When you ask the cast of Hale Center Theater Orem’s “110 in the Shade” about working with Broadway stars, their response is simple: “Life-changing.”

For two weeks, Utah County actors performed in a special engagement of the musical, featuring four-time Tony Award-winning actor Audra McDonald in the lead role of Lizzie, paired with her off-stage partner, Utah native Will Swenson as Starbuck.

Swenson, a Utah native who won a Tony nomination for his role in the 2009 Broadway revival of “Hair,” got his start as an actor in Hale productions, and his brother and sister-in-law run the Orem theater. He is known to local audiences for his roles in Mormon Cinema films such as “The Singles Ward” and “The R.M.”

via Broadway star inspires Orem actors | The Salt Lake Tribune.

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