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'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' come to Utah stage

Jessica Knowles and Doug Shepherd bring "Bye, Bye Birdie" to life in Perry.
Jessica Knowles and Doug Shepherd bring "Bye, Bye Birdie" to life in Perry.
Heritage Centre

With flying colors, plenty of hair rollers and a poodle skirt or two, here are this week's theater offerings:

"Bye Bye Birdie," Feb. 26 - March 20, Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. U.S. 89, Perry.

Welcome back to the '50s. Conrad Birdie (think Elvis) will give one screaming fan a last kiss before joining the army. Add an over-controlling mother, a mama's-boy manager and a dad who doesn't know how to make sense of any of it and you've got a fun musical filled with memorable songs, "Kids," "Got A Lot Of Livin'" and "One Boy."

Starring: Tyson Price, Emilee Cooke, Jessica Knowles and Doug Sheperd."

Shows are Monday, Friday and Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees available, $8-$9 (435-723-8392 or heritagetheatreutah.com)

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Feb. 26 - March 6, The Children's Theatre, 237 S. State.

The perennial favorite will be put on by the Youthstage group (actors 8-18). Based on the coat of many colors, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is a light-hearted tour through all musical types, country, calypso, even rap.

Shows are Friday and Saturday nights, times vary, matinees available, $8 (801-532-6000 or www.tctheatre.org)

"Steel Magnolias," American Fork Arts Council, Feb. 25 - March 6, Hampton House, 198 W. 300 North.

Gather round the hair-cuttin' chair for a good talk and a cry with this special dinner-theater production. Six women share their stories in this theater classic on which the movie was based. Starring: Jeannine Laskey, Corene Casper, Eileen Snow, Jessica Major, Natalie Grant and Joan Johnson.

Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, dinner served at 6:30 p.m. (show begins at 8 p.m.) $30 (801-763-3081)

"Neglect," Utah Contemporary Theatre, Feb. 22, Salt Lake Acting Company, 178 W. 500 North.

In celebration of Black History month, and in conjunction with The Edward Lewis Black Theatre Festival, this is a free reading of the Sharon Rothstein play about the 1995 Chicago heat wave that left 700 dead as Rose, an elderly African-American woman watches her neighborhood deteriorate. Starring: Yolanda Wood, Carlton Bluford and Jayne Luke.

One reading only, 7 p.m., free.

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