Broadway at the Eccles announced the lineup for its 2017-18 season at a Wednesday evening event broadcast live on Ch. 5 from the Eccles Theater with KSL’s Carole Mikita.
The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater opened its doors Oct. 21, 2016, and the 2017-18 list of shows will mark Broadway at the Eccles’ second season in the space.
“I want you to always remember — this is your theater,” Max Burdick, the Salt Lake City council member who serves as the chair of the Utah Arts Performing Center Agency, said during the event. “This is the community’s theater. It’s ours.”
In addition to the previously announced Utah debut of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Hamilton,” five other shows will make their way to the Eccles stage during 2017-18 season as part of the regular season package, with five special engagement performances also scheduled.
“Think about all of the wonderful, great experiences that have been enjoyed since (the Eccles Theater first opened) until now,” Burdick said. “Sometimes it’s almost unbelievable how far we’ve come in such a short time.”
Mikita announced the lineup utilizing previously filmed clips with actors and producers in New York affiliated with the productions.
Included in the six-show season ticket package are “Hamilton,” “An American in Paris,” “The Bodyguard: The Musical,” “Something Rotten!,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”
The five special engagement shows are “Elf the Musical,” “A Kurt Bestor Christmas,” “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” by Chip Davis, the Riverdance 20th Anniversary World Tour and “Jersey Boys.”
Season ticket renewals are available beginning Monday, March 13, but due to “overwhelming demand,” new subscriptions are not being offered at this time, according to a news release from Broadway at the Eccles.
The dates for the six shows coming to the Eccles Theater as part of the season ticket are:
• “An American in Paris,” Oct. 10-15: This four-time Tony Award-winning musical is inspired by the 1951 film starring Gene Kelly, according to the musical’s website at anamericaninparisbroadway.com, and includes the music of George and Ira Gershwin.
“It’s a classical musical with a timeless story,” Mikita said.
• “The Bodyguard: The Musical,” Dec. 5-10: A former Secret Service agent and the superstar he is hired to protect find love in this musical based on the 1992 Warner Bros. film that originally starred Whitney Houston, according to thebodyguardmusical.com.
• “Something Rotten!” Jan. 9-14, 2018: Set in the 1590s, “Something Rotten!” tells the story of two brothers working to break their way into the world of theater at the same time as the “rock star” Shakespeare, according to the news release. When the brothers are told the future of theater involves music, singing and dancing, they begin to write the world’s first musical.
• Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” Feb. 27-March 4, 2018: Director Jack O’Brien brings a new production of the well-known and well-loved tale of Maria, a woman who leaves an Austrian convent to be governess to the von Trapp family and finds love along the way.
• “Hamilton,” April 11-May 6, 2018: The critically-acclaimed musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to come to Utah for an almost monthlong engagement.
“Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, ‘Hamilton’ is the story of America then, as told by America now,” according to the news release.
“This show has taken the country by storm,” Mikita said, noting that Salt Lake City is one of the first cities to host the touring production.
• “The Phantom of the Opera,” July 11-22, 2018: This new North American tour combines elements of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s well-known production with reimagined effects, staging, choreography and more from producer Cameron Mackintosh, according to the news release.
The dates for the five add-on engagements are:
• “Elf the Musical,” Nov. 24-26
• “A Kurt Bestor Christmas,” Dec. 14-16
• “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” by Chip Davis, Dec. 22-23
• Riverdance 20th Anniversary World Tour, April 3-8, 2018
• “Jersey Boys,” June 15-17, 2018
Those interested in signing up to be on the season ticket waitlist or those interested in individual tickets can find additional information online at broadway-at-the-eccles.com.
Broadway at the Eccles also announced at the event that the Utah Musical Theater Awards, a musical theater scholarship program, will be held at the Eccles Theater on May 13. Michael Ballam, founder of Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, which sponsors the event, made the announcement, stating that Utah high schools produce more musicals per capita than any state in the union.
“There’s a community of talented young kids who need to know each other, support each other,” Ballam said. “I promise when you come on May 13, you will experience more energy than you’ve ever experienced in your life.”