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TERRACE PLAZA PLAYHOUSE, The Marvelous Wonderettes, this smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts, through February 7, 7:30 p.m., 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, $12-$14 general, $11-$13 seniors/students, $9-$11 children (12 and under), 801-393-0070, http://terraceplayhouse.com.

HALE CENTRE THEATRE-WEST VALLEY CITY, Is He Dead?, by Mark Twain, it’s 1846 and talented French artist Millet feels honor bound to save his fiancée and her father from financial ruin, but Millet soon realizes that great paintings make much more money after the artist dies, so in desperation he fakes his own death and becomes his “sister,” through February 7, 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, $49 general (December 31), $28-$31 general, $16 children ages 5-11, 801-984-9000, www.halecentretheatre.org.

HALE CENTRE THEATRE-OREM, Barefoot in the Park, by Neil Simon, when newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter arrive at their first New York apartment the honeymoon comes to a screeching halt as they confront a needy mother-in-law, an eccentric neighbor and the inevitable adjustment to married life, through February 7, 7:30 p.m., also 3 p.m. matinees on January 31 and February 7, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, $11 (preview performances), $34-$38 (December 31), $16-$22 general, $12-$16 children, 801-226-8600, www.haletheater.org.

CENTERPOINT LEGACY THEATRE, The Miracle Worker, by William Gibson,, directed by Karen Whiting, the inspiring true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, through February 7, 7:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. matinees on January 31, February 2 and 7, Barlow Main Stage, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $17.25-$23.25, 801-298-1302, www.centerpointtheatre.org.

HERITAGE THEATRE, Five on a Honeymoon, by Ruth and Nathan Hale, a young widowed mother of three has just remarried, and her new husband sets out to bring some badly needed discipline into the children’s lives, the subsequent explosions bring an evening of wackiness and hilarity, through February 7, 7:30 p.m., $10 general, $9 seniors/children under 12, S. Highway 89, Peery, 435-723-8392, www.heritagetheatreutah.com.

THE ECHO THEATRE, Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, directed by Eve Speer, a shipwreck, separated identical twins, mistaken identities, romance and one pair of yellow stockings, the Echo’s production will be accentuated by music with a talented cast of musician/actors who play everything from violin to French horn, through February 14, 7:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. matinee on January 24, preview performance January 15, 7:30 p.m. 15 N. 100 East, Provo, $10 general, $9 students (presale), $12 general/students, $8 seniors (day of performance), $6 general (preview performance), $8 general (matinee performance), www.theechotheatre.com.

THE OFF BROADWAY THEATRE, Hunger Game of Thrones, the story takes place in a strange land where hunger is common – a hunger for food, for power and betrayal, the G-rated family friendly show follows the tale of a beautiful female archer who not only brings peace to her homeland but thwarts corrupt tyrant kings who have illegally and villainously usurped the throne, through February 21, 7:30 p.m., 272 S. Main, $10-$16, $11 Mondays, 801-355-4628, www.theobt.org.

DESERT STAR PLAYHOUSE, Pirates of the Scaribbean, by Ben E. Millet, through March 21, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. matinees, $18.95 adults, $10.95 children (11 years and under), 4861 S. State, 801-266-2600, www.desertstar.biz.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, The Count of Monte Cristo, U.S. premiere of a new musical, book and lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, directed by Nathan Balser, based on Alexandre Dumas’ story of revenge, romance and love’s redemptive power, January 28-31, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $21-$28, ($15 for preview), 801-422-4322, www.arts.byu.edu.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, musical by Rupert Holmes, based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name, directed by Rob Moffat, Edwin Drood mysteriously disappears one stormy Christmas Eve, but no one knows if he’s been murdered, and if so, who did it, at the end the audience votes on the solution as prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finale, January 29-31, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinee on January 31, Noorda Theatre, $12 general, $8 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA, Beauty and the Beast, based on the Academy Award winning animated feature, January 30-February 1, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, $45-$75 (Friday and Saturday), $35-$65 (Sunday), 801-581-7100, www.kingsburyhall.utah.edu.

ELLEN ECCLES THEATRE, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, national Broadway touring group production, January 31, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 43 S. Main, Logan, $39-$58, 435-752-0026, www.cachearts.org/seven-brides-for-seven-brothers/.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Sondheim on Sondheim, is a unique theatrical event offering a compelling retrospective of the “father of the modern musical,” his life and his work, in his own words, combining video interview footage with live performances of musical numbers that provide an intimate and entertaining portrait of the Tony, Oscar and Grammy Award winning composer/lyricist and his creative process, February 3-7, 7:30 p.m., also a 2 p.m. matinee on February 7, Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center St., Logan, $10-$18 general, 435-797-8022, http://arts.usu.edu/lyric/.

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About Edward Reichel

Edward Reichel, author, writer and composer, has been covering the classical music scene in Utah since 1997. For many years he served as the primary music critic for the Deseret News. He has also written for a number of publications, including Chamber Music Magazine, OPERA Magazine, 15 Bytes, Park City Magazine and Salt Lake Magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He can be reached at ed.reichel@gmail.com. Reichel Recommends is also on Twitter @ReichelArts.

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