The Lion King – The World’s #1 Musical Returns to Dallas

June 13, 2018 through July 7, 2018 at the Music Hall at Fair Park

 

This Classic Broadway adaptation of Disney’s animated movie has returned to Dallas!  After 20 years of performances it’s still one of the most creative productions ever made and remains one of the theatrical marvels of all time.  If you haven’t seen it before you must make the trek to Music Hall. If you’ve seen it before you must make the trek to Music Hall to see it again.

 

Tony Award Winner, The Lion King is one of the most popular productions of all time and has been seen by more than 95 million people around the world.  There’s a reason for that.  This is a musical that appeals to both kids and adults.  The Lion King has a universal theme that we can all relate to and yes, a lot of it is geared to the younger generation (this is Disney after all) but adults love it as well.  My 20 year son was in town from college and he surprised me when he agreed to go with me to see it.  He remembered that The Lion King was the first musical I took him too as a child and he was actually excited about seeing it again.  Not only can my son Jack quote every line from the movie because he saw it a million times as a child but he remembered the musical as being pretty great too.  This time though, he saw it through eyes of an adult and still enjoyed it as much as I did.  We marveled at the creative visual imagery, loved the familiar and catchy music (Grammy award winning actually), and appreciated the African culture depicted in the musical much more than we did before.  The message of the circle of life and the love of family still rang through for us as much as it did 20 years ago.

The performances are wonderful, the costumes are incredible, and the animals are delightful (except for the crazy hyenas – I never liked them and still don’t ha ha).   Take a date, a friend, or a child but go see The Lion King, have fun, and no worries for one magical night!

 

Disney’s The Lion King tickets are available at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by calling Ticketmaster at (866) 870-2717.    They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (214) 426-4768 or emailing Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

 

 

 

TAKE YOUR KIDS ON SAFARI AT THE MUSIC HALL! 

Elevate your family experience during Disney’s The Lion King with a passport to the DSM Savanna presented by Frost Bank.  Get a DSM Savanna Passport for $15 per person. That’s $60 for a family of four.

Open two hours before each performance*, the DSM Savanna is located on the West Lawn of the historic Music Hall at Fair Park and includes:

  • Pre-show access to a shaded outdoor family-friendly experience
  • Coupon for one (1) snow cone per DSM Savanna Passport  
  • Face-painting and craft activities
  • Access to dedicated bars to purchase beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Access to food trucks to purchase pre-show snacks
  • Dedicated restroom facilities

**BONUS:  Get a Food Truck Voucher for a complimentary item with every 4 DSM Savanna Passports.

You can pick up your Savanna Passports online, or on-site at the Box Office or at the DSM Savanna check in, located at the doors to the West Lawn of the Music Hall.

*The DSM Savanna will open two hours prior to the show and close 15 minutes before curtain so be sure to arrive early to allow time to enjoy all of the activities.

Be sure to dress comfortably and prepare yourself for a wild adventure!

 

Following The Lion King, DSM‘s 2017-18 season will continue with the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the OperaLove Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, July 24-August 5, 2018; and closing the season will be the hilarious new musical School of Rock, based on the hit film, August 15-26, 2018.

DSM will continue to bring the best of Broadway to North Texas in the 2018-19 season with shows like  Hamilton, Disney’s Aladdin, Hello, Dolly!, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of The Phantom of the OperaAnastasiaMiss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof and season add-ons Elf and The Book of Mormon.

 

Taste Addison – This Weekend May 18th – 20th!

Taste Addison is a three day festival of fun for the whole family and features some of the best food and music around!  If you’ve never gone before make this year the year!  Taste Addison delivers many of Addison’s favorite restaurants with great music at Addison Circle Park. Known for 180+ restaurants in less than 4.4 miles and its nationally recognized special events, Addison serves up a good time no matter the craving. Headlining the festival on Saturday night, May 19, is the Academy of Country Music award-winning group, Eli Young Band with opening act Cory Morrow. On Sunday, May 20, take your family on a trip down memory lane with classic hits from great tribute bands. Get ready to taste the food, taste the ambiance, taste the destination…Taste Addison! Here’s everything you need to know before you go:

Music Entertainment

Friday:

Whiskey Myers 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Casey Donahew 9:30 – 11 p.m.

Saturday:

Rachel Stacy 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Shotgun Rider 2 – 3 p.m.

Breaking Southwest 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Jonathan Tyler and 5:30 – 7 p.m.

The Northern Lights

Cory Morrow 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Eli Young Band 9:30 – 11 p.m.

Sunday:

Fin City 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Escape 2:30 – 4 p.m.

La Freak 4:30 – 6 p.m.

 

 

 

Wine Garden

In our exclusive wine garden, you will get a chance to experience fantastic wines from varied and vast appellations! If you have an affinity for bubbly Prosecco from Italy or a zeal for the zing of Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma, your taste buds will dance with delight as you tour the garden. Whether it’s a refreshing rinse of Rosé or a mouthful of California Chardonnay, enjoy your relaxing weekend with a glass of one of our exceptional wines! Available for sampling: Sauvignon Blanc & Merlot (Ava Grace Vineyards), Chardonnay & Rose (Chloe Wine Collection), Moscato D’Asti & Prosecco (Cupcake Vineyards). 21 & UP ONLY.

5/18, Friday: 7pm-10pm

5/19, Saturday: 2pm-7pm

5/20, Sunday: 1pm-5pm

**VIP tickets have 30 minutes early access for all 3 days.  Must be 21.

Craft Beer Hall

Presented by Anheuser-Busch

From Chicago’s award-winning Goose Island IPA to Seattle’s Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Co., experience a wide array of craft beers from across the country. Enjoy Colorado’s refreshingly crisp Mango Mosaic American Pale Ale from Breckenridge Brewery and Houston’s Karbach Love Street kolsch-style blond to the seasonal Karbach’s Tasty Waves Summer Ale. Finish it off with a gluten-free Spiked Seltzer – perfectly refreshing natural fruit flavors. There’s a taste for every beer lover. 21 & UP ONLY.

5/18, Friday: 7pm-10pm

5/19, Saturday: 2pm-7pm

5/20, Sunday: 1pm-5pm

**VIP tickets have 30 minutes early access for all 3 days.  Must be 21.

Albertsons Tom Thumb Cooking Stage

Several of Addison’s most popular chefs will show you how to recreate your Taste Addison experience at home. See the shows and stay for the samples! All cooking demos take place on the Albertsons Tom Thumb Cooking Stage located inside the Addison Conference Centre. The demos are included with a Taste Addison admission ticket.

Cooking Demo Schedule:

Saturday, 5/19:

2:30 p.m.: Francesco Secchi – Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House

4 p.m.: Jake Magruder – On the Border

5:30 p.m.: Joe Chow – May Dragon

7 p.m.: Mike McRae – Table 13

Sunday, 5/20:

1:30 p.m.: Rambo Saucedo – Cantina Laredo

3 p.m.: Lee Hunzinger – Zoli’s NY Pizza

Entertainment for the whole family

Enjoy free face painting, activities and games for the whole family on the Family Fun Lawn located near the Addison Conference Centre and the Stone Cottage, or visit the Talley Carnival for rides and midways games. Kids 11 and younger get in FREE all weekend.

Face Painting Hours:

Saturday: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.

Enjoy a step-by-step painting session with experienced and professional local artists. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a newfound talent you’ll want to explore. Located in the Addison Conference Centre. Suitable for ages 12 & up and accompanied by an adult.

*Every Hour on the Hour*

Saturday, May 19, 2pm – 6pm

Sunday, May 20, Noon – 5pm

On Sunday, join the Japan-American Society for Origami, the art of folding paper and Kirigami, the art of folding and cutting paper on the Conference Centre patio from Noon – 4pm.

Taste Addison Carnival

Whether you enjoy zero gravity or if the monkey maze is more your pace, the Taste Addison carnival has a ride that’s just your speed. Ride prices start at $3 and go up. All rides have minimum height requirements, so make sure to check out the posted signs. The Carnival will accept Tasty Bucks only. One ticket equals $1.

Pinot’s Palette

Enjoy a step-by-step painting session with experienced and professional local artists. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a newfound talent you’ll want to explore. Located in the Addison Conference Centre. Suitable for ages 12 & up and accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, 5/19: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., every hour on the hour

Sunday, 5/20: Noon – 5 p.m., every hour on the hour

Hours: Friday: 6 p.m. – Midnight

Saturday: Noon – Midnight

Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.

Location: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, Texas 75001

Tickets:

 Early Saver Tickets (Now – May 13): $15/person, ages 12 and up – online only

 General Admission (May 14 – May 19): $20/person, ages 12 and up – online and at the gate

 General Admission (May 20): $10/person, ages 12 and up – online and at the gate

 NEW VIP WEEKEND PACKAGE (online only/limited quantities/ages 21 and up only):

o Three-day adult general admission

o Three VIP beverage coupons and VIP bar access

o Three Taste Bite coupons

o Premium concert viewing area

o Private restrooms

o Early access to the Craft Beer Hall and Wine Garden

 Children 11 and under are FREE every day

Sponsors: Budweiser, Albertsons Tom Thumb, 107.5 Fierro-HD2, Ava Grace Vineyards, 99.5 The Wolf,

New Country 96.3 KSCS, Coca-Cola, Dallas Morning News and Guide Live

Visit www.TasteAddisonTexas.com or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @VisitAddison and #TasteAddison.

 

 

 

 

Dallas Summer Musicals Presents Les Miserables

LES MISÉRABLES THE MUSICAL PHENOMENON

 DALLAS ENGAGEMENT AT MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

APRIL 24 – MAY 6

Yes, the much loved LES MIZ has been around (32 years to be exact) but if you think it’s tired, think again. It’s musical theater at its best and has the most powerful music and performances that have ever been seen at the stage.  LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere.  It’s also the 5th longest running Broadway of all time.  There’s a reason for that! If you’ve never seen it you need to go to experience it. If you have seen it before you need to go again because  this new production has been revamped with imaginative new staging and stunning scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.  It’s really spectacular!

Here’s the plot:    LES MISÉRABLES takes place in 19th century Frances and is the epic tale of broken dreams, love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. The story follows the fugitive Jean Valjean and his journey from a 19 year imprisonment for stealing a loaf of bread and the prison officer, Javert who makes it his life’s goal to hunt him down.  Jean reinvents himself as a mayor and factory worker and meets the tragic Fantine and becomes the guardian of her beloved young daughter Cosette.  The musical will thrill you and delight you at the same time.    The musical features one of the greatest scores of all time, with the much loved songs such as “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing”.

This production is filled with first rate talent and  incredibly powerful voices.  Nick Cartell portrays the fugitive ‘Jean Valjean.’ Josh Davis performs as ‘Javert,’ J Anthony Crane as ‘Thénardier,’ Allison Guinn as ‘Madame Thénardier,’ Mary Kate Moore as ‘Fantine,’ Matt Shingledecker as ‘Enjolras,’ Emily Bautista as ‘Éponine,’ Robert Ariza as ‘Marius’ and Jillian Butler as ‘Cosette.’  Elsa Avery Dees and Sophie Knapp alternate in the role of ‘Little Cosette/Young Éponine.’  Julian Emile Lerner, Sammy Middleton and Jonah Mussolino alternate in the role of ‘Gavroche.’   All of their performances are energetic, strong and heartbreaking.

And yes, I cried throughout because the music is truly wonderful and full of raw emotion, realism, and love.   One of my favorite lines from the finale of LES MIZ is “And remember The truth that once was spoken, To love another person is to see the face of God!” This is one of my all time favorite musicals.   Go..See..LES MIZ! 

Looking for a a great spring date night or a girl’s night out idea?  I have the perfect chose for you!   I took my son, Jared to see it and he loved it!  Tickets start at just $35 and can be purchased online or at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office.   To purchase tickets, visit dallassummermusicals.org/shows/les-miserables, call 214-691-7200 or visit the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office at 909 1st Avenue. Ticket prices start at $35. For a sneak peek, please visitwww.LesMiz.com.

 

Following the thrilling run of LES MISÉRABLES, DSM‘s 2017-18 season will continue with Disney’s The Lion King, winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, June 13-July 7, 2018; the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, July 24-August 5, 2018; and closing the season will be the hilarious new musical School of Rock, based on the hit film, August 15-26, 2018.

 

New Spring Menu at Lazy Dog Restaurant!

Spring is here and so is Lazy Dog Restaurant’s new Spring menu!  The laid back lodge inspired restaurant has introduced a new, seasonally inspired and handcrafted menu that is infused with a variety of fresh and inspired ingredients.   Lazy Dog’s co-founder Gabe Caliendo, has created a new menu that offers something for everyone and will satisfy foodies everywhere.  He has hand crafted several very unique and flavorful dishes that will delight you with its freshness and authenticity. The menu includes 11 new menu items and five new beverages including some meatless, vegan, or gluten free options. 

The new Lazy Dog spring Menu includes:

 

Street Corn Wheels – A twist on street corn which includes fresh corn, char grilled with lime, garlic, queso blanco, cilantro and Tajin. These are very tasty and invoke summer memories of corn on the backyard gill.

 

Burrata + Roasted Beet Salad – Bright field greens, creamy burrata cheese, candied walnuts, heirloom tomatoes, crushed sweet peaches, and sea salt.  The freshness and sweetness that fills this salad will be calling me back to Lazy Dog. 

 

Burrata + Heirloom Tomato Crisp – Pomodoro sauce, pesto, creamy burrata cheese, parmesan, romano, balsamic reduction, chili oil, fresh basil.  Loved the combination of the pesto and Pomodoro sauce and the crust was crispy and flavorful.  

 

Housemade Veggie Burger Bowl – Tasty grilled salmon, served with housemade aioli, fresh tomato, a peanut sesame slaw, red onions, on  a brioche-style bun.  I’d never heard of a veggie burger bowl before but this is good stuff people!! 

 

Housemade BBQ Veggie Burger – A mouth-watering meatless option – made from scratch patty with black beans, ancient grains, beets and vegetables, topped with roasted garlic, housemade BBQ sauce, jack cheese, fried onions, pickle, and tomato.  I thought it was delicious and my meat loving husband said he would never have guessed it wasn’t meat – high praise! 

Grilled Lemon Chicken – Marinated and grilled chicken breast, cauliflower mash, sautéed green beans, and heirloom tomatoes with almond walnut crumble, and tahini.  I love everything included in this dish so this is a perfect choice for me.  The chicken was tasty and the cauliflower mash tasted just like mashed potatoes.  Mix in all the other fresh ingredients and this is a healthy food option.   

 Here come the new desserts:

 

Peach Raspberry Hand Pie –Made from scratch raspberry puree, sweet peaches, cinnamon and sugar, salted caramel sauce, served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.  There’s nothing here not to like. 

 

Triple Layer Lemon Cake – For those who are gluten sensitive – lemon buttercream, almond flour vanilla cake, huckleberry sauce, lemon curd, and housemade whipped cream.  Light and delicious!

New Libations from the Bar Menu:  They’re all unique, fresh AND delicious!

 

Watermelon Margarita – Made with lunazul resposado tequila, watermelon, salted rim.  A perfect summer drink!

Honey Thyme Old Fashioned – Made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Cointreau, Amaro Montenegro, honey, fresh thyme, garnished with an orange peel.

 Tincup Whiskey Sour – Made with Tincup Mountain whiskey, housemade sweet and sour, yuzu bitters, fresh rosemary, and meyer lemon foam.

 Huckberry Mule – made with born and bred American craft vodka, Acacia rose, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, sugar cane, St. Germaine, and elderflower foam. 

 Non-alcoholic, lower calorie options are also available such as Ginger-Lime Sparkling Soda and Tropical-Orange Sparkling Soda.

Here’s the Lazy Dog Story:

While Lazy Dog’s founder Chris Simms was growing up, he and his family would vacation in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Whether it was skiing in the winter or fishing in the summer, Chris will tell you that even today it is the place he goes when he wants to get away and relax. When you are in any one of the Lazy Dog restaurants, you will see how Chris has tried to capture and recreate the feeling he gets when in Jackson Hole. He wants you to feel like you are walking into a place that is the perfect balance of warm and comfortable, yet full of excitement and positive energy. For Chris, the lodge represents vacations with family and friends.

Where did the Lazy Dog get its unique name? One snowy afternoon, walking back into the lodge after a long morning on the slopes, Chris noticed a dog lying by the toasty fireplace. Commenting to his buddies on how much he loved his time hanging out there, he told them he wished everyone could enjoy life as much as that “lazy dog’ by the fire and a concept was born!

 

Something that’s not changed is the warm, cozy, and rustic setting and the friendly service that we’ve always gotten at Lazy Dog.  And don’t forget about the awesome dog friendly patio (they have a dog menu too) and the best fire pit in town. Even if the weather hasn’t quite settled into spring (in Texas at least) Lazy Dog’s new spring menu will put you in the mood for longer and lazier warm summer days filled with fresh and homemade food just like your mother made but much much better!

 

I visited the Addison Lazy Dog which is located in Village at the Parkway, 5100 Belt Line Rd. but there are 25 locations throughout Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada.  For other locations and for more information go to:  www.lazydogrestaurants.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waitress – Dallas Music Hall at Fair Park

MARCH 28 – APRIL 8, 2018

 It’s an “easy as pie” decision to grab some girlfriends and go see the cooking themed musicial Waitress!   The musical is all about friendships, relationships, motherhood, loyalty, love, and pies! I mean who doesn’t like a good musical and pie, right? The production is uplifting and full of laughs, and tears.  Warning tip:  Don’t go hungry or you will die of starvation because of all the pie talk!

The musical is based on the beloved 2007 movie Waitress.  It is all about women and their struggles and it was created by a team of women that features the original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting For Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).  .

Here’s the plot: It’s the story of Jenna who is a downtrodden waitress who works in Joe’s Pie Diner making amazing homemade pies.  Her beloved mother passed on the talent to her in the hopes that it could help her be successful but she’s trapped in a small town in the south in a dead-end job and in a loveless marriage.  She dreams of escaping both but now finds herself in a real predicament – she’s pregnant.   If that’s not enough to deal with, she pays a visit to her long time doctor only to find that she’s retired and there’s a handsome new doctor in town who’s more interested in her than her baby OR her amazing pies.  There’s only one big problem with the new man in her life – he’s married.  Oh, what’s a girl to do?  Well, if you’re Jenna you bake more pies and give them hilarious personal, life names such as  “Betrayed by My Eggs Pie”, “My Husband’s A Jerk Chicken Pot Pie”, “Marshmallow Mermaid Pie” and “I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby Pie”.

Jenna  loves to create new pies with lots of sugar of course but also some very creative ingredients.  She demonstrates through song “What’s Inside” how she makes her pies and with the song “What Baking Can Do” how it helps her deal with her depressing  life.    But there is some hope on the horizon for Jenna.  There’s a baking contest in a nearby county that may be the way out of her dead-end existence.  And just maybe the new doctor in her life might actually be the answer to her love life.  Meanwhile Jenna’s best friends and fellow waitresses, the frisky and feisty Becky and the dorky but adorable Dawn are by her side to lift her up with advice, laughter, and support as she deals with this new wrinkle in her already beat down life.  Becky (Charity Angel Dawson) delivers the “been around the block” strong and sassy role with a big and soulful voice that will leave you wanting more.

Jenna not only makes magical pies but she’s also loved by everyone who knows her including the grumpy and grouchy diner owner Joe.   Their banter in the diner is endearing and sweet and it’s a real showstopper when Larry Marshall who plays Joe belts out “Take it From an Old Man”.   Another standout performance that will have you seriously laughing out loud is Jeremy Morse as the hysterically manic character Ogie.  He’s Dawn’s new (and first) love interest that she’s met on a dating site  and goes by the online name “OKC with a Bullet” (that should give you a hint to his level of coolness).   His song “Never Ever Getting Rid of Me” is brilliantly funny and when you put Ogie and Dawn together they will become your new favorite couple.

Desi Oakley delivers a solid and believable performance as Jenna.  She’s sweet as southern pecan pie and balances that with a sorrowful sadness that feels genuine.  She can also belt out the songs in a big voice which reminded me a little of Reba McIntire.  When she sang “She Used to be Mine” in the second act she had me and most of the audience in tears.   Her interaction with her jerky husband Earl (played almost too well by Nick Bailey) will break your heart and will make you want to break Earl’s head.

All the performances are strong and contribute to the fun that Waitress brings to life.  The young actress Eliza Chabot who plays LuLu is pure delight when she makes her appearance at the end of the performance the audience cheers! I love it when that happens!   The sets are creative with the diner interchanging easily with Jenna’s tired and sad home.  I also really liked the ingenius way the band slides on and off the stage and becomes part of the diners set.   This musical is not heavy on dancing but I found myself not really caring because it is heavy on the  music.  I don’t always have a desire for the sound track but I do for this one.

As funny as it is, Waitress deals with a lot of real issues and sometimes uncomfortable subjects but it does so with heart and some adult humor (leave the kids at home for this one).   There are moments where most of us can relate.  Bad relationships, career disappointments,  unrealized dreams,  and yes, the one that got away.  But through it all we have our friends and family who love us anyway, the knowledge that there’s always tomorrow, and oh yes, there’s always pie.

Waitress is a perfect girls night out!  Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of Waitress, starting at $20 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale atDallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dallas Summer Musicals 2017-18 season continues with the thrilling, spectacular and unforgettable Les Misérables, April 24-May 6, 2018; Disney’s The Lion King, winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, June 13-July 7, 2018; the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, July 24-August 5, 2018; and closing the season will be the hilarious new musical School of Rock, based on the hit film, August 15-26, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Stacks Smoke and Tap House Brings Full Service to BBQ

My husband and I recently visited 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House to experience their new menu and walked away extremely impressed and extremely full.  If you’ve haven’t visited the restaurant before , 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, is a great BBQ restaurant located in Frisco, Texas.    3 stacks has now taken it to another level by becoming a full service restaurant (they’ve gotten rid of the buffet line) and has combined their already terrific BBQ with a full menu that includes several new and creative selections of meats, appetizers, sides, and desserts.

Let’s start with the BBQ.  Even though 3 Stacks is stepping up their game with their new and creative menu their Pit Master Bryan Shanahan combines old school BBQ skills but leverages high quality smoking equipment to produce consistent and delicious  BBQ.   He oversees the three large smokers  himself and produces a competition level BBQ  that is as tasty as you can get. The USDA prime hickory smoked beef brisket is very moist and tender and has a great cap and smoke ring.

The St. Louis ribs were succulent and tender with a sweet finish.  They are some of the best I’ve had.  3 Stacks also prepares their sausage in house in their new sausage production viewing room.  That’s a unique approach,  restaurants usually don’t do that.

Most BBQ joints build their reputation based on their meats but they don’t try too hard on their sides or alternative BBQ choices.  For the most part they all have the same old tired and boring potato salad and beans but 3 Stacks has added some creative sides, appetizers, and desserts.  Chef Pete Rukes has taken southern staples and has infused them with a modern twist and added several new items to the menu.  I highly recommend the White Cheddar Mac and Cheese, and the “to die for” roasted garlic mashed potatoes.  We started the meal with fried green tomatoes with charred corn salsa and chipotle dressing (bet you never had them served this way) and buttermilk and bacon hushpuppies (yes I said bacon – yum).  The smokehouse flatbread is very unique and delicious.  It has a great combination of smoked meat flavors that you wouldn’t expect in a pizza.    Other new items to the menu include jalapeno-cheddar sausage corn dogs, Texas poutine with brisket chili, and a BLT with house cured pork belly (I will go back just to have this again).

Now let’s talk desserts.    Who doesn’t love the banana pudding that most BBQ places have?  Well Chef Rukes has gone one step further and has combined the banana flavor with my favorite dessert ever – Crème Brulee and has produced a new favorite, “Caramelized Banana Crème Brulee”.  He’s also taken another old dessert staple, bread pudding and has created a new decadent dessert called “Warm Doughnut and Maple Bread Pudding”.  Everything is made in house and it’s obvious in the quality and taste.

3 Stacks offers a wide array of craft beers if that’s your thing.  My vote for best cocktail goes to “Smoke Show”.  This is their version of a margarita and it is amazing!  It includes tequila, Cointreau, lime, agave and smoke (of course) sea salt!  Also of note is “The Ol’Barrel” which is a Manhattan style cocktail.  Not only is the whisky barrel-aged but the drink itself is aged in a barrel on site for an extra smooth cocktail.

3 Stacks gets it’s name from the three smoke stacks that greet you at the door to the restaurant and introduces you to what this restaurant is really all about – smoking BBQ.   Inside, the restaurant  has a large open floor plan with exposed brick walls which gives it a modern rustic ambiance.  This puts the restaurant a step above most other BBQ restaurants.  It also has several TV’s throughout the restaurant which makes it a great gathering place for game watching and family events.

My BBQ loving husband gave it two thumbs up and so did I!  I love BBQ but I also love that there are delicious non BBQ items to choose from too.  That alone makes this restaurant something special.  Anyone who loves BBQ and is ready for something different needs to put this restaurant at the top of their list!!

3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House is located at 4226 Preston Road in Frisco, Texas .  It’s open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm.

For more information, please visit:  www.3stacksbbq.com.

 

 

 

 

 

On Your Feet! The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical

FEBRUARY 27 – MARCH 11, 2018

MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

 The first national tour of the Broadway musical hit ON YOUR FEET is performing right now at Dallas’ Music Hall and you need to get your tickets right now!  The musical is based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY® winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan.  Together the Estefans and their group The Miami Sound Machine has sold over 100 million records.   Never before has a Latin pop musical group become such a sensation and taken over the music industry.  They endured many roadblocks along the way but through ingenuity and endurance (and a lot of talent) they became a radio and music video sensation in the 80’s with dozens of smash hits.  But that’s only half the story.  This is an incredible true story about an immigrant girl from Cuba from modest means who finds the kind of success that one could only dream of and oh the way finds love too.  You can’t make this stuff up.

Here’s the plot:  A young Gloria (incredibly talented Amaris Sanchez) is living in Miami where she and her family have moved after the Cuban revolution.  Gloria is an inspiring songwriter and singer who’s encouraged by her father, Jose who is serving in Vietnam.   José believes in his daughter’s talent and tells her “You’re a born artist, my angel. And one day you’re going to be a big star!”  After the war when he returns home, Gloria’s father tragically develops  multiple sclerosis and Gloria takes on the role of her father’s caretaker (along with her mother and little sister).   A struggle develops between Gloria’s mother and the new man in Gloria’s life, Emilio Estefan.  Emilio wants Gloria to partner with him and his Latin band and fulfill her dream in the music world.  Gloria’s mother meanwhile is more than a little vocal in her disapproval of Gloria’s ambitions because of jealousy and fear of losing her dutiful daughter.  Meanwhile her biggest support is her darling grandmother (a real jewel played by Debra Cardona) – she’ll make you smile throughout the performance.

This jukebox musical is energetic and makes it hard to stay in your seat.  Such huge hits such as “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “1-2-3,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Mi Tierra,” and one of my personal favorites “Don’t Want To Lose You Now”.   I had forgotten how huge this musical group was, what a cultural impact they made on pop music, and how much I loved their music until I saw the musical!

If you know Gloria Estefan’s story  you’ll also remember a horrific accident that almost takes her life and definitely changed it.    You will rejoice at the resilience she has and be reminded that this is what made Gloria the superstar she is in the first place.  The beautiful original song “Reach” written by Gloria and her daughter Emily is performed during this point of her story and will have you in tears.

The sets are simple yet project both the Miami of Gloria’s childhood and her old Havana roots.  The performances vibrate with energy, spice, and passion and are really fun.   Gloria is captured well by the very talented Christie Prades and Mauricio Martinez who plays Emilio is a total delight.   The dancers are perfection and will seriously make you want to go get on your feet and go take salsa lessons.

It’s no secret that I love musical theater and I loved this performance from beginning to end.  This was a story that was made for the stage because it has everything we love –  music that is familiar (and we know all the words to), great choreography, and an epic love story.  It’s a true American dream story that will have you in awe of their success.  Go and enjoy the journey.   My husband and I are still singing the songs.

 

Single tickets are available for ON YOUR FEET! On line at: DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Dallas Summer Musicals 2017-18 season will continue with WAITRESS with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, March 28-April 8, 2018; the thrilling, spectacular and unforgettable LES MISÉRABLES, April 24-May 6, 2018; Disney’s THE LION KING, winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, June 13-July 8, 2018; the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns, July 24-August 5, 2018; and closing the season will be the hilarious new musical SCHOOL OF ROCK, based on the hit film, August 15-26, 2018.

 

Dallas Premiere – The Color Purple The Musical!

                                                                                               

  The Tony Award®-winning Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE is at The Dallas Music Hall from January 23 – February 4, 2018.

 

Who didn’t love the movie THE COLOR PURPLE?!  I know I did and now the musical is in Dallas! THE COLOR PURPLE The Musicial  has been a huge hit on Broadway winning two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2017 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy®.  The musical is based on the Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros.  Amblin Entertainment motion picture.  The musical chronicles Cellie, a young African American woman in the American South from the early 1920’s to mid-20th Century.  It’s a journey of love, tragedy, and triumph.   Your heart will explode with emotions.

The very talented cast members from the 2016 Broadway revival lead the touring company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act – Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost – National Tour, Rent – Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear MeShrek the Musical – National Tour) as Sofia.

Don’t miss this incredibly energetic and entertaining musical!   Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of THE COLOR PURPLE, starting at $20 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Groups of 10 or more get concierge service and can receive a special discount on their tickets. To book a group, please call (214) 426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals highly anticipated 2017-18 season will continue with:

ON YOUR FEET! – February 27-March 11, 2018

WAITRESS – March 28-April 8, 2018

LES MISÉRABLES – April 24-May 6, 2018

DISNEY’S THE LION KING –  June 13-July 8, 2018

LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns –  July 24-August 5, 2018

And closing the season will be SCHOOL OF ROCK – August 15-26, 2018.

Single tickets are also now on sale for ON YOUR FEET! and LES MISÉRABLES and may be purchased online at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical

DECEMBER 5-10, 2017 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK IN DALLAS

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is in town and how great was it that on the night White Christmas opened North Texas FINALLY got some cold weather?!   It was a perfect night to see one of my all-time favorite Christmas musicals and it was a perfect show to launch me into the Holiday Spirit!

The musical is an adaptation of a 1954 motion picture White Christmas that starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.  Everything about this critically acclaimed and old fashioned musical is magical – the music (Irving Berlin’s – need I say more?), the dancing is incredible (go just to see the top dancing and ice skating numbers) and the players are perfectly cast.   The sets are fun and the costumes are bright and colorful.  The show will transport you into another time and place where you won’t want to leave.

If you’ve never seen the movie or need a refresher – here’s the plot:   It’s the story of a song-and-dance team (former World War 11 army buddies) in the mid 50’s who find themselves putting on a show in a quaint Vermont Inn barn.  Meanwhile they are romancing the talented and beautiful Haynes Sisters.  Coincidentally their general in the war happens to own the inn and needs some help saving it from the banks.    Costars of note are Martha, the general’s sarcastic inn assistant (and love interest perhaps?) and his adorable and precocious granddaughter.  It’s all so 50’s and I love it.

The musical includes some of Irving Berlin’s finest songs such as “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters” (one of my personal favorites) “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song,”White Christmas”.   Starring in the lead roles includes Tony Award-winning actress Karen Ziemba, currently on Broadway in PRINCE OF BROADWAY, who plays Martha Watson.  Sean Montgomery as Bob Wallace, Jeremy Benton as Phil Davis, Kerry Conte as Betty Haynes and Kelly Sheehan as Judy Haynes.  They are all a delight to watch perform.

 White Christmas is like a warm and fuzzy blanket that will wrap you up and make you fall in love with it all over again.   I didn’t even miss the old classic movie it was such a great remake!   Take your parents, your kids, or go with friends to see this Christmas Classic – you can thank me later!

 

DECEMBER 5-10, 2017 AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

Single tickets for the Dallas engagement, starting at $20 (pricing subject to change) are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Single tickets can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park box office Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NOVEMBER 14-19, 2017 AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Single tickets for the Fort Worth engagement start at $44 (pricing subject to change) and 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 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.

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What are you thankful for today?

There is so much to be thankful for – family, friends, good health, prosperity but it’s easy for me to pick what I’m  most thankful for today.  Today is my twin sons 20th Birthday – on Thanksgiving this year!

20 years today I gave birth to twin nuggets who’s combined weight was a little over 5 lbs.  After 5 weeks of bed rest in the hospital they arrived 9 weeks early and spent the next two and a half months in the NICU under the care of the most wonderful nurses and doctors on the planet.  It was an incredibly stressful time where everyday brought new challenges and fears.  At at the end of their extended stay they came home where they grew, thrived, and secured a forever place in my heart.   I won’t kid you, having twin premature babies was a huge challenge but once they were home I never looked back (who had time?).   I can’t imagine life without these two.    They have been the greatest joy of my life and when they arrived I admit my world shifted and was never be the same.  My needs didn’t come first and I was happy to sacrifice everything for them.   Someone once told me that being a parent meant that you will experience the highest of the highs but you will also experience the lowest of the lows.  I hate to brag but I’ve experienced a lot more highs with these two boys than lows and for that I’m very thankful.

My husband and I have been blessed with two of the most loving and sweet boys any parent could hope for.  They are smart, fun, and hysterically funny.  Jack and Jared are fraternal twins and are different in almost every way.  It was like we got two for one – just brothers born at the same time really.  Different looks (a redhead and a brunette, green eyes vs blue,  and major personality differences and interests).  They have brought joy and laughter and amazement.  They overcame every fear the doctors had for them for being so premature.  God has been so good to us.  These two are our miracle babies for sure and I seriously can’t wrap my head around the fact that they aren’t teenagers anymore – they are 20 YEARS OLD!!  I’m not even sure what that will look like and if it changes anything.  I guess they’re like baby adults now – not 21 and not quite legal.

I am so proud of these two and that they are being pursuing their dreams in college.  They still come home for the holidays and they still call occasionally and ask me questions so I think they’re not quite grown (but I seriously think that goes on long after their adults – I still call my mother and ask questions!).  So Happy 20th Birthday Jack and Jared!   I love you both to the moon and back!

 

What are you thankful for the most this year?