Dallas Summer Musicals recently made its debut as Broadway Dallas and announced its 2022-2023 Germania Broadway Series Season.
“We changed our name from Dallas Summer Musicals to Broadway Dallas to accurately capture who we are and what we do,” said Ken Novice, president and CEO of Broadway Dallas. It encompasses not only the magnificent work that we put on our stage, but also our other exciting events and community engagement and education programs through which we share ‘the spirit of Broadway’ with as many members of our community as possible.”
The announcement was made during the first of a new “Spotlight Dinner Series” of fundraising evenings. The premise of the series is for attendees to experience exclusive dinners in beautiful Dallas homes or venues, each showcasing a specific Broadway Dallas production. On the menu for each event will be fine wines, a multi-course plated dinner, as well as show-themed entertainment and décor. The events benefit arts and education at Broadway Dallas, including programs in classrooms and throughout the community that serve more than 40,000 students and families each year.
The March 23 kickoff saw Ken Novice, Broadway Dallas President and CEO, host the first Spotlight Dinner on the stage of Music Hall at Fair Park in celebration of the Broadway Dallas renaming and the 2022-2023 season announcement. Starting in the Music Hall lobby, in celebration of the show announcement of My Fair Lady, Act One had guests sipping on British inspired cocktails including classics Pimm’s Cup No.1, the Vesper Martini, and Elderflower Gin & Tonics paired with passed hors d’oeuvres of tea sandwiches, mini-Yorkshire puddings, and stilton tartlets with pear, with an intermission solo performance of “I Could Have Danced All Night” by Riley Jones, a student from the Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards program.
For Act Two, attendees entered the theater and were greeted by the unveiling of the dinner on stage. Attendees including Diane and Hal Brierley, Calvert Collins-Bratton and Vince Bratton, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Leigh Ann and Tom Watson, Gail Plummer, Stacey Jones Angel, Kymberley Scalia, Terry Loftis, Veletta Forsythe Lill, and Helen and Brendan McGuire dined on a four-course meal inspired by the 2022-2203 Broadway Dallas season. From the amuse-bouche of a deconstructed lobster roll to the decadent milk chocolate crème brûlée dessert the evening’s dinner was accompanied by HALL Wines, additional unveilings of the season’s shows including Moulin Rouge, SIX, To Kill A Mockingbird, and more.
The evening concluded with the curtain lowering and rising again with an encore bow, lights, applause, and a champagne toast to celebrate the announcement that Moulin Rouge! will be the theme for the Broadway Dallas Gala to be held Saturday, April 1, 2023, with Kathryn and Craig Hall serving as Honorary Chairs.
The next Spotlight Dinner Series will be held on April 27 at a private estate centered around Broadway Dallas’ upcoming performance of Mean Girls. A revival of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! will be the third themed dinner in the series, held on the 23d floor of Museum Tower on May 19.
For more information, visit Broadway Dallas’ website.