Author: bisaacson

“Everything’s Golden” with Hale’s TUCK EVERLASTING

SANDY — Tuck Everlasting is the tale of a girl who discovers a spring of eternal youth in the woods behind her house. Based on the 1975 novel by Natalie Babbitt, it effectively re-introduces the ideas behind legends like the Fountain of Youth and Rip van Winkle to a new generation. The 2016 Broadway adaptation (written by Claudia Shear and Tom Federle) is a worthy addition to the modern musical pantheon. And the Hale Centre Theatre‘s current staging of the show is an absolute winner. Aimee Johnson gave a charming performance as the 11-year old protagonist Winnie Foster. She...

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Let’s all go to BUSYTOWN!

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Busytown is the kind of rare kid’s show that both adults and young’uns can enjoy equally. With high-quality music, great acting, and an avalanche of laughs, heck, even moody teenagers might crack a grin. Based on the classic animated storybooks by Richard Scarry, Busytown is the story of a curious cat named Huckle who longs to know what everyone in his town does all day. The story follows him as he pals around with firefighters, postal workers, pirates, and construction workers. The musical was written by Kevin Kling and debuted at the Seattle Children’s Theatre...

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UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2017

With the end of the year upon us, it’s time for one of our favorite annual traditions: the UTBA post about excellence on the Utah stage in the past year! These shows are not necessarily the “best” Utah stage productions of the year. Rather, they are plays that stick out in our reviewers’ minds for various reasons. There are plenty of excellent productions that do not appear on this list, and most reviewers were forced to limit the number of plays they talked about. Excellent professional (Equity) productions Some day, Newsies might replace Joseph… as Utah’s favorite musical. The...

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Hopebox’s WHITE CHRISTMAS is fluffy and fun

KAYSVILLE — Does the world need another stage musical based on a successful movie? No, it does not. Which makes the success of Hopebox Theatre’s White Christmas all the more exciting. The musical, created in 2004, sticks closely to the classic 1954 film. After seeing it, I’m convinced it was made for the stage. Chock full of show-stopping musical numbers, dancing, singing, and romance, White Christmas is a magical addition to the holiday stage season. The plot concerns two Broadway stars (played by Justin Lee and Jeff Erickson), who leave their successful environs in pursuit of two up-and-coming sisters (played...

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A moving and worthwhile CHRISTMAS CAROL at CenterPoint

CENTERVILLE — CenterPoint Legacy’s production of A Christmas Carol is a joyful introduction to the most wonderful time of the year. The version of the timeless tale that CenterPoint chose to stage is a musical adaptation, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Alan Menken, and a script by Mike Ockrent and Ahrens. It was staged at Madison Square Garden from annually 1994 to 2003, and turned into a television movie by NBC in 2004. During that span, an impressive list of actors filled the roles, including Frank Langella, Tim Curry, Terrence Mann, Jason Alexander, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Kelsey...

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