Utah Repertory Theater Company
Johnny Hebda, Founder of Utah Repertory Theater Company

Johnny Hebda, Founder


With the opening of The Bridges of Madison County in December 2017 (which was selected as a Best of Utah Theatre Staff Pick for the 2017 BroadwayWorld Awards), Utah Repertory Theater Company celebrates the final production of its five successful seasons following its inception on December 12, 2012. And there is a bright future on the horizon.

Plans for the 2018 season include the first regional premiere of American Psycho, by Duncan Sheik, the Tony- and Grammy-winning composer of Spring Awakening; a regional premiere, two first-in-stage stagings; and two original productions.

The company's rich history of engaging adventurous theatergoers includes twenty-seven productions—fourteen regional premieres, one first-in-state staging, four neglected classics, five classics and three original productions.

As "the area's only company to solely focus on premieres and neglected shows" (according to the national BroadwayWorld website), Utah Rep is proud of its many "firsts" and "onlys."

Utah Rep is the state's only company to make theatergoing affordable with Pay As You May ticketing—since its first production. The only Utah company of its size to employ live musicians for each musical, including Rogers and Hammerstein's overlooked masterpiece, Carousel (with a 25-piece orchestra)—since its first production.

Utah Rep has been recognized as Best Theater Company of the Year from BroadwayWorld. The company has received City Weekly Best of Utah honors and BroadwayWorld Regional Awards. Bare and [title of show] received City Weekly Arty Awards for Best of State productions. The company's productions of Rent and Doubt and regional premieres of Bare, Carrie, and Doubt were honored as Best of the Year by Utah Theatre Bloggers.

For Bonnie & Clyde, the show's lead actors and director were able to meet personally with Composer Frank Wildhorn during preproduction. And a member of the original Broadway cast, Talon Ackerman, who created the role of Young Clyde on Broadway, attended a performance and joined the cast and audience members for a talkback. For their lead performances in Bonnie & Clyde, Madeline Weinberger and Johnny Hebda received BroadwayWorld Regional Best Musical Actors Awards, and Emilee Starr and JayC Stoddard were honored with a City Weekly Arty Award in Grace.

Utah Rep hosted the Tony-nominated [title of show] book writer, Hunter Bell, for opening weekend celebrations and invited theater students and theater­goers to his popular Die, Vampire, Die! workshop. Adam Gwon, the composer-author of Ordinary Days, was also a guest on opening night, marking production 100 of his musical. Ordinary Days was nominated for two City Weekly Arty Awards: Best Production and Best Actress, Brighton Hertford.

Bare was honored with numerous awards, including BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for Brock Dalgleish as Best Actor, Johnny Hebda as Best Director and Best Musical. Additionally, Bare received awards from City Weekly and Utah Theatre Bloggers. Amadeus was recognized as BroadwayWorld's Regional Best Play and Roger Dunbar named Best Actor for his performance as Antonio Salieri. BroadwayWorld selected A Little Night Music as one of its top five 2016 Utah productions. Kiss of the Spider Woman was honored with a City Weekly Best of Utah Award.

Utah Rep also participated in Great Salt Lake Fringe Festivals, producing three original works: Round2 by JayC Stoddard and Exposure by Natalia Noble and JayC Stoddard; and Punxsutawney by L.L. West. Exposure received the Audience Choice Award.

In its review for the company's first production, the regional premiere of Side Show, BroadwayWorld proclaimed Utah Rep to be "Utah's most exciting up-and-coming theater company."

The company's mission is to produce entertaining, adventuresome and illuminating premieres of dramas and musicals along with neglected shows that area theatergoers oftentimes may not be able to enjoy.

Utah Rep extends gratitude to its nearly 600 company members—including those who have helmed its productions:

Directors: Jason Bowcutt (2 productions), JC Carter (3), Emilio Casillas, Adam Cannon, Chris Clark, Bobby Cody, Mark Fossen, William Cooper Howell, David Josh Patterson, Ashley Ramsey, Chase Ramsey (4), JayC Stoddard, John Sweeney, L.L. West (2) and Johnny Hebda (7);

Choreographers: Ashley Gardner Carlson (4), Michael Hernandez (2), William Cooper Howell (3) and Ashley Ramsey (2);

Music directors: Justin Bills, Kevin Mathie, Jeanne McGuire (2), Anjanette Mickelsen, Anne Puzey (6), Rick Rea (2) and Melissa Thorne.

The company's full history of productions:

August: Osage County, Bare, Blackbird, Bonnie & Clyde, Carrie, Grace, Heathers, i love you because, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ordinary Days, The Other Place, Side Show, [title of show], and What the Bellhop Saw (Regional Premieres);

The Bridges of Madison County (First-in-State Production);

Carousel, Doubt, A Little Night Music, and Rabbit Hole (Neglected Classics);

Amadeus, Cabaret 5 Years, Love Letters, and Rent (Classics);

Exposure, Punxsutawney and Round2 (Original Productions).

"Utah's most exciting up-and-coming theater company"

Tyler Hinton, Broadway World

Straight

Straight

Directed by JC Carter


Disgraced

Directed by Bobby Cody


Annapurna

Directed by Jason Bowcutt


Two Fringe Productions


American Psycho

Directed by JayC Stoddard


The Other Place

Directed by Jason Bowcutt

The Other Place

"The Other Place at Utah Rep is a multi-dimensional puzzle of contradictory dialogue and timelines, unspoken worry and half-remembrances that add up to a tight 88 minutes of great theater."
-Salt Lake Magazine


Kiss of the Spider Woman

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Anne Puzey
Choregraphy by Ashley Gardner-Carlson

Kiss of the Spider Woman

"Lively, Seductive, Entertaining & Emotionally satisfying"
-Salt Lake Tribune


Blackbird

Directed by LL West

Blackbird

"The most rewarding piece of theater I have seen this year and indeed one of the most evocative pieces I have ever seen."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association.


Exposure

Directed by David Josh Patterson

Exposure

"Utah Repertory Theater Company's Exposure dares to bare all with heartfelt vulnerability."
- Front Row Reviews Utah


Punxsutawney

Directed by Emilio Casillas

Punxsutawney

"L.L. West's comedy has an intriguing premise: why not combine the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, PA with the ever-encircling and endlessly futile cycle depicted in the film"
- Salt Lake Tribune Recommends


The Bridges of Madison County

Directed by Johnny Hebda and Chase Ramsey
Music Direction by Jeanne McGuire

The Bridges of Madison County

"Utah Repertory Theater Company's phenomenal production did justice to a gorgeous score with honest, accomplished performances. The acting of the leads felt authentic every moment they were on stage, whether or not they were the focal point of the scene. Their burnished vocals were sublime, and their characters' yearning for one another was palpable." - Broadway World


A Little Night Music

Directed by Chris Clark
Music Direction by Anne Puzey

A Little Night Music

"Remarkably well cast, directed, performed, and designed, Utah Repertory Theater Company has outdone itself once again with its production of Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Chris Clark."
- Broadway World


DOUBT: a Parable

Directed by JC Carter

Doubt

"Ultimately, what makes Doubt work so well is the deference that both the script and the actors pay to its title. Certainty does not equal truth. Truth does not equal answers. Truth does not make for a bad story, though certainty often does. Go experience the truth of Utah Rep's Doubt while you can."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association


ROUND2

Written by JayC Stoddard
Directed by Bobby Cody

Round2

"Round2 is raw and powerful, prompting audience members to consider the importance and relevance the roles of love and sex play in their own lives. The play is a look at how relationships can change, and if individuals should ultimately strive to maintain one's own happiness, or sacrifice for the happiness of others."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association


Cabaret

Directed by LL West
Music Direction by Anne Puzey
Choregraphy by Ashley Gardner-Carlson

Cabaret

"Cabaret stands as an incredibly poignant and startling relevant piece for this moment in time. The overall message of the show is not one that should be ignored. This show will make you uncomfortable in the best way. It will challenge you to ask yourself some hard questions. As with all good theatre, it will stay with you and you won't be able to shake it."
- Front Row Reviewers Utah


Heathers: The Musical

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Rick Rea
Choreography by Michael Hernandez

Heathers The Musical

"Heathers: The Musical was definitely a departure from anything that I've seen in Utah before. The darker tone and very sarcastic, playful view of such heavy topics made it a fun evening. The actors and production team did a fantastic job of executing such a challenging score and complex musical. I left having enjoyed the show, and would recommend it to theatergoers that want to see something very fun and very dark."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association

The Last 5 Years

Directed by John Sweeney
Music Direction by Anne Puzey

The Last 5 Years

"They couldn't have chosen a better cast. For two actors to keep the audience enthralled at every minute, when they are basically singing multiple monologues and changing emotion with every scene, is an incredible feat."
- Front Row Reviewers Utah


Rabbit Hole

Directed by JayC Stoddard

Rabbit Hole

"Everyone together in this show was magical. I was taken on an emotional journey, and in the end I felt so happy to be a part of it. I recommend this show to everyone! It is truly a great production and if you get the chance to see it, don't pass it up."
- Front Row Reviewers Utah


Ordinary Days

Directed by Chase Ramsey
Music Direction by Jeanne McGuire

Ordinary Days

"I wasn't familiar with Ordinary Days until attending this production, incidentally the 100th production of the show, but I am so grateful I had this opportunity. It is truly a delightful show. I highly recommend it for a fun night out with friend, and if you're looking for a fun show that is relatable to a wide variety of people, this is good pick. See the Beauty. Each Day Can Be Extraordinary."
- Utah Theater Bloggers Association


Amadeus

Directed by JC Carter
Music Direction by Anne Puzey

Amadeus

"To say this is a 'must see' show is putting it mildly… There are simply not enough adjectives to adequately describe Roger Dunbar's outstanding performance as Salieri"
-Front Row Reviewers Utah


Carrie

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Kevin Mathie
Choreography by Ashley Gardner-Carlson

Carrie

"Whether you regard it as pure entertainment or an object lesson, Carrie is definitely a unique musical, and this cast pulls out all the stops to bring it to life."
- The Salt Lake Tribune

Bonnie & Clyde

Directed by Adam Cannnon
Music Direction by Anjanette Mickelsen
Choreography by Ashley Ramsey

Bonnie & Clyde

"This particular production, while benefiting from an overall good story and music, went from entertaining to outstanding based on the absolutely wonderful choices made by the cast, crew, and theater company. Trying to limit the elements that deserve praise in this show to a single review is a significant challenge."
- Utah Theater Bloggers Association


Grace

Directed by JC Carter

Grace

"There are moments in a successful theatrical production when electrifying performances take the text to somewhere so potent that you need to remind yourself to breathe… Utah Repertory Theater's production of Craig Wright's Grace finds the desperate, yearning core that makes us need to believe in something."
- Salt Lake City Weekly


August: Osage County

Directed by Mark Fossen

August:Osage County

"Directed by Mark Fossen, August: Osage County is a rare theatrical event: a large-scale work filled with 13 unforgettable characters, including local favorite, Teresa Sanderson as Violet Weston, it's a powerful tragicomedy told with unflinching honesty and has been described as bitingly funny."
- Visit Salt Lake Magazine


Love Letters

Directed by Chase Ramsey

Love Letters

- This production was not reviewed


[title of show]

Directed by Jason Bowcutt
Music Direction by Kevin Mathie
Choreography by Ashley Gardner-Carlson

[title of show]

"The material is strong in itself, but this production is what it is because of its cast. All of the cast members are tremendous singers, and immensely appealing actors with razor-sharp comic timing. Watching them is a reminder of the simple, elemental joy of theater: sitting in a room watching other people on a stage play make-believe, sing and dance. [title of show] makes that possible because that is, on multiple levels, what it's about as a piece—and thus it's something anyone who loves theater should see."
- Salt Lake City Weekly


Bare

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Anne Puzey
Choreography by Michael Hernandez

Bare

"It is rare for a semi-professional or community show to come together as seamlessly as Utah Repertory Theater Company's BARE. It is a case of the right performers and right production team all sharing a personal passion for the material. They have created an exquisite production of a feel-everything musical. Joy, despair, laughter, and tears intermingle among characters and audience alike in a transcendent spiritual communion."
- Broadway World

Side Show

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Anne Puzey
Choreography by Cooper Howell

Side Show

"Side Show at the Echo Theatre in Provo is an engaging, poignant, and thought-provoking theatrical experience. The production is a fine debut for the newly christened Utah Repertory Theater Company."
- Broadway World


i love you because

Directed and Choreographed by Ashley Ramsey
Music Direction by Justin Bills

i love you because

"The wonderful talent and enthusiasm onstage created an infectiously upbeat atmosphere from the first entrance to the final bow."
- Backstage Utah


What the Bellhop Saw

Directed by Chase Ramsey

What the Bellhop Saw

"I liked this production. It delivered fast paced action with well delivered, equally fast paced dialogue. Doors opened. Doors slammed. Characters chased each other. Identities were confused. Dirty jokes and innuendo abounded. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. All the fun stuff you expect from a farce…"
- Backstage Utah


Carousel

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Melissa Thorne
Choreography by Cooper Howell

Carousel

"Utah Rep's production is "exemplary" through "poignant acting, emotional choreography, and wonderful voices."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association


Rent

Directed and Choreographed by Cooper Howell
Music Direction by Rick Rea

Rent

"The success of the director's vision was beyond anything I could have ever expected from a production of Rent in a small, new theater company in Utah, and I left with the honest opinion that the production I just saw would have made Jonathan Larson and the original production team proud. As for the cast, each deserves to be praised."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association