Blair Howell

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 has covered 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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BWW Interview: Preeminent Music Director Anne Puzey of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Good Company TheatreBWW Interview: Preeminent Music Director Anne Puzey of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Good Company Theatre
Posted: Nov. 21, 2018


BWW Review: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Good Company TheatreBWW Review: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Good Company Theatre
Posted: Dec. 4, 2018


BWW Feature: AFTERGLOW Author/Original Director and State Senator at Utah Rep's Regional Premiere of Off-Broadway SensationBWW Feature: AFTERGLOW Author/Original Director and State Senator at Utah Rep's Regional Premiere of Off-Broadway Sensation
Posted: Nov. 19, 2018


BWW Review: Pink, Pink And Nothing But Pink At SLAC's Perfectly Performed PINKALICIOUSBWW Review: Pink, Pink And Nothing But Pink At SLAC's Perfectly Performed PINKALICIOUS
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018


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BWW Interview: Mormon-Bred Utahn Chase Ramsey to Perform as Elder Cunningham in BOOK OF MORMON Musical on BroadwayBWW Interview: Mormon-Bred Utahn Chase Ramsey to Perform as Elder Cunningham in BOOK OF MORMON Musical on Broadway
Posted: Jul. 19, 2018


BWW Review: '/i/' at Pioneer Theatre CompanyBWW Review: '/i/' at Pioneer Theatre Company
Posted: Feb. 17, 2018


BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES Is the Top at Hale OremBWW Review: ANYTHING GOES Is the Top at Hale Orem
Posted: Oct. 7, 2018


BWW Review: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME at University of Utah Department of TheatreBWW Review: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME at University of Utah Department of Theatre
Posted: Feb. 19, 2018


BWW Review: THE REAL THING at Pinnacle Acting CompanyBWW Review: THE REAL THING at Pinnacle Acting Company
Posted: Jan. 7, 2018


BWW Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at CenterPoint Legacy TheatreBWW Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
Posted: Jan. 28, 2018


BWW Interviews: Following the Famed Composer's Visit, Utah Is Wild About WildhornBWW Interviews: Following the Famed Composer's Visit, Utah Is Wild About Wildhorn
Posted: Oct. 2, 2018


BWW Review: Pink, Pink And Nothing But Pink At SLAC's Perfectly Performed PINKALICIOUSBWW Review: Pink, Pink And Nothing But Pink At SLAC's Perfectly Performed PINKALICIOUS
December 5, 2018

At Salt Lake Acting Company, PINKALICIOUS is perfectly presented. And perfectly pink. Shall I say it? Yes, I'll say it: You'll be tickled pink.

BWW Review: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Good Company TheatreBWW Review: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Good Company Theatre
December 4, 2018

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is not your typical Broadway musical. Director Teresa Sanderson helped me understand that when she explained at a preview that it was originally conceived as an opera. A chamber opera would be more accurate. And it helps to keep in mind the structure of American short stories so popular decades ago.

BWW Interview: Preeminent Music Director Anne Puzey of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Good Company TheatreBWW Interview: Preeminent Music Director Anne Puzey of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Good Company Theatre
November 21, 2018

Anne Puzey is arguably Utah's most-in-demand music director, with experience working with Will Swenson, Marin Mazzie, Jason Robert Brown, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, along with more productions along Utah's Wasatch Front than surely she can count. She's now lending her talents to Good Company Theatre's eagerly awaited production of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE.

BWW Feature: AFTERGLOW Author/Original Director and State Senator at Utah Rep's Regional Premiere of Off-Broadway SensationBWW Feature: AFTERGLOW Author/Original Director and State Senator at Utah Rep's Regional Premiere of Off-Broadway Sensation
November 19, 2018

The celebrated author, S. Asher Gelman, who also directed the premiere of AFTERGLOW, was able to travel to Salt Lake City for Utah Repertory Theater Company's opening-night festivities. Also enjoying the show as a theatergoer was Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis, who champions theater in Utah and recommended the show's Utah production to Johnny Hebda, founder and artistic director for the company's first five successful years.

BWW Feature: Superstar DJ Nina Flowers To Perform At SKYFALL's Fantasy NightBWW Feature: Superstar DJ Nina Flowers To Perform At SKYFALL's Fantasy Night
November 11, 2018

SKYFALL, Salt Lake City's premier circuit night of theater, presents DJ icon Nina Flowers at Fantasy Night on Nov. 30, 2018. Runner-up and fan favorite of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 1, Flowers travels the globe to DJ in Pride festivals and circuit parties, besides holding several residencies in dance clubs in a number of U.S. cities.

BWW Interview: At Regional Premiere By Utah Rep, Playwright S. Asher Gelman Says The Runaway Hit AFTERGLOW Is 'About Love, Loyalty And Trust'BWW Interview: At Regional Premiere By Utah Rep, Playwright S. Asher Gelman Says The Runaway Hit AFTERGLOW Is 'About Love, Loyalty And Trust'
November 11, 2018

A Q&A with AFTERGLOW playwright S. Asher Gelman. 'I'd love for people who experience AFTERGLOW to feel empowered to have difficult conversations -- with their partners, with their friends, with their family -- because I firmly believe that transparency is the basis of any good relationship.'

BWW Interview: A Utah Premiere, CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD Uses the Power of Music to Transmute Cruelty to HopeBWW Interview: A Utah Premiere, CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD Uses the Power of Music to Transmute Cruelty to Hope
October 21, 2018

Opening on the day the ashes of Matthew Shepard will be interred at the Washington National Cathedral, the Utah/Idaho Performing Arts will stage the Utah premiere of CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD.

BWW Review: GOOD STANDING Premiere at Plan-B TheatreBWW Review: GOOD STANDING Premiere at Plan-B Theatre
October 19, 2018

Augmenting an impressive resume, GOOD STANDING's solo actor Austin Archer establishes an immediate bond with audience members in his typical genial fashion. I was anticipating a more forceful reaction given the final severity of the court, but with artistic director Jerry Rapier helming as director, Archer is restrained while holly effective.

BWW Review: GHOST a Pale Ghost to 'Ghost' at Empress TheatreBWW Review: GHOST a Pale Ghost to 'Ghost' at Empress Theatre
October 19, 2018

In the roles of Sam and Molly at Magna's Empress Theatre staging of GHOST, Brock Dalgleish and Camille Crawley give bravura performances, seemingly unaware of the bland script and songs.

BWW Interview: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Becomes a Book, and Before Their Promotional Stop in Salt Lake City, Its Creators Discuss the Adaptation ProcessBWW Interview: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Becomes a Book, and Before Their Promotional Stop in Salt Lake City, Its Creators Discuss the Adaptation Process
October 11, 2018

DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL launches a book tour, with an event in Salt Lake City. 'We know the passionate love people in Salt Lake City have for musical theater,' said composer Justin Paul.

BWW Feature: Regional Premiere Cast of AFTERGLOW -- a Steamy, Stripped Down Look at Gay Intimacy -- Announced by Utah RepBWW Feature: Regional Premiere Cast of AFTERGLOW -- a Steamy, Stripped Down Look at Gay Intimacy -- Announced by Utah Rep
October 9, 2018

The cast of the first post-New York City production of the runaway off-Broadway hit AFTERGLOW has been announced by Utah Repertory Theater Company. The Salt Lake City-based theater company has as its mission staging premieres and neglected classics for audiences who may not otherwise be able to see these acclaimed, unique shows.

BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES Is the Top at Hale OremBWW Review: ANYTHING GOES Is the Top at Hale Orem
October 7, 2018

Hale Center Theater Orem's ANYTHING GOES crew members, aboard the luxury cruise ship or unseen productionstowaways, are first-class. The gifted Jennifer Hill-Barlow as director-choreographer deeply impresses and brings brilliance to this classic gem.

BWW Review: CenterPoint Warmly Honors the Magnificence of RAGTIMEBWW Review: CenterPoint Warmly Honors the Magnificence of RAGTIME
October 7, 2018

With soaring vocals and impressive stagecraft, the CenterPoint production of RAGTIME impresses.

BWW Interviews: Following the Famed Composer's Visit, Utah Is Wild About WildhornBWW Interviews: Following the Famed Composer's Visit, Utah Is Wild About Wildhorn
October 2, 2018

The enthusiasm of Utah theatergoers for the works of Frank Wildhorn was wildly evident during the famed composer's three-day visit to Salt Lake City.

BWW Interview: With ART & CLASS, Popular Utah Playwright Launches New Season of Pioneer Theatre's Play-Development SeriesBWW Interview: With ART & CLASS, Popular Utah Playwright Launches New Season of Pioneer Theatre's Play-Development Series
October 2, 2018

Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett's ART & CLASS "aims to be a character study in standing up - one that shows the costs of standing up. It's a topic that's dead center in American life right now.'

BWW Interview: The 'Naturally Endearing' Ashley Gardner Carlson to Perform in ANYTHING GOES at Hale Center Theater OremBWW Interview: The 'Naturally Endearing' Ashley Gardner Carlson to Perform in ANYTHING GOES at Hale Center Theater Orem
September 30, 2018

Ashley Gardner Carlson is about to play Reno Sweeney in ANYTHING GOES at Hale Center Theater in Orem, Utah. 'The things they do at Hale Orem are incredible in such an intimate space,' Carlson says. 'It's always impressive.'

BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY at Salt Lake Acting CompanyBWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY at Salt Lake Acting Company
September 23, 2018

With A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY, opening SLAC's 48th season, director Sarah Shippobotham reveals her deft abilities to guide the staging to deeply moving effect.

BWW Review: With Pinpoint Scrutiny, a Wonderful-to-Watch, Game-Changing CHESS by University of Utah Theatre DepartmentBWW Review: With Pinpoint Scrutiny, a Wonderful-to-Watch, Game-Changing CHESS by University of Utah Theatre Department
September 23, 2018

Tim Rice welcomes the re-imagining of CHESS, and uniquely encourages it. The lyricist has said he knows the musical that premiered in 1986 on the West End is problem-plagued. Continues to refer to CHESS as a work in progress, he suggests exploration and and alterations.

BWW Review: A Large Political Canvas Yet Focus on the Personal Portraits in Pioneer Theatre Company's Riveting OSLOBWW Review: A Large Political Canvas Yet Focus on the Personal Portraits in Pioneer Theatre Company's Riveting OSLO
September 20, 2018

By transforming the political into the personal, OSLO wittily reveals the peacemaking process of the historic 1993 Israeli-Palestinian accord. The play is not only successful theater, it is engrossing and enriching.

BWW Review: Day 1 Snapshot Reviews of GREAT SALT LAKE FRINGE FESTIVALBWW Review: Day 1 Snapshot Reviews of GREAT SALT LAKE FRINGE FESTIVAL
August 4, 2018

At GREAT SALT LAKE FRINGE FESTIVAL, there is the joy of discovering a glittering jewel, along with an ineptly led misfire of a good idea. And an immediately endearing new voice.



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