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Director’s Brief: “Cagney” and Concert Productions

Happy Opening Night!   Wow. I have been delinquent in my blogging. So sorry.   Cagney opens tonight. It has been a whirlwind—rehearsing and refining this charming piece. The technical elements are incredible. Twelve actors and more than 150 costumes?! You kind of have to see it to believe it, and I hope you will. … Continued

Director’s Brief: We’re Baaack!

We’re baaaack! I know it seems like I just signed off for the summer but things are bustling at PTC as we prepare for the arrival of the cast of our first show of the season- CAGNEY. The scene shop and costume shop have been working for a couple of weeks already, the cast travels … Continued

Industry Round-up from Playbill

Chris Massimine  Managing Director at Pioneer Theatre Company (Salt Lake City, UT) The recent Drama Desk-winning producer for the Joel Grey-helmed Fiddler on the Roof will partner with Artistic Director Karen Azenberg for a season that includes The Lifespan of a Fact, Once On This Island, and Something Rotten!. Massimine currently serves as co-development chair at the Alliance of Resident … Continued

The Passing of a Legend

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Harold Prince, a game-changer, uniting voice, and the heart and soul of Broadway. To the world his name and legacy was larger than life, but to me he was Hal- a friend who delighted in conversation on craft, family, life, and integrity; a mentor (one of hundreds … Continued

Cagney Cast Announced

This happened this week: (SALT LAKE CITY, UT)— With July 4th around the corner, the Broadway-bound production of Cagney, based on the life of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” star Academy Award winner James Cagney, has completed its casting and returns to the stage, opening Pioneer Theatre Company’s (PTC) season this fall. The production will run from … Continued

Director’s Brief: Summer Vacation

I took a trip to Israel this summer after a much needed break from the season. Went to the cutest theatre in Jerusalem – perfect to be a second stage – it’s a tricky commute though. At the western wall and floating in the Dead Sea. Sunset over the Sea of Galilee. I’ll be back … Continued

Director’s Brief: PTC actors show up at the Tonys

I want to give a shout out and a huge congratulations to some of our PTC actors. They are having the celebration of their lives this weekend with Sunday’s Tony Awards, which are honor the nominated shows they are currently in this season on Broadway. Nominated for Best Musical, “Beetlejuice” includes Alex Brightman (Henry in … Continued

Backstage Tours for 2019/2020 announced

Tuesday Tours return in 2019/2020. To register, visit the page linked, or visit our Facebook Events for more information. September 10, 2019 – See the Broadway-bound “Cagney” being built, and elements for the rest of the season being worked on. October 8, 2019 – There is no busier time at PTC than the month that … Continued

Director’s Brief: There’s a first time for everything….

There is a first time for everything….. I am missing opening night of Grease tonight because I am on my way to Pennsylvania for my son’s college graduation. It is a little like deciding between two of your own children. But since I’ll be back here next week, I can still see Grease and celebrate … Continued

Director’s Brief: Tech for ‘Grease’ underway

Tech for Grease begins today.   We’re firing on all cylinders (no Greased Lightning subtext intended) and working some very, very long hours. There’s activity in this building from probably 7:00AM until well after midnight, with every technical department vying for onstage real estate.   The work to complete—and trim and decorate and finish—the set, … Continued