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PTC LINEUP INCLUDES `MUCH ADO,' `EVITA'

Three comedies, a big Andrew Lloyd Weber-Tim Rice musical, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama - and a "by popular demand" earlier weeknight starting time - are highlights of Pioneer Theatre Company's 1992-93 season.

Four of the seven shows on the docket are regional premieres, according to PTC Artistic Director Charles Morey, who is calling the lineup "a season of great laughter, great joy, and deep emotional resonance."Morey noted that in response to patron requests, curtain time for shows on weeknights will be shifted to 7:30 p.m., with the 8 p.m. curtain remaining on Fridays and Saturday nights.

Here's the lineup:

- A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD / A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE, Sept. 16-Oct. 3.

- MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Oct. 28-Nov. 14.

- PRIVATE LIVES, Dec. 2-19.

- FENCES, Jan. 6-23.

- O PIONEERS, Feb. 20-17.

- LEND ME A TENOR, March 17-April 3.

- EVITA, April 28-May 15.

The company's regional premieres include August Wilson's Pulitzer/Tony Award-winning drama, "Fences," the moving story of an ex-baseball player whose career in the black leagues never led anywhere and who is now balancing the responsibilities of home and family against a lifetime of unrealized dreams; "Private Lives," Noel Coward's frothy, sophisticated comedy of love, marriage and high society (one version of which is currently playing a limited engagement on Broadway with Joan Collins and Simon Jones); "O Pioneers," a lyrical and evocative play with music, based on Willa Cather's beloved novel about a strong-willed woman settling in the vast Nebraska plains (just recently a Hallmark Hall of Fame production with Jessica Lange), and "Lend Me a Tenor," a wild Broadway comedy in the "Noises Off" mode.

"Evita," has been presented twice in Salt Lake (once as a student production at Kingsbury Hall and then by a bus-and-truck touring company) and has also been staged elsewhere around the Wasatch Front, including last season as part of the Utah Musical Theatre season in Ogden, but the Lees Main Stage production promises to be visually and musically exciting. It's a fascinating musical collage about the life of Argentine dictator Juan Peron's controversial wife, Eva, who rose from being a bit actress to the conniving first lady in a controversial government.

"A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine" is like an old-fashioned musical-comedy double feature. The first act, "A Day in Hollywood," is an all singing, all tap-dancing, fun-packed salute toHollywood during the heyday of the 1930s. The second act, "A Night in the Ukraine," is a wild musical sendup of old Marx brothers comedy films.

PTC's Shakespearean offering next season will be the popular comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing."

Season ticket subscriptions for next year are now available and current season ticket-holders may also renew their subscriptions. Season ticket prices range from $46 to $152 for a seven-show package.

For further information, contact the Pioneer Memorial Theatre box office at 581-6961.