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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Utah Shakespearean Festival Will Premiere A New Musical, 'Great Expectations'

The Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival is preparing to open its summer season, which will feature an electrifying world premiere musical, “Great Expectations.”

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, the musical will run from July 1 to August 28 in repertory with five other productions. Tickets are on sale now at bard.org and 1-800-PLAYTIX (800-752-9849).

The festival has this news release about the premier, and about its new season. Below are excerpts.

Fred C. Adams, Festival founder... discovered the musical at a developmental workshop at the Odyssey Theatre in the fall of 2008. Adams and the Festival’s executive director, R. Scott Phillips, traveled to Los Angeles to see the workshop after receiving a call from Darryl Archibald, who has previously worked at the Festival. Archibald will serve as the music director for “Great Expectations.”

“Darryl said I simply had to drive up and see the show because it was perfect for Festival audiences,” said Adams. “After the performance we approached the creators to talk about the possibility of the Festival presenting the world premiere. Scott and I spent the entire drive home discussing the show and how we were going to make this happen.”

“Dickens’ timeless prose is interwoven with soaring, rich music posing questions about life’s expectations and realities,” added R. Scott Phillips, Festival executive director. “It is amazing how rich a life can be when we learn to trust our hearts.”

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss,” said Adams. “Many of our patrons have regretted not seeing the world premiere of ‘Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical’ in 2007 now that it is planning on opening in London. I hope everyone gets their tickets to ‘Great Expectations’ early so they won’t miss out this summer.”

The summer season will also include Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” “The Merchant of Venice,” and “Macbeth,” in addition to Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” and Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” The Festival is located on the corner of 300 W. and Center St. in Cedar City, Utah.

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