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PTC’s concert production includes returns to the stage by mayoral candidate Jim Dabakis, and by Utah native Klea Blackhurst

SALT LAKE CITY, UT— A cast list has been announced for Pioneer Theatre Company’s Concert Production of La Cage aux Folles, the beloved gender-bending musical comedy and winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical. La Cage aux Folles is the only Broadway musical to win the Tony for Best Revival twice, and is the source material for the hit film The Birdcage. The concert-style production runs just three performances, March 15 and 16, 2019, and is an add-on to PTC’s 2018-2019 season.
The cast features Broadway actors JAMISON STERN previously at PTC in Ragtime in 2003, and JAMES PATTERSON in the lead roles of Albin and Georges, respectively, and will be joined by faces familiar to PTC.
Former State Senator and current mayoral candidate JIM DABAKIS returns to the stage in the role of Monsieur Dindon after having appeared as The Narrator in both concert productions of The Rocky Horror Show in 2014 and 2015.
“I am thrilled to have been asked to play the part of an overbearing, loud, judgy senator; [Director] Karen [Azenberg] said that shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for me,” said Dabakis.
KLEA BLACKHURST, born and raised in Salt Lake City, returns to her roots on PTC’s stage in the role of Jacqueline. A veteran of many PTC productions, her first was The King and I at age 10, and her last was Chicago, in 2006.
Modeled after the Lincoln Center “Encore” series in New York City, patrons have the opportunity to experience undiscovered theatre gems or infrequently produced musicals, appearing scripts-in-hand, with an onstage orchestra and limited costuming, and the same stellar performances they’ve enjoyed on the main stage.
PTC Artistic Director KAREN AZENBERG directs and choreographs. Costume Designer PATRICK HOLT, who designed 2017’s The Will Rogers Follies, also designs for La Cage aux Folles. HELEN GREGORY is musical director and AARON SPIVEY is lighting designer.
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Pioneer Theatre Company
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the play La Cage aux Folles by Jean Poiret
March 15 and March 16, 2019
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City
$25 – $40 in advance, and $5 more when purchased on the day of the show
Box Office: 801-581-6961
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
Pioneer Theatre Company, a theatre in residence at the University of Utah, operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City’s only fully professional theatre, performs at Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, located on the University of Utah campus at 300 South and 1400 East in Salt Lake City, easily accessible by TRAX light rail. Free parking is also available and the theatre is equipped with an elevator, handicap parking, hearing assistance devices and other easy-access features.