You've heard the adage, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."
Of course it's in reference to brides on their wedding day. But, it could also apply to this week's theater offerings, though the "blue" is a bit of a stretch...
Something old: "The Fantasticks," July 31-Aug. 22, Sundance Summer Theatre and Utah Valley University, Sundance Outdoor Stage.
The world's longest-running musical — 17,162 performances off-Broadway (that's 42 years) — is taking the stage again.
The play centers around two fathers who, in an effort to make their children fall in love, build a wall between their houses to keep them apart, "since children never do what you want them to."
Their plan works until the children figure it out and head off into the world separately to find their own paths. Featuring the well-known song "Try To Remember," the musical, returning to the beautiful outdoor setting, is an audience favorite.
Shows are Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 with a barbecue dinner option, which starts at 6:30 p.m., for an additional $14 (866-571-3379 or www.sundanceresort.com).
Something new: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," July 31-Aug. 15, SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, 699 S. State, Orem.
Now, I know the musical is not new, but the approach might be: Viva Las Orem!
Joseph is taking a trip to Sin City. The production glitters — sequins, sparkles and plenty of family-friendly nods to the strip, with touches of Motown, Cirque du Soleil and a tribute to the Bellagio fountains.
A "Welcome to Fabulous Egypt," opens the show, then it's time to enjoy the familiar Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Vegas style. It stars Jason Millar, Shoni Winkel, Rebekah Osmond and Stephanie Lewis.
Shows are Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Tickets are $12-$14 (801-225-2787 or www.scera.org).
Something borrowed: "Nunsense" and "Grease," Murray Arts in the Park, July 27-Aug. 8, Murray Amphitheatre, Murray Park.
The idea of running two shows was borrowed from a line in the musical "Nunsense." Mother Superior comments, "You'll have to excuse the condition of our stage, the teenagers are presenting "Vaseline." She is quickly corrected. "Grease!" she says.
The two musicals will run every other night. "Grease" will be presented Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and stars, Andrew Elia Taula and Kelsie Slaugh and a cast of more than 40 actors. "Nunsense" will be performed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starring Wendy Dahl-Schmedshammer, Sandra Houlihan, Leah Q. Jacobs, Michele Carter Gomez and Larissa Villers.
Shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6-$8 (801-264-2614).
Something Blue: "Pirates of Penzance," July 31-Aug. 29, Off-Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main.
The classic Gilbert and Sullivan musical, their fifth work, is about a bevy of beauties, one named Mable, and her true love, a former pirate, Frederic.
Together they sing the song, "How Beautifully Blue the Sky." (Is that too big of a "blue" stretch?) The show stars Rivka Steele, David Peterson, Cody K. Carlson, and Mike Brown.
The show runs Monday, Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $8-$16 (801-355-4628 or www.theobt.com).
Just for good measure: "Once Upon a Mattress," July 31-Aug. 31, The Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, Magna.
Come on, this show is about getting married, so it fits in the theme. Based on the classic tale of the princess and the pea, the musical, which originally opened on Broadway in 1956, puts a new spin on the tale. Why did Princess Winnifred have a sleepless night? With plenty of memorable tunes and side-splitting shenanigans, how can you not enjoy this fairy tale? It stars Courtney Gardner, Aubrey Vance, Nolan Mitchell and Danny Eggers.
Shows are Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, with two Thursday shows, 7:30 p.m., matinees available. Tickets are $9-$11 (801-347-7373 or www.empresstheatre.com).