The already acclaimed, ever-entertaining, Broadway at the Bass Performance Hall series only burnishes its reputation by how it finishes off a current season as much as how it kicks one off. Case in point: The final show of the 2013-14 Broadway at the Bass lineup, Nice Work If You Can Get It. This frothy work sends the audience careening back to the Roarin' 20s, and plants everyone right smack in the middle of madcap New York. There, everyone is invited to join a coterie of more than slightly off-kilter characters, all attending the wedding of a very wealthy playboy who goes by the name of Jimmy Winter.
All would seem to go according to Winter's carefully mapped-out script until he encounters one Billie Bendix, a bootlegger who is as effervescent and as unpredictable as the booze she's purveying. Winter's heart doesn't stand a chance. The emotions, along with the gin and champagne, run and fizz in what is one of Broadway's great Tony-nabbing favorites -- which, not incidentally, is sewn together by a cache of memorable tunes penned by Ira and George Gershwin including "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "But Not For Me," and "I've Got a Crush on You."
Once local audiences are finished guffawing their way through "Nice Work If You Can Get It," they can re-set their funny bone for the debut show (in November) of the 2014-15 Broadway at the Bass series: Elf. Highlights from the upcoming season include Once, Cinderella, Dirty Dancing, Pippin, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Chicago.
Details: Broadway at the Bass: Nice Work If You Can Get It, runs from September 16-21. Tickets: $38.50-$88. Ticket office and more info: 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com.
2014-15 Broadway at the Bass Schedule: Elf (Nov. 18-23), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Jan. 14-18), Once (Feb. 18-22), Chicago (April 3-4), Cinderella (June 23-28), Dirty Dancing (July 7-12), Pippin (July 21-26), Kinky Boots (Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2015).
Photo Credits: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT national tour. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)