DFW Fall Play Preview: Showcase of local actors in classic, modern shows

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Rachel Hastings, Contributing Writer

 

 

Whether you are a comedy connoisseur or a lover of the lyric stage, Dallas’ vibrant venues will demand your attention this September. Five Dallas theaters will be offering stunning season openers, from jazzy Broadway musicals to witty, small-scale plays.

Some of the earliest events are listed below:

1. Sept. 5-14, “Fiddler on the Roof”: Set in Russia during the early 1900s, the story centers on Tevye, a poor Jewish father of five, and his struggle to reconcile his family and faith traditions with his changing world. A classic musical, widely regarded as the last of Broadway’s golden age, “Fiddler on the Roof” was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won nine. The sweet but often melancholy music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick has captivated audiences since the musical premiered on Broadway in 1964.

Lyric Stage will be hosting the production of “Fiddler on the Roof” as their 22nd season opener, with Jay Dias as music director of a 34-piece orchestra and acclaimed Ben Pfluger as director. The show will run in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall. Tickets can be procured online at www.lyricstage.org, or by calling the box office at 972-252-2787. Prices range from $15 to $53 per single ticket. Feel free to visit the website listed above for more details.

Leslie Alexander as Golde and Jason Kane as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.”  -Photo courtesy of criticalrant.com
Leslie Alexander as Golde and Jason Kane as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.”
-Photo courtesy of criticalrant.com

2. Sept. 3-6, “Buyer and Cellar”: Inspired by Barbra Streisand’s coffee-table book “My Passion for Design”, Jonathan Tolins’ solo show depicts the Streisand through the eyes of her humorous employee Alex (Michael Urie), an aspiring but penniless actor hired by Streisand to staff her self-designed basement mall. Through his work with his employer, Alex discovers a more vulnerable side to the demanding celebrity’s character. Winner of the 2014 Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, “Buyer and Cellar” has been recommended by Nancy Churnin, the theatre critic for the Dallas Morning News, as one of the top five shows of the fall season.

“Buyer and Cellar” will run at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Tickets range from $35 to $65, and can be ordered online at tickets.attpac.org.

Michael Urie as Alex, an aspiring, penniless actor who begins working for Barbra Streisand and discovers her vulnerable side. This production has already performed in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and will conclude in Toronto after Dallas. Urie, a Plano native, is known for his role as Marc St. James in “Ugly Betty.” -Photo courtesy of Sandra Coudert/broadwaybox.com
Michael Urie as Alex, an aspiring, penniless actor who begins working for Barbra Streisand and discovers her vulnerable side. This production has already performed in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and will conclude in Toronto after Dallas. Urie, a Plano native, is known for his role as Marc St. James in “Ugly Betty.”
-Photo courtesy of Sandra Coudert/broadwaybox.com

3. Sept. 2-14, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”: After premiering on Broadway in 2012, the Tony Award-winning musical “Nice Work” will stop in Dallas on its very first world tour. Gilded by the glamor of the Roaring Twenties setting, the plot focuses on the wealthy Jimmy Winter and his imminent wedding to a high-society lady. The introduction of the beautiful bootlegger Billie Bendix, however, poses a threat to Winter’s pending marriage, as the lovely rumrunner sweeps the ladies’ man off his feet. With the 20s flair of George and Ira Gershwin’s music and the experienced directing of Kathleen Marshall, the multiple Tony-winning director of “Anything Goes,” “Nice Work” is sure to be a hit in Dallas.

In “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” characters are celebrating the impending nuptials of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. However, he soon meets and falls in love with a beautiful, feisty bootlegger named Billie Bendix. -Photo courtesy of Jeremy Daniel/dallas.culturemap.com
In “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” characters are celebrating the impending nuptials of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. However, he soon meets and falls in love with a beautiful, feisty bootlegger named Billie Bendix.
-Photo courtesy of Jeremy Daniel/dallas.culturemap.com

3. Sept. 2-14, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”: After premiering on Broadway in 2012, the Tony Award-winning musical “Nice Work” will stop in Dallas on its very first world tour. Gilded by the glamor of the Roaring Twenties setting, the plot focuses on the wealthy Jimmy Winter and his imminent wedding to a high-society lady. The introduction of the beautiful bootlegger Billie Bendix, however, poses a threat to Winter’s pending marriage, as the lovely rumrunner sweeps the ladies’ man off his feet. With the 20s flair of George and Ira Gershwin’s music and the experienced directing of Kathleen Marshall, the multiple Tony-winning director of “Anything Goes,” “Nice Work” is sure to be a hit in Dallas.

The show will run at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Tickets are $40 or higher, and can be ordered online at www.dallas-theater.com.

 

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