The true spirit of the season reaches atmospheric heights during Dream City Church's annual Celebration of Christmas production. "Celebration" is almost too modest a word to describe this yuletide spectacular that features a massive array of performance acts -- including silk aerialists, acrobats, dancers, flying angels and a full live orchestra, as well as complex and captivating special effects. There are exciting, grandiose dance numbers, and as per tradition, the show culminates in an astonishing live nativity, complete with flying angels and a majestic king's procession. Don't miss your chance to experience one of America's largest Christmas musicals live in Phoenix.
Always a feel-good favorite, the Tony-winning musical comedy The Music Man follows the adventures of fast-talking "Professor" Harold Hill, who plans to con the good people of an Iowa town into buying instruments for a boys' band he has no intention of organizing, then marching off with their hard-earned cash. But there's trouble right there in River City when he becomes fond of the townspeople and falls for the lovely Marian the Librarian, even as she begins to see through his scheme. Don't miss this uplifting and entertaining show that sparkles with memorable tunes like "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," "Till There Was You," "Goodnight, My Someone" and many more at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix.
The New York Times called Ballet Arizona's production of The Nutcracker "one of the three finest" in the country. Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays or simply lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to the Tchaikovsky classic. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now Ballet Arizona returns with its traditional yet dynamic version of The Nutcracker, which is charged with the stunning choreography of Ib Andersen, the company's acclaimed artistic director, and accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony. Create a new holiday tradition -- or relive memories of holidays past -- with Tchaikovsky's immortal The Nutcracker.
A larger-than-life performer and master showman, Alice Cooper combines hot heavy metal melodies ("School's Out," "I'm Eighteen") with true theatricality. For his 16th Annual Christmas Pudding concert, the shock rocker will be joined by Slash (of Guns N' Roses), Rob Halford (of Judas Priest), Ace Frehley (of KISS), Edgar Winter, Filter, Nita Strauss, SIXWIRE, musician-comedian Gary Mule Deer, the Solid Rock Dancers and the winners of this year's Proof is in the Pudding Musical Talent Search, Cooper's own version of American Idol. Proceeds from the concert benefit the free music, dance, arts, and vocational programs for Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Center.
America's favorite holiday story, It's a Wonderful Life, is taking the stage at Scottsdale's Don Bluth Front Row Theatre. Alone and defeated, George Bailey stands on the bridge that overlooks his beloved Bedford Falls, convinced himself that his life and his work have been for nothing. He's about to end it all when he's visited by a guardian angel who will show him what life would have been like without him. This heartwarming story about the importance of ordinary acts of kindness and decency has become a beloved holiday tradition.
Featuring a score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act: The Musical) and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is based on the popular 1992 Disney movie starring Christian Bale about a group of newsboys who take on a ruthless newspaper tycoon. Based on the true events of 1899, the musical tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. The rousing tale at Phoenix Theatre - Mainstage Theatre is about fighting for what's right -- and staying true to who you are.
Here come the Suns, back for their 50th anniversary season in the NBA, with interim head coach Jay Triano set for the year and guard Devin Booker setting all kinds of franchise records (70-point game, anyone?) before the ripe ol' age of 21. And Booker continues to go bananas, leading the team in points per game and assists. With top rebounder Tyson Chandler and three-point threat Mike James on the court, Phoenix has a chance to bring the heat as they take on division rivals like the L.A. Clippers, Portland and Oklahoma City. There's not a bad seat to be found at Talking Stick Resort Arena, so come out and join the fun with the Suns' famous gorilla mascot and a fired-up crowd.
Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after. Helena is dreading her sister Belmira's wedding. After all, the groom, Duarte, should have been hers! And she knows that her sister only wants to escape their sleepy Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river -- a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling combine in The River Bride, a heartrending tale of true love, regret and transformation. Delve into the secrets of the river when Arizona Theatre Company brings Marisela Trevino Orta's award-winning play to Herberger Theater Center's Center Stage.
This anti-holiday show from Stray Cat Theatre premieres the full staging of Steve Yockey's (Octopus, Wolves, Pluto) pitch-black comedy, Mercury, which enjoyed a popular staged reading with Stray Cat a few years ago. Mercury has it all -- an illicit affair, a couple hanging on by a thread, bears at the window, and an adorable missing dog named Mr. Bundles. No one's happy, people stop being nice, and blood and revenge spill in a story that mashes up violent myth and ideas about "good neighbors" to explore what happens when the mercury rises. Enjoy this show at the Tempe Center for the Arts.
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.
In the weird and wonderful world of Nunsense, your habit-wearing and habit-forming friends are former circus performers, wannabe ballerinas, amnesiacs and an otherwise altogether delightfully whacky group of sisters who love to entertain. In Nuncrackers: the Nunsense Christmas Musical, these not-so-pious practitioners gather in the convent basement studio built by Reverend Mother to tape a cable-access holiday special. With typical Nunsense flair, an irreverent blend of of humor, beloved holiday carols and all-new parody songs ensues, including "Twelve Days Prior to Christmas," "We Three Kings of Orient Are Us" and "Santa Ain't Comin' to Our House." Along the way, you'll laugh, be merry and even participate in an audience "Secret Santa" at Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale.
This risqué comedy from acclaimed playwright Douglas Carter Beane playfully exposes the challenges of being gay in Hollywood with its satirical look at the scandalous world of young celebrity. In this Nearly Naked Theatre production, a rising movie star gets pulled in all directions by his spin doctor agent (who keeps pushing him back in the closet), the sexy "rent-boy" who's caught his eye, the rent-boy's naïve and needy girlfriend (wait, the rent-boy has a girlfriend?), and the photographers tracking his every move. The Little Dog Laughed earned itself a Tony nomination for Best Play, as well as a GLAAD Media Award for its off-Broadway run. Now you can soak up all of its delicious satire at the The Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre.
Yippie ki-yay, puppet lovers! What do you get when you cross the definitive holiday action movie with All Puppet Players' brand of fast, furious, felt-covered fun? You get an instant holiday classic! While most families will deposit their holiday cheer with Scrooge and friends, the All Puppet Players are offering an alternative that includes a puppet Bruce Willis, a battle for Nakatomi Plaza and tons of pop-culture references to hang nice and cozy over your fireplace. In Die Hard: A Christmas Story, John McClane tries to save his wife and several others from master criminal Hans Gruber during a Christmas party. Nothing is safe and no holiday memory unsoiled while the puppets wreak havoc on Christmas and bring the holiday spirit to all good little boys and girls. There'll be caroling, and gun-fights, curse words and all the puppet anarchy you can shake a yule log at at Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix. Welcome to the party, pal!
Put a little swing in your holiday season as an acclaimed lineup of jazz artists comes together to bring you Tidings of Jazz and Joy. Frequent collaborators Keiko Matsui and Euge Groove have played with everyone from Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder to Elton John and Bonnie Raitt. Matsui is an internationally acclaimed pianist-songwriter, while Groove is an in-demand sax sideman. They'll join chart-topping smooth jazz vocalist Lindsey Webster ("Fool Me Once") and guitarist Adam Hawley. Together, this fantastic lineup will get you in the spirit of the season with this concert of holiday favorites and their own hits, all in the elegant ballroom setting of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa.
Get into the holiday spirit at Rawhide Western Town. Come on out and spend the day getting a head start on that Christmas shopping with artisan vendors to find that unique gift you won't find in the stores! Stay refueled eating amazing food at one of the many food trucks or artisan food vendors. Holiday cocktails, several different hot mulled wines, hot butter rum, holiday grog and a gourmet hot chocolate bar will keep your thirst quenched throughout the day. There'll also be fresh snow, beautiful Christmas lights, plus a visit from Santa Claus for the little ones or the big ones on your list.
Put together outdoor screenings of popular movies, live music from up-and-coming local bands and some of Phoenix's most famous food trucks and you've got the perfect summer experience. Street Food Cinema features a different lineup of eats and entertainment each week for a fabulous variety of fun under the stars in Margaret T. Hance Park. Grab some blankets, pillows, picnic items -- even your dog -- and come on out to watch one of Santa's biggest helpers on a New York adventure to find his dad in Elf.
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 7:00pm (Elf - Doors at 4:30pm/Band at 5:45pm)
Spend a holiday evening with Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli and Barbra Streisand -- or at the least the next best thing -- when renowned celebrity impersonators The Edwards Twins recreate a holiday variety show of yesteryear. Your favorite legendary superstars come alive in Christmas with The Stars, hailed by NBC Today as "one of the most extraordinary shows we have ever seen." Sonny & Cher, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Tom Jones and many many more -- all in one show, all performed with live vocals. Don't miss this family-friendly show at the Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse at Mesa Arts Center.
Father Christmas and the Snow Queen is a British panto -- a funny musical play based on traditional children's stories, performed especially at Christmas. This holiday romp in the traditional English style comes complete with songs, dances, jokes, outrageous characters and lots and lots of audience participation. The kids will eat this one up! See this delightful presentation at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale.
Charles Dickens' beloved Christmas story comes to life on stage in this magical production from Theater Works. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Populated with cherished characters like Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, this tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season. See it at Peoria Center for the Performing arts.
Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer "The Silent Passage," but a stage in every woman's life that is perfectly normal! See this hilarious celebration of women and "The Change" at Mesa Arts Center.
All Puppet Players finally bring some family holiday cheer in this show at Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix. This family-friendly romp is about a very clumsy deer who has to take over for Santa on Christmas Day. What's Christmas without Santa? Find out as Dewy and his friends attempt to save Christmas in this 40-minute show which is perfect for children and adults of all ages! After the show, you can participate in a Make & Take workshop where you can make your own simple puppet to take home.
David Tuttle is moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas. He tells her he's working late at the office, but she finds out he isn't at the office. A suspected other woman, hypnotism, the notorious Santa burglar, Kris Kreigle, and his gun-toting fiancée, and a confused policeman add up to a rollicking tale that is hilarious Christmas or anytime entertainment. See this Yuletide farce at the Ventana Lakes Yacht Club in Sun City.
Dizzy Reed, the longtime keyboardist-songwriter for Guns N' Roses, fronts this new heavy-metal supergroup that rocks out to everything from GN'R classics and deep cuts to classic rock hits. Along with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Reed, Hookers & Blow boasts members of bands like Quiet Riot, Danzig, Type O Negative, Black Label Society, Beautiful Creatures and more. They'll hit BLK Live in Scottsdale for their first Arizona show ever on NYE weekend.
The Cardinals hope to batter the Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium as the two NFC West teams duke it out in a late-season contest that's likely to have playoff implications. Now in their second season in L.A., the Rams started this year's campaign with a new head coach, Sean McVay, and an entirely new coaching staff, while the Cards are celebrating their 30th year in Arizona with returning veterans like quarterback Drew Stanton and 10-time Pro Bowl wide-receiver Larry Fitzgerald, plus new acquisition Adrian Peterson at running back.
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 2:25pm (vs. Los Angeles Rams)
Charles Dickens' classic tale A Christmas Carol has been told and parodied and told again every which way from Sunday, so why does this fairly traditional telling at Tempe Center for the Arts feel so fresh? Chalk it up to Childsplay company member and acting powerhouse Katie McFadzen, who spices up her one-woman rendition of Dicken's tale like a hot glass of holiday rum, injecting some serious physical comedy chops into the timeless tale of grumpy old Ebeneezer Scrooge and the three spirits who pay him visit on a cold Christmas Eve. Using little more than the original text and her tremendous storytelling abilities, she'll have you hanging on every word as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take Scrooge on a heartwarming journey toward becoming a kinder, gentler human being.
Whether you're naughty or nice, it's time to get into the holiday spirit on the Scottsdale Santa Crawl. Grab a group of friends, and come spread some cheer at the best bars in Old Town. Tickets include a Santa hat, three penny drink vouchers to use on the crawl, entry to all the bars, giveaways and more.
The old saying, "Everything's big in Texas" is especially true when it comes to the big heart of big-voiced country star Ty Herndon. The former Texas Entertainer of the Year made a big splash when his touchingly self-aware lover's lament "What Mattered Most" went to No.1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. He would follow it up with No.1 hits such as "Living In A Moment" and "Lies I Told Myself," showing an uncanny gift for wrapping deeply felt lyrical hooks in catchy melodies. Perhaps it had something to do with the deeply felt emotions Herndon was keeping to himself -- after years of struggle with substances, personal relationships and bankruptcy following his initial success, Herndon became the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay. Join him for a powerhouse holiday concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale, where his big personality and sense of humor will liven up an evening of Christmas classics mixed with his own greatest hits.
Guitar hero -- make that guitar heroine -- Lita Ford earned her rock cred as one of the original members of The Runaways, the famed all-female punk band that not only scored a hit song with "Cherry Bomb," but launched the career of Joan Jett and earned its own 2010 indie movie bio starring Kristen Stewart. But Ford would go on to become known as the Mistress of Metal (aided by her manager Sharon Osborne), coming out with the hard-rock hits "Kiss Me Deadly" and "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy. She's continued her relentless shredding both as a solo artist and touring with Queensryche, and released her latest album, Time Capsule, in 2016. Catch one of the coolest rock chicks ever to pick up a pick at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:45pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Whether you've been told you have a great voice, had compliments on your speaking style, or use effective communication in a current profession, this workshop will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how people make money every day with their voices. From audio books and training material, to cartoons, documentaries, commercials and more, this workshop will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Today, opportunities for voice professionals have increased dramatically and unlike a decade ago, the range of voices cast for these opportunities continue to grow. Skilled voice professionals are more in demand than ever before. Attend this seminar to learn what the pros look for and how to avoid many common mistakes. The instructor will help you avoid many pitfalls and instead develop an action plan designed to build lasting success close to home. You'll also have an opportunity to record a short script under the direction of your instructor.
Get your red on for the Cardinals, who're out to bring down the Tennessee Titans in a home field match-up at University of Phoenix Stadium. Head coach Bruce Arians, veteran quarterback Drew Stanton, new acquisition Adrian Peterson at running back, and 10-time Pro Bowl wide-receiver Larry Fitzgerald are expected to lead the Cards in this late-season contest against an AFC South team that's looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since '08. The Cardinals are celebrating their 30th year in Arizona -- and looking to go all the way, since they currently hold the longest active championship drought of all North American sports teams at 68 consecutive seasons.
Why not wait for Santa's arrival with a little bit of holiday football? It's an NFC battle as the New York Giants face off against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Giants have an anchor in two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning and a nice young target in rookie tight end Evan Engram. The Cardinals defense plans on leaving a lump of coal in the Giants' cleats, as Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu are the hard-hitting standouts in the secondary. Give someone an early holiday gift or treat yourself to great seats at this Xmas Eve clash.
MoezArt Productions is excited to add to this year's holiday cheer by presenting A Christmas Story at Paradise Valley Baptist Church in Phoenix. When 9-year-old Ralphie decides he wants a Red Ryder BB rifle for his gift, nothing remains but to convince his family and even Santa Claus that he needs it. His expectation of finding it under the tree is slightly dimmed by the repeated exclamation of those around him, "You'll shoot your eye out!" This quirky tale from small-town America circa the 1940s is full of the humorous occurrences in a small boy's life. Despite obstacles like the dangers of icy lampposts and bullies, and the stubbornness of the adults in his life, Ralphie finds that sometimes, you do get what you want for Christmas.
Rev up your engines and get ready to howl when Tempe Center for the Arts presents Go, Dog, Go! This fun children's musical based on the famous book by P.D. Eastman (a protege of Dr. Suess) explodes on stage with high-spirited singing, zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night antics that will have the whole family in stitches. Big dogs, little dogs, dogs at work and dogs at play all delve into life with gusto, with lots for audiences of all ages to marvel at. The madcap party never stops when these zany canines leap off the page and onto the stage in this inventive adaptation.
Bring the family together to enjoy this holiday classic at Ghostlight Theatre in Sun City. The Christmas tale sends a message that's important year round: It's never too late to change for the better. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he's visited by three spirits and three visions of Christmas past, present and future, convincing him to mend his selfish ways.
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.
Kix hits BLK Live in Scottsdale, ripping through the glam metal sound that made them favorites on the Sunset Strip in the '80s. The band's remained on the scene, playing hard rock festivals around the country, launching side projects and shaking up their lineup. Kix plays hits like their chart-topping power ballad "Don't Close Your Eyes," as well as "Blow My Fuse," "Cold Blood" and "Midnite Dynamite." Expect piercing vocals, monster riffs and plenty of fist-pumping and head-banging.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
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.
Singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley has ignited country music with his soulful, intimate and sometimes dark singles, including "I Hold On," "Somewhere on a Beach" and "Every Mile a Memory." Over the course of his career, Bentley has sold more than five million albums, notched 15 chart-topping singles and another 13 Grammy nominations, and been inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry -- one of country music's most coveted institutions. Now Bentley comes to the Strip at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the Boots on the Boulevard concert series. Don't miss this country superstar live!
Glam rockers Steelheart gained a surprisingly massive Asian fanbase after releasing their second album Tangled in Reins back in '92, whose single "Mama Don't You Cry" topped many East Asian charts. Even 30 years later, Steelheart rocks the stage with high velocity, packing each performance with strong vocals and impressive guitar riffs. Nowadays, they've transcended beyond their hair metal roots into a mature, modern and edgy sound. Hear them play the classics like "She's Gone" and "Everybody Loves Eileen," along with some newer jams, at Scottsdale's BLK Live.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective comes to The Embassy Suites in Tempe 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.
Young country star Cole Swindell is a songwriting machine. He's twice received CMA's Triple Play Award for writing three No. 1 songs within a year. With pop hooks and a high-energy modern country drive, Swindell has dominated the country charts with hits like "Let Me See Ya Girl," "Chillin' It," "You Should Be Here" "Flatliner (featuring Dierks Bentley) and "Middle of a Memory." Now Swindell brings his infectious sound to the Strip as he headlines The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the Boots on the Boulevard concert series.
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.
The national rodeo championships are in town and country music's hottest stars are coming to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip for The Cosmopolitan's Boots on the Boulevard concert series. Young country star Dustin Lynch draws on classic influences while bringing modern style to hit tracks like "Cowboys and Angels," "Where It's At," "Seein' Red" and "Small Town Boy." His latest album, Current Mood, debuted a No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Opening this show is Ryan Hurd, who has written songs for country's biggest names, including Blake Shelton ("Lonely Tonight"). Now, he's set to release his debut album.
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!
Looking for a headbanging alternative to Ryan Seacrest this New Year's Eve? Come out to BLK Live as Stephen Pearcy, frontman of heavy metal giants Ratt, hits the stage, along with Bang Tango and Color of Chaos. Ratt helped create Hollywood's legendary Sunset Strip sound, setting the soundtrack for all that leather and hairspray. Hits like "Round and Round" and "Lay It Down" still rock hard, and Pearcy's sure to dig into the back catalog as well as belt out new faves from hist latest solo album, Smash. Fellow glam metal Angelenos Bango Tango ("Someone Like You") and Phoenix rockers Color of Chaos round out this New Year's Eve headbangers' ball.
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.
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.
Southwest Shakespeare Company's 2017-18 Educational Touring Company show is a deliciously dark comedy of mistaken identities, misdirected passions and touchingly human celebration. This unique 70-minute production uses the language of Shakespeare and the beauty of theater to inspire the imaginations of children of all ages. Lovers and misfits, clowns and gentry collide in an entertaining cocktail of comic confusion in this classic Shakespeare comedy, presented at Frank Lloyd Wright's unique Taliesin West.
Ian went to school to be an explosives engineer, but a lucky chance at an open mic made him the volatile one. He may be in your area sooner than you think, because this performer travels over 100,000 air miles a year to spread hilarity across the land. He has had two half-hour specials, Comedy Central Presents and HBO's A Comics Climb and has been featured in two seasons of Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution on Comedy Central. His latest one-hour special, Ian Bagg: Getting to F**king Know You aired on Showtime and can now be found on Hulu for all you cable cutters. In 2015, Ian was a fan favorite and placed in the Top 5 on NBC's Last Comic Standing and is currently headlining around the country, including this appearance at Stand Up Live in Phoenix.
Tommy Davidson's exceptional range -- stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music ability -- have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer. Best known as one of the original stars of the hit television show In Living Color, Tommy's visibility increased rapidly and he became widely known for his innovative talent. From hilarious impressions of Sammy Davis Jr. and Michael Jackson to cutting insights about modern life, Tommy Davidson's comedy has something for everybody to laugh at. See for yourself when he comes to 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.
The genius of Dwight Yoakam lies in the power of his appeal, a force that attracts serious rock 'n' rollers (he started out opening for punk bands) to country music diehards (Johnny Cash called him his "favorite male artist"). What unites these groups -- which also include hipsters, honky-tonkers and roots rockers -- is Yoakam's maverick blend of country, rock, Americana, pop and soul. He almost singlehandedly saved country music in the '80s, his "cowpunk" sound rescuing a genre that had grown too slick. But after selling 25 million albums, he embarked on a distinguished acting/directing career (Sling Blade, Panic Room, Wedding Crashers). Now Yoakam's come back to music, his 2015 album, Second Hand Heart, hailed by Rolling Stone as filled with "his best songs in years," and his 2016 release, Swimming' Pools, Movie Stars ... filled with bluegrass covers of songs from his previous albums, with the notable exception of Prince's "Purple Rain." Don't miss Dwight Yoakam in concert at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
"Prozac with a head" -- that's what the late, great Robin Williams once called comedian Brad Williams. Brad Williams started performing as a stand-up comic at the age of 19 and got his big break when he began appearing on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia. Williams also toured as Carlos Mencia's opening act for five years, which was where he honed his unique talent for creating hilarious material from awkward situations. Since then, his stand-up's been featured on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Williams tours the country's top comedy clubs and regularly plays shows for the U.S. military around the world -- now he makes his way to Stand Up Live in Phoenix.
An Emmy-winning writer and producer Greg Fitzsimmons has shared a piece of his mind alongside the likes of Howard Stern and Chelsea Handler. Conan, Kimmel and Letterman have welcomed him to the late-night stage and he's made the TV rounds, from HBO to ABC to Cartoon Network. Tack on plenty of podcast and satellite radio work, and it's a wonder Fitzsimmons still finds the time to work comedy club crowds. Catch him when he headlines a week-ending block of shows at the Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre.