This risqué comedy from acclaimed playwright Douglas Carter Beane playfully exposes the challenges of being gay in Hollywood with its satirical look at the scandalous world of young celebrity. In this Nearly Naked Theatre production, a rising movie star gets pulled in all directions by his spin doctor agent (who keeps pushing him back in the closet), the sexy "rent-boy" who's caught his eye, the rent-boy's naïve and needy girlfriend (wait, the rent-boy has a girlfriend?), and the photographers tracking his every move. The Little Dog Laughed earned itself a Tony nomination for Best Play, as well as a GLAAD Media Award for its off-Broadway run. Now you can soak up all of its delicious satire at the The Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre.
Celebrate Christmas like they do in Ireland -- with glorious music, traditional dance, laughter and plenty of Celtic soul. The latest edition of An Irish Christmas, as seen on PBS, features world-champion Irish dancer Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance) and Connor Reider (The Chieftains, Celtic Fyre). Traditional Irish vocalists, musicians and dancers lend their spirit to a memorable night that sparkles with charm. This annual family favorite brings a joyous and authentic international spirit to the holiday season at Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre.
Featuring a score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act: The Musical) and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is based on the popular 1992 Disney movie starring Christian Bale about a group of newsboys who take on a ruthless newspaper tycoon. Based on the true events of 1899, the musical tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. The rousing tale at Phoenix Theatre - Mainstage Theatre is about fighting for what's right -- and staying true to who you are.
Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible redhead takes center stage in this musical, based on the popular comic strip, "Little Orphan Annie." Winner of seven Tony Awards in 1977, including Best Musical, the score features unforgettable numbers like "Tomorrow," "Easy Street" and "It's a Hard-Knock Life." Annie will win your heart when the timeless sweeps into the Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse at Mesa Arts Center.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky's classic score, swapping out pas de duex and relevé for head-spins and windmills. Instead of pointe shoes, these Sugarplums are lacing up their high-top sneakers and they'll be poppin' and lockin' their way into Phoenix. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in a modern-day New York City setting. In addition to some explosive hip hop choreography bounding across the Comerica Theatre stage, this merry mash-up also features an appearance by one of hip hop's pillars: Kurtis Blow. The rap icon's early-'80s hit "Christmas Rappin'" took caroling to the club, so he's the perfect guest star to tie a bow around this holiday hybrid.
Here come the Suns, back for their 50th anniversary season in the NBA, with interim head coach Jay Triano set for the year and guard Devin Booker setting all kinds of franchise records (70-point game, anyone?) before the ripe ol' age of 21. And Booker continues to go bananas, leading the team in points per game and assists. With top rebounder Tyson Chandler and three-point threat Mike James on the court, Phoenix has a chance to bring the heat as they take on division rivals like the L.A. Clippers, Portland and Oklahoma City. There's not a bad seat to be found at Talking Stick Resort Arena, so come out and join the fun with the Suns' famous gorilla mascot and a fired-up crowd.
Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after. Helena is dreading her sister Belmira's wedding. After all, the groom, Duarte, should have been hers! And she knows that her sister only wants to escape their sleepy Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river -- a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling combine in The River Bride, a heartrending tale of true love, regret and transformation. Delve into the secrets of the river when Arizona Theatre Company brings Marisela Trevino Orta's award-winning play to Herberger Theater Center's Center Stage.
Repressed passions and simmering tension are pushed to the surface in William Inge's Tony-nominated The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Set in a small Oklahoma town during the oil boom of the 1920s, the drama follows the Flood family through fights, fears and insecurities in a series of short stories. See this tense drama at Desert Stage's intimate Actors Café, at their new location in Scottsdale's Fashion Square.
An improv comedy show is spontaneous, entertaining and hilarious -- and it all starts with just a single word. The expert improvisers at National Comedy Theatre Phoenix start every show by asking the audience to shout out suggestions for a word that they can use as a starting point for the show's improvisations. From there, nobody, including the performers on stage, knows what will happen next. No two shows are ever alike -- but you can count on them to be fast-paced, family-friendly and totally unpredictable.
This anti-holiday show from Stray Cat Theatre premieres the full staging of Steve Yockey's (Octopus, Wolves, Pluto) pitch-black comedy, Mercury, which enjoyed a popular staged reading with Stray Cat a few years ago. Mercury has it all -- an illicit affair, a couple hanging on by a thread, bears at the window, and an adorable missing dog named Mr. Bundles. No one's happy, people stop being nice, and blood and revenge spill in a story that mashes up violent myth and ideas about "good neighbors" to explore what happens when the mercury rises. Enjoy this show at the Tempe Center for the Arts.
Get ready for an evening of smooth sounds and funky jams at the Amplified Jazz Experience, Vol. 6, which features multi-talented saxophonists Patrick Lamb and Jazmin Ghent alongside singer-musician Vaughn "SWIF" Willis. These three musicians will join forces at BLK Live in Scottsdale to create a night of music that spans jazz, soul and funk, exploring a wide array of sonic landscapes that will have you feeling the music.
Featuring students ages 7 and older from the Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre, this professionally-mounted production of the classic Nutcracker Suite at Cactus High School in Glendale promises new special effects and surprises for its ninth production year. This holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas gift and then dreams of a romantic wintry adventure. Jose Soto, choreographer and guest artist from Celebrity Dance, is set to star as the Nutcracker Prince, and he'll partner with AZDA's Paityn Lauzon as Clara.
Since gaining national attention as a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing, comedian Jeff Dye has gone on to have his own Comedy Central special, host two MTV series and serve as a designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He's one of the younger headlining comedians on the circuit today, and with his boyish good looks and relatively clean (but cleverly twisted) sense of humor, Dye charms his way across the country. His hilarious true stories (like the time he stole Mike Vanderjagt's Pro Bowl jersey ... twice) are the kind audiences remember -- and repeat -- for a long, long time. You can catch him these days on TV on I Can Do That! and live when he headlines Tempe Improv.
Head coach Bruce Arians, veteran quarterback Drew Stanton, new running back Adrian Peterson and 10-time Pro Bowl wide-receiver Larry Fitzgerald are expected to lead the Cardinals into University of Phoenix Stadium for a Thanksgiving weekend contest against the AFC South Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags finished 2016 with a 3-13 record while the Cards closed out last year with a second-place spot in the NFC West. The Cardinals are also celebrating their 30th year in Arizona -- and looking to go all the way, since they currently hold the longest active championship drought of all North American sports teams at 68 consecutive seasons.
Join everyone's favorite orphan on her adventures as she escapes the miserable orphanage and the evil Mrs. Hannigan with the help of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. As they explore the wonders of New York City, Annie melts his heart and he ends up changing her life forever. With great songs like "Tomorrow," "It's a Hard Knock Life" and "Together at Last" plus a collection of memorable characters and a story that will melt your heart, it's no wonder Annie has become a favorite of families everywhere. Be sure to catch it when it comes to Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.
Rev up your engines and get ready to howl when Tempe Center for the Arts presents Go, Dog, Go! This fun children's musical based on the famous book by P.D. Eastman (a protege of Dr. Suess) explodes on stage with high-spirited singing, zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night antics that will have the whole family in stitches. Big dogs, little dogs, dogs at work and dogs at play all delve into life with gusto, with lots for audiences of all ages to marvel at. The madcap party never stops when these zany canines leap off the page and onto the stage in this inventive adaptation.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective comes to The Embassy Suites in Tempe to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
In Murder at Miss Mary's, the wealthy Mrs. Mary Astor-Turf has been receiving messages from the great beyond. Her long-deceased grandfather has been trying to send messages to her from the afterlife, and she enlists the help of a renowned and eccentric psychic medium to help channel his communication to her in any way she can come up with. But alas, everyone Mary knows thinks she is crazy, and wants to put her fortune to good use; especially their own, especially her unfaithful husband Teddy and his deceitful mistress. Heck, even her own brother wants a cut of the dough. Come watch the hilarious Murder at Miss Mary's unfold as you determine the guilty party over a delicious three-course meal.
Join resident improv team, Results May Vary, for a spontaneous night of laughter and fun at Glendale's Brelby Theatre Company. This talented ensemble takes suggestions from the audience and spins them into scenes and sketches that range from the amusing to the outrageous and back again. And with a variety of improv games at their disposal, you'll never see the same show twice.