Don’t throw away your shot to score ‘Hamilton’ tickets
Dallas, your shot to see Hamilton is on the way. Dallas Summer Musicals announced that the touring version of the groundbreaking musical about the $10 founding father without a father will arrive in April 2019 — and tickets are on sale now, if you’re willing to purchase a subscription to the entire season, which will feature several other current Broadway hits.
North Texas will finally get its shot at Hamilton — next spring.
Dallas Summer Musicals on Saturday announced the dates that the hottest show in the world will come to Music Hall in Fair Park: April 2 through May 5, 2019. You can get tickets now — sales were to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday — if you subscribe to the company’s entire 2018-19 season, which also was unveiled Saturday.
If you’re already a subscriber, you have until Feb. 16 to renew and keep your seats. If you want single tickets, you’ll have to wait for it: DSM is not making any promises about when it will make them available. People who sign up for the eNotes newsletter at dallassummermusicals.org will be the first to hear.
By the time the show reaches Dallas, there will be two tours of
Hamilton that will have traveled through 20 cities, including Washington, Houston and Austin, but DSM officials have high hopes. The promise of Hamilton, announced in January 2017, juiced the subscription sales for the 2017-18 season at DSM to more than 20,000 as subscribers locked in good seats.
For Jennifer Scripps, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, the show is a boon not only to DSM but to the city of Dallas. The November
proposition that allocated $50 million in bonds for the repair and rehabilitation of Fair Park facilities will help accommodate the expected crowds, she says.
The DSM’s 2018-19 season will also feature the regional premiere of Disney’s Aladdin. And the company in promising another big get: a chance to lock in seats for the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen, the 2017 Tony Award-winning musical, for the 2019-20 season. Like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen is one of the hardest to get tickets on Broadway.
The dates for Dear Evan Hansen, an intense musical about an anxious young man who tells a lie that spins out of control, have not been announced.
The season also features the national tour of Anastasia; the acclaimed Broadway revivals of Hello, Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof and Miss Saigon; and the return of The Phantom of the Opera.
Hello, Dolly! won the 2017 Tony Award for best revival of a musical, and Fiddler on the Roof is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher.
Also on the schedule, as add-ons to the subscription series: the return of Elf and a first for DSM: The Book of Mormon, which has been presented multiple times by AT&T Performing Arts Center, but previously not considered for DSM patrons because of its R-rated content.
The season marks a remarkable turnaround for DSM, which this year features a lineup packed with popular, fresh-from-Broadway hits, the type of shows which in recent years have been landed by the AT&T Center.
Founded in 1941, the nonprofit DSM made its name as the place to go for national tours of popular musicals, from Mary Martin starring in Annie Get Your Gun to Porgy and Bess, starring Leontyne Price. But the company struggled with competition from the AT&T Center, which opened in 2009.
In 2016, shortly before DSM announced a season where An American in Paris was the only new national tour from Broadway, the company fired longtime president Michael A. Jenkins.
Last year, DSM partnered with the New York-based Broadway Across America, which works with 44 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, to present shows.
Since then, DSM has gotten the kinds of contested shows it previously lost to other bidders. In addition, DSM president Kenneth T. Novice notes that the company reported a surplus budget last season, after having sustained years of decline.
Casting for the national tours has not been announced.
The current season continues next week with the national tour of The Color Purple, the 2016 Tony Award winner for best revival of a musical.
Dallas Summer Musicals last week announced that Hamilton will come to Dallas in April 2019. Tickets are now on sale.