Author: Darby Turnbow

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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Expect magic at SCERA’s MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

OREM — Miracle on 34th Street is a classic Christmas film, but I was not wholly aware of the musical stage adaption by reputable song writer and lyricist Meredith Willson, who is best known for his works The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. I recently had the opportunity to this adaptation for the first time at the SCERA. It was a delightful experience, and has placed Miracle on 34th Street on my list of favorite holiday productions. A brief refresher: This is the story of Susan and her single mother, Doris. Doris works for Macy’s department store and is in...

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Give a warm welcome to SCERA’s CAPTAIN LOUIE

OREM — Many children love airplanes. They excitedly point them out and often spread their arms are pretend to be flying. My child is no exception in a love for planes. So when I learned that the SCERA’s theatre for young audience production of Captain Louie involved a plane, I decided to take along my young co-pilot for a test flight into the world of theatre. Captain Louie is based on the The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats. This musical stage adaption, with book by Anthony Stein and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, tells the story of Louie, a young...

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“From this day on,” plan to see SCERA’s BRIGADOON

OREM — With a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner with music by Frederick Loewe, Brigadoon tells the story of Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, two American tourists who become lost in the wiles of Scotland and discover the magical village of Brigadoon, which only appears once every one hundred years. I remember watching the 1954 film version of Brigadoon as teenager. I was sure I would love the film because it had Gene Kelly in it. I was sadly disappointed. Ever since that experience I have never desired to watch an other version of Brigadoon. Fast forward to...

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BYU’s risky THE CRUCIBLE hides strong acting performances

PROVO — The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a contemporary theatre classic. On the surface The Crucible is a play about the Salem Witch Trials. Young, puritan girls accusing their neighbors of witchcraft. People undergoing suspicion, trials, imprisonment, and even execution. There are many ways to interpret and relate to The Crucible, and Brigham Young University’s production was no exception. As I entered the small black box theatre I was met with a black wall of white script. I also noticed small tables with half masks, not a normally used prop for this play. In the moments before the production started,...

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