Meat & Potato Theatre makes musical, mash-up meal of ‘Aliens (The Puppet Musical)’
Musical theater • Puppets, sci-fi and show-stopping musical numbers come together on one stage.
Published: May 9, 2012 08:17AM
Updated: May 9, 2012 08:17AM
Meat & Potato Theatre will present "Aliens (The Puppet Musical)," a musical-theater mash-up with puppets in homage to all things sci-fi, May 24-June 10 at The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Courtesy Meat & Potato Theatre 2012

Puppets set against a medley of sci-fi plots, all on top of a musical soundtrack, may sound like the unlikeliest of combinations. But let’s remember, of course that the immortal Jim Henson accomplished the impossible with every episode of “The Muppets.”

Meat & Potato Theatre hopes to put its own mark on this once-in-a-lifetime genre with ‘Aliens (The Puppet Musical).’ The story line casts one Ellen Ripley, fresh from a planet where horrifying aliens slaughtered her entire crew, but now enlisted with the Space Mariners. Against her prior experience and advice, the Mariners have a corporate mission to return to the planet of her nightmares.

Optimus Prime, Alf, Bert and Ernie and Snake Plissken all make the show as characters, plus a rollicking eight-song soundtrack of musical numbers. Audience members shy of water might want to don a raincoat, as water pistols get frequent use.

With script and lyrics by Tobin Atkinson, plus music by Rob Hartmann, this puppet-play may sound child-like in form, but it promises to be thoroughly enjoyable to genre-educated adults in both content and execution. “Aliens (The Puppet Musical)” plays May 24-June 10 at Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts.


‘Aliens (The Puppet Musical)’

When • May 24-June 10. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Sunday.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City

Info • $20, with discounts for students and seniors. Call 801-355-2787 or visit for more information.