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Best Upcoming Theater Events In DFW

DFW has a wide variety of live theater productions this summer and many are within walking distance to great restaurants. Enjoy the famed architectural details in the historic venues listed below or rock out in the new high-tech Wyly Theatre in the Performing Arts District of downtown Dallas. Whichever you choose, each performance is sure to impress.
Avenue Q
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"Avenue Q" 
Theatre Three, Inc.
2800 Routh St, Suite168
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 871-3300

Performances: Now through July 29

Theatre Three and its sister company Theatre Too were recently honored with TheaterJones' Best of 2011 award. After 50 years, Artistic Director Jac Alder continues to push the boundaries of live theatre. "Avenue Q" is an uproarious Tony-winning musical. Imagine "Sesame Street" puppets for adults with catchy little songs like "It Sucks to be Me" and rebellious, politically-incorrect moments. Older teenagers will enjoy the show, but parents should use discretion since it covers adult subject matter. Located in the Quadrangle in uptown Dallas, Theatre Three is within walking distance to good restaurants and offers free covered parking.

The Divine Sister

"The Divine Sister" 
Kalita Humphrey's Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 219-2718

Performances: Now through July 29

Uptown Players returns to the historic Kalita Huymphrey's Theater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, for a regional premiere of the off-Broadway hit "The Divine Sister," by Charles Busch. Wholly outrageous, it is a wonderful comic satire of the Hollywood gems like "The Bells of St. Mary's" and other sinfully-pious films of a certain age. Starring Coy Covington as Mother Superior, this madcap comedy is devilish fun for those 18 and up.

Related: Best Places to See Ballet in the DFW Area

Peter Pan

"Peter Pan"
State Fair Music Hall
909 1st Ave
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 565-1116

Performances: Now through July 22

Conceived by an award-winning team, State Fair Music Hall presents the original London cast in this smash production of J.M. Barrie's classic story of "Peter Pan." Starring Tony Award-nominee Cathy Rigby, "Titanic" star Jonathan Hyde as Hook and "Harry Potter" star Abby Ford as Wendy, this dazzling production features puppets, high-flying feats and epic music. It is located in the historic and magically-remodeled Fair Park Music Hall. The show runs almost 2 ½ hours long with a 20-minute intermission and is not recommended for children under age five. Half price tickets can be purchased at the door before the performance begins.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat" 
Dallas Theater Center
Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center
2400 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 526-8210

Performances: Now through August 12

Billed as "an event of Biblical proportions," the Dallas Theater Center production has no problem living up to the hype. Performed in The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, considered one of the world's most innovative theater facilities, this rocking musical tells the Old Testament story of Joseph in musical and dance styles from rock to western to a 1920's Charleston. Fans of exciting theater look forward to Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat" music and this production directed and choreographed by the amazing Joel Ferrell. This family-friendly show will leave you smiling and appreciating the life of Joseph who became the ruler of Egypt after being sold into slavery by his brothers.

Theater Stage
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Casa Mañana
3101 W Lancaster Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 332-2272

Performances: July 27 through July 29

This exciting Tony Award-winning musical about religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension explores the heart of man and the endurance of love against all odds. This is based on a true story of Jewish factory-owner Leo Frank who was wrongly convicted for the rape and murder of his thirteen-year-old employee Mary Phagan. Set in Atlanta, Georgia during 1913, the events following his trial and the revival of the defunct KKK led to the formation of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Written by Alfred Uhry with music and lyrics by Harold Prince, "Parade" was first produced on Broadway in 1998 and was nominated for nine Tony Awards. This play contains mature subject matter and is not suitable for all audiences.

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Marilee Vergati, is an international award winning art director and writer. As a native Dallasite and fifth generation Texan, she brings a unique insight to her beloved state, its events, arts, ecology and people. Her work can be found on

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