Jesus Christ Superstar to Launch its 50th Anniversary National Tour at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall from October 8-13

WHO:                   Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

WHAT:                  Jesus Christ Superstar 50th Anniversary Tour

WHEN:                 October 8 – 13, 2019

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

WHERE:               Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

TICKETS:               Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Following critically acclaimed, sold-out engagements in the UK, the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will launch its national tour at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall from October 8 – 13, 2019. The 2017 Olivier awarding-winning production from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre goes on sale to the general public on Friday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice,the North American tour of this iconic musical will be helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie. Rounding out the creative team is set and costume design by 2016 Tony Awardnominee, Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, and music supervision by Tom Deering.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’. 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a proven musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. As demonstrated by NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, this epic work attracted over 9.6 million viewers, earned the highest ratings in its time period, and received the highest critical ranking of any live musical event on network TV. Now, almost 10 years after the last major tour in the US, this award-winning Regent’s Park production will play over 50 markets throughout North America.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production will open for a limited engagement on West End, this summer at the Barbican.

The North American tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is produced by Stephen Gabriel and Work Light Productions. The original production was produced by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

For additional information about this production, please visit ustour.JesusChristSuperstar.com.

Facebook & Instagram: @JesusChristSuperstar | Twitter: @JCSTheMusical

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country.  Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships.  Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.Presented by Texas Performing Arts. Broadway Across America provides production services for Texas Performing Arts. Sales tax exempt pursuant to Texas Tax Code Section 151.3101(a)(3).

I Wish I Were a Jellicle Cat

Written by Raine Jeffers, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

I recently had the extreme pleasure of seeing the beloved musical Cats based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot as presented by Lexus Broadway in Austin at Texas Performing Arts. The performance was at the Bass Concert Hall in downtown Austin. When I walked into the concert hall I noticed beautiful string bulb lights hanging from the top balcony all the way down to the stage. It immediately drew me onto the main stage, the set decorated with the view of a foggy full moon shining through what I think was an alley. As the lights went down and the opening music began to play, small pairs of bright green eyes started to appear in the set. More revealed themselves by the second and there were some in the isles of the spectators scurrying around. The eyes disappear and the music becomes quiet as the play begins.

The North American Tour Company of CATS. Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2019

The North American Tour Company of CATS. Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2019

It opens with arguably the catchiest song Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats. As all the cats emerged from their hidden spots on the set and crawl their way to the center of the stage, you truly felt the skill involved to play such roles. Everyone moved with such grace and expert precision, I got transformed into a new world. The costumes were absolutely mesmerizing, the detail really added to the character’s overall personalities. Victoria Tinsman (Hair and Makeup Design Coordinator) and Abigail Hahn (Associate Costume Designer) did a beautiful job making them come to life.

Dan Hoy as 'Munkustrap' and the North American Tour of CATS. Photo by Matthew Murphy.2019

Dan Hoy as ‘Munkustrap’ and the North American Tour of CATS. Photo by Matthew Murphy.2019

Each actor is worth noting, but I must say one standout performance was the musical number The Rum Tum Tugger, Rum Tum Tugger played brilliantly by McGee Maddox. Anyone who has seen this musical previously knows this character has a huge personality. He absolutely lit the stage up with so much attitude and even engaged with the audience in a way only his character could get away with. On top of that amazing performance, I know the whole room was moved by Keri René fuller, who played Grizabella the former glamour queen who was past her time. When she performed “Memory”, you could’ve heard a pin drop on the floor, nobody wanted to miss a word.

The North American Tour Company of CATS. Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2019

The North American Tour Company of CATS. Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2019

Associate Director and Choreographer Chrissie Cartwright certainly put together an amazing show with smooth scene changes and a clear focus. I highly encourage anyone to see this production when you get a chance, It brought us all on a journey and by the end, I was a little upset that I myself wasn’t a Jellicle cat.

The North American Tour Company of CATS. Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2019

The North American Tour Company of CATS. Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2019

Visit Lexus Broadway in Austin at https://austin.broadway.com/shows/cats/ for more details about the performance and purchasing tickets.  The Final Show is schedule for Sunday, May 12.  

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BROADWAY IN AUSTIN PRESENTED BY TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES SIX-TIME TONY AWARD® WINNER DEAR EVAN HANSEN AND DISNEY’S ALADDIN TO ANCHOR THE 2019-20 SEASON WITH ANTICIPATED AWARD-WINNERS AND AUSTIN PREMIERES  

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season Lineup is headlined by the six-time Tony Award® pop culture phenomenon DEAR EVAN HANSEN; a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, Disney’s ALADDIN and a new mesmerizing production launches in Austin JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Rounding out the incredible Season: HELLO, DOLLY!, COME FROM AWAY and A BRONX TALE.  Make it a 7-show package with LES MISÉRABLES.

LES MISÉRABLES: September 10-15, 2019: (ADD ON)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: October 8-13, 2019

DEAR EVAN HANSEN: December 10-15, 2019

HELLO, DOLLY!: January 21-26, 2020

COME FROM AWAY: February 18-23, 2020

DISNEY’S ALADDIN: March 11-22, 2020

A BRONX TALE:  May 5-10, 2020

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX

Subscribers can renew their Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season subscription at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12; starting at $224 for six shows and $249 for seven shows.  Subscribers may add the return of LES MISÉRABLES to make it a 7-show package. For more information, patrons can visit BroadwayInAustin.com or call Broadway in Austin at 800-731-SHOW (7469), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew their seats is March 12. Groups of 10 or more are also available by calling 877-275-3804 or via email at Austin.Groups@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Individual show ticket sales will be announced at a later date. 

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts is thrilled to announce it’s 2019-20 Season; the ONLYnational touring Broadway series in Austin.  “We’re amid an amazing 2018-19 season, and Broadway in Austin has done it again – blending a season of favorite gems with new powerful, moving and just plain fun shows sure to become favorites.  I can’t wait!” states Rachel Durkin-Drga, Texas Performing Arts Senior Associate Director.

Season Subscribers enjoy the best seats in the house for Broadway hits all season long, plus the option to purchase tickets before the general public. Subscribers also receive great benefits including ticket exchange and replacement services, the opportunity to request a seating upgrade for the season ahead, and much more. The renewal deadline for current subscribers is March 12. 

Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season features seven incredible productions from September 2019 to May 2020 at Bass Concert Hall.  The six and seven-show packages include:

 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

October 8-13, 2019 

“AN ADRENALINE-PUMPING PRODUCTION.”

The New York Times 

“ A GORGEOUS, THRILLING, HEAVENLY MUSICAL”

The Guardian

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America and launches in Austin. With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice,JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. 

 

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

WINNER OF SIX 2017 TONY® AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL AND THE 2018 GRAMMY® AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM

December 10-15, 2019 

“ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY.”

The Washington Post 

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre

history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal). 

 

HELLO DOLLY!

January 21-26, 2020 

“IT IS, IN A WORD, PERFECTION”

TIME OUT ADAM FELDMAN 

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!” 

 

COME FROM AWAY

February 18-23, 2020 

“IT TAKES YOU TO PLACES YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE!”

Newsweek

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. 

 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN

March 11-22, 2020 

“EXACTLY WHAT YOU WISH FOR!”

NBC-TV 

From the producer of THE LION KING comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.  It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast),Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). 

 

A BRONX TALE

May 5-10, 2020

“JERSEY BOYS MEETS WEST SIDE STORY.”

amNewYork

Academy Award® nominee Chazz Palminteri’s teamed up with Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks to create A BRONX TALE, based on Chazz Palminteri’s true life story. This streetwise musical has The New York Times hailing it as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

Make it a 7-Show Package

 

LES MISÉRABLES

September 10-15, 2019 

“LES MIZ IS BORN AGAIN!”

NY1

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. 

CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS CAN RENEW NOW! 

2019-20 Season packages are only available to current, renewing subscribers.  New patrons are encouraged to sign up for the official waiting list at BroadwayinAustin.com and will be notified once new subscriptions become available. 

The six or seven show Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season subscription packages go on sale beginning 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12; prices start as low as $224.  Season Subscribers may add the return of LES MISÉRABLESas a seventh show to complete their package for as little as $249.

For more information patrons can visit BroadwayInAustin.com or call Broadway in Austin at 800-731-SHOW (7469), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew their seats is March 12. Groups of 10 or more are also available by calling 877-275-3804or via email at Austin.Groups@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Individual show ticket sales will be announced at a later date. 

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country.  Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships.  Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community.

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 13-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include The Band’s Visit, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Hairspray, Mean Girls, The Producers and Waitress.

Presented by Texas Performing Arts. Broadway Across America provides production services for Texas Performing Arts. Sales tax exempt pursuant to Texas Tax Code Section 151.3101(a)(3).

Love Never Dies is Heart Wrenching

Written by Scotty Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography by Joan Marcus.

Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) and Bronson Norris Murphy (“The Phantom”) star in Love Never Dies.

Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) and Bronson Norris Murphy (“The Phantom”) star in Love Never Dies.

Lexus Broadway In Austin’s presentation of Love Never Dies is the heart wrenching sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of The Opera.  While The Phantom has found a new life for himself and his music amongst the freak shows and fantasma of Coney Island, his entrenched love for his former protégé Christine Daaé drives him to yet further maddening lengths.

Ten years after their impassioned soirée and The Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House, Christine has established herself as one of the world’s finest sopranos and has built for herself a new life with her husband Raoul and their young son Gustave.

Unbeknownst to most, The Phantom’s awareness of their strained marriage due to Raoul’s drinking and gambling, gives hatch to The Phantom’s desperate ploy to bring Christine to him in America by posing as Oscar Hammerstein and luring them with the promise of great financial rewards and the opportunity to sing at the opening of Hammerstein’s new theater in New York.

Upon their arrival to New York, it takes precious little time for Christine and Raoul to realize The Phantom’s sinister guise. All the while, their dire financial needs, their wavering marriage and their fragile young son all lie in the balance, much to the opportunistic pleasure of The Phantom.

Bronson Norris Murphy (“The Phantom”) stars in Love Never Dies.

Bronson Norris Murphy (“The Phantom”) stars in Love Never Dies.

Lending to the extreme drama and wholly traumatic unfolding of lives joined unexpectedly together and most certain to be torn asunder, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s profound orchestration and lyrics are astonishingly lifted to intense heights of joviality amongst the circustry of The Big Top of Coney Island in all its grandeur of scenery and costuming and it’s array of misfits that stir our hearts and minds as to the sheer strength and the most certain fragility of love.

We hope you arrange your schedule to experience Love Never Dies.  Details are as follows:

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

Love Never Dies

November 27 – December 2, 2018

Tuesday – Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 & 8 pm; Sunday at 1 & 7 pm

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30. Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Captivates at Bass Concert Hall

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin has truly brought the quintessential Broadway production to Austin with their presentation of the Tony Awards Best Musical of 2015 “An American in Paris”!

Set at the end or World War II, the war torn “City of Light” lay decimated at the advent of it’s newly found liberation. As American Forces are leaving Europe headed for home, a U.S. Army Lieutenant Jerry Mulligan, deliberately misses his train home after spying a stunningly beautiful young French lady in the streets of Paris who brings a surge of visions to his imagination that demand to be committed to his canvass’s as a newly inspiring artist.

Jerry soon finds lodging and a new start in Paris through his newly made friend Adam Hochberg, a fellow veteran, pianist and aspiring composer, who finds himself overwhelmed with inspiration to write a musical score worthy of a newly discovered young ballerina of the Paris Ballet.

Adam soon introduces Jerry to the aspiring nightclub star Henri Baurel who is the son of wealthy French industrialists who envision their son leading great industries, which makes Henri fearful of their reaction should they learn about his secret dreams to perform on stage. The only things Henri fears more than his parents is his fear of proposing to his lovely girlfriend, who’s name he refuses to share with Adam and Jerry.

Now with our hopeful band of brothers out to conquer the world of art, music and entertainment, where would we be without a common love interest? Perhaps a young lady seen for only a moment on the streets of Paris? Or, perhaps a talented up and coming starlet of the Paris Ballet? Or, perhaps the childhood friend, now girlfriend of a wealthy young man destine to carry on his family’s industrial heritage? Only the beautiful Lise Dassin could turn this glib trio in to a enamored triangle of confusion and despair, and ever so innocently she does!

“An American in Paris” brings the full regalia of dramatic emotions to stage through engaging dialogue and convincing acting, while all the more, passionately blending an incredibly sumptuous variety of dance that leaves the spectators palette exhaustively satisfied with astounding solo, duet and group performances that inspire a joyous awe.

The plot’s telling collision of lives, carried through resounding vocal performances wafts you in a whirl of energy reminding us all of our strengths and our weaknesses; our resiliencies and our frailties and our good fortune to feel it all. “An American in Paris” chronicles far more than one might ever hope to experience in a lifetime while lifting our aspirations to achieve far more!

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

 An American in Paris

May 30 – June 3, 2018

                       Wednesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Tonight’s 8pm performance of Finding Neverland at Bass Concert Hall has been cancelled.

Due to inclement weather, The University of Texas at Austin campus will be closed on Tuesday, January 16. Consequently, tonight’s 8pm performance of Finding Neverland at Bass Concert Hall has been cancelled.

Refunds and Exchanges

Tickets purchased through Texas Performing Arts at the Bass Concert Hall or Frank Erwin Center Ticket Offices, online at texasperformingarts.org or by phone at 512.477.6060, may be exchanged for a future performance of Finding Neverland. To request a refund or exchange, please call the Bass Concert Hall Ticket Office at 512.471.1444 or email tickets@texasperformingarts.org. Exchanges must be processed at least four hours in advance of the new performance.

Subscribers should call the Subscriber Hotline at 800.731.7469 (Mon – Fri, 9AM to 5PM) to complete refund or exchange requests.

ALL single ticket purchase and subscriber requests for exchanges or refunds must be completed by Friday, January 19 at 5PM. Seat locations and ticket prices vary by performance.

Something Rotten! is an Absolute Thrill Ride of Entertainment!

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Entertainment Correspondent for InFluential Magazine 

The completely original new musical Something Rotten! directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, opened at the Bass Concert Hall, May 30 – June 4, 2017.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

I attended Opening Night of this hilarious Broadway hit.  The range of music, dialogue, humor and eras spanned from the Renaissance to modern-day and left me feeling dizzy with glee, like a child stumbling off a roller coaster ride, laughing uncontrollably, while racing to back in line for another go-round!

From L: Rob McClure, Adam Pascal and the cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

From L: Rob McClure, Adam Pascal and the cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Irreverent, only begins to describe the follies that ensue as the aspiring playwrights, Nick and Nigel Bottom, desperately pit themselves against Shakespeare, their arch rival, in creating the next big theatrical hit of the era.  Needless to say, the most unimaginable plots of love, lust, spying, deceit and rivalry spill onto the stage as an incredibly unwitting soothsayer foretells to Nick Bottom the future of theater performances, being full of song, dance and acting, all at the same time.  This, in turn, using the term loosely, “inspires” the confounded Bottom brothers to create the first Musical ever!

Autumn Hurlbert and Josh Grisetti. © Jeremy Daniel.

Autumn Hurlbert and Josh Grisetti. © Jeremy Daniel.

As I sat myself for this performance, I buckled up and expected nothing less than the most comically disorienting re-write of theatrical history known as of yet to man . . . and attendees had to keep arms and hands inside for the ride at all times!

From L: Rob McClure and Jeff Brooks. © Jeremy Daniel.

From L: Rob McClure and Jeff Brooks. © Jeremy Daniel.

The New York production opened in April 2015 on Broadway and continues performances at the St. James Theatre through January 1, 2017. Three of the current Broadway principals will be reprising their roles on tour: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction / conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA.

Something Rotten! is an absolute thrill ride of entertainment!

Stay up-to-date with what’s going at Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX by visiting www.texasperformingarts.org.

A “Beautiful” Evening Celebrated at Bass Concert Hall

Written By Candice Johnson and Scott Rigtrup for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Joan Marcus.

Carnegie Hall. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”)

Carnegie Hall. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”)

Just when you might think to yourself, “I’m not sure if I know who Carole King is?”, you quickly realize, “I can’t believe how much Carole King has been a part of my life!”.

Four Friends. (l to r) Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”).

Four Friends. (l to r) Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”).

Tuesday, March 21 at Bass Concert Hall we attended Opening Night to experience Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the musical that took us all back in time personally to some of our most joyful and sorrowful moments. The amazingly lyrical performance reminded us of just how much we intimately share in this life with each other through the gift of music.

Queens College. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”) and Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”)

Queens College. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”) and Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”)

This production was outstanding in all aspects. The performers’ theatrical acting and incredible vocals, buoyed with wonderful costuming and staging, sweetly walked us through literally decades of some of America’s most creative and momentous musical history.

The Shirelles. (l to r) Traci Elaine Lee, Rebecca E. Covington, Rosharra Francis and Salisha Thomas

The Shirelles. (l to r) Traci Elaine Lee, Rebecca E. Covington, Rosharra Francis and Salisha Thomas

Carole King’s life is bravely chronicled from her optimistic adolescence and hopeful entry into professionally writing music, her exuberant union with her writing and subsequent life partner, her heart-wrenching demise of that partnership and finally her inspirational victory of perseverance as she steps forward from behind her music as a writer in to the spotlight as the performer of her music. It was a grand presentation of music which places her center stage, touchingly exposed by the notes and lyrics of her own life’s story, and thus ours.

The Drifters. (l to r) Jay McKenzie, Paris Nix, Josh A. Dawson and Sidney DuPont

The Drifters. (l to r) Jay McKenzie, Paris Nix, Josh A. Dawson and Sidney DuPont

A sublime evening throughout, InFluential Magazine was honored to be in attendance and witness the memoir of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera in a Spectacular New Production by Cameron Mackintosh

The Company performs Masquerade - Photo by Alastair Muir.

The Company performs Masquerade – Photo by Alastair Muir.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

Cameron Mackintosh’s Spectacular New Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

April 19 – 30, 2017

                        Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Thursday (April 20) at 1 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX

Starting at $30 Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 15 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA opens April 19 – 30, 2017 with Austin’s premiere  engagement at Bass Concert Hall.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “Having received great critical acclaim in the U.K. and North America, I am really pleased that Laurence Connor’s new production of PHANTOM will continue to tour the U.S. playing in tandem with the Broadway production which soon celebrates 30 years.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, “With PHANTOM still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 28 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of PHANTOM has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 2.5 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new PHANTOM is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again.”

PHANTOM IS AN ENORMOUS HIT ALL OVER AGAIN!

“Powerful, gorgeous…and better than ever.”

-The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Extraordinarily opulent.  This PHANTOM’S storytelling and relationships have an electrifying tension.”

-Chicago Sun-Times

“An intense and spectacular new production with a stunning new design, fresh drama and added momentum.” -Sunday Express (U.K.)

“Take a deep breath and prepare to be dazzled; this kind of gorgeous escapism is exactly what audiences need.” -The Scotsman (U.K.)

“This PHANTOM is for a new generation.”

-Roy Leonard, Chicago Now

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. Directed by Laurence Connor (who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables that just finished a hugely successful two and a half year revival on Broadway and will start a North American tour in the fall of 2017, directed the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon coming to Broadway in 2017 and national tour in 2018, and also directed the stage version of the movie School of Rock now playing at Broadway’s Winter Garden and opening in London’s West End at the New London Theatre this November), with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby.  The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe); book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber; orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Cameron Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OFTHE OPERA continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world.

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