Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans at the Saenger Theatre announced its 2019 – 2020 season line-up of shows, headlined by the six-time Tony Award and 2018 Grammy Award-winning Best Musical “Dear Evan Hansen.”
The new season also includes “Mean Girls;” “A Christmas Story, The Musical;” “Miss Saigon;” “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory;” “Anastasia” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
The Broadway sensation “Wicked” will return to New Orleans as a special season option for a three-week engagement. Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, “Wicked,” tells the untold true story of the Witches of Oz, long before Dorothy arrives.
The 2019-2020 season begins this fall featuring a wide range of Tony Award® winners and Broadway blockbusters for New Orleans audiences to enjoy.
2019 – 2020 Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans series shows include:
“Dear Evan Hansen” | Nov. 5-10, 2019
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman) and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Grief (Rent, Next to Normal).
“A Christmas Story, The Musical” | Dec. 17-22, 2019
From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Associated Press calls A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL “a joyous Christmas miracle,” while The New York Times writes “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.”
“Miss Saigon” | Jan. 21-26, 2020
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. just before the fall of Saigon. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.
“Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” | Feb. 11-16, 2020
Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now New Orleans’ golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
“Mean Girls” | March 17-22, 2020
Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer TINA FEY (“30 Rock), composer JEFF RICHMOND (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon).
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
“Anastasia” | April 14-19, 2020
From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years!” (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.
“Fiddler on the Roof” | May 12-17, 2020
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.” The original Broadway production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, which opened in 1964, was the first musical in history to surpass 3,000 performances. The show won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tony Awards that year. This acclaimed revival proudly introduces a new generation to the iconic musical adored across the globe.
*The following production is not included as part of the seven-show Season Subscription Package. Season Subscribers have first access and can add the show to their Season Subscription upon renewal.
“Wicked” | Oct. 2 – 20, 2019
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, the Broadway sensation, has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. WICKED looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin – smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”
The wait list for Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans 2019/2020 season is currently open. The renewals will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. CST. New subscriptions are expected to go on sale in mid-March.
Subscriber seven-show packages start at $279. Season tickets can be renewed by calling (800) 218-7469 or online at www.BroadwayInNewOrleans.com.
The final deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew and keep their same seats is Sunday, Feb. 24. On sale dates for individual shows will be announced in the coming months. For group pricing, please call (504) 287-0372.