THE ILLUSIONISTS – Witness The Impossible wows audiences in North Texas! #IllusionistsDSM

THE ILLUSIONISTS - Witness The Impossible

Hello DSM Fans!

We are excited to be presenting one of the most magical, thrilling and mystifying shows to hit Broadway THE ILLUSIONISTS – Witness The Impossible at the Music Hall thru April 19. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Check out some sneak peeks below and what the DFW Metroplex has to say about it.

PERFORMANCES & INTERVIEWS:

WFAA8 ABC Good Morning Texas – Interview and performance with Adam Trent “The Futurist”

The Dallas Morning News Top Theater Picks – Interview with Kevin James “The Inventor” and Andrew Basso “The Escapologist”

CW33 News FIX – Interview with Kevin James “The Inventor” and Andrew Basso “The Escapologist”

KDFW FOX4 Good Day Dallas – Interview with Jeff Hobson “The Trickster”

WFAA8 ABC Daybreak – Interview with Andrew Basso “The Escapologist”

(Spanish) KXTX Telemundo39 Acceso Total – Interview with Andrew Basso “the Escapologist”

Stage Talk – Interview with Jeff Hobson “The Trickster”

Selig Film News – Interview with Jeff Hobson “The Trickster”

ARTICLES & FEATURES:

The Flash List – Interview with Dan Sperry “The Anti-Conjurer”

Uptown Latino – (In Spanish) Interview with Andrew Basso “The Escapologist”

Selig Film News – Interview with Dan Sperry “The Anti-Conjurer”

The Dallas Morning News Asian Column – Feature of Yu Ho-Jin “The Manipulator”

Broadway World – THE ILLUSIONISTS Feature

AXS – THE ILLUSIONISTS Feature

The Dallas Socials – THE ILLUSIONISTS Feature

Digital Mom – THE ILLUSIONISTS Feature

REVIEWS:

The Dallas Morning NewsReview

Dallas VoiceReview

North Dallas Gazette – Review

The Column – Review

TheaterJones – Review

Selig Film News – Review

The Clubhouse Podcast – Special Edition Review (22:40 in length)

  • Rob from The Clubhouse – Review 
  • Chad from The Clubhouse – Review 
  • Don from The Clubhouse – Review 

Red Carpet Crash – Review

Real Posh Mom – Review

Irish Film Critic – Review

Vanna Collins – Review

THE ILLUSIONISTS is on stage NOW thru Sunday, April 19 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and tickets.

Don’t miss out on the magic and keep checking back for more content!

– Cisco

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Dallas Loves THE KING AND I! #KingAndIDSM

Hello DSM Fans!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I is on stage now at the Music Hall thru this Sunday, April 5th only! We are so thrilled with the overwhelming response to this show that we wanted to share with you what people are saying! Also, we’ve included some additional links to give you a sneak peek of the show and inside info with interviews and performances! Enjoy!

 

Articles/Features

Click here for photos with the cast from on stage, behind the scenes, and around Dallas!

CW33 – NEWSFIX behind the scenes look at THE KING AND I production and a mention of the DSM Academy Dance Workshop – Click here.

Lia Chang feature article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

The Dallas Socials featured article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Digital Mom featured article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Seniorific News featured article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Denton Record Cronical featured story on Parker and Madison (The Kings Children) – Click here.

Helene In Between featured article of THE KING AND I – Click here.

 

Interviews/Performances

WFAA8 ABC – Good Morning Texas: Rachel York (Anna) performs “Getting To Know You” – Click here.

WFAA8 ABC – Midday News: Alan Ariano (The King) gets interviewed by Ron Corning – Click here.

The Dallas Morning News – Top Theater Picks Yoonjeong Seong (Tuptim) and Devin Ilaw (Lun Tha) perform “We Kiss in a Shadow.” – Click here.

The Dallas Morning News Asian Column – Interview with Stephanie Lo (Eliza) cast of THE KING AND I – Click here.

SeligFilmNews interview with Rumi Oyama (Angel George/Dance Captain) – Click here.

TheaterJones interview with Glenn Casale, Director of THE KING AND I – Click here.

AXS interview with Devin Ilaw (LunTha) – Click here.

Broadway World interviews Rachel York (Anna) – Click here.

(In Spanish) HOYDallas show review and interview with Sam Tanabe – Click here.

SeligFilmNews interview with Yoonjeong Seong (Tuptim) – Click here.

 

Reviews

Fort Worth Star-Telegram review – Click here.

The Dallas Morning News review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Dallas Voice review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

TheaterJones review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

SeligFilmNews review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Real Posh Mom’s THE KING AND I review – Click here.

Vanna Collins THE KING AND I review – Click here.

A special edition of “The Clubhouse Podcast” reviewing this musical that is 24 minutes and 11 seconds in length. The review is on i-Tunes of course but can be listened to on Quicktime by clicking here.

MilkAndCuddles review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

IrishFilmCritic review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

EDGEDallas review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

Red Carpet Crash Musical Review: ‘The King And I’ Is A Well Performed Classic 

BrandonDoesDallas review of THE KING AND I – Click here.

 

THE KING AND I is on stage NOW thru Sunday at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and tickets.

We hope you enjoy the show!

-DSM Amanda

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Now Announced – Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical for DSM HSMTA!

The final 3 Nominations for the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards have been announced! Congratulations to each high school, students, and teachers for an outstanding year of musicals! See the list below. For the full list of nominations, check out our website at www.dsmhsmta.org!

Best Actress

  • Colleyville Heritage High School- Monica Lockwood as Carmen in Curtains
  • Guyer High School- Katelyn Cave as Leading Player in Pippin
  • Independence High School- Sophia Kaiafas as Jane in Tarzan
  • Mansfield High School- Shelby Priddy as Belle in Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School- Kara Lyons as Jo March in Little Women
  • Pearce High School- Sydney Kane as Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano West High School- Meg Grinde as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • R L Turner High School- Chandler Bates as Anna in The King and I
  • Southwest Christian School- Grace Tucker as Peter Pan

Best Actor

  • Abilene High School- Ryan Garmoe as Bobby in Urinetown
  • Carroll HS- Drew Brown as Tarzan in Tarzan
  • Grapevine Faith Christian School-Quint Erwin as Caratacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • McKinney Boyd High School- Logan Reid as Javert in Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School- Tanner Dillon as Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School- Chris Clark as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Pearce High School- Sam Snyder as J Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School- Griffin Camacho as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof
  • Rockwall High School- Drew Mitchell as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd

Best Musical

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian School, Peter Pan

Who will win? We will find out at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Evening on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Want to catch all the action? Tickets are on sale now! Just click here or call 800.514.ETIX.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! For the full list of nominees, check out our website at www.dsmhsmta.org! We hope you will join us for an evening you will never forget!

-DSM Amanda

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Nominees Announced for DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards!

And the Nominees are in!

We’ve waited all year – amazing performances from amazing high schools were judged by industry professionals since last fall through a few weeks ago. Now, we can finally announce the nominees for the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards! Well, all but the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical Nominees…these will be announced tomorrow on WFAA-TV Midday News between Noon and 1pm. For the other 12 categories, see the full list below (in alpha order by high school)! Congratulations to each high school, students, and teachers for an outstanding year of musicals!

Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • North Lamar High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Choreography

  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Musical Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wakeland High School, Cinderella
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys and Dolls
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Orchestra

  • Berkner High School, Little Shop of Horrors
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Centennial High School, Seussical
  • Crowley High School, Anything Goes
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • North Forney High School, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Rockwall High School, The Wizard of Oz
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys & Dolls

Scene Design

  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Greenhill School, High School, The Addams Family
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Mabank High School, Cinderella
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Costume Design

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Bishop Lynch High School, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevile Christian High School, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

Lighting Design

  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

Stage Crew & Technical

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Lake Ridge High School, Shrek
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney High School, All Shook Up
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

Ensemble

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan

Supporting Actor

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Morgan Young – Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Lake Ridge High School, Isaiah McInnis – Donkey, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Zach Montou – Lumiere, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney North High School, Joseph Campbell – Fester, The Addams Family
  • North Forney High School, Allen Porterie – Chad Danforth, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Pearce High School, Noah Heller – Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Pearce High School, Josh McCoy – Bud Frump, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School, Nathan May – Motel, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Weatherford High School, Cole Lucas – Farquaad, Shrek
  • Wylie East High School, Clay Mobley – Horton the Elephant, Seussical

Supporting Actress

  • Abilene High School, Louisa Lee – Little Sally, Urinetown
  • All Saints Episcopal High School, Grace Evans – Melpomene, Zanadu
  • Bishop Lynch High School, Payton Reeves – Holly, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Audrey Jefferies – Georgia Hendricks, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Anna Pritchett – Mrs. Potts, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Haley Sutherland – Marmee March, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Sarah Hubner – Madame Thenardier, Les Miserables
  • North Forney High School, Savanna Morgan – Taylor McKessie, Disney’s High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, Sarah Manns – Princess Puffer, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wylie East High School, Libby Villagas – Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

Featured Performer

  • Greenhill School High School, Ali Simenc – Grandma Addams, The Addams Family
  • Heritage High School, Olivia Callan – Hunyak, Chicago
  • Lake Ridge High School, Michael Flake – Lord Farquaad, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Justin Alozie – Cogsworth, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney High School, Yoki Ongwella – Sylvia, All Shook Up
  • North Lamar High School, Jared Chenevey – Cogsworth, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Jack Durham – Hot Blades Harry, Urinetown
  • Poteet High School, Cameron Smith – Amos, Big Fish
  • Richardson High School, Jacob Redmon – Perchek, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, C.J. Sutton – Donkey, Shrek

Who will win? We will find out at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Evening on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Want to catch all the action? Tickets are on sale now! Just click here or call 800.514.ETIX.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! To find out the nominees for the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical, tune into WFAA-TV Midday News between 12p and 1p! Also, check back here after 1p or on our website at www.dsmhsmta.org! We hope you will join us for an evening you will never forget!

-DSM Amanda

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Nancy Natinsky Chairs 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

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Dallas Summer Musicals
High School Musical Theatre Awards

Finalists announced Monday, March 30 | Awards Show Wednesday, April 29

(Dallas, TX – March 6, 2015) Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) announced long-time supporter and DSM Board Vice-President Community Relations Co-Chair Nancy Natinsky has been named the chairman of the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Nancy worked with her husband Ron in starting and managing seven successful businesses over 37 years, resulting in participating in international business relationships in Asia, Europe, Mexico and Canada. During this time, she continued her education in the promotional products industry to achieve the highest designation of Master of Advertising Specialty.

She serves now and previously on various boards and as an officer of many clubs and organizations. She and Ron, a former Dallas City Councilman, have been married for 46 years. Since she retired 11 years ago, she enjoys her club work along with antiquing, traveling, helping with the garden railroad in their yard, reading, and volunteering.       “Nancy’s experience in the community as a dedicated leader and volunteer, along with her business acumen and insight, is the perfect combination for her role as an officer on DSM’s Executive Committee and as chair of the High School Musical Awards,” Jenkins said.

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

In its fourth year, DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) has 65 schools participating- that is more than double the first year’s total of 30 schools participating, representing 33 school districts across North Texas. Among the 65 are also 7 private schools. In addition, six schools have entered two musicals this year for a total of 71 productions to be evaluated. This represents a new all-time high of schools, teachers and students taking part in the program. DSM HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and one of the largest programs in the country. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by the National High School Musical Theater Awards as their official affiliate program for North Texas.

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

Slated for Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a red carpet affair and the public is invited to join in the excitement. Red carpet arrival begins at 5:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with performances which include separate medleys of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees, production numbers from Best Musical nominees and an opening number featuring all nominated performers accompanied by a live orchestra. The show is topped off with a finale of performers from each participating high school.

Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in the production of high school musical theatre. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each are awarded. In 2014 DSM awarded $35,000 in scholarships, including several $5,000 scholarships, to outstanding students.

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

Jenkins praised the community’s support saying, “for our preeminent educational outreach program to have grown so significantly in such a short time is a tribute to DSM as a resource to our community and a wonderful testament to the tremendous contribution of the teachers, judges, committee members and volunteers. We encourage everyone to visit the schools and watch the shows first-hand.” A complete listing can be found on the website at DallasSummerMusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm

A three judge panel of entertainment industry professionals and veteran educators will visit each school and judge the performers in 15 categories: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Featured Performer.

Ballots will be submitted to the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton. Students from each participating school as well as finalists in categories of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical will be invited to perform at the 4th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony show at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 when winners are announced. The public is invited to join in this exciting celebration.

Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

HSMTA media sponsors are The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.

For a listing of participating schools and their shows, details or any questions, visit the website at http://DallasSummerMusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm or contact Tracy Jordan, the program manager at 214-413-3951 or tjordan@dallassummermusicals.org .

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

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

Get updates and news through our social media web sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DallasSummerMusicals
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dsmusicals
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WordPress: https://dallassummermusicals.wordpress.com

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About Dallas Summer Musicals:

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

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 theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrates the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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The Illusionists, Direct from Broadway, Comes to Dallas!

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PRESENTED BY DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS COMES TO THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

APRIL 7-19, 2015

Blockbuster Theatrical Show has Dazzled Audiences around the World

Dallas, TX (March 20, 2015) – THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE the world’s best-selling touring magic show, will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, TX on April 7-19 as part of a 20 city U.S. tour and Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season.   The show had a highly successful holiday run on Broadway this past year and is ready to wow audiences in North Texas.

THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, MagicSpace Entertainment, Road Show Entertainment LLC, and The Production Office.  Conceived by Simon Painter, the show’s creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan.

Having shattered box office records around the world, THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE is a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.   Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled audiences of all ages.   Creative Producer Simon Painter said, “We can’t wait to bring this electrifying show to Dallas for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. THE ILLUSIONISTS is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage.”

The seven stars, each a master in their own field, are:

  • The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin. Considered a rising superstar in the world of magic; Yu Ho-Jin was recently named the 2014 “Magician of the Year,” by Academy of Magical Arts and was the first Asian to win the Grand Prix at the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques, also known as the “Olympics of Magic.”
  • The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry. Described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield, Dan combines the art of magic with the macabre and is one of the top-10 most Googled people, thanks to a legendary “America’s Got Talent” appearance.
  • The Trickster, Jeff Hobson is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. Don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance; Jeff has audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down.
  • The Escapologist, Andrew Basso. Italy’s star escape artist, Andrew considers Houdini his hero and is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular illusionists. He is the only person in the world to perform Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell with absolutely no covers.
  • The Inventor, Kevin James, known for innovative illusions, is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.
  • The Warrior, Aaron Crow, a strong and silent type specializing in weapon magic, has mastered some of the most dangerous acts without saying a single word. Belgium’s international magic sensation, a first place finisher at the World Championships of Magic, uses swords, paintball guns and powerful crossbows to keep fans on the edge of their seat.
  • The Futurist, Adam Trent, shatters stereotypes and brings a new generation of magic to fans fusing technology illusions, dancing and comedy with classic techniques.

SIMON PAINTER, CREATIVE PRODUCER

Simon Painter is a visionary creative theatrical producer who hails from London. Simon started his career on stage as a classical violinist, and performed the lead role for Spirit of the Dance in Las Vegas. The first show he produced, Le Grand Cirque smashed box office records at the Sydney Opera House selling over 40,000 tickets in 10 days. His two subsequent productions, Aerial Dreams and Adrenaline also broke records in Sydney and across the world and achieved critical acclaim. In 2010 Simon had five versions of Le Grand Cirque playing concurrently. In late 2010 Simon joined forces with Australian producer and close friend Tim Lawson and began assembling the greatest magical minds from a wide spectrum of disciplines. His production of The Illusionists has already performed to record breaking crowds in theatres and arenas across the globe including Australia, Mexico, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible, Simon’s current projects include Le Noir (The Dark Side of Cirque) and Illusionists 2.0, both of which are currently playing extensive international tours. Simon is also due to open a third installment of The Illusionists (The Illusionists 1903) in January 2015.

TIM LAWSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Tim Lawson is the CEO of TML Enterprises, servicing Australia and international territories with first class musicals and family entertainment with productions spanning across over 100 cities in 20 countries. Australasian theatrical touring credits include Sweet Charity, Buddy – The Musical, Jolson starring Rob Guest, Spirit of the Dance, Oh! What A Night, Fiddler on The Roof starring Topol, It’s A Dad Thing!, Weary – The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop, Shout! The Musical, Brave Men Run In Our Family, Jekyll and Hyde starring Brad Little and The Rocky Horror Show narrated by Richard O’ Brien. Tim’s award winning production of A Chorus Line transferred to the prestigious London Palladium, and his production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recently completed a 13 month tour. With partner Simon Painter, credits include Le Grand Cirque, Ariel Dreams, Adrenaline, Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque, The Illusionists and The Illusionists 2.0, all enjoying record breaking success and extensive international arena and theatrical touring. The Illusionists 1903 – The Golden Age of Magic premieres in Australia in January 2015. www.tmlenterprises.com

Single tickets, from $15-$88 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Mini Packs, which allow all ticket buyers to pick 3 or more shows for as low as $55, are also available online or may be ordered by mail or in person at The Box Office and by phoning 214.346.3300. Season subscribers and other patrons who have questions about their tickets can call The Box Office at 214.691.7200.

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

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season will continue as follows: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

About MagicSpace Entertainment

MagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year.  Broadway credits include Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, The Who’s Tommy, American Idiot and RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway.  National tour credits include Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage starring in Mythbusters – Behind The Myths, Alton Brown Live, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Donny & Marie Christmas, RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles, David Copperfield, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher, and Fleetwood Mac to name just a few.  Museum exhibitions produced on the road include the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, Titanic: The Exhibition and Diana – A Celebration. MagicSpace Entertainment has offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.  www.magicspace.net

About Dallas Summer Musicals:

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

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

Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at www.dallassummermusicals.org

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Dorsey Baskin Named Chairman of the Board for 2015

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Dallas Business Executive and Civic Leader Dorsey Baskin
Named Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas, TX… Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, has named Dorsey Baskin, a global accounting firm executive and civic leader, Chairman of the DSM Board of Directors for 2015.

Baskin began his career in public accounting immediately after earning an MBA from Texas A&M University. Beginning as a line auditor with Arthur Andersen, he progressed, eventually taking on the role of National Technical Director and Industry Liaison for the Banking Industry audit practice and then Managing Director of the Assurance Professional Standards Group.

After more than 25 years with Andersen, Dorsey moved to Grant Thornton LLP, another global accounting firm in 2002. Currently, he is a partner in Grant Thornton’s National Office, working as the Managing Partner of Innovative Services Development. He monitors upcoming changes and developments in laws, regulations, and the business environment and works with the audit, tax and advisory services lines to develop integrated solutions that bring confidence to the financial reporting, tax planning, IT systems development and other objectives of dynamic organizations.

Dorsey is co-editor of Current Issues in Auditing, an academic journal, and a member of the board of the Grant Thornton Foundation. Dorsey is married to another native Texan, Cynthia, and they have two daughters, both born in Houston. One daughter, Natalie Crawford, is an architect living in Richardson with her husband, Brian, also an architect, and son, Nathan. The other daughter, Jennifer Arnold, is a CPA who lives in northern Virginia outside Washington, D.C. with her husband, Ryan, a banker, and daughter, Annie.

DSM President and Managing Director Michael A. Jenkins said, “We are very lucky to have an outstanding executive and business leader like Dorsey Baskin take the helm as Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals for 2015. He combines an impressive record of 37 years of achievement in his profession with volunteer leadership in support of the arts and has been a big supporter of DSM for some time. His firm, Grant Thornton, also counts the ballots for the annual High School Musical Theatre Awards Show and is a long-time supporter of DSM.”

New DSM Board Chairman Baskin said, “It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this prestigious arts organization, especially during its 75th Anniversary in 2015. DSM belongs to the people of Dallas and we are here to safeguard it and make sure that it is passed along in good condition to the next generation. As a nonprofit, we work year-round to bring the best that Broadway has to offer to Dallas at an affordable ticket price and provide performing arts education opportunities to our children. With the help of sponsors, subscribers, volunteers, elected officials of the City of Dallas, and the community at large, we will continue this tradition for many years in the future.”

Immediate Past Chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals is Richard Rogers, Executive Vice President of Texas Capital Bank, with Ted Munselle, Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Nurseries, serving as Chairman Elect. Ruth Altshuler holds the title of Honorary Chair, and Michael A. Jenkins is President and Managing Director of DSM.

Other DSM Officers for 2015: Vice President – Audit, Brian Dill; Vice Presidents – Community Relations, Glenda Kemple and Nancy Natinsky; Vice President – Development, Jane Schoen; Vice President – Finance, Randy Wright; Vice Presidents – Marketing, Jennifer Altieri and Jay Fox; Vice President – Nominating, Richard Rogers; Vice President – Personnel & Compensation, Steve Watson; Secretary, Steven C. Metzger; Treasurer, David Dienes and Education and Children’s Committee Vice President, Downie Mathis.

Members of the Executive Committee are: Ruth Altshuler; Jennifer Altieri; Steven E. Beene; Ed Bratton; Brad E. Cheves; Karl Chiao; J. Diane Childress; Scott T. Collier; O. Paul Corley, Jr.; David Dienes; Brian D. Dill; Barry Epstein; Patti Flowers; Jay Fox; Stanley D. Gardner; Louis J. Grabowsky; Rick J.W. Graham; Charles L. Gummer; Sally Hoglund; Darrell E. Jordan; Sheffield Kadane III; Rebekah Hamilton Kay; Glenda Kemple; Marvin M. Lane, Jr.; Downie B. Mathis; Dr. John McCoy; Steven C. Metzger; Andrew N. Meyercord; Ted R. Munselle; Nancy Natinsky; Craig G. Ongley; James R. Pitts; Gail H. Plummer; Mark B. Plunkett; James W. Porter, Jr.; Holly Reeves; Richard L. Rogers; Jennifer Ryan; Kenneth D. Sandstad; Jane Schoen; Donald K. Spies; Michael C. Steindorf; Paul A. Stotts; Steve B. Watson; Randy Wright; and Kimberly J. Yamanouchi.

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

Now celebrating its 75th season, Dallas Summer Musicals is the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States, and the sixth largest nonprofit theatre company in the nation. DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in live, musical theatre entertainment since 1941. In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours local 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.

This year’s season is presented by Texas Instruments and began with A CHRISTMAS STORY, December 2-14, 2014; followed by KINKY BOOTS, February 24 – March 8, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, March 20–April 5, 2015; THE ILLUSIONISTS, April 7-19, 2015; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, June 9-21, 2015; DIRTY DANCING, June 23–July 5, 2015; and PIPPIN, July 7-19, 2015.

About Dallas Summer Musicals:

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

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

Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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