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Moonlight Stage Productions Announces 2018 Season

Two San Diego regional premieres, a returning La Jolla-born production and a popular Broadway musical make up Moonlight's 2018 season.

San Diego's first local production of Disney's popular stage musical "Newsies" and a revival of a local favorite are among four shows coming to Moonlight Stage Productions next year.

“The 2018 season has everything Moonlight audiences want and more,” said Producing Artistic Director Steven Glaudini in a statement. “We are excited to offer to our audiences four titles that have never been seen before on our stage."

The company's 38th season will open next summer with the ABBA-inspired musical "Mamma Mia!", opening on June 13, 2018. The feel-good musical follows a daughter's journey to learn the identity of her father. 

Disney's popular "Newsies", a stage adaptation of the movie that follows newsboys striking for fair wages, will open on July 18, 2018, and run until Aug. 4. 

Both "Mamma Mia!" and "Newsies" will mark the first time both productions will be produced locally. Previously, only touring productions had brought the shows to San Diego. 

La Jolla Playhouse-born "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", from Oscar-winning team Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin") and Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked"), will open on Aug. 15, 2018. 

The season will close out in September 2018 with "Chicago", the Tony Award-winning musical about fame, fortune, and acquittal. The longest-running American musical on Broadway features a score by John Kander. 

"Chicago" is one of the most-requested productions, Glaudini says. 

Subscriptions for the 2018 season will go on sale in January. Single tickets will go on sale in March. 

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