Performing Arts Fort Worth Welcomes Joan Rivers, Garrison Keillor, Lewis Black

Performing Arts Fort Worth Welcomes Joan Rivers, Garrison Keillor, Lewis Black

Performing Arts Fort Worth invites you to take "A Spoonful of Magic" as it proudly announces the remainder of its 2011-2012 season at Bass Performance Hall. The season will include performances by Joan Rivers, Garrison Keillor, Lewis Black, Jimmie Vaughan, Jim Brickman, Carol Burnett and Paco de Lucia.

In addition to the Broadway at the Bass series, announced in June, Performing Arts Fort Worth is presenting four returning series, Family Series at the Bass, Broadway Specials, Special Attractions, Popular Entertainment, as well as two new series, Broadway Off Bass at McDavid and McDavid Studio Concert Series. All performances in the latter two series will take place at McDavid Studio, adjacent to Bass Hall.

"I believe this is our strongest season yet," says Dione Kennedy, President and CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth. "When we started planning our new season, we kept in mind diversity - offering something for everyone. We have the big Broadway shows like Mary Poppins and Irving Berlin's White Christmas, music favorites Robert Earl Keen and Michael Martin Murphey, comedians like Carol Burnett and family shows such as Junie B. Jones. Plus, we're launching two new series at McDavid Studio. Needless to say, we are very excited about the upcoming season - and we're hoping our patrons will be, too."

The Broadway at the Bass series is accompanied by a three-show Broadway Specials add-on series, made up of The Wizard of Oz, The Midtown Men and Young Frankenstein. Those who purchase season subscriptions to either the Broadway at the Bass or Family Series at the Bass can purchase tickets to the Broadway Specials - and receive discounts on those tickets - before they go on sale to the general public.

As in past seasons, more performances will be added as the season goes on.

Listed by series, the schedule for the 2011-2012 Performing Arts Fort Worth season:


*Season subscriptions start at $135.58 and go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 16.
*Single tickets on sale TBA.

Shrek The Musical
November 8-13, 2011
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek. The show features a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, and WWOR-TV proclaims SHREK THE MUSICAL is "FAR, FAR AND AWAY THE FUNNIEST NEW MUSICAL ON BROADWAY!"

Irving Berlin's White Christmas
November 29-December 4, 2011
Get ready to discover a delightful new show that's as fresh and rare as newly fallen snow! The classic holiday tradition WHITE CHRISTMAS comes to the stage at last, as a brand new Irving Berlin musical direct from Broadway and opening at Bass Performance Hall this November. Brimming with such Berlin hits as "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!

Monty Python's Spamalot
February 7-12, 2012
The funniest show on earth is back to taunt Fort Worth for a second time! Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python's SPAMALOT, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," now returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. But before they can find their grail, they're taking a little side-trip to the fair city of Fort Worth.
Mary Poppins
March 27-April 8, 2012
MARY POPPINS is bringing its own brand of Broadway magic to theaters across the country, which has Variety raving, "This is the rare touring production that over-delivers on every level!" Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft, MARY POPPINS is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls "a perfect piece of musical theater."

Blue Man Group
June 26-July 1, 2012
Experience the phenomenon. BLUE MAN GROUP is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The New York Times heralds the show as "One of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged." E! Entertainment News exclaims, "BLUE MAN GROUP is what every live performance aspires to be." The Baltimore Sun raves, "Blue Man Group packs a wallop. It's a big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production!"

Although the show is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that BLUE MAN GROUP is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, BLUE MAN GROUP is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. BLUE MAN GROUP is now on the road for its first U.S. theatrical tour. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget.

*Currently available only to Broadway at the Bass, Family Series at the Bass or Broadway Off Bass at McDavid season subscribers.
*Single tickets on sale TBA.

The Wizard of Oz
September 30-October 2, 2011
There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way across the country! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow, in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.

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