AT&T Performing Arts Center Announces Single Tickets on Sale for Act III
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Sep 28, 2009, 07:34 AM

Three nights of once-in-a-lifetime performances from October 14 – 17

  The AT&T Performing Arts Center will premiere its signature venues with a series of once-in-a-lifetime performances during Act III, the fundraising component of the Center’s upcoming Grand Opening week.  From October 14 through October 17, Act III will feature star-studded casts of theatre, opera, dance and Broadway, culminating in a black-tie gala extravaganza throughout the Center.

Three-night packages, which include two tickets to Scenes 1, 2 and 3 and Gala begin at $5,000.  Single tickets for each Scene are also available beginning at $150: 

Scene 1:  Theatre - Wednesday, October 14, 8 p.m.

  • Balcony seating and valet parking pass - $150 per ticket.

Scene 1:  Theatre - reprised Friday, October 16, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

  • Floor seating and valet pass, $500 per ticket
  • Balcony seating and valet pass, $150 per ticket

Scene 2:  Opera/Ballet - Thursday, October 15, 8 p.m.

  • Dress Circle seating and valet pass - $500 per ticket
  • Grand Tier seating and self-parking pass - $150 per ticket

Scene 3:  Broadway + Gala, Saturday, October 17, 8 p.m.

  • Dress Circle seating, Gala admission and valet pass - $1500 per ticket
  • Grand Tier seating, Gala admission, self-parking pass - $500 per ticket

“Act III will truly be an experience of a lifetime with performances created exclusively for the opening of the Center – many never to be seen again.  Whether you come to all three evenings or select just one, we hope you will be a part of this historical event,” said Jeanne Marie Clossey, Act III chair.  

Each night, or “Scene,” of Act III will showcase one or more of the performing arts that will be presented at the AT&T Performing Arts Center:Willis2006SW.jpg

 Scene 1 (October 14, reprised October 16 in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre) will be an intimate staged theatrical experience that celebrates the creative spirits that bring an evening of theatre into being. Scene 1 features Will Power, a pioneer in Hip Hop Theater who has created his own style of theatrical communication, fusing original music, rhymed language and dynamic choreography to produce compelling work. It will also showcase the composer, with multiple Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors). Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/director James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual County Spelling Bee), also introduces his newest project, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, starring Tony Award-winning actress Debra Monk (Steel Pier, Curtains). Scene 1 is produced by Lou Adler and Kevin Duncan and is hosted by Bruce Willis (Wednesday, October 14 event only).

Scene 2 (October 15 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House) will be a showcase of opera and ballet featuring opera legends mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and baritone Thomas Hampson along with international contemporary ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and his company, Morphoses (pictured here) to premiere specially commissioned work all set to music provided by The Dallas Opera orchestra and chorus, under the direction of Graeme Jenkins.

Scene 3 (October 17 in the Winspear Opera House) will be a Broadway musical evening featuring multiple Tony Award-winning actors of stage and screen Patti LuPone (Gypsy, Evita, Sweeney Todd), George Hearn (La Cage Aux Folles, Sunset Boulevard), Kiril Kulish (Billy Elliot) and Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), directed by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, A Catered Affair, Company) and produced by Kevin Duncan.

Immediately following Scene 3, under the extraordinary design direction of Neiman Marcus, the nearly 2,200 guests will have a chance to be entertained into the night at a black-tie gala.  Patrons will indulge in a moveable feast of the finest cuisine from The Ritz-Carlton Dallas throughout the Center’s venues.  Late night entertainment in “Club Alon” in the Wyly Theatre will feature renowned performers Ellis Hall, Eden Espinosa and Mindi Abair.

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Act III is the culmination of the nine-year campaign to build the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which has raised more than $335 million to date, with 130 gifts of $1 million or more—an unprecedented number for a capital campaign for the arts.  Act I, presented in 2002, launched the campaign’s public fund-raising phase.  In 2006, the Center hosted Act II to celebrate the beginning of construction of the Center.

MorphosesAbout the AT&T Performing Arts Center:

The AT&T Performing Arts Center, a new multi-venue Center for music, opera, theatre and dance will open in October 2009, completing the vision of the Dallas Arts District. The Center will provide multi-state-of-the-art facilities woven together by an urban park covering more than ten acres to create a dynamic cultural destination that will be unparalleled in the world. The Center will feature the following:

·         The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed in a modern horseshoe configuration, will seat 2,200 (with capacity up to 2,300), designed by Foster + Partners.

·         The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre will serve as a gateway to the Dallas Arts District from the downtown Dallas business center and will seat 600, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas.

·         The completely new Annette Strauss Artist Square will be the Center’s outdoor entertainment venue, designed by Foster + Partners.

·         The City Performance Hall will provide main stage production space for many of Dallas’ smaller performing arts organizations, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

·         The Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park will unify the venues within a lush urban oasis and will create a dynamic cultural destination in downtown Dallas, designed by Michel Desvigne.

·         Two underground parking structures that will accommodate more than 850 vehicles.

More information on the AT&T Performing Arts Center is available at

What an exciting time to be in Dallas! Our city is on the international map again with the opening of theAT&T Performing Arts Center, ACT III gala, events coordinated with Nasher Sculpture Center, acres and acres of parks opening this year and through 2010 and the Trinity River Bridge and Park projects. There are many events open to the public celebrating the DCPA. Here's the scoop:

The Grand Opening celebrations will begin on the morning of Monday, October 12, 2009, with a civic dedication. Held in the Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park, the 10-acre public park that unifies the venues of the Center, the civic dedication will launch the week of celebratory events. This event will be free and open to the public.

Following the civic dedication and each day throughout the Grand Opening week will be a series of outdoor performances and performance art. Mass Ensemble, a multi-media performance group, will install a large-scale interactive instrument known as the Earth Harp on site, stretching strings from the ground to the roofline of the Center’s neighbor to the east, the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Mass Ensemble will perform on the instrument throughout the week and the public will be invited to participate and play. Grand Opening week will also feature light shows by Luma and gravity-defying acrobatic performances by Anti-Gravity.


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