A Sad Tale's Best for Winter: James Joyce's The Dead Revived by Salt Lake City's Pioneer Theatre

News   A Sad Tale's Best for Winter: James Joyce's The Dead Revived by Salt Lake City's Pioneer Theatre Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers the wintry musical James Joyce's The Dead, Feb. 16-March 5.

The musical based on the story by James Joyce, with book by Richard Nelson, music by Shaun Davey and lyrics conceived and adapted by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey, is directed by Pioneer artistic director Charles Morey, with choreography by Karen Azenberg.

The Dead won the Tony Award for Best Book of Musical following its commercial transfer to Broadway (1999-2000) after playing Playwrights Horizons Off-Broadway.

At a Dublin Christmas party, tensions and passions of friends and family — particularly the married Gabriel and Gretta — emerge, with song and dance adding flavor and exposing emotion. "James Joyce's The Dead is intelligent, exuberant, utterly charming and deeply moving," Morey said in production notes.

The company includes Sean Arbuckle, Brigid Brady, Alice Cannon, Margaret Crowell, Michael DeVries, Deanne Lorette, Leila Martin, Trish Reading and Max Robinson. Emily Morgan Jeppson, Ashlee LaPine, and Joey Dixon complete the cast.

PTC musical director James Prigmore conducts the orchestra. Designers are Gary English (set), Carol Wells-Day (costumes), M.L. Geiger (lighting), Amanda French (hair and makeup) and Joe Payne (sound). Performances play at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, at 300 South and 1400 East in Salt Lake City.

For tickets or information call the PTC box office at (801) 581-6961 or visit the PTC web site at www.pioneertheatre.org.

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