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Megan Pedersen

Megan Pedersen Megan B. Pedersen is a member of the American Theater Critics Association and is a theater lover from a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. She sees over 100 shows a year and offers a unique patrons' perspective. When not attending the theater, she works as a corporate trainer for a local human resource and software company. In addition to the work she does for BroadwayWorld, she writes for her own website, aTheaterLover.com.
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BWW Interviews: Utah Rep's Production of RENT is Timeless Yet NewBWW Interviews: Utah Rep's Production of RENT is Timeless Yet New
September 15, 2013

RENT has become a musical classic! Part of American Theatre history. Nearly 20 years later, this edgy rock musical's message still resonates, bringing something new to each generation.
BWW Reviews: Eating Disorders, Bullying, Sexual Identity and...Charlie Brown?BWW Reviews: Eating Disorders, Bullying, Sexual Identity and...Charlie Brown?
June 21, 2013

Described as an 'unauthorized parody,' this daring and at times shocking play takes characters from the popular comic strip Peanuts and turns them into teenagers dealing with drug abuse, bullying, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sex and sexual identity. When CB's dog contracts rabies and must be euthanized after ripping Woodstock to shreds and nearly biting CB, he begins to question the existence of an afterlife. A chance meeting with Beethoven, an artistic kid and also the target of his group's bullying, offers CB peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that pushes teen angst to the very limits.
BWW Student Center: The University of Utah Tops Off Their 'Season of Sin' with Spring Awakening!BWW Student Center: The University of Utah Tops Off Their 'Season of Sin' with Spring Awakening!
April 12, 2013

Spring Awakening is an extra is an extraordinary musical that celebrates youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Set in repressive 19th-century Germany, a group of teenagers are caught between their sexual urges and society's contradictory teachings. Revealing their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety, they attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated, and confusing time of their sexual awakening.
BWW Student Center: The University of Utah takes on Obsession, Deceit, Romance and the Meaning of Life!BWW Student Center: The University of Utah takes on Obsession, Deceit, Romance and the Meaning of Life!
March 21, 2013

America's obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in reasons to be pretty, a brutal and exhilarating work by playwright and screenwriter Neil LaBute. Is there more to life than simply how one looks?
BWW Student Center: A Unique Approach to THE SEA HORSE Promises a Unique EveningBWW Student Center: A Unique Approach to THE SEA HORSE Promises a Unique Evening
March 6, 2013

'We have probably all felt broken and unlovable at some point, just as these characters have, but this show offers a message of hope that we can all take to heart' remarks Carlie Young, who plays Gertrude in Westminster College's production of The Sea Horse opening tomorrow(3/7/13).
BWW Student Center: 'Adultery and Steamy Romantic Subplots' at the University of Utah!BWW Student Center: 'Adultery and Steamy Romantic Subplots' at the University of Utah!
February 21, 2013

'Adultery, steamy romantic subplots, a great universal sadness in a time of revolution, what's not to love?' Was the answer I got when I asked actor Cody Thompson (Miron) why one should see The Eccentrics opening today (Thursday, February 21st) at the University of Utah. I have to admit, I was certainly intrigued.
BWW Student Center: Being Naughty is So Much Fun at the University of Utah!BWW Student Center: Being Naughty is So Much Fun at the University of Utah!
February 8, 2013

Raymonde Chandebise suspects that her husband, Victor, is secretly having an affair. With the help of her best friend, Lucienne, she concocts a plan to expose Victor's infidelity. And in typical farce fashion, nothing goes as planned. Don't miss University of Utah's Department of Theatre's production of George Feydeau's A FLEA IN HER EAR now underway!
BWW Interviews: Utah Theater Community Mourns a FriendBWW Interviews: Utah Theater Community Mourns a Friend
December 21, 2012

The Utah theater community mourns a friend. I had the opportunity to speak with David Fetzer recently and was not able to publish his interview before his untimely passing. Here now, are the thoughts he shared with me.
BWW Student Center: Hats Off to Westminster College's NOISES OFF!BWW Student Center: Hats Off to Westminster College's NOISES OFF!
November 15, 2012

A hysterical ride, Noises Off propels us into a world of absolute chaos and out-of-control laughter. In typical farce fashion, this show's quickened pace will leave you exhausted at the end of the night. Noises Off is crowd favorite with its many mix-ups and mayhem. While all fun and games for the audience, the show is an incredibly complex and difficult one to stage!
BWW Reviews:  LION IN WINTER is Sure to Impress!BWW Reviews: LION IN WINTER is Sure to Impress!
November 14, 2012

This is no ordinary Christmas with the family. It's Christmastime in 1183, and King Henry II of England is prepared to announce which of his three sons will inherit the throne!
BWW Interviews: Local Legend, Director Christopher ClarkBWW Interviews: Local Legend, Director Christopher Clark
November 14, 2012

Local beloved director discusses Shakespeare, his favorites and how he approaches directing!
BWW Student Center: University of Utah Tackles 'TIS A PITY SHE'S A WHOREBWW Student Center: University of Utah Tackles 'TIS A PITY SHE'S A WHORE
November 14, 2012

A story of love, lust and loss, The University of Utah's production of 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore tells a scandalous tale fit only for the likes of a Jacobean tragedy. Check out a video preview below!
BWW Student Center Reviews: University of Utah's SWEENEY TODD Chills and Thrills!BWW Student Center Reviews: University of Utah's SWEENEY TODD Chills and Thrills!
November 9, 2012

A disturbing yet unforgettable fun evening is sure to be had at the University of Utah's production of Sweeney Todd. A musical about a mass murderer, you don't want to miss this one!
BWW Reviews: Salt Lake Acting Company's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Radiates EnergyBWW Reviews: Salt Lake Acting Company's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Radiates Energy
October 27, 2012

The sexy regional premier of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson blasts onto stage at Salt Lake Acting Company! You've never seen Andrew Jackson (the 7th President of the United States) like this before!
STUDENT CENTER: Westminster College Finds The DivineSTUDENT CENTER: Westminster College Finds The Divine
October 18, 2012

To divine is to discover. Discover humor, beauty, tragedy and gentle wisdom in Westminster College's THE DIVINERS playing through October 27th.
Student Center: University of Utah Takes on Being Gay in High SchoolStudent Center: University of Utah Takes on Being Gay in High School
October 4, 2012

In a world where being gay in high school can be downright scary, a group of diverse students form a Geography Club - really a secret club for kids looking for a safe place to be themselves.
Student Center: University of Utah's Latest Production is Ripped From the HeadlinesStudent Center: University of Utah's Latest Production is Ripped From the Headlines
September 21, 2012

"Student Commits Suicide After Shooting Spree Kills 16 Classmates." Headlines like this are sensationalized in the media every day. In Vernon God Little, meet Vernon, the best friend of a a boy who went on a killing spree. In this dark satire told with surreal humor, 15 year old Vernon deals with the aftermath.
BWW Interviews: BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA and MESA VERDE Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett Talks with BroadwayWorld!BWW Interviews: BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA and MESA VERDE Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett Talks with BroadwayWorld!
August 30, 2012

From the streets of Chicago to the desert of Utah, read about the journey of playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett. From his tragic casting experience in 4th grade to his 'Best Local Playwright' win, Bennett has experiences to share.
BWW Interviews: Local Actor Lauren Noll Sets Her Sights on New YorkBWW Interviews: Local Actor Lauren Noll Sets Her Sights on New York
August 19, 2012

Lauren Noll talks about working with local theaters and her final job before setting off to make it on the Great White Way.
BWW Interviews: Utah's Own Thayne Jasperson Makes Broadway Debut in NEWSIESBWW Interviews: Utah's Own Thayne Jasperson Makes Broadway Debut in NEWSIES
July 18, 2012

Utah native Thayne Jasperson talks about his debut on Broadway as Darcy in NEWSIES, his desire to play Tarzan and how he doesn't want to grow up.


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