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Get in on a show-stopping season!

Disney’s® High School Musical photo by Joan Marcus

The Dallas Summer Musicals has got your numbers.
You’ll be stomping, purring and hair spraying for pure joy as the Dallas Summer Musicals presents one of its largest and best seasons ever: ten hotter-than-hot shows guaranteed to be riveting. From the “Get’cha head in the game!” spirit of Disney’s High School Musical to the haunting hard luck songs of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, every number tugs at emotions.

The Drowsy Chaperone photo by Joan MarcusThe DSM’s 68th season started on a hilarious note with The Wedding Singer (April 15-27), the 80’s musical comedy based on the hit film of the same name. Then it was Beatlemania all over again with the fab Rain (April 29-May 11). Ring of Fire next walked the line (May 13-May 25) to great reviews. Upcoming shows include Cats (May 27-June 1); The Drowsy Chaperone (June 3-June 15), Stomp (June 17-June 22), Hairspray (June 24-June 29), Disney’s High School Musical (July 2-July 13), Jersey Boys (July 23-August 16) and Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple, the State Fair Musical (September 30-October 19). Whew!

“The whole season is very family friendly,” says Michael Jenkins, President and Managing Director of the Dallas Summer Musicals. “Most shows are either Tony Award winners or Tony nominated, and some even feature the original cast.”

First-time is the charm.
Seven of the shows have never been performed in Dallas before, including The Wedding Singer, Disney’s High School Musical, and The Color Purple. These are all subscription shows which are available for season ticket or individual ticket purchase.

“We know the crowd loves a winner,” believes Mr. Jenkins. “So we’ve also brought back three huge favorites for short-run performances: Cats, Stomp and Hairspray. They speak for themselves as far as story and excitement level go; Cats is the #1 selling show of all time. These shows are only in town for 1 week each, so catch ‘em while you can.”

If there’s one Dallas Summer Musicals’ offering that will truly astound audiences with its madcap fun, Mr. Jenkins believes it’s The Drowsy Chaperone. “This is the biggest surprise of the season—a Jazz Age musical within a show. It also mesmerized Broadway by winning the most Tony awards of any musical in 2006. Wives will bring their husbands and both will love it. Imagine dancing girls popping out of the refrigerator and characters springing to life from a Murphy bed!”

The fun stretches from Jersey shores to high school corridors.
Jersey Boys, the story behind Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is still packing houses in New York.Disney’s High School Musical can only be described as a phenomenon. “The joy of seeing it live is indescribable,” according to Mr. Jenkins. “When the lights go down, the audience goes crazy.”

Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple will be almost identical to the legendary movie.  As a musical, it is soul-stirring and joyful. Audiences will never forget this powerful story of hope and triumph over adversity.

Michael Jenkins plans each season two to three years in advance, scouting the globe for shows that will most excite and connect with Dallas audiences. In 2009, hold onto your chihuahuas and pink purses because Legally Blonde—The Musical is coming!

For the price of a movie, why not go see an exhilarating Dallas Summer Musicals show. Season subscriptions start at just $128. Individual tickets are also available.

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