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(Courtesy photograph by Beau Pearson) Allison DeBona, Ballet West first soloist, and Chase O'Connell, principal artist, in Africa Guzmán's "Sweet and Bitter."

At Ballet West’s National Choreographic Festival, women get rare chance to play leading role in dancemaking

By Ellen Fagg Weist | May 13, 2018, 3:07 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)  Rachel Hunt Steenblik with her children Cora and Soren in Provo, Tuesday April 3, 2018.

In ‘Mother’s Milk,’ a young Mormon writer makes the idea of a Heavenly Mother feel as everyday as, well, writing poems while the kids nap

By Ellen Fagg Weist | May 15, 2018, 2:53 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Sovay Shenefelt, 3, jumps for joy as she is shown a costume piece with her favorite colors of purple and pink for the upcoming show of "Mamma Mia!" at Pioneer Theatre Company. The cast and crew have spent years juggling schedules to balance mothering and professional work, including Sovay's mother and actor Megan Shenefelt, actor Mary Fanning Driggs, director/choreographer Patricia Wilcox and costume designer Brenda Van der Wiel, from left.

Meet the Pioneer Theatre mothers helping to deliver a new production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

By Ellen Fagg Weist | May 6, 2018, 4:17 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Jean Woodruff, a 92-year-old who loves ballroom dancing and loves competitions, prepares for an upcoming competition with Martin Skupinski, founder of Ballroom Utah Dance Studio. Jean danced for years with her husband, and the couple taught lessons in a dance studio in their Holladay home. She stopped dancing after he had a stroke, and then died. Several years ago, she started dancing again, and now competes regularly.

‘I get on the dance floor and hear that music, and I can do anything’: At 92, this Utah woman keeps dancing to the Big Band soundtrack of her life

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 29, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

(Courtesy) Actors Daniel McCleod, as Ben, and Mary Neville, as Eliza, in Wasatch Theatre Company's production of "What We're Up Against," a dark comedy by playwright Theresa Rebeck.

Salt Lake women contribute #MeToo monologues to a stage story about workplace discrimination

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 26, 2018, 2:22 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Ririe-Woodbury dancers Bashaun Williams, Mary Lyn Graves and Melissa Younker rehearse for their show next week, and for their upcoming international tour to South Korea and Mongolia.

Ririe-Woodbury dancers will tour Korea and Mongolia as cultural ambassadors — after performing for Salt Lake City audiences

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 20, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

(Courtesy) Playwright Ellen Simon.

A second-generation Simon play takes shape with a reading at Pioneer Theatre Company

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 20, 2018, 1:17 p.m.

(Courtesy photograph by Joan Marcus) Shoba Narayan as Eliza Hamilton with Joseph Morales as Alexander Hamilton in the second national cast of "Hamilton."

Review: ‘Hamilton’ in Salt Lake City rises up and delivers on the hype

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 13, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

(Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo) Plan-B Theatre Company's Nell Gwynn, Jason Bowcutt,  Colleen Baum and Mark Fossen act out a scene from Elaine Jarvik's "Based on a True Story" in 2016. Bowcutt will be part of the cast in Jarvik's new "An Evening With Two Awful Men," premiering next year as part of Plan-B's newly announced 2018-19 season.

Utah playwrights’ work will take the spotlight, again, in Plan-B Theatre Company’s 28th season

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 13, 2018, 3:09 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   New construction on 300 West, pictured here in March, is covering up a groundbreaking mural on the former Artspace building on Pierpont Avenue.

Now you see it, now you don’t: Groundbreaking downtown Salt Lake City mural vanishing due to construction

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 13, 2018, 1:53 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Tyler Glenn Sings for Neon Trees, at the LoveLoud Festival at Brent Brown Ballpark at UVU campus, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

Utah singer Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees fame taking his boots to Broadway

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 11, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Shannon and Colt Herrera, who are "Hamilton" superfans, in front of a "Hamilton" poster in the Eccles Theater lobby in Salt Lake City Friday April 6, 2018. Shannon booked her "Hamilton" tickets for her New York honeymoon before she booked the venue for her wedding.

Do you need to listen to ‘Hamilton’ nonstop before seeing it in Salt Lake City? Utah superfans have some advice.

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 10, 2018, 2:47 a.m.

(Courtesy photo by Beau Pearson) Ballet West Principal Artist Rex Tilton and First Soloist Allison DeBona will perform in the company's triple-bill concert, "The Shakespeare Suite."

Ballet West spotlights ‘unexpected gems’ for ‘The Shakespeare Suite’ program

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 8, 2018, 5:04 p.m.

(Courtesy photo by Joan Marcus) Joseph Morales and Nik Walker play Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the Philip tour of the Tony Award-winning hip-hop musical "Hamilton."

‘From the neck up, we’re completely different’: ‘Hamilton’ actors ready to take their shot with Salt Lake City audiences

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 7, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

(Courtesy photo by Joan Marcus) Joseph Morales and Nik Walker play Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the Phillip tour of the Tony Award-winning hip-hop musical "Hamilton."

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr will drop some backstage knowledge before Salt Lake City run of ‘Hamilton’

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 3, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

(Courtesy photography by Rick Pollock) Matthew Sincell and Darryl Stamp in "Jump," a new play co-produced by Plan-B Theatre Company and Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory.

Can ‘Jump,’ a new play by a young Utah playwright, teach us how to die? Or how to live?

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 2, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

A comedy about cancer and a drama about a girls’ soccer team highlight Salt Lake Acting Company’s next season

By Ellen Fagg Weist | March 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

1. (Courtesy photograph by dav.d daniels of dav.d photography) | Topher Rasmussen, Natalia Bingham, Oliver Kokai-Means, Matthew Rees, Ashley Wilkinson and Benjamin Henderson in Salt Lake Acting Company's "Fun Home."

The first Broadway musical to feature a lesbian lead finds a Utah stage

By Ellen Fagg Weist | March 29, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

(Courtesy photo by Joan Marcus) | Joseph Morales and Nik Walker play Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the Phillip tour of the Tony Award-winning hip-hop musical "Hamilton."

#Ham4Ham lottery announced for Salt Lake City ‘Hamilton’ run

By Ellen Fagg Weist | April 9, 2018, 2:23 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Chris Lino, managing director of Pioneer Theatre Company, leads a backstage tour of the theater and shows off the set for the upcoming production of “Twelfth Night,” Tuesday, March 20, 2018. After 28 years with the company, Lino is retiring next year.

‘An impossible act to follow’: Chris Lino, who helped Pioneer Theatre overcome debt and kept count of the swear words, is preparing to retire

By Ellen Fagg Weist | March 25, 2018, 6:40 p.m.

(Courtesy photograph by JayC Stoddard) Dallon D. Thorup as Chris, John Valdez as Ben and Andrea Peterson as Emily in Utah Repertory Theater's "Straight."

Play that almost got Utah theater company kicked out of its community center venue was worth the battle

By Ellen Fagg Weist | March 15, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Pioneer Theatre Company on the University of Utah campus.

Pioneer Theatre will stage the 2017 Tony- and Pulitzer-winning plays, plus three musicals, in new season

By Ellen Fagg Weist | March 13, 2018, 5:46 p.m.

In this June 20, 2017 photos, Novelist Colson Whitehead speaks to fans after discussing his Pulitzer prize-winning book "The Underground Railroad" at the English-language bookstore Shakespeare and Company in Paris. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

‘Underground Railroad’ is the book that scared him, which is why it took Colson Whitehead 15 years to write it

By Ellen Fagg Weist | March 15, 2018, 7:18 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah actor Carleton Bluford will be performing in Pioneer Theatre Company's concert staging of "In the Heights," Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Tony Award-winning play. Bluford played Graffiti Pete in the company's full staging of the musical in 2012, and is returning to play Benny in this concert staging.

Utah’s Pioneer Theatre is celebrating ‘Hamilton’ with a concert of ‘In the Heights,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical

By Ellen Fagg Weist | March 9, 2018, 2:48 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of "Hamilton," sings some lines from the hit musical at the Qualtrics X4 Summit at the Salt Palace, Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Lin-Manuel Miranda tells a Salt Lake City crowd about the creativity and challenges behind writing ‘Hamilton’

By Ellen Fagg Weist | March 9, 2018, 4:27 a.m.