Theatrically Speaking: (Comic) Murder, Musicals, and Shakespeare!

Kick off the year with laughter, tears, and lots of music! In addition to the hotly awaited tours of Hadestown, Dear Evan Hansen, and Hamilton, look for new shows from Pegasus Theatre and the Soul Rep Theatre Company. Between the regional premiere of a Tony-nominated play and a fresh take on Our Town, the theater scene in DFW has you covered.

Above photo: Cast of Hadestown


Prime Time for Murder!

By Kurt Kleinman

Pegasus Theatre’s Black and White murder mysteries are always a treat. The company wears a unique black-and-white make-up simulating the look of old while returning stars Harry, Nigel, and Lt. Foster wreak comic mayhem. It’s even more fun when founder and artistic director Kurt Kleinmann comes up with a new adventure like this — whisking audiences back to a 1950s television studio, wherein someone is murdered during a live broadcast and the trio has to solve the murder before their feed gets cut.

Where:  Eisemann Center | 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson

When:  Now through Sunday, Jan. 16

Web:     www.eisemanncenter.com


 

Stephen Christopher Anthony | Photo by Matthew Murphy

Dear Evan Hansen

Music and Lyrics by Ben Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Steven Levenson

A lonely teenage boy makes a questionable choice, changing how everyone feels about him and how he feels about himself in this wrenching tale with a topical social media twist. Performing Arts Fort Worth presents the national tour of the Broadway hit that won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical as part of its Broadway at the Bass Series.

Where:  Bass Hall | 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth

When:   Tuesday, Jan. 4–Sunday, Jan. 9

Web:      www.basshall.com


Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Dallas continues its indoor winter Shakespeare series with this comedy classic packed with mistaken identity and romance. Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, are shipwrecked and survive separately, each believing the other to be drowned.

Where:   Moody Hall | 2520 Flora St., Dallas

When:   Thursday, Jan. 14–Sunday, Jan. 23

Web:      www.shakespearedallas.org


 

Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Hadestown

Music, lyrics, and book by Anais Mitchell

This update of the ancient Greek myth follows Orpheus, a singer, who goes to the Underworld to rescue his beloved Eurydice. It became a Broadway hit that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the local debut of this national tour as part of the Germania Insurance Broadway Series.

Where:   Winspear Opera House | 2403 Flora St., Dallas

When:   Tuesday, Jan. 18–Sunday, Jan. 30

Web:     www.dallassummermusicals.org


 

Photo by Joan Marcus

Hamilton

Book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, this theatrical sensation won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Lin-Manuel Miranda’s contemporary spin on the complex and ambitious American Founding Father in a tale about immigrants and their exhilarating fight for freedom, featuring an eclectic score of R&B, hip hop, pop, soul, and traditional show tunes.

Where:  Bass Hall | 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth

When:   Tuesday, Jan. 18–Sunday, Feb. 6

Web:      www.basshall.com


Our Town

By Thornton Wilder

Dallas Theater Center adds a fresh twist to this beloved tale of love, loss, daily life, and the meaning of life, narrated by a stage manager as he directs attention to the characters of the small town of Grovers Corners. The production includes live music and features translated passages by Nilo Cruz and Jeff Augustin in Spanish and English.

Where:  Kalita Humphreys Theater | 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas

When:   Thursday, Jan. 27–Sunday, Feb. 20

Web:      www.dallastheatercenter.org


Flesh and Bone

By Tonya Holloway and Anyika McMillan-Herod

A feisty middle-aged couple, Puddin’ and Abe, run a Dallas jook and chicken joint, using blues music and conversation to express love and joy and heal fear and pain. This world premiere short film will have one live performance, followed by streaming.

Where:  The Texas Theater | 231 West Jefferson Blvd, Dallas; streaming on computer and tablet

When:   Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Texas Theater; Saturday, Feb. 14–Sunday, March 6, streaming.

Web:      www.soulrep.org


Ragtime in Concert

Music by Stephen Flayherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally
Adapted from the book by E.L. Doctorow

Lyric Stage, renowned for the high standards of its locally produced musicals performed with a full, live 19-piece Lyric Stage Orchestra, offers a fully staged and choreographed concert production of Ragtime. This complicated gem explores three interwoven turn of the century tales about a Black ragtime musician; a white, unhappy upper-class wife; and a determined Jewish immigrant father as they follow their dreams to unexpected places.    

Where:  Majestic Theatre | 1925 Elm St., Dallas

When:   Thursday, Feb. 17–Sunday, Feb. 20

Web:      www.lyricstage.org


Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

By Taylor Mac

Picking up after the blood-soaked end of Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus, may seem an odd premise for a comedy, but this regional premiere is by Taylor Mac. This show, which focuses on two lowly servants charged with cleaning up the bodies after a civil war that has ended in 400 AD, nabbed seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Play.

Where:   Trinity River Arts Center | 2600 N Stemmons Freeway, Dallas

When:    Friday, Feb. 18–Sunday, March 6

Web:       www.kitchendogtheater.org

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