BERNADETTE PETERS IS NAMED AS FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT FOR DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS 2017 GALA

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR AN EVENING WITH TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS BERNADETTE PETERS ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017
All proceeds support Dallas Summer Musicals and its Education
& Community Outreach programs.

Dallas, TX (January 19, 2017) Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), is pleased to announce Texas Instruments (TI) executives and arts philanthropists Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld as chairs of An Evening with Bernadette Peters, Dallas Summer Musicals 2017 Gala. The spectacular black-tie optional evening will feature renowned Broadway star Bernadette Peters at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

An Evening with Bernadette Peters is a celebration of DSM and the magic of musical theatre – featuring one of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed performers. Proceeds from An Evening with Bernadette Peters support the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals and its education and community outreach programs. DSM brings the beauty of musical theater to many through programs such as DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Vets, Seats for Kids, Kid’s Club, Hear Us Now!™, and DSM Community Performance.

2-andy-smith-and-paul-von-wupperfeld-2017-dsm-gala-chairs“Dallas Summer Musicals has played a special role in both our lives. Paul attended DSM performances as a young child with his grandmother. My 16th birthday present was a trip from Tyler to see the DSM production of CAMELOT. We both fell in love with musical theater through DSM, and we’ve also seen how DSM has touched the lives of youth in our community through their outreach and education programs,” said Andy. “We couldn’t be more honored than to be asked to chair An Evening with Bernadette Peters, which will generate vitally needed funding for DSM and its community programs.”

“Going to Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park with my grandmother was my first exposure to ‘real’ theatre on the big stage. Learning the stories and hearing the music instilled a love for the stage in me that endures to this day. I am thrilled at the opportunity to help another generation experience that same magic,” said Paul.

DSM’s 2017 Gala will be a glamorous musical affair, and the public is invited to join in the excitement. Guests will enjoy an open bar cocktail reception followed by a crafted menu of culinary delights, as well as special experiences designed to engage attendees beyond the traditional dinner format. The event’s silent auction will consist of Broadway memorabilia and several surprises. The evening will culminate with a performance by renowned Broadway star Bernadette Peters accompanied by a live orchestra. This will be a wonderful opportunity to indulge in everything patrons love about Broadway and the DSM experience at the historic Music Hall at Fair Park.

“DSM is thrilled to have Andy and Paul as chairs of An Evening with Bernadette Peters,” said Ted R. Munselle, Chair of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals. “We are lucky to have outstanding and dedicated leaders in our community like the two of them who understand the value of the performing arts and the importance of our programs, all of which impact the lives of thousands in our community, each and every year.”

DSM’s 2017 Gala media sponsor is People Newspapers. DSM season sponsors are American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Instruments and WFAA Channel 8.

Individual dinner and show tickets as well as underwriting opportunities will soon be updated on the DSM website at DallasSummerMusicals.org. For more information please call the DSM Development office at 214-426-6333.


About Bernadette Peters:
Throughout her illustrious career, Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings.
One of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed performers, Bernadette has won numerous accolades including three Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, two Grammy Awards, three Emmy nominations and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She recently appeared in City Center’s Encores! production, A BED A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Wynton Marsalis. Other recent Broadway credits include Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Follies, which also played the Kennedy Center.
Currently, Ms. Peters can be seen on Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe winning TV series, Mozart in the Jungle. In addition, she also has a recurring role on the upcoming CBS-TV series, The Good Fight, a spinoff of the hit series, The Good Wife, which will premiere February 19th, 2017.
Peters devotes her time and talents to numerous events that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  Her “pet project” Broadway Barks, co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore, is an annual, star-studded dog and cat adoption event that benefits shelter animals throughout the New York City area. She is a New York Times Best Selling author who has penned three children’s books, Broadway Barks, Stella is a Star and Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever. All of her proceeds from the sale of these books benefit Broadway Barks. Peters resides in New York and Los Angeles with her rescue dogs, Charlie and Rosalia.
About Andy Smith:
Andy Smith is the executive director of the Texas Instruments Foundation and director of corporate philanthropy for Texas Instruments, which he joined in 1997.  His roles at TI have also included media relations and marketing communications.  Prior to joining TI, he worked as public relations/development director for several nonprofit organizations.
Andy has been active in his community in a variety of ways, including running for public office. Currently, he serves as past co-chair of the Dallas/Fort Worth Corporate Citizenship Network, secretary of the Dallas Theater Center, a member of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman College Executive Board and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Community Involvement Roundtable. He is also a member of the Dallas Breakfast Group and the Dallas Friday Group, the Human Rights Campaign Federal Club Council and a lifetime member of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association.
Andy has also served on the boards of AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services of Dallas, Center for Nonprofit Management, Dallas Coalition of HIV/AIDS Services, The Senior Source and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
In 2015, he was recognized by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and received the Friend of Network Award from the Network of Community Ministries.  Additionally, in 2011, he received the Live United Award from the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and in 2012 was honored with the Crystal Hope Award from AIDS Interfaith Network.  Furthermore, Andy is a graduate of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2010 and the 2011 Out & Equal Executive Forum.
A fifth-generation Texan, Andy received an A.A. from Tyler Junior College and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University, cum laude.  He and his husband, Paul von Wupperfeld, reside in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas.  Andy enjoys singing in his church choir, traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
About Paul von Wupperfeld:
Paul von Wupperfeld is the worldwide manager of translation and localization at Texas Instruments (TI), a leading semiconductor manufacturer based in Dallas, Texas. In this role, he leads the multifunction team that defined and now operates a unified worldwide architecture to automate TI’s global translation process from content authoring to posting and publication. He has more than twenty years’ of experience in marketing and communications in the high technology industry, with expertise in developing and launching product campaigns for customers across the world.
He is active in TI’s employee diversity and charitable efforts, serving as the chair of the TI Pride Network (TIPN), an officially recognized TI employee resource group for LGBT employees and straight allies, since 1997. Outside of work, Paul was a founding officer of the Out & Equal DFW Regional Affiliate in 2004, and serves on the board of directors for the Resource Center Dallas. He and his partner of 25 years, Andy Smith, reside in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas and sing in the choir at Grace United Methodist Church.
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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS MAKES NORTH TEXAS DEBUT!

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MOST AWARDED MUSICAL OF 2015 MAKES NORTH TEXAS DEBUT
JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 12, 2017 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
& FEBRUARY 14-19 AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (December 19, 2016) – AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will play the Music Hall at Fair Park January 31 – February 12, 2017, for two weeks presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. This lavish modern classic will then head to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall February 14-19, 2017, for one week presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin will be played by Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, who performed these leading roles on Broadway. Joining them are Etai Benson (Wicked) as Adam Hochberg; Emily Ferranti (Wicked, Dreamgirls) as Milo Davenport; Gayton Scott (Gypsy, The Women) as Madame Baurel; and Nick Spangler (The Book of Mormon, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Henri Baurel.

Leigh-Ann Esty (Miami City Ballet) and Ryan Steele (Newsies, Matilda) join the cast as the Lise and Jerry alternates. Rounding out the ensemble are: Karolina Blonski, Brittany Bohn, Stephen Brower, Randy Castillo, Jessica Cohen, Jace Coronado, Barton Cowperthwaite, Alexa De Barr, Ashlee Dupré, Erika Hebron, Christopher M. Howard, Colby Q. Lindeman, Nathalie Marrable, Tom Mattingly, Caitlin Meighan, Alida Michal, Don Noble, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, Alexandra Pernice, David Prottas, Danielle Santos, Lucas Segovia, Kyle Vaughn, Laurie Wells, Dana Winkle, Erica Wong and Blake Zelesnikar.

The creative team is also comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer); Jon Weston (sound designer); 59 Productions (projection designer); Rob Fisher (musical score adaption, arrangement and supervision); Todd Ellison (musical supervisor); David Andrews Rogers (musical director/conductor); Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (orchestrations); Sam Davis (dance arrangements); Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A. (casting); Rick Steiger (production supervisor); Dontee Kiehn (associate director); and Sean Kelly (associate choreographer).

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards. The musical was included on the Year’s Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.

The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “‘S’Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American In Paris.”

The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on April 12, 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris November 22, 2014-January 4, 2015. The New York production closed on October 9, 2016 after playing more than 600 performances. A West End production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will start in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

The producers are Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet.

For more information, visit http://www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.

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Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, starting at $25, are now on sale at http://www.DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Single tickets for the Fort Worth engagement of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, starting at $44, are now on sale. To charge tickets by phone, call 817-212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at http://www.basshall.com. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016-2017 season will continue with the explosive and vigorously choreographed STOMP, Feb. 14-19, 2017; followed by THE ILLUSIONISTS, Feb. 28 – Mar. 5, 2017; LET IT BE, Mar. 7-19, 2017; KINKY BOOTS, Mar. 28 – Apr. 9, 2017; CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS, May 23 – June 4, 2017; and closing the season will be THE BODYGUARD, July 18-30, 2017.

In addition, Disney’s THE LION KING will be roaring back to the Music Hall in DSM’s 2017-2018 season! Performance dates and times will be announced at a later time.

Three-Show Mini Packages for DSM 2016/2017 season, starting as low as $46*, are now on sale online at http://www.DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 214-346-3300. *Price does not include processing fees.


The exciting new 2017 BROADWAY AT THE BASS SEASON will feature eight shows: ANNIE January 17-22; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Feb. 14-19; LET IT BE March 21-26; MATILDA June 13-18; THE BODYGUARD Aug 1-6; BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Sept. 12-17; RENT Oct. 17-22; and the return of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS Nov. 14-19.

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TOP 5 Reasons to See BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND

Hey DSM Fans!

BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND opens tomorrow night, and we’re giving you the TOP 5 reasons to see the show while it’s here in Dallas.

BCW_Blog_11. SPARK YOUR HOLIDAY SPIRIT! We all know the holidays can be a stressful time of year, causing even the best of us to flip our switch to autopilot just to make it through. NOT this year! Step away from the whirlwind and make your official transformation from foggy to festive with BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND.

BCW_Blog_22. ICE SKATING. We love our city, but Dallas doesn’t always come through with temps cold enough to freeze our ponds (it’s hard enough to get a picturesque sprinkle of snow around here!), but we’ve got you covered this year. Audiences will be thrilled and amazed as the Music Hall’s stage sensationally converts into a glistening ice pond complete with world champion ice skaters!

BCW_Blog_33. DAZZLE & DANCING. Deemed “quite simply one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever,” BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND features an amazing cast in glittering costumes and the highest kicking Chorus Girls this side of the North Pole. Their high-energy performance paired with the production’s sparkly aesthetic will surely have you bouncing along in your seat.

BCW_Blog_4 4. BRUSH UP ON YOUR CAROLS. BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND is bringing the hits: “White Christmas,”  “Deck the Halls,” “O Holy Night,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” to name a few (of many, many more). Cue the nostalgia. With this show’s song list, your favorite memories of holidays past will be making a cameo appearance.

BCW_Blog_55. A GREAT EXCUSE FOR FAMILY TIME. Gather the gang together, get all gussied up, and go out for a night on the town! Make a reservation for your family to enjoy a pre-show dinner at M Dining, located inside the Music Hall at Fair Park (reservations are highly encouraged, click here to reserve a table). There are also several dining options near the venue: check out the Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville and Knox-Henderson neighborhoods. In the long run, experiences trump presents under the tree, so use the evening to make memories your family will cherish.

BCW_Blog_6***BONUS***:  FAMILY PHOTO OP! Find your favorite Music Hall Christmas Tree and snap a family photo! Running a little behind on sending holiday cards this year? It’s not too late if you opt for the e-card version over snail mail. You can do this. We believe in you!
Don’t forget to share your photos on social media using #BwayChristmasDSM for the chance to win a signed Playbill.


Celebrate the holidays with us!
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to get your BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND tickets today!

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BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND Comes To Dallas!

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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE MOST ENCHANTING CHRISTMAS SHOWS EVER
DECEMBER 6-18, 2016 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

Dallas, TX (November 9, 2016) Dallas Summer Musicals is pleased to announce, that BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND is coming to the Music Hall at Fair Park December 6-18, 2016, for a two week limited engagement. BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.
Your entire family can start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take them on an unforgettable nostalgic journey. Holiday favorite songs include: ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Winter Wonderland,’ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ ‘Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire,’ ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘’Away in a Manger,’ ‘O Come All Ye Faithful,’ ‘Let it Snow,’ ‘Silent Night,’ ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing,’ ‘Deck The Halls,’ ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ ‘O Holy Night,’ and many more Christmas standards.

Be amazed as a cast of 24 singers and dancers who are hand selected from London, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles transform the stage into pure winter wonderland magic. With over a thousand glittering costumes, spectacular sets and scenery, the show parades its way through the wonder of Christmas and the excitement of the holiday season. Watch as the stage sensationally converts into a glistening ice pond to be graced by two world champion ice skaters who compliment the production with artistry and flare that is second to none.

Single tickets for BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, starting at $20, are now on sale at http://www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016-2017 season will continue with the lavish AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Jan. 31 – Feb. 12, 2017; followed by STOMP, Feb. 14-19, 2017; THE ILLUSIONISTS, Feb. 28 – Mar. 5, 2017; LET IT BE, Mar. 7-19, 2017; KINKY BOOTS, Mar. 28 – Apr. 9, 2017; CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS, May 23 – June 4, 2017; and closing the season will be THE BODYGUARD, July 18-30, 2017.

In addition, Disney’s THE LION KING will be roaring back to the Music Hall in DSM’s 2017-2018 season! Performance dates and times will be announced at a later time.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ six-show season tickets, starting at $112, are now on sale online at http://www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, in person at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas or by phone at 214-346-3300.

Give the gift of Broadway this holiday season with a DSM Gift Certificate! These excellent stocking stuffer may be purchased in any increment and allow you to provide the special people in your life with an evening of entertainment making memories to last a lifetime. DSM Gift Certificates can be purchased by calling 214.691.7200 or in person at The Box Office 5959 Royal Lane Suite 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center.

BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND is produced by Spirit Productions and David King, a multi award-winning and internationally acclaimed theatre producer who became known to American audiences through the megahit musical, Spirit of the Dance which became one of the biggest dance show in the world, with 14 troupes performing in 14 different countries on the same night, playing to more than 30 million people worldwide. Spirit Productions owns The Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach and The King’s Castle Theatre in Branson, Missouri, where their shows play year round.  Spirit shows have toured in more than 30 countries and they are the first producer from the Western world to have three consecutive tours in China, playing to over a million people.

Booking Inquiries: John Starr / Big League Theatricals / (212) 575-1601 / jstarr@bigleague.org

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Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the historic 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 education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to North Texas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs.
DSM 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 DallasSummerMusicals.org.
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John R. Clutts Chairs The 6th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

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John R. Clutts Chairs The 6th Annual
Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards

Mark your calendars for the Awards Show on Thursday, May 18, 2017

John R. Clutts Chairs The 6th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre AwardsDallas, TX (October 21, 2016) – After a successful record breaking Dallas Summer Musicals Theatre Awards (DSM HSMTA) season, Ted R. Munselle, Chair of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), announced Dallas arts philanthropist and DSM Board member John R. Clutts as chair of The 6th Annual DSM HSMTA for the second consecutive year.

President of The Clutts Agency, Inc., a Texas Talent Agency and SAG/AFTRA franchised agency, Clutts is a former Neiman Marcus executive with 25 years of experience in the photo industry. He has performed on stage in many regional productions and taught musical theatre at Dallas Theatre Center. In addition to serving as a DSM Board member, Clutts also forms part of the Dallas Children’s Theater Advisory Board and the Dallas Contemporary Board. A 2005 recipient of DIFFA’s highest award, the Legend Award, John’s involvement in the community has lead him to chair and serve as part of many great programs including the USA Film Festival, Dallas Fashion Incubator, Cabaret Gala benefiting Dallas Children’s Theatre, Fresh Faces of Fashion, and DIFFA|Dallas Collection.

“I am honored to chair the DSM HSMTA event for the second year in a row and excited about the continued development and success of our program,” said John. “We have more than 70 productions already enrolled in this year’s program. Our reach is expanding throughout Dallas and North Texas as we foster the education of students who will become the Broadway stars of tomorrow!”

This past year DSM’s HSMTA had 67 high schools participating last season, showcasing 70 productions, representing 33 school districts across North Texas. Among the 67 were also 7 private high schools with 6 schools entering two musicals for evaluation. This represented a breaking number of high schools, teachers and students taking part in the program, more than doubling the first year’s total of 30 schools.

“DSM is thrilled to have John Clutts back again as Chair of our 6th annual HSMTA program,” said Munselle. “Thanks to John’s leadership and the team he led, the 2016 HSMTA program far exceeded expectations in advancing our mission, as well as in financial terms. We are thankful that he will be reprising his role in 2017 and look forward to the continued growth and success of HSMTA, one of DSM’s most exciting and rewarding programs.”

Patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards®, DSM HSMTA celebrates the power of the Arts to significantly improve all areas of education. Since DSM’s first HSMTA in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting schools as far away as Lubbock and Oklahoma as well as new and returning schools from the DFW Metroplex. DSM’s HSMTA has grown to be the largest program of its kind in the state of Texas and the second largest programs in the nation. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by The National High School Musical Theatre Awards as their official affiliate program for North Texas.

Awards and several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each are presented to a number of outstanding and deserving participants during this evening where show business veterans and community celebrities come together to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theatre programs. In 2016, John Clutts, the DSM HSMTA Angels Host Committee, companies, foundations, and donors from the community made charitable gifts totaling over $128,000 in support of the program, awarding seven college scholarships of $5,000 each. To date, DSM HSMTA College Scholarship program has awarded $135,000 in cash scholarships to deserving students.

 Slated for Thursday, May 18, 2017 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 starts 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. Winners and scholarship recipients are announced and the show culminates with a finale performance by students from each participating high school.

A three-judge panel of entertainment industry professionals and veteran educators will visit each high school and judge the performers in 16 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, Best Featured Male Performer, and Best Featured Female Performer. Ballots will be tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant Thornton – the official ballot professional service partner of the 2016 Tony Awards®.

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 high school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

All participating high schools and their shows will be listed at DSMHSMTA.org.

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Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the historic 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 education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to North Texas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs.

DSM 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 DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER SOARS TO DALLAS-FORT WORTH!

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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER SOARS TO DALLAS-FORT WORTH
LIVE ON STAGE NOVEMBER 22-23, 2016 AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL
AND NOVEMBER 25-27, 2016 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

The Family-Friendly Stage Adaptation of CBS’ Highest-Rated Christmas Special of All Time Returns to Dallas-Fort Worth for a limited holiday engagement.

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (October 12, 2016) – The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest-running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL at Bass Performance Hall November 22 and 23, for four performances presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. This fun family classic will then head to Dallas, where it will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park November 25-27, for five performances presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

Following two successful years of touring North America, the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, will help Santa save Christmas during three North American tours that will visit more than 50 cities this holiday season. The national tour — a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an “utterly charming, top-notch production” (Orlando Sentinel) – kicks off November 14.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut, delighting audiences across the country. “RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL is rapidly becoming a tradition for generations of children and adults and we are so excited to bring the show to fans in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom.

Projections, costumes and characters will be faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. In preparation for the Dallas-Fort Worth run, the show will be adding new flying elements and an enhanced set and scenic design to create an even more fantastic theater experience for Rudolph fans.

Flom says, “We address all of the familiar story elements from the television special with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage. Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they hear full performances of additional iconic songs associated with the TV special, such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmas town and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. A new illustrated storybook, T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games, will be available this year only at the stage show performances and other locations where Rudolph is appearing, such as at theme parks, zoos, aquariums and science centers. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the books will be donated to PACER.


Single tickets for the Fort Worth engagement of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL, starting at $27.50, are now on sale. To charge tickets by phone, call 817-212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at http://www.basshall.com. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.

Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL, starting at $20, are now on sale at http://www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2015-2016 BROADWAY AT THE BASS season comes to a close – a crashing close, that is – with PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Oct. 20-30.

The exciting new 2017 BROADWAY AT THE BASS SEASON will feature eight shows: ANNIE January 17-22; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Feb. 14-19; LET IT BE March 21-26; MATILDA June 13-18; THE BODYGUARD Aug 1-6; BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Sept. 12-17; RENT Oct. 17-22; and the return of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS Nov. 14-19.

Season tickets are on sale now at the Bass Performance Hall box office or online at www.basshall.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016-2017 season will feature ten shows starting with RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL, Nov. 25-27, 2016; BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, Dec. 6-18, 2016; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Jan. 31 – Feb. 12, 2017; STOMP, Feb. 14-19, 2017; THE ILLUSIONISTS, Feb. 28 – Mar. 5, 2017; LET IT BE, Mar. 7-19, 2017; KINKY BOOTS, Mar. 28 – Apr. 9, 2017; CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS, May 23 – June 4, 2017; and closing the season will be THE BODYGUARD, July 18-30, 2017.

In addition, Disney’s THE LION KING will be roaring back to the Music Hall in DSM’s 2017-2018 Season! Subscribing for the 2016-2017 Season is the only way to guarantee priority access to tickets now for this highly anticipated return.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ six-show season tickets, starting at $112, are now on sale online at http://www.DallasSummerMusicals.org, in person at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas or by phone at 214-346-3300.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL is produced by Right Angle Entertainment, Iconic Entertainment Studios and Premiere Producers LLC.

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Broadway Buzz: Dallas Summer Musicals & Broadway Across America Partnership!

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An American In Paris Original Broadway Cast by Matthew Murphy

Following the momentum of our partnership announcement with Broadway Across America (BAA) last Friday, we wanted to share some of the Broadway Buzz that is being talked about in case you missed it. From national news to the front page of The Dallas Morning News, we are thrilled to welcome BAA to North Texas!

“Dallas Summer Musicals makes a big change in deciding who chooses the shows you’ll see” – The Dallas Morning News – Front Page Story

“Dallas Summer Musicals Retools Its Broadway Booking” – D Magazine

“The venue will now become a major touring stop in North Texas” – Playbill

“Star of Texas! Broadway Across America Will Book Dallas Summer Musicals’ Touring Shows Starting in 2017” – Broadway

“Dallas Summer Musicals Changes Touring Bookers” – Theater Jones

“Dallas Summer Musicals and Broadway Across America Announce New Partnership” – Broadway World

“A New Era for Dallas Summer Musicals and North Texas Theatre” – The Column

“Dallas Summer Musicals and Broadway Across America Announce New Partnership” – The Flash List

“A New Era for Dallas Summer Musicals and North Texas Theatre” – Irish Film Critic

“New in town” – Denton Record Chronicle

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