Author: Maren Scriven

The sun is out at the Ziegfeld Theater with ANNIE

OGDEN — The Broadway musical Annie has been a favorite of little girls all across the world since its debut in 1977. There have been many remakes, movies, and countless productions of this classic. Add to that list the current production happening at the Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden, directed by Trent Cox. The story (as told in Thomas Meehan‘s script) follows Annie, played by Elizabeth Kaschmitter, follows a little orphan girl, mistreated in the orphanage where she and the other girls are forced to work at the command of the evil Miss Hannigan, played masterfully by new Utah transplant Linda...

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“Hey good lookin’,” check out DOGFIGHT at the University of Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — One of the best pieces of advice I received about finding ways to discover new theatre is to follow good playwrights, because as you discover their work, you will be able to follow them as they make even more wonderful pieces of art and entertainment. The musical Dogfight, which is currently playing at the University of Utah Babcock Theatre, is an earlier work of composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who recently won Golden Globe awards for their music in La La Land, and whose new musical on Broadway, Dear Evan Hansen, is taking the current...

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BroadwayCon: Year Two

NEW YORK CITY — In 2016, I was able to attend the first ever BroadwayCon, founded by Broadway actor Anthony Rapp, and this past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the second BroadwayCon at the Jacob Javits convention center in New York City. The event was a three-day convention, from Friday, January 27th, to Sunday, January 29th. Attendees of the conference were able to attend different panels about favorite shows, with favorite actors and actresses, and to learn more about many different aspects of theatre, from set design to theatre criticism to auditioning. There is also a marketplace where...

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UTBA reviewers sound off: Excellence in 2016

The social media consensus is that 2016 was a rough year for America. With a surplus of celebrity deaths and a chaotic presidential election, many people are ready to put 2016 behind them. But the Utah theatre community had a great year, with wonderful productions across the entire length of the state. As we do every year, we asked our reviewers and staff members to tell us what excellent productions they saw this year in Utah. Here are the shows that stuck in their minds weeks or months later. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions Being the only Tony Award winning...

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Get to know Pygmalion’s MARY AND MYRA

SALT LAKE CITY — Theatrical adaptations of historical figures are quite common throughout live theatre, and bring with them a sense of wonder about the lives of those whose names we have seen on the page and wondered more about. Such is the case of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln. Much has been speculated about her mental and physical health. The story of Mary and Myra, written by Catherine Filloux, centers around Mrs. Lincoln, as she was institutionalized in an insane asylum, and the feminist lawyer who came to her aid. Myra Bradwell attempts to release...

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