One of the most beloved dance stories of all time hustles its way onstage at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. Saturday Night Fever is the 1970s coming-of-age tale of young working class Brooklyn teen Tony Manero, who escapes his life's tribulations with his weekend trips to the local discotheque. Based on the 1977 film starring John Travolta, the production's packed with classic disco hits from the Bee Gees, including "Stayin' Alive," "More Than a Woman," "If I Can't Have You" and "Disco Inferno." Get electrified by this nostalgic trip through disco.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner Starts at 5:30pm)Friday August 18, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner Starts at 5:30pm)Saturday August 19, 2017 / 2:00pm (Lunch Starts at Noon)
Harold and Burt, longtime friends and residents of the same retirement home, spend their days sitting on a bench, bickering with each other for entertainment. When a once-famous actress moves in, her arrival sets off a game of one-upmanship. But when they discover that the retirement home is going to be sold, all three must band together to save their home. Ron Clark, veteran comedy writer and co-screenwriter of several Mel Brooks films, wrote this charming and poignant comedy at the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:00pm
Leaving Iowa is a warm, nostalgic comedy about a middle-aged man who visits his family at his childhood home in Iowa. He ends up on a riotous journey across the state in search of the perfect spot to scatter his late father's ashes. Along the way, he finds himself reliving summer vacations trapped in the family station wagon between tourist traps and historical markers that his father deemed educational. As he continues his journey, his appreciation of his dad's fortitude as a parent soars. Penned by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, this production comes to the Phoenix area's Fountain Hills Theater.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 2:00pm
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.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 1, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 7:30pm
Arizona is known for being sizzling, and Hot Spanish Nights turns up the heat even more, but in the best way. Put on your dancing shoes, grab a date and head to Arizona Golf Resort, Hotel Spa & Conference Center for a night of sangria and salsa. Experts will be on hand throughout the night offering private dance instruction, and then you can test-drive your new moves on the dance floor. Be sure to take some breaks though, during which you can enjoy your included four glasses of sangria, plus all the chips and salsa you can eat. You can also purchase additional drinks at the open bar.
From jazz to pop to bossa nova, R&B and beyond, acclaimed saxophonist Chris Mitchell knows how to play it, and he does so with plenty of style. For this show, Tequila Nights at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, he'll perform some of his favorite classics from icons like Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra and Luis Miguel. This versatile jazz pro has impressed audiences from coast to coast through appearances in Vegas, L.A., Seattle, Atlanta and elsewhere. Now you can experience his smooth sounds yourself, and maybe even meet him in person as he mingles before the show.
Saturday August 19, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
In adjacent apartments that resemble nothing so much as broom closets with windows, the three young, ambitious neighbors of Melissa James Gibson's [SIC] come together to discuss, flirt, argue, share their dreams and plan their futures. Watch as Theo, Babette and Frank push the limits of their friendship to the max and demonstrate that language can be both an instrument of intimacy and a weapon of defense. Expect plenty of loony comedy, poignant soul-searching and incisive analysis of life in the real world when this witty, unique play hits the Mesa Encore Theatre Black Box.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 2:30pm
The bittersweet Southern comedy Steel Magnolias takes place in Truvy Jones' beauty salon, where three generations of outspoken Southern women regularly gather to laugh, cry and celebrate the events of their lives. But their world is rocked when M'Lynn's diabetic daughter gets pregnant, which could prove fatal -- and the ladies' inner strength and love for one another is put to the ultimate test. Based on the playwright's own upbringing, the touching and funny play was adapted into a popular film starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts. Now, Stage Left Productions brings all the camaraderie, humor and poignancy of Steel Magnolias to the Paradise RV Resort Ballroom in Sun City.
Wednesday August 23, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:00pm
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.
With friends like these, who needs enemies? Join Mr. Boddee and his guests to celebrate the old man's birthday, and watch as a delicious murder mystery unfolds throughout the evening. You'll enjoy a three-course meal served up with a side of laughs at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Scottsdale. A host of familiar names from the beloved board game Clue are on the guest list, including the gold-digging Miss Scarlett, the eccentric Professor Plum, the aging Col. Mustard, the ill-tempered Mr. Green, the stern and conceited Mrs. Peacock, and poor, misunderstood Mrs. White. It'll be up to you and your fellow audience members to figure out whodunit.
The bracing comedic genius behind TBS' Sullivan & Son once again takes the stand-up stage. Before creating the hit sitcom, Steve Byrne had released two hit hour-long stand-up specials on Comedy Central, toured as part of Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Tour and performed stand-up on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!,The Late Late Show and BET's Comic View. Recently, he released his third one-hour stand-up comedy special, Champion, on Netflix, bringing his high-energy style and unique takes on dating, growing up Irish-Korean and the difference between male and female exotic dancers (hint: it's all in the hips) to a whole new audience. See him at the Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre.
Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, The Dinner Detective is the largest interactive murder mystery dinner show in the country -- and now it's coming to the Hilton Tucson East hotel. This tasty whodunit is set in the present day and features performers who blend in with the crowd, so you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or 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 entree 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 even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Saturday August 19, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 6:00pm