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
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
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 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 / 7:30pmFriday September 15, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 16, 2017 / 7:30pm
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
New Wave pop group Berlin broke through in a big way in the 1980s, particularly after the iconic appearance of their hit song "Take My Breath Away" in the movie Top Gun. Berlin's unforgettable melodies and cutting edge synth-pop sound also earned them huge hits like "No More Words," "Masquerade" and "The Metro." To this day, the band is led by its original sizzling vocalist Terri Nunn, who claimed the No. 11 spot on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Rock." They've been working on new material for a planned 2017 album release and are set to rock the house at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
With four conference titles and three WNBA championships to their name, including their last in 2014, the Phoenix Mercury can always be counted on to bring the heat. Be there as some of the top female basketball players in the world traverse the court, with all eyes set on a fifth title. Stars like Brittney Griner, Cayla George and the league's all-time three-point leader Diana Taurasi are ready to burn up the court in another thrilling season of WNBA action at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The answer to all your prog-rock questions is always Yes, and they're taking a special show on the road this summer -- dubbed the Yestival -- with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. This concert in the round at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix is led by the Grammy-winning group Yes, who were inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2017, and who're promising to play tunes from each of their first nine studio discs up to 1980's Drama, including hits like "Roundabout," "I've Seen All Good People" and "Starship Troopers," among others. Also set to perform is innovative musician Todd Rundgren, who headed up bands Utopia and The Nazz, and found success as a solo artist with singles "Hello, It's Me" and "Bang the Drum All Day." Speaking of drums, legendary percussionist Carl Palmer brings his ELP Legacy to the stage as well, with Emerson, Lake & Palmer songs like "Lucky Man," "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "From the Beginning."
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!
Sangria is the ultimate summer beverage, combining the crisp, refreshing flavor of fresh fruit with the help-you-forget-all-about-your-stressful-workweek power of wine. And the Beat the Heat Tucson Sangria Festival is all about this classic Spanish concoction, showcasing 15 different sangrias (some served in a ice luge!) plus craft beer and tequila. And since man and woman cannot live by beverage alone, there'll also be yummy treats like paella and empanadas available for purchase, along with artisans selling their wares and live Flamenco music and dancing. Come for the sangria, stay for the glorious air conditioning inside the ice hockey arena at the Tucson Convention Center. Your ticket includes admission, 20 tastings of sangria and craft beer, plus a souvenir tasting glass.
Voted Village Voice's Best Comedian of 2013, Mark Normand is perplexed by the rites and rituals of modern dating and is 99% convinced that Google silently judges his porn search term history. He has appeared on Conan, made three appearances on Comedy Central's smash hit Inside Amy Schumer, and finished a semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Joe List got his start in comedy just weeks out of high school, appearing on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, The Artie Lange Show and Late Show with David Letterman. The veteran comics hit the Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre for a double dose of self-deprecation.