Judging from the 2017 season announced last week by Performing Arts Fort Worth, touring shows are plentiful.
For the next Broadway at the Bass season, eight touring musicals are on the subscription season (five of them are new to Bass Hall), a record number for the organization in one season.
“For the first time ever, we’re offering eight shows, many of which have never played in Fort Worth before,” Performing Arts President and CEO Dione Kennedy said in a news release. “And as we always strive to do, we’ve put together a season that offers something for everyone.”
The shows new to Bass Hall are the Gershwin musical An American in Paris (inspired by the 1951 Hollywood musical); the Beatles tribute Let It Be; the Tony-winning Matilda, based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book; The Bodyguard, based on the 1992 movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner (which has been in London’s West End, but not on Broadway); and the Tony-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which follows the career and life of the hitmaking songwriter.
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The season opens with the new tour of the Charles Strouse favorite Annie (this tour is new to Bass, but the show has been on its stage before); and includes the return of Rent, in the 20th anniversary tour of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning rock musical about twentysomething bohos in New York’s East Village in the 1990s; and what has become a holiday staple, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
The season also includes three “Broadway specials/add ons”: the return of the home-grown Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Cirque Dreams Holidaze and a new tour of Texas favorite Greater Tuna, which will be directed by co-writer and original cast member Jaston Williams and will feature two new actors playing the characters in Texas’ third-smallest town (Williams’ longtime co-star, Joe Sears, has retired from the show).
Continuing the trend of the past two seasons, Performing Arts will share four shows with the Dallas Summer Musicals: An American in Paris, Let It Be, The Bodyguard and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This means they will all play back to back in Dallas and Fort Worth, allowing both organizations to share marketing resources.
Matilda and Beautiful have each been in Dallas at the AT&T Performing Arts Center (the latter closes today in fact).
The 2017 Broadway at the Bass season
- Annie: Jan. 17-22
- An American in Paris: Feb. 14-19
- Let It Be: March 21-26
- Matilda: June 13-18
- The Bodyguard: Aug. 1-6
- Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: Sept. 12-17
- Rent: Oct. 17-22
- Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: Nov. 14-19
- Broadway Specials/Add Ons
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical: Nov. 22-23
- Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Dec. 3-4
- Greater Tuna: March 29-30
On sale now. Eight-show season ticket packages start at $287. For information, call 817-212-4280 or go online to basshall.com.