UMT Announces Lineup for 2005 Season

OGDEN, Utah – Utah Musical Theatre has announced its lineup of shows for the 2005 season, featuring an orphan, a Broadway legend and a musical premiere.

The 2005 season, being billed as "Familiar Faces and Exciting New Places!" includes "Annie," "Side by Side by Sondheim," and the premiere of "Wicked City Blues."

"Whether it's the familiar tunes of "Annie" or a tribute to a modern master of the musical stage or a witty send-up of the hard-boiled detective genre, this season has it all," said Bruce Cohen, UMT's Artistic and Managing Director, who has already turned his attention to hiring and casting for the coming season.

With catchy numbers like "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow," "Easy Street" and "I Don't Need Anything But You," "Annie" brings the popular depression-era comic strip orphan to life on the stage with a show brimming with optimism that the whole family can enjoy. Cohen said he plans to cast community members for the parts of Annie and all the children in the show, as well as the part of Sandy the dog.

"Side by Side with Sondheim" pays tribute to the sophisticated and witty lyrics and music of Stephen Sondheim, arguably one of the greatest composer-lyricists Broadway has ever known. Some of Sondheim's best-known songs are featured in numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized the musical theatre.

The 2005 season also offers UMT audiences the rare opportunity to witness the birth of a new musical, as "Wicked City Blues" premieres in Ogden. The story, set in 1947, follows the story of private detective Mickey Morrison, who's searching for answers to a pile of questions. This nostalgic trip back in time to the 1940s combines the mad cap hilarity of a live radio show with the somber shadows of a Film Noir classic.

Cohen said the company is already accepting resumes and applications for crew positions, including choreographers, designers, costume shop manager, stage managers, carpenters, etc. Local auditions for casting will begin in November.

Season ticket subscriptions for 2005 are available for $50 per adult through the Dee Events Center Ticket Office at 801-626-8500 or 1-800-WSU-TIKS. Youth subscriptions are available for $3 apiece with each full-price adult subscription purchased. For more information, visit

Bruce Cohen, UMT Artistic & Managing Director

801-626-7775 ·

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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