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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tony Award-Winning BLAST! @ Kingsbury Hall (SLC: Nov 1-2)

Press Release

Tony Award-Winning BLAST! Returns to Kingsbury Hall

October 13, 2011: Winner of the 2001 Tony Award for “Best Special Theatrical Event,” and the 2001 Emmy Award for “Best Choreography,” BLAST! is a celebration of movement and music that almost defies description. BLAST! will be performed at Kingsbury Hall on Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 - $44.50 and are available by calling 801-581-7100 or visiting

Born on athletic fields across the nation, BLAST! is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry. A unique experience, BLAST! explodes the genre with the artistry of the theatre. BLAST! is musical spectacle; it is music in motion.  Bruce McCabe of the Boston Globe says, “BLAST! doesn’t falter while bridging the categories of classical, blues, jazz, rock n roll, and techno-pop music.  BLAST! stands, blows, pounds, marches, and whirls with panache.  It sent the full house into repeated bursts of cheering and applause [with] the thrill of seeing sheer virtuosity in a different kind of art form.  BLAST! is entertainment of a high order.”

BLAST! on tour consists of 35 members, drawn from the world of outdoor pageantry all across North America.  There are over 40 world titles held by BLAST! cast members who comprise three performing sections – the brass, percussion and visual ensembles.  The brass instruments are pitched in the standard multi-keys.  The percussion section includes drums, mallet instruments and electronic keyboards. The visual element enhances the show by spinning and tossing unusual implements along with the traditional sabers and colorful flags in perfectly synchronized, ballet-like drill.

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