To the Los Angeles audience:Some National Tours will perform at the Dolby Theatre instead of the Pantages Theatre in 2020.
The Dolby? Egads. That theater is a giant barn. Last time I was there was to see Kathy Griffin (who of course was brilliant) but that theater is not meant for touring productions Too big of a house - I think early on they had lots of random non equity tours but its a game changer with having proper shows there
I feel like Hamilton should go to the Dolby rather than having tours at the Dolby.
And I'd love to hear anything the group knows about Houston. We've been teased that DEAR EVEN HANSEN will be part of the next season, but no idea exactly when. Also, with TUTS (supposedly) doing all locally-produced shows again next season, we are limited in the number of tours we will get. Usually 6 regular shows and 2 add-ons with BAA. I'm expecting HELLO, DOLLY! and COME FROM AWAY but no idea beyond that. There are too many choices and only a handful of spots.Houston has announced as early as January and as late as March. Not sure what to expect this time.
@Ceej: I can confirm that Houston will be announcing in March, but I don't have a specific date. As for the possible shows, 3 out of the 9 shows at the Hobby in the current season are first-run; so, beyond DEH, I'd also expect CFA and possible either Fiddler or Dolly. Because it's starting next year, it's also possible that Cats'll stop there. It's also been three seasons since Wicked has been in Houston, so maybe a return is in order. If I had to guess first-run shows: SpongeBob, Mean Girls, and OOTI might be good candidates. Escape to Margaritaville was already there for its pre-Broadway run, but it I could also see it returning.@Kruth1: As for Phoenix's shows: although the shows they have this season weren't first-run direct from Broadway, they were (outside of Chicago) first-run shows returning to the touring circuit. I'm too unfamiliar with the history of the Orpheum to even take a stab. Sorry!
anyone have ideas for milwaukee? i'm sure that we won't be getting any of the hotstuff.
MTH85 said: "@Ceej: I can confirm that Houston will be announcing in March, but I don't have a specific date. As for the possible shows, 3 out of the 9 shows at the Hobby in the current season are first-run; so, beyond DEH, I'd also expect CFA and possible either Fiddleror Dolly. Because it's starting next year, it's also possible that Cats'll stop there. It's also been three seasons sinceWickedhas been in Houston, so maybe a return is in order. If I had to guess first-run shows:SpongeBob, Mean Girls,and OOTI might be good candidates.Escape to Margaritavillewas already there for its pre-Broadway run, but it I could also see it returning.Thank you MTH. Appreciate any details you can share. I'm expecting similar. If we only have 6-8 slots I sure hope we don't get a returning show like MARGARITAVILLE to take one of those prized spots. I'd rather have something that hasn't visited before. And I agree about WICKED - I've been assuming it would return also since it has been several years. It seems to come almost every other year here. LION KING does similar but was just here last season as an add-on.
Just got a confirmation that Bandstand and An American in Paris will both be in the touring circuit in the 19/20 season. This was deduced via a survey done by Cal Poly Arts (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9ZQC78R), which is surveying its patrons for shows to bring there next season. I was also able to confirm the show's intent to tour nationally with CPA's director. This means we'll finally get that Bandstand tour promised when the show closed in 2017 (see https://bit.ly/2R3xHmQ). It's still using The Road Company for booking.Regarding the return of An American in Paris, the booking company for the show is In House Booking: http://inhousebooking.com/an-american-in-paris/, which is using Big League Productions.Please note that things could still change, but, as far as announcements go, this is worth mentioning!
Just saw that Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre will announce their 19/20 season on Thursday, Jan 17!
MTH85 said: "Just saw that Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre will announce their 19/20 season on Thursday, Jan 17!" Very exciting! I need a few road trips to look forward to for the 2019/2020 season since NYC is now out of the picture, and Baltimore, along with Cleveland and Pittsburgh, are my go-to escapes. Hope you get great shows!!!
MTH85 said: "Just saw that Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre will announce their 19/20 season on Thursday, Jan 17!"I was on my way here to spill that. So excited! I'm hoping Wicked gets back here. I have a craving to see that show. And Miss Saigon since I'm broke rn.
Very exciting to hear about Bandstand! Hoping Bandstand makes it way to Boston this year. Bandstand, CFA, The Band's Visit, could make for a great season.
Toronto we usually get end of February/mid March. Would love to know if anything is coming. I know we are getting Hamilton (early 2020), and The Girl From the North Country (fall 2019). With our presenter (David Mirvish) a producer of Anastasia and The Band's Visit on Broadway, I wouldn't be surprised to see those, as well as Mean Girls, or Hello Dolly to satisfy the older audience.Question: does anyone else notice a pattern in their city's seasons? Like Toronto always gets a show to bring your family to around Christmas, there is a classic musical for the older crowd, and something random, etc?
@fashionguru_23: Good question! I can only speak in general terms, as it will vary from venue to venue, and there are over 300 venues in the US that will present at least one show this current season. Many of the major venues here in the US will have an anchor show (i.e. a show that will stay for longer than a week: e.g. Wicked, Hamilton, Aladdin) and build around that. Major venues, in states such as California and Florida, will typically have multiple shows play back-to-back in-state. For example, Hello, Dolly played in Miami, then Orlando, then Tampa, then West Palm Beach. This makes sense from a logistics standpoint. Another trait is that the top five-to-ten major cities (e.g. L.A.'s Pantages, Denver, Charlotte, Chicago) will play a majority or almost all of the first national touring productions in a season ("new" shows as well as "new revivals". (Chicago will have multiple shows going at the same time but in different theatres, as is the case right now.) It's also typical for a majority of the shows that play in cities like L.A., San Francisco, and Chicago to have longer engagements. I hesitate to say that a venue HAS to schedule a certain amount of revivals/new revivals in their season, but they probably try to balance things out with the new shows as well as what's available. One final trait for the major venues, that I can think of, is that almost all will present a new show within the first two years of the tour (if it lasts that long). So, for example, if your venue didn't get Dear Evan Hansen this season, and you typically get newer shows, it will most likely come the following season, which definitely tests people's patience! For venues in mid-major markets, they typically present anywhere from one to five/six shows that are in their second, third (or older) year touring. Their engagements typically last anywhere from one to six days. Every once and a while, a major-market venue will present an older/non-anchor show (e.g. Jersey Boys or Chicago), which can throw a curve at us who like to predict the seasons (!). Touring Broadway holiday shows aren't a necessity for venues to present as there are fewer shows available and they have a short lifespan (typically mid-November through December). I haven't noticed any trends in the makeup/demographics of the shows (family-friendly, mature-audiences), but I'm sure that venues try to balance things out to appeal to their audience. I'm sure others can contribute more traits that'll be better and more specific than mine, but those are the ones I've observed. Cheers!
Have any venue announcements included the Jesus Christ Superstar tour as part of their season yet?
Not yet. It is supposed to launch in the upcoming season, so it'll likely start showing up when venues start announcing. Only a small few have announced seasons thus far.
fashionguru_23 said: "Question: does anyone else notice a pattern in their city's seasons? Like Toronto always gets a show to bring your family to around Christmas, there is a classic musical for the older crowd, and something random, etc?" The Pantages in Hollywood frequently goes an extended run of a family musical for the holidays that has rotated between The Lion King and Wicked. It seems like they are on a 3 year return cycle, but could be wrong. Extended being greater than the normal 3 week subscription run of Pantages shows. They've also had "Donnie and Marie Christmas show" Grinch, on years w/o LTK and WickedI so wish the Pantages was moving their subscription series to the Wilshire Theatre like they did for Wicked and Lion King's extended sit down. The Dolby is just an awful venue. There is no way to put a positive spin on that place.Lastly, while I am frequently jealous of the NYC folks who post on here, I guess we are lucky in Los Angeles. There isn't ever a question IF something is going to come to LA early in the tour. Our question is, will it play the Ahmanson or Pantages.
Just got an email saying that the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia will make their 19/20 season announcement on Thursday, January 24.
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