It’s official! We have announced our 2014/2015 DSM Season! Last Thursday, June 12th, at the Centennial Building on Fair Park Grounds, we announced our season show by show alongside Performing Arts Fort Worth, and it was an amazing evening!
In case you missed it, here are the shows coming to DSM for the 2014/2015 Season:
A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL – December 2-14, 2014
KINKY BOOTS – February 24 – March 8, 2015
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING & I – March 20 – April 5, 2015
THE ILLUSIONISTS – April 7-19, 2015
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA – June 9-21, 2015
DIRTY DANCING – June 23 – July 5, 2015
PIPPIN – July 7 – 19, 2015
All performances are at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
For photos from some of the shows, check out our slideshow at the bottom of this post!
This year, we’re celebrating our 75th Anniversary and our deeply rooted history. Since we opened the doors at the Fair Park Band Shell in 1941, we’ve been bringing the best of Broadway to the Dallas area! We hope you will join us next season to celebrate with us!
Check out this video for a sneak peek at each show:
Also, in case you hadn’t heard, we’re partnering up with Performing Arts Fort Worth for 4 of our shows: KINKY BOOTS, CINDERELLA, DIRTY DANCING, AND PIPPIN! These shows will play 2 weeks here at DSM in Dallas, then travel to the Bass Performance Hall for a one-week engagement. We are very excited to be working closer with PAFW and hope that this will help bring more people to see live theatre!
Season tickets, priced from $140-$775, are now on sale online at www.dallassummermusicals.org, and 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 purchase 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.
Also, for your enjoyment, check out some of the news articles about our season announcement!
You can also check out this video from WFAA Good Morning Texas – Ellen Marie Marsh (from Kinky Boots) performing “History of Wrong Guys” and an interview with our President and Managing Director Michael Jenkins discussing the new season!
We’re so excited about our upcoming season, and we hope you are too! For more information about each show, season tickets, etc., please visit our website at www.dallassummermusicals.org.
We’ll see you at the theater!
The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
‘Chaperone’ brings bygone stage musicals back to life
by Mark Lowry
View article on their website here
DALLAS — On its champagne-fizzy surface, The Drowsy Chaperone is a homage to the kind of musicals they just don’t make anymore.
But if you’re a true musical theater buff — you wouldn’t think of trading your vinyl copy of Pal Joey for 100 special-edition CDs of Wicked — then this love letter to the theater is so much more. And the vibrant, tremendously good tour at Fair Park Music Hall is bound to tickle you every shade of pink.
The show won five Tonys in 2006, and it’s easy to see why. It spoofs the broadly comic situations and sometimes perplexing lyrics of Jazz Age shows, and sets it up ingeniously.
A narrator, simply called Man in Chair (Jonathan Crombie), is home alone, about to play his double LP of one of his favorite musicals, a fictional one called The Drowsy Chaperone. As he does, the 1928 characters come to life in his apartment. He frequently pauses for asides about musicals, theater, intermissions and overly silly comic relief. And the more he drinks, the more he gets into it. And so do we.
The confection he loves so much centers on the decidedly uncomplicated plot of actress Janet Van De Graaff (Andrea Chamberlain), who will give up her career to marry the rich and dashing Robert (Mark Ledbetter). Satellite roles include the ditzy Mrs. Tottendale (Georgia Engle from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, reprising the role she played on Broadway), a tap-dancing best man (Richard Vida), the stereotypical Latin lover Adolpho (James Moye) and the tipsy-but-wise title character (Nancy Opel). They’re all fantastic, capturing that 1920s spirit.
Crombie is funny, sad and utterly real, immersing himself in the role of a man who would be lonely if not for his collection of cast recordings. If you’ve ever caught yourself singing along in the car — and in various character voices — to, say, A Little Night Music, then you’ll identify.
I, of course, know no one like that.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Through June 15
8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and June 8; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and June 12
Fair Park Music Hall, 909 First Ave., Dallas
817-467-2787 or 214-631-2787; www.dallassummermusicals.org
Be advised: Nothing offensive
Runtime: 90 minutes, no intermission
Best reason to go: The show itself and this cast. Funny, energetic and moving.
Mark Lowry, 817-390-7747