An American in Paris is the theme of this year’s Red Carpet Gala, hosted by the Utah AIDS Foundation. So get out your rainbow-studded beret and support a great cause while rubbing elbows with the Salt Lake City elite and … well probably some of the those bawdy Mattresses of Mayhem like Pansy Pap Smear. Ooolala! I hope to see Lady Gaga on Leonardo DiCaprio’s arm at the show.
28Sunday — UAF Red Carpet Gala
Rail Event Center, 235 N. 500 West, 6pm. Tickets $120-150o, utahaids.org
Like Pansy’s real age, the Utah Symphony celebrates 75 year of Broadway. Hit musicals honored include Chicago, My Fair Lady, One Touch of Venus, Mama Mia! and Cabaret. The extremely talented and handsome Jerry Steichen conducts. Special guests include Melissa Errico, Hugh Panaro, Morgan James and Stephen Buntrock.
12Friday — 75 Years of Bravo Broadway
Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 7:30pm, through Saturday. Tickets $18-69, artsaltlake.org
The Shakespearean time-honored love story is adapted by the likewise time-honored Ballet West. Strangely a tragedy, it is one of the most romantic stories ever conceived and has been time and time again tweaked, modernized and newly platformed. I’m just waiting for someone to adapt it as Romeo & Julio. Ballet West will surely tantalize and remind us all why we relish such a love story.
12Friday — Romeo & Juliet
Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, times vary, through Feb. 20. Tickets $19-87, artsaltlake.org
Repertory Dance Theatre celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary fundraiser with food, an auction, a new choreographer commission and of course dance … but not only those choreographed by RDT alumni — audience members are welcomed to the stage to show off their moves to the music of the Joe Muscolino Band. Revel in the regalia!
20Saturday — Regalia
Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, 7:30pm. Tickets $50-15o, artsaltlake.org
Love is in the air with a number of exciting, romantic and enticing special engagements. From bushy bearded — and hopefully nether regioned — performers axe juggling (Awww, so romantic!), to a corral of gay dudes — hopefully bushy nether regioned — singing some mushy love songs (but they don’t hold a floral-scented candle to the Salt Lake Men’s Choir … unless of course, Michael isn’t out sick), to a very handsome trio of hetero tenors sure to get every hetero dude in the audience lucky, to fantabulous performances from two powerhouse Utah-based artistic companies, hearts will be raising and brows will be sweating. Kisses!
4Thursday — Timber! Cirque Alfonse
Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU, 7:30pm. Tickets $19-39, kingtix.com
13Saturday — San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 7:30pm. Tickets $25-75, ecclescenter.org
— A Gentri Valentine
Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU, 8pm. Tickets $27-35 or $99 VIP, kingtix.com
26Friday — Ballet West with the Utah Symphony
Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 7:30pm, through Saturday. Tickets $18-64, artsaltlake.org
Homoeroticism is emanated on Utah stages this Valentine month. First and foremost, Jason Bowcutt stars is Based on a True Story. His brilliance and his soul are very homoerotic. Love you Jason. Questions of love and the unique depths therein are considered in Two Henrys and Streetlight Woodpecker. I don’t know why exactly The Producers is homoerotic, but I am a homo who loves theatre and some people find me erotic (namely Madonna).
2Tuesday — The Producers
Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, times vary, through Feb. 7. Tickets $32.50-65, artsaltlake.org
5Friday — Two Henrys: A Reading
Babcock Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU, times vary, through Saturday. Tickets $10, pioneertheatre.org
25Thursday — Streetlight Woodpecker
Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North, times vary, through Mar. 6. Tickets $24-43, saltlakeactingcompany.org
— Based on a True Story
Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, times vary, through Mar. 6. Tickets $15, artsaltlake.org
March 4, Katya (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Metro Bar, smithstix.com
April 16, Ellie Goulding, Maverik Center, maverikcenter.com