Broadway in New Orleans announces 2016-17 season: ‘Sound of Music,’ ‘Bodyguard,’ ‘Mamma Mia!’, more _lowres

Photo by Matthew Murphy -- Disney’s The Lion King,” will be performed at the Saenger Theatre Jan. 4-29, 2017. Aaron Nelson plays Simba.

The East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series will return to the Saenger Theatre for a 2016-17 season that includes a stacked lineup of classic Broadway hits and contemporary favorites, presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association.

Season tickets go on sale today, and subscribers can choose between six-show or seven-show packages, plus options to add “Disney’s The Lion King” and “Mamma Mia!”

The season kicks off in September with a brand new production of the perennial favorite “The Sound of Music,” which continues to delight audiences new and old, from the 2013 live broadcast on NBC, to last year’s 50th anniversary of the classic film.

In October, musicals make way for magic with “The Illusionists — Live from Broadway,” a best-selling show that features acts from seven different illusionists.

Just before Christmas, the Grinch comes to town in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” a retelling of the classic holiday story with sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Suess’ whacky and whimsical illustrations.

“Jersey Boys” rounds out the year, the jukebox musical based on the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ rise to rock ’n’ roll fame that features hit songs like “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

In January, “Disney’s The Lion King” returns to New Orleans for the first time since 2012. The four-week run gives audiences ample opportunity to see one of the most popular, longest-running shows in Broadway history.

March brings more pop hits with “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical,” a look into the personal life of the songwriter who penned such classics as “You’ve Got a Friend” and “(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman.”

A romantic thriller, “The Bodyguard” comes to the Saenger in April. The musical is based on the popular film and includes one of the biggest selling songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You.”

In May, New Orleans hosts the 2015 Broadway hit “Finding Neverland,” a retelling of the timeless Peter Pan story.

The 2016-2017 season wraps up in June of next year with “Mamma Mia!,” the popular feel-good family drama based on the songs of ABBA.

Season tickets for the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series start at $185 and can be purchased by calling (800) 218-7469 or online at BroadwayInNewOrleans.com.