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Two Broadway musicals and a locally written historical production are among this week's new stage offerings in the region.

"THE MUSIC MAN," Meredith Willson's down-home musical about life in River City, Iowa, at the turn of the century, will play Aug. 18-Sept. 23 at Rodgers Memorial Theatre, Centerville.

Director Leslie Warwood's double-cast ensemble includes Glenn McKay and David Nieman alternating as smooth-talking peddler Harold Hill, and Diane Elmer and Angela Maloy sharing the role of librarian/music teacher Marian Paroo, with Sterling Brimley and Bernett Baldwin as grouchy Mayor Shinn.

George Marshall choreographed the show, and Steve Smith is musical director for the production.

Performances are Mondays and Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. All seating is reserved. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for senior citizens and students and $10 for children. For reservations, call 298-1302.

"JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT," is making a return visit to the Draper Historic Theatre, 12366 S. 900 East.

The cast includes Jerome Peterson as Joseph, Julie Blatter and Lisa Grow as the narrator, Wayne Price as Jacob, Jesse Dolce as Pharoah/Napthali and Larry DeBirk as Potiphar/Reuben.

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Aug. 17-31, with one matinee at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Tickets are $8 for children and $10 for adults on weekends and Mondays, and $6 and $8 on weeknights and the matinee. For reservations, call 572-4144.

"WOMAN IN THE WIND," Karla Huntsman's new musical drama about Drusilla Hendricks, a Mormon pioneer woman and her struggles, is having an encore presentation Aug. 16-19 at the Ragan Theatre on the Utah Valley State College campus, Orem.

The Deseret Dance Theater production, featuring a musical score by Kathleen Newton and Machelle Thompson, will be staged at 8 p.m. All seats are $8 each. Call 222-8797 for reservations.

Drusilla's husband, James, was shot at the Battle of Crooked River and was paralyzed from the neck down. Through vignettes, music and choreographed movement, "Woman in the Wind" tells the story of their efforts to move forward and raise their five children.

TWO MYSTERY-DINNER EVENTS are scheduled this week in the region. They are:

— "That's How the Fortune Cookie Crumbles," being presented on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m., by Chameleons, the Whodunit Company, at Snowbird Resort. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $35 per person for adults and $15 for children. Call 933-2110 for reservations.

— "Through the Window Glass," , is Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m., by Hunt Mystery & Company, at Inn on the Creek in Midway. All tickets are $35 each. For reservations, call 800-654-0892.

Information on stage productions or auditions must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Compiled by Ivan M. Lincoln, Deseret News theater editor, 1-801-236-6017. Send material to Deseret News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110 (Attn: Ivan Lincoln), or send it via e-mail: ivan@desnews.com or Fax to 1-801-237-2550.