Have you heard? Jesus has risen, and you can find him in The Colony. The world premiere of a major new musical is one of 17 — yes! 17! — shows opening in May, so don't ever complain about there being nothing to do in Dallas-Fort Worth.
In order of start date, here are 17 local shows to watch this month:
His Story: The Musical
The Broadway Tent at Grandscape, open-ended
In this new contemporary pop musical based on the life of Jesus, a common man from a sketchy family arrives in the big city and defies expectations. He performs miracles and speaks great wisdom, but chooses friends from the dregs of society and hangs out in the wrong part of town. Mocked by the establishment, he is adored by the people. This world premiere "Broadway-style theatrical event" is currently open-ended.
Billy Porter in Concert
AT&T Performing Arts Center, May 10
Porter brings passion and joy with his first-ever career-spanning pop-music concert tour. The concert will feature a full band, backed by a video installation, fronted by Porter telling his life story through song. The 90-minute event will feature his chart-topping hits "Love Is on the Way" and "Love Yourself," a tinge of Broadway, a nod to Pose, and songs from his new album Black Mona Lisa.
Circe: The Song of Benedito
Prism Movement Theater, through May 13
Circe: The Song of Benedito combines dance, song, and martial arts to tell the story of enslaved Africans from Angola who developed Capoeira. This martial art utilized song and dance to secretly develop techniques that allowed them to escape their captors.
Natural Shocks: A One-Woman Play in a Tornado
Echo Theatre, through May 13
An insurance agent, a gun, and a tornado walk into a basement. It’s a comedy…until it isn’t. Angela is a fast-talking woman filled with mostly true stories about her mother, her husband, and how likely they are to actually die in a tornado. Based on Hamlet's “To Be or Not To Be,” Natural Shocks is a 60-minute, one-woman tour-de-force that is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning.
Darken: Less A Light On
Ochre House Theater, through May 20
Written and directed by Kevin Grammer, this new play takes place "in truly absurd times." A woman, having done something brave, now fears for her safety and falls into a cloud of paranoia. An oddball group of friends, family, and strangers try to push her forward — or pull her back.
The Light in the Piazza
Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas, through May 20
When strong-willed Southern housewife Margaret Johnson and her charming daughter Clara vacation in Italy in the summer of 1956, Margaret hopes the magic and memories of Florence will sweep her off her feet, but it’s Clara and the earnest Fabrizio who fall in love at first sight. Suddenly, mother and daughter must brave blossoming love, buried secrets, and a startling cultural clash to uncover the hopeful new chapters they didn’t know they’d been searching for.
Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical
Stage West, through May 21
In an epic game of cat and mouse, two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet and vow to destroy anyone who gets in their way. Seduced by passion and revenge, this devious duo spins a web of dangerous liaisons and find themselves entangled in the cruelest game of all: love. Based on the cult classic film and featuring favorite '90s hits, this new jukebox musical is utterly intoxicating. This is a co-production with Dallas' Uptown Players.
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, through May 21st
World Classic is what happens when you take the quintessential American domestic drama away from white suburbia. Like The Humans or August: Osage County before it, the play takes place during one night, but unlike them, it focuses on those that had to sacrifice their homeland and, in the process, compromise their heritage.
Broadway at the Bass, May 9-14
Tootsie is a laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater, based on the Oscar-nominated film. It tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. It features a Tony-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony winner David Yazbek.
Fiddler on the Roof
Broadway at the Center, May 11-13
Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher brings his fresh take on a beloved masterpiece to life as Fiddler on the Roof comes to Dallas. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.
Magic Mike Live: The Tour
Stonebriar Centre, May 11-June 11
The North American touring production of Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live comes to Frisco, featuring professional dancers delivering a thrilling 90-minute show that packs in daring dance routines, acrobatics, live music, comedy, and more in a 360-degree venue.
The 22+ Weddings of Hugo Multiple
Teatro Dallas, May 12-27
Why in the world does Hugo, a simple postal clerk, keep getting married so many times? The 22+ Weddings of Hugo Multiple is based on the true tale of a "beautiful crime." It's a humorous story that delves into hidden themes of our day, from empathy and immigration to love in times of hatred, and our common need to find refuge.
Centerstage Gala: Renaissance
Dallas Theater Center, May 13
An evening of fine dining, live music, performances by the Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company, and more, this gala will revisit the past, recognize amazing people, and reveal the future. The 2023 Linda and Bill Custard Award will be given to Robyn Flatt, executive artistic director and co-founder of Dallas Children’s Theater.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Broadway Dallas, May 16-28
Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature: small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, and a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley. Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas, who recently celebrated a 60-year anniversary of performing on both stage and screen, will play the role of Atticus Finch.
Lyric Stage, May 18-21
Adapted from the 1999 Walt Disney Animation Studios film of the same name, Tarzan follows the journey from "boy to man" of an infant who is raised by gorillas in the jungles of West Africa. As Tarzan develops feelings for a young woman who suddenly appears in his jungle, he discovers that his animal upbringing clashes with his human instincts, causing him to struggle with not only his love for Jane but how to protect his family. The musical features heart-pumping music & lyrics by rock legend Phil Collins performed by a live orchestra.
I and You
Echo Theatre, May 18-June 3
Caroline doesn’t do school. And she hates poetry. Home-bound due to a life-threatening illness, Caroline has isolated herself in her room as she awaits an organ transplant, which seems fated to never arrive. But then classmate Anthony, a devoted Walt Whitman enthusiast, bursts into her life armed with an urgent homework assignment, waffle fries, and his own vivacious love of life.
Riders of the Purple Sage
Hip Pocket Theatre, May 19-June 11
Johnny Simons and James Maynard adapted Zane Grey’s original story Riders of the Purple Sage, which was last seen at Hip Pocket in 1996, with two previous productions. Featuring action, adventure, and romance in the wide open spaces, it’s a classic Western of the silent film era, about Lassiter, an avenging gunslinger in black; Jane Withersteen, a plucky and determined cattle rancher; and the dastardly forces that separate them.