Dallas Summer Musicals bring life to the city's already vital performing arts scene. For decades, locals and vacationers have flocked to the city to enjoy the music, energy, and joy that comes with a live performance.
The tradition of summer musicals in Dallas dates back to 1925 with the opening Music Hall at Fair Park. The grand hall reflects the Spanish Baroque style of architecture, especially seen in the dome and the porches overlooking the park. Over the years, the elegant theater has been expanded and renovated, adding such amenities as air conditioning, a foyer, and box office. Today, the theater is recognized for its historic value and as a fantastic venue for Dallas Broadway shows, the summer musicals, and other performances. It's also used for special events and private parties.
Fair Park is known around the world for its unparalleled collection of art deco buildings and as the home of the State Fair of Texas. This National Historic Landmark was built in 1936 for an exposition celebrating 100 years of independence from Mexico. The state fair is held the end of September into October, and entry to the fair allows you the chance to see whatever on stage at Music Hall. The theater does not go dark once the fair it ends, bringing a rich away of works to its stage from January to December.
Many of the works are staged by Dallas Summer Musicals, one of the largest producers of live entertainment in the region and also one of the oldest summer theater groups in America. The organization has been bringing musicals and other works to the stage since 1941, including Dallas Broadway shows and touring productions. Many of the biggest shows have appeared on the Music Hall stage including Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and other big hits straight from New York and London.
Along with the familiar works, Dallas Summer Musicals helps to develop new works, put a new spin on long-forgotten works, and nurture up-and-coming talents. The company was recently awarded Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for its revival of Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti.
The nonprofit works with a number of organizations to fund its work and maintain the theater, which help keep down the ticket prices for Dallas Broadway shows and other productions. Tickets can be purchased for individual shows and well as for the entire season. Special packages allow you to see a portion of the shows, such as the summer musicals in Dallas or the Broadway shows. Discounted tickets are available for the some of the seats, as well as for groups and members of the kids club.
Dallas Summer Musicals has partnered with the Fairmont Hotel Dallas with special packages that will delight any theater fans. The hotel, just four miles from Fair Park, decorates one of its suites in the style of a chosen Broadway play. These vacation packages include tickets to one of the summer musicals in Dallas and CD to relive the memory of the show. You also can add a meal at a local restaurant or a special backstage tour of Music Hall.
Summer musicals in Dallas are also held at the Majestic Theatre, managed by the same company as Music Hall at Fair Park. Located in downtown Dallas, the historic theater opened its doors in 1921 to host vaudeville shows. For 50 years, the Majestic was a movie house before it fell into disuse.
In the 1980s, the theater was granted a place on the National Register of Historic Places and transformed into a performing arts venue. The theater can seat 1,700 patrons for the musicals, dramas, dance performances, and other shows. Its calender of events is packed in the summer as well as the other seasons.