HAMILTON to Anchor Performing Arts Fort Worth's 2019-2020 Broadway at the Bass Season

February 6,2019


Press Release by Performing Arts Fort Worth

Performing Arts Fort Worth is proud to announce HAMILTON will anchor its blockbuster 2019-2020 Broadway at the Bass Season at Bass Performance Hall!

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Joining HAMILTON will be the triumphant return of Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; Broadway’s tastiest hit, ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY; the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON; Broadway’s most beloved musical HELLO, DOLLY!; COME FROM AWAY, a breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein; the hilarious and heartwarming musical JIMMY BUFFETT’S ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE; and a new production of iconic musical phenomenon JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

In addition, Performing Arts Fort Worth will welcome back a trio of audience favorites as Season Add- Ons: the global smash hit, BLUE MAN GROUP; BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, which tells the Tony and Grammy Award-winning inspiring true story of singer Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom; and THE COLOR PURPLE, the 2016 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival.

Performing Arts Fort Worth also announces the long-awaited return of Disney’s THE LION KING. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, THE LION KING will return to Bass Hall as part of Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2020-2021 Broadway at the Bass season.

Season ticket holders for the 2019-2020 season will have first access to reserve their seats for THE LION KING when they renew their season tickets for the 2020-2021 season. The dates and performance schedule will be announced at a later date.

“Our 2019-2020 season is a real blockbuster,” says Dione Kennedy, President & CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth. “These are some of the biggest and best titles Broadway has to offer. Many of them are still on Broadway and many will be making their Fort Worth debuts. It’s a very, very exciting lineup.”

“With all the anticipated excitement and demand, I want to remind the public that only season tickets are available at this time through our official ticketing outlets,” Kennedy says. “Those outlets are: online at basshall.com; over the phone at 817-212-4450; and in person at the Bass Hall box office.”

Broadway at the Bass eight-show season packages start at $343.40. That’s an average of about $43 per show. Current season ticket holders began renewing their current seats on February 4. New season tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. February 6.

Season tickets can be renewed or purchased online at BassHall.com; by phone at 817-212-4450; or in person at the Bass Performance Hall box office at 525 Commerce Street. Box office hours are 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday.

A four-installment payment plan is available to both renewing and new season ticket holders. In addition, season ticket holders who renew or purchase a new season ticket package will have first access to purchase tickets for the Season Add-Ons BLUE MAN GROUP, THE COLOR PURPLE and BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL.

Perks of being a season ticket holder include the interest-free payment plan, savings over day-of-show single ticket pricing, the exclusive privilege to exchange tickets if they can’t make a performance, and priority access to tickets for the Season Add-Ons before anyone else. Subject to availability. Plus, 2019- 2020 season ticket holders will have first access to tickets for Disney’s THE LION KING when they renew their seats for the 2020-2021 season.

Tickets to individual shows in the 2019-2020 lineup are not available for purchase at this time. On-sale dates for individual tickets will be announced at a later date.


The 2019-2020 BROADWAY AT THE BASS SEASON

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

September 24-October 5, 2019

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes its triumphant return to Fort Worth as part of its North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

October 29-November 3, 2019

Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Fort Worth’s golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!

MISS SAIGON

December 3-8, 2019

Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and

falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son. Featuring stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.

HELLO, DOLLY!

January 14-19, 2020

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the mood- elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.” Director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower

Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

HAMILTON

June 9-28, 2020

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS. HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

COME FROM AWAY

July 7-12, 2020

Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America!

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

On 9/11, the world stopped.

On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

JIMMY BUFFETT’S ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE

August 11-16, 2020

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all and stay to find something they never expected. Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music’s greatest story-tellers. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

August 25-30, 2020

Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.

Disney’s THE LION KING (coming in the 2020-2021 Broadway at the Bass season)

Dates TBA

More than 95 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, and now you can, too, when Fort Worth’s best-loved musical returns to Bass Hall after nearly 20 years. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®- winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

2019-2020 season ticket holders will have first access to tickets for THE LION KING when they renew their seats for the 2020-2021 season.

 

2019-2020 BROADWAY SPECIALS

BLUE MAN GROUP

November 26-27, 2019

Blue Man Group performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication. Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in 1991, the live show has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple North American and World tours, reaching more than 35 million people worldwide. Blue Man Group is universally appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds, and continually injected with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and sensory stimulating graphics.

THE COLOR PURPLE

January 5, 2020

THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times).

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

March 20-22, 2020

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by and Tony® Award-nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award.


About Performing Arts Fort Worth

The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.

Built entirely with private funds, Bass Performance Hall is permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Cliburn. Each resident company operates independently from Performing Arts Fort Worth and manages its own programming schedule at Bass Hall.

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit organization that oversees management of the Hall, also presents national touring Broadway product under the Broadway at the Bass banner, as well as programming that includes the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series.

The 2,042-seat multipurpose Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot diameter Great Dome tops the Founders Concert Theater while two 48-foot tall angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become preeminent cultural icons of the Dallas-Fort Worth community