UTBA Partner Theatres

Show closes August 1, 2014.

Exploitation, kindness & cruelty examined in THE ELEPHANT MAN

LOGAN — I find that true life is always more interesting than fiction. So I was fascinated to learn about Joseph “John” Merrick, a whose life forms the basis for the Lyric Rep’s production of The Elephant Man. Merrick lived in England and Belgium in the late 1800’s and suffered from a horrible skin condition that caused severe deformities, causing … [Read More...]

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Salt Lake Shakespeare

Salt Lake Shakespeare’s MIDSUMMER mashup is too messy

SALT LAKE CITY — A Midsummer Night's Dream is probably the most performed of Shakespeare's comedies. It is still very funny and accessible for modern audiences and seems custom made for the summer theatre season. Salt Lake Shakespeare, celebrating it's 20th season, has become known for it's fresh and high energy takes on both popular and lesser … [Read More...]

Show closes August 23, 2014.

Go INTO THE WOODS with the Echo Theatre’s charming production

PROVO — Into The Woods at the Echo Theatre is a charming production with messages about growing up, accepting responsibility, and ultimately dealing with wishes and their consequences will resonate well with Utah audiences. With an intimate setting, live musicians, and a cast of talented singers, the Echo Theatre’s production of Into The Woods is … [Read More...]

Children of Eden - CenterPoint Legacy Theatre

Catch the “Spark of Creation” at CenterPoint’s CHILDREN OF EDEN

CENTERVILLE — It is astounding to me how immense the world of theatre seems to be—with so much to offer and an abundance of new material constantly being created. Yet so many theatre companies focus on the same old shows, the beloved classics. I love a classic show every now and then—and really, I can never get too much of a well-done The Music Man … [Read More...]

Tim White as the Man in Chair.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE does everything a show is supposed to do

OGDEN — On its surface, The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of musical theater in the 1920's with no fear of making the audience the butt of its jokes.  As the Man in Chair (Tim White) plays the record of his favorite classical musical, his living room becomes the stage.  As actors enter and exit through his furniture, the Man offers his commentary as … [Read More...]

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Kyle Eberlein

Interview with Kyle Eberlein, Utah Shakespeare Festival actor & cabaret organizer and co-host

CEDAR CITY — UTBA first came to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2010, coincidentally the same year that cast member Kyle Eberlein did. That year Eberlein was in the greenshow and the ensemble of Great Expectations. Since then Eberlein has worked his way up to playing important supporting roles at the Festival, and now this year he even co-hosts the Festival's cabaret. UTBA recently met with … [Read More...]

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Show closes August 8, 2014.

Neil Simon Fest’s NUNSENSE is a pleasant musical

CEDAR CITY — Long before the Book of Mormon smashed it’s way on to Broadway, there was another religiously themed musical with much more modest origins. … [Read More...]

Show closes August 2, 2014.

LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR is constantly hilarious

CEDAR CITY — As a devoted fan of Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, I can’t get enough of backstage comedies. That’s why I couldn’t have been more delighted to see the Neil … [Read More...]

Show closes July 30, 2014.

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is as flat as a comic book

CEDAR CITY — Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics are some of the most beloved of all time. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brownis a musical tribute to the classic … [Read More...]

Show closes August 23, 2014.

Go INTO THE WOODS with the Echo Theatre’s charming production

PROVO — Into The Woods at the Echo Theatre is a charming production with messages about growing up, accepting responsibility, and ultimately dealing with wishes … [Read More...]

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Salt Lake Shakespeare

Salt Lake Shakespeare’s MIDSUMMER mashup is too messy

SALT LAKE CITY — A Midsummer Night's Dream is probably the most performed of Shakespeare's comedies. It is still very funny and accessible for modern audiences … [Read More...]

Les Miserables - Utah Festival Opera

Utah Festival Opera’s LES MISERABLES is a powerful performance

LOGAN — Every musical theatre fan has a list of our favorite shows—the ones they can watch over and over again, and each time experience all the emotion and … [Read More...]

Layne B. Wilson as Shrek. Photo by Tonia McPeak.

Herriman creates a “big, bright, beautiful” SHREK

HERRIMAN — "It's a big bright beautiful world!" sings Shrek in the opening of the eponymous Shrek The Musical. And it's hard to find a more appropriate set of … [Read More...]

Emma Hunton as Elphaba and Gina Beck as Glinda. Photo by Joan Marcus.

WICKED is luminous and inspiring

SALT LAKE CITY — A villain, generally speaking, is a fictional person of bad reputation who stands between the hero and his/her goal.  Every kid knows the hero … [Read More...]

Show closes July 27, 2014.

A CHORUS LINE has moments of singular sensation

PARK CITY — With songs such as “I Can Do That,” “What I Did For Love,” “Tits and Ass,” and the iconic “One,” A Chorus Line has become a staple in musical … [Read More...]

Who Shot Juanito Bandito 2014 cropped - Pickleville Playhouse

JUANITO BANDITO still comes out shooting

GARDEN CITY – I have a serious problem. Having now seen two Pickleville Playhouse productions of Juanito Bandito, I think I need a mustache. With how much I'm … [Read More...]

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