Scott Ball / Rivard Report
If you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, “You are not alone.” And if you are awaiting a strong followup to the record-smashing Hamilton coming in May, “You Will Be Found” among other San Antonians eager for the arrival of the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen.
(Fans will recognize the quotes above as lyrics from Evan Hansen’s hit climactic song, which charts its protagonist’s progress from loneliness to acceptance.)
The national tour of the acclaimed 2015 musical, which the Washington Post called “one of the more remarkable shows in recent musical-theater history,” comes to the Majestic Theatre for eight performances in December as part of the long-running Broadway in San Antonio series.
“There’s a lot of buzz for Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway,” said Emily Smith, general manager of the Majestic and Charline McCombs Empire Theatres.
Also anchoring the 2019-20 season will be the popular Disney musical Aladdin, appearing for the first time at the Majestic with a three-week run in Spring 2020.
Other stalwarts announced Tuesday for the new season include Les Misérables, Cats, Miss Saigon, the 9/11 true-story Come From Away, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and an appearance by peripatetic performing artists Blue Man Group.
For now, tickets are available only to season subscribers who choose to renew, after having signed up last year to ensure a rare chance to see the high-demand Hamilton production.
“Our subscriber base jumped by about 40 percent with interest in Hamilton,” Smith said. “Our hope is that our subscribers will have had a wonderful experience, and will continue supporting” Broadway in San Antonio programming.
Approaching its 30th year, the series is growing in popularity, Smith said, but “the series has always received great support from the community.”
The perennially popular Cats has played in San Antonio nine times, Smith said, and Come From Away and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will make their first appearances.
Miss Saigon, however, holds a special place in Majestic lore. Smith said a 1996 expansion allowed the Majestic to accommodate “mega-musicals,” and the 1997 production of Miss Saigon was the first Broadway Across America show to grace its stage.
“That catapulted us into being able to present these mega-musicals, all the shows that audiences are seeing today,” Smith said.
While current subscribers have the first opportunity to renew, “we encourage anyone who’s not a subscriber to sign up with Broadway in San Antonio to sign up for the waiting list,” Smith said. Listees will be notified when season packages become available.
Meanwhile, single-seat tickets for Hamilton will go on sale soon, Smith said, and she recommended signing up on the website, linked above, to be notified of the sale.