The New Year means a fresh new theater season in Utah.  This year promises to be a vibrant year for theater in Utah blending State and Regional Premiers with old and modern classics.  From Newsies to My Fair Lady, Kinky Boots to Aida, there promises to be something for everyone!

View From The Cheap Seats has reviewed all of the shows that have been announced for this season and compiled a list of the TOP 10 MUSICALS to look forward to in 2017!


HONORABLE MENTION

MAN OF LA MANCHA

UTAH OPERA (SALT LAKE)

January 21-29

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HONORABLE MENTION

 MY FAIR LADY

SCERA CENTER FOR THE ARTS (OREM)

April 14-May 6

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“My Fair Lady” is considered my many to be the greatest American musical and is a must-see for anyone wanting to gain a greater appreciation for theater.  It tells the story of cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and the efforts of Professor Henry Higgins to teach her how to speak like a lady.  It has been four years since a major production of “My Fair Lady” has been mounted in Utah.  This production promises to be a real treat with Broadway actress Mindy Smoot Robbins starring as Eliza Doolittle.  You won’t want to miss it!

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10. BETTY BLUE EYES

HALE CENTER THEATER OREM (OREM)

APRIL 20-MAY 27

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REGIONAL PREMIER.  Fresh from the London stage comes the Regional Premier of the new musical “Betty Blue Eyes.”  Set in Great Britain at the end of World War II, “Betty Blue Eyes” tells the story of Betty, a pig raised in secret so that local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip with a grand banquet, leaving the common people to celebrate with Spam.  The musical is based on the film “A Private Function” and contains a cast of cooky characters that are delightfully British, and a score hailed as “deliciously infectious.”  It promises to be a delightful treat for Utah audiences looking for something fresh and exciting.

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9. NEXT TO NORMAL

ZIEGFELD THEATER (OGDEN)

SEPTEMBER 2 – OCTOBER 1

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND 3 TONY AWARDS, THIS NEW MUSICAL EXPLORES HOW ONE SUBURBAN HOUSEHOLD COPES WITH CRISIS AND MENTAL ILLNESS. A DEEPLY MOVING PIECE OF THEATER, NEXT TO NORMAL REDEFINES MUSICALS FOR A MODERN AUDIENCE.

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8. AIDA

HALE CENTRE THEATRE (SANDY)

NOVEMBER 17-JANUARY 20

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“Aida” will be the first production at the new Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy.  We can only imagine that audiences will be dazzled by the state-of-the-art facility and world class performances we have come to expect at the Hale.  This will sell out.  Be sure to get your tickets early!

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7. MATILDA

BROADWAY AT THE ECCLES (Salt Lake City)

FEBRUARY 21-26

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Based on the children’s novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda” has dazzled audiences on Broadway and the West End, and will surely endear itself to audiences right here in Salt Lake City.

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6. DISNEY’S THE LION KING

BROADWAY AT THE ECCLES (Salt Lake City)

MARCH 23-APRIL 16

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The World’s #1 Musical is returning to Salt Lake City!

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5. KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN

UTAH REPERTORY THEATER (Salt Lake City)

April 21-May 7

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4. KINKY BOOTS

BROADWAY AT THE ECCLES (Salt Lake City)

January 17-22

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3. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA (Logan)

July 8-August 8

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2. THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES

PIONEER THEATER (Salt Lake City)

May 5-20

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1. DISNEY’S NEWSIES

TUACAHN (St. George)

June 2-October 18

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