Broadway-Aimed Cagney to Open Pioneer Theatre Company's 2019 Season

Regional News   Broadway-Aimed Cagney to Open Pioneer Theatre Company's 2019 Season
The Salt Lake Theatre company will present an expanded version of the hit Off-Broadway musical with Robert Creighton reprising his role.
Danette Holden, Jeremy Beneton, Robert Creighton, Ellen Zolezzi, Josh Walden
Danette Holden, Jeremy Beneton, Robert Creighton, Ellen Zolezzi, Josh Walden Carol Rosegg

Salt Lake City's Pioneer Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Karen Azenberg and new Managing Director Christopher Massimine, has unveiled its 2019–2020 programming. Kicking off the season will be an expanded version of the Off-Broadway musical Cagney—with Robert Creighton reprising the title role—that is being billed as a "pre-Broadway" tryout.

Christopher Massimine and Karen Azenberg
Christopher Massimine and Karen Azenberg Courtesy of Pioneer Theatre Company

Cagney, the musical biography of legendary movie tough guy and dance man James Cagney, debuted Off-Broadway in 2015 in a sold-out, extended run. The show returned Off-Broadway the following season, running for over a year. Featuring a book by Peter Colley, music and lyrics by Creighton and Christopher McGovern, performances will run in Utah September 20–October 5.

Next up, PTC will present Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell's Lifespan of a Fact. Recently seen on Broadway and inspired by real-life events, the new play examines the complex relationship between fact and narrative. Performances will run November 1–16.

December 6 to 21, PTC will present the Utah premiere of Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields' Broadway and West End comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong, followed by Jean Stock Goldstone and John Reich's biographical British drama Mary Stuart (January 10–25, 2020).

Also in the new year, PTC will welcome two Broadway musicals: Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once On This Island (February 21–April 11) and Karen and Wayne Kirkpatrick's Something Rotten!, featuring a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick (May 8–23).

Rounding out the season will be the world premiere of Ass, a new play by Ellen Simon. A comedy about complicated family relationships, playwright Simon insists that the play’s key figure, a famous sculptor, isn’t really based on her famous father, Neil Simon. Ass first appeared at PTC as part of the 2017-2018 Play-by-Play new play reading series. Performances will run March 27–April 11.

“We have a great line-up in store,” says Azenberg. “Salt Lake has a wonderfully sophisticated theatre audience; they know what is playing on Broadway, what is touring and what they want to see. We’re delighted to provide a unique opportunity offering our patrons productions that would otherwise be unavailable to statewide theatregoers.”

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