In 2020-21, patrons of Performing Arts Fort Worth's Broadway at the Bass will get to experience some of Broadway's biggest blockbusters, claim two musicals as city exclusives, enjoy three add-on shows, and re-visit a classic that hasn't touched down in Cowtown for nearly two decades.
"We're absolutely thrilled to introduce this season to Fort Worth," says Dione Kennedy, president and CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth. "These are some of the biggest and most popular titles ever seen on a Broadway stage. Each has been recognized with Tony Award wins, nominations, or related awards. It's truly an outstanding lineup of award-winning productions."
It starts with Lincoln Center Theater's production of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, which features such legendary songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly," and "On the Street Where You Live." The musical tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed? It runs October 6-11, 2020.
Next is Disney's The Lion King, which hasn't visited Fort Worth since its first national tour in 2002. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before, with awe-inspiring visual artistry, unforgettable music from Elton John and Tim Rice, and uniquely theatrical storytelling from Julie Taymor. It runs January 13-31, 2021.
The 2017 Tony winner for Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, centers around a letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, and a life one teenage boy never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. It runs February 9-14, 2021.
You've seen the movie, now see the musical it's based on. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, telling the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. It runs June 15-20, 2021.
Elton John and Tim Rice are well represented this season, with their 1998 musical Aida hitting the road in a thrilling new production. A revised book by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and choreography by Camille A. Brown help tell the tale of star-crossed lovers belonging to feuding nations, torn between their conflicted loyalties to their countries and to each other. It runs June 22-27, 2021.
Shortly after it visits Dallas, The Cher Show brings its blindingly sparkly celebration of the icon's life to Fort Worth. The Tony Award-winning musical of her story is packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon. It runs July 27-August 1, 2021.
The final show of the mainstage season is the 2019 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival Oklahoma!, which has been reimagined for the 21st century, has been stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core. Daniel Fish's production tells a story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this Oklahoma! allows the classic musical — and our country — to be seen in a whole new light. It runs August 10-15, 2021.
Starting off the season add-ons is the Bass Hall premiere of The Vagina Monologues. Twenty years after first shocking and empowering audiences, Eve Ensler's groundbreaking, wildly entertaining phenomenon is returning to the stage in a star-studded national tour, reminding us all at this monumental time in our history how important it is to laugh, cry, come together, raise our voices, and speak out before it is too late. It runs September 1-2, 2020.
The razzle dazzle returns with Kander and Ebb's Chicago, the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. It 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. It runs October 13-14, 2020.
Meet Jenna, a Waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life. When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying encounter with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this hilarious hit Broadway musical features original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles. It runs November 7-8, 2020.
Current 2019-2020 Broadway at the Bass season ticket holders have until March 6 to renew and keep their seats. New season tickets go on sale April 15, and can be purchased online at basshall.com, over the phone at 817-212-4450, and in person at the Bass Hall box office. On-sale dates for individual tickets will be announced at a later date.