Dallas Loves Nice Work If You Can Get It!

Original Post: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:30am
Updated Post: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:55pm

Hello DSM fans!

This is your go to post for all things NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT! 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!



Behind the Scenes of Nice Work If You Can Get It – News Feature on CW33 NewsFix:

Performance by Mariah MacFarlane (Billie Bendix) singing “Someone to Watch Over Me” on KTXD – The Broadcast TV:

Alex Enterline (Jimmy Winter) performing “Nice Work If You Can Get It” on Good Morning Texas (WFAA):

Interview with ensemble member and Highland Park native Carl DeForrest Hendin on WFAA – Midday News 8:

Highland Park alum Carl DeForrest Hendin talks ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ with Nancy Churnin from The Dallas Morning News:



Here’s what the Dallas audience had to say about the show on Opening Night:

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“Theater review: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ will brighten your life” by Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News:

“You Can Get It: The tour of the newish Gershwin show Nice Work If You Can Get It launches in Dallas, and delights all the way.” by Cheryl Callon with TheaterJones:

Nice Work if You Can Get It Kicks off the Dust and Bursts with Sass” by Lindsey Wilson with D Magazine:

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” by Gary Murray with Selig Film News:

“Theater Review: “Nice Work If You Can Get It” Is Top-Notch Entertainment” by James McDonald with Red Carpet Crash:

Review from The Flash List:

“Nice Work If You Can Get It kicks off national tour in Dallas” by Lea Ann Stundins from Mommys Wish List:

The Clubhouse Podcast:
Podcast Listen: http://podcasts.theclubhousepodcast.com/Podcasts/Season_5/iTunes_Exclusive_Episode_Nice_Work_If_You_Can_Get_It.mp3

Rob’s Review – http://www.theclubhousepodcast.com/#!news/nws1/F38570EA-0277-42AC-A509-B3EA49B47659/rob-reviews-%22nice-work-if-you-can-get-it%22

Chad’s Review – http://www.theclubhousepodcast.com/#!news/nws1/C299CE45-1AE3-4A29-B3A2-4FC14DA72686/chad-reviews-%22nice-work-if-you-can-get-it%22

Don’s Review – http://www.theclubhousepodcast.com/#!news/nws1/5355E2FA-C685-4987-918E-AE1CE2419DEF/don-reviews-%22nice-work-if-you-can-get-it%22

Review by John Strange with Selig Film News:

Quick Review by Elizabeth Ygartua with People Newspapers:

“See what’s so “Delishious” about Nice Work If You Can Get It at DSM!!” by Vanna Collins:

Review by Richard Blake with The Column:



Sneak Peek at Scenes from the show:

Playbill.com Article – PHOTO CALL: “Sweet and Lowdown”; A First Look at the National Tour of Tony-Winning Nice Work If You Can Get It:

Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News:  Top 5 Theater Picks:

Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News Feature Article – “Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall happy about ‘Nice Work’”

Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News Feature Article – “Highland Park HS pitcher taps in ‘Nice Work’ at DSM”:

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

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is on stage now thru September 14th at the Music Hall at Fair Park, then will be at Bass Performance Hall September 16-21! Tickets on sale now – go to http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/nicework.html for tickets and details!

See you at the theater!

-DSM Amanda



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:


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:

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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!

-DSM Amanda

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!


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.


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.


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!


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

We Will Rock You The Musical in Dallas!

Originally posted on 3/11/14 at 4:05pm
Updated on 3/14/14 at 1:05pm

Hello DSM and WE WILL ROCK YOU fans!

This is your go to post for all things WE WILL ROCK YOU! 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 adding more as the show continues, so keep checking back here!


Inside Look Videos and Photos

Ruby Lewis Photo Exclusive on Playbill.com – http://www.playbill.com/news/article/186790-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Scaramouche-Scaramouche-On-the-Road-With-We-Will-Rock-You-Leading-Lady-Ruby-Lewis?tsrc=hph

Sneak Peek Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak0lKa8h5FA

The Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU in Dallas Photo Album – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152388497178465.1073741841.23412623464&type=3

Interviews and Performances

Interview with Ruby Lewis by Nancy Churnin with The Dallas Morning News – http://artsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/03/we-will-rock-you-star-ruby-lewis-talks-about-rocking-the-music-hall-at-fair-park.html/

The Broadcast TV Performance with Brian Justin Crum and Ruby Lewis – http://www.ktxdtv.com/story/24892146/we-will-rock-you

Interview with Ryan Knowles for StageTalk.net – http://www.prophotography.com/stage/WWRY/index.html

Performance on Good Morning Texas with with Brian Justin Crum and Ruby Lewis – http://www.wfaa.com/good-morning-texas/We-Will-Rock-You-cast-rocks-the-GMT-stage-248856711.html

Interview with Erika Peck by Gadi Elkon – http://gadielkon.com/2014/03/will-rock-dallas-summer-musicals-interview-erika-peck-oz/#.Ux9zx7Q_wik

Interview with P.J. Griffith by TheaterJones – http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/features/20140303103358/2014-03-04/QA-PJ-Griffith


Opening Night Video – http://youtu.be/Z1EVcHW5Opg

Kory with CBS Radio – KVIL – http://kvil.cbslocal.com/2014/03/10/korys-review-we-will-rock-you-dallas-summer-musicals/

John Garcia with The Column Online – http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/03-05-2014_WE-WILL-ROCK-YOU/

Thor Christensen with The Dallas Morning News – http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/arts/headlines/20140305-review-jukebox-musical-we-will-rock-you-nails-queens-camp-and-swagger-in-dallas-premiere.ece

Punch Saw with Fort Worth Star Telegram – http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/03/05/5623985/stage-review-we-will-rock-you.html

Gary Murray with Selig Film News – http://seligfilmnews.com/2014/03/will-rock/#.Ux9zs7Q_wik

Shari Goldstein Stern with White Rock Lake Weekly – http://whiterocklakeweekly.com/view/full_story/24703341/article-THEATER-Queen-s-music-transforms-DSM-s-rockin–stage

Dallas Voice – http://www.dallasvoice.com/consciences-queen-10169104.html

Keep checking back for more videos, articles, and much much more!

-DSM Amanda

Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Music Hall Now Thru March 2!

Originally posted on 2/21/14 at 8:30am
Updated post on 2/28/14 at 9:45am

Hello DSM and The Little Mermaid fans!

This is your go to post for all things The Little Mermaid! 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 adding more as the show continues, so keep checking back here!



Montage – http://youtu.be/nbHaUjQEvHY

Colleen Coyle from WFAA learns to “swim”! – http://www.wfaa.com/video/featured-videos/Colleen-dives-into-The-Little-Mermaid-245998311.html

Teresa Frosini from CBS learns to “swim” – http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/02/17/disneys-little-mermaid-opens-at-music-hall/

The Flash List: All about flying and interviews with Paul Rubin and Glenn Casale – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX4r2xHd3dQ

Production Photos from the Dallas Cast – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152359552678465.1073741839.23412623464&type=3

Behind the Scenes Interview photos – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152352782563465.1073741837.23412623464&type=3

Twitter Takeover by cast member Jessica Wockenfuss – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152357203713465.1073741838.23412623464&type=3

Special Appearance by Liz McCartney and Steve Blanchard – https://madmimi.com/mimio/f7f484/preview


Bleeckie Streetie, the puppet interview with Chelsea Morgan Stock – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g611L5xMTx4

Good Morning Texas – http://www.wfaa.com/good-morning-texas/Disneys-The-Little-Mermaid-The-Musical-star-performs-246005741.html

Midday WFAA – http://www.wfaa.com/entertainment/Star-of-Little-Mermaid-talks-about-coming-to-Dallas-stage-246034401.html

KTXD – http://www.ktxdtv.com/story/24763104/the-little-mermaid

Selig Film News – http://gadielkon.com/2014/02/little-mermaid-review-and-interview-with-alan-mingo-jr/#.UwtUBnTnbIU

Stage Talk Interviews with Chelsea Morgan Stock and Paul Rubin – http://www.prophotography.com/stage/lm/index.html

Bobbie Wygant – http://www.nbcdfw.com/video/#!/entertainment/the-scene/Dallas-Little-Mermaid-Features-Show-Stopping-Flying/247286031

Midday WFAA Cooking Segment – http://www.wfaa.com/home/Recipe-jambalaya-247286701.html


Opening Night Reviews from the Dallas Audience – http://youtu.be/lAYagJ6Zs3Y

The Dallas Morning News, Nancy Churnin – http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140219-disneys-little-mermaid-swims-into-kids-hearts-at-dallas-summer-musicals.ece

The Column, John Garcia – http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/02-20-2014_DISNEYS-THE-LITTLE-MERMAID/

Oh So Cynthia – http://www.ohsocynthia.com/2014/02/dsms-little-mermaid-is-no-damsel-in.html

The Nerds Wife – http://thenerdswife.com/2014/02/little-mermaid-dallas-summer-musicals.html

Mommys Wish List – http://mommyswishlist.blogspot.com/2014/02/disneys-little-mermaid-lights-up-dallas.html

Momma DJane – http://mommadjane.com/disneys-mermaid-musical-dallas

The Flash List – http://www.theflashlist.com/assets/venue/us/tx/neast/dallas/arts/perform/org/dallassummermusicals/2014/thelittlemermaid/fp/dallas.html

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mark Lowry – http://www.dfw.com/2014/02/21/870587/stage-review-the-little-mermaid.html

D Magazine, Lindsey Wilson – http://frontrow.dmagazine.com/2014/02/theater-review-does-little-mermaid-recall-disneys-broadway-glory/

Selig Film News – http://seligfilmnews.com/2014/02/little-mermaid-musical/#.UwzH6rT6RI1

Vanna Collins – http://www.vannacollins.com/#!The-Little-Mermaid-is-at-Dallas-Summer-Musicals-until-March-2nd/c112t/FF234B1D-5254-4455-9441-CB9C4EFFE955

Red Carpet Crash – http://www.redcarpetcrash.com/interview-little-mermaid-star-chelsea-morgan-brings-ariel-life-dallas-summer-musicals/


The Dallas Morning News, Nancy Churnin – http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/family-fun/20140213-disneys-new-little-mermaid-should-get-on-swimmingly-in-dallas.ece?nclick_check=1

Culture Map – http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/arts/02-12-14-little-mermaid-music-hall-fair-park-flying-swimming-magic/

The Flash List – http://theflashlist.com/dallas/events/2014/02/arts/usa-texas-dallas-music-hall-at-fair-park-dallas-summer-musicals-disneys-the-little-mermaid.html

Keep checking back for more videos, articles, and much much more!

-DSM Amanda

Dallas Loves Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS!

Maybe it’s the Christmas Spirit, nostalgia, or just pure entertainment, but WHITE CHRISTMAS is a HUGE hit here in Dallas!

I wanted to share with you a few of the reviews we’ve received from DFW locals, a couple of TV performances, and our Red Carpet Interviews video from Opening Night, 12/17! Check out the links/video below. I’ll be adding more as they come in, so check back for updates!


Click here for the review by John Garcia with The Column Online.

Click here for the review by TheaterJones.

Click here for the review by Red Carpet Crash.

Click here for the review by Lawson Taitte with The Dallas Morning News.

Click here for the review by the KVIL Radio Reporter.


WFAA 8 – Good Morning Texas Performance: Meredith Patterson & Trista Moldovan singing “Sisters”

Click here to see the video.

KTXD 47– The Broadcast Performance: Tony Lawson & Craig Blake singing “Happy Holidays”

Click here to see the video.



I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

-DSM Amanda

Dallas Loves Flashdance!

Hey DSM and FLASHDANCE fans!

Dallas is showing the love for FLASHDANCE! Check out all of these great interviews, reviews, and videos below! More to come, so check back soon!


Ron chats with the stars of Flashdance: Click here for the video.

Teresa Frosini from CBS 11 stopped by the Music Hall! Click here for the video.

Colleen Coyle goes all out for Flashdance: Click here for the preview photos. Video coming soon!

DeQuina, Kelly, and Haley from the Flashdance cast cat with D The Broadcast: Click here for the video.

Fox 4 Performance: Click here for the video.


The Flash List: Click here for review.

John Garcia’s The Column: Click here for review.

EDGEDallas: Click here for review.

Oh So Cynthia: Click here for review.

TheaterJones: Click here for review.

The Dallas Morning News: Click here for review.

The Herald Democrat: Click here for review.

White Rock Weekly: Click here for review.

More interviews and videos to come!

Saw something that we didn’t mention? Let us know!

Hope you can make it to see FLASHDANCE – now on stage through Sunday evening!

-DSM Amanda

WFAA To Broadcast DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards on July 28th!


1-Hour Local Program Features Performances From Among the
30 Participating North Texas High School Theater Arts Programs

Thursday, July 19, 2012…Dallas, Texas…The judges made their decisions, and the results are in! Now it is time to relive an evening of awards from some of Texas’ most talented theater arts students.

On May 5, the Music Hall at Fair Park hosted a star-studded extravaganza for actors, actresses, costume designers, staging, crew and orchestra members, and others from the many high schools competing for scholarships and top honors in the inaugural Dallas Summer Musicals’ High School Musical Theater Awards. For the talented Texas high school theater students that participated, as well as their teachers, friends and families, it was an evening they may never forget.

Structured in similar fashion to Broadway’s famed Tony Awards, show business veterans and community celebrities came together to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theatre programs. WFAA cameras were there to capture the evening, and spotlight performances from many of the nominated high schools.

On Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m. WFAA will broadcast a 1-hour special hosted by News 8 anchor Shon Gables who served as the evening’s emcee. The program also features appearances by community supporters and guest presenters including former Olympic gymnast and stage legend, Cathy Rigby.

“The high school performers and support personnel who work on these productions are dedicated and talented, and deserve tremendous recognition for their work,” said Mike Devlin, president and general manager of WFAA.

“We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share their creative efforts with the community in the form of a local television special,” said Devlin, who served as one of the evening’s awards presenters.

Throughout the year, three judges visited each school and judged the performers in 15 categories.  Each school’s performance was evaluated by a panel of judges who are all working professionals in the areas of entertainment, arts and theatre education, arts administration, talent management and production design. The accounting firm of Grant-Thornton tabulated ballots. The top scoring schools in each category were nominated as finalists.

“This television broadcast will be an opportunity for everyone across our community to relive and share the excitement that students and adults alike experienced at the Music Hall on awards night,” said Tracy Jordan, executive director of the Dallas Summer Musicals’ High School Musical Theatre Awards. “There’s no doubt that many of these extraordinarily talented student performers accepting awards on the DSM stage today will be our stars of tomorrow!”

The WFAA broadcast spotlights songs from musicals including some of Broadway’s best-loved productions such as “Hairspray,” “Anything Goes,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Crazy for You,” “Cinderella,” “The 25th Annual PutnamCountySpelling Bee” and more, all performed by North Texas high school theater arts students from Aledo to Waxahachie and other schools in-between.

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