OGDEN, Utah – Utah Musical Theatre’s final production of the 2006 season, “Songs for a New World,” will open Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Peery’s Egyptian Theater (2415 Washington Blvd.) in Ogden.
The production, which is the show’s Utah premiere, is a two-act musical revue written by Jason Robert Brown, whose musical talents have drawn comparisons to pop artist Billy Joel. Brown also wrote the score for the Broadway musical “Parade,” for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Original Musical Score.
“Brown is not well-known by much of the public, but he’s fast becoming a darling of the industry,” said Bruce Cohen, UMT’s artistic and managing director. “He is a cult favorite.”
Brown’s musical versatility in “Songs for a New World” will appeal to theatergoers, according to Cohen. “He has a multifaceted music style ranging from traditional to rock, pop and gospel,” Cohen said.
“Songs for a New World,” features songs about new frontiers, life-changing decisions and the hope needed to press forward. The musical spans centuries, from European explorers on a Spanish sailing ship in 1492 to a modern-day ledge 57 stories above New York City’s Fifth Avenue.
In “Songs for a New World,” Cohen hopes to appeal to the young adult and teenage audience in addition to traditional audiences. “It’s as close to a rock musical as we’ve ever come with a lot of dance and movement,” he said.
The show will run Aug. 18, 19 and 24-26 with a matinee performance on Aug. 19. The matinee, which includes 300 complimentary tickets for residents of the state of Utah through the Weber County RAMP Initiative, will be at 2 p.m. with the evening show on that day starting at 8 p.m. All other performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at weber.edu/ticketoffice, on the phone at (800) WSU TIKS or at Peery’s Egyptian Theater one hour before showtime. This production will interest adults and older teens and does contain some PG-13 language.