Posts made in August, 2013

Utah Repertory Theater Company to Stage “Rent”

Utah Repertory Theater Company presents the revolutionary rock opera “Rent” Sept. 20-Oct. 6 at downtown Salt Lake City’s The Project.

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A Brief History of ‘Rent’

A Brief History of ‘Rent’

There is an interesting story in “Rent” that doesn’t appear on the stage. The story of its creation is just as interesting as anything that appears on stage.

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Utah Theater Bloggers: Utah Rep’s “Carousel” Hits Highs and Lows of Life

Utah Rep’s production of “Carousel” is “exemplary” through the show’s “poignant acting, emotional choreography, and wonderful voices.”

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Front Row Reviewers: Come Take a Ride on Utah Rep’s “Carousel”!

“Carousel has very strong vocal talent, dancing that can sell its own tickets and acting that caused a patron that I overheard say, ‘I don’t know why I’m crying, I never cry.’ Director Johnny Hebda amassed an amazing group of talent for this production.”

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Backstage Utah: Utah Repertory Theater Company’s “Carousel” at the Murray Theater

“The singers in the production were among the best I have ever heard. I was unable to pick out anyone in the production that was weaker than others in the group. Music Director Melissa Thorne should be very proud of the work that she and the cast has done.”

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Broadway World: Utah Rep Stages Ambitious “Carousel”

“You should embrace this window of opportunity to see (‘Carousel’)!”

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“This Was a Real Nice Clambake”

“This Was a Real Nice Clambake”

By Janine Sobeck, Dramaturg The beginning of Act II of Carousel starts with these lyrics: Oh, this was a real nice clambake, We’re mighty glad we came. The vittles we et Were good, you bet, The company was the same. Our hearts are warm, our bellies are full, And we are feeling prime. This was a real nice clambake, And we all had a real good time. Clambakes are one of New England’s most beloved traditions. Clambakes celebrated not only all the delicious seafood found along the New England coastline, but the beauty of nature.  It was a time for the community to gather...

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Setting: the New England Coast

Setting: the New England Coast

When Rodgers and Hammerstein started to adapt the play “Liliom” into the musical “Carousel,” one of the first things they did was change the setting. “Liliom,” written by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár, was set in Budapest, but R&H wanted to find a setting that both they — and their American audience — could connect with.

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