If you like theater, this is a great week. Many productions are opening, and there's a little something for everyone.
"Beau Jest," Thursday through Aug. 2, Old Lyric Repertory Company, Caine Lyric Theatre, Utah State University, Logan.
An off-Broadway hit for more than two years, "Beau Jest" is a comedic satire for the whole family. Sarah's parents want her to marry a "nice Jewish boy" and finally insist on meeting her new boyfriend. Sarah has to hire an actor to play her boyfriend, knowing her parents wouldn't approve of the real thing.
"Beau Jest" runs in repertory with the rest of the Old Lyric season. Dates and times vary; tickets are $10-$75 (435-797-8022 or www.usu.edu/lyric).
"The Big Bad Musical A Howling Courtroom Comedy," Thursday through June 23, Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, Magna.
The inaugural children's program takes the story of the Big Bad Wolf to the courts, and the audience is the jury. All of the cast and crew, with the exception of the director, are under the age of 18.
Shows are nightly, except Sunday, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday; tickets are $8-$9 (801-347-7373 or www.empresstheatre.com).
"Bye Bye Birdie," Taylorsville Arts Council, opens Friday and runs through June 26 at the Alder Amphitheater, Salt Lake Community College, 4600 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville.
Conrad Birdie, a popular singer in 1958, gets drafted into the Army. His publicists come up with a great stunt to promote Birdie's new song, "One Last Kiss," by having him give one lucky girl one last kiss before he goes. The show includes great songs such as "Put on a Happy Face," "Kids" and "A Lot of Livin' to Do."
Shows are nightly, except Sunday and Tuesday, at 8 p.m.; tickets are $5
"Footloose" opens Friday and runs through July 19 at Rodgers Memorial Theatre, 292 E. Pages Lane, Centerville.
Based on the popular '80s movie, "Footloose" is about Chicago transplant Ren as he struggles to find his place in the puritanical small town to which he's just moved. This Tony-nominated musical also features many of the hit songs from the movie.
Shows are nightly except Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $9-$16 (801-298-1302 or www.rodgersmemorialtheatre.com).
"Honk!" Midvale Arts Council, Saturday through June 28, Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 W. Center, Midvale.
A musical retelling of the story of the Ugly Duckling, "Honk!" won the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical. This production features Josh Curtis, Craig Camp, Jeannette Hansen and Ricky Parkinson.
Shows are nightly, except Sunday, at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $3-$5, with family passes available (801-567-0087).
"How to Eat Like a Child," Friday through Saturday, at the Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South.
Featuring students of the Theatre Arts Conservatory, a program of Plan-B Theatre Company, this is a hilarious musical romp giving kids lesson in such skills as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister and how to act after being sent to your room.
Shows are at 7 p.m.; tickets are $5 (www.theatreartsconservatory.com).
"Les Miserables School Edition" opens Friday and runs through July 19 at Center Street Musical Theatre, 177 W. Center, Provo.
This production of the Tony Award winning classic tale of love, forgiveness and humanity stars Adam Baird and Logan Voorhis (Valjean), James Bounous (Javert), Micah Wehrs (Marius) and also features a live orchestra.
Shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, with a few matinees available; tickets are $8-$10, with family passes available (801-373-4485 or www.csmtc.com).
"State Fair," West Jordan Theater Arts, Thursday through June 30, at the Sugar Factory Playhouse, 8201 S. 2200 West, West Jordan.
A Rodgers and Hammerstein classic featuring such songs as "It Might as Well be Spring" and "A Grand Night for Signing," "State Fair" follows the Frake family as they head to the Iowa State Fair the parents are hoping to win a couple of blue ribbons, but the kids would rather find romance.
Shows are nightly except Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $3-$6 (www.sugarfactoryplayhouse.com).
"You Can't Take It With You," Draper Arts Council, Thursday through Monday, Summit Academy, 1285 E. 12300 South, Draper.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy was the basis for the 1938 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. A good natured but decidedly eccentric family meets a new friend.
Shows are nightly, except Sunday, at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday; tickets are $5, groups rates available.
"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," StageRight TheatreCompany, Saturday and June 27 and 28, at The Circuit, 7710 S. 700 West, Midvale.
All of your favorite characters are back: Snoopy, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus and Charlie Brown. This is a funny tale of friendship, happiness and being Charlie Brown. This production features live music.Show time is 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $10 (801-272-3445).
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