Ten Texans are Following the Yellow Brick Road – Back to Texas!

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Rachel Womble

Hey, y’all! It’s Rachel Womble, your own Texas Glinda, checking in from the North American tour of The Wizard of Oz, coming to Bass Hall June 7-12.

Today I wanted to introduce you to some of the other wonderful Texans involved in the show!

Spending so much time away from family can be tough, but sharing time with our wonderful team, and especially the 10 Texans we are lucky enough to have with us, make life out on the road a little bit more like home!

Our Texans include four cast members, three members of our orchestra, including our incredible conductor, Mr. David Andrew Rogers, and three members of our management team. They come from all over the state including the Dallas/Fort Worth area, San Antonio, and many small towns in between. You can see all of their beautiful faces in the below picture.IMG_5534.JPG

Front Row (left to right): Diego Diaz (Ensemble), Amy Button (Ensemble), Kaley Were (Ensemble), Lisa Green (Stage Manager), Abram Best (Assoc. General Manager), Wayne Green (Assoc. Music Director). Second Row (left to right): David Andrews Rogers (Music Director), ME! – Rachel Womble (Glinda), Drew Nichols (Keyboards) and James Lanahan (General Manager).

Thank you for being apart of our journey as we follow the Yellow Brick Road all the way home to Bass Performance Hall. To see more pictures from our adventures follow my Instagram . Check back next month as I turn the blog over to fellow Texan  Kaley Were!

Texas actress is following the Yellow Brick Road – Back to Texas!

First Tech Day.  Microphones, Lights, Theater Oh My!

First day of tech. Microphones, lights, theater, oh, my!

Hey y’all! This is Rachel Womble, your very own Glinda the Good Witch writing to you from the North American tour of The Wizard of Oz! I am so happy to be able to share a little bit of my adventure with you, as I make my way home to Bass Performance Hall this summer.

Glinda’s big song in the show, “Already Home,” is one of the brand-new numbers written by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. It is a gorgeous musical moment where I get to teach Dorothy that no matter where you go, and what you experience, home is always there waiting for you. This is quite an applicable lesson as I spend this year travelling North America about as far away from family and my home state of Texas as I could be.

Representing my Favorite Team, the Cowboys! - Age 6

Age 6, representing my favorite team – the Dallas Cowboys!

I grew up in Sherman just a little ways up the road from beautiful Bass Hall. I went to college at Rice University in Houston, and then set off for New York City to attend graduate school at NYU. New York is such a busy city, and I am really excited to perform in cities that feel a little more like home.

Check back with me here each month as I share photos, stories from the road, and introductions to the other Texans I am lucky enough to call my colleagues!  If you want to see even more, follow my Instagram.

I cannot wait to bring this magical show to the Lone Star State, and especially to Bass Hall this summer. I am so looking forward to seeing you, and remember, “There’s No Place Like Home!”

First Time in Full Costume!

My first time in full costume! See you soon, Fort Worth!

On Your Feet Had Us On Our Feet!

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Ana Villafane portrays Gloria Estefan in the new hit Broadway show On Your Feet. Photo: Matthew Murphy.

Jason Wise

Last week, Performing Arts Fort Worth Director of Marketing Jason Wise headed to New York, where he caught the latest and greatest shows on Broadway. Here’s the last of his dispatches! 

On Your Feet

Get ready to get on your feet and dance in this explosive new Broadway musical that tells the inspiring story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan.

From their humble beginnings as Cuban immigrants, to the heights of pop super-stardom, to the lows following Gloria’s tour bus accident, to her sensational comeback, On Your Feet is remarkable story.

The show is infused with all the hits from Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – there are even original members of the band who perform as musicians in the show.

Ana Villafane, who plays Gloria, is stunning. Her vocals sound just like the original recordings and her mannerisms truly have you thinking you’re watching Gloria Estefan perform on stage.

But it’s more than just a musical concert. It’s a very moving and compelling story about living the American Dream. I am thrilled to say that Performing Arts Fort Worth is one of the producers of this show through the Independent Presenters Network (IPN). We look forward to presenting this show at Bass Hall in a future Broadway at the Bass season. Get ready Fort Worth…the rhythm is going to get you!

King Charles III

It’s the future and Queen Elizabeth II has passed and Charles, The Prince of Wales, is ready to take the throne as king. But is he ready?

Right before the coronation, he engages in a battle with the Prime Minister over a new law that’s about to be passed. The Royal Family is in turmoil as Prince William and Kate struggle with Charles, while Prince Harry fights his own personal demons about being born into the Royal Family.

This West End transfer is a must-see play for anyone who enjoys the world of politics, especially when it’s about The Royal Family.

In May, I’ll be heading back to New York with the entire PAFW marketing team for the Broadway League’s annual Spring Road Conference. We’ll divide and conquer and catch even more new Broadway shows!

Happy holidays, Fort Worth!

 

 

 

Spring (Re)Awakening

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Deaf West’s new production of SPRING AWAKENING, currently playing on Broadway. Photo: Joan Marcus.

Jason Wise, Director of Marketing, Performing Arts Fort Worth

This week, Performing Arts Fort Worth Director of Marketing Jason Wise is sending us reports from New York, where he and other PAFW staffers are catching Broadway’s latest and greatest shows. Take it away, Jason! 

Greetings from the Big Apple! We’ve returned to New York for our annual winter Broadway League meetings with show reps and agents.

For the next several days, we’ll see all the great new shows that have opened up on Broadway, many of which we’re hoping to bring to Bass Hall in upcoming Broadway at the Bass seasons.

One of the most exciting new shows on Broadway this year is the new Deaf West Theatre production of Spring Awakening, an exceptionally moving piece of work.

Fans of the original Broadway production, which won a staggering eight Tony Awards in 2007, will surely fall in love with this revival.

This innovative production, which features both hearing and deaf actors, incorporates American Sign Language, along with dance, into the emotionally-charged story.

The score is also slightly different, providing a more raw, stripped down feel; Duncan Sheik’s song lyrics really come to the forefront.

I was a fan of the original production (we brought the tour to Bass Hall in 2010) but I found myself moved even more by this new production. The show’s re-imagined format gives it a new dimension and many in the audience seemed to feel a very personal connection with the show.

Producers have announced that this new version of Spring Awakening will hit the road in 2017, so hopefully we can bring it to Fort Worth in the future.

 

CONTEST: Win a Michael Martin Murphey VIP package!

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Our friends at Hank FM are hosting a Michael Martin Murphey contest to end all Michael Martin Murphey contests!

Here’s what you’ll win:

  • Two tickets to Michael’s “Cowboy Christmas” show at Bass Hall on December 21.
  • Admission for 2 to a VIP meet and greet lunch with Michael on Dec. 21 at the Hank FM studios in downtown Fort Worth.
  • A special commemorative CD/DVD.
  • And one lucky meet and greet winner will receive a guitar autographed by Michael!

Tune into Hank FM/92.1 mornings and afternoons today through Friday for more info on how to enter!

 

Lottery announced for THE BOOK OF MORMON!

EMAIL_95475performingartsBOM_LA_LotterySign_RulesSign_22x33_PAFW_2014THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins December 1 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and plays a limited 1-week engagement through December 6. The production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making 20 tickets available at $25 apiece.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances. The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.

Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

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.

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

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Soars Into North Texas!

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In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut, delighting audiences across the country. It has become the longest-running and highest-rated television special in the history of television.

Now the “most famous reindeer of all” can be seen in a live-action musical: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Back by popular demand following last year’s critically acclaimed and hugely successful inaugural tour, the musical features the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster.

Rudolph and friends will visit Bass Performance Hall on Nov. 24-25 and the Majestic Theatre in Dallas Dec. 3-6.

“Because our inaugural run was so popular, we will have three tours this year in an effort to bring Rudolph and his friends to even more families and young theatregoers across North America,” says Producing Partner Jonathan Flom.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical practically transports audience members into the television special as songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set design with projections, costumes and characters are brought to stage.

The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and lovable puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. “We address all of the familiar story elements from the television special with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage,” says Producing Partner Bob Penola.

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is ousted from the reindeer games in Christmas-town. He flees town, meets up with new friends Hermey and Yukon, and a series of funny and endearing adventures ensue, including a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph save his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

The production will expand on its campaign benefiting PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center that launched in conjunction with the tour last year. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is produced by Iconic Entertainment Studios, Right Angle Entertainment and Wishing Star Productions.

For tickets to the Bass Hall performances, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at http://www.basshall.com.

For tickets to the Majestic Theatre performances, please click here.

Single tickets for THE BOOK OF MORMON at BASS HALL in Fort Worth go on sale MONDAY, Sept. 28!

Billy Harrigan in THE BOOK OF MORMON. Photo: Johan Persson.

Billy Harrigan in THE BOOK OF MORMON. Photo: Johan Persson.

The producers of the national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, and Performing Arts Fort Worth announced today that single tickets will go on sale Monday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Dec. 1-6 run at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth will be available at the Bass Hall box office (525 Commerce St.), by visiting http://www.basshall.com, or by calling 817-212-4280. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 817-212-4248.

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.

Do You Want to Know a Secret? Frank Warren’s PostSecret Live is coming to Bass Hall!

Frank Warren will bring his PostSecret show to Bass Hall Sept. 8.

Frank Warren will bring his PostSecret show to Bass Hall Sept. 8.

Performing Arts Fort Worth welcomes The New York Times best-selling author Frank Warren and his interactive show, PostSecret Live, to Bass Performance Hall on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33-$66 and are on sale NOW!

Named the fourth most influential person on the Internet by Forbes magazine, PostSecret creator Frank Warren introduced the world to a collection of highly-personal and artfully-decorated postcards mailed anonymously from people around the world. What started as a community mail-art project quickly exploded in popularity. Since PostSecret’s inception in 2004, Warren has received over 1,000,000 anonymous secrets on homemade postcards. A new batch of postcards is posted every Sunday on his website.

The website is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world and has won three Webby Awards for “Best Blog on the Internet.” With over 2,500,000 views, his TED talk is one of the most watched in the popular series.

In Warren’s interactive multimedia event, PostSecret Live, he engages audiences with inspiring and funny stories behind the secrets, discusses the blog and unveils never-before-seen postcards. Warren also turns the microphone over to members of the audience, allowing them to share their own secrets.

“The audience is so receptive, and the speakers are so earnest, that long lines form very quickly,” Warren told The Washington Post. “There’s something about a true live event where you have people standing at a microphone sharing things for the first time. It has a whole unique energy to it.”

All six PostSecret books published have been featured on The New York Times bestselling list, with PostSecret Confessions on Life Death and God reaching number one. PostSecret postcards have been exhibited at the renowned Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Visionary Art Museum in Maryland, and there is an album and play based on the project.

Warren’s project has raised over $1,000,000 for suicide prevention and earned him the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and an invitation to the White House to share his thoughts on mental wellness in 2013.

To charge tickets by phone, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. Ticket office hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.
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Casting announced for 42nd STREET national tour, coming to Bass Hall next summer!

11241616_888334021255880_3602355368295812042_nCome and meet those dancing feet! Casting has been announced for the national tour of the Tony Award-winning backstage musical comedy 42nd STREET, coming to Bass Hall and Dallas Summer Musicals next summer!

In the director’s chair will be co-author Mark Bramble and choreography will be handled by Randy Skinner – the team that staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Revival. The show will include some of the most well-known songs in the American songbook, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

Texas gal Caitlin Ehlinger will star in the national tour of 42nd STREET.

Texas gal Caitlin Ehlinger will star in the national tour of 42nd STREET.

Two Texans will star in lead roles: Matthew J. Taylor (CATS, DAMN YANKEES), born in Port Arthur and now living in Nederland, will take on the role of director Julian Marsh, and Houston native Caitlin Ehlinger will star as newcomer Peggy Sawyer. Rounding out the leads will be Kaitlin Lawrence (HAPPY ENDINGS, CALIFORNIA DREAMING), who will star as Broadway leading lady Dorothy Brock.

Two other cast members are also from the Lone Star State. Sarah Fagan, who plays Diane and is a member of the ensemble, hails from Arlington and attended Martin High. Another ensemble member, Mandy Modic, is from Dallas and attended Coppell High.

Also featured are Britte Steele (Maggie Jones), Steven Bidwell (Bert Barry), Mark Fishback (Abner Dillon), DJ Canaday (Pat Denning), Blake Stadnik (Billy Lawlor), Natalia Lepore Hagan (Annie), Carlos Morales (Mac/Doc/Thug), Lamont Brown (Andy Lee), Rob Ouellette (Oscar), Vanessa Mitchell (Lorraine) and Mallory Nolting (Phyllis).

With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd STREET is based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie and tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.

The original production of 42nd STREET was produced in 1980 on Broadway by David Merrick and featured direction and dances by Gower Champion. It played on Broadway for 3,486 performances, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreography. The Broadway revival, which opened in 2001, played for 1,524 performances and earned two Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.

The show is a part of Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2015-2016 Broadway at the Bass season. It will play at Bass Performance Hall July 12-17. The show will also appear at the Music Hall at Fair Park June 28-July 10, as part of Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2015-2016 Broadway season.

For more information, please visit http://www.basshall.com or http://www.dallasummermusicals.org.

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