Let’s Journey: Pioneer Theatre Company’s 62nd Season
Introducing our 2023/2024 Season, with titles you won’t see anywhere else in Utah this season, but right here at PTC.
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
Adapted for the Stage by Ken Ludwig
September 22 – October 7, 2023
PTC kicks off its 62nd season with the spellbinding excitement and intrigue of one of Agatha Christie’s greatest whodunnits. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case they decide to strike again.
BroadwayWorld calls Ken Ludwig’s adaptation “A love letter to the original material, with a swift moving script…Everything you could want – broadly drawn characters, exotic settings, and a spectacular murder with no shortage of suspects.” All aboard!
The Rocky Horror Show
Music, Lyrics, and Book by Richard O’Brien
October 20 — 31, 2023
Pioneer Theatre Company’s favorite way to celebrate Halloween! A groundbreaking cult musical and beloved glam rock tribute to B-horror films, The Rocky Horror Show returns with some of the most iconic characters in musical theatre history: squares Brad and Janet, mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter, his “monster,” and, of course, a swath of drive-in usherettes and creepy sidekicks.
Join PTC for a full throttle Rocky Horror experience in all of its interactive, campy glory—celebrating the landmark musical’s 50th anniversary. Let’s all do the time warp again!
Christmas in Connecticut
Book by Patrick Pacheco and Erik Forrest Jackson
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz
Based upon the Warner Brothers Picture
December 1 — 16, 2023
2023 US Holiday Exclusive
From the bucolic paradise of her Connecticut farm, famed Smart Housekeeping columnist Liz Lane dishes out advice on marriage, cooking, and homemaking to eager housewives across the country. There are just a few small details of which her readers aren’t aware: Liz actually lives in a tiny New York City apartment, she has never been married, and she can’t cook. When a beloved war hero (and fan of Liz’s column) is invited by Liz’s publisher to Christmas on the nonexistent farm, a musical comedy of errors ensues!
With lyrics by Jonathan Larson Award recipient Amanda Yesnowitz, music by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland (composer of Paradise Square and Little Women—not to mention a PTC alum as Musical Supervisor/Orchestrator on the world premiere of Shucked), and a book by Emmy Award winner Patrick Pacheco and celebrated entertainment journalist Erik Forrest Jackson, this new musical adaptation of the classic 1945 Warner Brothers film had its debut during the 2022 holiday season at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut (naturally). PTC audiences will be among the first in the nation to experience the still-in-development musical that is destined to become a magical holiday tradition!
by Karen Zacarías
January 12 — 27, 2024
From award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías (The Book Club Play) comes a contemporary comedy that reminds us: we can’t always choose our neighbors. Rising attorney Pablo and his doctoral candidate (and very pregnant) wife Tania, have just purchased a D.C. home next to a well-established couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbeque for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class, and privilege. Zacarias’ hilariously biting play sees well-intentioned neighbors turned into feuding enemies in a garden party culture clash for the ages.
Bonnie & Clyde
Book by Ivan Menchell
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Frank Wildhorn
February 23 — March 9, 2024
Adventure and romance await in the larger-than-life true tale of one of history’s most notorious couples. During the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow captured the nation’s imagination with their infamous rise from small-town West Texas nobodies to American legends. Featuring a book by Emmy nominee Ivan Menchel and a Tony-nominated score by composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Count of Monte Cristo) and Oscar and Tony Award-winning lyricist Don Black (Sunset Boulevard), Bonnie & Clyde is a celebration of quintessential American musical genres: blues, gospel, and rock & roll. An electrifying story of fame, a life of crime, and love!
The Lehman Trilogy
by Stefano Massini, Adapted by Ben Power
March 29 — April 13, 2024
On a cold September morning in 1844, a Bavarian immigrant arrives in New York City, with his sights set on creating a new life in the new world. When his two brothers join his side, fates are sealed and a 163-year chain of events is set into motion as the family and company they form, Lehman Brothers, forever change the finance world. Told in three parts over the course of a single evening, The Lehman Trilogy is a not-to-be-missed American tale of epic proportions.
Winner of five Tony Awards (including Best Play) and following sold out runs in Los Angeles, New York, and London, The Lehman Trilogy receives its Utah premiere as PTC’s inaugural production in the newly-built Meldrum Theatre at the Einar Nielsen Fieldhouse.
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Music, Lyrics, Book, and Orchestrations by Dave Malloy
Adapted from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
May 10 — May 25, 2024
The much-anticipated Utah premiere of a recent Broadway favorite! Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is an electropop opera based on a scandalous slice of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Young and impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family friend in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation.
This award-winning musical, with its daring score and bold storytelling, is one of the most requested titles from PTC audiences in recent memory and will be presented in an immersive format never before seen in our 60-year history!