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Dallas Spring Theater Preview

The best of Broadway comes to the Metroplex again this year. Tony Award-winning shows drawn from Broadway classics, rock operas and Hollywood comedies will be on stage all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with local talent entertaining in some historic performances.

God Of Carnage
Kalita Humphries Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 526-8210

God of Carnage

Dates: May 11 - June 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $45 for the series, $90 for a full season package.

The 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play comes to the Metroplex in May at the Kalita Humphries Theater. The story begins with a playground fight between two 11 year olds, and escalates into an all-night argument between their parents. From plain smugness all the way to racism and homophobia, "God of Carnage" is a smart, funny trip from a minor dustup straight through to a paranoid explosion.

Crimes of the Heart
Contemporary Theatre of Dallas
5601 Sears Street
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-0094

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

Dates: June 22nd – July 15th, 2012
Tickets: Single tickets range from $22 to $32, season ticket packages from $70 to $102, different pricing for floor and balcony

The Contemporary Theatre of Dallas will put on "Crimes Of The Heart" in June and July, bringing the 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning play to Dallas. The black comedy of a family awaiting the death of their grandfather while confronting all of their own past sins and conflicts, "Crimes of the Heart" is also a Tony Award winner and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award winner for best play.

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American Idiot
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Winspear Opera House website

American Idiot

Dates: May 8-20, 2012, Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m..
Tickets: Available as part of a three-show package, call 214-880-0202 for details.

When Green Day first broke through in the mid-90s, it would have been considered a monumental stretch to say the three-piece punk band would one day be the toast of Broadway. After winning the Grammy Award for best Rock Album for "American Idiot" in 2004, the rock opera was taken to Broadway, where it ran for more than four hundred shows. Now, "American Idiot" finally comes to Dallas, telling the story of three friends making the decision between chasing their dreams and staying in the mind-numbing safety of the suburbs.

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Portraits Ballet Festival
Wyly Theatre
2400 Flora St (at Leonard St.)
Dallas, TX, 75201
(214) 526-8210
Wyly Theatre Tickets

Portraits Ballet Festival

Dates: April 20-22, 27-29, Friday and Saturday shows at 8:00 p.m., Sunday shoes at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Range from $30 to $50 for adults.

The Texas Ballet Theater will present two world premieres in April at their Portraits Ballet Festival at the Wyly Theatre. The first weekend (April 20-22) features George Balanchine's Apollo, inspired by the Greek God who was the patron of music and poetry. Ben Stevenson's Bartok also premieres there, a showcase of neoclassical dance. The second weekend (April 27-29) features Stevenson's Image, based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and also Val Caniparoli's Lambarena, which features the music of Bach intertwined with African rhythms and dance.

Legally Blonde
Level Ground Arts
2600 North Stemmons Expressway
Dallas, TX  75207
(972) 302-1801

Legally Blonde

Dates: June 1-23, 2012
Tickets: Season Passes start at $90 for the Mainstage package, $135 for the full season pass

The regional premiere of "Legally Blonde" comes to Dallas in June, on the Level Ground Arts Main Stage. "Legally Blonde," adapted from the movie of the same name, is the story of Elle Woods, a homecoming queen spurned by her boyfriend and driven to enroll at Harvard Law School. The show was a Laurence Olivier Award winner for Best New Musical, and also nominated for several Tonys.

Reid Kerr has been a professional writer for television and radio for more than twenty years. Currently living in Tyler, TX, Reid has written for Examiner for four years, as well as numerous other websites, newspapers, and magazines. His work can be found at

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