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  The Music Hall at Fair Park
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My favorite place to see a musical in the Southwest is in Dallas at the Dallas Summer Musicals, housed at the Music Hall in Fair Park. Don't let the name fool you, Dallas Summer Musicals is a year round venue presenting the best in musical theater in every season. Now I love to go to Broadway and see musical theater in New York. However, the experience at Dallas Summer Musicals has its own charm and attraction unlike anywhere else in the world. Imagine a romantic Spanish Baroque style building on the campus of Fair Park, home of the World's Fair of 1936 with art deco buildings and monuments. The interior feel of the Music Hall is so comfortable with a spacious and relaxing atmosphere. Picture luxurious 1970s style with original art sculptures, thick carpeting and lush seating. This is in refreshing contrast to the newer ATT Performing Arts Center in Dallas that feels awkward, cramped and uneasy. The seats in the Music Hall are large and make you feel like you are in an armchair rather than the new theaters that cram seats so close together to squeeze every dollar. You will feel pampered and cared for by the staff. The quality of the performances make you think you are in a Broadway theater, yet you are in the heart of Texas. I've been attending musicals and performances here for many years and I highly recommend it to you.

SPECIAL TIP: Go to the Dallas Summer Musicals during the time of the Texas State Fair. Your ticket to the musical entitles you to free admission to the Texas State Fair for the day of the performance! This is a great way to save money and have an unforgettable experience by spending the day at the Fair seeing the pig races, food contests, the latest automobiles, dog tricks, eating fried corny dogs, and topping it all off with a world class musical.

I recommend eating at the Music Hall for any performance. In my opinion, the buffet option is the best choice. The offerings at the salad bar alone are worth the price of the buffet. You'll find various salads, fine cheeses, sausages and aged meats, and cold grilled vegetables. The main buffet table has a sampling of hearty main dishes and vegetables. There is always an elaborate dessert buffet table with many fine cakes and desserts to sample. What I think is ingenious, is that they will create special selections based upon the theme of the musical that is showing for that night. For West Side Story there were contrasting American/New York dishes for the Jets and Puerto Rican dishes for the Sharks with names and ingredients to compliment these themes. Leonard Bernstein would be beaming. For the musical Shrek there were Swamp Salads with other foods related to characters like Donkey, Princess Fiona and Lord Farquaad. Try the themed cocktails like Shrek Ogre Juice and the Mary Poppins Martini.

The other option I like when short on time or funds is to go upstairs for a salad. They will create a fresh salad in a large stainless steel bowl. You choose the ingredients and they will toss it right in front of your eyes.

Reservation Line: 214.413.3940

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Dining at the Music Hall serves a sumptuous buffet before each performance. Reservations are recommended, but not required; call 214-413-3940.

The price for Dining in the Music Hall is not included in your event ticket price. Dining at the Music Hall opens 2 hours before show time, 12 noon for matinee performances and 6pm for evening performances at the Music Hall. The restaurant closes at show time. The buffet ranges from $21.95 - $25.95 (prices subject to change) depending on day and time. The Broadway Cafe is a lighter fare before each performance and during intermission. Sandwiches, salads, desserts, and snacks are sold from price points of $3 to $10.

Address: Fair Park 909 First Avenue Dallas, Texas 75210
Directions: The Music Hall is located in Fair Park just Southeast of downtown Dallas. Parking is available on the Fair Park grounds or, with a charge, is available in the lot just South of I-30 in between First and Second Aves.
Phone: 214-565-1116

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