Big Broadway shows to make San Antonio debuts
“Dear Evan Hansen” is coming to the Majestic Theatre at the end of the year, and Disney’s “Aladdin” won’t be far behind.
The big-buzz musicals are two of four shows that will make their Alamo City debuts as part of the 2019-20 Broadway in San Antonio season. The others are “Come From Away” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Here’s what theatergoers can look forward to:
“Les Misérables,” Sept. 17-22: The musical adapted from Victor Hugo’s sprawling novel follows the heroic Jean Valjean, a man constantly on the run after fleeing a wrongful prison sentence, and Javert, who doggedly hunts him “across the years.” This will be its sixth visit. The score includes “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More” and “Bring Him Home.”
“Cats,” Oct. 29-Nov. 3: The musical, which factors into the final episodes of the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” will pay its ninth visit to the Majestic. The score includes “The Naming of Cats,” “Mr. Mistoffolees” and “Memory.”
“Dear Evan Hansen,” Dec. 17-22: The big-buzz Tony winner — dubbed a “gorgeous heartbreaker of a musical” by the New York Times — is built around an isolated teen who ends up becoming a viral sensation after going along with a serious misunderstanding of his connection to a classmate who killed himself. The score includes “Waving Through a Window,” “If I Could Tell Her” and “You Will Be Found.”
“Miss Saigon,” Jan. 7-12: The musical, which ended an acclaimed Broadway revival about a year ago, is paying its first visit to San Antonio since 1997. The show is based on “Madama Butterfly,” setting the tragedy at the end and in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The score includes “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream.”
“Come From Away,” Feb. 25-March 1, 2020: The show is based on the true story of the nearly 7,000 people whose flights were diverted to Gander International Airport following the 9-11 terror attacks. The people in the small surrounding communities of Gander, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada, rallied to care for the passengers and crew over the course of five days. The score includes “Welcome to the Rock,” “Phoning Home” and “Me and the Sky.”
Disney’s “Aladdin,” March 25-April 12, 2020: The musical is based on the 1992 animated film about a street urchin whose quest to win over the princess he has fallen for is aided by a genie. The show features songs from the film — including “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World” — as well as a few that had been cut and four written expressly for the stage.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” May 26-31, 2020: The musical draws its story from both Roald Dahl’s 1964 kid-lit classic and the 1971 film (retitled “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”) starring Gene Wilder. It follows a group of youngsters — including one well-mannered, poverty-stricken boy named Charlie — on an eventful tour of a fanciful candy factory. The show opened on the West End in 2013 and was revamped for its move to Broadway in 2017. The score includes a few songs from the movie — including “Pure Imagination” and “The Candy Man” — as well as “When Veruca Says,” “Grandpa Joe” and “The View from Here.”
In addition, the series will be presenting Blue Man Group Nov. 22-24. The performance is not part of the season subscription, but subscribers will have first dibs on tickets. Those who are renewing subscriptions will be able to buy tickets to those shows right away.
Season subscribers can purchase a six- or seven-show package. “Les Miserables” is the optional show. Subscriptions cost from $276 to $701 for six shows and $321 to $806 for seven. Current subscribers will be given the opportunity to renew first; new subscribers are encouraged to sign up for the waiting list at broadwayinsanantonio.com.
Deborah Martin is an arts writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @DeborahMartinEN