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Dallas arts groups bring in big-name backups as original star departs for Broadway

Dallas arts groups bring in back-ups as star departs for Broadway

Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell replaces Bernadette Peters at the Dallas Summer Musicals gala. Courtesy photo
Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster will now sing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Laura Marie Duncan
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Sutton Foster

Bette Midler has had Broadway buzzing as the Tony-winning star of Hello, Dolly!, but when her contract is up in January 2018, producers are bringing in an equally big star as her replacement: Bernadette Peters.

What's good news for Broadway seemed at first like bad news for Dallas, which was supposed to get a double dose of Peters this fall and spring. The theater legend had previously been announced as the high-profile headliner for Dallas Summer Musicals' gala on November 4, and was scheduled to perform several concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in April.

Both groups, however, have lured top-notch Broadway talent to take her place.

Dallas Summer Musicals announced on October 11 that two-time Tony Award winner and Theater Hall of Fame member Brian Stokes Mitchell is now the featured entertainment for the black-tie evening, which will be held at the Music Hall at Fair Park. American Idol runner-up and Smash star Katharine McPhee is also on the bill as a special guest.

"Mr. Stokes is an exceptional choice and we can’t wait for our guests to experience an unforgettable performance," says gala co-chair Paul von Wupperfeld in a release.

Not to be outdone, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced its own two-time Tony winning replacement on October 17. Younger star Sutton Foster will perform concerts April 6-8, 2018, adding the Meyerson Symphony Center to a list of previous cabaret venues that includes Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Cafe Carlyle, Joe’s Pub, and many others.

Individual dinner and show tickets for Dallas Summer Musicals' An Evening with the Best of Broadway are still online or by calling the DSM development office at 214-426-6333.

Single tickets for Sutton Foster's concerts will go on sale October 27, and can be purchased by visiting or calling 214-849-4376.