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2013-14 for Performing Arts Fort Worth

The new season at Bass Hall brings Ghost the Musical, I Love Lucy, Nice Work..., Philip Glass, Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Idiot, more.

published Thursday, July 11, 2013

The 2013-'14 season for Performing Arts Fort Worth, the presenting organization that brings theater, dance, music and more to Bass Performance Hall, has been announced.

The Broadway season is interesting, with several shows that are new to Fort Worth, including Ghost the Musical, which is based on the 1990 film and ran for four months on Broadway in 2012 (and will piggyback with the tour stop at Dallas Summer Musicals); the latest Gershwin revuesical, Nice Work If You Can Get It (which starred Matthew Broderick in its recent Broadway run); and I Love Lucy Live on Stage, which restages some of the most famous episodes of the iconic TV show with a "live studio" set-up. Jersey Boys will make its Fort Worth debut, having been in Dallas three times. Also on the Broadway season: Stomp and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

There will also be limited runs of The Blue Man Group, the Green Day musical American Idiot and Forbidden Broadway. In the smaller space, McDavid Studio, there'll be Tony N' Tina's Wedding, Sister's Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven and Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody.

The one-night music, comedy and dance events include Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Philip Glass Ensemble performing a live score to the 1931 silent film Dracula (with Glass joining them), David Sedaris, Lewis Black, Bob Newhart, The Johnny Clegg Band & Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Buena Vista Social Club and much more.

The complete line-up, broken up into the various categories, is below. At the bottom is subscription and ticket information.


Performing Arts Fort Worth invites you to fall in “love” with the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Fort Worth Season at Bass Performance Hall.

Our Broadway at the Bass season, nicknamed “I Love Broadway!,” will feature the regional premiere of I Love Lucy Live on Stage, a time warp that puts you in the audience, circa 1952, during the taping of two of the sitcom’s most well-known episodes. Other powerhouses for the Broadway season include the Bass Hall debut of the Tony Award-winning hit Jersey Boys; Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical; Stomp; American Idiot; Menopause The Musical; the first national tours of Ghost The Musical and Nice Work if You Can Get It; Menopause the Musical; and the return of the Blue Man Group.

Our BNSF Popular Entertainment series offers a grab-bag of music, comedy and dance, from the musical prowess of Buena Vista Social Club and Philip Glass to the comedic grace of Bob Newhart to the majestic dance routines of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Our Family Series at the Bass will feature all-ages entertainment from the likes of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, while the Broadway Off Bass at McDavid series will include the return of audience favorite Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding, as well as the Fort Worth debut of Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody.  

Listed by series, the schedule for the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Fort Worth Season:



Season tickets on sale Friday, July 12

Single tickets on sale TBA



November 19-24, 2013

The record-setting Broadway holiday sensation, which features the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special, makes its Fort Worth debut. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the music and book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas.



February 11-16, 2014

Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar-winning movie Ghost in a brand-new Broadway musical. GHOST THE MUSICAL features an original pop score from multiple Grammy Award-winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard and is adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin. GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. GHOST THE MUSICAL is, “unlike anything seen on stage before!” (Newsday).

Content Warning: GHOST THE MUSICAL is recommended for ages 12+.



March 11-16, 2014

I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time! It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.”

The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect ‘50s-style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”



April 8-13, 2014

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and utterly unique - an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As The Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!”



June 3-15, 2014

“TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!” raves The New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!  JERSEY BOYS, winner of the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “IT WILL RUN FOR CENTURIES!” proclaims Time.



September 16-21, 2014

It’s the roaring ‘20s 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 in this hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical.

Nice Work if You Can Get It features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes – “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” – set in a fresh and funny song-and-dance spectacular.




Tickets on sale 10am July 12



September 27-28, 2013

Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody, set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®



January 17-19, 2014

Back by popular demand, the Blue Man Group returns for a weekend of encore performances of its high-octane explosion of comedy, music and technology.  



March 19, 2014

A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post-9/11 world leads them on an exhilarating theatrical journey.

Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it has never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls, “thrilling, emotionally-charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!” 



March 27, 2014

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, the fall-down funny musical roast of Broadway that has picked up nine Drama Desk Awards, a Special Tony Award, an Obie, a Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award, is back at last, and not a moment too soon.

This New York sensation is returning with an all-new, fresh view of the highs and lows of recent Broadway shows, including Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes, Follies, Spiderman, Book of Mormon, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Once and Death of a Salesman. It features outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of the songs you know and dead-on impressions by a stellar cast!




Season tickets on sale 10am July 12

Single tickets on sale TBA



October 23-27, 2013

It’s a wedding. It’s a feast. It’s a show! Actors exchange vows. And you, the audience, play the parts of Tony and Tina’s family and friends, joining them for the reception, feast and hilarious family dramas. One of the longest-running shows in Off-Broadway history, TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING engages audiences through the common threads all people share. You’ll enjoy an array of embarrassing, bumbling and colorful guests we can all relate to, as you witness the union of these distinct and forever-funny families! Your ticket includes: the ceremony, the reception, Italian baked ziti dinner, champagne toast, wedding cake, music, dancing and much more!



March 5-9, 2014

Celebrate the Easter season with Sister as she answers timeworn questions of the season like, “Who was Mary Magdalene?,” “Why isn’t Easter on the same day every year like Christmas?,” and “Will my bunny go to Heaven?” Part pageant, and wHOLY hysterical, this latest installment of the sinfully funny LATE NITE CATECHISM series unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter baskets, Easter bonnets and, of course, those yummy Easter Peeps!



May 21-25, 2014

It’s time for the saucy book that caused a world sensation to get SPANKED! SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this new imagining of the characters, as they come to life with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers and steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man. SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized, by author E.L. James or Vintage Press. This show contains adult content. For mature audiences.




Season tickets on sale 10am July 12

Single tickets on sale TBA


Mark Nizer 4D

September 22, 2013

Mark Nizer has changed the way people view the world. The impossible is possible, the improbable is probable. Since winning the International Juggling Championships, Mark has taken his one-man show around the world. His invention of new juggling tricks and juggling technologies, combined with his unique wit, have set him apart from his peers. Come see why Performance Magazine called his show, “nothing less than brilliant.”


Frogz! Presented by Imago Theater

November 10, 2013

Imago presents its popular classic FROGZ! Acclaimed for its special brand of vaudeville, comedy, acrobatics and illusions, FROGZ! combines mime, dance, original music and special effects. A menagerie like no other – frogs, lizards, windbags, cowboys, sloths and penguins – fills the stage with wit, wonder and mesmerizing, Fellini-esque mayhem. Imago’s wordless productions are hailed by critics and family audiences worldwide.


Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

March 30, 2014

Laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious musical, featuring book and lyrics by Judith Viorst, author of the best-selling classic book. You’ll discover that, sometimes, everyone has a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.




Tickets on sale 10am July 12


1964 The Tribute

August 16 & 17, 2013

Tickets start at $35.75

You know you should be glad: The ultimate tribute to the Beatles’ mid-‘60s songs returns to Bass Hall for a two-night stand. Yeah, yeah, yeah!


Lewis Black: The Rant is Due!

September 29, 2013

Tickets start at $39.50

Presented by Live Nation, easily irritated comedian Lewis Black revisits Bass Hall with an all-new show, “The Rant is Due!”


Buena Vista Social Club

October 2, 2013

Tickets start at $27.50

More than 15 years after the release of its critically acclaimed 1997 album, Buena Vista Social Club remains a powerhouse live act, bringing together elements of Cuban music, folk, rock, country and soul.


Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

October 10, 2013

Tickets start at $22

Regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble plays authentic folk music and preserves the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungary and Hungarian-inhabited areas. Its rich and colorful repertoire entitles the Ensemble to be regarded as one of the top touring groups in the world.


Dracula: The Music & Film, performed by Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble to Universal Pictures’ 1931 Film Classic

October 29, 2013

Tickets start at $22

Legendary and groundbreaking musician Philip Glass returns to the Hall, fangs glistening. Glass and his Philip Glass Ensemble will perform the score to the classic 1931 frightfest, Dracula, while the film is shown overhead – more bite for your buck.


Doobie Brothers

November 6, 2013

Tickets start at $44

Four decades worth of rock ‘n roll memories, all in one night: Black Water, China Grove, Listen to the Music, Jesus is Just Alright, Takin’ it to the Streets and many more!


An Evening with David Sedaris

November 9, 2013

Tickets start at $22

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of Americas pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.


Bob Newhart

December 7, 2013

Tickets start at $27.50

The six-time Emmy Award-nominated actor brings his standup show to Bass Hall.


Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas

December 16, 2013

Tickets start at $33

“Triple M” returns with his annual Christmas event, a combination of poetry and music that’ll warm your body like a mug of hot chocolate.


Jim Brickman, “On a Winter’s Night”

December 17, 2013

Tickets start at $27.50

Grammy-nominated pianist and singer Jim Brickman returns to the Hall with a Santa’s bag full of Christmas songs and cheer.


Robert Earl Keen

December 28, 2013

Tickets start at $33

Spend your New Year’s Eve weekend singing along about roads that go on forever and parties that never end – Robert Earl Keen is coming back, ya’ll.


Elvis Lives!

January 16, 2014

Tickets start at $22

It’s Elvis from A to Z! Elvis Lives! is an unforgettable live musical journey across Elvis’ life featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, each representing Elvis during different stages in his career.


Dance Theatre of Harlem

January 26, 2014

Tickets start at $16.50

In its fourth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multicultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world.  


Jon Batiste & Stay Human

March 4, 2014

Tickets start at $22

Deeply rooted in the musical traditions of his native New Orleans, musician Jon Batiste has developed a uniquely current, uplifting, and playful brand of jazz that integrates his classical Juilliard training with contemporary mainstream sounds. He is currently touring with his band, Stay Human, whose mission is to bring the joy of jazz to the masses, transforming each space they play by breaking down the barriers between audience and performer, and inviting people to experience the music as they never thought it could be played.


The Johnny Clegg Band & Ladysmith Black Mambazo

March 18, 2014

Tickets start at $27.50

Singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist, Johnny Clegg has sold more than five million records. His vibrant blends of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms have crossed the charts and continents. Clegg will be sharing the stage with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the three-time Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble that backed pop/rock singer Paul Simon on his landmark album, Graceland.


Additional shows will be added throughout the season. 

Season ticket packages range in price according to event and seating location. Patrons can order season tickets to Broadway at the Bass, Family Series at the Bass and Broadway Off Bass at McDavid by phone, by calling (817) 212-4450 or online at

Tickets for the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series and Broadway Specials can be purchased by phone by calling 817-212-4280 or online at All tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. Ticket office hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For group sales, call 817-212-4248. Thanks For Reading

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