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Fall performing arts planner for North Texas

For the next three months, area groups trot out several seasons' worth of entertainment, including a Tony-winning tour and favorites like 'Grease,' plus comedy, kids' stuff and more

08/29/2012 6:02 PM

09/02/2012 7:54 AM

There's plenty to applaud on local stages across North Texas this fall, from local premieres of the touring Broadway musicals War Horse and The Addams Family, to the kickoff of anniversary seasons for some of Tarrant County's most-loved arts organizations. Here's a look at what's onstage until about Thanksgiving. (Note: It would be impossible to list everything in the area. Check your local venues' and arts companies' websites for more information about their seasons.)

September

Through Sept. 8

Circle Theatre continues its hit production of the Philip King farce See How They Run. 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $15-$30. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.

Through Sept. 30

Stage West continues its version of Around the World in 80 Days, with five actors playing 39 roles. 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $15-$30. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org

Sept. 6

Cliburn Concerts kicks off its 50th anniversary with a performance featuring four gold medalists of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Ralph Votapek, André-Michel Schub, Alexander Kobrin and Haochen Zhang. 7:30 p.m. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $35-$80. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

Sept. 7-9

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra travels back in time for performances of "The 1950s: The Golden Age of Black & White." Led by conductor-arranger Jack Everly, the orchestra will play hits that include Unchained Melody and Mambo Italiano. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$79. 817-665-6500; www.fwsymphony.org.

Sept. 7-21

Artes de la Rosa's show in its "mini season" (the group will be going to a calendar-year season in 2013) presents Nicholas A. Patricca's play The Fifth Sun, which deals with Catholic culture and the Mayan calendar. Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., Forth Worth. $10-$20. 817-624-8333; www.rosemarinetheater.com.

Sept. 7-16

Lyric Stage opens its 20th season with the masterful Frank Loesser musical The Most Happy Fella, with restored orchestrations and a 38-piece orchestra. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. $25-$53. 972-252-2787; www.lyricstage.org.

Sept. 7-30

Theatre Arlington opens its 40th season with Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical Rent. 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $20-$22. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.

Sept. 7-30

Dallas Theater Center's season opens with members from the famed improv troupe The Second City and local actors doing a sketch show about North Texas, with The Second City Does Dallas (currently in previews). AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Sept. 8

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth opens its season with the Miró Quartet from Austin. 2 p.m. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $10-$28. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicsocietyoffortworth.com.

Sept. 8

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's season opens with a concert from cellist Yo-Yo Ma, followed by an after-party. 8:45 p.m. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $150-$500. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Sept. 10

Tony Bennett is back at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. 7:30 p.m. $78-$221. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Sept. 12-23

The most anticipated tour of the year comes to North Texas: the Tony-winning play War Horse, which uses life-size horse puppets (and other animals), performed by Handspring Puppet Company. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $30-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Sept. 13-16

It's the opening weekend for the newest performance venue in the Dallas Arts District, City Performance Hall. There'll be a concert with Sarah Jaffe on Friday night, and performances by area theater, dance and music groups all weekend long. Routh and Flora streets, downtown Dallas. Admission for Jaffe and some concerts, but most events free. 214-880-0202; www.dallasculture.org.

Sept. 14

The Plaza Theatre Company begins a monthlong run of the dark comedy Arsenic & Old Lace. 111 S. Main St., Cleburne. $12-$15. 817-202-0600; www.plaza-theatre.com.

Sept. 14-16

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents a performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony, plus a work by former composer-in-residence Jennifer Higdon. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $10-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Sept. 14-Oct. 7

Hip Pocket Theatre does an adaptation of the Richard Brautigan novel The Hawkline Monster. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$15. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.

Sept. 15-23

Grease is the word at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

Sept. 16

Texas Camerata opens its season with German baroque music and countertenor Ryland Angel. 7 p.m. Saint Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-738-7939; www.texascamerata.org.

Sept. 20

The first Modern Music Festival will convene at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth at 7:30 p.m., featuring local musicians and composers. A VIP party at which guests can meet the artists will follow at Steinway Hall Fort Worth. $5-$15, $25 with after-party. www.fwcmf.org.

Sept. 20-23

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra features violinist Michael Guttman and cellist Wendy Sutter, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $21-$131. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Sept. 20-30

This fall, Pantagleize Theatre Company is taking a break from its tradition of older plays you've never heard of, and going for brand-new ones. First is this show about pirates who land in North Texas, X Marks the Spot. 1115 Rio Grande Ave., Fort Worth. $13-$20. 817-472-0032; www.pantatheatre.org.

Sept. 21-Oct. 21

Jubilee Theatre opens its new season with Charlayne Woodard's Flight, about a woman in 1850s Georgia who is sold and has to leave her husband and child. 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $12-$25. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.

Sept. 22

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents for one night "Orbit: An HD Odyssey," with NASA productions, as it plays works by Richard Strauss and John Adams. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $24-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Sept. 22

Timeless Concerts' benefit concert "Made in America!" is at a private home in Dalworthington Gardens. 7:30 p.m. Free, but donations encouraged. 817-303-4189 or laclawson@sbcglobal.net.

Sept. 23

Comedian Bill Engvall performs at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. 7 p.m. $38.50-$126.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Sept. 23

The Allegro Guitar Series offers a preview of its first International Guitar Competition, which will be in 2014, with a concert featuring judges Sergio Assad, Roland Dyens, Christopher McGuire and pianist José Feghali. 2:30 p.m. at City Performance Hall, Routh and Flora streets, downtown Dallas; 7:30 at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $60. 817-498-0363; www.guitarsociety.org.

Sept. 26-30

The new Broadway season for Performing Arts Fort Worth opens with the new, slightly shortened staging of the long-running hit Les Misérables. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$121.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Sept. 29

TITAS presents the acclaimed Doug Varone and Dancers. 8 p.m. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$125. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

October

Oct. 2-21

Dallas Summer Musicals' State Fair musical this year is the area premiere of The Addams Family. Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. $15-$75. 214-631-2787; www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Oct. 5

Kids Who Care presents Freedom Bound. 7:30 p.m. Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15-18. 817-737-5437; www.kidswhocare.org.

Oct. 5-7

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra does Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, with conductor Carl St. Clair and pianist Horacio Gutiérrez. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $10-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Oct. 5-7

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's pops season opens with "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony," accompanied by Looney Tunes cartoons. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $21-$131. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Oct. 5-14

DVA Productions opens its second full season, and in a new home, with the Etta James tribute Simply Etta. Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15-$20. 817-313-3052; www.dvaproductions.org.

Oct. 9 and 12

Arlington Master Chorale opens its season with a program of American music. Oct. 9 at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth; Oct. 12 at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church, 5011 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington. Both at 7:30 p.m. . 817-460-7464; www.arlingtonmasterchorale.org.

Oct. 10

Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Cirque Chinois for one night. 7:30 p.m. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27.50-$66. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Oct. 11

An organization called TriArts, a collaboration among Texas Ballet Theater, the Fort Worth Opera and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, presents the TriArts & Food Trailers fundraiser, with performances from those groups and guest Bruce Wood Dance Project, and concessions from food trucks. 7 p.m. Trinity Park Pavilion, 2300 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. $125. 817-307-9707.

Oct. 11-Nov. 10

Circle Theatre does Michael Hollinger's thriller Ghost-Writer. 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $10-$30. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.

Oct. 12-14

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's pops season continues with a tribute to Nashville, called "Music City Hit-Makers." Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Oct. 12-28

The new season for Casa Mañana Children's Theatre opens with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $12-$21. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

Oct. 12-Nov. 10

Artisan Center Theater does The Diary of Anne Frank. 418 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst. $7-$18. 817-284-1200; www.artisanct.com.

Oct. 13

Cliburn Concerts presents composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel. 2 p.m. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $25. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

Oct. 13-14 and 25

The new Avant Chamber Ballet makes its formal debut, with live music. The program includes Francaix Marelle; Colloquy, a neoclassical ballet view of Gyorgy Ligeti's Six Bagatelles; and Italian Suite set to Igor Stravinsky's Suite Italienne. 8 p.m. Oct. 13 and 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at LifeStage Theatre, 3105 Ira E. Woods Ave., Suite 180, Grapevine; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Eisemann Center, Richardson. $15-$20. www.avantchamberballet.org.

Oct. 14-15

Schola Cantorum of Texas continues its 50th Anniversary Jubilee Season with a program called "The Spirit Shall Rise." 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, 1835 Young St.; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth. $18-$20. 817-485-2500; www.scholatexas.com.

Oct. 16-17

The Hall Ensemble opens its new season with "In the Bloom of the Night," featuring trumpet player Oscar Garcia-Montoya. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Chandor Gardens in Weatherford; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at a home in the Colonial area of Fort Worth (address will be provided with ticket purchase). $50. 817-924-4551; hallensemble.org.

Oct. 18

Symphony Arlington opens its season, themed "Viva España," with a concert that features Ravel's Boléro. 7:30 p.m. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St., Arlington. $15-$45. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.

Oct. 19-Nov. 4

Theatre Arlington does the hilarious comedy The 39 Steps, based on the novel and Alfred Hitchcock's movie version of it. Four actors play more than 150 roles. 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $19. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.

Oct. 19-Nov. 11

Dallas Theater Center presents Kristoffer Diaz's Pulitzer Prize finalist about a wrestler, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, directed by Texas Christian University alum Jaime Castañeda. Wyly Theatre, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Oct. 19-28

Texas Ballet Theater revives Ben Stevenson's version of Peer Gynt, inspired by the Ibsen play, for two weekends. Oct. 19-21 at Bass Hall, Fort Worth; Oct. 26-28 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. $19-$99. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org.

Oct. 19-28

Johnny Simons, Gracey Tune and Julie Ballew present Solo Molemo! And the Long, Tall Sallys! And this might be your last chance to see Simons perform onstage. Hip Pocket Theatre, Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$15. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.

Oct. 19-28

Pantagleize Theatre Company does local playwright James Venhaus' new political comedy, Ugly People, about two candidates in an election. The audience gets to decide who wins at the end. 1115 Rio Grande Ave., Fort Worth. $13-$20. 817-472-0032; www.pantatheatre.org.

Oct. 20

Sol de Fort Worth presents a folklorico performance. 6:30 p.m. Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $10. 817-658-0012; www.solfw.com.

Oct. 20

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents pianist Lucille Chung. 2 p.m. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $10-$28. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicsocietyoffortworth.com.

Oct. 21

Ballet Folklorico de Fort Worth presents its Family Cultural Festival. Noon-6 p.m. Burnett Park, 501 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. Free. 817-263-5492; www.dancefolklorico.com.

Oct. 25-Nov. 18

Amphibian Stage Productions inaugurates its new home with a revival of a play the company gave an American premiere in 2003, T he True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World. It's performed entirely in the dark. Milburn Theatre, 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $15-$25. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.

Oct. 26-28

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with violinist Karen Gomyo. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $10-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Oct. 26-Nov. 11

The Dallas Opera opens its new season with Aida. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$275. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org.

Oct. 26-Nov. 11

The Stolen Shakespeare Guild opens its 2012-13 season with a festival of A Midsummer Night's Dream and the 17th-century play The Birth of Merlin, which is sometimes attributed to being co-written by the Bard (but likely wasn't). Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $10-$18. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org.

Oct. 26-Nov. 4

Lyric Stage does Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone's 1776 with a full orchestra. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. $25-$53. 972-252-2787; www.lyricstage.org.

Oct. 27

Texas Camerata presents Italian baroque music. 2 p.m. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-738-7939; www.texascamerata.org.

Oct. 28

The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra performs at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth. $5-$10. 817-923-3121; www.yofw.org.

November

Nov. 1-Dec. 9

Stage West does the classic Jerry Bock musical She Loves Me, based on the same play as the movie The Shop Around the Corner. 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $20-$30. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.

Nov. 1-4

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra does Beethoven's Fifth with violinist Hilary Hahn. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $21-$136. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Nov. 2-4

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's pops series presents "Cirque Musica," with circus performers above the orchestra. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Nov. 3

Casa Mañana presents Jaston Williams (of Tuna fame) in his new one-man show, Camping With Gasoline. 2 and 8 p.m. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $40-$60. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

Nov. 8-10

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Britten's War Requiem, featuring a host of soloists, the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $21-$131. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Nov. 9

Performing Arts Fort Worth presents two celebrity chefs, "Good vs. Evil: An Evening With Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert." 8 p.m. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $44-$165. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Nov. 10-18

Casa Mañana presents the backstage musical classic 42nd Street. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

Nov. 11

Taps 'n Tunes Productions presents "Salute to our Veterans." Events include presentations by veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as a USO show of dance and song. Will Rogers Auditorium, 3401 Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. Free. 817-268-0388; www.tapsntunes.com.

Nov. 13

Cliburn Concerts presents the Brentano String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $20-$90. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

Nov. 15-16

Ana Vidovic performs as part of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society/Allegro Guitar Series. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at City Performance Hall, Routh and Flora streets, Dallas. $35. 817-498-0363; www.guitarsociety.org.

Nov. 15

Symphony Arlington presents music by Mozart and de Falla with guitarist Cecilio Perera. 7:30 p.m. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St., Arlington. $15-$45. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.

Nov. 16

TITAS presents the Stephen Petronio Company dancers. 8 p.m. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$125. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Nov. 16-17

Ballet Frontier of Texas does its annual The Nutcracker. Will Rogers Auditorium, 3401 Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $20-$25. 817-852-6887; www.balletfrontier.org.

Nov. 16-18

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Scheherazade, with cellist Alban Gerhardt. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $10-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Nov. 16

The Texas Performing Arts Society presents opera legend Jessye Norman in recital. 8 p.m. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. $25-$145. 877-295-0007; www.texaspasociety.com.

Nov. 17

Ballet Folklorico de Fort Worth presents its annual Fiestalorico. From 3 to 6 p.m., there will be a free showcase of academy dancers and special guests from across the Metroplex, and at 7:30 p.m., an evening gala with Ballet Folklorico Azteca ($12). Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., Grand Prairie. 817-454-2778; www.bfazteca.com.

Nov. 19 and 26

Spectrum Chamber Music Ensemble performs its fall concerts. 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at First United Methodist Church's Leonard Memorial Chapel, 800 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1959 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth. Suggested donation: $5-$10 at the door. 817-377-0688.

Nov. 30

Opera superstar Andrea Bocelli performs at American Airlines Center in Dallas. 8 p.m. $78.50-$353.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

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