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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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UTBA reactions to Audra McDonald’s Utah concert series

PROVO — One of the hottest theatre events this year in Utah is the concert series by 5-time Tony winner (and living Broadway legend) Audra McDonald. Famous for her starring performances in Ragtime, Carousel, and recently The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, McDonald was last seen in Utah at Hale Center Theater’s 110 in the Shade with future husband (and Utah native) Will Swenson. McDonald is giving three concerts in Utah this week: two at Brigham Young University and one at Weber State University. We asked our UTBA members who were attending to give their reactions to the performance. Those responses are listed below in the order they were submitted. Check back often because more will be added as they arrive in our editor’s inbox. Melissa Leilani Larson The standing ovation, in my opinion, should be the supreme sign of an audience member’s enjoyment, reserved for performances that truly touch the viewer. As a theatre artist, I of course want to receive ovations, but I want to earn them. I want them to mean something. So I seldom give them; it takes something extremely special to bring me to my feet. Tonight I gave two standing ovations, one within minutes of the other, and to the same person. I clapped and I cheered and I cried. I sat in the center of row F and melted in my seat as Audra McDonald walked out on...

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Ziegfeld Theater’s JOSEPH is fun for all

OGEDN — “Back by Popular Demand” reads the website advertisement for this production, and it is certainly true that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a very popular musical in Utah.  Having reviewed a production of Joseph just last summer, and having seen and participated in countless productions of the show in the past, one has a bit of uneasiness in approaching yet another Joseph interpretation.  Will it be similar to the ones I have seen previous?  Will I draw something new from it?  How will the actors live up to the shows I have seen before, or...

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