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!

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