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Dallas Summer Musicals hosts benefit concert starring Hamilton big shot

Dallas Summer Musicals hosts concert starring Hamilton big shot

Christopher Jackson
Christopher Jackson played George Washington in the original Broadcast cast of Hamilton. Photo courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals

One of the biggest stars of Hamilton's original Broadway cast is coming to a screen near you. Dallas Summer Musicals will livestream the concert event "Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side" on Saturday, August 15 at 7 pm.

DSM is one of a select group of nonprofit arts organizations to carry the concert. Proceeds will support DSM's educational programs and community outreach initiatives.

Jackson is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning songwriter/composer and a Tony Award-nominated actor best known for originating the role of George Washington in Hamilton.

In the concert, Jackson — accompanied by a band — will perform songs from his favorite musicals, pop standards, and some of his original material, and will share stories from his time affiliated with two of the most important musicals of the last decade: In The Heights and Hamilton. Audience members will be able to text in questions, some of which will be answered during the live event.

“We are thrilled to offer DSM fans this opportunity to stay connected to the spirit of Broadway through this livestream special event," says Ken Novice, president of Dallas Summer Musicals, in a release. "All of America has just gotten to know Chris Jackson via the recently released Hamilton movie and we are excited to hear more from this extremely talented man.” 

Jackson currently is starring in the hit CBS drama Bull and has recently finished a limited run of Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway. He also starred in Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed Netflix mini-series When They See Us with Michael K. Wiliams, Vera Farmiga, and John Leguizamo.

“Nonprofit arts presenters are the lifeblood of the performing arts industry and a pipeline for young talent," Jackson says in the release. "Without them there is no Broadway.  While everything is shutdown during this terrible pandemic, I am delighted to be able to help spread some joy and help raise some much needed support for these deserving organizations.”

Tickets for "Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side" will go on sale at 11 am Tuesday, July 28. They are $40 per household and are available at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Tickets include access to the livestream performance plus an additional 72 hours of on-demand viewing of a video recording of the livestream, available beginning one hour after the live broadcast ends. 

The event will take place at New York’s New World Stages, the off-Broadway venue that has housed many productions including Jersey Boys and Avenue Q.