Clearly Casa Manana’s fast approaching show, Bad Boys of Broadway in Concert, owes more than a little debt to the possibly apocryphal line uttered by that saucy quote-mistress, Mae West:  “When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” As "bad," as in villainous and dripping with duplicity, is what Casa has in mind with a show built unapologetically around signature Broadway tunes delivered by some celebrated musical villains.

Bad Boys of Broadway in Concert, will feature a full 16-piece orchestra, backing up four bonafide Broadway stars, all culling some of the Great White Way’s, and the West End’s, greatest musicals for some of their most evil-minded tunes. The four performers of the more than 24 dread-filled songs will be Jason Wooten, John Cudia, Josh Tower and Carmen Cusack, the latter a UNT grad. The performance resumes of all four singers are bursting with such A-list Broadway and West End productions as Hair, Grease, Footloose, The Lion King and Ragtime. Together and separately, the singers will deliver renditions of spine-tingling numbers from Evita, Jesus Chris Superstar, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, among many others. The entire song-filled show will be directed by Tim Bennett, a Casa favorite who already has on his resume the record-smashing Casa presentations of Miss Saigon, in addition to the Dome’s productions of Rent and 42nd Street.

The details: Bad Boys of Broadway in Concert runs from January 10-12. Individual tickets (ranging from $41-$76) are currently available through the Casa Manana Theatre box office (3101 West Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth) and Ticketmaster. More information: 817-332-2272;

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