UT's Pioneer Plans Miss Saigon, Fair Lady, Piazza and Premiere of Yellow Leaf

News   UT's Pioneer Plans Miss Saigon, Fair Lady, Piazza and Premiere of Yellow Leaf Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, UT, will produce three musicals — My Fair Lady, The Light in the Piazza and Miss Saigon — and a world-premiere drama, among other titles, in its 2008-09 season, artistic director Charles Morey announced April 15.

The troupe's Les Miserables was a smash in 2007, and The Producers is a hot ticket this spring. Les Miz writers Alain Boublil and Claude Michel Schönberg will be a major draw again with their Vietnam-era re-imagining (with co-lyricist Richard Maltby Jr.) of the Madame Butterfly story, Miss Saigon, May 1-16, 2009.

For the first time in over 25 years, the theatre will produce three musicals in a single season. The season will open in September with the Lerner and Loewe classic My Fair Lady. In December the theatre will produce the Utah premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas.

The Yellow Leaf, a world-premiere drama by Morey, will also punctuate the slate, Jan. 9-24, 2009. According to PTC, "The Yellow Leaf looks at three of the most fascinating literary figures of the last 200 years — the poets Byron, Shelley, and Shelley's wife Mary — and follows them through a fateful summer during which Mary Shelley wrote 'Frankenstein.'"

Also scheduled is Michael Frayn's farce, Noises Off (in a return of that popular title), Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and the classic murder mystery Dial 'M' for Murder by Frederick Knott.

"Part of our mission is to produce contemporary plays of significance — the recent Broadway or London hit that would not be seen in Utah unless we produce it," Morey stated. "Usually we're talking about dramas when we talk about that kind of work, but next year we're producing a new musical that most theatregoers in Utah haven't had a chance to see…The Light in the Piazza." For season tickets contact Pioneer Theatre Company box office at (801) 581-6961 or visit www.pioneertheatre.org.