Dallas Summer Musicals (which performs at Music Hall in Fair Park) and Performing Arts Fort Worth (which performs at Bass Hall) announced their upcoming 2014-15 series last night, and there are some hits in the mix.
DSM’s current season ends, for the first time in decades, before the State Fair, and will pick up again in time for the holidays with last season’s Broadway musical stage adaptation of A Christmas Story, co-written by gay composer/lyricist Benj Pasek (Dec. 2–14). The season picks up in 2015 with the North Texas premiere of the transgender smash Kinky Boots (Feb. 24–March 8, 2015), which DSM’s Michael Jenkins co-produced on Broadway. That will be followed by The King and I (March 20–April 5), then a magic show called The Illusionists (April 7–19).
The “summer” in Dallas Summer Musicals arrives in June with a quick succession of three shows. First will be the still-running hit Rodgers+Hammerstein’s Cinderella (June 9–21), which has a new book written by gay scribe Douglas Carter Beane. It is immediately followed by a stage version of Dirty Dancing (June 23–July 5), and finally the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin (July 7–19).
Performing Arts Fort Worth will welcome some of these shows, as well. Cinderella will move straight from Dallas to Bass Hall (June 23–28, 2015); Dirty Dancing will do the same (July 7–12) as will Pippin (July 21–26). You can also see Kinky Boots in Cowtown if you miss it in Dallas, though you’ll have to wait until the fall (Oct. 27–Nov. 1).
Before that, PAFW begins the holiday season early, with Elf (Nov. 18–23, 2014), followed by Beauty and the Beast (Jan. 14–18, 2015), the eight-time Tony-winner Once (Feb. 18–22) and Chicago (April 3–4).