Season Announcement

Disco divas dance into Dallas with AT&T's 2020-21 musical season

Disco divas dance into Dallas with AT&T's 2020-21 musical season

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway
(Donna) Summer takes over fall at the Winspear. Photo by Joan Marcus

Hot on the heels of Dallas Summer Musicals' announcement, the AT&T Performing Arts Center has released its 2020-21 season of Broadway plays and musicals.

Thanks to the partnership between the two organizations, DSM and ATTPAC are sharing two productions, both to be performed at the Winspear Opera House and treated as an add-on for ATTPAC subscribers.

"This season is a lineup of the newest, freshest, and most exciting shows out there," says Debbie Storey, president and CEO of AT&T Performing Arts Center. "Most of these productions are seeing their Dallas premieres, and all will be seen for the first time in the Winspear Opera House, the best stage for Broadway in North Texas."

It starts with Sister Act, the feel-good musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. It runs August 11-16, 2020.

In the fall, it's all about Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance-floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through every barrier, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. Three actresses play the role of musical icon Donna Summer at different points in her life as "Diva Donna," "Disco Donna," and "Duckling Donna," while an inexhaustible ensemble of almost entirely women tear up the stage. It runs September 15-20, 2020.

Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me is a boundary-breaking play that breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. Tony nominated for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, the play resurrects 15-year-old Heidi, who earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. It runs January 26-31, 2021.

Next, meet Jenna, a Waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life. When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying encounter with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness with songs by Sara Bareilles. It runs May 4-9, 2021.

For the official season closer, everyone is invited to The Prom. The joyous Broadway hit is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and a love that unites them all. It runs June 1-6, 2021.

Subscriptions add-ons include Oklahoma! (December 9-20, 2020) and Hadestown (May 18-30, 2021).

The 2019 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival Oklahoma! has been reimagined for the 21st century. Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, Daniel Fish's production tells a story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this Oklahoma! allows the classic musical — and our country — to be seen in a whole new light.

Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin is a love story for today and always. Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back.

Five-show subscription packages range from $155-$685, with the option to order Oklahoma! for $50-$130 and Hadestown for $50-$140. Information is available at www.attpac.org/broadway, by phone at 214-880-0202, or in person at the box office at 2403 Flora St.