Regarding The Weather – The Show Must Go On! 

The Show Must Go On!

The weather outside is frightful, but the show is so delightful! Kinky Boots opens tonight! We have been looking forward to this show for a long time, but what bad timing this icy and snowy weather has! You know the show biz saying though, so we won’t cancel any performance, but we don’t want you to feel you have to come if you don’t feel like you can safely make it here.  

Here’s what you need to know if you have tickets for Kinky Boots during this bad weather time:

  1. The show will perform as scheduled.
  2. Patrons contacting us before the show starts, who do not believe they can safely get to the Music Hall, can exchange for another performance of KINKY BOOTS (only), subject to availability and our standard exchange policy regarding difference in ticket price.  
  3. Patrons who do not contact us before the show starts can check with The Box Office and we will try to accommodate them on a standby/best-available basis on another performance of KINKY BOOTS (only).

How do you get in contact with The Box Office? Just call 214-691-7200 or email at theboxoffice@dallassummermusicals.org. 

Please be safe and use your best judgement. We hope to see you at the Tony-Award winning KINKY BOOTS while the show is here in Dallas at the Music Hall thru March 8th! 

For details and information about KINKY BOOTS, click here.

Be safe and stay warm!

-DSM Amanda

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A MOTHER’S LETTER TO KINKY BOOTS

KINKY BOOTS struts into Dallas on Tuesday and we couldn’t be more excited! This feel-good show is fun for everyone, just take a look at what this mother of two had to say about her experience:

I just wanted to share an experience that we had yesterday at The Smith Center.  My family and I have been season ticket holders since the beginning.  I have a 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son that join us for almost all of the shows, although I did not take either of them to Book of Mormon.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to take my son to KINKY BOOTS, not really knowing what it was about, I almost gave his ticket away to a friend. At the last minute I changed my mind and I couldn’t have been happier.

What a fabulous show with an amazing message.  At intermission my son turned to me and said, “it’s intermission already?” He has NEVER said that before.  In most cases it’s more like, “how much longer?” He’s a 12-year-old boy and honestly I know the theatre is not on the top of his list for Sunday afternoons.  My daughter turned to me at least 5 times through out the show and said, “I love this so much.”  They talked about KINKY BOOTS almost the entire way home, and again this morning.  Thank you so much for bringing KINKY BOOTS to Vegas!

Our family thoroughly enjoyed KINKY BOOTS and I just wanted to pass a note on, and I ask that you forward my email on to the producers of Kinky Boots. I just want them to know that they have won over a fickle teenage girl and an adolescent boy whose first love is definitely not the theatre.

-Anonymous KINKY BOOTS Patron
The Smith Center, Las Vegas

KINKY BOOTS is on stage February 24 – March 8, 2015, at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
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In Response To The Asian American Performers Action Coalition And Others:

Glenn Casale and I are in receipt of your numerous emails and form emails. The reason for the delay in answering is that during the holidays I was in the hospital, and I have been recovering at home from a deadly blood disease.

First, Mr. Casale, our Director, has directed multiple years of productions using not only Asian actors and actresses, but diverse ethnic groups. Second, I have produced probably the most shows using Asian actors and actresses. For example, Flower Drum Song on Broadway, Flower Drum Song national tour, Brooklyn the Musical, and Bombay Dreams, just to name a few.

I can assure you that neither Glenn Casale nor I ever intended or conceived a thought that this would be disruptive, negative or disrespectful to anyone.

It’s interesting. Going back in the history of The King and I, Mr. Yul Brenner was actually from Russia, and Mr. Lou Diamond Phillips was born on a naval base in the Philippines and is an American. Mr. Paul Schoeffler has played the role in theatres across America in the past. And after looking at several Asian prospects for the role, they were all “on hold” pending a call back from the Lincoln Center Production.

The cast for this new production consists of 28, of which 25 are of Asian-descent. Of the 15 children in the cast, all are of Asian descent. We even went to a Thailand Temple to audition children for the production to be as authentic as possible.

Both Mr. Casale and I would never intentionally do anything contrary or negative to your culture, and we have both provided numerous opportunities to the Asian community in the past.

Mr. Casale and I visited yesterday. We have heard your comments, and we have heard your concerns, and we are now going back to find an actor of Asian descent for the role of the King. WE HAVE HEARD YOU, and we are working to guarantee a positive result for both you and also for a quality production. We have heard you and we take your comments seriously.

Michael Jenkins

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Kinky Boots Coming To North Texas!

2013 TONY® AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL

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IS COMING TO NORTH TEXAS!

FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 8 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 1 AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

 

 Dallas, TX (January 15, 2015) – KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony® Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS), opens at the Music Hall at Fair Park February 24 – March 8, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. The tour will roll back into Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall October 27 – November 1, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, KINKY BOOTS opened on Broadway April 4, 2013 and continues to play to standing-room-only crowds nightly.  The show, which has broken all box office records at the Hirschfeld Theatre, recouped its costs in October 2013, after just 30 weeks on Broadway.

KINKY BOOTS took home six 2013 Tony® Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). The show also received the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Broadway.com Awards for Best Musical and the Grammy® Award for Best Musical Album, along with many other accolades.

In KINKY BOOTS, Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

  1. Harrison Ghee (The Color Purple) is kicking his heels up as Lola. Steven Booth (Avenue Q, Glory Days, Dogfight) plays shoe factory owner Charlie Price. Booth and Ghee are joined by Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Lysistrata Jones) as Lauren, Joe Coots (TV’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” Full Monty national tour) as Don, Craig Waletzko (Guys & Dolls, Young Frankenstein) as George and Grace Stockdale in her touring debut as Nicola.

Rounding out the ensemble are Damien Brett, Stephen Carrasco, Lauren Nicole Chapman, Amelia Cormack, Troi Gaines, J. Harrison Ghee, Blair Goldberg, Darius Harper, Andrew Theo Johnson, Crystal Kellogg, Jeffrey Kishinevskiy, Jeff Kuhr, Ross Lekites, Patty Lohr, Mike Longo, Tommy Martinez, , Nick McGough, Stewart Adam McKensy, Bonnie Milligan, Kenny Morris, Anthony Picarello, Horace V. Rogers, Ricky Schroeder, Anne Tolpegin, Juan Torres-Falcon, Hernando Umana and Sam Zeller.

The design team for KINKY BOOTS includes Tony® Award nominee David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Tony® Award-winner Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Tony® Award-winner John Shivers (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Randy Houston Mercer (Make-up Design), Telsey + Company, Justin Huff, CSA (Casting), Adam Souza (Musical Direction), with Musical Supervision and Arrangements and Orchestrations by Tony® and Grammy® Award-winner Stephen Oremus.

KINKY BOOTS is produced on Broadway and on tour by Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jayne Baron Sherman, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergere, Allan S. Gordon & Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy and Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein and Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom and Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp and Jujamcyn Theaters.

The producers of KINKY BOOTS announce a student rush for all performances February 24 – March 8. Beginning 1 hour before each performance, students can purchase a $25 ticket on a first come first served basis at the Music Hall Box Office. A valid student ID is required at the time of purchase for a maximum of 1 ticket.

Single tickets for KINKY BOOTS 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 are also available online or may be ordered by mail or in person at The Box Office, by phoning 214.346.3300 or through fax at 214.691.7386. 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.

For Fort Worth tickets: Single tickets will go on sale Friday, February 20 at 10 am. Season tickets are currently available online at www.basshall.com, over the phone at 817.212.4280 or in person at the Bass Hall Box Office. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. For group sales call 817.212.4248 or email groupsales@basshall.com.

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season will continue as follows: 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.

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A Christmas Story The Musical In Dallas Thru Sunday Only!

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Hello DSM Fans!

A Christmas Story The Musical is on stage now at the Music Hall thru this Sunday, December 14th 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, inside info with interviews and performances, and even some information about the audition process for both Ralphie and the local child performers in the show! We will continue to update this, so check back for even more fun facts and info!

About The Show

Article on BroadwayWorld.com About The Show: Click here.

 

Auditions

Part 1 of Ralphie Auditions: http://vimeo.com/106282595

Part 2 of Ralphie Auditions: http://vimeo.com/106285106

About Local Child Auditions:

Article by Nancy Churnin – Click here.

About Local Child Audition Winners:

CW33 Interview with the winners – Click here.
Article by Nancy Churnin – Click here.
Article by The Flash List – Click here.


Features

“A Christmas Story and Usher top best weekend events in Dallas” – Click here to read this feature article by Culture Map Dallas.

Culture Map 10 Dallas Christmas Productions: Click here to see the listing.

“Where to Celebrate Christmas 2014 In Dallas” on D Magazine – Click here to see listing.

 

Interviews and Performances

CW33 – NewsFix (Peyton Nicholson and Grace Moore) – Click here for interview.

FOX4 – Good Day Dallas (Susannah Jones) – Click here for performance and interview.

KTXD47 – The Broadcast (Susannah Jones) – Click here for performance and interview.

WFAA8 – Midday News (Christopher Swan) – Click here for interview.

 

Reviews

Review by Christian Alexander Fashion – Click here to read.

Review by Mark Lowry in the Fort Worth Star Telegram – Click here to read.

Review on The Column – Click here to read.

Review by Nancy Churnin in The Dallas Morning News – Click here to read.

Review on The Flash List – Click here to read.

Review on Selig Film News – Click here to read.

Review on Edge Dallas.com – Click here to read.

Review on Theater Jones.com – Click here to read.

Review on Red Carpet Crash – Click here to read.

“The Clubhouse Podcast”

 

We will continue to update this, so check back for even more fun facts and info! A Christmas Story The Musical is on stage NOW thru Sunday at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Click here for details and tickets.

We hope you’ll spend this Holiday Season with us!

-DSM Amanda

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Breaking All Records – DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards Breaks All Records
Sixty-five schools are participating – more than double our first year’s total

 

(Dallas, TX – November 3, 2014) Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) is thrilled to announce record breaking news!

In its fourth year of the program, 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, the 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.

Michael 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 musical theater 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 pre-eminent 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, 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. Dallas Summer Musicals season sponsors are American Airlines, WFAA Channel 8, The Dallas Morning News and Texas Instruments.

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 here: http://www.nhsmta.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions

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

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, call 214-421-5678 or visit the website at www.dallassummermusicals.org

Get updates and news through our social media web sites here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DallasSummerMusicals
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dsmusicals
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/dsmusicals
Foursquare: https://foursquare.com/v/dallas-summer-musicals/4f204f6b0cd6445b05407d98  Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dsmusicals
WordPress: https://dallassummermusicals.wordpress.com

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Your 2014 DSM Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

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It’s that time of year again – gift buying season is here! Sometimes the task can be a bit daunting, but we’ve got your current (and soon-to-be) Broadway fans covered! Check out Dallas Summer Musicals’ Holiday Gift Guide for some ideas and inspiration!

  • Mini Packs are perfect if you prefer to pick and choose.  Select 3 or more shows starting at $55! Click here for more info!
  • Single tickets for A CHRISTMAS STORY are on sale now! Click here to find your tickets!
  • CYBER MONDAY PRESALE for KINKY BOOTS available beginning Monday, December 1st! Click here and use code: FIRST (all caps) for any performance in any price level! Offer ends December 14th!
  • Gift Certificates are great for the Broadway fan in your life that you aren’t sure what show they would enjoy the most. Just call our Box Office at 214-691-7200 or visit them at 5959 Royal Lane Suite 542.

Not sure who to give Broadway to this season?

  • For the Christmastime Fanatic – A CHRISTMAS STORY – On Sale Now and On Stage beginning December 2nd!
  • For the Fashionista – KINKY BOOTS – Presale Begins Monday, December 1st!
  • For the Classic Musical Fan – THE KING AND I – add it to your Mini Pack!
  • For the Thrill-Seeker – THE ILLUSIONISTS – add it to your Mini Pack!
  • For the Princess or Prince – CINDERELLA – add it to your Mini Pack!
  • For the Child of the 80s – DIRTY DANCING – add it to your Mini Pack!
  • For the “Cirque Du Soleil” Fans – PIPPIN – add it to your Mini Pack!

8 Reasons Tickets Make A Great Gift:

  1. You’re giving an EXPERIENCE.
  2. Do you really remember every gift you received last year? 5 years ago?  Give your loved ones something they’ll remember for years to come.
  3. You won’t be wasting your hard earned cash – unlike a sweater, tie or pink bunny footie pajamas… tickets won’t get pushed to the back of a closet.
  4. Instead of playing the gift guessing game with a toy that gets tossed to the side, introduce the kids to the magic of theatre.
  5. Date night.  Need we say more?
  6. We all know that in-laws are difficult to buy for.  Make it a 4-pack and they’ll be pleased with your willingness to share date night with them.
  7. Ladies: choose to give tickets over gift cards this year, and change up your Girl’s Night Out routine!
  8. Check the entire family off of your gift-giving list and make it a family affair! It only takes 10 people to qualify for our Group Discount!

From all of us here at DSM, we hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season!

-DSM Amanda

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