SALT LAKE CITY — Whether you’re looking for a date idea for Valentine’s Day or planning a family night out, February offers many theater options, including several film musicals, Pioneer Theatre Company’s Play-by-Play series and a unique take on “Romeo and Juliet.”
While the silver screen may be a way to take stories to the masses, there’s still something to be said for seeing a musical live on stage, and several well-known film musicals will be dancing their way onto stages along the Wasatch Front.
• Disney brought Victor Hugo’s story of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” to life in 1996 with music by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, and Hale Centre Theatre will bring the musical theater adaptation of the film to its Centre Stage Theatre from Feb. 5-March 31, Hale Centre Theatre, 9900 S. Monroe St., Sandy, $40 for adults, $20 for youths (801-984-9000 or hct.org).
• “Look at this list, / Isn’t it neat? / Wouldn’t you think this month is complete?” Fans of the mermaid Ariel will indeed think the month is complete thanks to two local productions of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” The musical features Menken’s music from the film, as well as a few additional songs, and can be seen Feb. 16-April 14 at Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, $18-$24 for adults, $14-$18 for children ages 4-11 (801-226-8600 or haletheater.org); and Feb. 23-March 24, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $19.50-$27 for adults, $17.50-$24.50 for seniors, students and children (801-298-1302 or centerpointtheatre.org).
• Taking inspiration from Elvis Presley’s fame and general heartthrob status, “Bye Bye Birdie” tells the story of fictional rock ‘n’ roll sensation Conrad Birdie as he plans his last performance — and the bestowal of his final kiss — before heading off to war. The musical first premiered on Broadway in 1960 before being adapted to film in 1963. Utahns can catch the story Feb. 23-March 10, The Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, Magna, $10 (801-347-7373 or empresstheatre.com).
• Audiences can kick off their Sunday shoes and cut loose with Ziegfeld Theater’s production of “Footloose,” based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, Feb. 23-March 17, Ziegfeld Theater, 3934 S. Washington Blvd., Ogden, $19 for adults, $17 for seniors, students and children (855-944-2787 or theziegfeldtheater.com)
• The Rocky Mountains will be alive with the sound of music when the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein's “The Sound of Music” comes to town Feb. 27-March 4, Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main, $35-$125 (801-355-2787 or broadway-at-the-eccles.com)
Pioneer Theatre Company is in the fifth season of its Play-by-Play series, which takes three new plays each year and develops them with the playwright in a weeklong residency program ending in three public readings of each play. February at PTC will include the second play in this year’s series, “The Envelope,” as well as a full-fledged production of a previous Play-by-Play play, “i.”
“The Envelope” follows a young blogger from a prominent family who receives classified documents and discovers his family’s secrets in the process of authenticating the documents. Readings of the play will be Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dumke Auditorium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, $10 (801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org)
Playwright Jeff Talbott’s “i” appeared in PTC’s 2016-17 Play-by-Play series and is “a mysterious love story about the threads that bind us together, set a few days after tomorrow,” according to PTC’s website. A Main Stage production of the play will run from Feb. 16-March 3, at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, $25-$44 (801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org)
A twist on ‘Romeo and Juliet’Comment on this story
William Shakespeare’s tragic romance “Romeo and Juliet” is among the most well-known stories in theater, but BYU Young Company at Brigham Young University is giving the classic tale a fresh spin. The company is making the miscommunication between the Capulets and Montagues literal in “Romeo Y. Julieta,” where Romeo speaks English and Juliet speaks Spanish. The bilingual production, specifically geared toward young audiences, will be Feb. 7-17, BYU’s Nelke Theatre, $5-$8 (801-422-2981 or arts.byu.edu)