It's been 10 years since one of the Dallas Arts District's most valuable venues made its home in the city. "Staging the amazing" for a decade, the AT&T Performing Arts Center (PAC) opened in October 2009 and has brought some of the world's finest talent to Dallas ever since. This year is no exception, with the PAC boasting an especially exciting lineup of performances from comedians, celebrities, Broadway musicians, opera singers, and dancers.
The center is comprised of three venues including the Winspear Opera House, the Wyly Theatre, and Strauss Square, plus Sammons Park, an outdoor space used for concerts and picnics. Its resident companies include a widely diverse group of artists: the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center and Texas Ballet Theater.
Here are just a few of the events the PAC is offering for this special year in its history:
1. Aug. 22-25: "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory." Everyone loves the movie for its whimsical storyline and enchanting soundtrack, so hit up the Winspear for the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic. Seeing Oopma-Loompas in person and hearing "I've Got a Golden Ticket" live will be some of the highlights! Pop into the onsite Skyline Terrace prior to the show for a catered buffet meal by Wolfgang Puck Catering.
2. Sept.17: "Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way." Canadian native and old friend of the late Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Paul Anka will sing a few tunes at the Winspear for a one-night-only event. The highlight of the show will be Anka's take on Sinatra classics.
3. Sept.19: Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. You may not have known that the actor you saw in Jurassic Park has also made a career of music. The sophisticated triple threat, Jeff Goldblum, will show off his jazz piano and vocal chops alongside the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra for an outdoor show in Strauss Square.
4. Sept. 21: "Now You See Them, Soon You Won't" with Steve Martin and Martin Short. These two comedic geniuses are stopping in Dallas for CitySquare's annual fundraising event "A Night to Remember." The duo recently released a Netflix special if you want to whet your appetite for this performance. Expect ridiculous sketches and hilarious one-liners.
5. Oct. 25-26: "BODYTRAFFIC." As part of the TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND 2019:20 season, featuring choreography by the world's best, the BODYTRAFFIC dance company is one of a kind. Make sure you don't miss this fall show at the Moody Performance Hall. See the entire TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND season here.
6. Oct. 26: "Piff the Magic Dragon." Here from his Vegas residency, Piff was made famous on "America's Got Talent." His performance at the Wyly Theatre will combine the best of his comedy and magic routines.
7. Nov. 22-24: "Once." You know it's good if it's won eight Tony awards. That's the case for this stage version of a standout indie flick. Featuring heart-tugging ballads and a love story that draws you in, this production at the Winspear won't disappoint.
Other PAC highlights this summer and fall include "Lyle Lovett And His Large Band" and saxophonist Kenny G. And check out the 2019-2020 Broadway season including hits such as "The Color Purple," "An American in Paris," and "The SpongeBob Musical."
The PAC has benefited from generous donors over the last 15 years, including the Winspear, Wyly, and Hamon families, as well as the Sammons Corporation. But the longstanding success of the creative hub is the ongoing support of members and performance attendees. In addition to fostering an arts and music culture in Dallas through its annual lineups, the center gives back to the community by offering arts education to students through the Open Stages program and providing free tickets to underserved families.
Header photo credit: Carter Rose