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Monday, May 16, 2022

Local Theater Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's HELLO, DOLLY!

Classic songs keep spirits high even when the story feels dated.
It’s not a particularly hot take that some classic musicals work almost entirely as delivery systems for their songs. Narratives might not age particularly well with the passing of years, but great tunes stand the test of time—and can make a show worth enjoying all on their own.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for May 13

Firestarter, Happening, Memoria, Senior Year and more
Firestarter *1/2After nearly 30 years of writing about movies, I will still never understand why filmmakers would decide to take perfectly good source material and make deeply stupid choices about changing it structurally. This second screen version of Stephen King’s 1980 novel casts Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Charlie McGee, the 11-year-old pyrokinetic sought by a shadowy government agency, along with her telepathic father Alex (Zac Efron), to continue the research that gave Charlie’s parents unique powers during experimental testing.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Music Update 5/12: Singles Club

New releases from Songwriters Gigi Love and Daniel Young
We’re keeping you in touch with singles from the SLC music community, though bundled up in pairs. Here are this week’s latest releases.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Music Update 5/11: Summer music festival lineups

Upcoming shows at Ogden City Arts, Free Community Concert Series, Heber Market
A number of concert series and festivals are in the process of announcing dates and lineups, while others are staking a claim to days and times, though still finishing the booking process.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Local Theater Review: Pygmalion Productions' BODY AWARENESS

Savvy comedy of manners avoids speeches in favor of characters who need to understand themselves.
In a messy, complicated time, it’s easy for a creative work to find like-minded audiences if it lays out a thesis full of easy, applause-line talking points.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Movie Reviews: New Releases for May 6

Doctor Strange, The Duke, Along for the Ride, Petite Maman
Along for the Ride *** Formulaic fare feels a lot less formulaic when there’s a spark to the performances, and writer/director Sofia Alvarez packs a surprising punch in her adaptation of Sarah Dessen’s 2009 YA novel simply by putting together a terrific young cast. Emma Pasarow plays Auden West, a straight-arrow high achiever who decides to spend the summer between high-school graduation and college in the beachside community of Colby staying with her father (Dermot Mulroney) and working in the shop owned by her stepmother (Kate Bosworth).

Utah Live Theater Calendar, May 6 - 12

Body Awareness, Jesus Christ Superstar and more
Opening: Body Awareness @ Pygmalion Productions, May 6-21 [tickets] The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Draper Historic Theatre, May 6-21 [tickets] Into the Woods @ On Pitch Performing Arts, May 12-14 [tickets] Jesus Christ Superstar @ Broadway at the Eccles, May 10-15 [tickets] Continuing: Camelot @ Hale Theater Orem, through 6/4 [tickets] Disenchanted @ On Pitch Performing Arts, through 5/7 [tickets] The Frog Prince @ Salty Dinner Theater (various locations), through 5/26 [tickets] The Light in the Piazza @ Hale Centre Theatre, through 6/18 [tickets] Passing Strange @ Salt Lake Acting Company through 5/15 [tickets] The Pirates of Penzance @ Ziegfeld Theater, through 5/21 [tickets] School of Rock: The Musical @ Hale Centre Theatre, through 5/28 [tickets] A Year with Frog and Toad @ Parker Theatre [tickets]

DJKA of KUAA FM's "7/10 Stack"

The diverse sounds of an evening radio show.
In some respects, it’s the easiest question to ask a community radio programmer.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Movie Review: DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

Sam Raimi returns to his horror roots to fight against MCU sameness
We know what a Sam Raimi superhero movie looks like.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Utah Live Theater Calendar, April 29 - May 5

Page to Stage Festival and more
Opening: It’s not a trip, it’s a journey @ Good Company Theatre, 5/5 – 5/22 [tickets] Wasatch Theatre Company Page to Stage Festival @ The Box Gateway, through April 30 [tickets] New Play Sounding Series: Sleeping Giant @ Salt Lake Acting Company, 5/2 [tickets] A Year with Frog and Toad @ Parker Theatre, 4/30 - 5/28 [tickets] Continuing: Camelot @ Hale Theater Orem, through 6/4 [tickets] Disenchanted @ On Pitch Performing Arts, through 5/7 [tickets] The Drowsy Chaperone @ Off-Broadway Theatre, through 4/30 [tickets] The Frog Prince @ Salty Dinner Theater (various locations), through 5/26 [tickets] The Light in the Piazza @ Hale Centre Theatre, through 6/18 [tickets] Passing Strange @ Salt Lake Acting Company through 5/15 [tickets] The Pirates of Penzance @ Ziegfeld Theater, through 5/21 [tickets] School of Rock: The Musical @ Hale Centre Theatre, through 5/28 [tickets]

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