SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake community is welcoming the spring with uplifting music, dance and theater. ABBA tunes in the shape of "Mamma Mia!," Children Dance Theater's whimsical "Dancing Man," "Alice in Wonderland," Rachmaninoff and more will open this weekend. Here's a look at those events (and more).
Here we go again! The Egyptian Theatre is picking up the script of "Mamma Mia!," a 1999 Broadway musical based on the songs of ABBA composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. “Mamma Mia!” will play March 22-31, dates and times vary, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main, St., Park City, $29-$55, contains some adult themes and sexual innuendo (435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org).
'The Dancing Man'
Who doesn’t love a dancing man? Performed by Children’s Dance Theatre to celebrate their 70th anniversary, “The Dancing Man” shows the story of a young boy by the Baltic sea who discovers a pair of magical shoes and ends up “dancing hope and delight into the lives of those who need it most,” the show's website writes. “The Dancing Man” will play March 22, 7:30 p.m.; March 23, 2 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, $18.50-$27.50 for general, 50 percent discount for children under age 12 (tannerdance.utah.edu).
For anyone looking to finish off St. Patrick’s week with Irish-American punk-rock, Flogging Molly’s Sunday concert is a good place to go. Infused with Irish patriotism and celtic-inspired songs written by Irish singer Dave King and his bandmates, our readers agree that this is “one of the best concerts (they’ve) ever seen.” March 24th at the Complex, 536 W. 100 South, doors open 7 p.m., show starts at 8, $35, (801-528-9197, thecomplexslc.com).
Rachmaninoff’s 'Piano Concerto No. 2'
One of Rachmaninoff’s most enduring works, "Piano Concerto No. 2," comes to Abravanel Hall. The concerto is still being talked about, with Classic FM recently sayig the work is an “unassailable epic piece of genius.” Also on the program will be Andrew Norman’s energetic “Play”, a cycle of pieces that play with chance, choice and free will. “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2” will play March 22, 7:30 p.m.; March 23, 7 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, $20-$96 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
'Alice in Wonderland'
Based on Lewis Carroll’s epic adventure into an alternate reality, Cache Valley Civic Ballet presents what is sure to be a beautifully performed and engaging rendition of the children’s classic “Alice in Wonderland.” March 22-23, 7:30 p.m.; March 23, 1:30 p.m., Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main St., Logan, $12-$28 (435-752-0026 or cachearts.org).
'Anthem: A Night of Music and Devotion'
An “Interfaith Roundtable Sacred Music Evening,” this event is open to people of all religious backgrounds. The event aims to celebrate the faith and unity of all through music, dance, scripture and prayer from various Utah faith communities. “Anthem: A Night of Music and Devotion” will take place March 23, 7:30 p.m., Conference Center Theater, Temple Square, event is free but tickets are required (801-570-0080 or lds.org/events).