THE BOOK OF MORMON IS COMING TO BASS HALL!

WINNER! TONY AWARD – BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD – BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! DRAMA DESK AWARD – BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD – BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD – BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! GRAMMY AWARD – BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM

“THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.
Heaven on Broadway! A celebration of the privilege
of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

NATIONAL TOUR OF


COMING TO BASS HALL IN 2015-2016 SEASON!

The National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards ® including Best Musical, will play in Fort Worth at Bass Performance Hall as part of Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2015-2016 Broadway at the Bass season.

2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass season ticket holders will have priority access* to tickets ahead of the general public!

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

*2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass season ticket holders are entitled to renew their seats for the 2015-2016 season featuring THE BOOK OF MORMON and other titles to be announced later.

For more information, visit http://www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com.

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CINDERELLA cast announced!

Paige Faure and Andy Jones will star in the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA.   Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Paige Faure and Andy Jones will star in the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Producers of the Tony® Award-winning musical Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA have announced additional casting for the first national tour, coming to Bass Performance Hall next summer, June 23-28, 2015.

Ready to sweep Cinderella off her feet, Andy Jones will play the role of Prince Topher. Andy was a member of the original Broadway company of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA and understudied the role of Prince Topher. He currently appears in Bullets Over Broadway The Musical.

The show’s producers are Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis. The shows will be presented at Bass Performance Hall by Performing Arts Fort Worth, as part of the 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass series. Dallas Summer Musicals will also present the tour at Fair Park Music Hall June 9-21, 2015.

The tour cast will also feature Kecia Lewis (Leap of Faith, The Drowsy Chaperone) as Marie, The Fairy Godmother, Blake Hammond (First Date, Sister Act) as Sebastian, Aymee Garcia (Shrek The Musical, Avenue Q) as Charlotte, Ashley Park (Mamma Mia!) as Gabrielle, David Andino (50 Shades! The Musical) as Jean-Michel and Antoine Smith (Memphis) as Lord Pinkerton.

It was previously announced Paige Faure, Broadway’s current reigning princess, will launch the tour in the title role this fall. Rounding out the ensemble are Adrien Arrieta, Adrian Badoo, Summer Broyhill, Audrey Cardwell, Jennifer Evans, Alexandra Frohlinger, Richard Gatta, Jordana Grolnick, Eric Anthony Johnson, Danielle Jordan, Bruce Landry, Ben Lanham, Stephanie Jae Park, Blakely Slaybough, Paige Williams, Thad Turner Wilson, John Yi and Alexandra Zorn.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.

More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase and orchestrations are by Danny Troob.

One of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most popular titles, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was written for television, debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

Mr. Beane’s book for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical’s cherished score with songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”

The creative team includes scenic design by Tony® Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony® Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony® Award nominee Nevin Steinberg.

For more information please visit http://www.basshall.com.

Bass Hall Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

The Bass Hall spot booth, where sound and lighting technicians from tours leave their "signatures.&quot

The Bass Hall spot booth, where sound and lighting technicians from tours leave their “signatures.”

Dione Kennedy, President & CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth

Dione Kennedy, President & CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth

Today, our President & CEO Dione Kennedy blogs about the latest lighting and sound upgrades we’ve installed in the auditorium of Bass Performance Hall, in hopes of making the Hall’s wonderful acoustics even more so. These upgrades took us high above the stage, in secret rooms, on hidden beams, places the public has never seen. Until now, that is. We hired local photographer Jill Johnson to capture images of these seldom-seen nooks and crannies, as Dione explains below.

There’s never really a “slow time” at Bass Performance Hall. If nothing is happening on the stage, you can bet there’s something happening above or below it.

Last year, we here at Performing Arts Fort Worth cleared the calendars of Bass Hall, Van Cliburn Recital Hall and McDavid Studio to make sound and lighting upgrades. We strive to bring you the best the entertainment world has to offer, using the best audio and visual razzmatazz that the technical industry has to offer.

To help orchestrate these tasks, we brought in David Lawler, an old friend of the Hall who has guided us through upgrades since 1999, and technicians from J.R. Clancy, one of the leading companies in stage rigging. Over the course of several weeks, our Production and Building Services teams worked with Lawler and J.R. Clancy techs on these upgrades, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the end results. You’ll now notice crisper sound and sharper lights in all three spaces.

The biggest change we made was in sound, as we converted from analog to digital. Robert Earl Keen’s Texas-sized guitar riffs will be bigger and bolder. And when Hal Holbrook whispers a quiet, dramatic line in “Mark Twain Tonight,” you’ll hear every nuance in every utterance, as this upgrade boosted speech intelligibility.

A peek at the Bass Hall stage, from the center of the dome. Photo by Jill Johnson. (Click to enlarge)

A peek at the Bass Hall stage, from the center of the dome. Photo by Jill Johnson. (Click to enlarge)


We also overhauled our lighting, replacing some of our longtime theatrical lighting fixtures with state-of-the-art, color-changing LED lights. At the same time, we also had our routine rigging inspection and shell-ceiling maintenance done.

This was fun but sometimes harrowing work that found our teams high above the stage, nine stories from the ground.

Ongoing work in the Hall includes upgrades to our spotlights, which are housed in what we call a “spot booth.” This is a teeny-tiny room, hidden away from plain sight, where up to four people man the spotlights that “follow” the performers onstage.

Those who work the spotlights for touring Broadway shows often stencil the name and date of their tours somewhere in our spot booth – an old theater tradition.

Phantom of the Opera and Memphis left behind their stenciled "signatures." Photo by Jill Johnson.

Phantom of the Opera and Memphis left behind their stenciled “signatures.” Photo by Jill Johnson.

Broadway tours such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, West Side Story and The Lion King have left behind their colorful signatures in our spot booth, and we thought it would be fun to show them to you. Since that area of the Hall is inaccessible to the public, this may be the only time you get a glimpse of this magical little spot.

The incredible images below, taken by our house photographer Jill Johnson, should give you a good idea of how goose-bump-raising all of this work can be.

I do hope that you’ll come see us soon, so you can fall in love with Bass Hall all over again, as I certainly did after I experienced all of these incredible technical upgrades.

Enjoy Jill’s images below. See you at the theater.

Performing Arts Fort Worth Technical Director Doug Kirk (left) and J.R. Clancy technician John Eckert carefully walk on red steel beams, 90 feet above the Bass Hall stage.

Performing Arts Fort Worth Technical Director Doug Kirk (right) and J.R. Clancy technician John Eckert carefully walk on red steel beams, 90 feet above the Bass Hall stage.

The stage right pin rail, where large ropes are used to hoist scenery, lights, stage effects and, sometimes, people.

The stage right pin rail, where large ropes are used to hoist scenery, light, stage effects and, sometimes, people.

Technical Director Doug Kirk chats with us on one of the technician rails, hidden from the view of the audience.

Technical Director Doug Kirk chats with us on one of the technician rails, hidden from the view of the audience.

A secret door that leads to a secret “access room,” currently used for storage.

Our four spotlights are named after the Three Stooges. Say "Hi" to Moe. Larry, Curly and Shemp are up here, too.

Our four spotlights are named after the Three Stooges. Say “Hi” to Moe. Larry, Curly and Shemp are up here, too.

Signatures from Miss Saigon's tech team, from 2005.

In our spot booth, tech teams from Miss Saigon left behind their stenciled signature, 2005.

Signatures from the second national tour of West Side Story, 2013.

Signatures from the second national tour of West Side Story, 2013.

Mamma Mia!, Fosse and 9 to 5.

Mamma Mia!, Fosse and 9 to 5.

Texas Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker, through the years.

Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker, through the years.

Doug looks as tiny as ant as he works on turnbuckles in the Hall.

Doug looks as tiny as an ant as he works on turnbuckles in the Hall.

Doug checks out the forestage reflectors. These reflectors direct early reflections from within the orchestra shell to the front positions of the seating area, enhance on-stage hearing for players situated on the pit lift forward of the proscenium, improve ensemble hearing in the orchestra pit and provide reinforcement of low power string instruments.

Doug checks out the forestage reflectors. These reflectors direct early reflections from within the orchestra shell to the front positions of the seating area, enhance on-stage hearing for players situated on the pit lift forward of the proscenium, improve ensemble hearing in the orchestra pit, and provide reinforcement of low power string instruments.

Not visible to the public, a beam signed by Perry R. Bass at the Hall’s “topping out” ceremony. In building construction, “topping out” is a construction tradition held when the final beam is placed atop a structure during its building.

The team that worked on sound and lighting upgrades included (clockwise): Doug Kirk, Technical Director Audio Systems; Carey Rogers, Assistant Director of Building Services; Steve Truitt, Technical Director; and

The team that worked on sound and lighting upgrades included (clockwise): Doug Kirk, Technical Director Audio Systems; Carey Rogers, Assistant Director of Building Services; Steve Truitt, Technical Director; and J.R. Clancy technician John Eckert.

All photos by Jill Johnson.

THE VOICE finalist SASHA ALLEN to star in PIPPIN national tour, coming to Bass Hall in ’15!

Sasha Allen, a fourth season finalist on NBC’s “The Voice," will star in the national tour of PIPPIN. Photo: NBC.

Sasha Allen, a fourth season finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” will star in the national tour of PIPPIN. Photo: NBC.

The producers of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical PIPPIN have announced casting for the U.S. national tour, which comes to Bass Performance Hall July 21-26, 2015 (the show will also play at Dallas Summer Musicals July 7-19, 2015).

The tour will feature Sasha Allen (a finalist on the fourth season on NBC’s The Voice) as Leading Player, Kyle Selig (THE BOOK OF MORMON tour) as Pippin, Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (created the role of “Pippin” in the 1972 original Broadway production) as Charles, Sabrina Harper (Pippin, original Broadway Revival cast) as Fastrada and Kristine Reese (WICKED on tour) as Catherine. The company also includes Skyler Adams, Sascha Bachman, Bradley Benjamin, Dmitrious Bistrevsky, Mark Burrell, Mathew deGuzman, Fernando Dudka, Mirela Golinska, Kelsey Jamieson, Preston Jamieson, Lisa Karlin, Alan Kelly, Melodie Lamoreux, Tory Trowbridge, Mackenzie Warren and Borris York.

Additional casting, including the role of Berthe, will be announced soon.

This all-new production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s PIPPIN is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers).

With a book by Hirson and music and lyrics by Schwartz, PIPPIN features music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Tony Award nominee Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Award nominees Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.

PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including “Magic To Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”

The original production of PIPPIN, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. This production of PIPPIN debuted at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA where it ran December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. It opened on Broadway on April 25, 2013 and went on to win four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical. This production also received Best Revival of a Musical honors from the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League. The New Broadway Cast Recording for PIPPIN is available on Ghostlight Records.

PIPPIN is a part of Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass season. The series also includes KINKY BOOTS, ONCE, ELF, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA and DIRTY DANCING, along with add-on’s CHICAGO and Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Season tickets are now on sale! Call 817-212-4450 or visit http://www.basshall.com.

Broadway or Bust: Texas Wesleyan student wins trip to New York to see Tony Awards rehearsal!

Texas Wesleyan student Jacob Sanchez won a trip to New York to see the Tony Awards rehearsal. Photo by Chuck Greeson/Texas Wesleyan University.

Texas Wesleyan student Jacob Sanchez won a trip to New York to see the Tony Awards rehearsal. Photo by Chuck Greeson/Texas Wesleyan University.

We’re not sure who was more excited – Jacob Sanchez for winning a trip to New York to see the Tony Awards rehearsal, or us when he agreed to blog about it for us. The stage is yours, Jacob!

My name is Jacob Sanchez and I’m a senior theatre major at Fort Worth’s Texas Wesleyan University. This past April, I entered a contest sponsored by NewYork.com to win a trip to the Tony Awards rehearsal in New York City. The contest, titled The Ultimate Broadway Fan Showdown, had Instagram and Twitter users submit a Broadway-themed photo with a caption of why we were the ultimate Broadway fan and include the hashtag #bringmetobroadway. I was chosen as a Top 30 finalist and the public was able to vote on whichever picture they thought should win. Thanks to over 8,300 votes, I won the trip and NewYork.com flew me and a friend out to New York City to see the Tony Awards rehearsal earlier this month. The great folks over at Performing Arts Fort Worth asked me to document my trip, so here is a quick recap of that amazing weekend!

Part of our prize was a dinner for two at New York’s latest premier steakhouse, NYY Steak. So after getting in that Friday night we had dinner at this very high-profile restaurant. I had a delicious 20 oz. New York Strip and (for the sake of humility) let’s just say the steak won that battle! Afterwards, we headed to our first show on the trip. We saw BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, the new musical written by Woody Allen based on his film of the same name. Award-winning director Susan Stroman of THE PRODUCERS fame helmed this hilarious show set in the 1920s about what you’re willing to sacrifice for your art.

Jacob met BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's Betsy Wolfe.

Jacob met BULLETS OVER BROADWAY’s Betsy Wolfe.

The cast included Zach Braff in his Broadway debut, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe (who I love!), Helene Yorke, and Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero, among a slew of other amazing triple-threats. This was my friend Kaila’s first trip to New York and it was such a great show to call her “first”!

On Saturday, we saw the Tony Award-winning revival of PIPPIN and the new original musical IF/THEN starring Idina Menzel. I also saw PIPPIN last summer with the original revival cast and I cannot wait for Fort Worth (and Dallas) audiences to experience this magical and extraordinary production. It’s got everything you want in a musical and even some death-defying acrobatics and wondrous illusions that’ll leave you breathless. Tony-winning director Diane Paulus is brilliant and so deserving!

IF/THEN was a musical so original that it kept you engaged the whole time as you wondered what was going to happen next as Elizabeth, played by the talented Idina Menzel, sought through a world of endless possibilities. It was so amazing watching Idina live on stage and even more so to have her autograph my poster at the stage door! Her voice is truly astounding.

The beautiful stage at Radio City Music Hall.

The beautiful stage at Radio City Music Hall.

Then came Sunday (Tony Day!) as we readied for the big Tony Awards rehearsal at Radio City Music Hall. The lines were huge that morning as we waited to get in, but luckily I was the first in line and (according to Kaila) the first one to walk through the door for the rehearsal!

The best part of the rehearsal was getting to see all of the performances, surprises, and even hear all the jokes before anyone else! Everyone attending sat in the first balcony so we were not far from the action at all! The audience went wild as Hugh Jackman entered, bouncing like Tigger on his way to the stage, and the celebrity presenters in attendance like Lucy Liu, Zachary Levi, Fran Drescher, Orlando Bloom, Bradley Cooper, Rosie O’Donnell, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, among several others.

Afterwards on our way to see the matinee of VIOLET starring Sutton Foster, we bumped into Tony Award-winning costume designer and Chair of the American Theatre Wing, William Ivey Long. We got to talk to him about his designs and how we loved his work in BULLETS and how we were excited for the CINDERELLA tour to stop by Bass Performance Hall. He asked us where we went to school and what we were studying; it was really cool how he was so interested in where we were from and how we got there.

So then there’s VIOLET with Sutton Foster. There was something so remarkably special about seeing her perform right in front of us (and we were sitting so close to the stage). I had never seen her live before but in everything I’ve heard her in, you can tell she’s earned her place in the Broadway community as a true triple-threat, this show included. VIOLET is a character and show so different than what we all know her from, especially those musical comedies. This is Sutton at her best. Grab the two-disc original Broadway cast recording if you can because you won’t regret it!

Jacob with Tony Awards nominee Kerry Butler at the Tonys Watching Party.

Jacob with Tony Awards nominee Kerry Butler at the Tonys Watching Party.

That night, I sat down in Times Square for the Tony Awards Viewing Party hosted by Tony-nominee Kerry Butler and current WICKED star Justin Guarini. It was so awesome to be sitting in a “room” with hundreds of other Broadway fans watching the Tonys. Before NY1 interviewed me and a couple of other fans on the local news, Broadway stars Corey Cott (NEWSIES), Liana Hunt (NEWSIES), Lindsay Mendez (DOGFIGHT, WICKED), Kyle Dean Massey (PIPPIN), Chris Jackson (HOLLER IF YOU HEAR ME, IN THE HEIGHTS) were interviewed and at least two of them called this day the “Super Bowl” for Broadway fans.

And it’s so true. We were cheering on the winners and applauding like crazy after the performances. When they say that the Broadway community is so loving and supportive, it also includes the fans and I was so proud to be amongst those in the crowd who call themselves fans, as well.

I was upset not being able to catch this year’s Best Musical winner A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER but I’ve been listening to the cast recording on a loop just because of how smart, witty, and bloody brilliant it is! But I got to see their Tony Awards performance live which (almost) makes up for it! Hopefully I’ll be able to see it next May when Wesleyan gets to go back to New York for our annual Playmarket reading, but who knows… maybe it’ll come to Bass Performance Hall by then…? ;-)

Thanks to everyone for your support, especially those of you who kept voting for me! It really was the trip of a lifetime and the best way for the “Ultimate Broadway Fan” to experience New York City! Go see a Broadway show! Or if you can’t make it to NYC, subscribe to Bass Performance Hall’s just-announced 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass season… I hope I can! HAHA!

You can see more photos from Jacob’s adventures in New York here.

Introducing the 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass Season!

KINKY BOOTS will kick up its heels at Bass Hall Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2015. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

KINKY BOOTS will kick up its heels at Bass Hall Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2015. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Performing Arts Fort Worth proudly announces its 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass Season at Bass Performance Hall, featuring award-winning shows direct from Broadway.

Five of the six shows will be on their first national tours: ONCE, the musical love story that took Broadway by storm, winning eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical; the new touring production of the beloved Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA; DIRTY DANCING, based on the hit movie of the same name; PIPPIN, the 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical Revival; and KINKY BOOTS, the 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical. Rounding out the season is the holiday favorite ELF, making its North Texas debut.

In addition, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and CHICAGO will return as Broadway add-on specials, along with two shows in the intimate McDavid Studio – DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY and THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON?

This season also marks a first for Performing Arts Fort Worth and Dallas Summer Musicals, as the two organizations will come together to co-present four of these titles: CINDERELLA, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN and KINKY BOOTS. The shows will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas for two weeks, then come to Bass Performance Hall for limited, one-week engagements.

Season tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 13. Packages start at $226.60. For more information, please call 817-212-4450 or visit http://www.basshall.com.

BROADWAY AT THE BASS

The humorous and heartwarming Christmas story, ELF, comes to life at Bass Hall Nov. 18-23, 2014. Photo: Joan Marcus.

The humorous and heartwarming Christmas story, ELF, comes to life at Bass Hall Nov. 18-23, 2014. Photo: Joan Marcus.


ELF
November 18-23, 2014
Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
Stuart Ward as Guy, Dani De Waal as Girl, in ONCE.

Stuart Ward as Guy, Dani De Waal as Girl, in ONCE.

ONCE
February 18-22, 2015
Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album”, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. But their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear and the power of music to connect all of us.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA comes to Bass Hall June 23-28, 2015.  Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA comes to Bass Hall June 23-28, 2015. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA
June 23-28, 2015
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and SOUTH PACIFIC that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
Amanda Leigh Cobb and Josef Brown are having the times of their lives in DIRTY DANCING, based on the cult hit film of the same name. See it live  July 7-12. Photo by David Scheinmann.

Amanda Leigh Cobb and Josef Brown are having the times of their lives in DIRTY DANCING, based on the cult hit film of the same name. See it live July 7-12. Photo by David Scheinmann.

DIRTY DANCING
July 7-12, 2015
DIRTY DANCING is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Based on the film seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. The show features the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”
PIPPIN makes its Bass Hall debut July 21-26, 2015.

PIPPIN makes its Bass Hall debut July 21-26, 2015.

PIPPIN
July 21-26, 2015
Join us… for this magical, unforgettable production The New York Times declared “Astonishing! A PIPPIN for the 21st Century.” The 2013 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival is back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (GODSPELL, WICKED), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus (HAIR and THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS). PIPPIN features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation TRACES.
The Tony Award-winning KINKY BOOTS is here Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2015. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

The Tony Award-winning KINKY BOOTS is here Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2015. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

KINKY BOOTS
October 27-November 1, 2015
KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Inspired by a true story, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Come join the sold-out audiences who’ve discovered why – sometimes – the best way to fit in is to stand out!

BROADWAY SPECIALS

Darick Pead as Beast and Hilary Maiberger as Belle in DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, returning to Bass Hall Jan. 14-18, 2015. Photo by Amy Boyle.

Darick Pead as Beast and Hilary Maiberger as Belle in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, returning to Bass Hall Jan. 14-18, 2015. Photo by Amy Boyle.

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
January14-18, 2015
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming back to Fort Worth! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Bass Performance Hall!

CHICAGO makes a triumphant return to Fort Worth April 3-4. Photo: Paul Kolnik.

CHICAGO makes a triumphant return to Fort Worth April 3-4. Photo: Paul Kolnik.

CHICAGO
April 3-4, 2015
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with six Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY
April 8-19, 2015, McDavid Studio
Back by Popular Demand!
Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway, London & Melbourne by storm! Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol’fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became a member of the illustrious “#1 Tupperware Seller in the World” Club, as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products! “Not your grandmother’s Tupperware Party!”—NBC Today Show. ADULT CONTENT WARNING: Contains strong adult content and language. For mature audiences only. Suggested for ages 16+.

Robert Dubac’s THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON?
May 27-31, 2015, McDavid Studio
‘Hilarious’ is the only way to describe THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON? You will laugh non-stop for ninety minutes as Robert Dubac ransacks his brain to answer the age old question, “What do women want?” All while drinking a beer.

Dubac has crafted an hysterical one man multi-character show that tackles the babble of the sexes with precision and wit. With a shrug of his shoulders or a crook of his neck, Robert Dubac seamlessly transforms himself into five alter egos – each offering their own brand of misguided advice on how to straddle the gender gap.

Hailed by critics and audiences alike, THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON? Is a rare thing; a clever combination of theater and stand-up comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny, provocative and insightful all at once. There are two types of people who should rush and see it – men and women!

Season tickets are available now! For more info, click here!

Local actor remembers that time when he shared Bass Hall stage with future Tony winner!

When we heard local actor ‎Dennis Yslas had shared the stage – OUR stage, as a matter of fact – with recent Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart, we just had to ask Dennis: “What was it like?”

In today’s blog post, Dennis tells us. Take it away, Dennis!

In 2007 I had the pleasure of doing a production of SHOW BOAT at Bass Hall produced by Casa Manana and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. I was lucky enough to be one of the members of the ensemble in this production. The show was pretty amazing – it is rarely done because of the complexity of the music and the subject matter. Playing the role of “Joe” was none other than James Monroe Inglehart, who won a Tony Award on Sunday night for his role as the Genie in ALADDIN.

The cast of SHOW BOAT, featuring  The cast of SHOW BOAT, featuring James Monroe Inglehart, top third from right, and Dennis Yslas, second from bottom, left.

The cast of SHOW BOAT, featuring James Monroe Inglehart, top third from right, and Dennis Yslas, second from bottom, left.

James is one of the most likable guys – he walks around with a big smile on his face. When he met me we realized we had a few friends in common and we connected quickly. Everyone in the cast enjoyed James and his loud booming laugh! He greets people with a big bear hug and at over six feet tall, you are enveloped in his hug! Right after SHOW BOAT he was heading to New York City to make his Broadway debut in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE as a replacement. He had done that show in Los Angeles and was excited to be making his Broadway debut. He has also done MEMPHIS on Broadway.

I am not surprised he has garnered a Tony Award – the man is crazy talented. I have been performing for over 35 years now and few moments stand out as amazing. Hearing James sing “Ole Man River” was truly one of those moments. I remember hearing him sing the song for the first time in rehearsal and I was in awe.

ALADDIN on Broadway also has a Dallas actor that has performed at Bass Hall a few times – Brian Gonzales. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas but worked at Bass Hall for quite a few shows.

It’s always nice to see them on stage and – say they’ve performed on the Bass Hall stage – with me. ;)

Dennis Yslas is a Fort Worth-based actor; Actors’ Equity Liaison Chair for the DFW area; and a customer service representative for the Fort Worth Opera.

Tony Awards 2014: The Winners!

Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in Leading Role in a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in Leading Role in a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The winners of 2014 Tony Awards:

BEST PLAY
Act 1
*** WINNER All The Way
Casa Valentina
Mothers and Sons
Outside Mullingar

BEST MUSICAL
After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
*** WINNER A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
*** WINNER A Raisin in the Sun
Twelfth Night

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
*** WINNER Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Les Miserables
Violet

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Aladdin, Chad Beguelin
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Douglas McGrath
Bullets Over Broadway, Woody Allen
*** WINNER A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Robert L. Freedman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Aladdin (Music: Alan Menken; lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Begeulin)
*** WINNER The Bridges of Madison County (Music & lyrics: Jason Robert Brown)
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Music: Steven Lutvak; Music & lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak)
If/Then (Music: Tom Kitt; lyrics: Brian Yorkey)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night
*** WINNER Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, Richard III
Tony Shalhoub, Act I

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
*** WINNER Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
*** WINNER Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables
Andy Karl, Rocky
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster, Violet
Idina Menzel, If/Then
*** WINNER Jessie Mueller, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Reed Birney, Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night
Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night
*** WINNER Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Sarah Greene, The Cripple Inishmaan
Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie
*** WINNER Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Danny Burstein, Cabaret
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
Joshua Henry, Violet
*** WINNER James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Jarrod Spector, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Linda Emond, Cabaret
*** WINNER Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Anika Larsen, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Adriane Lenox, After Midnight
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
Doug Besterman, Bullets Over Broadway
*** WINNER Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison Country
Steve Sidwell, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
*** WINNER Beowulf Boritt, Act 1
Bob Crowley, The Glass Menagerie
Es Devlin, Machinal
Christopher Oram, The Cripple of Inishmaan

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
*** WINNER Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Julian Crouch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Santo Loquasto, Bullets Over Broadway

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
Jane Greenwood, Act 1
Michael Krass, Machinal
Rita Ryack, Casa Valentina

*** WINNER Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
*** WINNER Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway
Arianne Phillips, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Isabel Toledo, After Midnight


BEST LIGHTINING DESIGN OF A PLAY
Paule Constable, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Jane Cox, Machinal

*** WINNER Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Japhy Weideman, Of Mice and Men


BEST LIGHTNING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
*** WINNER Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Christopher Akerlind, Rocky
Howell Binkley, After Midnight
Donald Holder, The Bridges of Madison County

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
Alex Baranowski, The Cripple of Inishmaan
*** WINNER Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Dan Moses Schreier, Act 1
Matt Tierney, Machinal

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Peter Hylenski, After Midnight
Tim O’Heir, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Mick Potter, Les Miserables

*** WINNER Brian Ronan, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan
*** WINNER Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman, Violet
*** WINNER Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
*** WINNER Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine, Rocky
Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin
Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway

* * *

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Jane Greenwood

Regional Theatre Award
Signature Theatre, New York, N.Y.

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Rosie O’Donnell

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Joseph P. Benincasa
Joan Marcus
Charlotte Wilcox

TONYS CONTEST: Win JERSEY BOYS tickets and swag!

Win a JERSEY BOYS prize pack!

Win a JERSEY BOYS prize pack!


Welcome to Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2014 PICK THE TONY AWARDS WINNERS CONTEST!

Here’s how to play: Using the nominees list below, choose who you think will win at the Tony Awards, which will be broadcast at 7pm Sunday, June 8 on CBS.

Email your answers by midnight Saturday, June 7. The person with the most number of correct answers wins! If there’s a tie, a winner will be randomly selected.

What you win: A pair of tickets to the Tuesday, June 10 performance of the Tony Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS. You’ll also receive a JERSEY BOYS coffee table book, a JERSEY BOYS tote bag, a JERSEY BOYS sampler CD and a gift card for a dozen mini-cupcakes from our pals at The Original Cupcakery, located across the street from Bass Hall!

Good luck!!!

1. BEST PLAY
Act 1
All The Way
Casa Valentina
Mothers and Sons
Outside Mullingar

2. BEST MUSICAL
After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

3. BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
A Raisin in the Sun
Twelfth Night

4. BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Les Miserables
Violet

5. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Aladdin (Music: Alan Menken; lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Begeulin)
The Bridges of Madison County (Music & lyrics: Jason Robert Brown)
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Music: Steven Lutvak; Music & lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak)
If/Then (Music: Tom Kitt; lyrics: Brian Yorkey)

6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, Richard III
Tony Shalhoub, Act I

7. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn

8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables
Andy Karl, Rocky
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster, Violet
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County

10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Reed Birney, Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night
Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night
Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie

11. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Sarah Greene, The Cripple Inishmaan
Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina

12. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Danny Burstein, Cabaret
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
Joshua Henry, Violet
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Jarrod Spector, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

13. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Linda Emond, Cabaret
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Anika Larsen, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Adriane Lenox, After Midnight
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

14. BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie

15. BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman, Violet
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

16. BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine, Rocky
Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin
Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway

Email your answers here!

THE FINE PRINT: The winner with the most number of correct answers will be notified by email on Monday, June 9. The winner will have 24 hours to respond. No purchase necessary. Prize package includes 2 tickets to Tuesday, June 10 performance of JERSEY BOYS at Bass Performance Hall. The prize(s) that may be awarded to the eligible winner(s) are not transferable, redeemable for cash or exchangeable for any other prize. Participants and winner(s) must be U.S. residents and 18 years of age or older. In the event of a tie, a winner will be selected at random.
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We’re back from Broadway! Here’s our recap of this year’s SPRING ROAD CONFERENCE!

New York's beautiful Hudson Theatre, where The Broadway League's Spring Road Conference was held last week.

New York’s beautiful Hudson Theatre, where The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference was held last week.

We’ve just returned from The Broadway League’s annual Spring Road Conference in New York – a fun and informative (and exhausting!) conference made up of panels, workshops and creative conversations during the day and parties and shows at night, all night.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, it’s sort of the South by Southwest for the Broadway industry, a time when Broadway presenters (like us, at Performing Arts Fort Worth), producers, press agents, marketing reps, show cast members and other Broadway insiders come together to listen, learn and share.

Sylvester Stallone appears at the ROCKY creative conversation.

Sylvester Stallone appears at the ROCKY creative conversation.

Show producers also use the conference as a loudspeaker to announce new tours, often extravagantly, in hopes that presenters will book the tours into their venues.

The most impressive tour announcement at this year’s conference came from ROCKY – yes, the 1976 Oscar-winning film has been made into a Broadway show, starring Andy Karl as boxer Rocky Balboa and Margot Seibert as Rocky’s wife, Adrian.

Both appeared at the announcement party, as did Sylvester Stallone, who spoke at length about the show (the star of the Rocky film franchise co-wrote and produced the Broadway version). What made the announcement so memorable: All the stunning visuals. The show emulates the first movie to a T, down to the glitziness of the boxing match; conference attendees were given a generous sneak peek of the show’s biggest eye candy moments.

Several other celebrities made appearances to promote shows or simply show their support for live theater. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart dropped by on opening day. “What you’ve done for the past 25 years has changed the industry for the better,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what you do in the next 25.”

Tony-nominated actor Neil Patrick Harris appeared at the Spring Road Conference.

Tony-nominated actor Neil Patrick Harris appeared at the Spring Road Conference.

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington took part in a creative conversation about his current play, A RAISIN THE SUN. Former Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston briefly spoke about his role as LBJ in his new play, ALL THE WAY. We heard lots of giddy squealing when Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel took the stage to chat about her new musical, IF/THEN. And Neil Patrick Harris received standing-O after standing-O when he popped on stage to talk about playing the lead in HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH.

We saw – and loved – many of these shows, and several others. Among our favorites: CINDERELLA, a great title for kids that’s smart and funny enough to entertain adults; the music-driven love story ONCE; the hysterical A GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER; the fun musical romp BULLETS OVER BROADWAY; and, finally, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, which may have been our absolute favorite show, thanks to stellar performances by Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale and Hunter Foster. The show took its final bow on Broadway today but it is slated to hit the road; sure hope we can get it.

Speaking of shows we’d love to see here, we’re getting ready to announce our 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass season! Keep an eye on your email and our Facebook page to get the lowdown on all the spectacular titles we have coming up. You can experience the best of Broadway, right here in Fort Worth!

Goodbye, New York. Same time, next year.

Goodbye, New York. Same time, next year.

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