Did scoring Hamilton change the balance of power between Dallas Summer Musicals and the AT&T Performing Arts Center? (Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals. )

Theater & Dance

Hamilton Is Coming to Dallas

The Music Hall at Fair Park will be the room where it happens, but you'll have to wait for it: Dallas Summer Musicals has booked the show for its 2018-2019 season.

Hamilton, the phenomenal immigrant success story and paean to responsible American governance that’s won every Tony there is to win and sold every ticket there is to sell on its way to becoming a national sensation, will head to Dallas.

Dallas Summer Musicals has booked the national tour, along with a production of Aladdin, for its 2018-2019 season. The news that the company landed the biggest show in the country may slightly overshadow its other weekend announcement of a 2017-2018 season that is loaded with other popular hits, including The Color Purple, Les Miserables, and Disney’s The Lion King. It’s not too much of a stretch to go ahead and call it a comeback for Dallas Summer Musicals, which parted acrimoniously with its longtime president last year amid financial struggles and competition with its in-town rival of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Dallas Summer Musicals has since partnered with Broadway Across America, a New York-based company, for booking shows, and the bet appears to have paid off.

Dates for Hamilton and Aladdin have yet to be announced, but a press release makes clear that any effort to snag tickets will only be guaranteed by buying a season subscription for 2017-2018 (starting at $150) and then renewing that subscription for the following season. (At the risk of speculating on potential dates, we will point out that Hamilton is in Houston throughout most of May 2018.)

In the nearer future, Broadway fans can look forward to the following from Dallas Summer Musicals:

The Color Purple, Jan. 23-Feb. 4, 2018

On Your Feet!, Feb. 27-Mar. 11, 2018

Waitress, Mar. 28-Apr. 8, 2018

Les Miserables, Apr. 24-May 6, 2018

Disney’s The Lion King, Jun. 13-Jul.8, 2018

Love Never Dies, The Phantom Returns, Jul. 24-Aug. 5, 2018

School of Rock, Aug. 15-26, 2018

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (add-on), Dec. 5-10, 2017

“The lights have never been brighter at DSM, and just like the tradition of a Broadway musical is to always evolve, so has our organization,” DSM’s Interim Managing Director David Hyslop says in a press release. “This season’s lineup is one of our most diverse and anticipated yet. It will be moving, engaging and inspiring filling our patrons with smiles and special moments.”

Season subscriptions are on sale now. Shows are at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

More info on each of the 2017-2018 shows is copied below from the DSM press release:

THE COLOR PURPLE, January 23 – February 4, 2018 #ColorPurpleDSM

THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times) directed by Tony winner John Doyle.

With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.

Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. It’s the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!

ON YOUR FEET!, February 27 – March 11, 2018 #OnYourFeetDSM

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.

From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (KINKY BOOTS), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (JERSEY BOYS) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (BIRDMAN), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

WAITRESS, March 28 – April 8, 2018 #WaitressDSM


Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 5-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I AM SAM) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (PIPPIN, FINDING NEVERLAND). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

“WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

LES MISÉRABLES, April 24 – May 6, 2018 #LesMisDSM

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Mizis born again!” (NY1).Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.

DISNEY’S THE LION KING, June 13 – July 8, 2018 #LionKingDSM

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is DISNEY’S THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to the (Theatre)!

More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.

Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

LOVE NEVER DIES, THE PHANTOM RETURNS, July 24 – August 5, 2018 #LoveNeverDiesDSM

This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards.

The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.

Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house. Christine’s marriage to Raoul is suffering at the hands of his drinking and gambling and they desperately need the financial rewards that America can give them.

In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them….

LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories as it makes its premiere in Dallas.

SCHOOL OF ROCK, August 15-26, 2018 #SchoolOfRockDSM

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar- shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”


IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, December 5-10, 2017 #WhiteChristmasDSM

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS which will be a season add-on, tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings

Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!

The New York Times exclaims “this cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” And, the New York Daily News hailed IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS as “a holiday card come to life.”


HAMILTON, Dates will be announced at a later time #HamiltonDSM

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

ALADDIN, Dates will be announced at a later time #AladdinDSM

Discover a whole new world at ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN on Broadway features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (NEWSIES) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (THE LION KING, AIDA), and book writer Chad Beguelin (THE WEDDING SINGER).

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, SOMETHING ROTTEN!), this “Fabulous” and “Extravagant” (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team, with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (MARY POPPINS), Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots), and Natasha Katz (AN AMERICAN IN PARIS).

See why audiences and critics agree, ALADDIN is “Exactly What You Wished For!” (NBC-TV).


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