Don’t throw away your shot to score ‘Hamil­ton’ tick­ets

The Dallas Morning News - - Front Page - By NANCY CHURNIN Theater Critic nchurnin@dal­las­news.com

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.

Joan Mar­cus

File Photo/Joan Mar­cus

Dal­las Sum­mer Mu­si­cals last week an­nounced that Hamil­ton will come to Dal­las in April 2019. Tick­ets are now on sale.

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