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Woodlawn Theatre announces 2019 season

September 23, 2018

The Woodlawn Theatre’s 2019 season holds a San Antonio premiere, a genuine classic and the return of a couple of audience faves.

The lineup was to be detailed at the theater’s annual gala Saturday night. The only show that hasn’t been nailed down is the holiday offering, which is now billed as “Director’s Choice” and will be announced before the end of the year.

Here’s what’s in the works:

“Oklahoma!”: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic 1943 musical is about life in life in the Oklahoma territory shortly after the turn of the 20th century. The glorious score includes “People Will Say,” “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” and the title tune. Feb. 22-March 17.

“In the Heights”: Before Lin-Manuel Miranda cooked up his smash “Hamilton,” he wrote the score for this show, which covers all the goings-on in a New York neighborhood over a July 4 holiday. The Woodlawn was the first San Antonio theater to produce the show, staging it to terrific effect in 2013. The score includes “Breathe,” “No Me Diga” and “Hundreds of Stories.” April 12-May 5. (Side note: Fans of the composer’s work might want to create their own personal Miranda Fest: The San Antonio debut of “Hamilton” runs May 7-26 at the Majestic Theatre.)

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”: The musical adaptation of the 1991 animated film tells the story of the unlikely romance that develops between a bookworm and the enchanted prince desperate to find true love so that he can break the spell that keeps him in a less-than-gorgeous form. It was staged at the theater in 2009. The score includes “Be Our Guest,” “Something There” and the title song. July 5-28.

“Dreamgirls”: The 1981 musical explores the rise of an African- American trio loosely based on the Supremes and other groups that became superstars in the ’60s. The score includes “Cadillac Car,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and the title song. Aug. 23-Sept. 15.

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”: This marks the San Antonio premiere of the musical, adapted from the 1994 movie about two drag queens and a transgender woman as they travel across Australia to a gig at a resort in an RV named Priscilla. The pop-driven score includes such hits as “True Colors,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and “We Belong. Oct. 11-Nov. 3, 2019.

Season passes, $155, are available at woodlawntheatre.org. A buy-one, get-one-free deal is available at the site through Oct. 12.

Deborah Martin is an arts writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dlmartin@express-news.net | Twitter: @DeborahMartinEN

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