Step aboard Show Boat, one of the most beloved musicals of all time, for a sweeping journey, epic score and touching story. As the Cotton Blossom riverboat travels the Mississippi, a cast of riverboat performers -- Julie, Joe, Queenie, Magnolia and Ravenal -- navigate the ups and downs of show business, love and loss in a time overshadowed by racial inequality. Don't miss this thrilling spectacle filled with memorable songs like "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (of Mine)," "You are Love" and more when Show Boat sets sail at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria.
Verdict is completely unlike the other works by the British murder mystery writer. Whereas her stories often weave a tangled web as we look for the killer, Verdict examines the web of psychology, relationships and morality. Fleeing persecution, professor Karl Hendryk and his invalid wife, Anya, make a home in London. Anya's cousin and caretaker, Lisa, suppresses romantic feelings for Karl, a forbidden relationship which bubbles to the surface when Karl takes on private lessons with a spoiled student. As passions rise, one has to ask, is it possible to love a person with such idealism that it becomes destructive? Witness Agatha Christie's unique drama at Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale.
It's not every fictional character who's so iconic his name becomes an adjective, but that's one quest in which the lovably insane self-styled knight Don Quixote triumphed. No doubt you've heard the tales of his daring, his brave battles with giants (actually windmills) for the hand of his beautiful lady (actually a prostitute who wants nothing to do with him). And while you've probably always meant to read it, this 400-year-old Spanish novel runs about 1,000 pages and you've got Game of Thrones to binge-watch. Luckily, there's a classic Broadway musical version -- Man of La Mancha -- that brings this timeless character to life with some of the greatest show tunes ever written, which pulse with the spirit of flamenco in this vibrant new production from Arizona Theatre Company. Come dream "The Impossible Dream" when Don Quixote rides into Herberger Theater Center in España (actually Phoenix).
Vegans and vegetarians can get their fill of all things tasty, healthy and plant-based at this year's Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival. Even if you don't know your bok choy from your Brussels sprouts, there'll be something here for you. The Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater will be filled with veg-friendly foods to sample and buy, informative speaker sessions, a mind-body fitness area, as well as kids' activities. Bestselling vegan cookbook author Jason Wyrick will offer food for thought, as will area chefs, fitness gurus and more. There'll be a wide variety of snacks, desserts, juices -- and even vegan alcohol -- to please your palate, so you may want to go wearing your stretchiest pants.
Frankie Valli has been reducing females to joyful tears since 1962 with his powerful falsetto renderings of songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Who Loves You" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." He and his group The Four Seasons are still going strong today, thanks in part to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Valli and his legendary group. With 71 chart hits (including 40 in the Top 40 and eight reaching No. 1), they're one of the best-selling musical groups of all time. See them live when they come to the stage of the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.
The hilarious Tony-winning musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, is riding into Scottsdale's Desert Stages Theatre for a madcap musical romp through the Middle Ages as only Monty Python could imagine it. Lovingly ripped off from the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and written by original Python Eric Idle, Spamalot follows the bumbling Knights of the Round Table on their quest for the Holy Grail. During their comical adventures they get sidetracked by unexpected events and caught up in confrontations with rude Frenchmen, killer rabbits and flying cows. They handle it all without missing a beat, and even find time to participate in show-stopping musical numbers.
Jefferson Airplane was one of the biggest rock groups of the 1960s. The psych-rock legends performed at Woodstock, Monterey and at Altamont with the Rolling Stones. They also regularly shared a bill with the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. The band became known as Jefferson Starship in 1974 and they've gone on to play more than 2,000 concerts. Songs like "White Rabbit," "Somebody to Love" and "We Built This City" still resonate to this day, and now you can see Jefferson Starship in concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
Playwright Mary Chase won a Pulitzer Prize for Harvey, her classic comedy about a mild-mannered middle-aged man named Elwood, his domineering, social-climber sister Veta, and Elwood's best friend -- a giant invisible rabbit named Harvey. To save her family from the horror of embarrassment, Veta tries to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium, but plans go awry and Veta gets hospitalized instead, setting off a hilarious chain of events. A long-running Broadway hit, Harvey was adapted into an Oscar-winning 1950 movie starring James Stewart. Now it comes to the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale.
Get ready for some backyard grilling and summertime fun as the Brooklyn-based Calamari "sisters" Delphine and Carmela return to Phoenix's Herberger Theater Center. They'll be blending outrageous musical numbers, spicy anecdotes and a dash of audience participation into one delectable comic stew. While they whip up their authentic Italian clam bake, the Calamaris sing, dance and bicker their way into your hearts -- and stomachs. And trust us, after the gals sing, dance and cook their way through the perfect picnic, you'll agree they have the juiciest clams in town.
Four women deal with dieting, exercise, plastic surgery, sex over the age of 40 and other body image issues with humor and pizzazz in WaistWatchers: The Musical. This clever and catchy show at Phoenix's Herberger Theater Center is packed with original music inspired by beloved pop songs and show tunes for the themes at hand. Song titles include "Botox Queen," "Viagra" and "I Hope I Lose It." You might not shed any belly fat, but you'll have plenty of belly laughs, which are delicious and calorie-free. It's nonstop action, music and laughs!
From concerts by Grammy Award-winning singers to chats with National Geographic photographers, the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of events that fulfill its mission to inspire audiences and artistically transform the Wickenburg community. Since opening in 2001, this 600-seat theater has hosted musicians, actors, comedians, dancers, filmmakers, photographers, writers and intellectuals from all over the world. This season promises lots of talent!
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 / 7:30pm (MOMIX "Opus Cactus")Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 / 7:30pm (SHUFFLE Concert)Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 7:30pm (Classic Albums Live "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band")
With his dynamic dancing and smooth, gutsy vocals, Morris Day, as a founding member of Prince's band The Time, played an essential role in the development of the Minneapolis dance club sound of the 1980s. After a couple of band breakups in the '80s and early-'90s, several members of the group reunited in 1995 and continued to tour with Prince up to the time of his untimely death. Now, Morris Day & The Time pays tribute to Prince as well as all the Morris Day hits that have been produced over many decades with this concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
Stars cross, swords clash and hearts break in the greatest love story the world has ever known. Arguably the most famous play ever written, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the truly timeless tale of two young lovers, kept apart by their feuding families, whose romance ends in unthinkable tragedy. The play's been made and remade into countless works of art over the last four centuries, from ballets and operas (47 of them at last count) to major film releases and even a legendary musical (West Side Story) -- all a testament to the Bard's brilliant storytelling. Experience the original via this Southwest Shakespeare Company production at Piper Repertory Theatre in Mesa.
Actor and comedian David Alan Grier is best known for his zany roles on sketch comedy show In Living Color, but the Tony Award-nominated actor and comedian has appeared in everything from Broadway plays to feature films to stand-up shows since the In Living Color days of the '90s, including the current NBC hit The Carmichael Show. He's starred in NBC's DAG, Comedy Central's Chocolate News and the hit blaxploitation parody I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. He's performed stand-up on numerous late-night talk shows, and was named one of Comedy Central's top 100 stand-ups of all time.
How do you measure justice? How do you weigh a life? How do you define a friendship? Joanna McClelland Glass' play Trying is inspired by her real-life experience as personal secretary to the brilliant and irascible Judge Francis Biddle, U.S. Attorney General during WWII and Chief Justice for the Nuremberg Trials. In the last year of his life, Biddle is imperious and rigid. He's also painfully aware of his failing health and mind, haunted by the past and fearful he may not be able to complete his autobiography in time to tell his side of history. His wife hires Sarah Schorr to help him finish his work and put his affairs in order. Sarah's humble beginnings would seem no match for this scion of American aristocracy. But through their persistent head-butting, these unlikely partners discover each other's fears, regrets, hopes and humor. Can they ultimately find common ground and even friendship?
Legendary guitarists Joe Satriani, John Petrucci of Dream Theater and Phil Collen of Def Leppard have joined forces once again for G3 2018, the continuation of their successful tour. Expect to hear plenty of crunchy riffs, mega-solos and some new sounds as these guitar greats take their performances to the next level at the Mesa Arts Center.
Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime), It's Only a Play thrusts you into the middle of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a Broadway play. It's the opening night of hilariously harried playwright Peter Austin's new play, and everyone has gathered at the daffy producer's townhouse to await the reviews. Joining Peter are his television producer best friend, a hilariously washed-up Hollywood diva, a lethal drama critic and more. Don't miss this tornado of sharp satire about the business of big-budget theater, replete with impromptu selfies and celebrity take-downs galore, at the Phoenix Theatre's Mainstage Theatre.
Winger combines two '90s-heavy genres into one thrash-heavy spectacular at Scottsdale's BLK Live. Fusing prog rock and glam metal, the group still rocks the long locks of hair, self proclaimed as "the hair band version of Dream Theater" by frontman Kip Winger. They reunited in 2001 to play with Poison, and have since released Better Days Comin' to change up their tour material. Check them out at Scottsdale's BLK Live.
Amidst a time of political chaos, you gotta admit -- The news can be overwhelming. With so much to read, listen to and see at once, comedian Kristina Wong breaks it down and tells it like it is via The Wong Street Journal at ASU Gammage in Tempe. She'll throw out some hashtags, present a slideshow and use some uneasy-to-read charts to explain the complicated web that weaves economic theory and global poverty. Wong also intertwines her own narrative and her rise to hip-hop stardom in Northern Uganda. Intrigued by this culture clash? We are too.
Lenny is a great guy: a good teacher, an excellent father and a loving husband. So when his wife leaves him for a smooth-talking lothario who builds Walmarts, his life is shattered. While Lenny consoles himself with pizza and Monday Night Football, his best friend Mick takes matters into his own hands. Now Lenny must decide what he will stand up for and who he will stand up to. How far is too far to get back to happily-ever-after?
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.
San Diego's Jarabe Mexicano traverses a vast Latin repertoire that includes traditional boleros, huapangos, sones and rancheras plus contemporary cumbia, reggae, doo wop and American standards. At once nostalgic and modern, the songs are an intoxicating mix of music that appeals to audiences young and old. Catch them live at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale.
"Oh, What a Night" you'll have at this show that takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four guys from Jersey who work their way up from the streets of Newark to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Although Valli and his cohorts Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi are famed for their legendary harmonies, things didn't always go so smoothly between them off stage -- and this story has made them an international sensation all over again. Sing, hum, rock and reminisce to the groundbreaking group's hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)." With this special pre-sale offer, you can nab tickets to this smash musical coming to Phoenix's Orpheum Theater.
Everyone loves this timeless story of true friendship, in which a miraculous spider saves the life of one terrific pig. For more than 45 years this classic tale has captured the imaginations and hearts of parents and children alike. This stage version from Desert Foothills Theater brings the beloved E.B. White story to life complete with all the characters we adored as children. Performed by an amazing young cast between the ages of 8-14, your whole family will love Charlotte's Web at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.
In Night of the Chicken, a sassy teenager experiences awkward chicken-like symptoms after an accident in the Ronald Reagan Junior High science lab. This offbeat horror-comedy at Phoenix's Space 55 is presented in the style of a live radio play with onstage sound effects, and will appeal to the whole family.
Former member of The Babys John Waite hit it big as a solo artist when his single "Missing You" with Alison Krauss climbed to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and as a top ten on the UK Singles Chart. Since then, he's been successfully writing, recording and performing for more than 35 years, producing countless popular tracks like "Change," "If Anybody Had a Heart" and "Back on my Feet Again." Check out his well-oiled blend of rock, blues and country at Scottsdale's BLK Live.
When housewives Summer, Chastity and Janet uncover the gruesome murder of their dear neighbor, their predicament isn't just desperate -- it's deadly! In this light-hearted murder mystery show, the ladies of "Hysteria Lane" need more than the police to solve this puzzling crime ... they're going to need you. As you dine on a delicious three-course dinner at Scottdale's Orange Tree Golf Club, you'll help the gals put together the pieces and uncover the murderer. In the process, the ladies may even enlist the help of an audience member to try and contact their deceased friend from beyond the grave. Please see the full event description for detailed menu information.
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
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.