Pippin Sizzles at Dallas Summer Musicals

PippinIt’s hard to summarize Pippin in a one sentence but I’m going to try.  This four time Tony Award Winning whimsical musical is a combination of Cabaret, Chorus Line, and Spamalot, with Cirque du Soleil like acrobats and a circus theme.  Sounds like a lot of going on right?  Well, there is, but it works and you can’t take your eyes off the stage for long or you’ll miss a magic trick or an incredible acrobatic feat.  These players are seriously talented both musically and physically.  This re-imagined version of the 40 year old musical has a beautiful score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz and is sure to make you want to buy the soundtrack.  The musical also features some really steamy and sizzling choreography by Tony Award-nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse.  The acrobatics are incredible and are created by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company LES7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN (also known as 7 Fingers).

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Ok, here’s the story – Pippin is the young son of King Charlemagne who’s going through a major identity crisis after he graduates from school and returns home to the Kingdom.  He just doesn’t
know what he wants to be when he grows up and goes on a dangerous and sometimes dark journey to find the meaning of his existence.  Sound heavy?  Stay tuned because it won’t stay that way for long.  There are so many extremely entertaining characters and performances that you will be thoroughly entertained.  One of the most talented new singers and dancer on the stage today, Sasha Allen plays the narrator and evil temptress of the show.  If that name sounds familiar it’s because she was on NBC’s The Voice and was a finalist on Season 4.   This girl was born to be on the stage and gives an incredible performance as Satan herself.  A special treat is the appearance of former TV actress Adrienne Barbeau who plays Pippin’s grandmother and gives a wonderful performance!  Who knew she could sing, dance, and do aerial tricks?   She is a very fun part of the musical.

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Pippin is played by the talented and good looking Kyle Selig (The Book of Mormon) who experiences a lot of angst over almost everything and decides maybe becoming the king is just too much responsibility for him or is it?  Will good or evil win?  Will he settle for the “normal” life?   Those are the big questions and you will have to go see for yourself how it ends.  Be prepared to be very entertained along the way – like seriously entertained.

Fun Facts:

  • The original production of Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse, debuted on Broadway in 1972, won five Tony Awards and closed in 1977.
  • Tony Award winner John Rubinstein, who created the role of Pippin in the 1972 original Broadway production returns to this production as Charles.
  • There are 6 yoga balls used in the show.
  • The acrobats usually spend an entire hour warming up before a performance.
  • There are 15 hula-hoops used throughout the show.
  • 7 feather fans are used in the entire show.
  • There are 17 acrobatic tricks in Magic to Do.
  • Gypsy Snider, who created all the circus elements, said “The life of an acrobat is how far we go to be extraordinary.”
  • The Manson Trio is named after Charles Manson. Bob Fosse was very interested in Manson.
  • Stephen Schwartz was only 24 years old when he wrote the show.
  • Pippin’s name, historically speaking, is actually spelled Pipen. Stephen Schwartz changed it so it wouldn’t be perceived as an adaptation of the Steinbeck novel, “The Short Reign of Pepin IV”. They liked the word “Pippin” because it suggested the slang meaning of “pip” – something nifty.

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Pippin closes out DSM’s 75 Anniversary Season and is playing from July 7th – 19th at The Music Hall at Fair Park!

Single tickets for PIPPIN, from $25-$98 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online at 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.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Stay tuned for information about DSM’s 2015-2016 Season!

Pedi Princess Flip Flops for Princesses Everywhere!

Pedi Princess.jpg2Really, why didn’t I think of this?  Introducing the Pedi Princess flip flop for all the busy princesses out there who don’t have time to sit around and wait for those toe nails to dry!!  Pedi Princess Pedicure flip flops were developed by fashion and interior designer Laura Slipak and are a one of a kind product.   She has created a cute, designer flip flop with built in toe separators that are comfy enough to wear inside and out.   How much do you hate trying to walk in those extremely thin paper shoes they give you at the nail salon with uncomfortable tissue paper jammed between your toes?   I know I do!  This designer flip flop not only saves your pedicure and your time but it helps the environment because they are reusable!  Whether you’re at the salon or doing your own polish at home,  you can just slip on your Pedi Princess flip flops and take off to run errands, attend your kids’ sports games, go have lunch, etc.

Something else I really love about this product!  Pedi Princess flip flops are the perfect gifts for almost any occasion such as:  Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduation gifts, Bat-Mitzvahs, bachelorette parties, bridal parties, and holidays!   Look how cute mine are – I love them!

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  • Pedi Princess Flip Flops are available in XS (3-4-perfect for girls!), S(5-6), M(6.5-7.5), L(8-9), XL( 9.5-10.5)
  • Come in a variety of eye-catching patterns and colors
  • Adorned with a blingy rhinestone at the straps and each toe separator
  • A perfect gift for any girl on your list age 6-60!

These unique and darling flip flops are available in select boutiques, hair salons, nail salons and gift shops around the country or purchased for $15-$20 online at www.pediprincess.com.    Pedi Princess is offering a 20% on-line discount to Real Posh Mom Readers!!  Use code:   POSHMOM20 

Check out the website for Pedi Princess she has many other cute items as well such as tote bags, and MOD MAX Designer Stadium Clear Handbags!

You’ll Have the Time of Your Life at “Dirty Dancing” at  DSM


Dirty DancingI can’t emphasize that line in the title enough.  What girl on Planet Earth didn’t love the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing”?  It had everything, romance, forbidden love, sexy dancing (it was considered very racy at the time), comedy and yes, Patrick Swayze.  Well, we don’t get Patrick in this production I’m sad to say but it’s okay because we still have the character, Johnny Castle in all his sexy dancing glory.

The story is kind of like “Dancing With the Stars” set in 1963.  Take a girl who’s never danced before and turn her into a professional dancer in 5 days and throw in some romance, teenage rebellion, and some social issues on top and you have “Dirty Dancing”.  The story takes place in the summer of 1963 and  the main character Frances “Baby” Houseman is vacationing in the New York Catskill Mountains at a resort with her parents and older sister.  Baby’s character embodies the time period.  She’s a sheltered, upper class teenage girl who has lofty aspirations of joining the Peace Corp and changing the world until she lays eyes on Johnny Castle, the sexy dance instructor at the resort.  Johnny is the forbidden fruit of this story.   He’s lower middle class but red hot and Baby’s feeling something she’s never felt before, passion.  Passion for both Johnny and for dancing.  And it turns out she’s pretty good at both.

I took some girlfriends with me to see this production and we all agreed that the musical was very fun and most importantly stayed true to the movie.  We were all happy about that because you can’t mess with perfection.  The musical has all the songs that we loved in the movie such as, “You Don’t Own Me”, In the Still of the Night”,  “Hungry Eyes”,  and the Oscar winning song “I’ve had the Time of My Life”.   The lead performers were excellent in their roles and the lead vocalists delivered the songs and the dancers delivered the dancing.   One stand out performance was the actress who played Penny.  She is a phenomenal dancer.  But here was the real test and it passed.   I still got tears in my eyes at the closing number where Baby and Johnny perform and she succeeds at making that scary dance lift.  Baby nailed it and that remains one of best scenes ever.

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The set design and rotating stage were very innovative.  The background screen changed flawlessly from scene to scene and enhanced the experience of the 60’s Catskills.   And yes, they still practiced dance lifts in the lake, on stage.  It was almost like watching a movie within a theater production.  Very cool.

But the musical really wasn’t complete until the Johnny delivered the famous line “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” and the audience exploded in applause.  This is musical theater at its best and yes, it may sound a little cheesy but we all had the time of our lives!  Make it a girls night out or make it a date night but just go see it!

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DIRTY DANCING, runs from June 23 – July 5, 2015  and single tickets are $25-$98 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org,  by phone at: 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season will close with the production of:

Four Time Tony Award Winner – Pippin, July 7-19, 2015

Dallas Summer Musicals Brings The Magic of Cinderella to Dallas

Cinderella_Poster_WebDallas Summer Musicals presents the 2013 Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA!  The production is playing for a limited engagement at the Music Hall at Fair Park from June 9-21 and is then moving to Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall from June 23-28th  

It was Opening Night of CINDERELLA and I’ve never seen so many little princesses wearing their princess costumes in one place outside of Disneyland.  I’m pretty sure that the musical lived up to all of their expectations, I know it did mine.   Adjectives such as beautiful, enchanting, magical, and amazing come to mind.  This production of CINDERELLA combines the classic story’s elements of the wicked stepmother and sisters, handsome prince, glass slipper, and pumpkin with a few contemporary additions.  Our heroine in this story is spirited and loving but will fight to make her dreams come true.  The production is romantic, funny, beautiful costumes and sets, and includes classic songs such as “In My Own Little Corner”. The leads played by Paige Faure and Andy Huntington Jones deliver outstanding performances and you will love Kecia Lewis’ performance as the spirited and over the top Fairy Godmother.  When you go make sure you don’t miss the unique, magical, and twirling costume changes/transformations throughout the musical.

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Did you know?  That CINDERELLA was written for television — debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews?   In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II.

 

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Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to share this magical musical with your own little princess or prince!

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Single tickets for CINDERELLA, from $25-$98 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org,  by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

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

Dirty Dancing, June 23-July 5, 2015

Pippin, July 7-19, 2015

Real Posh Mom Goes Country, Urban Style

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How better to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the movie and cultural phenomena “Urban Cowboy” then to go to a Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band Concert?  That’s just what I did last weekend!  The concert was part of this summer’s Castle Hills’ Spring Concert Series in Lewisville, Texas.  It was a fun night filled with nostalgic country music in a beautiful, neighborhood venue shared with old friends.   What a big thrill it was to meet Mr. “Lookin’ for Love” himself, Johnny Lee.  His huge hit is one of the top 100 country songs of all time and was the musical centerpiece of the ‘80s classic movie “Urban Cowboy”.  Johnny still sounds great and continues to perform with his band around the country.  He remains a favorite with country music fans old and young alike because of his classic country hit songs (he’ll be releasing some new music soon) and his crowd pleasing concerts.
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Urban Cowboy35 years after the huge movie hit, “Urban Cowboy”  Texas Monthly magazine is featuring the story behind the movie in this month’s issue.  The article includes lots of juicy tidbits from several of Gilley’s country musicians and key players.

Fun Facts:   The movie itself was based on an article that author Aaron Latham wrote for Esquire magazine about the world of country music and it’s cliente at the infamous Gilley’s bar in Pasadena, Texas (outside Houston). The popularity of the mechanical bull and country music exploded after the movie was released in 1980.  John Travolta’s already successful movie career skyrocketed to a new height.  If you weren’t a country music fan before the movie came out, you were for sure afterwards.   The whole country rushed out and bought cowboys boots and shirts and learned to how to dance the Two Step and the Cotton Eyed Joe.   Almost everyone agrees that country music was changed forever after the “Urban Cowboy” craze.

Watch the story on CMT’s upcoming special “About Urban Cowboy: The Rise and Fall of Gilley’s” this Saturday, June 13th 8:00/9:00 Central.

Follow Johnny Lee on his Facebook page or find out where he’s playing next at: http://www.bandsintown.com/JohnnyLee

Looking for summer fun for the entire family? Check out Castle Hills Concerts Series in Lewisville.   They have music, food trucks, and lots of things for the kids to do. For upcoming events go to: http://castlehillsvillageshops.com/events

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Hotel ZaZa’s Annual Spring Soiree

Hotel ZaZaAs the spring party circuit continues to forge ahead, what’s another happy social that lauds the philanthropy and business scene that keeps Dallas on the international map? The stylish, storied Hotel ZaZa in Dallas has played host to many affairs — including conferences, luncheons, fundraising galas and private events — so Hotel Zaza wanted to show their appreciation at their annual Spring Soiree held on Thursday, April 23rd.

The spirit of “Living the Sweet Life” descended upon the poolside of hotel for this retro-themed springtime fete, despite the threat of rain. The beautiful and interesting people of Dallas were out in full force wearing their most sophisticated Spring attire.  Waiters served delicious appetizer bites by Hotel ZaZa’s Dragonfly restaurant and the beat was provided by DJ Sober and DSQ Electric.

Much of the attention went to the models floating in the pool on inflatable swans (yes, I said swans).  At the height of the evening girls wearing polka dot dresses paraded into the pool area holding sparklers! Many guests were striking a pose in front of their signature Z for photo opps, like my husband and me did for a fun date night.
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Hotel ZaZa is located in the heart of Uptown Dallas where it’s all happening.  The Hotel and Dragonfly Restaurant has a very stylish, upscale and funky vibe.  If you haven’t been, you have to go and experience it for yourself.

Hotel Zaza
2332 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201
214.468.8399

An Interview the Young Star of “LITTLE BOY”

Little boy imageThe movie LITTLE BOY is opening tomorrow, Friday, April 24th and it sounds like a wonderful family movie! LITTLE BOY is a film about a young boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father has for his son. Set in the 1940s, LITTLE BOY is an instant cinematic classic that captures the wonder of life through the eyes of a 7- year-old little boy. Written and directed by Smithsonian Institute Award winning director Alejandro Monteverde, LITTLE BOY highlights themes of faith, hope and love in the face of adversity.little boyFrom the filmmakers who won the prestigious Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award for their movie Bella, LITTLE BOY features an all-star cast with two Oscar nominated actors and is directed by Smithsonian Institute Award Winning Director Alejandro Monteverde; produced by Eduardo Verástegui and Leo Severino; written by Alejandro Monteverde and Pepe Portillo.
littleboy3 The cast includes some wonderful, well known actors such as Kevin James, Ted Levine, Michael Rapaport, Tim Wilkinson and Emily Watson.  The 7-year-old main character, Pepper Flynt Busbee is played by the actor, Jakob Salvati.  Jakob is a terrific and gifted young man who already has a lot of credits for someone his age.  He has appeared in the TV series Grimm and Cleaner.  I recently had the great opportunity to interview this very talented young actor:
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Have you always wanted to be an actor?

Jakob:
Yes, it’s always been a dream. I’d like to be one of those actors who people can recognize on screen and look up to as an inspiration.

Jacqueline:
What do you like most about school?

Jakob:
Language Arts is the best part of school for me and my favorite subject.

Jacqueline:
What was your experience like being the star of a major movie?

Jakob:
It was a privilege and it was great even though it was hard work.

Jacqueline:
What did you learn from the film about bullying?

Jakob:
As far as bullies, they only go after the weak, so if you’re being bullied I would say to stand up for yourself like Pepper in LITTLE BOY movie.

Jacqueline:
What are your interests/hobbies when you’re not acting?

Jakob:
I like to hang out with my family and watch family movies. I also like to play soccer, and I love parkour!

Jacqueline:
Do you have any advice to other kids who want to be an actor?

Jakob:
I would just say to pray about it and work hard and one day that chance will come.

LITTLE BOY deals with some powerful themes such as prejudice, bullying, love, hope and never ending faith.  It is sure to move you and your family.  It could also help open dialogue with your children about issues in their own lives. I can’t wait to take my teenage boys to see it! Rating is PG-13.

For more information go to:  http://littleboyresources.com/

Rocksbox Unlimited Designer Jewelry

What if someone told you that you could have an unlimited supply of designer jewelry for just $19 a month?!  If you’re a fashion jewelry addict like I am then you would say “where do I sign up”?   Here’s the scoop:  Rocksbox is a membership-based jewelry styling service.  Members pay a flat rate of $19/month to get access to a personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry, sent in sets of three at a time.  Do I need to continue?

Rocksbox2First of all, it’s like Christmas and Birthday all rolled up in one when you receive your cute Rocksbox box! Check out the treasures I received in my mailbox yesterday. Kendra Scott Elle Cobalt Cat’s Eye earrings are gorgeous (perfect timing to wear with my new cobalt blue dress), the Perry Street Scarlett necklace is very current and the Sophie Harper Double Bar ring are fit my personal style! Rocksbox partners with established and emerging designers such as Gorjana, Kendra Scott, Loren Hope, Margaret Elizabeth, and many more.  Their jewelry inventory is constantly evolving to reflect the seasons, members’ tastes, and the latest trends.

Here’s How It Works –
Complete your personalized style profile in just 3 minutes and create a wish list.

  • Rocksbox stylists use your profile to personally select designer jewelry just for you from their collection of over 30 designers sets are curated for you based on your style profile.
  • The three chosen pieces are placed in a very snappy, signature Rocksbox box and delivered from their San Francisco headquarter to your doorstep with no shipping charges!
  • You can keep and wear your Rocksbox pieces for as long as you like.
  • You can return your set anytime, as often as you like, and Rocksbox will send you a new set of three jewelry pieces.
  • You pay the same membership fee regardless of how often you exchange your box.
  • If you fall in love with a piece (and you know that’s going to happen) and want to keep it forever, you simply don’t send it back when you return your box. You will be billed at the Insiders’ Price shown on your packing list.JacqueRocksbox

The jewelry seems to be high quality and how great is it that you can change it out as your mood and the seasons change? For someone who gets bored with their jewelry after a few wears, I’m thinking I may be hooked!

Sound easy?  Ready to sign up?  Go to: https://www.rocksbox.com/  For 1 month free Rocksbox, use this special code when you become a member:  jaqueferrisxoxo   Become a Rocksbox Insider today and Rock on!

Disclosure: Rocksbox provided Real Posh Mom with one month of free membership trial.  All opinions are mine and may not reflect those of the company. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” All photos are mine and subject to copyright.

Colorado Bound!

When you think of Colorado you usually imagine the majestic Rocky Mountains, lots of beautiful white snow, and some of America’s most incredible skiing.  Our family goes at least once a year for a family ski vacation.  We’ve been to several different ski resorts in Colorado and they all have something to offer but one of our favorite destinations in Colorado is Breckenridge and the surrounding area. Breckenridge is just a short drive (approximately 1 ½ hours) from Denver.  It’s located in the Summit County Area which is surrounded by three mountain ranges and is home to several world class ski areas that include Keystone, Copper Mountain, Frisco and Silverthorne.  It’s sometimes called Colorado’s “Playground” because there is so much to do and see!

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Breckenridge or “Breck” as the locals refer to it, is known worldwide as a top winter destination.  It has 155 ski runs and includes a new 543 acre expansion on Peak 6.  The slopes offer all kinds of ski and snowboard terrain.  Don’t ski?  Try snow tubing, sleigh and dog sledding, snowmobiling, and ice skating.  There’s no excuse to stay inside!

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Tired of the same old summer beach vacation?  Then head for Colorado this summer!  One of our favorite family summer vacation trips was in Breckenridge.  There is an endless list of things for families to do!   Summit County has a 10 mile interconnecting system of wide paved paths for walking, bike riding, rollerblading, and running.  You can race down the Gold Runner Coaster, which is an elevated Alpine slide located on Peak 8 Fun Pack.  Pan for gold or take the family white water rafting on the Blue River.  The area is a paradise for camping, hiking, fly fishing, and backpacking.  Enjoy the beautiful nearby Dillon Reservoir.  You can go fishing, boating, or simply sit on the shores and enjoy the view of the water and mountains.

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Personally my favorite thing about Breckenridge is the historic and quaint downtown area.  It’s a shopper’s paradise including several unique boutiques that include everything from designer jeans and cupcakes to locally made goods and imported olive oils and vinegars.  There’s also over 70 restaurants to choose from with not a franchise in sight.  You can easily explore the town on foot or take a horse drawn carriage just for fun!  Breck is becoming one of the state’s emerging art towns and hosts monthly art walks.  The town has also become well known for its Brewery.  You can tour and sample their award winning premium bourbon whiskey.   The summer fun kicks off with the opening of Breckenridge Fun Park June 12 – 21, gold panning, a bike festival and Kingdom Days.  For more information go to: http://www.gobreck.com/events/event-calendar

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Take at least one day to drive over to the Historic town of Georgetown and take a train trip on the Georgetown Loop Railroad!  It’s an old time steam locomotive that chugs its way up the canyon to Silver Plume.  The trip has breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and you can hop off halfway and tour the historic Lebanon Silver Mines.  Our kids loved this outing!  The train runs several times a day from April 30th through December 30th.  For more information go to:  http://www.georgetownlooprr.com/

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Be sure to visit Historic Downtown Georgetown for a taste of Colorado’s mining history. Self-guided walking tours of the town are available. One of my favorite places in Georgetown is the legendary Hotel De Paris Museum built in 1875 by Louis Dupuy during the silver mining boom. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The hotel included a first class French restaurant, a showroom for traveling salesmen, and was considered a luxurious hotel during the Gilded Age.  To further delight your kids, the hotel has been rumored to be haunted!  May 23rd is the opening date for the 2015 Season.   For more information about this historic building and tours go to:   http://www.hoteldeparismuseum.org/

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Would you like information about other Colorado destinations?  Go to:  http://www.colorado.com/

 


The Illusionists Bring Magic to Dallas Summer Musicals!

illusionists_musichallsiteheader2The Illusionists “Witness the Impossible” opened their show on Tuesday at the Music Hall in Fair Park with some eye popping acts.  This world’s bestselling touring magic show is playing at Fair Park as part of DSM’s 75th Anniversary Season line up and is ready to amaze North Texas audiences.

First of all, this isn’t your parents’ Magic Show.  It showcases the “magic” talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists in the world with acts that are futuristic, classic, and edgy.  I took my 17 year son, Jared to the show to get his reaction to the show as a teenage boy.  Jared loves comedy and admittedly has high standards for what he considers entertainment.  He was thoroughly entertained and blown away by some of the magic tricks.  His favorite Illusionist was “The Trickster”.  As “The Trickster”, Jeff Hobson is the epitome of showmanship with his over the top comedy routine and  impressive magic acts.  Imagine a cross between Liberace and the funniest comedian you can imagine.  He emcees and entertains the audience throughout the show.  We are still laughing today about some of his funny comedy lines.  Illusionists2.jpg4
Jared’s next favorite act was “The Manipulator”.  Yu Ho-Jin is from South Korea and is considered the rising superstar in the world of magic and was recently named the 2014 “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts.  You cannot take your eyes off of him as he performs his card tricks.  I know what you’re probably saying to yourself, “What’s new and fantastic about card tricks”? Well, you will have to see his act for yourself to understand it.  He manipulates the cards in such a lyrical, fluid, and mystical manner that you are mesmerized from start to finish.Illusionists2Also entertaining was the young and very high energy Illusionist, “The Futurist”.  Adam Trent who has been compared to the Justin Timberlake of Magic brings CGI into his magic act along with some very impressive card tricks and performance magic imagery.Illusionists_Poster_Web.jpg2There is also the “magic meets Goth”  Illusionist “The Anti-Conjuror”, Dan Sperry.  He combines magic with the macabre. Dan who apparently is one of the top 10 most Googled people in the world, starts out kind of creepy (very creepy actually) but has some very funny moments in his game of Russian Roulette/magic act with an audience member.  He finishes his performance of the night with an incredibly mesmerizing magic act by conjuring up a whole menagerie of flying birds while wearing a Count Dracula like costume.   How do these artists come up with these ideas?the illusionistsThere are some “classic magic” Illusionists in the show if that’s how you prefer your magic shows.  “The Inventor” Kevin James, delivers some very innovative illusions and is well known and celebrated in the magic world for his tricks.  Also “The Escapologist”, Andrew Basso performs his own Houdini version of escaping from the famous Water Torture Cell.  You hold your breath along with him for the whole three minutes that he is underwater.  And last but not least is the strong and silent Illusionist, “The Warrior”,  Aaron Crow.  He specializes in weaponry magic.  Not speaking a word throughout his act he delivers probably the most dangerous act using swords, paintball guns, and crossbows.Illusionists2.jpg3Did I mention there is a lot of audience participation?  It makes it fun but it can give you some anxiety if you’d rather not be on stage.  Kids are asked to participate in several tricks and as we all know, most kids love being part of the act.   The audience participation gives you the feeling that you are part of the magic.   FYI – The Magicians don’t force anyone to participate and there are always willing volunteers, so don’t stay away based on that!
Illusionists 156Our family’s final review?  There is something in the show for everyone, young and old.  My husband thought parts of it were very funny (he loved “The Trickster” Illusionist too) and is still trying to figure out how they accomplished most of the tricks, my 17 year old was thoroughly entertained from start to finish, and I thought the show was very entertaining and high energy throughout.  We give “The Illusionists” six thumbs up!

“The Illusionists” Witness the Impossible is at Fair Park from April 7-19, 2015.

For Tickets go to: http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/shows_illusionists.shtm