Two big Broadway hits, a program of show tunes from Broadway musicals, a classic absurdist comedy ("Waiting for Godot," see story on today's Arts Section cover), a dark drama by Horton Foote and two separate series of one-act plays are featured on this week's theater calendar, along with a murder mystery event.
- MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, featuring nearly 20 solos and duets from both stage and screen, will showcase the talents of two of Brigham Young University's most successful music/dance/theater alumni - David and Amy Barrus.The program, part of BYU's ongoing Entr'Acte series, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 8-11 in the Pardoe Drama Theatre of the Harris Fine Arts Center.
Each evening, the various segments will focus on different aspects of the couple's lives and careers: Broadway songs from their years as BYU students and at the Sundance Summer Theatre; music from their performances at Walt Disney World in Florida; a musical retelling of their romance and marriage; a section dedicated to David Barrus' father, the late Clyn Barrus, former director of the BYU School of Music, and a look at their future and their desire to be a musical family.
David recently concluded a long-run appearance as Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast" at Disney World/MGM Studios, where Amy was appear-ing as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid." This summer, Amy Barrus will have the title role in the Sundance production of "Gypsy" and David will be performing at Lagoon.
Tickets for "Music of the Night" are $9 for the general public and $7 for students and faculty. For reservations, call 378-4322, or visit the fine arts center box office.
- MY FAIR LADY will play April 10-June 1 at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden (Washington Terrace).
The double-cast musical features Laurel Warr and Melinda Cole Welch alternating as Eliza Doolittle, Kevin Ireland and Wayne Welch as Henry Higgins, Dave Brown and Bill Turner as Alfie Doolittle and Steve Noorda and Steve Shupe as Col. Pickering.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, with one matinee at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Ticket prices range from $5.50 to $8. There is also a $24 family pass on Monday nights only. For reservations, call 393-0070.
- THE MAN WHO CLIMBED THE PECAN TREE, a dark, one-act play written by Horton Foote and directed by Charlton James, is scheduled April 9-12 in the intimate Lab Theatre of the University of Utah's Performing Arts Building, just west of the campus bookstore.
Written after the disorder of the 1960s, the play reflects the breakdown of the traditional social contacts that took place during that decade. It's a glimpse into the deteriorating lives of a small-town Texas family.
The cast includes Marilyn Holt, most recently seen in Salt Lake Acting Company's "Last Lists of My Mad Mother" and the Babcock Theatre's revival of "Long Days Journey Into Night."
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 9-11, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, with a matinee at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets, priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students, may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling 581-6961.
- BIG RIVER, a musical retelling of the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is playing April 10-25 at the Heritage Community Theatre, 2505 S. Highway 89, Perry (between Ogden and Brigham City).
Directed by Dee Pace, the cast includes Josh Madsen as Huck Finn, Kevin Adams as Jim, the runaway slave; Jeremy Starr as Tom Sawyer, Anjenette Stevens as Widow Douglas and Lynette Spackman as Miss Watson.
Music and lyrics for the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit were written by the late Roger Miller, with script by William Hauptman.
Performances will be Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with one matinee at 2 p.m. on April 18. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. For reservations, call 1-435-723-8392.
- EVENINGS OF ONE-ACT PLAYS are planned next weekend at Weber State University, Ogden, and the Villa Playhouse Theatre in Springville. Dates and times for both sets of plays are 7:30 p.m. April 9-11.
- Mosaic '98 will showcase original material by WSU students and technicians. The cast includes Corey Atkins, Jonathon Phipps, Cheri Pratt, Andra Thorne and Wendy Walden.
Performances will be in the Lair of WSU's Shepherd Student Union Building.
Entries from Joe Bartenhagen, Cicely Ben, Corey Atkins, David Boyce, Kristy Davis, Cory Ervin, Caril Jennings, Sara Lewis, Richard Swenson, Nancy Thacker, Gabriel Trionfi, Emilie Turner and Maria Weaver were accepted for the the production.
Seating in the Lair is limited. Tickets, being sold only at the door (not through WSU's usual Dee Events Center box office), are $4 for adults and $3 for students.
- One Act More is the umbrella for nine one-act plays being performed by students from nine Utah County high schools. There will be three different shows each night. Tickets are $7 for general admission ($6 in the balcony) or $6 for senior citizens and students. There is also a $20 family pass for up to five people, plus $5 for each additional family member.
For reservations, call 489-3088.
- THE MORGUE THE MERRIER, an audience participation murder mystery staged by Chameleons, the Whodunit Company, will be held on Saturday, April 11, only, in the Cliff Lodge Ballroom at Snowbird. The activity begins at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 521-6040, Ext. 4080.