Performing Arts Fort Worth proudly announces its 2016-2017 Broadway at the Bass Season at Bass Performance Hall! Season ticket packages are on sale NOW!
The season is made up of eight shows, six of which are making their Bass Hall debuts.
“For the first time ever, we’re offering eight shows, many of which have never played in Fort Worth before,” says Dione Kennedy, President & CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth. “And as we always strive to do, we’ve put together a season that offers something for everyone, from families to serious Broadway buffs to everyone in between. It’s really a dynamite season.”
Kicking off the season in January, 2017, will be the family favorite ANNIE, returning to the Hall in an all-new production. The Chicago Tribune called the show “one of the best family musicals ever penned.”
The series will close in November, 2017, with another show back by popular demand, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS.
In between will be the direct-from-Broadway AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the acclaimed, Tony Award-winning musical about love and mystery in the City of Lights; the ultimate tribute to The Beatles, LET IT BE; MATILDA, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl and winner of 50 international awards, including four Tonys; THE BODYGUARD, a musical retelling of the hit 1992 film featuring singer Deborah Cox; BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, which tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom; and the 20th anniversary tour of the Broadway sensation RENT.
In addition, there will be three add-on specials: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE and, returning to the Bass Hall stage, GREATER TUNA.
Performing Arts Fort Worth will once again co-present several of the shows with Dallas Summer Musicals: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, LET IT BE, THE BODYGUARD and RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.
These shows will play both venues, allowing Broadway lovers across the North Texas area ample opportunities to experience the Best of Broadway.
Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016-2017 Broadway season also includes BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND; CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE; STOMP; THE ILLUSTIONISTS; KINKY BOOTS; and CIRCUS 1903: THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS.
Broadway at the Bass
ANNIE (January 17-22, 2017)
The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (February 14-19, 2017)
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in Fort Worth on its first national tour!
LET IT BE (March 21-26, 2017)
The end of The Beatles era was never thought to be in sight when The Beatles played their last show on the roof of Apple Offices in 1969. Imagine what would have been if The Beatles continued their journey. Enter a time capsule and turn back in time to what would have been John Lennon’s 40th Birthday – October 9, 1980. For one night, the fab four come together again on stage after a decade apart, performing hits like Back in the USSR, Live and Let Die, Got to Get You Into My Life, My Sweet Lord, Hey Jude and many more hits The Beatles never performed live. Imagine a night that never happened!
MATILDA (June 13-18, 2017)
TIME magazine’s No. 1 show of the year! Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards®, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway, in London’s West End, and in Sydney, Australia. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of MATILDA have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”
THE BODYGUARD (August 1-6, 2017)
Based on the smash-hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX! A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You.” Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris, THE BODYGUARD had its world premiere in London’s West End, where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical; it won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL (September 12-17, 2017)
BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning collection of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and the 2015 Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album.
RENT (October 17-22, 2017)
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters: love.
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS (November 14-19, 2017)
This holiday season, discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and good will, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs and top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow! The New York Times says to “put it on your wish list.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. This must-see show is full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.
Broadway Specials/Add On’s
RUDOLF THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL (November 22-23, 2016)
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
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE (December 3-4, 2016)
Cirque Dreams lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza, Cirque Dreams Holidaze. It’s a new cirque show, Broadway musical and family Christmas spectacular all in one! The New York Daily News calls it a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload!” Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe.
GREATER TUNA (March 29-30, 2017)
GREATER TUNA is a hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, children, and animals alike – are portrayed by ONLY 2 performers, making this satire on life in rural America both crazy and delightful. Called “a good ol’ down-home laugh-out-loud fest,” by DC Metro Theater Arts, GREATER TUNA has enjoyed worldwide success, including long-running engagements both on and Off-Broadway, at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Late Night with David Letterman, and as an HBO special. 2 Actors, 20 Characters, 20 million laughs.