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Modern Family, American Idiot, Jersey Boys: Busy Arts District Brings Big Shows to Winspear, Wyly

ATTPAC is packing the spring and summer show skedge with enormo productions and gigundo names. Love the guys on Modern Family? Got 'em. Craving some Gipsy Kings? Coming. Jersey Boys? Oh, baby (in four-part harmony).

Broadway tours, pop and jazz concerts and a bunch of TV stars talking and singing at you are among the picks of the mix. You can even do free outdoor yoga, Zumba and boot camp on the lawn outside the Winspear Opera House. Let's hit the highlights through June:


Local Motion ̶ Every Saturday at 9 a.m. through June 9 do outdoor exercise with licensed instructors on the lawn in front of the Winspear. Free parking under the opera house. Patio Sessions ̶ The third season of this free early evening music series in Sammons Park has already started. Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. through May, bring your own food and bevs in soft-sided coolers, or get eats from nearby food trucks and concession stands, and enjoy music under the stars. Coming up next: On April 26, Daniel Hart with Radiant (acoustic). On May 3, The Tejas Brothers. May 10, Chris Johnson of Telegraph Canyon with Ryan Thomas Becker. May 17, People on Vacation with Jake Mai. May 24, Dallas String Quartet. May 31, Salim & The Travoltas with Rahim Quazi. Modern Family Panel, 8 p.m., April 24, features the cast of the ABC hit sitcom discussing their show and taking audience questions. Co-creator/producer Steve Levitan will be onstage with actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet. Tickets, $12.50-$125. The Gipsy Kings, 8 p.m., May 2, Strauss Square (BYOB). The pop-progressive flamenco band in concert. Tickets, $55-$95. Diavolo, 8 p.m., May 4-5 at the Wyly Theatre. TITAS presents this troupe of gymnast/dancers known for their interactive sets and stunning acrobatics. Tickets: $12-$200.

Riders in the Sky star in Saddle-Up Sunday, 10 a.m., May 6, Strauss Square. Fun and games for cowpokes and cowkids with a concert by the Western music veterans. Tickets are $35 for adults/kids are free with adult ticketholder. American Idiot, Lexus Broadway Series, May 8-20 at the Winspear. Direct from Broadway, the hit musical based on Green Day's Grammy-winning album. Tickets $30-$150. Leo Kottke, 8 p.m., May 12, Wyly Theatre. The guitarist and Prairie Home Companion guest star in concert. Tickets, $47.50 and $57.50. Free Mother's Day Jazz Concert featuring Joseph Vincelli and Marcus Rockwell Trio, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 13, Strauss Square. The jazz greats in concert. BYOB or buy brunch on the scene, including $6 mimosas. Madeleine Peyroux, 7 & 9 p.m., May 24, Wyly Theatre. TITAS presents the European singer inspired by Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. Tickets $12-$200. Kristin Chenoweth, 8 p.m., May 24, Winspear Opera House. The chirpy Broadway (Wicked) and TV (GCB) star in concert. Tickets, $38-$125. Dick Van Dyke & the Vantastix, 7:30 p.m., May 29, Winspear. The TV and movie legend sings tunes from his 60 years in showbiz. He might even dance a little. Tickets: $38- $110. Capitol Steps, 7:30 p.m., June 1-2, Wyly Theatre. The D.C. comedy troupe brings their smart political satire to the stage. Tickets, $45. Wilson Phillips, 8 p.m., June 6, Winspear. A comeback cameo in Bridesmaids has made the trio of pop/rock offspring into a headline act again. Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson are back. Tickets, $25- $100. Bill Cosby, 8 p.m., June 9, Winspear. Sit-down comedy (he performs from a chair center stage) with a TV sitcom legend. Ticket, $45-$75. Jersey Boys, June 12-July 15, Winspear. The hit Broadway show tells the story with music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. One of the best Broadway tours around. Tickets start at $27.50.

Tickets for all of the above shows can be purchased online at, by phone at 214-880-0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday), or at the box office at Park Place Lexus Plano, 1025 Preston Road, Plano.

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Elaine Liner
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