Author: Maren Scriven

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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HCT’s SISTER ACT is “Fabulous, Baby!”

WEST VALLEY CITY — Like any musical loving kid growing up in the 80s and 90s, I loved the movie Sister Act when it came out. Being a Mormon girl from Utah, my understanding of nuns seemed to be limited to various musical endeavors, so it was not too difficult for me to buy into the idea of nuns suddenly forming a popular gospel choir. So when Alan Menken and Glenn Slater decided to write songs for a stage adaption of the story, I assumed it would be a fun show. However, I had never had the chance to see the...

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All aboard for Pioneer Theatre’s THE LAST SHIP

SALT LAKE CITY — The Last Ship is a 2014 musical with music and lyrics written by Sting, and a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. The Pioneer Theatre Company marks the first performance of the show after closing on Broadway. Director Karen Azenberg has worked closely with these creators to develop this production, making changes from the original to develop the show into the production they all envisioned. The plot follows a small town in northern England that has been mainly a ship building town as the shipyard closes and the families are faced with losing their professions...

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Drag yourself to Ziegfeld’s LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

OGDEN — The Ziegfeld Theater has shown with past productions its ability to take on interesting material and make it right for the Ogden audience. This production of La Cage Aux Folles, directed by Morgan Parry, is no exception. La Cage Aux Folles is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein. It is the only musical to have won the Best Musical Tony Award for the Original Broadway Production, plus two Best Revival Tony Awards. The story is of a couple, Albin and Georges, a drag queen and a showman, who have been...

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