Let it Be – The Beatles Reunion Concert that Never Was

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Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals –  LET IT BE 

Music Hall at Fair Park March 7-19, 2017

Whether you’re a die hard Beatles fan or not, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this musical production.  Annerin Productions brings you Let it Be, the reunion concert that the Beatles never performed but you wish they had.  This production truly is a celebration of  The Beatles’ music legacy.

 

The first half starts with the Beatles’ invasion of the US and their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan show complete with giant TV screens and screaming teenage girls.  Their ground breaking music evolution continues on to their epic concert at Shea Stadium, their psychedelic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Band phase and ends with the edgier Abbey Road.  Songs includes some of your favorite Beatles tunes such as I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Day Tripper, Twist and Shout and Strawberry Fields (and lots more).   These guys were still on top of the charts and going strong when they broke all of our hearts by breaking up.

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The second half of the musical ignites our imagination of what if the Fab Four reunited for one more concert at John Lennon’s 40th birthday party – October 9, 1980. After a decade of being apart they come back together and perform Beatles’  hits  that were never performed on stage plus several of their  hits from their solo careers.  How is it possible that 4 artists could record so many great songs?  Here are some of my favorite songs from this imaginary concert (they’re all my favorites really):   My personal favorite Beatle George Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun, My Guitar Gently Weeps, and My Sweet Lord, John Lennon’s Imagine and Back in the USSR, and songs from Paul McCartney such as Hey Jude, Live and Let Die, and Let it Be of course.  Ringo performs a few too such as It Don’t Come Easy and the crowd pleaser With a Little Help from My Friends.   This production conceived me that this band of 4 were truly musical geniuses.

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The performers are spot on in appearance and musical talent.   They bring to life the Mop Tops with each performer demonstrating the Beatles’ individual personality through their voice and fun and quirky performances.  The costume changes are indicative of the times and each stage of their musical journey.

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Personally, I loved the evening.  I’ve never been to a musical where everyone knew all the words to every song.  The audience danced and swayed while The Beatles entertained us all once more.   Every song will transport you to a place and time when The Beatles ruled the world.  In fact, I believe that they still rule the world.  Beatles 4Ever.

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Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of LET IT BE, starting at $24.50-$119.50 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at

www.DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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

Let it Be heads to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth March 21-26, 2017

Stomp Returns to Dallas Music Hall for One Week Only – February 14-19, 2017

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Audiences of all ages will love this production!  STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Dallas after six years for a one week limited engagement at the Music Hall at Fair Park February 14-19, 2017.  Get ready for a fun and fresh production where the performers use anything from tires, matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, and Zippo lighters to make rhythm.  The creative and energetic (to say the least) stage show brings together all the arts – dance, music, and theatrical performance and explodes with an inventive and electrifying production that will leave you in awe at their creativity.

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STOMP’s beginnings as street performers in the UK has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years.  They have performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people and have been met with rave review, numerous awards everywhere they go. The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps – to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.  This production is still as popular and as fresh as ever and if you’ve never seen it – GO!  You will be amazed!  If you have seen it before – GO again!  They continue to change it by adding creative and new material every year!  I can’t wait to see it!

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StompSingle tickets for STOMP, starting at $15, are now on sale at www.DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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

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

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

 

An American in Paris on Stage at Dallas Summer Musicals

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Dallas Summer Musicals presents AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Music Hall at Fair Park, January 31 – February 12, 2017.

The Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS has always been one of my very favorite musicals and now it’s on the stage and it is not to be missed.   This beautiful musical based on the classic movie debuted on the Broadway stage in 2015 and won best new musical and is the winner of four Tony Awards – does that tell you something?

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Here’s the story:  It is the tale of an American soldier, Jerry Mulligan who finds himself in the most romantic city in Europe, Paris after the end of World War 11.  He’s an inspiring artist and decides he wants  to stick around for awhile and see where Paris will take him in his career.  Little does he know that he’s also going to fall in love with the mysterious and brilliantly gifted French dancer Lize who continues to cross his path.  Along with his two new friends who are also aspiring artists (an American music composer and a wealthy French heir who just wants to be a song and dance man).  They are also looking for a new beginning in the City of Light (actually the French guy wants to head to Broadway in New York of course) and we find ourselves seeing Paris through all of their young and hopeful eyes.  Paris is a reawakening city of after years of the oppressive Nazi occupation and it’s exploding now with the promise of hope.   Paris in the late 40’s was a magnet for artists, writers, and intellectuals from all over the world, which makes it a perfect place for our four young hopefuls.  If that’s not enough excitement, unbeknownst to each other, they are all falling in love with the same beautiful Parisian ballerina.

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This is traditional Broadway at it’s best and it is a beautiful version of the 1951 movie.   It features a glimpse into the world as it was in the 40’s.  The production is witty (it still includes some corny jokes of the day which is fun), vibrant, and sophisticated – remember it’s Paris after all.  The musical is based on the book by playwright Craig Lucas and features the musical genius of George and Ira Gershwin.  Their music lives on and never gets old.  The score includes some old favorites such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “‘S’Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and my personal favorites, the haunting and wonderful orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American In Paris.”

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The production is directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award winner Christoper Wheeldon.  The dancing is amazing –  it’s modern, jazzy but with classic ballet intertwined throughout the numbers.   The long sensual dream ballet (the dance within the dance) is dance perfection and will transcend you into the dance.  It’s performed by the wonderfully talented romantic leads, Garen Scribner (I believe Gene Kelly would approve) and Sara Esty who are both truly gifted dancers.    It’s a sexy, romantic, artistic dance and it is absolutely memorizing.

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The supporting actors and dancers round out a cast of extremely talented singers and dancers.  A favorite ensemble dance takes place in the department store where Lise works and includes the number “I’ve Got Beginner’s Luck” (with homage to  “Singin’ in the Rain” as umbrellas are used as accessories in the dance”).

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The minimalist but artistic sets are beautifully conceived and richly executed.  The props become a part of the musical as they are danced onto and off stage.  Iconic Paris locations are projected onto the stage and set the atmosphere of Paris in all it’s beauty.  I loved the over-sized ornate mirrors in the ballet studio, and the huge rendering of boats floating on the Seine with clouds shimmering overhead in the park scenes where the our two lovers meet secretly.

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One of my favorite lines of the production was spoken by the American musician/composer Adam Hochberg character after his triumphal debut as a musical composer.  It seems to be as timely now as it was then and resonated with me as I left the theater.  It went something like this, “The world is dark enough as it is, so when you have the ability to make it a little bit brighter, why wouldn’t you?”  An American in Paris absolutely does.

an American in Paris Jackie AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will play the Music Hall at Fair Park January 31 – February 12, 2017, for two weeks presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. This lavish modern classic will then head to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall February 14-19, 2017, for one week presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

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

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

An American in Paris Movie Trivia: 

  • Gene Kelly discovered Leslie Caron while vacationing in Paris where he saw her perform in a ballet.
  • Leslie Caron didn’t speak English when she landed her first major role. She had a vague understanding of the language due to having an American mother, but was not conversant. Luckily for her, the part didn’t have many lines and was comprised of mostly dancing, a skill that Caron was very fluent in.
  • A major reason Gene Kellysuggested Leslie Caron as the female lead was because he felt this movie needed a “real” French girl playing Lise, not just an American actress playing one.
  • According to Leslie Caron, her introductory dance sequence, which included a seductive dance with a chair, was considered too suggestive by some censors. Gene Kelly directed the brief fantasy dance sequences shown as Lise is introduced.
  • Arthur Freed originally just wanted to buy the rights to the George Gershwin number “American in Paris,” but Ira Gershwin made the condition that he’d only sell on the condition that if a musical were to use the song, it would use only Gershwin numbers as its other songs.
  • At 38 Gene Kelly was 19 years older than his co-star Leslie Caron.
  • Gene Kelly‘s favorite of all of his musicals.
  • Alan Jay Lerne rbegan writing the screenplay in December 1949, and finished it in a 12-hour stretch in March 1950 on the night before his wedding.
  • Film debut of Leslie Caron.
  • Despite the objections of Gene Kelly who wanted to shoot on location in Paris, the movie was shot at MGM Studios in California, on 44 sets built for the film. It was reportedly difficult for the studio to secure travel arrangements or locations for shooting. Two shots in the picture are from Paris, but they don’t involve Kelly.
  • The ballet sequence was almost cut because the shooting was behind schedule, but MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer stood by Arthur FreedVincente Minnelli and Gene Kelly in withholding the release of the movie because he felt the movie wouldn’t be effective without it.

DSM’s Broadway Christmas Wonderland – The Holiday Show!

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Your entire family will enjoy this traditional salute to all things Christmas!  Dallas Summer Musicals  kicks off its 2016-2017 Season with one of the most enchanting Christmas shows ever, Broadway Christmas Wonderland.   It’s at Fair Park Music Hall  for two weeks –  December 6-18, 2016.

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The production’s cast of 24 singers and dancers have been handpicked from all over the world and they perform all your holiday favorites such as  ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Let it Snow,’ ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, plus many many more.  They also perform a rocking set called  “Gospel Christmas Time” that includes a lot of my personal favorites such as ‘Mary Did you Know’,  ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Higher and Higher’.   The production has something for everyone – High Kicking Chorus Girls, a Dancing Santa, Elves, Toys, and Snowmen!  One of my favorite segments from the show was watching as the stage magically converted (how did they do that?) into a glistening ice pond with world champion ice skaters.

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This production is an old fashioned, high energy. crowd pleasing Broadway performance of your favorite Holiday tunes with first class vocalists and dancers with sparkling costumes and dazzling performances.  It will put a smile on your face, and will bring back favorite Christmas memories.  And it will definitely put you and your family in the mood for Christmas!

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Single tickets for BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, starting at $20, are now on sale at: www.DallasSummerMusicals.org by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.   Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214-426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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

When you go be sure and take a photo with your favorite Christmas Tree in the Lobby and use #BwayChristmasDSM on all your posts!

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is Coming to Town This Week!

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

What a great opportunity to take the whole family to see “the most famous reindeer of all” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!  The family friendly stage adaption is based on CBS’ highest rated Christmas Special of all time.  The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmas town and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius.  After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

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

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Don’t miss this family favorite! 

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

 

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

Million Dollar Quartet is Electrifying at Dallas Summer Musicals

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What do you get when you mix Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash together?  You get an extremely fun and entertaining night of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll music ever performed and it’s called ‘MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET”.  This International Tony Award Winning musical is coming to Music Hall at Fair Park February 27, and 28th  for three performances  and  you will not want to miss this incredible night of music that will have you dancing in your seat.  You will experience the music of these four rock ‘n roll geniuses that came together for one moment in time and went on to shape the music scene forever.

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The musical is inspired by a true story and is set on the afternoon of  December 4, 1956, when record producer, Sam Phillips, gathers musicians Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash together at his studio, Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee.  The result?  One of the most incredible and legendary jam sessions ever.   Hits like “Blue Suede Shoes, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Hound Dog”, Fever, “I Walk the Line” are performed plus many many more.    You will get to experience what it must have been like to witness first hand four young artists ready to burst into the music scene and see that magical moment when they all came together to perform with each other for the first and only time.   This is a “must see” for all you rock ‘n roll lovers.

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Trivia:

  • Where did the name “Million Dollar Quartet” come from?  A newspaper reporter who was present at the jam session dubbed it “The Million Dollar Quartet,” offering a rough guess as to what the salaries of the four men would have been, and the name stuck.
  • The actual session that day (and night) yielded nearly four dozen musical tracks.
  • Who was the original singer of the hit song, “Blue Suede Shoes?” Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis or Carl Perkins?  The answer is Carl Perkins.  Due to a severe car accident Perkins did not get to perform the song on The Perry Como Show as scheduled.  Elvis Presley performed the song a few weeks later on the Ed Sullivan show and it became a huge hit for him and he was forever identified with the song.Million_Dollar_Quartet

Performances:

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Single tickets start at $25 (pricing subject to change) are now on sale at:  DallasSummerMusicals.org by phone at l.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

The Bridges of Madison County at Dallas Summer Musicals

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This new Two-Time Tony Award winning musical production is based on one of my favorite romantic books and movies of all time, “The Bridges of Madison County”.  It was created by one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams with music and lyrics by Three-Time Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown and based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller.  It opened February 2nd and runs through February 14th.bridges of madison county finalHere’s the plot if somehow you missed seeing the incredibly romantic 1995 movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep:  It’s the story of  star crossed lovers  Francesca Johnson, an Italian war bride living on an Iowan farm in 1965 with her nice but boring husband Bud and their two rambunctious teenage children Michael and Carolyn.  When the husband and kids leave her at home for four days to go to the State Fair to show Carolyn’s prize steer guess who shows up for dinner?  The extremely handsome, sexy, worldly, and rugged photographer, Robert Kincaid.  He stops at her farm to ask directions to one of the famous covered bridges of Madison County that he’s photographing for his magazine, National Geographic.  She invites him in for iced tea and the rest is their story of desire, love, lost dreams, hope, and sense of duty.Bridges of Madison BridgeBrown’s musical score is fresh and a total delight.  It’s a mixture of country, operatic, and folk which might sound odd but it works.   Elizabeth Stanley’s (Francesca) operatic voice is absolutely beautiful and Andrew Samonsky (Robert) vocals were for me, perfection.   Remember that name, because I predict we will see much more of this wonderful singer and performer.  I also loved the sets.  You really feel what it must be like to live in the flatlands of Iowa in the ’60’s by the bare but creative use of scenery.

This is not only a wonderful date night production to take your significant other to but is also a great “chick” musical.  And remember Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!!  This musical will make you laugh, swoon, and will break your heart – but in a good way.bridgesSingle tickets for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, starting at $20 (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’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season will continue with 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. Dallas Summer Musicals Management Group, Inc. will also present the Broadway hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, February 27 & 28, 2016 for a limited engagement.

 

Finding Neverland Delights on Broadway

Finding_Neverland_Broadway_PlaybillThe classic musicals of Broadway past will always have a special place in my heart. I walked down the aisle to “Wedding Processional” from The Sound of Music to marry a man who won me over by gifting me an entire DVD collection of Rogers and Hammerstein movie musicals including Oklahoma and The King & I. However, at some point during my adult years living in New York I developed a stronger taste for that darker and edgier theater with adult themes that usually fills my itineraries when I visit my old home. So despite frequent excursions to see local school and community family-friendly productions with my daughter, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve seen a good-hearted, family-friendly, positive musical at the Broadway level. Thankfully, last week in New York City I had that opportunity.

 

At the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on West 46th Street, I was transported back to the Finding Neverlandmagical and sentimental world of the classic musicals of my childhood during a matinee of Finding Neverland, the musical based on the 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet that came to Broadway earlier this year. Currently the show stars Glee’s Matthew Morrison and Broadway stars Terrence Mann (Pippin, Cats, Les Misérables, Chorus Line, Beauty & the Beast) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Mamma Mia!, Sweeney Todd), and all three of them blew me away with their voices and presence. Like the film, the show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer – and the man – he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he’s been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. His journey rediscovering his childhood imagination leads to the now renowned stories of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and the lost boys of Neverland.

Surrounded by a packed audience of all ages, from young children on a special holiday adventure with their parents, to elegant ladies from upper Manhattan known for frequenting matinees, to even otherwise cynical teenagers, I was swept up in the magic and spectacle of a musical that brought me back to why I fell in love with theater in the first place. Finding Neverland BroadwayA highlight was the scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Scott Pask (Pippin, Book of Mormon), particularly in the number Stronger (see video), where we first get a glimpse of the Neverland in Barrie’s imagination. And while mainstream audiences may at first be disappointed to no longer find familiar TV star Kelsey Grammer in the double role of the producer and Captain Hook, I was beyond grateful to instead get the theater legend Mann who has delighted us as a natural on the stage for decades.

Listed this month as one of Time Magazine’s Top Plays and Musicals of 2015, the funny, charming, and beautiful Finding Neverland plays at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater (205 West 46th Street) Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Wednesdays at 2pm & 7:30pm, Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets and more information can be found online at www.FindingNeverlandTheMusical.com, in person at the Lunt-Fontanne box office. Follow the magic on Twitter and Instagram: @NeverlandBway.

Get Your Elf On with ELF The Musical!

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ELF The Musical opened last night at The Music Hall at Fair Park and will be playing from December 8-20!  Nothing will put you in the Christmas spirit like watching a grown man in an elf suit dancing, singing, and acting like he’s 10 years old!   This production is a wonderful opportunity for families of all ages to experience the spirit of Christmas with lots of laughter and fun!

If you are the only person on the planet that didn’t see the popular 2003 New Line Cinema movie starring the adorable Will Ferrell then here’s the plot:

Buddy is a young orphan child who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts on Christmas and is mistakenly flown back to the North Pole.  He’s raised as an elf, unaware that he is actually human (even though he’s at least 3 feet taller than his fellow elves and sucks at making toys).   When he questions Santa about rumors he’s heard from the other elves, Santa confesses the truth that he’s not an elf and tells him the story of how he ended up at The North Pole.  He sends him on a journey back to his native New York in search of his birth father and his true identity.   His father of course, is quite the workaholic Scrooge who doesn’t have time for his wife and young son much less getting to know his new 30 year old, “crazy” son who thinks he’s an elf and dresses in a hilarious green elf suit.  The rest of the story is about Buddy introducing his new family and all of New York to the spirit of Christmas!

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Buddy, is a pure delight to watch with his goofy, childlike merriment and pure innocence.  Okay he’s hyperactive and exudes pure sugar (literally) and is over the top in the spirit department but he ends up making friends everywhere he goes.  From his father’s publishing office workers and family, Macy’s Christmas Santa and elves, to the humorous and hardened New York policemen he encounters along his journey.  He even finds love with a disillusioned, beautiful young lady from LA who’s never seen snow much less believes in Santa Claus!

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The cast of actors are a delight to watch and hear.  The music is infectious and the dance numbers are fast, and upbeat!  I loved the opening scene where the elves are singing and dancing (on knee pads – so adorable!) and the musical number in Macy’s is a lot of fun too.  I think my favorite though is the really jazzy number that takes place in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve and features several depressed “fake” department-store Santas.  The songs are written by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, and based on a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

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ELF is fun Holiday entertainment!  Take the whole family – it’s time you find your “Inner Elf”!!

 

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Single tickets are from $20 – $104 and are on sale online at: DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at l.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542, Dallas, TX.

 

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season will continue with 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.

 

 

 

The Sound of Music Opens at Fair Park Music Hall

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NOVEMBER 3-22, 2015

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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.