MARCH MADNESS BEGINS AT BASS HALL!

Performing Arts Fort Worth presents its own version of “March Madness” this month, with six shows spanning a musical globe: Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes, The Pink Floyd Experience, Rhett Butler & Don Ross, One Night of Queen, Betty Buckley and Mary Chapin Carpenter will all perform at Bass Performance Hall this month. Tickets for each show are on sale NOW!


HANK AND MY HONKY TONK HEROES

Thursday, March 12
Bass Performance Hall
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $27.50-$66
Jason Petty takes you on a trip through the life and music of country music forefather Hank Williams. Petty, whose portrayal of Williams in the off-Broadway musical Lost Highway garnered him an Obie award and other accolades, will sing many of Williams’ best-known hits and share the stories of how those songs became timeless classics.

PFX Saskatoon-1_1THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE
Tuesday, March 17
Bass Performance Hall
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $44-$66
Pink Floyd’s groundbreaking music and theatrical live show come alive in this ultimate tribute concert, described as “a must-see for any Pink Floyd enthusiast” (C-News).

RHETT BUTLER & DON ROSS
Friday, March 20
McDavid Studio
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $33
Dallas guitar hero Rhett Butler teams up with award-winning Canadian fingerstyle guitarist Don Ross for an evening of fiery guitar picking.

ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN
Friday, March 27
Bass Performance Hall
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $27.50-$55
One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen & The Works, is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of one of the greatest rock bands of all time and its flamboyant lead singer Freddie Mercury.

BETTY BUCKLEY “IN MY OWN BACKYARD: FROM BROADWAY TO GHOSTLIGHT”
Saturday, March 28
McDavid Studio
5:30 & 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $60.50
Broadway legend – and Texas native – Betty Buckley has starred in ten Broadway shows and has been called “The Voice of Broadway.” These intimate concerts will include some of Ms. Buckley’s favorite songs by some of Broadway’s greatest composers and lyricists, including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe and Andrew Lloyd Weber. Ms. Buckley will also feature songs from her latest album, Ghostlight.

APPROVEDMary_Chapin_Shot_C_0486_B_FinalMARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
With AOIFE O’DONOVAN
Saturday, March 28
Bass Performance Hall
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $27.50-$66
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter is bringing to Bass Hall an intimate, acoustic performance. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to singing timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog.

To charge tickets by phone, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at http://www.basshall.com. 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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Back in the Big Apple!

Jason Wise

Jason Wise

Jason Wise, our Director of Marketing & Sponsorships, just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York, where he caught seven new Broadway shows in five days – and still managed to be awake for meetings. Jason shares his latest NYC adventures with us!

I packed my bags and headed up to The Big Apple earlier this month to take in some of the new shows on Broadway and participate in meetings with The Broadway League and a few booking agents.

The week started off with The Broadway League’s Annual Meeting. The Broadway League, which Performing Arts Fort Worth is a member of, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Its 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the commercial theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to more than 30 million people in New York and more than 200 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

It’s always good to hear the latest developments and initiatives from The Broadway League. There are several exciting programs that we’ll be implementing in the future!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Barrymore Theatre.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Barrymore Theatre.

The first show of the week was THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, based on the best-selling novel. I only have one word to describe this play from the National Theatre – brilliant! Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The production values are unlike anything I’ve seen before on stage. This is what live theater is about! Go see this play if you’re up in NYC!

I was able to catch two shows on Wednesday – THE REAL THING starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor and Cynthia Nixon in Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning play that examines the boundaries of relationships. That evening I saw the hilarious, star-studded IT’S ONLY A PLAY featuring Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grant and F. Murray Abraham. The show did not disappoint. It was a night of pure entertainment!

Thursday was spent in back-to-back meetings with booking agents working on the details and finalizing our lineup for the 2015-2016 Broadway at the Bass season. I think everyone will be pleased with the current lineup of shows we’ll be bringing!

Thursday evening I caught the limited engagement of THE ILLUSIONISTS at the Marquis Theatre. This magic and illusion show was entertaining and will be headed to North Texas in April for a two-week run at Dallas Summer Musicals.

I closed out my trip with three shows. First up was THE LAST SHIP. Sting is now starring in his musical in which he wrote the score and the story is inspired by his own childhood experiences. It was worthwhile to see Sting perform in this new and fresh musical.

Tony Danza as Tommy Korman in “Honeymoon in Vegas.” Photo: Jerry Dalia

Tony Danza as Tommy Korman in “Honeymoon in Vegas.” Photo: Jerry Dalia

Saturday was a two-show day. For the matinee I saw the revival of ON THE TOWN. This is a lavish, throwback musical with a 29-piece orchestra performing a score by Leonard Bernstein. There’s talk of a national tour of this show so stay tuned.

I closed my trip in NYC with a brand-new musical comedy, HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, inspired by the 1992 film of the same name. Starring Tony Danza and Rob McClure, this fun-filled musical will leave you laughing and smiling as you exit the theatre.

Spending time in New York City is always fun and action-packed, but I’m glad to be back home in Fort Worth. I hope everyone has a great holiday season!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Roars Back Into Fort Worth Jan. 14-18!

Jillian Butterfield as Belle and Ryan Everett-Wood as Beast in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Jillian Butterfield as Belle and North Texan Ryan Everett Wood as Beast in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Fort Worth as part of Performing Arts Fort Worth’s Broadway at the Bass series. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at Bass Performance Hall January 14-18. Tickets start at $33 and are on sale now!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited for this touring production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz (three-time Tony Award® winner), Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Photo: Matthew Murphy.

Photo: Matthew Murphy.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award®-winning animated feature film and celebrating 20 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has been seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and has been translated into 9 different languages. This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by 2.5 million people while playing over 1,000 performances in all 50 United States and 6 Canadian Provinces. Currently, there are four other productions playing around the world including Paris, tours in Japan and Germany, and a new international tour that currently will visit over 12 countries in two years.

To charge tickets by phone, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at http://www.basshall.com. 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.

Garrison Keillor returns to Bass Hall Oct. 30!

A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor returns to Bass Hall for his one-man show on Oct. 30.

A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor returns to Bass Hall for his one-man show on Oct. 30.

Performing Arts Fort Worth presents An Evening with Garrison Keillor at Bass Performance Hall on Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $33 and are on sale NOW.

In a rare solo performance, the acclaimed host of A Prairie Home Companion shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and “late-life fatherhood.”

Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. The show ended in 1987, resumed in 1989 in New York as The American Radio Company, returned to Minnesota, and in 1993 resumed the name A Prairie Home Companion. Over 17 million listeners on more than 900 public radio stations now hear the show each week.

Keillor’s most recent role was playing himself in the movie adaptation of his show, A Prairie Home Companion (June 2006). It features Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin as the singing Johnson sisters, Lindsay Lohan as Streep’s daughter, Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly as singing cowboys Lefty and Dusty, and Tommy Lee Jones as the Axeman, who is dispatched by the radio station’s new corporate owners in Texas to shut down the show.

He is also the author of many books, including Lake Wobegon Days (1985); The Book of Guys (1993); The Old Man Who Loved Cheese (1996); Wobegon Boy (1997); Me: By Jimmy “Big Boy” Valente As Told to Garrison Keillor (1999); Love Me (2003); Homegrown Democrat (2004); Pontoon (2007); Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel (2008); and Life Among the Lutherans (2009).

In 2013, Keillor released his first book of poetry called O, What a Luxury: Versus Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound. This volume is written with his characteristic combination of humor and insight on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and other facets of daily life.

Keillor has received numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for his recording of Lake Wobegon Days. He has also received two Cable ACE Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recently was presented with a National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1994, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications.

With Philip Brunelle, he has performed with many orchestras, including the Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Dallas, and National symphonies. He has appeared at Wolf Trap, Carnegie Hall, and other major concert halls as a member of The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and he has performed on his own in one-man shows across the country and on tour broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion.

To charge tickets by phone, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at http://www.basshall.com. 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.

ONCE closing on Broadway, heading to North Texas!

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal in the national tour of ONCE.

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal in the national tour of ONCE.

ONCE, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical, will play its final show on Broadway on January 4, 2015, producers announced Tuesday.

But North Texas audiences will get a chance to see the most-awarded show of the 2012 New York theater season when the ONCE U.S. tour visits Bass Performance Hall and AT&T Performing Arts Center.

The show will make its North Texas debut at AT&T’s Winspear Opera House Dec. 17-28, followed by a week-long run at Bass Hall Feb. 18-22.

Featuring an ensemble of actors who play their own instruments on stage, ONCE tells the story 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 either realize.

Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film, ONCE opened to critical acclaim March 18, 2012. It won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The production also won Best Musical from the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards as well as the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The score was written by the movie’s stars and Academy Award-winning composers for “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

An Australian production of ONCE recently opened in Melbourne, and later this year the U.S. tour will play a multi-week engagement in Japan. The first non-English language production will open in Seoul, South Korea in December. A Toronto production will open in February 2015. Also in development are productions in Sweden, Brazil, Holland, Greece, The Czech Republic, Thailand and Ireland as well as a Japanese-language production.

Tickets to ONCE are available as part of season ticket packages. For more information, visit http://www.basshall.com and http://www.attpac.org.

ELF makes North Texas debut, kicks off 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass season!

ELF makes its North Texas debut Nov. 18-23 at Bass Performance Hall! Photo: Joan Marcus.

ELF makes its North Texas debut Nov. 18-23 at Bass Performance Hall! Photo: Joan Marcus.

Performing Arts Fort Worth is thrilled to kick off its 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass season with the Broadway holiday musical ELF! The show makes its North Texas debut at Bass Performance Hall Nov. 18-23.

Exclusive PRE-SALE tickets go on sale Thursday, Oct. 2 at 10:00 a.m.! The pre-sale link will be posted on our Facebook page at 10:00 a.m. Thursday!

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.

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher.

Eric Williams stars as Buddy and Ken Clement as Santa in the Broadway musical ELF. Photo: Joan Marcus.

Eric Williams stars as Buddy and Ken Clement as Santa in the Broadway musical ELF. Photo: Joan Marcus.

Playing the title role of “Buddy” is Eric Williams. The show will feature Maggie Anderson (Jovie); Jesse Sharp (Walter); Lexie Dorsett-Sharp (Emily); Tyler Altomari and Harper Brady (Michael); Whitney Hayes (Deb); Joel Stigliano (Mr. Greenway); Ken Clement (Santa); and Jerrial Young (Macy’s Manager). Ensemble members include Mara Gabrielle, Timothy Grady, Billy D. Hart, Amanda Grace Holt, Jacob January, Erin Kei, Marie Lemon, Ryan Patrick Lingle, Tyler John Logan, Brian Padgett, Nicole Pavone, Nick Silverio, Maria Cristina Slye and Mia Weinberger.

The New York Times says that ELF is “A SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

Additional information about ELF is available at http://www.ElfTheMusicalOnTour.com.

Performance times are at 7:30pm Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 18-21; 1:30 and 7:30pm Saturday, Nov. 22; and 1:30 and 6:30pm Sunday, Nov. 23.

Following Thursday’s PRE-SALE, tickets will go on sale to the public at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3. To charge tickets by phone, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at http://www.basshall.com. 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.

“NICE WORK” TOUR LAUNCHES IN NORTH TEXAS NEXT MONTH!

The national tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT launches in North Texas in September. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

The national tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT launches in North Texas in September. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.


NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, the award-winning musical comedy that played Broadway from 2012-2013, will launch its national tour in North Texas next month. The tour kicks off at the Music Hall at Fair Park September 2-14, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Then the tour rolls into Fort Worth, where it’ll play at Bass Performance Hall September 16-21, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

It’s the Roaring Twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes!

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is filled to the brim with classic songs, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin.

The musical comedy features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) inspired by material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. The production features direction and choreography by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes), recreated by David Eggers.

The creative team also includes Shoko Kambara (scenic design, based on the original Broadway scenic design by Derek McLane), Martin Pakledinaz (costume design), Amy Clark (costume coordinator), Paul Toben (lighting design, based on the original Broadway lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski), Keith Caggiano (sound design, based on the original Broadway sound design by Brian Ronan) and Paul Huntley (hair and wig design).

Cast members rehearse for the upcoming tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Cast members rehearse for the upcoming tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane will star as wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter and feisty bootlegger Billie Bendix, respectively. The tour will also feature Reed Campbell as Cookie McGee, Aaron Fried as Duke Mahoney, Stephanie Gandolfo as Jeannie Muldoon, Stephanie Harter Gilmore as Duchess Estonia Dulworth, Benjamin Perez as Senator Max Evergreen, Rachael Scarr as Eileen Evergreen, Thomas Schario as Chief Berry and Barbara Weetman as Millicent Winter.

Rounding out the company are Jessica Bare, Christian Bufford, Elyse Collier, Carl DeForrest Hendin, Nick Jones, Kristina King, Alison Morooney, Sarah Primmer, Kevin Michael Raponey, Chelsea Jane Ryan, Justin Schuman, Heather Stinson and Chris Woods.

For Dallas tickets: Single tickets, priced from $15-$85, are available at The Box Office, 5959 Preston Royal Shopping Center #542 in Dallas, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or http://www.dallassummermusicals.org.
Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount and priority seating. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email groups@dallassummermusicals.org.

For Fort Worth tickets: Single tickets, priced from $38.50-$99, are available online at http://www.basshall.com, over the phone at 817-212-4280 or in person at the Bass Hall Box Office.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. For group sales call 817-212-4248 or email groupsales@basshall.com.

For more information, please visit http://www.dallassummermusicals.org and http://www.basshall.com.

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.

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