D Magazine released its Best of Big D issue, and the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center has claimed both the critic’s pick and reader’s choice for best performing arts venue. The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre was honored by critics, who highlighted its “unique and seemingly endless capacity” for staging a variety of shows. Meanwhile, the readers voted for the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, which D Magazine calls an “incredibly comfortable sonic experience.”
These honors are the latest in praise for the Center’s performance spaces. In 2015, Annette Strauss Square was named “best outdoor venue” by the Dallas Observer, and the Center campus was highlighted in USA Today’s Best City Arts Districts in 2014. In 2011, the Wyly Theatre garnered the prestigious AIA Institute Honors Awards for Architecture, among a list of accolades for its ingenious design.
The Wyly Theatre, a 575-seat theatre with a distinctive aluminum exterior, is home to one of the most versatile stages in the world designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas. As noted in the “Best of” issue, Center resident company Dallas Theater Center transformed the stage into a football field for the staging of Colossal, just one example of its creative usability.
The Winspear Opera House, designed by Foster + Partners of London, maximizes acoustics and viewing through its classic horseshoe setup and improves the audience experience through an extraordinary dedication to venue detail. Its excellent design has allowed the Center to bring world premieres and Broadway smash hits to North Texas, including The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and War Horse.
Year-round, the AT&T Performing Arts Center maximizes these stellar venues by curating the best and most recent from Broadway; the finest in world dance and music co-presented with TITAS Presents; top concerts, lectures and performers with Center Presents; and a five-year undertaking to present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.