Dallas Summer Musicals Figures Out a Clever Way to Beat the Pandemic, so Hello, Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams appeared at Curtain Call 2012, benefiting Dallas Summer Musicals.
Vanessa Williams appeared at Curtain Call 2012, benefiting Dallas Summer Musicals.

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By Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News Writer

“Live from the West Side” has proven to be a streaming sensation.

The pandemic has taken a fierce toll on Dallas-area arts organizations, Dallas Summer Musicals in particular. DSM recently announced that it would remain dark until May of next year, when it hopes to unveil the Tony Award-winning Hadestown. (The key word being “hopes.”)

In the meantime, Dallas Summer Musicals has figured out a clever way to give something back to its patrons while also enhancing the bottom line. It’s a phrase we’ve used often in 2020 but, once again, call it a way to make lemonade out of lemons.

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