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2008 Summer events guide: Theater

Published May 15, 2008 4:42 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2008, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Summer is a wonderful time to see a play, whether outside under the stars or inside with air conditioning. The season begins with a bang with "Stomp" at the Capitol Theatre. In Cedar City, the Utah Shakespearean Festival's productions include "Othello," "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."

"Saturday's Voyeur 2008"

June 4- Aug. 17

Salt Lake Acting Company: The only local theater company that promotes its signature show like this - "Polluting Utah's values since 1978" - is back with the 30th-anniversary version of "Saturday's Voyeur," the parody that may be grown up but still can't be trusted to avoid potty jokes and cheap humor. Even in its best years, the show's ripped-from-the-headlines plots can be difficult to describe. This year's anniversary show looks back to the first "Voyeur," with visits from favorite characters and, as always, a couple of hapless Mormon missionaries. Here's another local joke for you: Just imagine how this show might play in the barn-size theater that Salt Lake City and Sandy can't wait to build. Tickets, $39-$54, available by calling 801-363-7522, or http://www.saltlakeactingcompany.org.

"Les Misrables"

June 10 - Oct. 18 (T, Th, Sat)

Tuacahn Amphitheatre: If you think you've already seen enough big performances of "Les Misrables" - which might have bumped "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" as Utah's state musical - Tuacahn producers say: Think again. After all, the Ivins outdoor theater is preparing to give the supermusical a large-stage spin. "Obviously, we're not going to try to mess with the show," says artistic director Scott Anderson. "We know the show works. We think it will lend itself well to the outdoors." The company is building the story's impressive set piece, a massive barricade, out of houses. It will provide the backdrop for original battle scenes, complete with hand-to-hand combat, rifle fire and what Anderson calls "a little cavalry action." The show apparently still attracts Utah theatergoers, as the company's tickets sales are up some 30 percent over previous records. Says Anderson: "We think it's the second greatest story ever told." Broadway actor Timothy Warmen, pictured above, stars as Jean Valjean. Tickets, $20 to $56, available at 800-746-9882, http://www.tuacahn.org. (See Page S12.)

"The Drowsy Chaperone"

June 25-29

Broadway Across America - Utah: Headline writers are having a field day with the oddball title of this touring show. Forget the sleeping-pill jokes, though: The story of this snazzy, bubbly Tony-winning Broadway musical channels the retro charms of a 1920s-era musical revue while offering up a little bit of every genre clich. Sparkling ingenue who contemplates giving up her career for love? Check. A drunken chaperone who is supposed to safeguard the starlet's honor and a Latin lover? Check. A money-grubbing producer who hires gangsters (who don goofy disguises, of course) to stop the wedding? Check and check. The musical was originally a wedding gift from actor friends to Bob Martin, who got both the girl and the chance to originate the narrator role on Broadway. Tickets $40-$70 (plus service and facility fees), available at 801-355-ARTS, http://www.ArtTix.org. (See Page S12.)

"High School Musical"

July 29-Aug. 3

Broadway Across America - Utah:

Not Maria and Tony or Romeo or Juliet, but Troy and Gabriella, Ryan and Sharpay. Those characters have been life-changing for a generation of American tweens, making the whole genre of musical theater seem cool again. That's all thanks to Disney's TV movie-cum-marketing phenomenon, "High School Musical," and later the soundtrack and sequels. Of course, Utahns were ahead of this curve, since the movie was filmed here and our kids filled the ranks of the dancers and extra roles. Now, just as Salt Lake City serves as the set for the filming of the third movie, Broadway Across America - Utah brings the national tour of the show on a two-week homecoming run. Tickets, from $27.50 to $62.50 plus service fees, available at 801-355-ARTS. (See Page S23.)

June

"Country Swing Jubilee," "Rock U2 the Top" and "Broadway Rhythm" through Sept. 13, Carousel and Music theaters, 375 N. Lagoon Drive, Farmington; 801-451-8000, www. lagoonpark.com

"The Tricky Part" through June 15, Plan-B Theatre, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. 801-355-7522, www.planb theatrecompany.org

"The Spider and the Bee" June 2-3, Plan-B's Theatre Arts Conservatory, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center's Studio Theatre, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. 801-355-2787, www.theatre artsconservatory.com

"Stomp" June 3-8, Broadway Across America - Utah, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. 801-355-2787, www.broadwayacross america.com/Salt-Lake-City

"Saturday's Voyeur 2008" June 4-Aug. 17, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North, Salt Lake City. 801-363-7522, www.saltlakeacting company.org (see Page S16)

"Medea" June 5-7, Pinnacle Acting Company, Midvale City Park Amphitheatre, 7500 S. 455 West, Midvale. 801-674-7956, www.pinnacleacting company.com

"The Curious Savage" June 5-July 19, Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City. 801-984-9000, www.hale centretheatre.org

"The Sound of Music" June 9-Aug. 15 (M, W, F), Tuacahn Amphitheatre, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins. 800-746-9882, http://www.tuacahn.org

"Revenge of Yoga the Musical" June 6-15, Steven Brown Dance Company, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center's Jeann Wagner Theatre, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. 801-355-ARTS

"Les Misrables" June 10-Oct. 18 (T, Th, Sat), Tuacahn Amphitheatre, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins. 800-746-9882, http://www.tuacahn.org (see Page S14)

"Indiana Bones: A Whip Crackin' Parody" June 12-Aug. 23, Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State St., Murray. 801-266-2600, http://www.desertstar.biz

"Chuck Wagon's Wild West Showdown: A Musical Melodrama" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" June 12-Aug. 30, Pickleville Playhouse, 2049 S. Bear Lake Blvd., Garden City. 435-755-0961, www.pickleville playhouse.com

"Cyrano de Bergerac," "Othello," "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," "The Taming of the Shrew," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "The School for Wives" June 19-Aug. 30, Utah Shakespearean Festival, 351 W. Center St., Cedar City. 800-PLAYTIX, www.bard. org

"How to Eat Like a Child" June 20-21, Plan-B's Theatre Arts Conservatory, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center's Black Box Theatre, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. 801-355-2787, www. theatreartsconservatory.com (Recommended for ages 5 and older)

"Altar Boys" June 27-Aug. 1, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. 888-243-5779, www.egyptiantheatre company.org

The Drowsy Chaperone" June 25-29, Broadway Across America - Utah, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. 801-355-2787, www.broadway acrossamerica.com/Salt- Lake-City (see Page S18)

"The Mikado" through June 7, Center Street Musical Theatre, 177 W. Center St., Provo. 801-764-0535, http://www.csmtc.com

"Meanwhile Back at the Castle: A Cinderella Story" June 5-28, Draper Historic Theater, 12366 S. 900 East, Draper. 801-572-4144, http://www.drapertheatre.org

"The Foreigner" through June 9, Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, Magna. 801-347-7373, empress theatre.com

"Little Women" through July 30, Hale Center Theater, 225 W. 400 North, Orem. 801-226-8600, www.hale theater.com

"The Sound of Music" June 6-28, Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. Highway 89, Perry. 435-723-8392, www. heritagetheatreutah.com

"An Oscar Winning Confession" through July 19, Hunt Murder Mysteries, Boccia's D'Italia, 1045 N. Washington Blvd., Harrisville. 801-569-1482, www.hunt mysteries.com

"Footloose" June 20-July 19, Rodgers Memorial Theatre, 292 E. Pages Lane, Centerville. 801-298-1302, www. rodgersmemorial.com

"The King and I" June 6-21, SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, 699 S. State St., Orem. 801-255-ARTS, www.scera .org

"High School Musical" June 5-July 12, St. George Musical Theater, 37 S. 100 West, St. George. 435-628-8755, http://www.sgmt.org

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" June 9-14, StageRight, Kenley Amphitheatre, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton. 801-272-3445, http://www.stageright.org; and June 20, 21 and 28 at The Comedy Circuit, 7711 Main St., Midvale, 801-566-0596.

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" June 13-July 25, Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 W. 4700 South, Washington Terrace. 801-393-0070, http://www.terraceplayhouse.com

"The Dresser" June 11-July 31, Old Lyric Repertory Company, 28 W. Center St., Logan. 435-797-1500, www1. usu.edu/lyric/html/about. html

"Beau Jest" June 19-Aug. 1, Old Lyric Repertory Company, 28 W. Center St., Logan. 435-797-1500, www1.usu. edu/lyric/html/about.html

"Twelfth Night" July 7-Aug. 10, Salt Lake Shakespeare, Babcock Theatre, downstairs in the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. www. theatre.utah.edu

"Captain Bree & Her Lady Pirates" July 9-19, Youth Theatre at the U., Babcock Theatre, downstairs in the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, Salt Lake City. 801-581-7100, http://www.kingtix.com

"Disney's High School Musical" July 9-Aug. 2, Tuacahn Summer Theatre Institute, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins. 800-746-9882

"Fools," "I Do! I Do!" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs" July 14-Aug. 9, Neil Simon Festival, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City. 1-866-357-4666, www.simon fest.org

"And the Banned Played On" July 21, Plan-B Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center's Jeann Wagner Theater, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. 801-355-2787, www.planbtheatre company.org

High School Musical" July 29-Aug. 3, Broadway Across America - Utah, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. 801-355-ARTS, http://www.arttix.org or www. broadwayacrossamerica. com/Salt-Lake-City (see Page S20)

"Les Misrables School Edition" June 20-July 19, Center Street Musical Theatre, 177 W. Center St., Provo. 801-764-0535, www. csmtc.com

"Peter Pan or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up" July 31-Aug. 23, Draper Historic Theater, 12366 S. 900 East, Draper. 801-572-4144, http://www.drapertheatre.org

"Twelve Dancing PrinÂcesses" July 11-Aug. 16, Off-Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. 801-355-4628, http://www.theobt.com

"Footloose: The Musical" July 5-19, SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, 699 S. State St., Orem. 801-255-ARTS, http://www.scera.org

"Honk" July 25-Aug. 23, St. George Musical Theater, 37 S. 100 West, St. George. 435-628-8755, http://www.sgmt.org

"Chaps" July 3-29, Old Lyric Repertory Company, 28 W. Center St., Logan. 435-797-1500, www1.usu. edu/lyric/html/about.html

"Deathtrap" July 10-Aug. 2, Old Lyric Repertory Company, 28 W. Center St., Logan. 435-797-1500, www1.usu. edu/lyric/html/about.html

"Fools," "I Do! I Do!" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs" through Aug. 9, Neil Simon Festival, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City. 1-866-357-4666, www.simonfest. org

"Twelfth Night" through Aug. 10, Salt Lake Shakespeare, Babcock Theatre, downstairs in the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. www. theatre.utah.edu

"Cyrano de Bergerac," "Othello," "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The School for Wives" through Aug. 30, Utah Shakespearean Festival, 351 W. Center St., Cedar City. 800-PLAYTIX, www.bard. org

"Indiana Bones: A Whip Crackin' Parody" through Aug. 23, Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State St., Murray. 801-266-2600, www. desertstar.biz

"Chuck Wagon's Wild West Showdown: A Musical Melodrama" and "ThoÂroughÂly Modern Millie" through Aug. 30, Pickleville Playhouse, 2049 S. Bear Lake Blvd., Garden City. 435-755-0961, www.pickleville playhouse.com

"The Sound of Music" through Aug. 15 (M, W, F), Tuacahn Amphitheatre, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins. 800-746-9882, www.tuacahn. org

"Les Misrables" through Oct. 18 (T, Th, Sat), Tuacahn Amphitheatre, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins. 800-746-9882, http://www.tuacahn.org

"Saturday's Voyeur 2008" through Aug. 17, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North, Salt Lake City. 801-363-7522, www.saltlake actingcompany.org

"Beauty and the Beast" Aug. 1-23, Center Street Musical Theatre, 177 W. Center St., Provo. 801-764-0535, http://www.csmtc.com

"The Hasty Heart" Aug. 1-Sept. 13, Hale Center Theater, 225 W. 400 North, Orem. 801-226-8600, http://www.haletheater.com

"Pirated" Aug. 8-Sept. 6, Rodgers Memorial Theatre, 292 E. Pages Lane, Centerville. 801-298-1302, www. rodgersmemorial.com

"Pride and Prejudice" Aug. 1-16, SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, 699 S. State St., Orem. 801-255-ARTS, http://www.scera.org

"Lucky Stiff" Aug. 1-Sept. 19, Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 W. 4700 South, Washington Terrace. 801-393-0070, www.terraceplay house.com

Opening

"Footloose" Aug. 7-16, Egyptian Youth Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. 888-243-5779, www. egyptiantheatrecompany.org

"Big River" Aug. 27-Oct. 17 (M, W, F), Tuacahn Amphitheatre, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins. 800-746-9882, http://www.tuacahn.org

"Scary Poppins: Super-Nanny-Gone- Ballistic-Expialidocious" Aug. 28-Nov. 8, Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State St., Murray. 801-266-2600, http://www.desertstar.biz