Posts made in February, 2014

Utah Theater Bloggers: “Rent” Would Have Made Jonathan Larson Proud

The success of director-choreographer William Cooper Howell’s vision was beyond anything I could have ever expected from a production of Rent in a small, new theater company in Utah, and I left with the honest opinion that the production of Rent I just saw would have made Jonathan Larson and the original production team proud. One of the best choices that I noticed was seen in Howell’s choreography (with Elena Dern as assistant choreographer), which communicated in innovative and astonishing ways the themes of the show. As for the cast, each of them deserves to be praised.  Austen...

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Front Row Reviewers: A Powerful Story That Is Powerfully Staged by This Extremely Talented Cast

Should you go and see the Utah Repertory Theater Company’s production of Rent? Absolutely. It is a powerful story that is powerfully staged by this extremely talented cast. The dancing, singing, and acting from this multi-talented ensemble was truly professional and almost fully without flaw. Trent English (as Roger) not only looked like a seasoned rock star, but also sang like one. His struggle with his disease, his love life, his song writing and his coping with the death of hair bands was very well done. Austin Archer (as Mark) was our observant narrator of sorts whose voice and stage...

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Backstage Utah: “Rent” Was Fantastic

Rent is a show that requires each and every member of the cast to be a strong vocalist. This cast delivered, not only was each person a strong vocalist but they were all completely committed to their character. Stand out performers that got my attention for great acting and fantastic voices were: Roger Davis played by Trent English; Mark Cohen played by Austin Archer; Tom Collins played by Aleksndr Arteaga and Angel Schunard played by Derek Gregerson.  The other main characters were strong and more than delivered their characters: Benjamin Coffin III played by Sean J. Carter; Joanne...

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Larissa Explains It All: You Will Be Making a Huge Mistake If You Don’t See ‘Bonnie & Clyde’

Cue the entrance of the absolutely mesmerizing Madeline Weinberger as Bonnie Parker.  Can I say she was sheer perfection?  She alone is worth the price of admission.  I could not find a flaw with anything – her acting, her singing, and her movement were all exact.  Everything about her performance lead me to wonder what on earth this talent is doing on a stage in Utah County instead of in New York City.  Johnny Hebda as Clyde is a talented man with a wide range in acting and a lovely voice. —Larissa Explains It...

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Broadway World: ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ a Worthy Utah Premiere

It is clear that a good deal of research and attention to detail has been put into every aspect of this production. It is well worth the time to see it Madeline Weinberger is a revelation as Bonnie (a Tony-nominated role). Her singing and acting are both phenomenal. She manages to convey a wide range of emotions throughout the show, all while staying true to the character and drawing out empathy from the audience. Another impressive performance comes from the underutilized Dallin Major as deputy sheriff Ted Hinton, who pines for Bonnie. A lovely singing voice and realistic acting choices make...

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Front Row Reviewers: The Troupe Did a Powerful Job

This company has a surprisingly large group of talent, actors who can sing and act with rare high caliber. It seems to me that this is a rare opportunity to see this show based on the narrow window of performances and the single company offering the experience. I would absolutely recommend seeing Bonnie & Clyde and would say that the troupe did a powerful job at putting it on. —Daniel Brassard, Front Row Reviewers http://frontrowreviewersutah.com/

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Backsage Utah: Another Great Utah Rep Production and Everyone Should See This Show

Bonnie Parker played by Madeline Weinberger was a vocal stand-out for the evening. It is clear she spent a good deal of time preparing for this production, not only musically but also in getting into her character. It is when both of the elements combine that you have truly great moments, and she achieved this in her Act 2 solo number “Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad,” when Weinberger truly had everyone hanging on every note. She also understands very well the humor elements in the show and delivered all of these very well. Clyde Barrow played by Johnny Hebda was an acting stand-out. He did not...

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Deseret News: “Bonnie & Clyde” Worth Checking Out

Madeline Weinberger, who plays Bonnie, does a good job of belting out Frank Wildhorn’s big score and she’s even better in the softer, reflective numbers like “Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad.” Other standouts in the cast are Michelle Moore, who plays Blanche (Clyde’s sister-in-law), and Christopher Bradford, who delivers a rousing number as the preacher. Dallin Major is wonderful as a police officer who has feelings for Bonnie, and Nancy Susan Cannon put together some great period costumes. Bravo to Utah Rep for using live musicians and it makes all the difference. The small...

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