Best of Broadway
Winspear's new Broadway Series packs in Tony winners and a Love Story reunion
Since the Winspear Opera House opened in 2009, the AT&T Performing Arts Center has brought in some big Broadway shows. It has not strayed from that formula for the 2015-2016 season, which features some of the most notable hits in recent theater history.
First up is Matilda The Musical, running September 23-October 4. Based on Roald Dahl's children's book, the musical won multiple Olivier and Tony awards for its British and Broadway productions. It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.
The second production of the season, Jersey Boys, has made multiple appearances in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the years since its 2005 Broadway debut, including a 2012 stint at the Winspear. Running December 16-27, Jersey Boys tells the rags-to-riches story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as they made their way from the streets of New Jersey to the top of the pop music charts.
Love Letters, a play that has been performed by innumerable big-name actors since its debut in 1989, comes to Dallas with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal in the lead roles. Running March 22-April 3, 2016, it features the man and woman reading letters they wrote each other throughout their lives, demonstrating how their relationship grew and changed over the course of 50 years.
The 2014 Broadway revival of Cabaret has been a star-filled affair, featuring Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Sienna Miller. The traveling production coming to the Winspear, May 25-June 5, 2016, may not have those celebrities, but the raucous night at the Kit Kat Klub in pre-World War II Germany will likely be just as fun.
The season wraps up with Beautiful — The Carole King Musical, a jukebox-style show that pays tribute to the singer known for songs like "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "One Fine Day." Set to run June 7-19, 2016, the Broadway production was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2014, winning two.
Speaking of the 2014 Tony Awards, ATTPAC also announced that A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the Best Musical winner that year, will be featured during the 2016-2017 Broadway Series. Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary.
Subscriptions for the five-show 2015-2016 Broadway Series season are on sale now, ranging anywhere from $135 to $1,000 depending on where you want to sit and when you want to go. You can buy subscriptions online at www.attpac.org/broadway, by phone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center information center.
Single tickets for each show will go on sale closer to each show's start date.