It may be a year and a half away, or longer. But "Broadway in New Orleans," the series at the Saenger Theatre, announced on Friday that the smash musical “Hamilton” will be part of its 2018-19 season.
“Hamilton,” the musical story of Founder Alexander Hamilton and his role in the American Revolution, is promised at a yet-to-be determined date during the season that begins in fall 2018. The play has spawned months-long waiting lists and scalpers’ ransoms in New York City. In New Orleans, season supporters for this year’s series of plays will have priority gaining seats at the Saenger, said David Skinner, general manager of the Saenger and the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
Less distantly, the 2017-18 Broadway series will kick off Oct. 20-28 with “Escape to Margaritaville,” a new musical featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett. The touring play will debut in New Orleans in a “pre-Broadway premiere,” series officials said. Buffett noted in a statement that he spent time in New Orleans as a teenager.
Broadway at the Saenger has become increasingly well-subscribed since the series moved to the restored 90-year-old Saenger three years ago, said Skinner.
"We try to cover all the bases -- somethng for everyone," Skinner said.
"Everybody wants to come to the Saenger because they know it is the venue to come to in New Orleans. It's going to be a fantastic season," he said.
As for "Hamilton," negotiating the show's appearance in New Orleans testifies to the city's rising status as a destination when New York producers are deciding where to send touring productions, Skinner said.
"It's going to sell out fast," he said, noting that the wait to see "Hamilton" in New York is almost a year.
Plays in the 2017-18 Broadway series are:
“THE KING AND I”: Nov. 14-19. The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic featuring well-known numbers such as “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”
“IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS": Dec. 19-24. Production with singing and dancing, based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.
“AN AMERICAN IN PARIS”: Jan. 30 through Feb. 4. Songs by George and Ira Gershwin drive the new hit musical set in the aftermath of World War II. The Broadway play won several Tony Awards.
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“THE COLOR PURPLE": Feb. 20-25. The 2016 Tony Award winner for best musical revival about “a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South."
"RENT" 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR: April 17-22. The rock musical by Jonathan Larson, a reimagining of Puccini’s "La Boheme," returns after winning the Pulitzer Prize and a host of Tony awards.
“WAITRESS”: June 12-17. A pie-baking contest gives a small-town waitress a path to a new life. Inspired by a film by Adrienne Shelly.
“PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”: March 14-25. An additional show, not part of the package, is a new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit by Cameron Mackintosh.