OGDEN, Utah – The newly announced Utah Musical Theatre 2006 lineup features works by musical theater legends and rising stars of the genre.
UMT will present “Two by Two,” “Dames at Sea” and “Songs for a New World” as part of the company’s 26th season.
“Building on the success of recent seasons, these productions offer our audience entertaining, yet lesser-done shows with a broad range of appeal,” said Bruce Cohen, artistic and managing director for UMT. “I believe both Two by Two and Songs for a New World are premieres for this region.”
Cohen said “Two by Two” is a musical that employs gentle and reverent humor in its retelling of the Noah and the Ark story that will connect with Utah audiences. Critically hailed as the best of Richard Rodgers’ post-Hammerstein work, the show is the result of the iconic collaboration of Rodgers, Martin Charnin (“Annie”) and Peter Stone (“1776”).
“Dames at Sea” is proudly fluffy send-up of the grandiose movie musicals of yesteryear. The storyline even features Utah ties, with both lead characters hailing from Centerville, Utah, hoping to make it big on Broadway.
“‘Dames’ offers 100 percent ‘G-rated,’ family-friendly entertainment, complete with plenty of singing and tap dancing,” said Cohen.
The season takes a more sophisticated turn with “Songs for a New World” by Jason Robert Brown, one of the most celebrated composer/lyricists on the scene today.
Brown has been favorably compared to Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire. “Songs for a New World” is part revue and part book musical, featuring a “song-cycle,” a collection of thematically linked musical vignettes that all carry the same theme of discovery, courage, change and facing one’s fears.
“Audiences will be treated to a wide array of musical styles, from traditional Broadway to rock opera to cheeky cabaret tunes,” Cohen said. He added that due to some sophisticated subject matter, “Songs” is not intended for children.
Cohen said response to the 2005 season influenced the selection of shows for 2006.
“Judging by the universally positive response we received last season, I think our audiences showed a willingness to embrace the new and unusual,” Cohen said. “The 2006 season will continue on that artistic course, offering Utah audiences the excitement of experiencing and discovering a show they haven’t seen before.”
Season ticket subscriptions for 2006 are available for $50 per adult through the Dee Events Center Ticket Office at 801-626-8500 or 1-800-WSU-TIKS. Youth subscriptions are available for $3 apiece with each full-price adult subscription purchased. Visit weber.edu/umt/ for more information.