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A Decade of Quality from the Utah Festival Opera

The successful operatic career of Michael Ballam came to an unexpected detour when an unknown illness claimed his voice. In order to heal, Ballam returned home from Europe. The results of his extended stay in Logan, Utah were exponential. Read entire article.


Forty years of dance with Ririe-Woodbury

Maestro Arts & Reviews is pleased to profile a dynamic dance company in the Salt Lake City area. Before founding Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in 1964, Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury helped create Choreodancers, a company of professional dance performers and teachers. After the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company name became permanent, the company choreographed and performed in Utah and throughout Arizona, California and Colorado. Read entire article.


The Utah Symphony brings the classics to Salt Lake City

Maestro Arts & Reviews is please to profile the Utah Symphony. Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony has become a vital presence on the American music scene through its distinctive performances worldwide and its well-known recording legacy.  The orchestra became recognized as a leading ensemble largely through the efforts of Maurice Abravanel, its Music Director from 1947 to 1979.  Under his direction, the orchestra made its first recordings of works by Varese, Milhaud, Gottschalk, Honegger and Satie, as well as the first complete cycle of Mahler Symphonies. Read entire article.


Fans of Wicked Can Now Go Backstage

"Behind the Emerald Curtain," billed as "an exclusive behind-the-scenes journey through Wicked," will be available to Wicked fans in the near future.  A spokesperson for Wicked told Playbill.com that the New York City tours will be an ongoing event and will begin at a date to be announced shortly. Read More


Wicked and Frog and Toad Stars Complete Cast of Musical Miracle Brothers
Jay Goede, William Youmans, Clifton Oliver, Nicole Leach and Gregory Treco join the previously announced Off-Broadway cast of the world premiere Kirsten Childs musical, Miracle Brothers. Read More


RENT FILM TO HIT MOVIE THEATERS IN NOVEMBER 2005. Directed by Chris Columbus, Revolution Studios' "Rent," based on the Tony and Pulitizer Prize-winning Jonathan Larson musical of the same name, will be released by Sony/Columbia Pictures Nov. 11, 2005. Read More.  Watch Trailer.


Tony Award Winners!

The 2004-2005 Tony Awards were held on June 6, 2005. Among the many winners are: Monty Pythons Spamalot, The Light in the Piazza, Doubt, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  Read entire list.


'Peter Pan' To Fly Back to Broadway in Fall; Rigby Says Farewell to the Role        

Cathy Rigby's farewell appearance in the musical Peter Pan is expected to be seen on Broadway in late 2005, producer Tom McCoy told Playbill On-Line. Currently flying high in a touring revival that coincides with the 100 anniversary of the creation of J.M. Barrie's boy who wouldn't grow up, former Olympic champion Rigby is expected cap off the tour with a limited Broadway engagement between Thanksgiving 2005 and January 2006.  Read more. 


Elton John to Compose Music for "Billy Elliot" the Musical

The makers of the surprise British hit movie Billy Elliot have announced plans to present a stage version titled Billy Elliot: The Musical in London's West End next March. Today's (Wednesday) Guardian newspaper said that the production, with music to be written by Elton John, will have a budget of $11 million, twice what it cost to produce the film. It will mark the entry of the film company Working Title into stage productions. Like the film, the stage production will be directed by Stephen Daldry, written by Lee Hall, and choreographed by Peter Darling. Working Title Co-chairmen Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce. No decision has been made about who will play the lead.



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