The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts marks the most ambitious arts building project in the U.S. since New York's Lincoln Center in the early 1960's. Capitalized at nearly $338 million, the non-profit arts center has enlisted SHN, a longtime member of the Broadway League (formerly League of American Theatres and Producers), to serve as a consultant in its scheduling of Broadway tours that will serve as a component of the arts programming at the Dallas, TX venue.
SHN, led by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Robert Nederlander, has been responsible for producing Mamma Mia!, La Boheme, Wicked, White Christmas, Martin Short's Fame Becomes Me, The Producers, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring Awakening, Movin' Out, The Lion King and A Chorus Line, as well as launching the national tours of Proof, Avenue Q, Contact, The Light in the Piazza, and Jersey Boys.
Among the arts companies slated for residence at the Dallas Center are the Dallas Opera, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Texas Ballet Theatre and the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico.
The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will also provide the city's arts district with its first public park. The venue, designed by world-renowned architects, will host the 2,200-seat Winspear Opera House, a 600-seat modular theatre capable of accommodating thrust, arena and proscenium design, an outdoor entertainment venue, as well as a 750-seat performance hall for many of Dallas' local performing arts organizations. The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will also feature large rehearsal spaces, artist's suites and studios, cafes and restaurants.