This ain't your grandma's improv show -- unless your grandma has a dirty mouth. Improv Uncensored is an unscripted comedy show featuring skits and sketches made up on the spot, featuring some of Phoenix's funniest improvisers at their "uncensored" best. And unlike competitive comedy shows at National Comedy Theatre, Improv Uncensored has no rules, no ref and no "brown bag foul" -- and no one under 18 is allowed! Every game and skit is based on audience suggestions and completely improvised, so you get a different, unrehearsed show every time.
It's been described as "mommy porn." It outsold Harry Potter in the UK. A Hollywood adaptation is steaming up screens around the world. With so much hype around it, Fifty Shades of Grey is ripe for parody -- a puppet show parody! The All Puppet Players' Fifty Shades of Felt embodies the raunchiness of Avenue Q and captures all the kinky eroticism of the pop culture phenomenon, bringing it to life on stage at Phoenix's Playhouse on the Park. Leave the kids at home for this one. You might want to leave your inhibitions at home too, because there's bound to be a little audience participation as these adorable puppets do not-so-adorable things to each other.
Dragons, glowing pagodas and iridescent flowers are coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. It's all part of China Lights, a Chinese Lantern Festival that has been bringing stunning illuminated sculptures to select venues around the world. Now it floats into North Las Vegas for an after-sundown celebration of Asian life and culture, transforming the park into a magical paradise of enchanting illuminated displays. Enjoy a backstage tour of the lanterns and participate in the nightly parade. Or, simply enjoy wandering through the thrilling spectacle, which includes live performances of music, juggling and other arts, as well as the chance to purchase food and merchandise at the marketplace. Admission includes a link to the official festival tour mobile guide, which will provide fascinating insight about the wonders all around you as you stroll.
Any Date From January 19 - February 25, 2018 (5:30pm - 10pm)
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.
Gear up for another exciting season by taking a sneak peek at your Arizona Diamondbacks in spring training action at the beautiful Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. The D-backs made it to the playoffs last season and look like contenders to return in 2018, so here's your chance to see all the team's veterans, newcomers and hot prospects as they work their way back into regular season form. In addition, spring training is a great way to get close to some of your favorite players, as autographs and interactions are easier to come by during this relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 / 1:10pm (vs. ASU Sun Devils)Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 / 1:10pm (vs. Colorado Rockies)Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 1:10pm (vs. Milwaukee Brewers)Monday, Mar. 19, 2018 / 1:10pm (vs. Chicago White Sox)
With an exuberant score from Prokofiev, a kindly Fairy Godmother, some comical stepsisters, a handsome prince and spunky Cinderella herself, this rendition of the beloved fairy tale garnered rave reviews when Ballet Arizona debuted it in 2011. None other than the New York Times raved that Ballet Arizona "tells the Cinderella story with compelling human detail," and now the beloved fable is coming to Phoenix Symphony Hall. Choreographed by artistic director Ib Andersen, this production of Cinderella breathes new life into the classic romance with the beauty, grace and humor that have made Ballet Arizona one of Phoenix's most beloved cultural institutions.
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.
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.
Find somebody to love at Phoenix's Celebrity Theatre, where One Night of Queen presents an epic tribute to the music of Freddie Mercury and his legendary band Queen. This stirring performance of some of the greatest classic rock songs ever written comes courtesy of Gary Mullen and the Works, whose lead singer won iTV's UK competition series Stars in Their Eyes with his stunning portrayal of the iconic Mercury. Since then, he and the Works have sold out concerts worldwide with their uncanny renditions of Queen hits such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You," "Somebody to Love" and many more.
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!
Master illusionist Ivan Amodei brings his acclaimed show Intimate Illusions to a luxurious candlelit theater at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. With a talented concert cellist playing Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart, as well as custom scored music to perfectly accompany each illusion, this intimate, 90-minute performance cleverly combines world-class sleight-of-hand, fantastic storytelling and audience participation with razor-sharp wit and an entertaining theatrical twist. You'll witness Amodei manipulating time, discovering a spectator's destiny and even controlling a random audience member's fate -- might it be you? The Los Angeles Times named Intimate Illusions a Top Pick, and BroadwayWorld called it "Spectacular!" Amodei himself has won six People's Choice Awards for Best Entertainer.
The 3rd Annual Phx Vegan Food Festival comes to Margaret T. Hance park. Hosting over 100 of Arizona's top vegan restaurants, food trucks, artisans and vendors, this will be an outdoor, family-friendly festival. Event highlights include vegan food for purchase, an artisan market featuring vegan-friendly food and products, chef demo presentations, three stages of music and entertainment, plus a kid's activity area.
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?
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.
Selling out clubs from coast to coast, Super Diamond has earned its sparkling reputation for rocking like "Neil Diamond on steroids." The San Francisco-based sextet boasts sequin shirts and funky hairstyles, churning out their own unique renditions of huge hits like "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "America" and "Heartlight," as well as covering Kiss, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Even Neil Diamond himself salutes their work and has performed with them twice. See them shine in their latest concert appearance at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
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.
Tacos, tacos, tacos, beer and tequila! Crawl from bar to bar and sample awesome tacos, plus beer and tequila available for purchase. Your ticket includes six tacos and great deals on drinks, plus entry to all participating bars. Kick off a killer weekend fiesta at the best bars in Old Town!
Quiet Riot, the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, comes to Scottsdale's BLK Live for a hard-rocking live show. Their 1983 album Metal Health sold more than 6 million copies, driven by the success of rock anthems "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)." The band was shaken in 2007 with the death of vocalist Kevin DuBrow, but with the blessing of his family, Quiet Riot continues on. The modern-day incarnation of the group is led by founding drummer Frankie Banali, and features veteran members Chuck Wright and Alex Grossi, with James Durbin of American Idol fame on lead vocals.
Join Symphony of the Southwest at the Mesa Arts Center for an evening of beautiful and exciting orchestral favorites from the opera. Selections will include "Dance of the Hours" from Ponchielli's La Giocanda (featured in Fantasia) and Rossini's always popular "William Tell Overture."
The Gentleman Doc Holliday, Performed by Wyatt Earp was written by Terry Earp, in collaboration with Karen-Holliday Tanner, the closest living relative of Doc Holliday and author of the book Doc Holliday -- A Family Portrait, on which the play is primarily based. This play tells the real story of the West's most famous dentist and his journey from one who heals to one who kills. Meet the man, not the myth, when The Gentleman Doc Holliday, Performed by Wyatt Earp comes to ASU's Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale.
A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained fame during his standout performance on NBC's The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd took the momentum of winning that competition and used it to build a career as one of country's rising stars. With his sultry voice and true country soul, Boyd has developed a fervent fanbase. Now, you can catch this powerhouse performer at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
The Dave Brubeck Show features phenomenal pianist Nicole Pesce and saxophonist Jerry Donato paying homage to Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale. Virtuoso talent Pesce and her highly-regarded bandmates will explore favorites of Brubeck's music, such as "Take Five," which has been in regular rotation on mainstream and contemporary jazz radio stations for five decades.
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.
It's entertainment for the entire family when Curses, Foiled Again! takes from traditions of the earliest theater in America. In this hilarious melodrama, experience over acting, frequent asides by the characters to the audience and plenty of audience interaction. One big hyperbolic comedy, audiences love to hate the villain, cheer the hero and sigh over the heroine. Come see it at the Zao Theatre in the Phoenix area.
Now happening at parks and stadiums across the U.S., The Great Inflatable Race offers a ton of air-filled family fun, as you make your way through a course packed with 8-10 giant blow-up obstacles that you've got to go over, under or straight through. Whatever your age, you'll have a blast jumping, sliding and bouncing on and around these custom-designed inflatables. Everyone who signs up for the event at Wild Horse Race Park in Chandler gets a T-shirt, wristband, temporary tattoo and race medal, and part of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity.
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.
In The Book of Moron, the latest solo show from actor-comedian Robert Dubac (The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?), we meet a man who can't remember who he is or what he believes in because he's been bombarded by so much propaganda and hype. While he's racking his brain for answers, his inner voices take turns trying to talk sense into him. Go on a head trip in Robert Dubac's one-man show as he portrays his voice of reason, his common sense, his inner idiot, his inner child and his inner a$$hole -- all of which try to wake him up from the coma of modern-day life. Don't miss The Book of Moron at The Temple of Music and Art in Tucson.
Now happening at parks and stadiums across the U.S., The Great Inflatable Race offers a ton of air-filled family fun, as you make your way through a course packed with 8-10 giant blow-up obstacles that you've got to go over, under or straight through. Whatever your age, you'll have a blast jumping, sliding and bouncing on and around these custom-designed inflatables. Enjoy this day of fun at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex in Yuma.
The Little Sisters of Hoboken, those humble nuns with a touch of show biz flair, return in style with Nunsense 2: The Second Coming. Presenting a high-spirited and zany "thank-you program" for their many supporters, the sisters sing and dance their way across the Mount St. Helen's stage! Don't miss out on all the musical fun at Shepherd of the Hills in Sun City West near Phoenix, courtesy of Ghostlight Theatre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:30pm
From the pearl of Africa, Dance of Hope is a rich cultural experience of passionate rhythms, sensational sounds and exhilarating and colorful choreography at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale. This interactive dance and percussion celebration will delight children and adults of all ages! Clap along and experience the uplifting smiles, sounds and movement of children aged seven to 16 as they explore the transformational power of music and dance. The live music of African world music superstar Kinobe is the backbone of this vibrant music and dance spectacular. Dance of Hope seeks to improve the way of life for many children that are orphaned, displaced or living in poverty. This is Africa's newest cast of young performers, whose triumphant human turnaround stories are highly inspiring, showcasing a resilience birthed out of sounds that enhance creativity, persistence and change.
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!
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Fancifool! is an entertaining piece of 21st century theatre, filled with dramatic and comedic dialogue, singing, dancing, mime, vocal impressions and film. The nimble writing from Ananda Bena-Weber ranges from hilarious to poignant, and her performance finds her embodying a diverse assortment of comic and sympathetic characters, touching your heart while simultaneously revealing the humorous side of modern life and love in New York City. Enjoy Fancifool! at ASU's Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale.
This warmhearted, humorous play looks at the unlikely friendship between a fiercely independent Southern white woman and her black chauffeur. It's 1948, and after Daisy, an elderly Jewish widow who lives in Atlanta, has an auto accident, her son hires Hoke Colburn to be her driver. Initially disdainful, Miss Daisy gradually begins to accept Hoke, and an unexpected bond begins to grow between the two. Revisit one of America's most treasured stories of compassion, acceptance and mutual tolerance from Desert Foothills Theater at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.
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, Feb. 16, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
A Chorus Line starts in an empty theater, on a bare stage where casting for a new Broadway show is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed -- to have the chance to dance. This singular sensation won nine Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, thanks to its gritty, funny realism and Marvin Hamlisch's legendary score, featuring "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three," "Nothing," "What I Did For Love" and "One." Now you can peak behind the scenes and see one of Broadway's longest-running musicals when A Chorus Line comes to the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts - Main Stage.
With a sound once dubbed "Tom Waits in a cocktail dress," Tumbledown House makes the kind of music you might hear at that cool new steampunk bar in town. The San Francisco-based gang have never been too easy to describe; modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, Vaudevillian carnival and parlor pop are some of the terms used, yet none adequately convey the band's incomparable ability to fuse vintage sounds and themes from the yesteryear with contemporary instrumentation, refreshingly original compositions and lush storytelling. Experience it all and label what you will at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale.
In celebration of 42 years of rock, Zebra comes to BLK Live in Scottsdale for a show you don't want to miss. Zebra galloped out of New Orleans in early 1975. The trio, consisting of Randy Jackson, Felix Hanemann and Guy Gelso, concocted their moniker from a 1926 Vogue magazine cover and soon won over the South and East Coast. In 1982 Zebra's self-titled debut album went gold and was the fastest selling debut album in Atlantic Records' history thanks to the radio and MTV airplay of "Tell Me What You Want" and "Who's Behind the Door?" In all, Zebra fans enjoyed a total of five videos aired on MTV and have given the band combined album sales of nearly 2 million worldwide. Pete Cummings Band opens the show.
Loaded with lots of innuendos, mistaken identities and slamming doors, Ken Ludwig's most famous farce opens on a historic 1930s night at the Cleveland Opera Company. When the fiery-tempered Italian superstar set to star as Otello suddenly becomes, um ... unavailable, the show's manager must scramble for a replacement. The ensuing confusion quickly turns into a hilarious screwball comedy that was a smash hit on Broadway. With three Tony Awards and subsequent productions in 25 countries, Lend Me a Tenor now comes to the Phoenix Center for the Arts in a production by the Almost Famous Theater company.
A jury holds a young man's life in its hands. Stuck in a sweltering jury room until they reach a decision, 11 of the 12 are ready to convict the 19-year-old accused of fatally stabbing his father, but one holdout is far less certain. What starts as an open-and-shut case soon twists into an edge-of-your-seat drama. Brilliant and thought-provoking, Twelve Angry Jurors comes to Ghostlight Theatre.
Known for his quick wit, stand-up comic Ben Bailey made his name behind the wheel of the hit Discovery Channel series Cash Cab, for which he won a number of Daytime Emmy Awards. Before he got behind the wheel, though, he was a stand-up comic, and he's been on the road with his hilarious outlook on life for several years. He's been seen on The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, and he's got a new show in the works for A&E. Get ready to laugh as Bailey rolls into the Tempe Improv.
San Fernando Valley-base alt rockers She Wants Revenge is taking it to the stage to give fans what they want. The duo's 2006 self-titled debut album featured the hits "These Things" and "Tear You Apart," the latter of which was featured on the hit TV show American Horror Story. They've since released two additional albums and continue to tour. Now you can see them at BLK Live in Scottsdale, with the Cosmonauts launching this evening of rock that's headed straight for the stratosphere.