Mean Girls and the other shows coming to the Saenger Announced

January 22, 2019

Several big shows are coming to New Orleans as the Saenger announced the next season today!

Today, Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans at the Saenger Theatre announced its 2019 – 2020 season line-up of shows, headlined by the six-time Tony Award and 2018 Grammy Award-winning Best Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN and also includes MEAN GIRLS; A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL; MISS SAIGON; Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY; ANASTASIA; and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. The 2019-2020 season is presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association and will begin in the Fall. The new season represents a wide range of Tony Award® winners and Broadway blockbusters for New Orleans audiences to enjoy.

Starting the season in the Emerald City, WICKED, the Broadway sensation, returns to New Orleans as a special season option for a three-week engagement. Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, tells the untold true story of the Witches of Oz, long before Dorothy arrives.

In November, the winner of six 2017 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, DEAR EVAN HANSEN will make its debut in New Orleans. Declared “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” by The Washington Post, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. One week before Christmas, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, an infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.

In January, experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON. This is the classic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There, she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. In February, Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will make its debut at the Saenger Theatre. Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now New Orleans’ golden ticket! Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!

The First National Tour of MEAN GIRLS, the record-breaking new musical comedy based on the hit film, will be coming to the Saenger Theatre in March. From an award-winning creative team, including book writer TINA FEY (“30 Rock”), composer JEFF RICHMOND (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon), MEAN GIRLS “delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery,” says New York Magazine. Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA will journey to New Orleans in April. This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Closing out the season in June is the Broadway classic FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Rich with musical hits such as "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset;' "If I Were A Rich Man;' "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "To Life (L'Chaim!)," FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter.

“We are thrilled to bring some of Broadway’s latest smash hits like DEAR EVAN HANSEN and MEAN GIRLS to New Orleans,” said Sam Voisin, general manager of the Saenger Theatre. “This season celebrates the beauty of Broadway and is sure to entice audiences of all ages with great market debuts, revivals, family favorites and Broadway blockbusters.” 

“For more than 100 years, Hancock Whitney has been a part of the fabric of New Orleans and we are honored to support music, arts and culture across the region,” said Gary Lorio, Hancock Whitney Regional President.  “We are proud to be the title sponsor of the Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans series at the Saenger which will host an exciting lineup coming to New Orleans for the 2019/2020 season.”