Season Announcement

Fort Worth's largest theater company plays it safe with 2017-18 season

Fort Worth's largest theater company plays it safe with 2017-18 season

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! is one of the four musicals in Casa Mañana's 2017-18 Broadway season. Photo by Joan Marcus

Casa Mañana has announced which shows will take up residence "in the dome" this 2017-18 season, and the titles are all familiar ones. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Jekyll & Hyde, and Mamma Mia! make up the four-show main season, with the Apprentice Program offering the edgier choice of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson in summer 2018.

Audiences may be familiar with Evita and Mamma Mia! thanks to their star-driven, big-budget — but tepidly reviewed — film adaptations, while both Joseph and Jekyll have DVDs available of filmed stage productions (the former in the West End starring Donny Osmond, the latter on Broadway with David Hasselhoff).

The season begins September 9-17, 2017, with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which musicalizes the Biblical parable from the Book of Genesis. It's a sung-through, family-friendly show, and one of the earliest written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The pair reunited a decade later to write Evita, which dramatizes the ascension of Argentina's controversial yet beloved First Lady Eva Peron. The production will run November 4-12, 2017.

Jekyll & Hyde is a horror musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel about science and the battle between good and evil, adapted by Frank Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse, and Steve Cuden. It plays March 3-11, 2018.

And since a jukebox musical seems de rigueur nowadays, the collection of ABBA hits known as Mamma Mia! will transport audiences to sunny Greece for a wacky wedding June 2-10, 2018.

The Apprentice Program’s staging of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, running August 4-6, 2017, will help show audiences that contemporary musicals about our founding fathers did in fact exist before Hamilton.

Season tickets start at $100 per person and are available either by calling 817-332-2272, visiting the Casa Mañana box office in person at 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., or going to www.casamanana.org.