. Sam is murdered as he and his girlfriend, Molly, are walking home one night, and he becomes a ghost trapped between this world and the next. He discovers that Molly is now in danger, and must find a way to communicate with her. Sam enlists the help of Oda Mae Brown, a phony psychic, to avenge his death and protect Molly.

Yes, there is a pottery scene, and, yes, “Unchained Melody” remains integral to the piece. “We all knew the song had to be there,” says Rubin. “And as time went on, Matthew began to feel that it needed to haunt the show. Each time it occurs, it has a different and often a deeper impact than before.”

            Probably the biggest difference between the stage and screen versions of Ghost is that the songs enable the show to probe the characters’ inner lives, their hearts and souls, in a way the film did not. “I sat down with the movie script, and began to figure out where the songs would fit and what they should be,” says Rubin.     Rubin had never written lyrics, but he decided to take them on and ended up with lyrics for 20 songs. Those lyrics needed music, and meetings were arranged with Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. “We started talking, and the three of us had a remarkable synergy. They were surprised when I told them that I’d written all these lyrics.”

            To Rubin’s amazement, they began writing music. “I think Bruce was both shocked and happily surprised that Dave and I dived into the deep end and started conjuring melodies out of his words,” says Ballard. “In no time, we probably had the DNA of two or three songs. Bruce saw the way we flow, how we write from an intuitive place; we’re like two hands on a Ouija board, and it goes where it wants to go. Bruce was intrigued enough to let us get on the train with him.”               

In the end, just two of Rubin’s songs remained in the show. But his imprint is on the entire score. “The intention of his lyrics, what he wanted the characters to be thinking and saying, was always clear,” says Ballard. “Sometimes what he wrote was too literal, and that’s because it was the first time he had written lyrics. But the lyrics gave us a huge amount of information, and that was a gift to us. Dave and I, as the poets, took that information and said things more elliptically. But a lot of Bruce’s phrases remain, and his intention is in every single line. He’s the creator of the universe – he mentioned to us early on how he was influenced by Shakespeare, by the ghost of Hamlet’s father – and it was clear that everything he had written was coming from a special place.” 

Beginning with their first meeting and throughout the seven-year creative process, the songwriters peppered Rubin with questions. “The first time we met, I asked Bruce why Sam was so unhappy from the start,” says Ballard. “I knew we were going to have to write a song from his standpoint, and that was a mystery to me. And Bruce said, ‘This is a guy who believes that if he identifies the things that he loves most, the universe will take them away. So he can’t trust his happiness and success.’ I immediately felt I knew him a lot better, and that we were going to be able to get under his skin, and the skin of all the characters.”

The approach to Oda Mae was of great concern, as the artistic team was aware that they would be up against the memory of Whoopi Goldberg’s indelible, Academy Award-winning performance. “Oda Mae is so important, because she’s a fun character, and you’ve got a sad story, and you need some relief,” says Stewart. “I leapt on the idea of turning her into a kind of mixture of James Brown and Tina Turner, this fake psychic putting on a show. And her assistants could be her Ikettes. That allowed us to make routines with dance and over-the-top craziness. It also gave us the chance to do upbeat soul music mixed with gospel and a bit of New Orleans voodoo.”      

Stewart adds, “I think the reason audiences connect to the show the way they do is because of its evergreen message. People forget that they’re here, now. They’re so busy, and get so wrapped up in ‘living,’ that they miss life itself.” 

            Rubin says he knew they had something special during the show’s engagement prior to its West End debut. “It was during the fourth week of the show,” he says, and I turned to the person next to me and said, ‘Are you enjoying this?’ And he said, ‘Well, it’s my sixth time.’ The show goes right into your veins. The movie does that as well, but it’s always reproducing the exact same image on the screen. The show changes, evolves. Every night, the performances are different. It’s live theater. Clearly, the ghosts wanted to be born again in another form.” 

© 2013, Ghost On Tour, LLC.


Ghost The Musical is Coming To Dallas Jan. 28-Feb. 9!



Dallas, TX…The supernatural power of love is taking Dallas by storm as the new Broadway and West End musical Ghost The Musical, adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, opens at the Music Hall at Fair Park January 28-February 9, 2014, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

Single tickets for Ghost The Musical will be priced from $15-$85, available at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane #542 at Preston Royal Shopping Center, at Ticketmaster outlets, or online at  Mini Packs for any four DSM season shows, starting as low as $61, are also on sale at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane #542 at Preston Royal Shopping Center or online at Groups of 10 or more get a 15% discount and priority seating; please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or send an email to

Ghost The Musical is directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (Matilda, God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing) and choreographed by Ashley Wallen (“The X Factor”, Kylie Minogue, Seal, Madonna’s film WE). The musical features book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, Jacob’s Ladder, The Time Traveler’s Wife) who has adapted his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for the stage, and original music and lyrics by a team of Grammy Award-winners, including Dave Stewart (half of the multi-Grammy Award-winning Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror, Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill). The score also includes the iconic song “Unchained Melody,” written by Hy Zaret and Alex North (Courtesy of Frank Music Corp. ASCAP) and famously performed in the film by The Righteous Brothers. Illusions are created by famous stage and film illusionist Paul Kieve (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda the Musical).

Ghost The Musical features Steven Grant Douglas as Sam Wheat, Katie Postotnik as Molly Jensen, Carla R. Stewart as Oda Mae Brown and Robby Haltiwanger as Carl Bruner. Featured ensemble members are Fernando Contreras, Brandon Curry, Evette Marie White, Nichole TurnerHana Freeman and Shannan E. Johnson. Rounding out the ensemble are Omar Garibay, Susan Leilani Gearou, Tony Johnson, Beth Stafford Laird, Ben Laxton, Jake Vander Linden, Michael McClure, Jack O’Brien, Andrea Rouch and Maria Cristina Slye.

Set in modern day New York City, Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam dead on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hopes of saving and protecting her.

Employing special effects never before seen in an on-stage musical, Ghost The Musical features illusions that continually leave audiences astonished and questioning if what they just saw was real. Sam, as a ghost, walks through a solid door. Inanimate objects take on a life of their own. Spirits ascend to the heavens, subway passengers are thrown in the air during a high speed train ride and people disappear and reappear right before your eyes.

Ghost The Musical
has been enjoyed by over 1 million people worldwide and has been nominated for numerous awards including five Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards. The Associated Press calls Ghost The Musical “Eye-poppingly brilliant” while Variety assures the audience will experience “A limitless array of dazzling effects.” Newsday promises that Ghost The Musical is “Unlike anything seen on stage before” and the Daily Telegraph says that Ghost The Musical “Will keep you gasping!”


Ghost The Musical is produced by Troika Entertainment and Michael Coppel in association with Hilary Williams, Margot Astrachan Production/Dennis Grimaldi Productions/Paul Lucas Productions/Robert Sher and Paramount Pictures. Casting for the U.S. National Tour of Ghost The Musical provided by Joy Dewing CSA, Joy Dewing Casting.

Original Broadway production produced by Colin Ingram, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Donavan Mannato, MJE Productions, Patricia Lambrecht and Adam Silberman in association with Paramount Pictures.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film in 1990, Ghost became a blockbuster hit and an instant classic, winning numerous awards worldwide. The film starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin’s script won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown.

Following its DSM performances, Ghost the Musical will be presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce Street, February 11-16.  Tickets are available at the Box Office, call 817-212-4280.

DSM 2014 Season Shows continue with DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, previews February 13-16, runs February 18-March 2, 2014; WE WILL ROCK YOU, March 4-16, 2014; THE WIZARD OF OZ, March 18-30, 2014; EVITA, April 15-27, 2014; MAMMA MIA!, June 3-15, 2014; and NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, September 2-14, 2014.

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UPDATED: Your Broadway Gift Guide for the Holiday Season!


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 Thank you!

Your Broadway Gift Guide for the Holiday Season!


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!

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.”



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 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

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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!


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)


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!


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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We look forward to seeing you soon at the 2013/2014 DSM Season!

-DSM Amanda