Author: Maren Scriven

JEKYLL AND HYDE: A gripping Halloween adventure

MAGNA — The musical Jekyll and Hyde the musical opened on Broadway in 1997.  Based on the novel written by Robert Louis Stephenson in 1886, the story has permeated modern culture enough that when one says a person is a “Jekyll and Hyde,” the listener expects a person who has different personalities.  The story itself has been adapted into TV shows, movies, plays, and even cartoons. Jekyll and Hyde is quite an ambitious musical for a community theatre to produce.  Not only is the story dark and Frank Wildhorn‘s music (with lyrics by Frank Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse, and Steve Cuden)...

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FAIRLY POTTER: a perfect parody production

OGDEN — Have you ever had one of those weeks?  Where one bad thing happens, then another, and then another, until finally you think that perhaps karma has just led you to the point of no return?  I know what you are thinking, what in the world does this have to do with the review of a parody about Harry Potter?  Well, I just wanted to paint for you the mood I had when walking into the Ziegfeld Saturday night, so that you can more fully appreciate my reactions to the entertainment that followed. Fairly Potter is an original parody...

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Venture INTO THE WOODS with CenterPoint

CENTERVILLE — Into the Woods is a musical by Stephen Sondheim that made its Broadway Debut in 1987. In this very popular retelling of several fairy tales, beloved characters such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood go “into the woods” to get the things or gain the experiences they need in order to achieve their hopes and dreams. Of course, there is the witch and the wicked stepmother, too.  Throughout the music and the story, Sondheim and book author James Lapine have woven morals and lessons with turns and unexpected twists that have made this musical one of...

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Alabanza for Hale’s IN THE HEIGHTS

OREM — In the Heights debuted on Broadway in March of 2008.  The musical was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based loosely on his experiences growing up in the Washington Heights area of upper Manhattan as a child of Puerto Rican parents.  Started by Miranda in his junior year of college in 1999, he spent almost a decade getting it ready for the Broadway stage.  Miranda also starred as the lead character, Usnavi, in the original broadway production. The story has been described by some to be a stage version of a telenovela, with a mix of music, gossip, and relationships. ...

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RENT offers something new for old fans and newcomers

MURRAY — For modern musical theatre lovers, Rent is as well known as Hello, Dolly! for previous generations.  I personally remember hanging out at the dorms at USU with my theatre friends performing the entire show from beginning to end, even though at that point I had not seen an actual production. Fast forward 15 years, and I have seen several casts on Broadway, several professional, semi-professional, regional, community, and even the edited high school version. On top of that, there is the movie, and a video recording of a stage performance before it closed on Broadway in 2008. Add...

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