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Whether it’s date night or girls’ night, it’s time to shake things up. How about making this the spring that you say goodbye to another boring night watching television and hello to exploring some terrific talent? From some of the biggest names in music to unique performances that make you thank your lucky stars that you live in Dallas, these next couple of months are packed with performances that will leave you not only entertained but also down right inspired. 

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March 14: Chris Stapleton’s All-American Roadshow at Globe Life Field

What better way to officially open the Texas Rangers’ new stadium than to welcome Chris Stapleton and some of his best buddies? Special guests include Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson and Yola. Let’s hope the venue’s inaugural event is smooth as Tennessee whiskey. 

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March 14: The Office, a Musical Parody at The Majestic Theatre

More into comedy than country? Also competing for the mid-March spotlight is this laid-back, laugh-inducing show downtown. It’s an unauthorized parody of the TV show that made Dwight Schrute the coworker you wish you had—and simultaneously made you realize that maybe your job isn’t so bad. Oh, it is on, like a prawn who yawns at dawn. 

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March 21: Dan + Shay at American Airlines Center

If you don’t like the smooth sounds of these two middle-aged men singing their hearts out, then we suggest you do some serious soul searching. And whether they sing “Tequila” first or last, we can’t wait to celebrate this concert with a margarita. 

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April 4: Michael Bublé at Dickies Arena, Fort Worth

This beautiful new entertainment venue is quite impressive (the 14,000-seater features epic chandeliers, leather work and terrazzo tile throughout), and because of that, it’s bringing in some pretty large names, this one being one of our favorites. Do you think if we say pretty please he’ll sing with a cowboy hat on? No? Maybe? OK, well, it never hurts to ask. 

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April 6 to 18: Mean Girls at Music Hall at Fair Park 

Suddenly, women all around Dallas are breathing a sigh of relief that they didn’t waste their one weekend away from the husband and kids on a trip to New York to see this Broadway number, based on Tiny Fey’s 2004 movie about a teen’s quest to overthrow the, well, mean girls at her new high school. I see an epic girls’ night in our future.

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April 24 to May 10: The Barber of Seville at The Dallas Opera

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! This is a night out that is all about the culture, baby. So much so that it is sung in Italian (but has English supertitles). Want to learn more about the performance before it starts? Head to the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall for a free pre-opera talk that takes place an hour before the show starts.

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April 14 to 19: Dallas Summer Musicals: Rent at Music Hall at Fair Park 

You don’t even have to wait 525,600 minutes to check out this killer production. And whether you’ve seen it once, twice or 30 times, it is always guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye. You have only a handful of days to catch this show, so don’t delay in grabbing those orchestra seats. 

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May 15 to 17: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Texas Ballet Theatre at Winspear Opera House 

How about a little Shakespeare to really get the party started? This romantic comedy features beautiful costumes and enchanting sets. There are both matinee and evening shows, so you can choose whether you want to make a day date or a dinner date out of the affair. 

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May 26 to 31: Bandstand AT WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE 

The year is 1945 and the mood is toe-tapping tunes and jaw-dropping dance moves. And in the age of musical talent shows, there is no better time to enjoy the tale of Donny Novitski, who enters a national competition to be the nation’s next great musical star. 

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June 9 to 28: Hamilton at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

Unless you’ve failed to turn on your radio, computer and television for the past several years, you have heard of Hamilton. (For those who’ve been off the grid, the hip-hop–infused play tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton.) And if you missed its tour of Dallas last year, you now have another chance to see the show when it hits the road and heads to Fort Worth to close out the spring show season. Seen it before? You know better than anyone that this is a performance that can be seen again and again. 

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