You don't need me to tell you that the Theater League of Utah's premier season was a resounding success. Just ask any of the folks who listened for hours to the busy signal when they were first trying to telephone for 1990 season tickets, or the ones who stood in line last fall to get non-subscription tickets for the second week of "Les Miserables" (or those wait-until-the-last minute people still hoping this week to find what they can among the few single seats that may, or may not, remain).
So, the next question is, what does TLU do for an encore after "A Chorus Line" and "Les Miz"?How about "Cats," "Grand Hotel," "Love Letters" and - back again in August of '92 for two more weeks - "Les Miserables"?
The league also has one more slot for a fifth, off-Broadway style show that's still being negotiated. (A hoped-for extended run of "Nunsense" has fallen through because it's going out on a tour of its own, and this region has already been spoken for - which doesn't mean the show will necessarily play Salt Lake City.)
Director-choreographer Tommy Tune has personally supervised the new touring company of his "Grand Hotel," the musical version of the film classic. It collected five Tony Awards last year, but not for "best musical."
"Love Letters," a terrific two-character comedy by A.R. Gurney, was mentioned as part of 1990-91 season. That deal didn't work out, but it's back on the calendar for 1992.
While specific performance dates have yet to be announced, the tentative itinerary for the Theater League of Utah's 1991-92 season will be: "Grand Hotel" in August, "Cats" in November, "Love Letters" in March" and "Les Miserables" in August 1992. The fifth show, most likely in a theater other than the Capitol, will go into the schedule as soon as it's been negotiated.
The league's 1990-91 subscribers will have first choice of priority seating and season discounts, including being able to keep the same seats they had this season. They'll also have the first chance at seats for the return of "Les Miserables" (which is more of a "bonus" production and not part of the actual 1991-92 season lineup).
The Theater League of Utah and the busy staff at The Space Agency, the local booking/promotion agency that organized the league, deserves much of the credit for putting Salt Lake City solidly on the map when it comes to major touring Broadway shows.