Press Room

Pioneer Theatre Company’s
2016-17 Season Announced


Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Media Contact: Sasha Patane


Pioneer Theatre Company’s 2016-17 season to open with American regional premiere of Sting musical The Last Ship
Line-up includes three musicals, a recent Broadway hit, two award-winning American dramas, and a new comedy set in Salt Lake City.


Salt Lake City, UT-Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah’s premier professional theatre, will open its 2016-17 season with the The Last Ship, the new musical with music and lyrics by the pop superstar Sting and book by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers John Logan and Brian Yorkey. PTC’s production will be the first since the show’s Broadway run in 2014-15, and features music that the New York Times called “a seductive score that ranks among the best composed by a rock or pop figure on Broadway.”

PTC’s season will also include the family-favorite musical Oliver!, based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens, and will close with the Tony Award-winning musical The Will Rogers Follies.


On the dramatic side, the season will include the Utah premiere of the recent London and Broadway hit King Charles III, a mesmerizing look at Britain’s current royal family that the New York Times said, “sails with bravado;” August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Fences; Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie; and a new comedy, Women in Jeopardy by Wendy MacLeod, about three divorced women trying to cope, with sometimes disastrously hilarious results, with being single mothers, the dating scene, and the dangers of camping in the red rocks of southern Utah.
The theatre will continue its music concert offering with a three-performance run of Chess, the much-loved but seldom performed musical with songs by ABBA members Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and lyrics by Tim Rice.
Although titles have not been announced yet, the theatre will also continue with its popular Play-by-Play new play reading series.


In response to feedback from its patrons, PTC is moving the start times for its Monday through Thursday performances to 7:00 pm, and the Friday and Saturday evening performances to 7:30 pm. “Over 70% of our patrons who filled out our annual survey preferred the earlier start time,” noted PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg, “so we thought it made sense to listen to our audience.”


Ticket prices will remain the same for the 2016-17 season, and season ticket options will continue to include a full Seven-Play, Pick-5, Upper Balcony, and Flex and Rush Pass Options.


Packages range in price from $98 to $323 and include the best seats, discounts, the convenience of exchange privileges, and other benefits.
PTC patrons routinely get to watch performers who star in and appear frequently in Broadway shows. Recent PTC alumni include Anthony Ramos, one of the stars of the current Broadway hit Hamilton; Alex Brightman, currently starring in School of Rock; Keala Settles, opening next month inWaitress and last season’s Lizzie Klemperer opening next week in Bright Star.


Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal notices in the next few weeks, and will have the opportunity to reserve their current seats as long as they do so by Friday, July 1, 2016. New subscriber orders will be filled in the order in which they are received.


For season tickets contact Pioneer Theatre Company’s Box Office at 801-581-6961 or visit online atwww.pioneertheatre.org.
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Season Ticket Packages
For season tickets contact Pioneer Theatre Company’s Box Office at 801-581-6961 or visit us online at www.pioneertheatre.org.


The Seven-Play Package
Get tickets for all seven shows in our season, and receive a discount of up to 63%, the ability to purchase the best seats before they go on sale to the general public, and a voucher good for free admission to The Glass Menagerie, Fences, Women in Jeopardy or King Charles III. 


The Pick-5 Package
This option allows patrons to select any five shows in the season and receive both a season ticket discount and preferred seating. Pick-5 patrons may choose from any of the seven productions on PTC’s 2016-2017 season.


The Flex Pass
This season package provides patrons with $250.00 worth of credit redeemable at the discounted season ticket rate for any shows the patron wishes to see.


$98 Upper Balcony Package
Patrons can purchase tickets to all seven shows for only $98.00. Seats in this package are in the Upper Balcony section, and can be upgraded to any available Main Floor or Loge seat at the discounted season ticket price. This package does not include a free play voucher.


The $125 Rush Pass
This is a season pass that allows patrons to come to the theatre an hour before any show and get the best available single ticket for that night, based on availability. The pass is good for all shows in the season, including musicals. The pass does not include concert or Play-By-Play tickets.


All packages include a discount on tickets, flexible exchange privileges, priority seating, the ability to purchase additional tickets to individual shows at a discount, and an electronic subscription toeBackstage, PTC’s newsletter.


The Last Ship
Music and Lyrics by Sting
Book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey
September 16 through October 1, 2016


The Glass Menagerie 
By Tennessee Williams
October 21 through November 5, 2016


Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart
Based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
December 2 through December 17, 2016


By August Wilson
January 6 through January 21, 2017


Women in Jeopardy 
By Wendy MacLeod
February 10 through February 25, 2017


King Charles III
Written by Mike Bartlett
March 24 through April 8, 2017


The Will Rogers Follies
Music by Cy Coleman
Book by Peter Stone
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
May 5 through May 20, 2017


Add-ons for the 2016-2017 Season:
Chess-Concert Version
Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Three Performances Only!
March 10 and March 11, 2017


Play-By-Play New Play Reading Series 

We don’t know the titles or dates yet, but for those of you who loved this year’s readings, we invite you to join us for 2017. No sets, no costumes, scripts in hand-this is play development happening right in front of you.