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MUSICAL COMEDIES AMONG NEW OFFERINGS

Two off-the-wall musical comedies lead this week's pack of new theatrical offerings (see separate stories in this section), but theatergoers can also pick from a popular Broadway musical, an evening of Broadway show tunes, a locally written show and the first out-of-town performances of the 24th annual Classical Greek Theatre Festival production.

- BROADWAY'S BEST and great standards of the past will be performed by Craig Fredericks and jazz artist Peggy Rose on Friday and Saturday evening at the newly reopened Off-Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St.Fredericks is a local performer who has sung with the Utah Opera Company and also enjoys Broadway show tunes.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17. All seats are $10 (general admission seating), with tickets available in advance from Smith'sTix outlets. They will also be available at the door prior to performance time.

- "MEDEA," the 1994 Classical Greek Theatre Festival production, is playing Sept. 17-20, in three of the Four Corners states - Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8:30 a.m. at the Geodesic Dome near Moab; Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. at St. John's College in Santa Fe, N.M., and on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at both 3 and 7:30 p.m., at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo.

The production, directed by Larry West and produced by the University of Utah theater department, will then move to the Red Butte Garden Amphitheater for four Salt Lake performances (8:30 a.m. on two consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2), plus a special 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, Sept. 25, as part of a theater department fund-raiser (see related story on page E10).

Following the Salt Lake performances, "Medea" heads out on a Utah and California tour: Oct. 5, 8 p.m., in USU's Kent Theatre in Logan; Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., in WSU's Allred Theatre in Ogden, and Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in BYU's Richards Dance Building, Provo.

The two West Coast dates are Friday, Oct. 21, at Santa Clara University and Sunday, Oct. 23, in the outdoor Quarry Theatre at the University of California-Santa Cruz.

Ticket prices will vary from location to location.

Most of the performances will include free orientation lectures by James T. Svendsen, founder and dramaturg of the festival.

Lectures scheduled for the Utah performances include: Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., at Star Hall in Moab; Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper School library of Rowland Hall-St. Marks; Oct. 5, 7 p.m., in USU's Fine Arts auditorium; Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., in WSU's Monson Theatre, and Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m., in BYU's Pardoe Theatre.

- "THE HUNTER SO REAPETH," an evening of whodunit comedy, will be presented Friday, Sept. 16, at The Camelot Restaurant in Layton and then moves to Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon for shows Sept. 23 and Nov. 18.

Starring in the Hunt Mystery & Company dinner show are Cherilee Larson, Julie Carlson, Joan Johnson, Victor and Michelle Groves, Mike Weaver, Laurie Ridges, Phil Lindhardt and JoDean Pond.

Seating begins at 7 p.m., with dinner and do-it-yourself sleuthing starting at 7:30 p.m. Call the Camelot Restaurant at 733-1336 or Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort at 521-6040, Ext. 4080, for reservations.

- "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF," directed by Alan Lafleur, is set for a nine-performance run at Draper City Hall.

Opening night, appropriately, is Yom Kippur.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15-17, 19-20 and 22-24. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ($2 for the matinee).

Tickets are available in advance from the Draper City Hall. For further information, call 576-6500 or 572-4625.

- "THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES," the locally written musical version of the beloved fable, will be presented by the West Valley City Arts Council for three performances at Granger High School auditorium.

Gerry Graves, assisted by Denise Gull, is directing a cast of more than 60 adults and youths.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, 17 and 19. All seats are $4, with tickets available at the door.