P.A.R.C.’s CINDERELLA lacks magic

Show closes August 29, 2015.

LEHI — The story of Cinderella is one that most are familiar with. A poor orphaned girl forced to live under the watchful and spiteful eye of her evil stepmother and two ugly stepsisters until a ball is announced by the royal family, and she has a magical night, ending in the abandoning of one of her […]

An unfulfilling reinvention of OKLAHOMA! at the West Valley Hale

Ashley Gardner Garlson as Laurey Williams and Derek Smith as Curly Maclain.

WEST VALLEY CITY — Producing a classic play can be a challenge for theatre artists. An inherent tension exists between the creative impulse to do something new and audience members’ expectations of a classic shown done the “right way.” The creative team of Hale Centre Theatre’s production of Oklahoma! chose to introduce new elements to the show. […]

Utah Festival Opera presents the best of the classics with CAROUSEL

Carousel 2 - Utah Festival Opera

LOGAN —  The Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre has a history of producing some great works of theatre that draw hundreds of patrons every summer. The festival brings to the stage both a mix of classic operas and musical theatre offerings that appeal to a wide array of audiences. One such production from their 2015 […]

“This Nearly Was” a great SOUTH PACIFIC

South Pacific cropped - Utah Shakespeare Festival

CEDAR CITY — I will likely be exiled from the United States after my pronouncements in this review for two reasons. The first: this was my first time seeing South Pacific live on stage, ever. The second is probably a sin, only whispered in dark allies after late-night cast parties or early-evening sonnet readings. I didn’t like […]

Shout “Yeeow!” for Utah Festival Opera’s OKLAHOMA!

Photo by Waldron Creative. Show closes August 9, 2014.

LOGAN — Oklahoma! was the first musical that the very popular team of Rodgers and Hammerstein created together, and through the years it has been the subject of critical acclaim, awards, and accolades. Because of this, the show is one that is done by many theatre companies, communities, and high schools. The music is well known, well […]

CINDERELLA is a nice fit for the SCERA, but not perfect

Back row: Alana Jeffery as Grace, Kathryn Lalyock Little as the stepmother, and McKelle Shaw as Joy. Front row: Jaymie Lambson as Cinderella and Parker Harmon as Prince Christopher.

OREM — Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother sings, “Impossible things are happening every day,” this message has instilled hope in many a young girl who wished to go to the ball and be swept away by a handsome prince.  This dream has made the timeless story of Cinderella a beloved classic. There have been three versions of […]

Something good is happening at Centerpoint’s SOUND OF MUSIC

The von Trapp family.

CENTERVILLE — I am a sucker for the musical theater genius team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein who revolutionized contemporary theater and created what became known as “the musical play” blending music, spoken lines and dance into successful storytelling.   Beginning with Oklahoma! and continuing for the next several years with a stream of successful musicals, […]

Puppet SOUND OF MUSIC gives fans a memorable experience

Show leaves Utah on November 2, 2013.

PROVO — Unlike so many productions of The Sound of Music, the title song of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre’s production does not have a Maria twirling with her arms outstretched as she sings. Instead, Maria sits on a verdant hill, which sways to the beat of the music. This unusual choice was the first hint of […]

Utah Rep’s CAROUSEL hits highs and low’s of life

Amber Lee Roberts and Sam West.

MURRAY — I first heard about Utah Repertory Theater Company when an old theater friend liked the new company on Facebook. Their profound goals to start a semiprofessional theatre company in Utah focusing on overlooked theatrical options intrigued me. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is the perfect example of the company’s daring venture. Utah Rep’s current production […]

I have confidence in SCERA’s SOUND OF MUSIC

The Sound of Music - SCERA

OREM — It would probably be impossible to create a better opening scene of SCERA’s production of The Sound of Music. As Chelsea Hendrickson sang the opening notes of the title song with Mount Timpanogos behind her, it quickly became clear that director Jeremy Showgren and the production artists had the ingredients for a wonderful evening […]