Fort Worth — In the 2017-18 season, for the first time in Performing Arts Fort Worth’s two decades (Bass Performance Hall opened in 1998), the Broadway at the Bass Season will have all-new Broadway shows on its subscription season. No rehashes of tours like Mamma Mia! or Les Misérables, and no tours of revivals of classic musicals. The five tours on the season will all make their Fort Worth debuts, and in less than a year after they will have appeared in Dallas.
It begins with two tours that will have been at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House in 2017: Something Rotten and Finding Neverland. Then it moves onto its partnership with Dallas Summer Musicals, with three shows that appear in DSM’s 2017-18 season: Waitress, Love Never Dies and School of Rock. The latter two, both by Andrew Lloyd Webber, will have one-week runs in Fort Worth right after their two-week runs in Dallas. Waitress appears a few months after Dallas.
With the big announcement of Hamilton coming to Dallas Summer Musicals in 2018-19 (along with Aladdin), thanks to DSM’s new touring booker Broadway Across America, some wondered if DSM and Performing Arts Fort Worth would continue their partnership that officially began in 2014. That answer, for now, is yes.
But considering the popularity of Hamilton—likely to be as big a hit on the touring circuit as Wicked and The Lion King—it’s a good guess that DSM’s venue, the Music Hall in Fair Park, will have the monopoly on it for years to come. The Music Hall has about 1,200 more seats than the Winspear Opera House, and about 1,400 more than Bass Hall.
Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2017-18 season also includes two season specials/add-ons: A weekend tour stop of Chicago, and Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold in McDavid Studio, next to Bass Hall.
Season subscriptions start at $187 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. Call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com. <CQ>
THE BROADWAY AT THE BASS SEASON
January 17-21, 2018
Welcome to the ‘90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti) are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard” (Tony® nominee Adam Pascal). When a local soothsayer foretells the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! Amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point! From the director of Aladdin and the co-director of The Book of Mormon, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post).
March 20-25, 2018
The family-friendly Broadway spectacular FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration, until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.
June 19-24, 2018
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, this irresistible new show features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles. Brought to the stage by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!" says Entertainment Weekly.
Love Never Dies
August 7-12, 2018
Don’t miss the magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories with LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé. In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul and their young son from their home in Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island. “A masterpiece,” Sunday Express.
School of Rock
August 28-Sept. 2, 2018
“Fists of all ages shall be pumping!” (Vanity Fair). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band, playing their instruments live on stage. “An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly).
Feb. 16-18, 2018
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®, two Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. 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.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold
Dec. 13-17, 2017; McDavid Studio
It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of Late Nite Catchism. In this all-new show, Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: Whatever happened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all"). Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister's Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.