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June 22-24 Garland Summer Musicals presents My Fair Lady. Hailed by critics and audiences for its heart and its wit, My Fair Lady is a beautiful musical about transformation, patronage, gender politics and class, based on George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion. Acclaimed Professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins makes a wager with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off "gutter snipe" Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball - it is beloved for being both one of the cleverest and one of the most romantic plays of all time. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th Street. Information:

Through July 1 Dallas Theater Center's White Rabbit Red Rabbit is at the Studio Theatre, 2400 Flora Street. White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been called a play. But it's a lively, global sensation that no one is allowed to talk about. Its award-winning playwright is Iranian. His words have escaped censorship and are awaiting you, the audience. Slyly humorous and audaciously pointed, this 'theater entertainment meets social experiment' is unlike anything, and will make you question everything. Have fun! Recommended for people Elementary School age and up. Information:

Through July 1 The Last Five Years at WaterTower Theatre deals with the universal question: Are you where you thought you'd be five years ago? Intimately observant and often funny, this award-winning musical follows two 20-something artists in New York, as their relationship blossoms and sours. The beginning, the end, and everything in between is put into perspective in this touching and sympathetic tale. The theater is at 15650 Addison Road. Information:

Through July 7 The Lion King, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, comes to the Music Hall at Fair Park. Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular - one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. The Music Hall is at 909 1st Ave. in Dallas. Information:

Through July 8 Les Liaisons Dangereuses is being presented by Theatre Three. You may know it as Dangerous Liasons, the title of the film adaptation. A tale of seduction set in France among aristocrats before the revolution, this is a classic drama for exploring decadent sexuality, morals and manipulation played as the ultimate game with tragic results. Christopher Hampton adapted the play from the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and was nominated for a Tony in 1987. The theater is in The Quadrangle at 2800 Routh St. in Dallas. Information:

Through July 8 Don't miss Dallas Children's Theater's National Touring Production of How I Became A Pirate. Ahoy matey! It's time to sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion with Jeremy Jacob and his new pirate friends. On board the ship, Jeremy travels to new worlds while learning the rules of pirate life, and searches for a place to bury their treasure. But it isn't long before he misses his family and yearns for someone to tuck him in at night back home. A story of adventure and finding one's own heart - a path that can't be found on any map! The performances take place at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. Information:

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, as its name implies, serves up theatre of a different sort with deadly musical comedy and pirates on the loose:
June 28-Aug. 18 Captain Blood. Pirates are back in style! So here are some more for you - but none of your modern sissy-pirates - our old-fashioned pirates are unafraid of such fearsome weapons as flintlocks, cutlasses, and popcorn. Welcome to the adventures of the most bumbling bunch of buccaneers that ever buckled a swash. Another of the Pocket's infamous popcorn-tossing comedy-spoofs.
It's comedy, farce and loony melodrama at the theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information:

July 13-29 Adapted from the 1994 Academy Award-winning film and presented by The Uptown Players, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the heartwarming, uplifting musical adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam (two drag queens and a transsexual), who take their show to the middle of the Australian Outback. Aboard a battered old bus called Priscilla, they search for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have dreamed. With a hit parade of dancefloor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," "Hot Stuff," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love The Nightlife," this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous! Performances are at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Information:

July 20-Aug. 4 George Washington Slept Here is at the Dupree Theatre in the Irving Arts Center. Newton Fuller just wants "a little place in the country to call his own." Despite disgust from his city-slicker wife and daughter, Newton drags his family out to their own personal "Green Acres," a wreck of a homestead with broken windows, falling plaster and a cow in the kitchen. But with a little bit of faith and a lot of guts, maybe Newton can make this house into a home. The Irving Arts Center is at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Information:

July 24-Aug. 5 Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, is a story of love, passion and drama. Ten years after disappearing from the opera house, the Phantom has a new life in Coney Island. He's finally found his niche, but he still yearns for his true love, Christine. When she visits New York, there are plenty of twists and turns in store. Performances are at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. in Dallas. Information:

July 25-Aug. 19 The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. With well-known songs such as "Shipoopi', "Pick-a-little, talk-a-little" and "Ya Got Trouble", this show is CERTAIN to be one of the BEST in The Firehouse Theatre's history! The classic is playing at The Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information:
July 28 Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival is the largest hip-hop dance festival in the south, and fast becoming the hip-hop authority in Texas. Dancers of ALL ages are featured, representing all forms of hip-hop dance. The vision is to create an experience that each performer and spectator will remember forever. One weekend that will serve to educate, inspire, and showcase growing and established talent in the Southwest. There are three unique events during the festival - Convention, Battle, and The Show. This family-friendly event welcomes all ages. The Show is at the Majestic Theatre, located at 1925 Elm St. Information: Sept. 6-23 Garland Civic Theater presents Barefoot in the Park, an all-time classic by Neil Simon. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 600 5th Street. Information:

Every Thursday Dallas Comedy House is a beloved local institution, and it offers something unique every Thursday - the weekly Improv Comedy Night, in which some of the club's best comedians create a fully improvised scene based on audience suggestions. The Dallas Comedy House is at 3025 Main St. in Deep Ellum. Information:

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