#EmptyBassHall launches Saturday!

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After initiating wildly successful Instagram campaigns for The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth photographer Olaf Growald is now pointing his camera lenses toward Bass Performance Hall.

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Growald

On Saturday, Growald and a team of local photographers will begin their third #empty campaign, capturing and sharing Instagram images of one of Fort Worth’s most iconic buildings.

Users will be able to search and find the images using the #emptybasshall hashtag. The images will also be shared through Bass Hall’s Instagram feed @basshall

The photographers will go beyond the angels and painted ceilings to explore off-the-grid areas of Bass Hall, from underground tunnels to the belly of the orchestra pit; many of these areas have never before been photographed.

“You’ll see Bass Hall like you haven’t seen it before,” says Growald, who organized the event.

Inspired by a similar program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Growald began the #empty project last year at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, then mounted a second #empty project at The Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

The goals of the #emptybasshall initiative are to offer alternative and new perspectives of the downtown performing arts center and to showcase the works of participating photographers. A second #emptybasshall event is planned for July. For information on participating, please email Olaf Growald.

2015 Tony Award winners!

From left, Judy Kuhn, Oscar Williams, Ms. Lucas, Zell Steele Morrow and Michael Cerveris in the show “Fun Home,” winner of five Tony Awards tonight. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

From left, Judy Kuhn, Oscar Williams, Ms. Lucas, Zell Steele Morrow and Michael Cerveris in the show “Fun Home,” winner of five Tony Awards tonight. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The winners of the 2015 Tony Awards:

BEST PLAY
**** WINNER The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Disgraced
Hand to God
Wolf Hall

BEST MUSICAL
An American in Paris
**** WINNER Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Elephant Man
**** WINNER Skylight
This is Our Youth
You Can’t Take it With You

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
**** WINNER The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
An American in Paris (Craig Lucas)
**** WINNER Fun Home (Lisa Kron)
Something Rotten! (Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell)
The Visit (Terrence McNally)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
**** WINNER Fun Home (Music: Music: Jeanine Tesori; lyrics: Lisa Kron)
The Last Ship (Music & lyrics: Sting)
Something Rotten! (Music & lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick)
The Visit (Music: John Kander; lyrics: Fred Ebb)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall
Bill Nighy, Skylight
**** WINNER Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
**** WINNER Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
**** WINNER Michael Cerveris , Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
**** WINNER Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
**** WINNER Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
**** WINNER Annaleigh Ashford , You Can’t Take it With You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard , Wolf Hall
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
**** WINNER Christian Borle , Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
**** WINNER Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
**** WINNER The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Bunny Christie and Finn Ross)
Skylight (Bob Crowley)
Wolf Hall (Christopher Oram)
You Can’t Take it With You (David Rockwell)

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
**** WINNER An American in Paris (Bob Crowley/Benjamin Pearcy/Leo Warner for 59 Productions)
On the Twentieth Century (David Rockwell)
The King and I (Michael Yeargan)
Fun Home (David Zinn)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
The Audience (Bob Crowley)
You Can’t Take it With You (Jane Greenwood)
**** WINNER Wolf Hall (Christopher Oram)
Airline Highway (David Zinn)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Something Rotten! (Gregg Barnes)
An American in Paris (Bob Crowley)
On the Twentieth Century William Ivey Long
**** WINNER The King and I (Catherine Zuber)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
**** WINNER The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Paule Constable)
Wolf Hall (Paule Constable and David Plater)
Skylight (Natasha Katz)
Airline Highway (Japhy Weideman)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
The King and I (Donald Holder)
**** WINNER An American in Paris (Natasha Katz)
Fun Home (Ben Stanton)
The Visit (Japhy Weideman)

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Stephen Daldry , Skylight
**** WINNER Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It With You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
**** WINNER Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw , Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
**** WINNER Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
**** WINNER An American in Paris (Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott)
Fun Home (John Clancy)
Something Rotten! (Larry Hochman)
The Last Ship (Rob Mathes)

SPECIAL TONY AWARD® FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE
Tommy Tune

SPECIAL TONY AWARD
John Cameron Mitchell

REGIONAL THEATRE TONY AWARD
Cleveland Play House

ISABELLE STEVENSON TONY AWARD
Stephen Schwartz

TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE
Arnold Abramson
Adrian Bryan-Brown
Gene O’Donovan

The 2015-2016 Broadway at the Bass Season is here!

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

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


Performing Arts Fort Worth proudly announces its 2015-2016 Broadway at the Bass Season at Bass Performance Hall. From the creators of “South Park” and winner of nine Tony Awards ®, THE BOOK OF MORMON will open the season and play a limited six-day engagement Dec. 1-6. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century” and Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.”

The season will close with Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

In between will be the direct-from-Broadway MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the story of Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul; Dallas Summer Musical’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID; a revival of the classic backstage romp 42ND STREET; the timeless classic THE WIZARD OF OZ; and a brand-new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

In addition, MAMMA MIA!, BLUE MAN GROUP and RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL will return as add-on specials, along with the previously announced JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. The series also includes two shows in the intimate McDavid Studio – the previously announced DIXIE’S NEVER WEAR A TUBETOP WHILE RIDING A MECHANICAL BULL (AND 16 OTHER THINGS I LEARNED WHILE I WAS DRINKING LAST THURSDAY) and an all-new show in the “Late Night Catechism” series, BACK TO SCHOOL CATECHISM: THE HOLY GHOST AND OTHER TERRIFYING TALES. Both shows can be added on to season packages.

Continuing a partnership that blossomed last season, Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth will co-present three of these titles: Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, 42nd STREET and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. These shows will perform for two weeks at the Music Hall at Fair Park, then come to Bass Hall for limited, one-week engagements.

Broadway at the Bass season tickets go on sale online at http://www.basshall.com at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and over the phone at 817-212-4280 and in person at the Bass Hall Box Office at 10 a.m. Monday, June 8. For more information, call 817-212-4280 or click here.

Here’s the lineup:

BROADWAY AT THE BASS

The Book of Mormon will anchor the 2015-2016 Broadway at the Bass season at Bass Performance Hall. Photo: Joan Marcus.

The Book of Mormon will anchor the 2015-2016 Broadway at the Bass season at Bass Performance Hall. Photo: Joan Marcus.

THE BOOK OF MORMON (December 1-6, 2015)
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award® winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language. For more information, visit BookofMormonTheMusical.com.

Patrice Covington as Martha Reeves (center) and cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. Photo: Joan Marcus.

Patrice Covington as Martha Reeves (center) and cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. Photo: Joan Marcus.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL (January 13-17, 2016)
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!.

Dallas Summer Musical’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID will make its Bass Hall debut in 2016. Photo: Chris Waits.

Dallas Summer Musical’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID will make its Bass Hall debut in 2016. Photo: Chris Waits.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (March 29-April 3, 2016)
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Come fall in love with the magic for the first time – or all over again! “One of the most ravishing things I have ever seen on a Broadway stage.” – Time

Follow the yellow brick road to Bass Hall for THE WIZARD OF OZ. Photo: Troika Entertainment.

Follow the yellow brick road to Bass Hall for THE WIZARD OF OZ. Photo: Troika Entertainment.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (June 7-12, 2016)
This new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

42nd STREET (July 12-17, 2016)
The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway! It includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”
Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42ne STREET 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 star breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, this sparkling new production will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (August 17-21, 2016)
The hills are alive! A brand-new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award®-winning director Jack O’Brien, is coming to Bass Performance Hall. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 (seen by over 44 million people). This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

Katie Travis and Chris Mann in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Photo: Matthew Murphy.

Katie Travis and Chris Mann in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Photo: Matthew Murphy.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (October 20-30, 2016)
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will come to Fort Worth as part of a brand new North American tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

BROADWAY AT THE BASS

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will be here Sept. 18-20. Photo: Troika Entertainment.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will be here Sept. 18-20. Photo: Troika Entertainment.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (September 18-20, 2015)
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including “Go Go Go Joseph,” “Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.” Book your tickets and be part of the magic!

Yeeee-Hawwww: Dixie Longate returns to McDavid Studio in an all-new show!

Yeeee-Hawwww: Dixie Longate returns to McDavid Studio in an all-new show!

DIXIE’S NEVER WEAR A TUBE TOP WHILE RIDING A MECHANICAL BULL (AND 16 OTHER THINGS I LEARNED WHILE I WAS DRINKING LAST THURSDAY) (November 11-22, 2015, McDavid Studio)
America’s favorite fast-talking Tupperware lady Dixie Longate is hitting the road with her new show NEVER WEAR A TUBE TOP WHILE RIDING A MECHANICAL BULL (AND 16 OTHER THINGS I LEARNED WHILE I WAS DRINKING LAST THURSDAY). Put on your cowboy boots and walk into her favorite honkytonk as Dixie shares lessons learned after a hard night of drinking. What do a jeweled crown, a cardboard cutout of Julie Andrews and a box of moon pies have in common? Spend the night with Dixie and find out as she swaps her Tupperware bowls for a mechanical bull.
Content Warning: Contains strong adult content and language. For mature audiences only. Recommended for ages 16+.

Rudolph returns Nov. 24-25. Photo: Wishing Star Productions.

Rudolph returns Nov. 24-25. Photo: Wishing Star Productions.

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL (November 24-25, 2015)
The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and back onto Bass Hall’s stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

The BLUE MAN GROUP returns for a limited engagement Feb. 19-21.

The BLUE MAN GROUP returns for a limited engagement Feb. 19-21.

BLUE MAN GROUP (February 19-21, 2016)
Blue Man Group will thrill Fort Worth with its high-octane theatrical experience. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music and technology. If you’ve never seen Blue Man Group, it’s a must-see. If you’re already a fan, don’t miss it.

Put on your dancin' shoes: MAMMA MIA! returns May 20-22!

Put on your dancin’ shoes: MAMMA MIA! returns May 20-22!

MAMMA MIA! (May 20-22, 2016)
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your 14th, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!

BACK TO SCHOOL CATECHISM: THE HOLY GHOST AND OTHER TERRIFYING TALES (October 5-9, 2016, McDavid Studio)
It is that time of year again and Sister is preparing her classroom for another long year of Catechism. You are in store for another hysterical lesson with BACK TO SCHOOL CATECHISM: THE HOLY GHOST AND OTHER TERRIFYING TALES. In this session we find out the Church’s take on all the familiar Halloween tales of ghosts and goblins. The show is full of Sister’s signature class participation. You may get hands-on experience in how to build a Catholic-appropriate Halloween costume! Join us and remember DON’T BE LATE!

CONTEST: Win tickets to PIPPIN and a big bag of Broadway swag!

Win tickets to PIPPIN, starring Sasha Allen!

Win tickets to PIPPIN, starring Sasha Allen!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! We’ll announce the winner on Monday!

Welcome to Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2015 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 7 on CBS.

Email your answers by midnight Saturday, June 6. 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, July 21 performance of the Tony Award-winning hit musical PIPPIN. You’ll also receive a big bag of Broadway swag, including a beautiful THE SOUND OF MUSIC coffee table book, a NEWSIES bobblehead and much more!

Good luck!!!

1. BEST PLAY
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Disgraced
Hand to God
Wolf Hall

2. BEST MUSICAL
An American in Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit

3. BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Elephant Man
Skylight
This is Our Youth
You Can’t Take it With You

4. BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century

5. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Fun Home (Music: Music: Jeanine Tesori; lyrics: Lisa Kron)
The Last Ship (Music & lyrics: Sting)
Something Rotten! (Music & lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick)
The Visit (Music: John Kander; lyrics: Fred Ebb)

6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

7. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Michael Cerveris , Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit

10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

11. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Annaleigh Ashford , You Can’t Take it With You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard , Wolf Hall
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway

12. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Christian Borle , Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

13. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

14. BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Stephen Daldry , Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It With You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

15. BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw , Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

16. BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

THE FINE PRINT: The winner with the most number of correct answers will be notified by email on Monday, June 8. The winner will have 24 hours to respond. No purchase necessary. Prize package includes 2 tickets to Tuesday, July 21 performance of PIPPIN 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.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is coming to North Texas!

Andy Huntington Jones and Paige Faure in the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

Andy Huntington Jones and Paige Faure in the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of SOUTH PACIFIC and THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will play at Bass Performance Hall June 23-28, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. The tour will also stop at Music Hall at Fair Park June 9-21, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

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.

The cast of the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Photo: Carol Rosegg

The cast of the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Photo: Carol Rosegg

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 longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. 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.

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, 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 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?”

Tickets are on sale now! For Bass Hall tickets, call 817-212-4280 or click here. For Dallas Summer Musical tickets, click here or call 1-800-514-3849. Groups of 10 or more receive discounts.

Peter Pan flies again; Something Rotten! was anything but! Our last day at the Spring Road Conference 2015

Finding Neverland was one of the highlights of our trip to New York.

Finding Neverland was one of the highlights of our trip to New York.

Our final day at The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference had us in tears – and that was before we even saw FINDING NEVERLAND.

It’s always hard to leave our friends, old and new. So the last few hours we spend with our industry colleagues at this yearly Broadway conference are always a little, sniff, sniff, bittersweet.

The annual conference went out with a bang on Thursday. One special guest after another graced the stage of New York’s historic Hudson Theatre, where the conference was held.

The day included an appearance from the star-studded cast and creative team for the new musical THE VISIT: Broadway veteran Chita Rivera, composer John Kander and playwright Terrence McNally, all multiple Tony-winners.

Moderated by none other than actress Sutton Foster, a SOMETHING ROTTEN! creative conversation was more laughs than conversation, and we loved every giggle of it. North Texan Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark, currently starring in a musical rendition of GIGI, also made a surprise appearance, as did AN AMERICAN IN PARIS’ choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and leads Robert Fairchild and Leanne Michelle Cope. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is tied with FUN HOME for the most number of Tony nominations this season, 12.

To top it off, we were given an exclusive sneak preview of THE BODYGUARD, an upcoming touring musical based on the Oscar-nominated 1992 film that starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston (it’s currently on stage in the U.K.).

Playing Houston’s character will be Grammy-nominated R&B singer Deborah Cox, who, during the lunchtime sneak peek, made a surprise appearance and belted out the show’s signature song, I Will Always Love You. Cox, who provided the vocals for Lifetime’s Whitney Houston movie, “Whitney,” has been seen on Broadway in the title role of AIDA.

Among the shows we saw Thursday night were two of our conference favorites: The outrageously hilarious SOMETHING ROTTEN! and FINDING NEVERLAND.

Something Rotten! is a vibrant, fresh, all-new original musical. From the first note of “Welcome to the Renaissance” you know you’re in for a journey filled with laughter and great music.

This show is in the same category as THE PRODUCERS and SPAMALOT, with witty and clever writing. Christian Borle and Brian d’Arcy James are at the top of their game.

Performing Arts Fort Worth Marketing Director Jason Wise at SOMETHING ROTTEN!

Performing Arts Fort Worth Marketing Director Jason Wise at SOMETHING ROTTEN!

At a time when many new musicals are based on already-existing material, it’s refreshing to see a new original musical. Its 10 Tony nominations, including best musical, are well deserved!

Fort Worth audiences are going to love this show. We look forward to bringing it in an upcoming season.

We think Fort Worth will also fall in love with FINDING NEVERLAND. Like the movie on which it is based, the story revolves around author/playwright J. M. Barrie and how he came to write the 1904 play “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”

The show has an all-star cast featuring Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and Laura Michelle Kelly, all of whom shine in their roles. There’s plenty of eye candy, too, including a neat flying sequence that we won’t give away.

We’re also hoping to bring this show to the Bass Hall stage sometime in the future.

Thanks to The Broadway League for once again hosting a terrific, informative and entertaining conference. See you guys next year!

Showtime!

One of the many perks of attending The Broadway League’s annual Spring Road Conference is, of course, getting to see all the new Broadway shows before they hit the road.

Over the course of the four-day conference, we’ve seen nearly a dozen shows. Here are some of our faves (and some we’re hoping to bring to Bass Hall in the future):

IMG_453306823Hedwig and the Angry Inch: We saw this rock and roll musical when Neil Patrick Harris was in the lead role of Hedwig, but we are just as impressed with Darren Criss, who took over the role after Harris. Criss stars in the title role as a punk/metal band lead singer, whose career has been eclipsed by a past lover who has gone onto to massive success. Hedwig delivers his life story to us during a concert, in which Criss and his backup band give impassioned, believable performances, making you feel like you really are at a concert (which, technically, you are, since the musicians play real instruments and Criss belts out a number of catchy songs). It’s a fantastic show but not for everyone; there’s quite a bit of language and adult themes. We’d love to see it on our stage.

IMG_0490On the Town: If you like classic Broadway shows with big dance routines, you’ll love On the Town, a second revival of the 1944 musical (and basis for a 1949 hit film). Three sailors, on a 24-hour pass, embark on New York City in a quest for love, booze and fun. Featuring Fort Worth-reared actor Jay Armstrong Johnson in a lead role as one of the sailors, Chip, the show is a smart combination of slapstick humor, epic dance numbers (think West Side Story) and romance, all set against the backdrop of Leonard Bernstein’s timeless music. We’re really hoping to bring this show to Bass Hall!

IMG_0496Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: For many of us, this jukebox musical was an education, as it explored the early life of songwriter/singer Carole King and her catalog of hits that she wrote for other artists, such as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Chains, One Fine Day and many others. Chilina Kennedy doesn’t miss a beat as King. Matter of fact, the entire cast did a great job of recreating the look and sound of other artists of the 60s and 70s, such as Neil Sedaka, The Drifters, The Shirelles and Janelle Woods. It was a fun and interactive show, as many people in the audience sang along. This will be a great show for the road and one we’re hoping to book!

Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in the musical “An American in Paris.” Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

An American in Paris: Up for 12 Tony Awards, this musical adaptation of the 1951 film of the same name embodies what many hopeless American romantics desperately want Paris to symbolize – art, passion, lights, love, culture, mystery. It has it all. The blend of musical theater, punctuated by the music of Ira and George Gershwin, makes perfect sense, and the scene transitions are flawless. This show is slated to tour soon. We hope Bass Hall will be one of its stops.

IMG_0521Matilda:We’d seen Matilda many times in the past during The Broadway League’s conference, but we had to see it again, its story of a little girl who overcomes hurdle after hurdle is so uplifting. The show is also rife with catchy music, remarkable set pieces and many, many, many talented children. Our fingers are crossed that we’ll be able to land this show in an upcoming season!

Other shows we’ve seen or seeing tonight (our last night here!) include Finding Neverland, Something Rotten!, Fun Home, Hand to God and The Visit. Check back in tomorrow for our final post!

Starry Eyed: Helen Mirren, Matthew Morrison, Bill Nighy and other celebs appear at The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference

The historic Hudson Theatre, where The Broadway League's Spring Road Conference is being held this week.

The historic Hudson Theatre, where The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference is being held this week.

Helen Mirren was a special guest yesterday at the Broadway League's Spring Road Conference in New York.

Helen Mirren was a special guest yesterday at the Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference in New York.

The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference kicked off its daytime sessions yesterday in royal style. We’re talking a visit from Queen Elizabeth II herself, Helen Mirren.

“You always remember a theater performance,” said Mirren, who currently plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Broadway play The Audience “Even if it’s terrible.”

Finding Neverland's cast and creative team.

Finding Neverland’s cast and creative team.

Mirren was just one of many celebrity guest speakers yesterday at the annual Broadway conference. She was followed by the fantastic four from Finding Neverland, a musical tracing the origins of the Peter Pan story. Famed Broadway producer Harvey Weinstein, popular dance choreographer Mia Michaels and actors Laura Michele Kelly, who originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway, and Matthew Morrison, best known for his role on Glee, all took the stage for a lively fireside chat.

They weren’t the only ones to receive standing O’s. Grammy and Tony-winner Lin-Manual Miranda brought down the house with his fiery and funny talk about his new show, Hamilton, a hip-hop musical about the life of Andrew Hamilton.

Cast members of Skylight.

Cast members of Skylight.

Carey Mulligan, Matthew Beard and Bill Nighy were among the cast and creatives who took part in a discussion of their current play Skylight, which is up for seven play-related Tony Awards, including Best Revival, Best Actress for Mulligan and Best Actor for Nighy.

At lunch, we were treated to a special performance from the cast of the hysterical Something Rotten!, a musical comedy up for 10 Tony Awards.

Finally, two of our own graced the stage of the Hudson Theatre, where the conference is taking place. Performing Arts Fort Worth President & CEO Dione Kennedy moderated an energetic panel about patron loyalty programs.

And big congratulations are in order for Dallas Summer Musicals Marketing Director Paulette Hopkins, who was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Road Marketing during the conference’s annual awards ceremony. Holly Reeves, a longtime DSM board member and fundraiser, received a Star of Touring Broadway Award. Congrats, DSM!

We saw several shows last night and we’ll share our thoughts on them in tomorrow’s blog post!

Hello, New York!

Times Square!

Times Square!

Greetings from the City That Never Sleeps – and for the next four days, we won’t, either.

The Performing Arts Fort Worth marketing team is here in New York this week for the Broadway League’s annual Spring Road Conference – four days of industry panels, discussions, promotional parties and of course shows, shows, shows.

In the course of four days, the six of us (marketing plus our Prez & CEO Dione Kennedy) will see more than a dozen new Broadway musicals, including 2015 Tony Award nominees An American in Paris and Fun Home. The conference allows us the opportunity to see the shows before they go on the road. Some may be coming to Bass Performance Hall in future seasons.

Monday night was the conference’s first big shebang – a party to promote the upcoming tour of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, a musical based on the hit 1942 movie of the same name. The invite-only soiree was held in the historical studio of NBC’s Saturday Night Live and featured song-and-dance performances from cast members.

Tag along on our adventures here in New York by following us on Twitter and Instagram.

2015 Tony Nominations!

An American in Paris is up for 12 Tony Awards.

An American in Paris is up for 12 Tony Awards.

And the nominees are:

Best Leading Actor in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Leading Actress in a Play
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Best Revival of a Play
Skylight
The Elephant Man
This Is Our Youth
You Can’t Take It With You

Best Revival of a Musical
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century
The King and I

Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Best Musical
An American in Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Best Play
Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
Hand to God by Robert Askins
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two by Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton

Best Book of a Musical
Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten!
Lisa Kron, Fun Home
Craig Lucas, An American in Paris
Terrence McNally, The Visit

Best Score
John Kander and Fred Ebb, The Visit
Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten!
Sting, The Last Ship
Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, Fun Home

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris
David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan, The King and I
David Zinn, Fun Home

Best Orchestrations
Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott, An American in Paris
John Clancy, Fun Home
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship

Best Costume Design of a Play
Bob Crowley, The Audience
Jane Greenwood, You Can’t Take It With You
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Zinn, Airline Highway

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Paule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Natasha Katz, Skylight
Japhy Weideman, Airline Highway

Best Director of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Bunny Christie & Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley, Skylight
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Rockwell, You Can’t Take It With You

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

Best Director of a Play
Stephen Daldry, Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It With You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Donald Holder, The King and I
Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
Ben Stanton, Fun Home
Japhy Weideman, The Visit

Best Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century
Catherine Zuber, The King and I

Tony Nominations by Production
An American in Paris – 12
Fun Home – 12
Something Rotten! – 10
The King and I – 9
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two – 8
Skylight – 7
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 6
Hand to God – 5
On the Twentieth Century – 5
The Visit – 5
You Can’t Take It with You – 5
Airline Highway – 4
The Elephant Man – 4
On the Town – 4
The Audience – 3
The Last Ship – 2
Constellations – 1
Disgraced – 1
Gigi – 1
The Heidi Chronicles – 1
It’s Only a Play – 1
This Is Our Youth – 1

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