We could all use a laugh, right? Broadway in Austin starts its 2018-2019 season with slapstick silliness in "The Play That Goes Wrong."

The show, described as what would happen if "Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby," tells the tale of a theater troupe trying to produce a 1920s murder mystery play — but the real mystery is how the show will go on with falling sets, fumbling actors and a host of other onstage disasters.

The rest of Broadway in Austin's season, presented by Texas Performing Arts, brings some old favorites and some new shows to Austin, including the much-anticipated arrival of "Hamilton":


Nov. 27 to Dec. 2: “Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns”
Jan. 22-27: “Waitress”
Feb. 12-17: “Anastasia”
April 2-7: “Fiddler on the Roof”
May 7-12: “Cats”
May 28 to June 16: “Hamilton”

And don't forget: There are new security procedures for shows at Bass Concert Hall. You will need to pass through metal detectors at the entrance, and you can only bring in certain types of bags: small clutch bags that are no bigger than 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches, clear bags no bigger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches, or 1-gallon size clear resealable plastic storage bags. Plan ahead and allow more time to get into the show as everyone adjusts to this new policy; if you can go without a bag, there will be an express lane to get in more quickly.