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Musical Hit ‘Matilda’ Will Open AT&T PAC Broadway Series

by Jerome Weeks 23 Feb 2015 7:29 PM

Matilda Ripley Sobo

When it comes to hit Broadway musicals, Matilda isn’t as big as The Book of Mormon. No musical is. There are currently four tours of Mormon around the country. But Matilda does have one thing over that show. Parents are more likely to take their kids to see it. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports that’s one reason Matilda was the big news last night when the AT&T Performing Arts Center announced its new Broadway Series.

The popularity of the musical Matilda with families may seem a bit odd. After all, one of the show’s big numbers is even called “Revolting Children.” (“We are revolting children and we sing revolting songs!”) But the children are revolting against their school’s monstrous headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. They’re led by Matilda, a bookish nerd with a secret power.

The original book is by Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, among other odd, dark classics of children’s literature. When the Royal Shakespeare Company adapted the book to the stage (it had already been adapted into a dud 1996 film), the London production won a record-setting seven Olivier Awards – the British equivalent of the Tony Award. On Broadway, it won five Tonys (including a special one for the four girls who alternated playing the title role).We knew it was coming to Dallas before this, but now it’s official: Matilda will open the AT&T PAC’s Broadway Series in September at the Winspear Opera House.

Two other shows in the series are what’s called ‘jukebox musicals.’ Basically, they’re greatest-hits packages for baby boomers. In this case, that’s Beautiful – the Carole King Musical and the return of Jersey Boys, about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. When Jersey Boys played the Winspear three years ago, it broke box office records.

There’s also Cabaret – this is the celebrated Roundabout Theatre revival in New York (the one that helped inspire the Dallas Theater Center’s own hit revival four years ago). And then there’s the popular two-person drama Love Letters by playwright A. R. Gurney. That’s the very simple play that tracks 50 years in a couple’s relationship by reading their mail. The tour stars Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal.


Bryce Pinkham in ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

As a bonus announcement, the AT&T Performing Arts Center says it’s bringing A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for its next next season. No dates in 2016-17 are set yet. The Gentleman’s Guide won the latest best musical Tony Award — and three other Tonys. The show’s tongue-in-cheek macabre quality can perhaps best be summed up by its overture “warning’:

For those of you who are weak of constitution
For those of you who are faint of heart
This is a tale of revenge and retribution
So if you’re smart,
You’d best depart. You’d best depart…

It’s only just past eight. It’s not too late
For God’s sake, for God’s sake

The full release:

The AT&T Performing Arts Center Announces
Broadway Series 2015/2016 Season

MATILDA THE MUSICAL – September 23 – October 4, 2015
JERSEY BOYS – December 16 – 27, 2015
LOVE LETTERS – March 22 – April 3, 2016
CABARET – May 25 – June 5, 2016

Coming in the 2016/2017 Season – dates to be announced

Dallas – The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center today announced the 2015/2016 season of its Broadway Series, featuring Matilda The Musical, Jersey Boys, Love Letters, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. All performances will take place at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

The Center also announced that its subsequent 2016/2017 season will be anchored by the current Broadway smash A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

Season subscriptions are available now.

“This lineup brings so much of what is happening on Broadway to North Texas, in a way that offers something for everyone,” said Doug Curtis, president and CEO of the Center. “In my opinion, our Broadway seasons just keep getting better every year.”

Broadway Series subscribers enjoy free ticket replacement, discounted pre-paid
parking and the Center’s inter-show ticket exchange, which provides the flexibility to exchange tickets for one show to another in the season (limit one exchange per season).

Center Circle members enjoy Broadway better than anyone else with a wide range of exclusive benefits. Member benefits include priority access to the best available seats, access to the Members Lounge for complimentary beverages at each performance and access to the Platinum Circle orchestra seating for Platinum Circle members. Membership donations not only help the nonprofit Center bring the very best in performing arts to North Texas, but also support the Center’s community and education programs, including Community Partners which provides free tickets to those who would otherwise not have access. To join Center Circle with a membership donation, visit or call Membership Services at 214-978-2888.

Five-show subscription packages for Orchestra seating are $450 for Tuesday through Friday performances and Sunday evening performances; and are $525 for Saturday evening performances and weekend matinees.

Subscription packages for the five-show season range from $135 for Starlight Circle seating to $1,000 for packages in the Cree Box Circle.

Information is available at Subscriptions may also be purchased by phone at 214-880-0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center, 2353 Flora Street (Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).

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Matilda The Musical – September 23 – October 4, 2015

Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre to rapturous reviews and has been celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.

The production has received four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls who shared the title role, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

Matilda The Musical is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award®-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.

Jersey Boys – December 16 – December 27, 2015

More than 53,511 theatergoers cheered when JERSEY BOYS made its
sell-out premiere at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas in 2012. Worldwide, more than 22 million people have seen JERSEY BOYS. And now, the show that was the highest grossing Broadway engagement in the Center’s history will return to Dallas! JERSEY BOYS Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide –all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

“THE CROWD GOES WILD!” proclaims The New York Times.

The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award®-winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

JERSEY BOYS contains authentic, “profane Jersey language” and
is recommended for ages 12+

Love Letters – March 22 – April 3, 2016
Starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell
her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived — through letters — for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other.

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal will star in this witty, revealing and unforgettable exploration of how intimacy can soften the boundaries between friendship and love. LOVE LETTERS is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love.

Cabaret – May 25 – June 5, 2016

“There was a Cabaret and there was a Master-of-Ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world…
…and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep…”

Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Dallas! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET.

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET, JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – June 7 – June 19, 2016

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song,

BEAUTIFUL has a book by Tony® Award-nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and the 2015 Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album. BEAUTIFUL is currently playing to sold out crowds at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway.

2016-2017 Broadway Series

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL—A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER!

Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL,” GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, “GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE RESTORES OUR FAITH IN MUSICAL COMEDY” and The New York Times cheers, “IT WILL LIFT THE HEARTS OF ALL THOSE WHO’VE BEEN PINING FOR WHAT SOMETIMES SEEMS A LOST ART FORM.”

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