While virtual events offer many benefits, there's nothing like experiencing the magic of live theatre and humming along with your favorite show tunes in a packed house. After a long hiatus due to COVID, Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) is back with a full lineup of shows, and you don't want to miss any of them. Music Hall at Fair Park will host Broadway-caliber musicians and actresses in shows including modern retellings of classic tales, a Disney favorite and everyone's favorite rap musical. Here are just a few of the productions we're most looking forward to.
Wicked (Aug. 3 through Sept. 5, 2021)
This family-friendly show creatively takes you through what transpired in the Land of Oz before Dorothy from Kansas steps into the story. Wicked is a delightful prequel full of loveable characters and catchy scores, and if your kids know anything about "The Wizard of Oz," they'll be able to keep up! Recommended for ages eight and older, tickets are still available.
Hamilton (Nov. 16 through Dec. 5, 2021)
What happens when you blend hip hop music with a compelling story told by talented actors of color? You get the Tony award-winning musical Hamilton. Even if you're not familiar with the show, anyone with a Disney+ subscription can "pre-game" attending the musical, which delves into Alexander Hamilton's colorful life as an American Founding Father. Guests are guaranteed to leave Googling all the details of Hamilton and his revolutionary sidekicks while attempting to learn all the lyrics to Lin Manuel Miranda's masterpiece. Just trust us - this show will blow you away. Tickets on sale now.
Jersey Boys (Dec. 28, 2021 through Jan. 9, 2022)
While geared toward a slightly more mature crowd, there's something for everyone in this rockin' depiction of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Even if you didn't grow up listening to the Oldies, you'll be surprised how many of the songs you recognize, such as "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Between the soaring harmonies and backstage drama of the four men from New Jersey, this show will keep you invested to the end. Keep in mind, the show contains some rough language.
Hadestown (Jan. 18 through Jan. 30, 2022)
Fans of Greek mythology will be entranced by this modern take on Orpheus' journey to the underworld to find Eurydice, along with a telling of Persephone and Hades' love story. This award-winning show will appear at the Winspear Opera House and is suitable for children over eight.
Mean Girls (May 3 through May 15, 2022)
If the date Oct. 3 means anything to you, you're probably a Mean Girls fan and need to see the musical version of the Lindsay Lohan teen movie. Even if you've never seen the film, Mean Girls the musical is easy to follow and funny (Tina Fey helped write the musical). While it's currently part of the season ticket package, you can sign up for alerts from DSM to find out when they'll start selling single tickets. Either way, don't miss the opportunity to wear your pink to the theatre and watch Cady Heron attempt to take down Regina George.
Disney's Frozen (July 20 through Aug. 7, 2022)
While it's quite a long way out, it might be time to start thinking about getting your tickets for the Disney blockbuster. Follow Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Sven through Arendelle with this exciting production, and prepare to sing along to favorites like "Let It Go" and "For the First Time in Forever." Fun from start to finish, Frozen on stage is a sight to behold for kids and adults alike.
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