SALT LAKE CITY — Anna, Elsa, Ralphie, Evan Hansen and Tevye are among the characters coming to Salt Lake City for the 2019-2020 Zions Bank Broadway at the Eccles season.
Announced on Friday, the upcoming season coming to the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater includes "Frozen," "Dear Evan Hansen," "A Christmas Story: A Musical," "Anastasia," "Miss Saigon" and "Fiddler on the Roof."
“We are delighted to announce our 2019-2020 season on the heels of a record-breaking engagement of 'Wicked,' which brought more than 100,000 people downtown to the Eccles Theater,” Bruce Granath, Broadway Across America VP, said in a press release.
The Tony Award-winning musical "Miss Saigon" will kick off the 2019-20 season Oct. 15-20. A tragic love story (borrowed from the Giacomo Puccini opera "Madame Butterfly") set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, "Miss Saigon" was written by the creative team who gave the musical world "Les Misérables," Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil.
Dec. 3-8 will bring everyone's favorite "deranged Easter bunny" and Red Ryder BB Gun enthusiast to the Eccles stage. Adapted from the 1983 classic holiday movie, "A Christmas Story: The Musical" features tunes by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — i.e., Pasek and Paul — the award-winning team who wrote the music for "Dear Evan Hansen" and songs for "The Greatest Showman" and "La La Land." Fans of the orignal film can expect to see their favorite moments from the movie, including a terrifying department store Santa, a triple-dog dare and, of course, that Major Award, the leg lamp.
In the new year, another beloved classic will make its way to Salt Lake when "Fiddler on the Roof" comes to the Eccles Theater Jan. 21-26, 2020. One of Broadway's true legends, "Fiddler on the Roof" tells the story of the Jewish father Tevye, his wife, Golde, their three unmarried daughters and life in their small Russian shtetl. The 10-time Tony Award-winner opened on Broadway in 1964 and has been a mainstay in the musical theater world — with hits "Tradition," "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset" — for 55 years.
It's almost (sort of) here! The massively popular Tony Award-winner "Dear Evan Hansen" comes to the Eccles stage from March 4-14, 2020. Telling the story of teenager Evan Hansen, "Dear Evan Hansen" won over critics and fans when it debuted on Broadway in 2016. Winner of six Tony Awards, including best musical, the Washington Post wrote that "Dear Evan Hansen" is "one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre."
From high school to the mountains of Arendelle, "Frozen" will follow "Dear Evan Hansen," coming to Salt Lake March 15-April 22, 2020. "Frozen," based on the hit 2013 animated film, includes songs from the film as well as additional new songs written by Oscar Award-winning husband and wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, with a book by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lee.1 comment on this story
Closing out the 2019-20 season is the tale of Anastasia, a young woman trying to uncover her mysterious past. The musical "Anastasia" — based on the animated film from 1997 — runs from June 9-14, 2020, with songs by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning composers of the musical version of "Ragtime." Deseret News reviewer Leigh Gibson wrote that, "With a maturity beyond its cartoon beginnings, Broadway’s 'Anastasia' stands on its own."
In addition to these six touring Broadway productions, the 2019-20 season will also include "The Illusionists," (Feb. 14–16, 2020) a touring magic show, which season ticket holders can add to their regular season package as a special add-on engagement.
Season ticket holders can renew their six-show package starting on Friday, March 22, at 9 a.m. online at Broadway-at-the-Eccles.com, by phone at 801-355-5502 or in person at 610 E. South Temple.