The Dallas arts community has thrived for decades, but in 1993 a dearth — for both artists & audiences alike — of locally produced, professional musical theater inspired Steven Jones to create & establish Lyric Stage, Inc. — a 501c3 professional musical theatre company — with the mission of developing & preserving the musical, a uniquely American art form.
Since 1993, Lyric Stage has grown to become one of North Texas’ most honored theatre companies, being both locally and nationally recognized for its work. For over 25 years, Founding Producer Steven Jones has remained committed to Lyric Stage’s mission by: producing 125 productions including 2 Off-Broadway shows; creating over 3,000 jobs in Dallas County by remaining committed to employing local artists, technicians & fabricators; developing & producing 21 world-premiere musicals; working with the R&H Organization, Jule Styne Estate, & Jerome Moross family to restore and produce full, orchestral productions of such classics as CAROUSEL, THE KING & I, SHOWBOAT, GYPSY, and THE GOLDEN APPLE (recorded by PS Classics and available as the first full-length recording); working closely with native Texans Harvey Schmidt (composer) & Tom Jones (lyricist), creators of the THE FANTASTICKS, to produce and preserve their works; and honoring excellence in local, high school musical theatre since 2010 by sponsoring The Schmidt & Jones Awards.
In 2017, after 24 Seasons at the Irving Arts Center, Lyric Stage moved to producing at Dallas’ historic Majestic Theatre, located in downtown Dallas, at 1925 Elm Street. The beautiful, 100-year old Baroque-style vaudeville theatre was, and is, the perfect fit for Lyric Stage’s large-scale musicals, which always feature local artists, actors, and the always live, Lyric Stage Orchestra.
In 2019, Catherine Carpenter Cox joined Lyric Stage as Producer, and has remained committed to sustaining and growing Founder Steven Jones’ commitments to and legacy of producing high quality, locally produced, professional musical theatre. Cox also continues to honor Lyric Stage’s mission by looking for ways to evolve and grow in the ever-changing landscape of the arts, so that future audiences and generations will be able to experience the musical, a uniquely American art form.
In 2023, we welcome you to our 30th season with Cinderella, Trailer Park, Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers, Sweeney Todd, and Guys and Dolls.
Here is a clip from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Enjoy, and see you at the theatre.