The Silver Anniversary season of the Festival is a celebration of iconic genius. All the works performed this summer are the supreme offerings in each form of storytelling through music.
Combine France’s premier literary giant Victor Hugo with the storytelling of Walt Disney and voila, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This tale for the entire family will star Ezekiel Andrew as Quasimodo. His portrayal of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime last season was one of the most riveting performances in our history.
Everyone loves the rhyming cartoon storytelling of Dr. Seuss. Join your favorite Whoville characters including the Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant played by Festival favorites Stefan Espinosa and Lee Daily. Celebrate childhood with catchy tunes and charming stories in the wonderfully whimsical Seussical at the Utah Theatre.
Travel back to the innocence and charm of 1912 in River City, Iowa, where smalltown antics could bring out the best in its citizens. The Music Man is the most iconic Americana musical of all time. Logan’s own beloved Vanessa Ballam will steal your hearts as Marian the librarian while scoundrel Curt Olds will steal everything else as lovably conniving Professor Harold Hill. Revel in the antics of Lee Daily as Marcellus and Cache Valley’s most comically charismatic citizen Julie Hollist Terrill as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn.
For our Anglophiles, we present the epitome of British comic opera, Gilbert and Sullivan’s timeless The Pirates of Penzance. G.W. Thatcher who built the Capitol (Ellen Eccles) Theatre, loved Gilbert and Sullivan. He travelled annually to the Savoy in London to see their latest, and brought back pirated editions to perform in Logan. The Pirates of Penzance played in Logan before it played in New York City.
On the other side of that coin is the very serious and poignant tale of England’s most notorious monarch, Henry VIII. Michael Ballam will bring to life the powerfully problematic Tudor King coached by lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) featuring the music of Richard Rodgers (Sound of Music) in Rex. This history-making production marks the culmination of a project that began in Logan with a workshop of Rex in 2013. Rex is generating national attention with Broadway producers, who, along with members of the Richard Rodgers family, will be attending this summer.
It is a rare blessing to have 93-year-young Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning genius Sheldon Harnick with us next summer. Join us in A Tribute to Sheldon Harnick July 19 as he personally reminisces through his career of nearly seven decades. He is the last of the living Broadway legends.
Puccini’s immortal masterpiece Madama Butterfly is perfect for the first-time operagoer with its wrenching drama and majestic melodic thrust. Long-time opera lovers can never experience it enough. It springs eternal with each staging. It is a special joy and celebration to present Kristin Vogel in the title role of Cio-Cio-San. Since her Utah Festival appearance in 2011 she has distinguished herself as an important Puccini heroine throughout the nation.
It is a supreme honor to welcome back what many believe to be Giuseppe Verdi’s crowning achievement, The Verdi Requiem. This monumental masterpiece commands gigantic elements. We are able to mount this majestic work by joining forces of the American Festival Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop, with our world-class orchestra and soloists.
As a civilization we have come to celebrate celebrity more than genius. This summer is a chance to scale the iconic Everests of storytelling through music. Come join us at the summit!
Founding General Director
By Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, and Peter Parnell
Join Quasimodo in the bell tower in this lush retelling of Victor Hugo's epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero. With songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame will make your heart swell with laughter, tears, and awe. Featuring Disney's Oscar-nominated score plus new songs by Menken and Schwartz.
By Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert
The pirates are celebrating young Frederic's coming-of-age...but he doesn't want to be a pirate! Instead, he wants the beautiful maiden Mabel's hand in marriage and to exterminate his prior piratical patriots. The Pirates of Penzance is comical farce and classical operetta at its finest.
By Giacomo Puccini
A young Japanese geisha clings to the belief that her arranged marriage with a visiting American naval officer will be loving and permanent. One of Giacomo Puccini's greatest accomplishments, Madama Butterfly explores themes of cultural and marital imperialism, and the tragic consequences of dashed hopes. Butterfly is a delicate and touching classic.
By Meredith Willson
Traveling con man Harold Hill arrives in River City hoping to sell marching band uniforms and instruments to unsuspecting Iowans. Librarian Marian Paroo suspects he's up to no good, so of course they fall in love! Now Harold has some hard decisions to make, but is he prepared to face the music? Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Music Man is good ole'-fashioned musical comedy fun!
MICHAEL BALLAM starring as HENRY VIII in
By Richard Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick, and Sherman Yellen
Don't miss this unique opportunity to see this 1976 Broadway musical brought back to life on the Utah Theatre stage. Rex follows the life and loves of King Henry VIII and his obsession with producing a male heir for his throne. Fully staged and revised by legends Sheldon Harnick (2016 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement) and Sherman Yellen, with music by Richard Rodgers.
By Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
Seussical tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community emerge triumphant. Fun for the whole family!
Utah Festival hosts more than 20 extraordinarily talented artists in a world-class opera competition. YOU help select the winner, who then heads to Italy to compete for the ultimate operatic prize.
Join our talented professional pianists in an unpredictable concert of classic hits where they'll be dressing up, playing jokes on each other, and who knows what other mayhem will ensue. It's an unforgettable combo of precision, showmanship, and fun. Bring your budding piano virtuosos. They'll love it!
A special evening of highlights from Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick's legendary career including songs from Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, and more!
Utah Festival's orchestra and soloists in collaboration with the American Festival Chorus perform one of Verdi's greatest works. Conducted by Dr. Craig Jessop.
Mingle with Festival stars at an elegant dinner followed by The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the historic Ellen Eccles Theatre.
Make plans to attend the Festival's complete lineup of spectacular events: