'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Mean Girls' star in Kimmel's upcoming season

Cherri Gregg
March 18, 2019 - 3:49 pm
Ben Platt performs with the cast of "Dear Evan Hansen."

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — No need to wave through a window to see these stage musicals — Broadway's best productions are coming to the Kimmel.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts released its lineup for the 2019-20 season, including the Philadelphia premieres of "Come From Away," "Mean Girls" — written by Upper Darby native Tina Fey — "The Spongebob Musical," "The Band's Visit," "Escape to Margaritaville," 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Musical "Dear Evan Hansen," and the revival of "Hello, Dolly!"

The Kimmel is benefiting from a huge boost in subscribers from the hit of the 2018-19 season, which hasn't even made its way to Philadelphia yet.

Frances Egler, head of programming at the Kimmel, said the center experienced a 228 percent boost in subscribers after announcing "Hamilton" a year-and-a-half ago. The 2018-19 season featuring the Broadway smash sold out of subscriptions, and they are hoping to keep the momentum going.

"Based on how it's been touring, we think 'Dear Evan Hansen' and 'Mean Girls' will be two sold-out hits this year," she said. "Since the tours are just becoming so well-done and the casts are so exciting, people really love Broadway right now."

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The upcoming season includes a total of 14 productions, with a combined 44 Tony Awards.

Bill and Paulette Geharman have been subscribers for the past five years, and they've noticed a difference since "Hamilton" was announced.

"Shows are really crowed," said Paulette. 

"And it seems like an exceptional year," added Bill.

"Hamilton" opens in August; single tickets have not yet gone on sale. 

The 2019-20 season also includes "Cirque Dreams: Holidaze" and "Riverdance" at the Merriam Theater, and "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" at the Academy of Music.

The 20th anniversary tour of "Rent" will also return to the Merriam Theater in October. There will also be return productions of "Les Misérables," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and "Waitress."