The Sound of Music Opens at Fair Park Music Hall

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NOVEMBER 3-22, 2015

AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

 

I didn’t really know what to expect before going to see the new production of The Sound of Music on the DSM Stage.   The movie version remains one of my very favorite musicals/movies of all time.  I love everything about it, the music, the romance, the scenery, and the true story of the von Trapp Family.   So I was a little nervous about seeing this new stage production.  How could the producers and director dare to remake such an iconic classic and expect devoted TSOM fans to approve of it?  Sometimes you just don’t mess with perfection right?  Well, not only were they successful in producing a wonderful stage version of the musical but I loved it from start to end.

 

The new production of The Sound of Music features the music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and is directed by three time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. It’s fun, fresh and gives more depth to the characters that we know and love.  What a great opportunity to introduce this wonderful musical to a whole new generation of theater goers!

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The production is full of extraordinary talent.  The lead of Maria Rainer is  Kerstin Anderson.  Ms. Anderson is a sophomore at Pace University and won the role over hundreds who auditioned.  She’s a very talented jewel who nailed the role on many levels.  And although it may be hard to imagine anyone except Julie Andrews in the role she does a great job and makes the role her own.  Ben Davis as Captain von Trapp gives a solid performance as a nicer, gentler version of the Captain.  Oh he’s still stern and strict in the beginning but softens quickly under Maria’s spell.  One of the real show stoppers in this product is the extremely talented Ashley Brown as Mother Abbess.  She has a voice that you can’t believe exists it’s so strong and beautiful.  Which brings me to the heart and soul of this musical and that are the Von Trapp children.  They are some of most incredibly talented young actors you will ever have the privilege to watch perform.  All seven of them are very well cast from the tiny Gretl to the very talented 16 year old (going on 17) Liesl played by Paige Silvester.  They are a total delight to watch.

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Loved the sets.  Designer Douglas W. Schmidt’s sets are really quite beautiful and contribute tremendously to the overall effect of the musical.  From the beautifully painted Alpine mountain backdrops to the lacy walls of the family mansion and the dark atmosphere of the convent, they are creative and burst with color.

There are a few things in the musical that are different from the original.  The production has added a couple of songs and left out a few scenes that the original had but don’t fret.  I actually didn’t miss them and had a hard time remembering what they were until later.  Our favorite songs are still a mainstay of the musical such as the title song of course “The Sound of Music”, My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “So Long, Farewell”, and my personal favorite “Edelweiss”.    (Personal note:  Thank you to my grade school music teacher Mrs. Kraft for teaching us to sing these show tunes and many others in music class.  It instilled in me a love for musical theater that lasts to this day.) sound of music photos.jpg2

In the song “Maria” there is a verse in which one of the nuns asks the question about Maria  “How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?”.  I believe that’s what they’ve achieved with this new production, they’ve caught a moonbeam in their hands.   Go see it and it will make you fall in love with the musical all over again, I promise.

Fun Facts:

  • 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version. One of the most successful movie musicals in history.
  • It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.
  • The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin, opened on November 16, 1959.  It won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, out of nine nominations. The original London production opened at the Palace Theatre on May 18, 1961.
  • When it came to the movie, Julie Andrews wasn’t the first choice for Maria.  The Producers wanted Grace Kelly or Doris Day to replace her because Andrews wasn’t a big star yet (Mary Poppins hadn’t come out yet).  Doris Day ruled herself out as “too American”.
  • The Sound of Music (1965) was an exceptionally successful film in the mid-1960s – at the time of its release, it surpassed Gone With the Wind (1939) as the number one box office hit of all time.
  • The Sound of Music was the last musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein; Oscar Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.
  • The von Trapps did escape Austria as the Nazis came to power, but they didn’t flee over the Alps, they got on a train to Italy and then traveled to America, where they had a concert tour scheduled. The day after they left, Hitler ordered the Austrian borders shut.
  • When the von Trapps came to America they settled in Stowe, Vermont. They opened the Trapp Family Lodge, which is operational to this day.

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Single tickets for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, from $25 – $106 (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.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season will continue with ELF The Broadway Musical, December 8-20, 2015; THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 2016; WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016; RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016.

Real Posh Society Presents: Most Romantic Movies

Most-Romantic-MoviesFall has arrived and so have the rainy days and cool nights. This means one thing, updating our Netflix List with some of our favorite movies and discovering new ones. It is no secret that we are hopeless romantics, and movies can capture some beautiful moments of storytelling. We experience the pleasures and pitfalls of courtship, the embarrassments and the successes of declaring our feelings and what “happily ever after” can be. Take a look at our list of the most romantic films ever made, and let us know if there’s anything we missed in the comments below, so we can add them to our Netflix List.

#1. Casablanca (1945)
Favorite Quote:
“We’ll always have Paris.”
Romantic Moment: Bogey tells Ingrid Bergman to get on the plane with her husband, or she’ll regret it. Maybe not today…

#2. Vertigo (1958)
Favorite Quote:
“Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.”
Romantic Moment: Judy finally gets the hair right and “Madeleine” lives once more.

#3. Princess Bride (1987)
princessbrideFavorite Quote: “As You Wish.”
Romantic Moment:When Buttercup realizes that her long-lost love, whom she believed was dead, is actually alive and holding her in his arms.

#4. Say Anything (1989)
sayanythingFavorite quote:
“I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”
Romantic Moment: Come on, like you don’t know. Window. Trenchcoat. Boombox. Peter Gabriel. Drop mic.

#5. Beauty & the Beast (1991)
Favorite quote:
“I love you.” With those three little words, Belle breaks the spell.
Romantic Moment: Belle teaches the beast to dance.

#6. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
last-of-the-mohicansFavorite Quote:
“Stay alive. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.”
Romantic Moment: Declaring undying love against a thundering waterfall.

#7. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Favorite Quote: “When I met my wife, it was so clear. I just knew. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I’d ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a cab. And it was like… magic.”
Romantic Moment: Young Jonah schemes to get his dad to New York to fulfill her wish to meet atop the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. They almost miss each other—but of course, this is a movie, and as they take each other’s hands for the first time, the entire city lights up.

#8. Romeo & Juliet (1996)
romeo_julietFavorite Quote:
“A plague on both your houses! They have made worms’ meat of me.”
Romantic Moment: DiCaprio and Danes making loved-up eyes at each other through the glass and water of a fish tank.

#9. Titanic (1997)
Favorite Quote:
“Where to, Miss? To the stars!”
Romantic Moment: Oh, where Leo claims to be the king of the world, and just for a moment we all believe him. 😉

#10. Chocolat (2000)
Favorite Quote: “Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.”
Romantic Moment: When Roux he returns unexpectedly to Vianne.

#11. Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Favorite Quote: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned about people, it’s that many will do anything, anything not to die. And they’ll do anything to keep from living their life.”
Romantic Moment: Young Winnie dancing by firelight.

#12. Love Actually (2003)
Favorite Quote:
“To me, you are perfect.”
Romantic Moment: The WHOLE movie because it intertwines together multiple tales of love gained and lost. Everyone will have a favorite tale, and they will not always be the same.

#13. Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)
eternal-sunshineFavorite Quote: “I’ve never felt that before. I’m just exactly where I want to be.”
Romantic Moment: That final conversation in the hallway, in which the repetition of the simple word “ok” means so much more than just “I love you.”

#14. The Notebook (2004)
notebook-003Favorite Quote:
“Do you think our love can make miracles?”
Romantic Moment: That moment they meet again just after Allie learns about the 365 love letters from Noah that she never received.

#15. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Favorite Quote: “You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”
Romantic Moment: Darcy’s love confession to Lizzy. Both of them. 😉

#16. Once (2006)
onceFavorite Quote:
“What’s the Czech for “Do you love him”?”
Romantic Moment: In a local music shop, an impromptu jam session between the two near-strangers shapes the gorgeous, Oscar-winning ballad “Falling Slowly.”

He Named Her Malala

Not long ago the new school year started for us across the United States. For my family and I know for many, schedules were shifted meaning earlier wake up times and cranky kids. My Inara, now in second grade in Laguna Beach, California, sighed heavily and expressed her annoyance at both the early rising expected of her in the morning and the interruption to her summer social life. I brushed her hair and told her a story about a girl on the other side of the world who was forbidden to go to school, but risked her life to do it anyway. I told her the story of Malala Yousafzai.

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A week later, I was honored to learn more of the young woman’s story at an advance screening of He Named Me Malala, by documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman), opening October 9th across the country. The Fox Searchlight film is a portrait of the teenager’s life back in Pakistan and now in the UK, and it depicts not only what happened the day that a Taliban gunman shot her for speaking out and defiantly attending school, but also the evolution of her family, culture, country, and personal mission. Despite obvious opportunities to be preachy, the film stays on course about the central unifying issue: the importance of raising and educating strong girls to become powerful independent women, and the positive effects that this has and could have on the world.

There were moments, as I suspected there would be, that moved me to tears. The tears didn’t come from shock, sympathy or devastation, but rather from gratitude. Gratitude for a father who broke tradition by celebrating and sharing the birth of a daughter, gratitude for parents who instilled a passion for education in their children, and gratitude for a family that has every right to spread hatred and fear but instead spreads inspiration and strength to all who will accept it.

#HeNamedMeMalala #FoxSearchlight #RealPoshMomThere were also moments of laughter. Malala is a teenager with two little brothers to torture. To them she’s the annoying big sister getting too much attention and making them do their homework, not the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and an international hero. Still the love in the family is evident and heartwarming, especially between father and daughter. Even when you wonder why this man willingly made his daughter a target, you begin to understand the long-term goal: ensuring that in the end she would get the education she is entitled to and the platform she longed for. When she was asked during a conference call last week what it was her father did to make her this person, she explained, “It’s not what he did. It’s what he didn’t do. He didn’t clip my wings. He allowed me to move forward, even though I am a girl.”

Wanting an even deeper understanding, I have been reading the memoir I Am Malala, choosing passages to read to Inara before bed at night. She and I cuddled on the couch to watch Stephen Colbert interview (and do card tricks with) the young woman last week on The Late Show, and we were both jealous when a friend in New York watched our young heroine speak live at the Global Citizen concert in Central Park. I am proud of my daughter’s interest and have even used Malala’s story in discussions about inequality around the world, including in our own country. It has all been a learning experience for us both. I intend to take Inara to see the film when it is released on October 9th and she is looking forward to it. Because the subject matter can be disturbing the film is rated PG-13, but as we’ve discussed it at length and are reading the book together, I am confident that my 7-year old can handle it. Other parents should take appropriate precautions, but know that it is told from the perspective of a very intelligent and peaceful young woman, and it is at no point unnecessarily violent or disturbing, beyond what it should be in order to be truthful.

The evening after the screening was back-to-school night for my daughter, whose public elementary school overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by a state park in southern California. The principal boasted that all classrooms had less than 20 children, and the teacher showed off the iPads and laptops available to each student, all thanks to all of the generous support from the parents and community. While I am grateful that my daughter and her friends have the opportunities they do, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with sadness at the inequality of education. Even within our own country there are children lacking basic school supplies and quality teachers due to lack of funds and interest. As a mother with one daughter and another one on the way, my heart aches especially for the 60 million girls around the world who should be in school today but do not have access to education. It doesn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t be.

#HeNamedMeMalala #FoxSearchlight #MalalaYousafzai

With the release of this film comes the opportunity to create and spread the #WithMalala movement in support of the Malala Fund. The goal is to enable all girls, everywhere, to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. They work with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices; they invest in local education, leaders and programmes; and advocate for more resources for education and safe schools for every child.

“Do I speak for myself?” Malala asked during our call, “Am I going to use my voice?” She did. Let us join her, and start by visiting the sites, seeing the film, and spreading the word.

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“The Intern” Movie Review

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I loved “The Intern”!  I attended a preview of it last week by a special invitation from fellow Fashion Blogger Leah Frazier, and I was more than pleasantly surprised with how well-written, funny and relevant it was to adults of all ages.  The movie might be somewhat more impactful to the over 50 crowds who are retired or thinking about retirement but I think the 20 and 30 somethings will thoroughly enjoy it also.  They will be able to relate to the issues that they face in today’s world of  technology, the struggles of balancing career and families, and how women/men relationships have changed in the last few years.

Here’s the plot:  Ben is a successful businessman who is retired and a recent widower.  He’s a real go getter who tries to keep himself busy with new hobbies and activities but he’s really lost in the new world he’s found himself in.  He’s searching for something to fill the void in his life and he’s more than a little excited when he sees a flyer advertising for “Senior Interns” at a new fashion website.  Ben jumps into the opportunity feet first and what you find yourself watching next is a pure fun.

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Who would have thought years ago that the great, dramatic actor Robert De Niro who was known for roles in “The Godfather” and “Goodfellas” would have become such a great comedic actor? And Anne Hathaway as the young, ambition driven CEO is a delight  to watch as always.    There are many great moments in the movie with the two of them playing off of their “reverse” roles as boss and intern and at the same time such sweetness to watching their relationship develop and grow.  There are also some hilarious scenes with Ben and the twentysomethings who work at the company who grow to love and respect Ben as a mentor and get into little trouble along the way..

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This movie is primarily about relationships, all different kinds of relationships.   “The Intern” is directed by Nancy Meyers who has given us some classic relationship movies such as “Baby Boom” and one of my all-time favorites “Somethings Gotta Give”.  “The Intern” explores the sometimes painful path that people take after their career and romantic relationships end.  It also examines the struggles that young people have balancing successful careers and families.  It gives us all hope that you can find relationships in the most unexpected places and times and you should never judge people by their age or sex.  Everyone has something to offer.  Relationships – isn’t that what life is all about?

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Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content and brief strong language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Nancy Meyers
Written By: Nancy Meyers
In Theaters: Sep 25, 2015 Wide
Runtime: 2 hr. 1 min.

 

 

Menopause the Musical: The Survivor Tour at The Music Hall at Fair Park!

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Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, and much more!  Okay, that in itself may not sound very funny but I promise you that this musical will have you and your girlfriends laughing until you think you can’t laugh anymore.  This hilarious musical parody is set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s that will make you want to get up and dance. This tour – Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® Benefiting Susan G. Komen® is the first of its kind, donating a portion of every ticket sale directly to the ongoing effort to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

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The cast of four women consists of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors that in itself is amazing.  Each one of the ladies are accomplished singers and actors with a list of performances as long as my arm.  They are definitely role models and a testimony to the “survivor” spirit.   They each have their own inspirational cancer story but you won’t hear it in the performance because this is all about fun and making fun of the trails and tribulations of Menopause.  The actresses are all hilarious in their respective roles and will thoroughly entertain you from beginning to end!

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What a fun event to go to with a group of girlfriends or sisters/mothers.  Most of you will be able to relate to some or all of the issues and will laugh for days afterwards (my friends and I are still texting each other about it)!    I saw this musical years ago and saw it again last night and it was truly just as funny the second time around!

Fun Facts:

  • The Survivor Tour cast includes breast cancer co-survivor Linda Boston (Professional Woman) and survivors Teri Adams (Iowa Housewife), Judy Blue (Soap Star), and Megan Cavanagh (Earth Mother) known for her role as Marla Hooch in the 1992 film A League of Their Own. For more information on the cast and tour, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygJ5NCiqK20&feature=youtu.be
  • Menopause The Musical is recognized as the longest-running scripted musical production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s.
  • *In 2014-2016, GFour Productions, LLC will donate $50,000.00 to Susan G. Komen®. In addition, GFour will also donate to Komen $2.00 for every ticket sold to Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® performances from March 25, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Menopause The Musical®: The Survivor Tour® is presented by DSM Management Group, Inc. July 21-26 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.  

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

LiveAtTheMusicHall.com or in person at the Box Office (5959 Preston Royal Shopping Center Suite 542) or by calling 800-514-ETIX

GROUP DISCOUNTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PRICE LEVELS
Available through Group Sales Reps only:
Email: Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org
Call: 214-426-GROUP (4768)
Groups of 10 – 35 Get a 10% Discount
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***Please note: On the day of the performance, tickets will be available for purchase at the Music Hall Box Office beginning 1 1/2 hours before the performance.***

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!

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

Johnny Lee and Me Final

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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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:
Jakob 2 Jacqueline:
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/