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PTC Shines with Production of “Bright Star”

PTC Shines with Production of “Bright Star”

By Josh Petersen

January 8, 2018

From January 12-27, Salt Lake City will receive some old-fashioned Southern charm at Pioneer Theatre Company. PTC is presenting the touring production of “Bright Star,” a new musical written by beloved comedian and actor Steve Martin and folk singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Set in the Blue Ridge...

Petersen: Top 5 Songs of 2017

Petersen: Top 5 Songs of 2017

By Josh Petersen

December 4, 2017

There was a lot of great music this year from a variety of sources: pop stars and indie acts, rappers and singer-songwriters, old favorites and new talents. As the music industry remains ever in flux, artists continue to produce compelling work within (and in spite of) a broken system. In order of least...

“Newsies” Dances to Pioneer Theatre Company

“Newsies” Dances to Pioneer Theatre Company

By Josh Petersen

November 27, 2017

There is little doubt that the Walt Disney Company is one of the premier forces in Hollywood’s film industry. But for the past two decades, Disney has worked to conquer an arena on the other side of the country: Broadway. The company has been a consistent force in the theater world, producing some...

“Lady Bird” is Near Perfect

“Lady Bird” is Near Perfect

By Josh Petersen

November 26, 2017

Coming-of-age stories have long been a staple of literature and film, and it’s not hard to understand why. Growing up and forming an identity is both inherently dramatic and relatable, and the best examples of this genre are able to capture the often-overwhelming emotions that come from this time of...

Roles Reversed: “Jesus Christ Superstar” Highlights Women

Roles Reversed: “Jesus Christ Superstar” Highlights Women

By Josh Petersen

November 24, 2017

On Nov. 3 and 4, a sold-out crowd gathered in the Performing Arts Building (PAB 115) to watch the University of Utah Theatre Department’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is a rock opera that interprets the biblical story of Jesus...

Snake Charmer: Taylor Swift’s “Reputation”

Snake Charmer: Taylor Swift’s “Reputation”

By Josh Petersen

November 21, 2017

On August 21, 2017, a blurry ten-second video of a moving snake became the most discussed Twitter trend of the day. After several months of (relative) quiet and a deleted social media presence, Taylor Swift was back. As far as marketing goes, the imagery was a knowing wink to a popular meme, making ...

Comedic Perfection in “You Never Can Tell”

Comedic Perfection in “You Never Can Tell”

By Josh Petersen

November 18, 2017

Good comedy is long overdue for a PR rebranding. At the Academy Awards every year, only a few straightforward comedies garner major nominations, and fewer actually win. On television, the attitude toward comedy is friendlier, but often experimental or dramatic shows receive the lion’s share of critical ...

To Binge or Not to Binge? Episode 2: “Lady Dynamite”

To Binge or Not to Binge? Episode 2: “Lady Dynamite”

By Josh Petersen

November 18, 2017

For two decades, comedian Maria Bamford has used stand-up comedy to explore some decidedly unfunny topics: family conflict, social justice and most memorably, mental illness. Bamford has been mentally ill for most of her life, and on one occasion her bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder l...

The New is Possible in “You Never Can Tell”

The New is Possible in “You Never Can Tell”

By Josh Petersen

November 7, 2017

The University of Utah Theatre Department is presenting another classic play to Salt Lake City audiences. George Bernard Shaw’s play “You Never Can Tell” portrays the misadventures of a feminist author, Mrs. Clandon, and her three children in a seaside town. This farce juggles mistaken identities,...

Total Eclipse of the Art: UMFA Presents “Totality”

By Josh Petersen

November 6, 2017

On Aug. 21, 2017, thousands of people on the University of Utah campus and millions more across the nation gathered to watch the solar eclipse. This natural phenomenon was a fascinating and exciting moment. Even for those who are astronomically challenged like me, the eclipse was a once-in-a-lifetime...

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