‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ highlight Broadway In Boston’s 2018-19 season
None of them is likely to generate anything remotely akin to the excited anticipation that will surround September’s production of “Hamilton’’ at the Boston Opera House, but Broadway In Boston’s 2018-19 season does offer some shows to look forward to.
Chief among them are the Tony-winning, emotionally stirring “Dear Evan Hansen,’’ a social-media-age musical about an act of deception by a lonely teenager that spirals out of control, and a production of “Hello, Dolly!’’ that will star the hard-to-resist — and why would you want to? — Betty Buckley as the tireless matchmaker Dolly Levi. “Hello, Dolly!’’ may be a venerable warhorse, but the warhorse galloped to blockbuster status last year when Bette Midler starred on Broadway as Dolly, giving the show — and its investors — fresh currency. (Midler has since been replaced by Bernadette Peters.)
Another notable aspect of the upcoming Broadway In Boston season, announced Monday night: Three of the 11 shows will be presented in the long-dormant Colonial Theatre, while the other eight will take place in the Boston Opera House. The Colonial, owned by Emerson College, was a frequently used venue by Broadway In Boston before the theater was closed for renovations in October 2015. The Colonial will reopen in late June with the world-premiere, Broadway-bound production of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,’’ produced by Global Creatures and presented in Boston by Ambassador Theatre Group. The return of Broadway In Boston to the venue will underscore that the 118-year-old Colonial is back in business.
In a prepared statement, Broadway In Boston vice president Tivon Marcus said: “In addition to the Boston Opera House, Broadway In Boston is pleased to resume programming at the Colonial Theatre this Season with three presentations as part of the theatre’s exciting new chapter in Boston’s theatre district.”
As is invariably the case, the 2018-19 Broadway In Boston season will be dominated by musicals. The lineup represents a mix of tried-and-true shows that have played Boston before, like “Kinky Boots’’ and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,’’ and new touring productions. The latter category will include, in addition to “Dear Evan Hansen’’ and “Hello, Dolly!,’’ such shows as “The Play That Goes Wrong,’’ “School of Rock,’’ “A Bronx Tale,’’ and “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’’
Here’s the schedule:
“The Play That Goes Wrong,’’ Colonial Theatre, Nov. 7-18.
“Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’’ Boston Opera House, Jan. 8-20, 2019
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,’’ Boston Opera House, Jan. 29-Feb. 10, 2019
“School of Rock,’’ Feb. 12-24, 2019, Boston Opera House
“The Illusionists,’’ March 5-10, 2019, Colonial Theatre
“A Bronx Tale,’’ April 2-14, 2019, Boston Opera House
“Les Miserables,’’ April 16-28, 2019, Boston Opera House
“Kinky Boots,’’ May 7-12, 2019, Colonial Theatre
“Miss Saigon,’’ June 12-30, 2019, Boston Opera House
“Dear Evan Hansen,’’ July 10-Aug. 4, 2019, Boston Opera House
“Hello, Dolly!,’’ Aug. 6-18, 2019, Boston Opera House