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‘The Book of Mormon’ Will Increase Your Faith in Good Musical Theater

‘The Book of Mormon’ Will Increase Your Faith in Good Musical Theater

By Josh Petersen

August 23, 2019

  Less than two blocks away from the Salt Lake Temple, there’s now another landmark to Utah’s most famous faith. Although one allows far more four-letter words than the other, both are sure to inspire some unwavering devotion. “The Book of Mormon,” which is playing at the Eccles Theatre...

‘An American in Paris’ Soars at Hale Centre Theatre

‘An American in Paris’ Soars at Hale Centre Theatre

By Josh Petersen

February 28, 2019

  In most musicals, the emotionally charged moments coincide with equally bravura vocal performances. In “An American in Paris,” now playing at Hale Centre Theatre, the dramatic climax contains no words at all. Two dancers, blending seamlessly with a larger ensemble, perform a ballet to George...

“Wait!” Don’t Tell Me: Pygmalion Puts on a Charming Production

“Wait!” Don’t Tell Me: Pygmalion Puts on a Charming Production

By Alison Myers

February 24, 2019

  We’ve probably all had crazy summers — summers of unexpected meetings and self-discovery. I would guess that few to none have ever lived in the back of a UPS truck, shoveled bat guano out of an opera house or played the role of “Lisa” in Hamlet. If you have — contact me. Seriously,...

‘Company’ Provides Delightfully Apt Lessons in Being Single

‘Company’ Provides Delightfully Apt Lessons in Being Single

By Ray Gill

February 18, 2019

  The University of Utah Department of Theatre's production of "Company" is a playful, mature breath of fresh air. This slightly modernized version of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical comedy, which originally premiered in 1970, is about marriage and it's worth during the Silent Generation...

“Once” Has an Engaging But Flawed Transition From Screen to Stage

“Once” Has an Engaging But Flawed Transition From Screen to Stage

By Alison Myers

February 18, 2019

  Scenario: You live in Dublin, being a washed up vacuum repairman by day, a street performer by night, living with your dad and alienated from hope and love. But really, it’s okay, because the Czech girl you’ve fallen (and sung) for is going to set you up with your ex-girlfriend. Welcome...

See ‘The Cake’ and Love It Too at Salt Lake Acting Company

See ‘The Cake’ and Love It Too at Salt Lake Acting Company

By Madge Slack

February 9, 2019

  Salt Lake Acting Company’s production of “The Cake” is both heartwarming and thought-provoking. In a surprising twist for a play about homosexual marriage, this show is not nearly as progressive or provocative as many other SLAC productions. Instead, “The Cake” really delves into what...

“Cats” Closes off the Musical Theatre Program Year—a review

“Cats” Closes off the Musical Theatre Program Year—a review

By Cate Heiner

April 24, 2017

The University of Utah's Musical Theatre Program senior class is bringing their careers to a close as they showcase their skills in “Cats.” One of the longest running musicals in Broadway’s history, "Cats" originated as a collection of poems by T.S. Elliot and includes songs written by Andrew...

“Dear Love is Bought with the Loss of Dear Love”: U Theatre Presents “The Two Noble Kinsmen”

“Dear Love is Bought with the Loss of Dear Love”: U Theatre Presents “The Two Noble Kinsmen”

By Cate Heiner

April 12, 2017

In an explosive finale to their season, the Department of Theatre brings war and love center stage in “The Two Noble Kinsmen.” Their story opens with a celebration and a tragedy, as three queens plead for King Theseus to avenge their husbands’ deaths. The audience then meets young Palamon and...

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