‘Waitress’ and ‘School of Rock’ among new Broadway shows coming to Salt Lake City — and ‘The Book of Mormon’ returns

(Courtesy photograph by Joan Marcus) Desi Oakley as Jenna in "Waitress."

Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Waitress,” “Come From Away,” “Finding Neverland” and “School of Rock” musicals are the new shows that will play on the next Broadway at the Eccles season, joined by the 20th-anniversary tour of “Rent.”

Also returning for third runs will be “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.” Promoters announced Tuesday that another popular new, youth-oriented musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” will play Salt Lake City in the 2019-20 season.

(Courtesy photo) | The cast of "School of Rock."

Season ticket renewals will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 5, at Broadway-at-the-Eccles.com or at 610 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Phone sales (at 801-355-5502) will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 7.

He underscored the variety of inventive and popular shows now touring. “We are thrilled to bring so many of them to the Eccles Theater this season.”

“Waitress” (Sept. 25-30) • The musical, with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, was adapted from Adrienne Shelly’s film (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival). It’s the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of finding a way out of her loveless marriage. The Broadway musical featured Southern Utah University graduate Keala Settle, who originated the role of Jenna’s sassy waitress friend, Becky.

“Come From Away” (Nov. 6-11) • This unlikely new musical tells the remarkable, true story of 7,000 stranded passengers welcomed by a small town in Newfoundland. By Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and directed by Tony-winning Christopher Ashley.

“Finding Neverland” (Dec. 4-9) • The story behind J.M. Barrie’s creation of Peter Pan, who was inspired by the make-believe adventures of four boys and their widowed mother.

Disney’s “Aladdin” (April 25-May 12, 2019) • A musical (by the producer of “The Lion King”) of a timeless story about a genie, a lamp and three wishes.

“School of Rock” (May 28-June 2, 2019) • The musical, featuring 14 songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, tells the story of a substitute teacher, a wannabe rock star, who turns his school class into young rockers.

“Rent” (June 25-30, 2019) • The 20th-anniversary tour of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical about seven struggling artists, in an adaptation of Puccini’s “La bohème.”

“Wicked” will play Jan. 30-March 3, and “The Book of Mormon” will play Aug. 13-25.

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