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.
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 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 Company February 17, 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 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 February 3, 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 Company January 7, 2018
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.