The TEXAS Outdoor Musical
TEXAS OUTDOOR MUSICAL was born in 1960 when Margaret Harper read an article in Reader’s Digest about a playwright and author named Paul Green. Mr. Green had recreated the history of several regions about the nation in tremendous dramas with pageantry and music. Mrs. Harper wrote to Paul Green and began corresponding with him about the land, people, and beauty of Palo Duro Canyon. As interest in the prospect of an outdoor theater began to grow, a small group of Canyon families funded the first trip for Paul Green to come to the Panhandle later that year. Mr. Green immediately dedicated himself to the project of bringing the history of the High Plains to the stage. The support organization eventually expanded to include Amarillo and all the surrounding areas.
A LONE HORSEMAN, carrying the flag of the great state of Texas appears atop a 600-foot cliff, signaling the beginning of the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the nation. With a moving swell of the music, the horseman gallops across the rim. Suddenly, a cast of more than 60 actors, singers, and dancers takes the stage to kick off the show that millions of fans from all around the world have come to see. Our show set against an authentic tapestry of history, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles, and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800s. Enjoy the singing, dancing, and a generous helping of good ol’ Texas humor too. Bedazzled with spellbinding lighting, special effects, and fireworks as we host the 55th season of the TEXAS OUTDOOR MUSICAL.
Palo Duro Canyon, TX 79015