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


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
Posted: Dec. 24, 2017


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
Posted: Jan. 14, 2018


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


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


BWW Interview:  A Vanguard Theater in a Conservative Utah County?BWW Interview: A Vanguard Theater in a Conservative Utah County?
Posted: Jul. 5, 2017


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.

Utah Rep Announces New Artistic Director and Creates Position to Lead Development and Fundraising at 'Five Seasons of Success' CelebrationUtah Rep Announces New Artistic Director and Creates Position to Lead Development and Fundraising at 'Five Seasons of Success' Celebration
December 11, 2017

To continue its unprecedented growth and expand the focus on its unique mission for theater in the state, Utah Repertory Theater Company has announced a leadership change.

BWW Photo Flash: First Look at Utah Rep's THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTYBWW Photo Flash: First Look at Utah Rep's THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
November 28, 2017

Utah Repertory Theater Company stages the Utah premiere production of the Tony-winning BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at the Eccles Theater's Regent Street Black Box in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City Nov. 25-Dec. 10.


Utah Rep Announces Cast for Utah Premiere of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, Nov. 25-Dec. 10
October 31, 2017

Utah Repertory Theater Company is excited to announce the cast and creative team for the final show in its fifth season, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. The first-in-state premiere staging of this award-winning musical runs Nov. 25-Dec. 10, 2017, in the Eccles Regent Street Black Box Theater.

BWW Review: Hale Center Theater Orem Parades an Energizing HELLO, DOLLY!BWW Review: Hale Center Theater Orem Parades an Energizing HELLO, DOLLY!
October 7, 2017

The innovative HCTO takes a refreshing view of the statuesque piece of musical theater. HELLO, DOLLY! sparkles. Ashley Gardner Carlson understands the emotional drive behind the matchmaker character and relies on the material as written. She is a highly personable and naturally endearing Dolly.

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
October 3, 2017


BWW Review: STEEL PIER at University Of Utah Department Of TheatreBWW Review: STEEL PIER at University Of Utah Department Of Theatre
September 21, 2017

STEEL PIER is irresistibly infectious. The University of Utah's fearless Theatre Department, the closest the state has to a conservatory actor-training program, entertainingly stages the regional premiere of this neglected John Kander and Fred Ebb musical.

BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Pioneer Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Pioneer Theatre Company
September 20, 2017

Fifteen-year-old Christopher is the central character in THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, the winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play receiving its regional premiere in a spectacular production by the Pioneer Theatre Company. Artistic Director Karen Azenberg proficiently stages the compelling show and guides the expert nine cast members playing 35 different roles.

BWW Review: SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY at Salt Lake Acting CompanyBWW Review: SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY at Salt Lake Acting Company
September 12, 2017

SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY is an engaging new light comedy with a agreeably subtle religious theme, expertly directed and staged by Salt Lake Acting Company.

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

Without a doubt, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is Utah's most frequently performed musical. It's hard not to find one of the ubiquitous stagings, from high schools to large community theater companies all across the state. So the challenge is to make JOSEPH fresh and new when audiences are already familiar with the sight gags and punchlines before entering the theater, if not also all the lyrics to each of the songs.

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
July 9, 2017


BWW Interview:  A Vanguard Theater in a Conservative Utah County?BWW Interview: A Vanguard Theater in a Conservative Utah County?
July 5, 2017

Kacey Spadafora firmly believes in contemporary, innovative theater. And he's selected perhaps the most conservative county in the deeply red state of Utah to begin a bold theater county.

BWW Feature: HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson at Mormon Tabernacle ChoirBWW Feature: HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson at Mormon Tabernacle Choir
June 30, 2017

With its guests soloists, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has sung everything from Broadway ballads to African-American spirituals, and from the Great American Songbook and opera to Swedish folk music.

BWW Review: SLAC's HAND TO GOD Is Raucous, Irreligious, and It's a Must-SeeBWW Review: SLAC's HAND TO GOD Is Raucous, Irreligious, and It's a Must-See
April 20, 2017

SLAC's HAND TO GOD Is Raucous, Irreligious, and It's a Must-See

Michael Mott's IN THE LIGHT To Receive Developmental Workshop in Utah, With Jeff Whiting DirectingMichael Mott's IN THE LIGHT To Receive Developmental Workshop in Utah, With Jeff Whiting Directing
November 1, 2016

While nearly every Broadway show receives a developmental workshop in New York or Los Angeles, the creative team for one show with Broadway aspirations has selected an unusual city for this step in the development process.

BWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Pioneer Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Pioneer Theatre Company
October 28, 2016

Before A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, and SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, Tennessee Williams wrote his most autobiographical play, THE GLASS MENAGERIE.



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