2004 UMT Season Promises Premiere Events

OGDEN, Utah – The 2004 Utah Musical Theatre season will introduce audiences to two shows never before seen in Utah and a musical that transformed the genre.

UMT's all-premiere season features the Utah premieres of "Zorro" and "Triumph of Love," along with the company's premiere production of "Pal Joey."

"This season represents a shift in UMT's approach," said Bruce Cohen, UMT Artistic and Managing Director. "We created a season where our audiences could experience the debut of several works never before seen in the state. It's very exciting to bring these works to the Utah stage and I think theater goers will find it equally exhilarating."

The season opens with the swashbuckling adventure and romance of "Zorro," June 11, 12; 16-19, 23-26. In lieu of show tunes heard in traditional musicals, this production features a score with plenty of Latin rhythms to enhance the costumes, sword-play and dancing. The UMT production will be the first time this show is presented west of the Rockies.

Comedy and farce take center stage with the debut of "Triumph of Love," July 9, 10; 14-17, 21-24. The show, which had its Broadway premiere in 1998, draws on a wide array of musical styles from operetta to rock-opera as its storyline full of mistaken identity, love affairs, ribald humor and comically bent genders unfolds.

The season concludes with the landmark American musical, "Pal Joey," August 6, 7; 11-14, 18-21. "Pal Joey" was the first production to feature an anti-hero as the lead, a precursor to such celebrated musicals as "Sweeney Todd," "Carousel," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Rent." Steeped in the atmosphere of nightclub noir, the show features an outstanding score with such familiar numbers as "Zip," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," and "I Could Write a Book."

Performances of "Zorro" and "Pal Joey" will be held at Peery's Egyptian Theater, (2415 Washington Blvd.) in Ogden. "Triumph of Love" will be staged in the Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts at Weber State University. All evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m.

Season subscriptions covering all three shows are $48 each. Individual tickets are $18 adults, $16 senior citizens, and $10 for students. Tickets are available at 1-800-WSU-TIKS or 801-626-8500.
Bruce Cohen, Artistic & Managing Director
801-626-7775 • bcohen@weber.edu
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu