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Lots of Broadway musicals, drama opening this week

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A batch of Broadway musicals and one classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama open this week along the Wasatch Front.

"THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL" — Frank Wildhorn's recent Broadway hit, will have its Utah premiere Aug. 3-18 at the SCERA Shell amphitheater in Orem. Jerry Elison is directing the adventure-filled musical, which tells the story of an infamous British aristocrat concealing his courageous alter ego behind the masquerade of a dimwitted English fop named Percy. The ruse allows him to hide in plain sight of his enemies and learn of their plans.

Brad Montgomery, who has performed at Tuacahn, in commercials and films and was recently seen as Lancelot in the Hale Center Theatre's production of "Camelot," takes on the role of Sir Percy Blakeney — alias the Pimpernel. Briana Gray and Sarah Broberg are double cast in the role of his love interest, Marguerite St. Just, and Scott Montgomery (Brad's brother) is playing the villain, Chauvelin.

Performances will be Thursdays-Saturdays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. For reservations, call 225-2787. (This production will also travel to Salt Lake City for performances Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in Murray Park Amphitheater.)

"LUCKY STIFF," Lynn Ahrens and Steve Flaherty's musical comedy about a nephew about to inherit $6 million — but only if he takes his deceased uncle to Monaco for a final vacation — will play Aug. 3-Sept. 8 in the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City. (The original Broadway cast included Judy Blazer, who is currently performing in "Funny Girl" at Sundance Summer Theatre.)

Bruce Bredeson is directing a double-cast ensemble that includes Kelly DeHaan and Eric B. Armstrong as Harry Witherspoon, the bewildered shoe salesman/nephew who may inherit the money; Jennie Whitlock and Jocelyn Hansen as Annabel Glick, a strong-willed Humane Society "watchdog," who also wants the money; JaceSon Parker Barrus and David W. Stensrud as Vinnie DiRuzzio, who everyone thinks has stolen the money; and Jennifer Hohl and Sharon Kenison as Rita La Porter, who has killed her lover to get the money.

Also in the cast are David Glaittli and Lee Fobert as Luigi Gaudi, who knows the identity of the dead man, and Jennifer Nix and Erin Royall as Dominique DuMonaco, a French nightclub singer who is good at pouring salt into wounds. JaNae Gibbs Cottam, Cassie Caulkins, David Schmidt, John Sweeney, J. Tyrus Williams and Erik Denton portray a landlady, emcee, bell hop and a variety of other characters, and Bryon Finch and William Phillips portray the "truly dead" Dead Body.

Performances will be Mondays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Saturday matinees at noon and 3:30 p.m. All seating is reserved. Tickets range from $12 to $17.50. For reservations, log onto HCT's Web site www.halecentretheatre.com or call 984-9000 or visit the box office at 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive.

"OUR TOWN," Thornton Wilder's 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about life, love and death in a small New England community at the turn of the century, is playing Aug. 3-27 at Pleasant Grove's Little London Dinner Theatre.

The poignant, slice-of-life drama features Tom Lamoreaux as the Stage Manager, who narrates the proceedings; Nate Hoffman and Jessica Penovich as the romantic young couple, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, whose families are next-door neighbors; Mel Broberg and Cosette West as Dr. and Mrs.Gibbs; and Peter Van Orman and Linda Williams-Van Orman as Mr. and Mrs. Webb. Also in the cast are Tyler Allen, Mary Broberg, Karen Marshall, Tosh Matzgar, Aaron Wright, Nate Broberg, Derick Manning, Bill Hanson, Nathan Hanson and Devin Williams.

Evening performances are 7:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 3-25, with two Monday evening "family night" performances on Aug. 6 and 20 only. There will also be one Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 (no meals are served at the matinee).For evening performances, doors open at 6:30, and dinner — a choice of Ranch Steak or Rolando Chicken — is served at 6:45. The $27.50 admission price includes dinner and show.

"MAN OF LA MANCHA" is the fourth and final production in this summer's Utah Musical Theatre series in Ogden, playing Aug, 3-18 in Peery's Egyptian Theater. The plot revolves around Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, forced to act out his novel "Don Quixote" in an attempt to mount his own defense for a kangaroo court. He spins a colorful tale with fantastic characters to paint a picture of a man surviving the adversities of life by seeing the best potential in everything and everyone. The score's best known song is "The Impossible Dream."

Jerry P. O'Connor, UMT's artistic director, is directing a cast that includes Equity artist Dennis St. Pierre, who has appeared as Enrico in the national tour of "Phantom of the Opera," as Cervantes/Quixote, with two well-known Utahns — Dee Pace and Alissa Harris — as, respectively, Sancho Panza, Quixote's manservant, and Aldonza, who Quixote envisions as the beautiful Dulcinea.

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays, Aug. 3-18, with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for students and senior citizens. Group rates ($16 each for orders of 10 or more) are also available. For reservations, call Weber State University's Dee Events Center box office at 626-8500 or 1-800-WSU-TIKS or the Egyptian Theater box office at 395-3227.

"SINGIN' IN THE RAIN," the stage version of MGM's classic movie musical, will be presented Aug. 3-7 by the Bluffdale Arts Council. Set in 1927, when Hollywood was in the throes of making the transition from silent films to "talkies," it's a tune-filled parody of the panic that swept through movie studios. Nathan Smith portrays matinee idol Don Lockwood and Chera Stone is his blonde (but seriously shrill-voiced) co-star, Lina Lamont. Their film, "The Dueling Cavelier," is suddenly shelved so that it can be changed into a talking musical called "The Dancing Cavalier."

Also in the cast are Richie Garner as Lockwood's former song-and-dance partner, Cosmo, and Lolly Anderson as Kathy Selden, an aspiring actress who is called in to dub her singing voice for Lina. Laura Garner is directing, with Vickie Wartmen and Lolly Anderson as choreographers.

Performances will be 7 p.m. on Aug. 3, 4 and 6 in South Hills Middle School, 13508 S. 4000 West, Riverton, with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. All tickets are $5 each. There is also a $20 family pass, which admits up to six immediate family members (and an extra $4 for each additional person), and a $15 "value coupon" admitting four persons. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Peterson's Market in Riverton or from cast members. Tickets will also be available at the door, 30 minutes prior to curtain.

"CINDERELLA," Rodgers and Hammerstein's lyrical spin on the beloved fairy tale, will be staged Aug. 3-11 by the Sandy Arts Council. Directed by Ernie Doose, the show features Heidi Taylor, a former Brigham Young University performer, in the title role.

The musical will be performed at 8 p.m. on Aug. 3-4 and 6-11 in the amphitheater, 1245 E. 9400 South. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, $6 for children and $5 for all lawn seating. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Sandy City Hall, the city's Parks and Recreation office or from the customer service desk at South Towne Center. All patrons purchasing tickets for the Aug. 7-9 performances only will receive a $1 discount when showing their "Glass Slipper" entry forms. The Sandy city production of "Cinderella" will also be performed Aug. 24-28 at the SCERA Shell in Orem.

The Sandy Arts Guild will conduct a drawing on Thursday, Aug. 9, with "A Cinderella Night" for two — an overnight stay at the Marriott Courtyard in Sandy, dinner at Giovanni's Restaurante Italiano and a limousine ride to a concert by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at Abravanel Hall — as the grand prize, plus Ballet West and Utah Symphony tickets and dinner certificates for other winners. "Glass Slipper" entry forms were printed in Sandy city's July newsletter and are also available at the Sandy Parks and Recreation office, 8680 S. 440 East. All entry forms must be turned into the Sandy Amphitheater box office prior to 7 p.m. on Aug. 9.

"WEST SIDE STORY" is playing at the Draper Historic Theatre. After the opening on Thursday, Aug. 2, it will continue on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 17. For further information and reservations, call the box office at 572-4144.

"GUYS AND DOLLS JR." a youth version of one of Broadway's biggest classics — slightly abbreviated and renamed — has opened at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse in Ogden, where it continue Saturdays at 1 p.m. on Aug. 4 and 11. For reservations, call 393-0070.

"LADY IN WAITING," an original romantic play about Meg Wyatt, lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn in Tudor England. It was written by Brigham Young University graduate student Melissa Larson and is directed by Wendy Simmerman. The cast includes Heidi D. Reed, Ryan Michael Painter, Amanda Scheffer, Benjamin Hess, Peter Biggs, Ryan Flake, Mark Ailshie and Lucy Nielson.

The play will be performed in the Margetts Theatre on Aug. 1-4 and 7-11, as part of the 2001 Theatre Student Showcase. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for BYU faculty and students; phone 378-4322. (There will be half-price previews Aug. 1 and 2.)

Information on stage productions or auditions must be submitted at least three 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.