Fort Worth — The 2014-'15 season for Performing Arts Fort Worth was announced Thursday night. The big news is that for the Broadway series, PAFW is forming an alliance with Dallas Summer Musicals, with four shows shared next season. The recent Broadway revivals of Pippin and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, as well as the pre-Broadway tour of Dirty Dancing will run back-to-back, two weeks at Dallas' Music Hall at Fair Park and one week in at Bass Hall. The 2013 Best Musical Tony winner, Kinky Boots, appears in Fort Worth in October 2015, about six months after Dallas.
It's not the first time a tour has played both cities back-to-back, but four in one season is a strategic alliance for PAFW and DSM; the benefit for Fort Worth audiences is that they don't have to wait several more years for new shows and tours. In the past, there was a 75-mile rule, so if a presenter in one market booked a show, another market without 75 years wouldn't get it for another season or two. And Dallas almost always got first dibs.
Interestingly, although there's no alliance between Bass Hall and AT&T Performing Arts Center, the PAFW season also features the 2012 Best Musical Tony winner Once, which will have been at the Winspear Opera House two months prior. SHN Presents, the Broadway consultant for ATTPAC, had to sign off on that. Everyone is realizing that there's not much crossover between Dallas and Fort Worth audiences.
The Bass Hall season also includes the area premiere of Elf the Musical, based on the Will Ferrell movie, and return engagements of Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Chicago.
Meanwhile, here's more about the Performing Arts Fort Worth season, with dates, show descriptions and subscription info from the news release:
FORT WORTH, Texas, June 12, 2014 – Performing Arts Fort Worth proudly announces its 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass Season at Bass Performance Hall, featuring award-winning shows direct from Broadway.
Five of the six shows will be on their first national tours: ONCE, the musical love story that took Broadway by storm, winning eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical; the new touring production of the beloved Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA; DIRTY DANCING, based on the hit movie of the same name; PIPPIN, the 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical Revival; and KINKY BOOTS, the 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical. Rounding out the season is the holiday favorite ELF, making its North Texas debut.
In addition, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and CHICAGO will return as Broadway add-on specials.
This season also marks a first for Performing Arts Fort Worth and Dallas Summer Musicals, as the two organizations will come together to co-present four of these titles: CINDERELLA, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN and KINKY BOOTS. The shows will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas for two weeks, then come to Bass Performance Hall for limited, one-week engagements.
“This season is very special for us. It includes the two most recent Tony Award-winning best musicals and last year’s Tony Award-winner for best musical revival,” says Dione Kennedy, President and CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth. “Plus, not only are all the titles in the Broadway at the Bass series new to the Bass Hall stage, we’re presenting four of them with our friends at Dallas Summer Musicals. We’ve presented shows with them in the past, but not a scale such as this. In terms of collaboration, this marks a step forward in the efforts of both of our organizations to bring the best of Broadway to the North Texas area.”
Subscriptions are $226.60-$594. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. June 13 at Bass Hall or at 817-212-4280 or online at www.basshall.com.
The 2014-2015 BROADWAY AT THE BASS SEASON:
November 18-23, 2014
Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
February 18-22, 2015
Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album”, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.
As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. But their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear and the power of music to connect all of us.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA
June 23-28, 2015
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and SOUTH PACIFIC that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.
July 7-12, 2015
DIRTY DANCING is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Based on the film seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. The show features the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”
July 21-26, 2015
Join us… for this magical, unforgettable production The New York Times declared “Astonishing! A PIPPIN for the 21st Century.” The 2013 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival is back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (GODSPELL, WICKED), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus (HAIR and THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS). PIPPIN features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation TRACES.
October 27-November 1, 2015
KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
Inspired by a true story, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Come join the sold-out audiences who’ve discovered why – sometimes – the best way to fit in is to stand out!
2014-2015 BROADWAY SPECIALS
DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming back to Fort Worth! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Bass Performance Hall!
April 3-4, 2015
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with six Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.