Broadway at the Eccles Announces 2022-23 Season • Salt Lake Magazine


People are getting ready. Broadway at the Eccles has announced its 2022-23 show season, a list of favorite returning productions and new hits. These touring productions are the best chance for musical theater fans to see professional productions straight out of New York, and four of these musicals will be performed in Utah for the first time. (Unfortunately, ticket prices are huge on Broadway, too.) Here’s what to expect next season.

The Lion King

Sept. 29-Oct. 23, 2022

If there’s one thing Utah loves, it’s a family-friendly Disney musical, then The Lion King is back at the Eccles Theater after a sold-out 2017 run. Any 90s kid can tell you the whole plot from memory, but the massively successful stage production stands out for its unique staging of the director Julie Taymor, which features massive puppets, innovative costumes and a whimsical set design inspired by the savannah. This is a season supplement not included for season pass holders.

Red Mill! Musical comedy

30 Nov-Dec 11, 2022

It was inevitable that Red Mill! would get the Broadway treatment, right? The 2001 film Baz Luhramm combined a fever dream aesthetic of excess over excess with a heartfelt love story between a sex worker and an artist and just about every pop song you’ve ever heard, creating a totally ridiculous song. , totally one of a kind. a blow in kind. The stage version promises to replicate the film’s over-the-top visuals with an even larger jukebox. (Plus, of course, the film’s signature song – a reworked version of “Lady Marmalade.”) Red Mill! was a bright spot in a dark 2019-2020 Broadway season – the musical opened on Broadway in summer 2019; closed, like all other productions, during the pandemic; later reopened and went on to win 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

National Touring Company from “Ain’t Too Proud” (Photo by Emilio Madrid/Courtesy of Broadway at Eccles)

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of Temptations

January 10-15, 2023

This musical jukebox is based on the true story of beloved R&B group The Temptations, whose top hits include “My Girl”, “Get Ready” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”. Depicting the life of bandleader Otis Williams and an ever-growing list of bandmates, Ain’t too proud celebrates the tight choreography, retro style and unforgettable music of these iconic Motown performers.

Dear Evan Hansen

February 28-March 5, 2023

Dear Evan Hansen returns to the Eccles Theater for just one week after its Utah premiere was cut short due to COVID restrictions. The main character is a lonely and socially anxious teenager who, after a misunderstanding that turns into an increasingly messy web of lies, connects with a family who lost their teenage son to suicide. Address the topics of mental health, social media use and class differences, Dear Evan HansenTony’s winning score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won a rabid legion of (mostly young) fans. Bring tissues.

hair spray

April 11-16, 2023

In 1962 in Baltimore, teenager Tracy dreams of performing on The Corny Collins Show, but some of the powers that be are reluctant to let a “big girl” dance on TV. Meanwhile, Tracy aligns herself with black performers trying to fit into the show, connecting it to a larger civil rights struggle brewing in the city. Based on the 1988 John Waters film, hair spray is a big-hearted comedy with a pretty irresistible 1960s pop score. Tracy’s mother’s show-stealing role, still played by a male drag actor, will be played by RuPaul’s Drag Race former student Andrew Levitt (better known as Nina West). This revival tour comes just in time for the musical’s 20th anniversary.

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The cast of “The miserable(Photo by Johan Persson/Courtesy of Broadway at Eccles)

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

May 30-June 4, 2023

The second biographical jukebox musical coming to SLC this year, Tina depicts the life story of music legend Tina Turner. Turner, the sharecropper’s daughter who became the best-selling live performer of all time, has perhaps one of the most notable careers in pop music history. She rose to prominence as a duo with her then husband, Ike Turner, and released hits such as “River Deep – Mountain High” and “Proud Mary.” After ending her abusive marriage to Ike, she found success as a pop-rock singer again in the 80s with songs like “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “The Best.” Tina tells the singer’s inspiring life story with electrifying performances of her most beloved music.

Wretched

June 20-July 2, 2023

Does it really need an introduction? Adapting Victor Hugo’s classic French novel into a bombastic and harrowing mega-musical, Wretched is one of the most successful theatrical productions of all time. In case you need a refresher, the musical follows Jean Valjean, who just served a 19-year prison sentence for stealing a loaf of bread; Javert, the parole officer who obsessively pursues Valjean; and an array of other “miserables” and revolutionaries in 19th-century France. If you still need a taste of the underwhelming 2012 film adaptation, listening to the iconic score live again – featuring standards like “I Dreamed a Dream”, “One Day More” and “On My Own” – should do the trick. trick. Even with an extended two-week run, tickets will likely be hard to come by.

Alex Brightman in
Alex Brightman in ‘Beetlejuice’ (Photo by Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Broadway at Eccles)

beetle juice

August 8-13, 2023

Based on Tim Burton’s quirky comedy of the same name, beetle juice follows a couple of ghosts attempting to haunt their former home with the help of a demon-exorcist named Beetlejuice (or, uh, Betelgeuse). Things get even more complicated when Beetlejuice meets brooding teenager Lydia, who now lives in the house with her father. Featuring twenty original Eddie Perfect songs, this offbeat Broadway supernatural comedy was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Current subscription holders can renew their subscription now. For new subscriptions, the Broadway at the Eccles waiting list is currently open. Individual tickets will go on sale later.


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