Baltimore’s Hippodrome, which specializes in brief visits by touring Broadway hits and classics, will offer a 9-production 2018-2019 season anchored by a June, 2019 visit from Hamilton.
Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, today (January 17) announced a lineup which also includes recent Broadway shows Come From Away and The Play that Goes Wrong, as well as perennial favorite The Book of Mormon.
The Hippodrome season will start with Les Misérables, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony-winning musical about war, impoverishment and horror in post-revolutionary France. Based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel, this production, an add-on to the season subscription, will feature a scenic design based on Hugo’s paintings. From October 9-14, 2018.
The Hippodrome follows Les Miz with another musical about hard living in another time and place: Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s Fiddler on the Roof. Tevye will once again sing and philosophize his way through his beloved Anatevka in the shadow of Imperial Russia, with the threat of another pogrom always at his heels. Tony-winner Bartlett Sher directs, Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter will oversee the movement, based on Jerome Robbins’ original choreography. From November 13 to 18 of this year.
The Christmas show will be Anastasia, a fantasy based on the persistent rumor that Anastasia Romanov somehow escaped the rest of her family’s fate when the Bolsheviks killed them at the dawn of the Russian revolution. (She didn’t; they slaughtered her with the rest of them.) Anastasia, which features a book by Terrence McNally, a score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and direction by Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak, will run from December 4 to 9, 2018.
The Hippodrome will kick off the new year with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which the immortal chocolateer Willie Wonka opens the delights of his magical factory to a lucky few ticket-holders, including young Charlie Bucket. A visit to the factory is surely on his bucket list, but it’s what happens inside that makes the story. Based on the children’s tale by Roald Dahl, this musical will run from January 22-27 of next year.
In February, the Hippodrome will bring back the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The King and I, in which the British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens comes to Bangkok to teach the children of the King of Siam. The King, who has viewed the effect of British imperialism on his neighbors with alarm, is resolved that he and his people will learn what the British already know. For Anna, the challenge is to adjust to unfamiliar ways to the degree necessary to do the most good. From February 19 to 24, 2019.
April brings another type of cultural disintermediation to the stage with Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone’s The Book of Mormon, a Tony winner for best musical. This story about the unfortunate young Mormon missionary’s attempt to convert a Ugandan village through song and fantasy will run from April 2 to 7 of next year. The Hippodrome press release warns, perhaps unnecessarily, that there will be explicit language.
Later that month, the Hippodrome will show a musical about another foreign adventure with happier results: Come From Away, based on the true story of what happened when, immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, several American passenger jets made forced landings in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland. The Irene Sankoff-David Hein musical, which debuted at Ford’s Theatre to strong reviews before going on to a successful Broadway run, will play from April 23 to April 28, 2019.
June will see the season’s sole non-musical, The Play that Goes Wrong, in which a theatrical company attempts to do a 1920s-era mystery, with calamitous results. Originating with London’s Mischief Theatre, it is a collaboration of virtually every unhappy event that has ever happened at any theater anywhere, done to comic effect. From June 4 to 9 of next year.
The climax of the season will be Hamilton, about which nothing need be said, except that it will run from June 25 to July 21, 2019.
Hippodrome subscription renewals are currently available. New subscriptions will be available mid-March. Single ticket prices will be announced throughout the season.