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!

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