The image of Tom Hanks jumping around on an oversize piano is pretty familiar to most folks, and instantly recognizable as the movie, "Big."
The musical version of the popular film, "Big: The Musical," opened on Broadway 1996 and ran for 193 performances, garnering five Tony Award nominations and 10 Drama Desk nominations.
Hale Centre Theatre opens its production Monday. "From the '80s setting, to the trampoline scene, to the piano at FAO Schwartz I want to help audiences remember how they felt when they saw 'Big' for the first time and what it is like to be a kid," said director, John Sweeney.
With an innovative set, and more than 1,000 props, "Big: The Musical" stars Danny Tarasevich and J.C. Ernst (older Josh); Jocelyn Hansen and Eden Benson (Susan); Spencer Hohl and Kooper Cambell (Billy); Eric Lash and Peter Rosen (young Josh).
The show runs Monday through Sept. 20, Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City. Shows are nightly at 7:30 p.m., except Sundays, with Saturday matinees available. Tickets are $15-$25 (801-984-9000 or www.halecentretheatre.org).
Here are this week's other theater offerings:
"The Golden Age of Wireless," Utah Theatre Artists Company, Thursday through Aug. 2, Midvale Amphitheater, 455 W. 7500 South, Midvale.
This is a three-week series of old-time radio programs (future performance dates: Aug. 14-15; Aug. 21-23). Every week will include new and different episodes these are classics of American radio from the '40s and '50s, fun for the whole family. A portion of the proceeds will go to South Valley Boys and Girls Club. Seating is grass-only so bring chairs, blankets and coolers. Starring Elizabeth Abbott, Clinton Coltrin, Mike Hardy, Bijan Hosseini, Antonia Horne, Jeff Owen, Hank Pond and Kristie Wallace.
Shows are 7:30 p.m., $5-$12.
"The Hasty Heart," Friday through Sept. 13, Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, Orem.
Margaret is a nurse in an Army hospital during World War II, in charge of a group of soldiers who spend their time bickering, teasing and counting the days until they can go home. With a surprisingly healthy dose of laughter, "The Hasty Heart," is a love story about life, how we live it, and with whom we celebrate it. Starring Erica Baxter, Elwon J. Bakly, Mitch Hall, Bobby Swenson, Rhett Gagon and Matt Barrington.
Shows are nightly, except Sundays, 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees available. $11.50-$15.50 (801-226-8600 or www.haletheater.com)
"Lucky Stiff," Friday through Sept. 19, Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden.
A zany, offbeat and very funny murder mystery farce about an unassuming English shoe salesman forced to take the corpse of his recently deceased uncle on a weeklong vacation to Monte Carlo. If he succeeds, he stand to inherit a large sum that would otherwise go to charity. The shows stars Jason Campbell, Megan Hall, Rodney Carlson and Mickey Pace.
Shows are Friday, Saturday and Monday nights at 7:30 p.m., $6-$11 (801-393-0070 or www.terraceplayhouse.com)
"Peter Pan," Thursday through Aug. 23, Draper Historic Theatre, 12366 S. 900 East, Draper.
Pirates, fairies, lost boys, clock-eating crocs, mermaids they're all waiting for you. This nonmusical version combines J.M. Barrie's numerous original versions of the play as well as the book "Peter and Wendy," to create a fantastic new version. Starring Peter Lambert, Michelle Lee, Andrew Lake, Peter Vawdrey and Sean Buckley.
Shows are Friday, Saturday and Monday nights at 7:30 p.m., with some Saturday matinees available. $7-$11 (801-572-4144 or www.drapertheatre.org)
"Prometheus Unbound," BYU Experimental Theatre Club, Thursday through Aug. 9, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU, Provo.
Derived from a long tradition of plays about Greek titan Prometheus, the play, by national award-winning playwright Mahonri Stewart, taps into the traditions of Aeschylus and Percy Shelley. This production marks the first major collaboration between BYU and the new Utah Valley University, with students involved on all levels.
Shows are Thursday through Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10 (801-422-4322 or www.byuarts.com).
"Twelfth Night, or What You Will" Wednesday through Aug. 9, Babcock Theatre, downstairs Pioneer Theatre, U.
Salt Lake Shakespeare returns with a contemporary take on the Bard's classic comedy, with a cast comprised of alumni and students from the U.'s Actor Training Program. Whether you're a Shakespeare enthusiast or not, this cast will guide you, laughing, through every plot twist and turn.
Shows are Thursday through Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., with matinees available as well. $10-$15 (801-581-7100 or www.kingtix.com).