There is something you can do to help Houstonions after Harvey. The Houston Food Bank (our nation's largest food bank) supports the children, families and seniors in Southeast Texas who are in need of food, water and supplies. A $10 donation will enable Houston Food Bank to provide 30 meals for hungry neighbors in emergencies and throughout the year. Every year Houston Food Bank feeds 800,000 people through its network of food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies. You can pitch in with donations of $10 (feeds 30), $20 (feeds 60) or $30 (feeds 90), now through the end of September, and 100% of the money donated will go to Houston Food Bank's life-changing work. Once this year's disaster relief and recovery needs have been met, any remaining donations will be used to fund ongoing hunger-relief efforts.
It's the ultimate feel-good, ABBA musical spectacular that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Mamma Mia! tells the story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and an unforgettable trip down the aisle. Bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there's a small problem: She has no idea which of mom's three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities, surprising her fiercely independent mom. The show's tale of enduring love and friendship features ABBA's fabulous hit songs, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me" and many more. Don't miss Mamma Mia at the Phoenix Theatre.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
A pair of feuding perfume shop employees don't realize that they're secretly and anonymously writing love letters to each other in the sentimental musical comedy She Loves Me. This charming, Tony Award-winning tale of cute but arrogant manager Georg and his spunky new clerk Amalia features music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick -- the same pair that wrote the tunes for the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof. Produced on Broadway in 1963 and revived in 1993, the story is adapted from the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, which served as the inspiration for the films The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail. Enjoy this production of She Loves Me at the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 7:00pm
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, narrator the Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold - not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant in this youth production at Fountain Hills Youth Theater just outside Phoenix.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pm
Set against the dramatic backdrop of political and social upheaval in 1963 Louisiana, Caroline, or Change is a Tony-nominated musical that features one of the most powerful female leads in all of musical theater. The play follows the Gellman family and their hard-working African-American maid, Caroline, a single mother of four young children. When a small amount of money goes missing, buried tensions threaten to rip two families -- and the struggling Caroline -- apart. Loosely based on Tony Kushner's provocative and personal story, Caroline features a virtuosic score that blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies into a magical, show-stopping musical masterpiece. Don't miss this Black Theatre Troupe production of Caroline, or Change in Phoenix.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm
Not Fade Away re-creates the joyful sound and on-stage energy of early-rock pioneer Buddy Holly, along with fellow greats Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. But this nationally-touring tribute act, backed by a live band on vintage-style instruments, puts their own modern rockabilly spin on truly classic songs like "That'll Be the Day," "Oh Donna," "Summertime Blues," "Peggy Sue," "Maybe Baby" and of course, "Not Fade Away," along with those from Valens ("La Bamba") and the Big Bopper ("Chantilly Lace"). Plus, tickets include lunch or dinner served prior to the performance at Peoria's Arizona Broadway Theatre, with soup or salad and choice of entree.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dining Begins at 5:30pm)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pm (Dining Begins at Noon)Sunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pm (Dining Begins at Noon)
WME's Together Live Tour returns with a fascinating, diverse lineup of female speakers set to share their empowering stories. You can catch everyone from best-selling authors and Olympic gold medalists to actors and biomedical scientists as they come together to inspire change. Each city will feature exciting guest speakers in addition to the core lineup, which includes FIFA Women's World Cup champion Abby Wambach, Love Warrior author Glennon Doyle, and Nigerian writer Luvvie Ajayi (I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual). The Phoenix stop features Latham Thomas (Mama Glow) and Khalida Brohi (Pakistani social activist). Don't miss what's sure to be an energizing experience at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix.
Although the temperatures may be blistering, summer always gets a cool send-off with Arizona Summer Ends Margarita and Mojito Festival. In this ultimate celebration at Chandler's Rawhide Western Town, you can escape the heat by treating yourself to samples of a wide selection of handcrafted margaritas, mojitos and Mexican craft beers, while enjoying live music and entertainment. You also don't have to imbibe in the alcohol to take part in all the fun -- throw in some food trucks and outdoor water games, and you've got a festival that's fun for both non-drinkers and kids of all ages. Ticket includes admission and sample tastings, as well as an embossed souvenir glass to take home.
A parody of all the plays written by The Bard, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a high-speed roller-coaster ride involving only three actors and a heavy dose of improv. All the heroes, villains, kings, servants and damsels in distress of Shakespeare's 37 plays are portrayed by the very overworked actors in just 97 minutes. The play was London's longest-running comedy and now you can see this wild and hilarious show at Farnsworth Studio Theater at Mesa Arts Center.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pm
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 September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pm
Get your red on for the Cardinals, who entered the 2017 season riding high on a revamped, speedy defense and the return of clutch veteran QB Carson Palmer. Running back David Johnson is one of the most exciting figures in the NFL and a legitimate MVP candidate, and future Hall-of-Famer Larry Fitzgerald is still making catches. They have a good chance to make the playoffs but they'll need your help, so get out to University of Phoenix Stadium and cheer the birds on as they battle the San Francisco 49ers.
Sunday October 1, 2017 / 1:05pm (vs. San Francisco 49ers)
Two couples meet for dinner to take their minds off the war raging around Syria. An unexpected profession of love, an untimely proposal and one kiss later, one member of the foursome lies dead on the floor. Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón's Kiss is a play within a play, breaking open cultural barriers and challenging us to confront the limits of our own understanding of other cultures. The New York Times dubbed Calderón "Chile's most acclaimed playwright-director of the last two decades." See why when this Stray Cat Theatre production of Kiss comes to the Tempe Center for the Arts.
Sunday September 24, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm
Enjoy a complete evening of entertainment with Top Shelf's top-notch R&B and soul tribute show. They'll take you on an interactive musical journey from the early doo-wop days, through the classic sounds of Motown, pop and soul jukebox hits. From Stevie and Michael to Prince and Bruno Mars, from Billie Holiday to Aretha, the narrated concert showcases hard-hitting, faithful renditions of your favorite songs. The first set features a fully staged choreographed production, while the second will have everyone out on the dance floor! Whether you come for the show, the dancing or the optional three-course meal, Top Shelf won't let you down at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Dinner at 7:00pm)
H.G. Wells' masterful sci-fi story The Time Machine has captivated audiences on the page for years, and now Glendale's Brelby Theatre Company brings its original adaptation -- catered specifically to young audiences -- to the stage. Enjoy the exciting and frantic adventures of the Time Traveler, an amateur inventor who creates a machine that enables him to journey deep into the past and far into the future. This thrilling production brings the magic and spectacle of Wells' words to vivid life, so hop in and prepare for a journey unlike any other, all while learning about the importance of communication and understanding.
Sunday September 24, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 5:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 5:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 5:00pm
Have you ever been told you have a great voice? Whether you're looking for a new career or just interested in making some extra money on the side, this workshop gives you a fun, realistic behind-the-scenes look at the voice-over industry. From audiobooks to training material, cartoons, documentaries, commercials and more, you'll learn the ins and outs of this growing field and how to avoid the common mistakes made by newcomers. Hear what a professional voice demo sounds like, discover which vocal types are most in-demand and record a short script under the direction of your instructor. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Phoenix Downtown, this class is a great first step for anyone interested in voice acting.
With its hothouse emotions, lush melodies and commentary on racial tolerance, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable score of this timeless musical is filled with all-time favorites like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." See it when this Almost Famous Theatre production comes to Hardes Theatre at the Phoenix Theatre campus.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pm
Walt Disney and Orson Welles may never have been able to get their own big-screen collaboration of this work off of the ground, but this stage production of The Little Prince positively soars, recapturing the unique magic of one of the most beloved children's books of the 20th century. The story follows an aviator who crashes in the Sahara and meets the mysterious Little Prince, who tells the aviator about his magical adventures among the stars and the many fascinating characters he's met. Expand the imaginative horizons of your young ones with this charming show at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts -- and if you have a child younger than three who can sit on your lap for the duration of the show, they can even attend for free.
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.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 7:30pm
They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but Murder and a Meal Dinner Theater thinks it's better served alongside a delicious three-course meal. Their latest lighthearted mystery show, How to Murder a Millionaire, combines cold-blooded killing with the hilarious antics of reality TV. All eligible bachelor Dirk Dagwell wants is a bride to share his life, so he signs up to become the latest schmuck on cheesy dating show How to Marry a Millionaire. Here to win the heart (and bank account) of the handsome millionaire are sex kitten Tanya, sweetheart Darma and lady-with-a-past Carleen. Who will Dirk choose to be his bride? And will it be the last choice he ever makes? Help put together the pieces and uncover the murderer -- and maybe even become a part of the show -- as you laugh and dine at Scottdale's Orange Tree Golf Club.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 7:30pm
In this sexy French farce, it's 1960 and Parisian womanizer Bernard is enjoying the good life with his three fiancées -- all beautiful airline hostesses with frequent (but never overlapping) layovers in Paris. And thanks to Bernard's faithful housekeeper, who nimbly switches out food and photos in his apartment according to schedule, the women will never find out about each other. Or so it seems, until a new, faster Boeing jet throws the airline schedules out of whack and Bernard finds himself juggling all three women at once. Add Bernard's friend -- who's hilariously bad at keeping all the lies straight -- to the mix, and the whole plan is poised to fall apart. This slapstick comedy from French playwright Marc Camoletti won a Tony on Broadway and was made into a 1965 film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. Now you can laugh along with all the saucy fun at this Stage Left production of Boeing Boeing at Paradise RV Resort Ballroom in Sun City.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pm
Whisper Sweetly unveils the untold origin story of the importance behind one's observing of Daylight Saving Time. In a small village in a forest not far from the edge of town, Abbott struggles to stay awake during the crucial hours of Daylight Saving. Anyone who drifts into sleep risks the loss of their soul and body to those Catchers who feed off of dreams. Enjoy this creative tale of discovery, the sacrifice of loved ones and bags upon bags of coffee at Glendale's Brelby Theatre Company.
Sunday September 24, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pm
The winner of season two of NBC's hit reality series Last Comic Standing, John Heffron hasn't looked back since, well ... unless you count mining his past for hilarious material as "looking back." In which case he's actually been looking back a lot, and finding some serious gold. With riotously relatable material ranging from accounts of growing up in a pre-internet era to his bar-hopping adventures in his 20s and observations of life as a married man in his 30s, the Detroit funnyman has appeared on The Tonight Show and Chelsea Lately -- now you can escape the worries of everyday life and laugh yourself silly when he headlines at The Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 7:00pm