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Picture Envy: At least one critic is coveting the Kimbell’s recent acquisition, Nicolas Poussin’s “Sacrament of Ordination (Christ Presenting the Keys to Saint Peter).” Why didn’t the J. Paul Getty Museum buy it? wonders Christopher Night, in the LA Times blog Culture Monster. The Getty says it’s quite happy with the two Poussin works in its collection, thanks much. But Knight hints that leadership structure and vacancies may have played a role.

Reviews Are In:  Kitchen Dog kicked off its new season with a work that landed playwright Sarah Ruhl in the running for a Pulitzer.  For all of its laughs involving vibrators, In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, “is less about a woman’s need for electrical stimulation than it is about relationships and the need we all have to connect with a real human being, sexual or not,” says Theater Jones Mike Maiella . And the DMN‘s Lawson Taitte basically agrees saying the play is best regarded as  “a parable about intimacy.”

Other reviews from the weekend: Lawson Taitte on Gypsy at Lyric Stage; Mark Lowry visits Hip Pocket’s The Butterfuly’s Evil Spell for DFW.com  Here’s Margaret Putnam from Theater Jones on Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; and Manny Mendoza’s take on same in the DMN. And, unrelated, but just for grins, here’s  Jenny Block at the Mixmaster talking to Ryder Richards about the exhibit Reconsidering Perpsective he’s curated at the Brazaos Gallery, at Richland College.

UPDATE: Two more Gypsy reviews, from Alexander Bonifield on her blog Criticalrant.com and Lindsey Wilson on FrontRow

New Season for DSM: Dallas Summer Musicals brings in Cathy Rigby for Peter Pan and George Hamilton in La Cage aux Folles next year.  The entire lineup for 2012 follows the jump.

DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS ANNOUNCES 2012 SEASON
AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

Dallas, TX…Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) announced their 72nd season lineup, with eight touring Broadway productions coming to the Music Hall at Fair Park in 2012.  DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in professional live theatrical entertainment since 1941.

In announcing the new season, Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals, said, “We are offering something for everyone in the family this season, plus our subscribers receive such affordable prices that it’s possible to bring the whole family to enjoy a really memorable experience at the Music Hall at Fair Park.  DSM subscribers can see six shows for the price of five this season.”

“Many of the shows, like MEMPHIS, MAMMA MIA!, RAIN, and THE ADDAMS FAMILY are still hot tickets on Broadway, while MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES just ended highly successful NY engagements to tour.  We welcome Hollywood legend George Hamilton as the French nightclub owner, Georges, in LA CAGE, and beloved Olympics star Cathy Rigby in a new production of PETER PAN.  Our family-friendly season kicks off with an explosive new show, BRING IT ON, THE MUSICAL, that will leave audiences cheering for more.”

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent non-profit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas.  DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education, and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.  DSM is the largest producer and presenter of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theater organization in the United States, and the fourth largest non-profit theater company.  In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours local productions, and is involved in developing new works.  Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSMMGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park.

DSM 2012 SEASON AT THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK

BRING IT ON, THE MUSICAL, February 14-26, 2012.
An explosive new musical comedy that raises the stakes on over-the-top-high school rivalries, BRING IT ON! is set against the world of competitive cheerleading.  The powerhouse new show hilariously proves that winning isn’t everything when it means losing something, or someone, you really care about.  This entirely original musical comedy combines an exciting new sound, gravity-defying choreography, and a thrilling story to create a total theatrical event worth cheering for. Game On!

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, March 6-18, 2012.  The Night Rock & Roll Began, the smash hit Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.  On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “father of rock ‘n’ roll,” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time.  This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, April 10-22, 2012.  Winner of three 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, this hilarious new production was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season, leaving audiences in stitches night after night.  LA CAGE, starring George Hamilton, tells the story of Georges, owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza.  When Georges’ son brings his fiancee’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly.  LA CAGE is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together….stay fabulous…and above all else, stay true to themselves.

RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, April 24-29, 2012.  Direct from Broadway, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert returns by popular demand as a subscriber’s special.  RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live on stage, including the most complex and challenging songs the Fab Four recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience.  Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance as infectious as it is transporting.  From the early hits to later classics, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends.

MEMPHIS, THE MUSICAL, May 15-27, 2012.  From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.  Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.  Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves, filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.  Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

MAMMA MIA!, May 29-June 3, 2012. The subscriber’s special features a mother, a daughter, 3 possible dads and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget.  Over 50 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music based on the songs of ABBA that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel good show.  Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives.  With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA is the world’s #1 show.

PETER PAN, STARRING CATHY RIGBY, July 10-22, 2012.  Tony Award® nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production of PETER PAN.  Discover the magic all over again of this two-time Emmy® Award winning and two-time Tony Award® nominated production.  The New York Times says, “Rigby still carries off the flights, fights and acrobatics that make Peter Pan audiences mesmerized.”  Filled with timeless magical moments and a captivating hook, the legend you thought you knew is now the adventure you never dreamed possible.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY, October 2-21, 2012.  THE ADDAMS FAMILY is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life.  Direct from Broadway, this magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys’ authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter), with creative consultation by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks.  THE ADDAMS FAMILY is also the 2012 State Fair of Texas musical.

Season tickets, priced from $75-$375, are on sale Monday, September 12 at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, #542 in Dallas.  Subscribers may also order tickets to the season specials RAIN and MAMMA MIA! ($12-$70 each), and may order by mail or in person at The Box Office,  by phoning 214-346-3300, by faxing 214-691-7386, or online at www.dallassummermusicals.org. For groups, please call 214-426-GROUP.

Season subscribers enjoy such benefits as first opportunity to get the best seats available for the season, plus huge savings over single ticket prices and easy payment plans, lost ticket replacement, ticket exchange privileges and a 10% discount on all DSM logo merchandise.  Plus, season subscribers have first option on their seats for the following season, and can save up to 35% over the cost of last season’s subscription package.

In 2013, DSM will continue its 72-year tradition of bringing the Best of Broadway to North Texas, setting the standard in musical theater entertainment with such terrific straight-from-Broadway musicals as DISNEY’S THE LION KING, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, WICKED, and MARY POPPINS.

Season sponsors for Dallas Summer Musicals are The Dallas Morning News, Metrocrest PC, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and Texas Instruments.

As a nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theater, educate young audiences and create important community programs.  DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM provides positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program.

In addition, the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theater arts training and scholarships to talented students in need.  Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors.  Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.

For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please visit their website at www.dallassummermusicals.org or call (214) 421-5678.

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