Bringing a bit of East Coast bang to Utah, nineteen Tony Award-winning shows are playing this coming year throughout the state. Prepare to be lulled by the chimes of popular tunes and laugh hysterically at the well-loved witty lines and charm of characters from little orphan Annie to little Red Riding Hood. This list is a compilation of where and when you can see Tony Award-winning musicals in Utah by date. Related: Stage review: 'Wicked' is wonderful
"Annie," through July 23, dates and times vary, Rosecrest Pavilion in W & M Butterfield Park, 6212 W. 14200 South, Herriman, $9 for adults, $6 for children (801-446-5323 or www.events.regtix.com)
Optimistic and charming, little orphan Annie is chosen by an illustrious billionaire to spend Christmas at his mansion. While there, she's given the opportunity to find her long-lost parents, but things go awry when her search becomes entwined with a crooked get-rich-quick scheme. Annie's whit and charm will keep you smiling from ear-to-ear. "Annie" won the 1977 Tony Awards for best musical, book and score.
"Fiddler on the Roof," through July 28; Monday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, $10-$12 for adults, $9-$11 for students and senior citizens, $7-$9 for children ages 12 and under (801-393-0070 or www.terraceplayhouse.com)
A poor Jewish peasant named Tevye must cope with the outside forces encroaching upon his family life and Jewish traditions as the Tsar's edict evicts the Jews from their village. As the father of five daughters, he must contend with the older three daughters' choice of husbands, which increasingly deviate from tradition. "Fiddler on the Roof" won the 1965 Tony Award for best musical.
"Crazy For You," through Aug. 4, Monday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, $16-$20 for adults, $12-$16 for children (801-226-8600 or www.haletheater.org).
July 19-21, dates and times vary, South Hills Middle School, 13508 S. 4000 West, Bluffdale, $6 per person, $25 for five (www.bluffdalearts.org)
When the mother of New York playboy Bobby Child sends him to a poor town in Nevada to shut down the local theater, he falls in love with the theater owner's daughter, Polly, and decides to put on a fund-raising show to stop the foreclosure. "Crazy For You" won the 1992 Tony Awards for best musical and book.
"The Sound of Music," through Aug. 4, Monday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley; $24-$26 for adults, $15-$16 (801-984-9000 or www.halecentretheatre.org)
A young woman, Maria, is sent from an Austrian convent to be the governess of Captain vonTrapp's seven troublesome children. Maria becomes friends with the children through their mutual love of music and is soon admired even by the Captain. Soon after the Captain and Maria are married, the Nazis invade their Austrian homeland and the entire family is forced to flee over the Alps to escape. "The Sound of Music" won the 1960 Tony Award for best musical.
"Kiss Me Kate," through Aug. 10, dates and times vary, Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main St, Logan, $12-$76 (435-750-0300 or www.ufomt.org)
An egotistical performer, Fred Graham, is forced to reunite with his ex-wife, LiliVanessi, as they star in the leading roles of Petruchio and Kate in Taming of the Shrew. As the show goes on, so does their fighting, and their obvious love for one another. "Kiss Me Kate" won the 1949 Tony Award for best musical.
"My Fair Lady," through Aug. 11, dates and times vary, Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main St, Logan, $12-$76 (435-750-0300 or www.ufomt.org)
An over-confident Professor Higgins makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform a poor cockney girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady with proper speaking. They take her to the horse races and to a ball where she does so well that a speech professor calls her a Hungarian princess. Nevertheless, the Professor and the Colonel continue to treat Eliza like an experiment. However, when Eliza runs away, the Professor realizes he's fallen in love. "My Fair Lady" won the 1957 Tony Award for best musical.
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," through Aug. 11, Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Tuacahn Amphitheatre, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, $24.50 (435-652-3300 or www.tuacahn.org)
Six adolescent overachievers who are vying for the Putman Valley Middle School spelling bee are overseen by a group of quirky adults. A hilarious tale of overachievers' angst ensues at this spelling bee of a lifetime. "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" won the 2005 Tony Award for best book of a musical.
"Les Miserables," through Oct. 19, dates and times vary, Utah Shakespeare Festival, 351 W. Center, Cedar City (435-586-7878 or www.bard.org). Also, May 3-18, May 20-June 1, times vary, Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East, $65-$42, on sale Oct. 3 (801-581-6961 or www.pioneertheatre.org)
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, a Frenchman and ex-con, Jean Valjean, has transformed himself into a kind-hearted Christian and become the mayor and owner of a factory. Moved to help one of his former workers named Fantine, his past comes to haunt him through the chief of police, Javert, who has made it his life's work to find Jean Valjean and bring him to justice. Fleeing from Javert, Jean Valjean comes to raise Fantine's daughter and soon finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France. "Les Miserables" won the 1987 Tony Awards for best musical, book and score.
"Hairspray," through Oct. 20, time and date vary, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, $23-$80 for adults, $19-$80 for children (435-652-3300 or www.tuacahn.org)
Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenager living in 1962 in Baltimore, wins a spot on a local TV dance show, "The Corny Collins Show." After becoming a teen celebrity overnight, she sets out to racially integrate the show and win the heart of a handsome boy. "Hairspray" won the 2003 Tony Awards for best musical, book and original musical score.
"Hello, Dolly," July 26-31, Aug. 1, 8 p.m., Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 E. 5300 South, $10 (801-264-2614 or www.murray.utah.gov)
Oct. 12-Nov. 10, dates and times vary, The Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, $11 for adults, $9 for students and senior citizens, $9 for children 12 and under (801-347-7373 or www.empresstheatre.com)
Dolly Levi likes to meddle, especially with matchmaking. When she takes a trip to Yonkers, New York to visit an unmarried half millionaire, Horace Vandergelder, under the pretense of finding him the perfect match, she makes many matches, but not for him. Dolly has designs of her own to marry Mr. Vandergelder herself. "Hello Dolly" won the 1964 Tony Award for best musical.
“Avenue Q,” Sept, 6-22, 8 p.m.; Saturday matinees, 2 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, $20 (801- 446-5657 or www.arttix.org)
A recent college graduate moves into a shabby New York apartment and soon makes friends who join in lamenting about the assurance they received as children that they were “special” and “could do anything.” As adults, they have discovered that real world options are limited. The musical with profane language has caused controversy with its themes: racism, sex, drugs, gay relationships and pornography. “Avenue Q” won the 2004 Tony Awards for best musical, book of a musical and score.
"In the Heights," Sept. 14-29, Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East, $25-$59, on sale Aug. 22 (801-581-6961 or www.pioneertheatre.org)
Three days in the life of New York City's tightknit Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights, where the rifts of three generations of music float through the air, are highlighted in this musical. "In the Heights" won the 2008 Tony Awards for best musical and score.
"The Drowsy Chaperone," Sept. 28-Nov. 10; Monday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, $10-$12 for adults, $9-$11 for students and senior citizens, $7-$9 for children ages 12 and under (801-393-0070 or www.terraceplayhouse.com)
Janet Van De Graaff, a Broadway actress, seeks to marry the debonair Robert Martin and give up her stage career. As the wedding nears, Janet's producer, Mr. Feldzie, attempts to stop the wedding since her quitting means he loses his job. In the midst of his attempts to halt the ceremony Mr. Feldzie is threatened by gangsters who will lose their investment if Janet quits. "The Drowsy Chaperone" won the 2006 Tony Awards for best book of a musical and score.
"South Pacific," Oct. 4-Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, $18-20 for adults, $14-$16 for children (801-226-8600 or www.haletheater.org).
An American nurse stationed at a U.S. naval base during World War II falls in love with an expatriate French plantation owner, but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. In the meantime, a U.S. lieutenant falls in love with a young Asian woman. The musical presents a candid exploration of the issue of racial prejudice. "South Pacific" won the 1950 Tony Awards for best musical and score and libretto.
"Into the Woods," Oct. 11-27, dates and times vary, The Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State, $10-$24 (801-957-3322 or www.the-grand.org)
"Into the Woods" blends the popular fairy tales of Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Baker and his Wife. A witch has cursed the baker and his wife with childlessness. In order to break the spell, they must complete a series of tasks involving characters from the other fairy tales. The characters all find themselves in the woods, where they are forced to face their fears. "Into the Woods" won the 1988 Tony Awards for best score and book of a musical.
"The Miracle Worker," Dec. 4-8, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Caine Lyric Theatre, Utah State University, 4025 Old Main Hill, Logan; $12-$100 (435-797-8022 or www.theatre.usu.edu)
As an infant, Helen Keller is rendered blind, deaf and consequently mute by an illness. Pitied and spoiled by her parents, she grows into a wild child by age 6. In a desperate attempt to discipline their daughter, the Kellers hire Anne Sullivan, a governess and teacher who ultimately teaches Helen discipline and language through the use of her fingers. "The Miracle Worker" won the 1960 Tony Award for best play.
"Clybourne Park," Feb. 15-March 2, Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East, $25-$44, on sale Oct. 3 (801-581-6961 or www.pioneertheatre.org)
This two-act play, where each act is set in a different time period, portrays a set of fictional episodes loosely based on historical events. Set in a fictional building of historic landmark status, Clybourne Park was an all-white Chicago neighborhood where a hopeful African-American family set its sights in Act 1. Act 2 reverses tides when a white family desires to move into the now predominantly black neighborhood. The play is based on Lorraine Hansberry's novel "Raisin in the Sun." "Clybourne Park" won the 2012 Tony Award for best play.
"Death of a Salesman," March 7-23, dates and times vary, The Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State, $10-$24 (801-957-3322 or www.the-grand.org)
Based on a book by Arthur Miller, the play follows a traveling salesman as he unravels while trying to provide for his family and achieve the American dream. "Death of a Salesman" won the 1949 Tony Award for best play.
“La Cage Aux Folles,” May 9-25, dates and times vary, The Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State, $10-$24 (801-957-3322 or www.the-grand.org)
Georges is the manager of a St. Tropez nightclub where his male lover, Albin, is the star. Problems arise when Georges’ 25-year-old son, Jean-Michel, brings his fiancée’s super-conservative parents to meet them. “La Cage Aux Folles” won the 1984 Tony Awards for best musical, score and book.