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PTC Announces 2019-2020 Season

Friday, March 1, 2019
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Kirsten Park
Director of Marketing
Vreni Romang
Publicity Manager


Season includes a Broadway-bound musical, a world premiere and regional premieres of recent New York blockbuster plays and musicals

SALT LAKE CITY—On the heels of a record-breaking season, Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC) Artistic Director Karen Azenberg announces the highly-anticipated 2019-2020 season. Among the season offerings includes a pre-Broadway tryout, a world premiere, and three productions that have never before been professionally performed in Utah. Azenberg will be joined at the helm by her new partner, two-time Tony Award-nominated producer Christopher Massimine, who will serve as PTC’s managing director. Season packages for the 2019-2020 season are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 801-581-6961 or visiting the box office. Full season packages will be available online.
“We have a great line-up in store,” stated Azenberg. “Salt Lake has a wonderfully sophisticated theatre audience; they know what is playing on Broadway, what is touring and what they want to see. We’re delighted to provide a unique opportunity offering our patrons productions that would otherwise be unavailable to statewide theatregoers.”
PTC will open the season with an expanded version of the Off-Broadway hit musical CAGNEY, an effervescent, tap-dancing biographical show about Hollywood “tough guy” James Cagney. Fred and Adele Astaire Award winner Robert Creighton will reprise his Drama Desk Award-nominated performance of the title role in this first pre-Broadway tryout. Applauded by Variety as “Showstopping! Pure hallelujah moments,” Cagney will run from September 20 through October 5.
Next, fresh from a revered Broadway run, PTC presents an exclusive engagement of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT. A timely and thought-inspiring comedic drama The New York Times deemed “terrifically engaging,” The Lifespan of a Fact examines truth through the eyes of a national magazine’s fact-checker. This critically-acclaimed play, which made Variety’s ‘2018 best of the year’ list, will run from November 1 to November 16.
December 6 to December 21 PTC welcomes the Utah premiere of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Originally produced by J.J. Abrams, this wildly successful Broadway comedy is “the ‘Tom and Jerry’ of British farce, slapping you silly with mishaps and pratfalls,” (The Washington Post).
“The Play That Goes Wrong was the most requested play on our 2019-2020 season survey,” said Azenberg. “We are honored that PTC is one of a select group of professional companies in the country who have been given the opportunity to produce this complicated, hysterically funny piece.”
The new year kicks off with MARY STUART, a politically-charged biographical British drama, that follows the unseen power-play between two of history’s greatest Monarchs, who happened to be women. Running at PTC January 10 through January 25, this smart and charming play recently presented a lauded revival in London’s prestigious West End Theatre district. “Mary Stuart is a testament to human bravery and dignity,” raved Azenberg. “With inspiring female roles, and a theme grounded in the struggle between religion, womanhood and statesmanship, this highly-relevant play mirrors, explores and questions those same issues present today.”
Slated for February 21 to March 7 is another Utah Premiere, the “ravishing revival” (The New York Times) of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. This 2018 Tony Award-winning musical folktale follows the adventure of two star-crossed romantics amongst an imaginative and vibrant Caribbean backdrop.
The world premiere of ASS will run March 27 to April 11. A comedy about complicated family relationships, author Ellen Simon informs us that the play’s key figure, a famous sculptor, isn’t really based on her famous father, Neil Simon, but that her character “is really more of a Picasso guy.” Ass first appeared at PTC as part of the 2017-2018 Play-by-Play new play reading series, and will enjoy its first fully-staged production.
Closing the season, May 8 through May 23, will be SOMETHING ROTTEN! This recent rambunctious Broadway musical, was adored as an “over-the-top take on Shakespeare” by The New York Times. Wallowing in puns, double-entendres and bad taste, theatre buffs will enjoy the “Easter egg” references to popular musicals laced throughout this comedy.
PTC will continue to present its staged Concert Production and Play-by-Play new play reading series. Titles for both will be announced at a later date.
For the 2019-2020 season, single ticket prices for musicals will range from $45-$68, and prices for non-musicals range from $31-$47. PTC’s economical season packages include a full 7 Play, Pick-5, and Flex and Rush Passes. In addition PTC offers an “Under 35” package, for emerging professionals.
Packages and passes range in price from $149 to $330 and include the best seats, discounts on additional tickets with an exclusive presale period, and the convenience of free exchange privileges.
Current PTC season subscribers will receive their renewal notices in April, and will have the opportunity to reserve their current seats as long as they do so by Friday, June 28, 2019. New subscriber orders will be filled in the order in which they are received.
For season subscriptions, contact Pioneer Theatre Company’s Box Office at 801-581-6961 or visit online at www.pioneertheatre.org.
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CAGNEY. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Robert Creighton in CAGNEY. Photo by: Carol Rosegg

L-R: Christopher Massimine and Karen Azenberg. Photo courtesy of Pioneer Theatre Company.


The 7 Play Package
Get tickets for all seven shows in our season, and receive a discount of up to 30%, 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 Lifespan of a Fact, The Play that Goes Wrong, Mary Stuart and Ass.
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 2019-2020 season.
The Under 35 Package
Theatre patrons who are age 35 or younger (at the time of subscription) may purchase a 7 Play Season Subscription at a 50% discount for performances on Mondays through Wednesdays.
The Flex Pass
This season package provides patrons with $275 worth of credit redeemable at the discounted season ticket rate for any shows the patron wishes to see.
The $150 Rush Pass
This season pass 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 the Concert Production or Play-by-Play tickets.
All packages and passes include best seats, discounts on additional tickets with an exclusive presale period, and the convenience of free exchange privileges.
Book by Peter Colley
Music and Lyrics by Robert Creighton & Christopher McGovern
September 20 – October 5, 2019
The Lifespan of a Fact
By Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Based on the essay/Book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
November 1 – November 16, 2019
The Play That Goes Wrong
by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
December 6 – December 21, 2019
Mary Stuart
by Jean Stock Goldstone and John Reich
January 10 – 25, 2020
Once On This Island
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based upon the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy
February 21 – March 7, 2020
By Ellen Simon
March 27 – April 11, 2020
Something Rotten!
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Conceived by Karen Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick
May 8 – May 23, 2020
Add-ons for the 2019-2020 Season:
PTC will continue our series of Concert Productions with three performances October 18 – 19, 2019, title to be announced.
The titles and dates for our Play-by-Play new play reading series will also be announced at a later date.
Pioneer Theatre Company operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City’s premier professional theatre, performs at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, located on the University of Utah campus at 300 South and 1400 East, Salt Lake City UT 84112-0660. The theatre is equipped with an elevator, hearing assistance devices, and handicapped parking. Free parking within a block of the theatre is available for all performances.
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