BWW Previews: 2015 Utah Rep Season Includes Two State Premieres and Three Best Play Tony Winners

BWW Previews: 2015 Utah Rep Season Includes Two State Premieres and Three Best Play Tony Winners

Utah Repertory Theater Company has announced its third season of five shows, with the "Season of Levity and Consternation" as the year's theme.

The 2015 season includes two Utah premieres: The first is first-in-the-state production of an off-Broadway smash and the second the Utah premiere of a fresh-from Broadway, Tony-winning comedy with a title to be revealed later. The Broadway productions of three of the shows to be staged by the rapidly emerging company each won Best Play Tony Awards, and one drama was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

"We couldn't be more excited about our 2015 season," said Johnny Hebda, founder and artistic director of Utah Rep. "Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our loyal patrons, we are able to extend our sights and plan a season with some tremendous productions that will delight Utah theatergoers."

The shows in the season are THE LAST FIVE YEARS, RABBIT HOLE, AMADEUS, and CARRIE, along with the fifth show, a recent Best Play Tony-winner, with rights pending.

BWW Previews: 2015 Utah Rep Season Includes Two State Premieres and Three Best Play Tony WinnersThe production dates and descriptions follow.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS
An emotionally powerful and intimate Jason Robert Brown musical about two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.
"Brimming with persistent melodies, thoughtful lyrics and a heartfelt, compelling story"-Associated Press"
Compulsively enjoyable...a real, modern, falling-in-and-out-of-love musical."-The New York Post
Feb. 27-March 7 at the Sugar Space Theater, Sugarhouse; March 13-15 at the Covey Center for the Arts, Provo; and March 20-22 in Ogden

COMEDY WITH RIGHTS PENDING, Best Play Tony Award and a Utah Premiere
"Brainy and witty and clever and cute. A hilarious mashup with endlessly inventive comic twists."-Variety
"A sublime state of hilarity!"-New York Magazine
April 30-May 16 at the Rose Wagner Studio Theatre, Salt Lake City
Co-production with Wasatch Theatre Company

RABBIT HOLE, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winner
After a life-shattering accident, a young couple searches for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.
"A drama that's not just a departure but a revelation-an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion, and searing honesty."-Variety
July 10-24 at the Sugar Space Theater, Sugarhouse

AMADEUS, Best Play Tony Winner and Best Picture Academy Award
A tale of breathtaking dramatic power weaving a con­fron­tation between the mediocre composer Antonio Salieri and the subject of his tormented rage, the greatest musical genius of all time, Wolfgang Mozart.
"A total iridescent triumph of complexity of thought, emotion, and dramatic power."-New York Post
Sept. 12-28 a the Sugar Space Warehouse Theater, River District

CARRIE, A Utah Premiere
Musical adaptation of Stephen King novel focuses on an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers whose lonely life is dominated by an oppressive religious fanatic mother.
"Carrie has a strange power to move you. The new and improved version is gripping."-Time Out New York
Oct. 29-Nov. 14 at the Sugar Space Warehouse Theater, River District

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Blair Howell Blair Howell's career is in the professional publishing arena (for more years than he cares to remember), with a longstanding interest in theater. He found it to be great fun to live in New Canaan, Connecticut, with easy access to the Great White Way. But now, Blair lives in Salt Lake City (a long, not interesting story). The much-lamented move has allowed him to be more active in regional theater. He now covers theater and the arts for the Deseret News, Utah's oldest, continuously-published metro daily newspaper, and has written for various theater-related national magazines and websites.


 
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