Uptown Players brings the fire to Dallas with premiere-packed 2023-24 season
The key word for Uptown Players' 2023-24 season is "premiere:" both world and regional are on tap, along with the reimagining of an annual favorite and a classic work in the LGBTQ+ canon.
Beloved drag performer Jada Pinkett Fox (aka Lee Walter) starts it all off with a festive new revue called Jada Bells - A Holiday Extravaganza.
Jada will be joined by musical guests who'll each bring their own flair and style to create an unforgettable evening. Written and directed by BJ Cleveland, the show will transport you into a world of glitz and glam accompanied by classic holiday favorites and contemporary hits. It runs December 1-10, 2023, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
The regional premiere of Fire and Airby acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally welcomes 2024, and will be presented at the 6th Floor Studio Theater at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Set in 19th-century Russia, Fire and Air delves into the tempestuous relationship between two legendary figures in the world of ballet: impresario Sergei Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Diaghilev, the founder of the renowned Ballets Russes, and Nijinsky, a groundbreaking male dancer, form a complex bond that intertwines artistic brilliance, personal desire, and the conflicts that arise from the pursuit of artistic excellence. It runs March 7-17, 2024.
Uptown Players' annual fundraiser, Broadway Our Way, showcases the incredible versatility and artistry of its talented ensemble. With a fresh and contemporary twist, the cast will breathe new life into showtunes, infusing them with their own unique interpretations, vocal styles, and personal elan. It runs May 2-5, 2024, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
The regional premiere of the hit Broadway musical The Promis next, an uplifting and heartwarming story that celebrates love, acceptance, and the transformative power of standing up for what is right.
The musical follows high school student Emma, who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom. However, when the school's conservative PTA board cancels the prom to avoid controversy, a group of eccentric Broadway actors decides to rally behind Emma and travel to her small town to help her fight for inclusion. It runs July 12-28, 2024, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
Following a successful Broadway run in 2018 and subsequent film by Ryan Murphy, The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley now comes to Uptown Dallas.
Set in New York City, The Boys in the Band takes us into the apartment of Michael, a witty and sharp-tongued host who throws a birthday party for his friend Harold. As the evening unfolds, a group of diverse gay friends gathers, and the celebrations quickly become a rollercoaster of emotions, revealing hidden desires, unresolved conflicts, and the complexities of their individual journeys. It runs August 16-25, 2024, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
Season tickets start at $135 for four shows and can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at 214-219-2718 beginning June 30. Single tickets for all productions will go on sale September 12.