A tough act to follow
An oversized elf and a magical nanny are among the characters that will soon come to San Antonio as part of The Public Theater’s 2019-20 season. At a party held at the Russell Hill Rogers Theater on February 10, the organization announced its latest crop of productions, including slew of Alamo City premieres.
According to a release, the season kicks off with family favorite Mary Poppins September 13-October 13. The musical, a co-production with Ballet San Antonio, pulls from both author P.L. Travers original stories and the 1964 Walt Disney film starring Julie Andrews.
Finishing out the holiday season, Santa makes a cameo appearance on the stage as Elf: The Musical running November 22-December 22.
A decidedly more adult performance of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder takes the spotlight January 31-February 23, 2020 in its first locally staged production. The 2014 Tony winner follows a young man’s lethal quest to become first in line for an inheritance.
Next, two San Antonio premieres heat up the 2020 season. Bluegrass stomper Bright Star, written by Steve Martin and New Bohemian Edie Brickell, runs March 27-April 19, 2020 and the famously shy titular character of Amélie breaks out in song May 15-June 7, 2020.
Rounding out the main season is Into the Woods from perpetual theater nerd favorite Stephen Sondheim. The clever take on classic fairy tales runs July 10-August 9, 2020.
The Public Theater also revealed its slate of smaller productions in the Cellar Theatre including:
- First Date — October 13-November 17
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time — December 27-January 19
- Admissions — February 28-March 22, 2020
- Lonely Planet — April 24-May 10, 2020
- More Better Beautiful —June 12-28, 2020
- Fade —August 14-30, 2020
A trio of special shows and limited-edition runs was also announced. LGBTQ nightclub the Bonham Exchange hosts two interactive screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show October 25 and 26. World War I musical All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 heads to UTSA’s Buena Vista Theater December 12-22. And an all-youth cast brings Shrek Jr.: The Musical to the main Russell Hill Rogers stage June 25-28 and July 9-12, 2020.
A wide variety of subscriptions, including a family block that features tickets to Mary Poppins, Elf, and the current season’s Matilda, are on sale now. Until April 1, buyers purchasing one package will get the next half off and enjoy a $15 bar gift card.