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Filling the Turtle Void

 

By Todd Camp

It’s going to be a long wait until the Turtle Creek Chorale returns with the premiere of its 2014–2015 season with the show “Brave” taking place Oct. 17–18, 2014, at the Latino Cultural Center. Until then, we’ve got a few suggestions to pass the time that might not rival harmonic nirvana, but they should take your mind off the wait.

1. Catch a screening of the stage musical turned big-screen adaptation Jersey Boys to sate your appetite for the Christmas releases of Broadway movie musicals Annie (Dec. 19) and Into the Woods (Dec. 25).

2. The Boy from Oz, a celebration of the life of camp king Peter Allen and brought beautifully to life by Hugh Jackman on Broadway, makes its U.S. regional theater premiere July 25–Aug. 10 by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas. Tickets at UptownPlayers.org.

3. No reason to not keep the diva dream alive with pop songstress Tori Amos performing July 29 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Tickets at ATTPAC.org.

4. Show tune lovers probably already have their tickets for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s moody masterpiece, Phantom of the Opera, rumored to be even bigger and better than previous productions. It runs Aug. 6–24 at Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Tickets at ATTPAC.org.

5. Whip up a pitcher of vodka martinis and settle in for a screening of the show choir-tastic movie Pitch Perfect — for, like, the 10th time. Take comfort in the knowledge that Pitch Perfect 2 is coming in 2015 and will include local a cappella wunderkinds Pentatonix.

6. We may not have Tammy Wynette with us anymore, but the original coal miner’s daughter, Loretta Lynn, will perform Aug. 9 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Tickets at BassHall.com.

7. Return to Dallas City Performance Hall for the inaugural season of Dallas DanceFest, showcasing the best in local movement masters, including the phenomenal Bruce Wood Dance Project. Performances are Aug. 29–31 at DCPH. For more information visit dallasdancefest.org.

8. She’s diva royalty and the undisputed Queen of Soul; Aretha Franklin performs Sept. 6 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Tickets at ATTPAC.org.

9. The 2014–2015 season of Dallas Summer Musicals kicks off in September with the brand new musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin. The show premieres Sept. 2–14 at Music Hall in Fair Park. Tickets at DallasSummerMusicals.org. It moves to Fort Worth’s Bass Hall Sept. 16–21. Tickets at BassHall.com.

10. Mark your calendar for Aug. 20, 2014 when season passes go on sale for Turtle Creek Chorale’s 2014–2015 season. You can order online at TurtleCreek.org or call (214) 526-3214.