OGDEN, Utah – The 2006 Utah Musical Theatre season offers audiences both traditional and contemporary stage productions, performed by homegrown talent and crowd-pleasing UMT alumni.
The season opens July 8 with “Two by Two” and “Dames at Sea” playing in repertory through Aug. 5. UMT will conclude the 2006 season with the premiere of “Songs for a New World,” Aug. 18-26.
UMT Artistic and Managing Director Bruce Cohen said “Two by Two” is a musical that employs gentle and reverent humor that will connect with Utah audiences in its retelling of the Noah and the Ark story. Critically hailed as the best of Richard Rodgers’ post-Hammerstein work, the show is the result of the iconic collaboration of Rodgers, Martin Charnin (“Annie”) and Peter Stone (“1776”).
“It’s a classic Rodgers’ musical without the epic scope; a rare chance to enjoy a grand, golden-age score in an intimate package.” Cohen said. Robert Anthony Jones, who delighted UMT audiences as Dimas in 2004’s “Triumph of Love,” portrays Noah in this production. UMT veteran Linda Kearns returns to Ogden to direct “Two by Two.”
Complementing the traditional feel of “Two by Two,” UMT will stage “Dames at Sea,” which Cohen characterizes as “tap-happy, fluffy musical theater,” originally written as a satire of MGM movie musicals of the 1940s. In the repertory, Jones is joined by familiar UMT favorites Teresa Bramwell, Vanessa and Paul Cheney.
The company’s final show, “Songs for a New World,” will present an interesting departure from usual UMT musical fare.
“This show incorporates rock, pop and soul styles of music, providing more of a contemporary feel,” Cohen said. “Songs for a New World” is written by Jason Robert Brown, one of the most celebrated composer/lyricists on the scene today.
Brown has been favorably compared to Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire. “Songs for a New World” is part revue and part book musical, featuring a “song-cycle,” a collection of thematically linked musical vignettes that all carry the same theme of discovery, courage, change and facing one’s fears.
“Two by Two” and “Dames at Sea” will run Tuesday through Saturday from July 11-29 and Aug. 4-5 in the Val A Browning Center for the Performing Arts Allred Theater on the Weber State University Ogden campus. “Songs for a New World” will run Aug. 18, 19, 24-26, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater (2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden).
All weekday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will be held July 8, 22, 29 and Aug. 19 & 26, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday evening performances will start at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20 per person, $16 for seniors, students, military and educators. Season subscriptions are available for $50 each. Youth subscriptions are available for $3 apiece with each full-price adult subscription purchased. For advance tickets, contact the Dee Events Center Ticket Office at (801) 626-8500 or 1-800-WSU-TIKS or go online at weber.edu/ticketoffice.
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