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George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater is almost done (much to the relief of beleaguered downtown businesses and will soon be playing host to Broadway shows and more.

The “and more” part of that sentence was revealed today during a hastily thrown together press conference in the Eccles Theater Lobby Thursday morning. The series of non-musical theater productions is called “LIVE! at the Eccles” (all caps and exclamation point included) and will be curated by none other than the boys from the State Room, Chris Mautz and Darin Piccoli of First Tracks Entertainment, who are both come with their usual super high levels of enthusiasm to the task of bringing more cool shit to Utah..

“This place was designed for Broadway shows,” Mautz says. “And those requirements are so much more intense than what we need for a rock show. This facility is so robust and bands are going to love playing here and in my experience that comes through and makes for a great show. Magic is going to happen here.”

The new series will bring musical acts, comedy, spoken word and PBS-ey things like David Sedaris to the new theater. Head to to get on the email list for priority access to tickets. Sales will open on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. for thems who are on the list whilst the general public will pick through the scraps starting Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at

The presser today revealed 15 shows including Morrissey, Goo Goo Dolls, The Head and The Heart, Amos Lee, Chris Isaak Holiday Tour, Experience Hendrix, Postmodern Jukebox and Johnny Mathis.

“Those are just the [music] concerts,” Piccoli says. “You can expect to see more shows announced in the coming weeks.”

Here’s the full run down and another push to get on that early sign up list here.

Nov. 2  The Head And The Heart

Nov. 4 – Goo Goo Dolls

Nov. 7 – Amos Lee

Nov. 11 – Jay Leno

Nov. 12 – Morrissey

Nov. 13  – Postmodern Jukebox

Nov. 22 – Chris Isaak Holiday Tour (Wait. What? People who play “Wicked Games” get coal in their stockings?)


Jan 27  – Kathy Griffin

Feb 15 –  Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Feb 18 – Elvis Lives!

March 6  – Experience Hendrix

March 11 – Golden Dragon Acrobats

April 29 – Johnny Mathis

May 2  – David Sedaris

June 10    AC2 – Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen

Jeremy Pugh
Jeremy Pugh
Jeremy Pugh is Salt Lake magazine's Editor. He covers culture, history, the outdoors and whatever needs a look. Jeremy is also the author of the book "100 Things to Do in Salt Lake City Before You Die" and the co-author of the history, culture and urban legend guidebook "Secret Salt Lake."

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