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Color Conscious: From the U to Broadway

Color Conscious: From the U to Broadway

By Josh Petersen

February 13, 2018

When the musical “Hamilton” premiered on Broadway in 2015, many aspects of the show felt revolutionary. From the genre-hopping music, to the unique subject matter, to the dense, dexterous lyrics, it was clear from the beginning that “Hamilton” was a musical unlike anything audiences had seen...

Wisecracks and Whitman in “I and You”

Wisecracks and Whitman in “I and You”

By Josh Petersen

February 10, 2018

Salt Lake City’s Pygmalion Theatre Company is continuing its season with “I and You.” Written by Lauren Gunderson, the play examines the power of art and literature through the eyes of two sensitive teenagers. After yet another day of aimlessly scrolling through social media, Caroline is lonely,...

Opening Up the Oscars: “Darkest Hour”

Opening Up the Oscars: “Darkest Hour”

By Josh Petersen

February 8, 2018

Warning: This review contains mild spoilers for “Darkest Hour.” Most awards seasons a film comes around that seems to be so catered to Oscar voters’ tastes that it is almost comical. These films do not necessarily win Best Picture, but their presence feels inevitable, even if they don’t catch...

Opening up the Oscars: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Opening up the Oscars: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

By Josh Petersen

February 6, 2018

Warning: This article contains spoilers for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Some people just want to watch the world burn. Coincidentally, a lot of those people also make really good movie protagonists. In the small, fictional town of Ebbing, Missouri, town outcast Mildred Hayes (Frances...

“Hamildrops” Continues the Hit Musical’s Legacy

“Hamildrops” Continues the Hit Musical’s Legacy

By Josh Petersen

February 2, 2018

Attention “Hamilton” fans: in 2018, show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will be releasing more material associated with the smash-hit musical. Once a month Miranda will share new content, adding to the musical’s expansive existing repertoire. When “Hamilton” premiered on Broadway in 2015, it...

Building Connections: Pygmalion Productions’ “I and You”

Building Connections: Pygmalion Productions’ “I and You”

By Josh Petersen

January 29, 2018

“I and You”, a new production from Pygmalion Theater Company, explores empathy and the power of art through the perspective of two teenagers. Anthony is a popular jock who visits a seriously ill student, Caroline, to drop off a class reading assignment: Walt Whitman’s poetry collection, “Leaves...

Opening Up the Oscars: “The Post”

Opening Up the Oscars: “The Post”

By Josh Petersen

January 28, 2018

The Academy Award nominations were announced on January 23.  In this new series, Josh Petersen will be watching all of the Best Picture nominees and writing about the good, the bad and the ugly in each nominee. Now in theaters: a controversial, corrupt president attacks the free press and is fanat...

To Binge or Not To Binge Episode 6: “The End of the F***ing World”

To Binge or Not To Binge Episode 6: “The End of the F***ing World”

By Josh Petersen

January 23, 2018

(Warning: this review contains mild spoilers for "The End of the F***king World") For an odd show with a title best left out of polite conversation, "The End of the F***ing World" has become surprisingly successful, garnering both internet buzz and critical acclaim. The series pulls no punches with its off-putting premise. 17-year...

It’s All A Matter of Art

It’s All A Matter of Art

By Madge Slack, Haley Oliphant, Lynette Randall, Jaycen Eggleston, Palak Jayswal, Alina Hansen, Vineeth Bajji, Josh Petersen, and Maraya Rashid

January 17, 2018

Asking why the arts matter is not a new question, so attempting to answer the question as college students, writers, artists and musicians is not only crucial, but it is an obligation for any sort of artist and for The Utah Chronicle arts desk. The arts can be defined as anything that inspires innova...

PTC’s “Bright Star” is Original and Optimistic

PTC’s “Bright Star” is Original and Optimistic

By Josh Petersen

January 16, 2018

Banjoes, bluegrass, and ballads, oh my! All three are in abundant supply at Pioneer Theatre Company in Utah’s first production of “Bright Star”, a winning new musical written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. For those who never turn their radio dial to the country station, this may sound like...

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