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3 books turned into plays to hit local stages next month

SALT LAKE CITY — Three plays that were adapted from novels as well as the debut of a new venue are among local theater highlights next month. Here’s a closer look at a few productions opening in September:

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone, who is autistic and struggles in social situations but has a great talent for math, is on a quest to find out who killed his neighbor’s dog in the Tony Award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which opens Sept. 15 at Pioneer Theatre.

The story, an adaptation of a 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, was named best play at the 2015 Tony Awards and takes audiences into Christopher’s world and the story “forces you to adopt, wholesale, the point of view of someone with whom you may initially feel you have little in common,” according to The New York Times.

The show runs Sept. 15-Nov. 4 at Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East, $25-$44 (801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org).

‘A Tale of Two Cities’

Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” makes its way from the page to the stage in the musical adaptation of the story, which opens at the end of the month at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville. “Testing the limits of love and loyalty, this story will have you crying for justice and cheering in your seats,” according to CPT’s website. It opens Sept. 29-Oct. 28, CenterPoint Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $19.50-$25.50 for adults, $17.50-$23.25 for seniors and students (801-298-1302 or centerpointtheatre.org).

‘Jekyll & Hyde’

While researching a cure for his father’s mental illness, a physician named Dr. Jekyll accidentally creates a violent alternate personality in himself known as Mr. Hyde. The musical, based on a novella by Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, hits the stage at Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Washington Terrace, Sept. 29-Nov. 11, $9-$14 (801-393-0070 or terraceplayhouse.com).

‘Forever Plaid’

Hale Centre Theatre’s proscenium thrust Jewel Box Theatre in the Mountain America Performing Arts Centre will open its doors for the first time with a production of “Forever Plaid,” beginning Sept. 1.

The show is the first in HCT’s new facilities in Sandy and provides a sneak peek at the rest of the venue, which will open in full in November.

“Forever Plaid” is a concert revue that tells the story of four friends in the 1950s hoping to make their big break as a doo-wop group called Forever Plaid. On their way to their first gig, the Plaids get in a car accident and all four men die but are given the chance to perform their show before heading to heaven.

Audiences can catch the show Sept. 1-Nov. 14, Hale Centre Theatre Jewel Box Theatre, 9886 Monroe St., Sandy, $39 for adults, $18 for youths (801-984-9000 or hct.org).

‘Next to Normal’

What appears to be a stereotypical suburban family has a secret in “Next to Normal,” which is being put on by the Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden. While the dad works as an architect and the mom cares for her seemingly perfect children, the mother has been battling manic depression for more than a decade. According to Music Theatre International, the company who licenses the show, the musical is an examination of mental illness that “takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.”

Ziegfeld’s production will play on its own stage and at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. The shows in Park City run Sept. 8-17, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main, $23-$45 (435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org). The shows at the Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden are Sept. 22-Oct. 1, 3934 S. Washington Blvd., $17-$20 (855-944-2787 or theziegfeldtheater.com).