Here’s who theatergoers will see next season at the Eccles Theater: a queen with icy fingers, a teen with a broken arm, a milkman with five daughters, a Vietnamese war orphan, a missing Russian princess, and a kid who just wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.
Broadway at the Eccles has announced its 2019-20 season — and Disney’s “Frozen” and the Tony-winning “Dear Evan Hansen” top the list of the most-anticipated touring musicals making their Salt Lake City debuts.
In a statement, Bruce Granath, vice president of Broadway Across America, credited “the extraordinary demand for touring Broadway in Utah” for the arrival of “two of the most popular shows currently on Broadway.”
Those shows also will have the longest runs. The engagement for “Frozen” will span 26 days, while “Dear Evan Hansen” will be performed for 11 days. The other four shows will have runs of six days.
Season ticket renewals begin Friday at 9 a.m., online at www.Broadway-at-the-Eccles.com, and in person, at 610 E. South Temple.
Here are the six shows in the Broadway at the Eccles season:
“Miss Saigon” • Oct. 15-20 • The team behind “Les Miserables” brought this loose adaptation of “Madame Butterfly” — about a Vietnamese bargirl who falls for a U.S. Marine in 1970s Saigon — to Broadway in 1991, with a well-received revival in 2017.
“A Christmas Story” • Dec. 3-8 • Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, before they wrote the songs for “Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land,” wrote the music for this adaptation of the beloved holiday movie, based on Jean Shepherd’s stories of a childhood that included a rabbit costume, a leg-shaped lamp and that eye-damaging BB gun.
“Fiddler on the Roof” • Jan. 21-26, 2020 • The Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick classic, first on Broadway in 1964, adapts Sholem Aleichem’s stories of life in a Jewish-Russian village a century ago — centering on Tevye, a simple milkman dealing with the romantic entanglements of his five daughters. A Broadway revival in 2015 and 2016 received three Tony nominations.
“Dear Evan Hansen” • March 4-14, 2020 • The Tony winner for best musical in 2017, this seriocomic tale centers on a high school kid who becomes enmeshed in the aftermath of a classmate’s suicide. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land,” “The Greatest Showman”) wrote the songs.
“Frozen” • April 15-May 10, 2020 • Disney’s beloved musical about two sisters — one of whom has hidden her magical ice-forming powers — has gone from an Oscar-winning 2013 film to a Tony-nominated 2018 musical, both with songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
“Anastasia” • June 9-14, 2020 • Adapted from the 1997 animated movie about an amnesiac orphan who might be the missing heir to the Russian czars, the Broadway production opened in spring 2017 and will close later this month. The musical was created by songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and playwright Terrence McNally, the team who made “Ragtime.”
The Broadway at the Eccles season also features one add-on engagement: “The Illusionists,” a jaw-dropping Broadway production featuring a team of magicians who perform levitation, mind-reading and — drumroll — a full-view water torture escape. “The Illusionists” runs Feb. 14-16.