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 24, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:00pm
PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live tour! It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay's Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that "no job is too big, no pup is too small," and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Bring the whole family and join the adventure at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.
Saturday September 16, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday September 16, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 16, 2017 / 6:00pmSunday September 17, 2017 / 10:00amSunday September 17, 2017 / 2:00pm
The fourth annual Miscast Concert brings an evening of mixed-up musical theater fun to Glendale's Brelby Theatre Company. The troupe's artists take on roles outside of their usual wheelhouse as they perform songs from Broadway hits Jersey Boys, School of Rock, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, The Producers, Guys & Dolls and more.
Friday August 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pm
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 24, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 2:00pm
When The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals," you know there's something special about Gypsy. This epic musical focuses on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee's mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become a burlesque star. This timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing standards like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this Theater Works production on the Main Stage of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 10, 2017 / 2:00pm
Can a widow find love again ... at the same graveyard where her husband rests? In the bittersweet comedy The Cemetery Club, three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands' graves. One of them is ready to begin a new life, another just wants to have fun, and the third is just plain bitter. When these three ladies meet a butcher named Sam while he's visiting his late wife's grave, their little club may be changed forever. Enjoy this tender, funny tale at the Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale.
Friday August 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday September 1, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday September 3, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 7:30pm
Ten determined Texans have a variety of reasons for trying to keep at least one of their Hands on a Hardbody, since the last one standing wins a new pickup truck, but all are equally desperate to keep hold of the American Dream it represents. Based on an award-winning documentary about a similar endurance competition, this Tony-nominated musical comes fully loaded with romance, comedy and drama, courtesy of a story by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright and music co-written by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. Race on over to see Arizona Broadway Theatre's latest and enjoy an included dinner with the show.
Saturday September 2, 2017 / 2:00pm (Lunch at Noon)Saturday September 2, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Tuesday September 5, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Wednesday September 6, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Thursday September 7, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Friday September 8, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)Saturday September 9, 2017 / 2:00pm (Lunch at Noon)Tuesday September 12, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)
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
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.
Art often imitates life, but Murder and a Meal Dinner Theater melds the two seamlessly and serves it up along with a delicious three-course meal. Their latest lighthearted mystery show, Murder on the Movie Set, casts you and your fellow audience members as extras on a 1940s movie set. During rehearsal for the restaurant scene, things go horribly wrong, and we're talking more than just a fly in the soup -- There's been a murder! As possible witnesses, you have to help solve the whodunnit. Was it the frazzled director, the hunky leading man, the ditzy starlet, the aging diva, or her flamboyant, sharp-tongued wardrobe master? One thing is for sure: Hollywood will never be the same again!
An off-Broadway hit adapted from John Gray's iconic book, this one-man show version of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus builds on the success of the book, which sold more than 50 million copies. Fusing theater, stand-up comedy and a dash of sage wisdom, this show delivers a hilarious take on the age-old battle of the sexes. The lighthearted theatrical comedy makes its way to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott to cover everything from dating and marriage to what goes on in the bedroom.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective comes to Phoenix 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.
Saturday September 16, 2017 / 6:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 6:30pm