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 Review: JERSEY BOYS at Eccles TheaterBWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Eccles Theater
Posted: Jun. 18, 2018


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BWW Feature: FIRST AMMENDMENT RIGHTS DIVIDE SALT LAKE THEATER COMPANY UTAH REP AND CITY ADMINISTRATORSBWW Feature: FIRST AMMENDMENT RIGHTS DIVIDE SALT LAKE THEATER COMPANY UTAH REP AND CITY ADMINISTRATORS
Posted: Oct. 3, 2017


BWW Review: STEEL PIER at University Of Utah Department Of TheatreBWW Review: STEEL PIER at University Of Utah Department Of Theatre
Posted: Sep. 21, 2017


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


BWW Interview:  Utah Boasts Impressive and Influential Theatergoing Group for the State's Vibrant Theater SceneBWW Interview: Utah Boasts Impressive and Influential Theatergoing Group for the State's Vibrant Theater Scene
Posted: Jul. 9, 2017


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 Feature: HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson at Mormon Tabernacle ChoirBWW Feature: HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson at Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Posted: Jun. 30, 2017


BWW Review: JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT at Sundance Summer TheaterBWW Review: JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT at Sundance Summer Theater
Posted: Jul. 28, 2017


BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Eccles TheaterBWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Eccles Theater
June 18, 2018

Know the song? Me neither. Unless sung in its original English lyrics. But a French-language version of 'December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)' opens 'Jersey Boys.'

BWW Review: CABARET Scintillates at Utah Valley UniversityBWW Review: CABARET Scintillates at Utah Valley University
April 16, 2018

Utah Valley University's Theatre Department stages a scintillating, highly entertaining CABARET, under direction/choreography/music direction by Rob Moffat.

BWW Review: FUN HOME Is Hauntingly Beautiful at Salt Lake Acting CompanyBWW Review: FUN HOME Is Hauntingly Beautiful at Salt Lake Acting Company
April 10, 2018

'Welcome to our house on Maple Avenue / See how we polish, how we shine,' sung with cynicism by the repressed wife, Helen Bechdel.

BWW Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Smolders at The Grand TheatreBWW Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Smolders at The Grand Theatre
March 28, 2018

Mark Fossen continues to show his nimble hand at directing The Grand's American Classic series with A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.

BWW Review: UP at University Of Utah Department Of TheatreBWW Review: UP at University Of Utah Department Of Theatre
March 21, 2018

Bridget Carpenter's UP (THE MAN IN THE FLYING CHAIR) is a curiosity of a play, with its tone alternating between humor and pathos. It is largely a meandering tale of one man's dismal attempt to recapture a former glory, but there's an emotional payoff in the final scene.

BWW Review: Enthusiastic Response to STRAIGHT -- and Playwrights at Utah Rep's Opening NightBWW Review: Enthusiastic Response to STRAIGHT -- and Playwrights at Utah Rep's Opening Night
March 13, 2018

An overcapacity audience enthusiastically greeted Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola, the award-winning playwrights of the off-Broadway hit STRAIGHT, at Utah Repertory Theater Company's regional premiere production in Salt Lake City.

BWW Review: PASEK AND PAUL Concert-Lecture at Utah Valley UniversityBWW Review: PASEK AND PAUL Concert-Lecture at Utah Valley University
March 2, 2018

Utah Valley University was able to snag Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for its Roots of Knowledge speaker series. And for audience members, it was some kinda time.

BWW Review: PASSION at Good Company TheatreBWW Review: PASSION at Good Company Theatre
February 19, 2018

With direction/music direction by Paul Naylor, PASSION is tonal correct, and this heavily dramatic work is perhaps the most difficult of Broadway musicals to stage.

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

Under the highly professional direction of Denny Berry, THE BEAUTIFUL GAME by the University of Utah Theatre Department is lovingly produced and highly enjoyable. With a vibrant 11-piece orchestra led by Alex Marshall and lovely choreography under Berry's tutelage by student Jesse Klick, BEAUTIFUL GAME scores.

BWW Review: '/i/' at Pioneer Theatre CompanyBWW Review: '/i/' at Pioneer Theatre Company
February 17, 2018

Pioneer Theatre Company's Artistic Director Karen Azenberg is to be applauded for surprisingly selecting and so skillfully directing '/i/.' And assisting in its development.

BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS at On Pitch Performing ArtsBWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS at On Pitch Performing Arts
February 16, 2018

There are two sides to every story. Cathy Hiatt's is told in reverse chronological order, beginning at the end of her five-year relationship. She sings:

Award-Winning Playwrights of STRAIGHT to Celebrate Utah Rep's Regional Premiere of Their Off-Broadway HitAward-Winning Playwrights of STRAIGHT to Celebrate Utah Rep's Regional Premiere of Their Off-Broadway Hit
February 13, 2018

Award-Winning Playwrights of STRAIGHT to Celebrate Utah Rep's Regional Premiere of Their Off-Broadway Hit

BWW Review: THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940  at The Grand TheatreBWW Review: THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 at The Grand Theatre
February 13, 2018

THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS satirizes a few archetypes from stage and screen (especially the sweet ingenue and perpetually thirsty lyricist), reveals secret passageways and mistaken identities -- and multiple plot twists and multiple murders.

BWW Review: HIR at Salt Lake Acting CompanyBWW Review: HIR at Salt Lake Acting Company
February 12, 2018

SLAC's production of HIR is highly professional and top-notch, with three splendid satirical performances under Tracy Callahan's superb direction. The black comedy is great fun and deeply appreciated.

'Outstanding Cast' Announced for STRAIGHT at Utah Rep'Outstanding Cast' Announced for STRAIGHT at Utah Rep
February 3, 2018

An 'outstanding cast' has been assembled for the regional premiere production of the watershed LGBT off-Broadway hit STRAIGHT.

BWW Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at CenterPoint Legacy TheatreBWW Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
January 28, 2018

The CenterPoint Legacy Theatre production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is direct, unshowy-and moving. With backing from a large ensemble, the assured central performance by Annie Ferrin as Maudie anchors the staging.

BWW Review: Utah State Senator Highly Entertaining in STORIES FROM MY SOULBWW Review: Utah State Senator Highly Entertaining in STORIES FROM MY SOUL
January 15, 2018

Utah State Sen. Jim Dabakis was enormously entertaining in the fundraiser Stories From My Soul on the Chapel Theatre stage at Salt Lake Acting Company. Dabakis is affable and quick-witted in person, and received astute direction and script guidance from Charles Lynn Frost.

BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Midvale Main St. TheatreBWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Midvale Main St. Theatre
January 14, 2018

At the Midvale Main Street Theatre production, Director Tammy Jackson moves the action of SPELLING BEE smoothly along as each middle-school spelling bee champion's individual quirks and oddities are revealed.

BWW Review: THE REAL THING at Pinnacle Acting CompanyBWW Review: THE REAL THING at Pinnacle Acting Company
January 7, 2018

Pinnacle Acting Company mounts a sturdy production of THE REAL THING that is highly entertaining, showcasing Playwright Tom Stoppard's sparkling wit and barbed observations of fidelity and marriage.

BWW Review Exclusive: Jason Robert Brown and Kelli O'Hara Doubly Delightful in BYU Bravo! ConcertBWW Review Exclusive: Jason Robert Brown and Kelli O'Hara Doubly Delightful in BYU Bravo! Concert
December 24, 2017

Presumed to be a first: Jason Robert Brown and Kelli O'Hara performing together in concert. Undoubtedly a first in Utah: two Tony winners performing together in concert. Definitely: a Tony-deserving concert. In a major coup, the BYU Bravo! performing arts series assembled the vanguard composer and the luminous muse for his last Broadway musical -- for what appears to have been their first performance together in concert. And they decisively demonstrated how divinely delightful a concert can be.



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