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.
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.
Ian Bagg went to school to be an explosives engineer, but a lucky chance at an open mic event revealed his volatile sense of humor. Now he travels over 100,000 air miles a year to spread hilarity across the land. He's 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, Bagg was a fan favorite and placed in the Top 5 on NBC's Last Comic Standing and he's currently headlining around the country, including this appearance at Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre.
A smash hit on Broadway, where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards in 2013, the latest revival of Cinderella arrives at ASU Gammage just in time for Christmas. This recent big-budget production boasts a new book by five-time Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act, Xanadu), whose delightfully comic, romantic take on the tale includes fun favorites like the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and Cinderella's fabulous transformation, as well as some surprising and modern new twists. And that's all in addition to the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein score, with eminently hummable songs like "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago."
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!
Christmas looks a whole lot different when your hairy man legs are being compressed by red and white striped tights. David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries first made waves as a story read on-air on NPR in 1992. The bestselling humor writer's hilarious account of one excruciating holiday season working as a Macy's Christmas elf has since become a one-man production that is, in its own right, a holiday tradition. This one-man show cycles through 50 characters, from stressed out sales clerks to screaming kids. For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, this tale of mass marketing, drunk Santas and the general insanity that takes hold during the holidays is a sardonic and unpredictable wild ride filled with sarcasm. Sedaris' words mercilessly cut through the Christmas spirit to point out the craziness humans inflict on themselves and others during the holidays. See The Santaland Diaries at Phoenix Theatre's Hardes Theatre.
Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes Christmas. In fact, the overheated holiday spirit of one tiny Texas town is enough to melt the North Pole in A Tuna Christmas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report live on the holiday craziness that has gripped Tuna, Texas (population: 24), including an imperiled A Christmas Carol staging and a sabotaged yard-decorating contest. You can say it's a little taste of seasonal stress, to say the least. Enjoy the hilarious holiday madness at Phoenix Theatre's Hardes Theatre.
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.
Join Scrooge and the gang, including Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, in this musical spin on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. This timeless story of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season through the transformation of the miserly old Ebenezer, and its message resonates even more deeply when the original melodies crafted by Fountain Hills Theater artistic director Peter Hill and Jay Melberg are included. This original adaptation of the family favorite has quickly become a treasured seasonal tradition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The show must go on! So when 17 of a raggedy 20-member acting troupe in England get stuck with food poisoning the night before their performance of A Christmas Carol, it's up to the three remaining cast members to deliver a stellar show. From miserly old Scrooge to the innocent young Tiny Tim, the trio tackles nearly two dozen characters in this hilariously twisted take on the holiday classic, swapping genders and going from living to dead and back again quicker than you can say "Bah, humbug!" along the way. Bawdy humor and madcap quick-change fun abounds in Scrooge in Rouge, presented at the Black Box in the Phoenix area.
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.
Get in the "swing" of the season when A Swingin' Christmas brings real holiday magic to the stage. Hop on over to the Phoenix Theatre and join duo Brian Runbeck and Shana Bousard, along with Joe Bosard on piano and Scott Hay on drums, at this feel-good holiday cabaret, where all of your favorite seasonal classics get a fun, jive makeover -- there's nothing like a swingin' rendition of "Jingle Bells" to add some extra pep to your step.
A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious play. A man who asks to audition at a small theater is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor, and he's even given a role in the current production. Watch everything go wrong in the best possible ways when Inspecting Carol comes to the Fountain Hills Theater Mainstage.
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!
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 newly-named starter Geno Smith at QB, 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.
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.
A Bloody Mary Christmas bills itself as a Christmas musical for people who hate Christmas musicals. It's a raunchy take on the season that centers around a trio of Sun City retirees who dance and drink themselves silly as they battle a heartless homeowner's association that's trying to evict them on Christmas Eve. If the holidays aren't your jam, head to Phoenix's Space 55 to comically commiserate with other humbugs.
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.
"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.
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.
Elf Academy gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the place where the real Christmas magic happens. This epic Brelby Theatre Company play transports you from Glendale to the North Pole, where the next generation of Santa's workshop helpers is being trained. Watch merriment turn into mayhem when polar bear armies threaten to invade holiday HQ and destroy the spirit of Christmas for good.
This holiday season, Constellation Cabaret brings you glad tidings and great cheer for the whole family, highlighting talented singers from the Phoenix Metro Area at the SIC Sense Theatre. Enjoy performers Erin Benites, Tracy Payne Black, Craig Broadbent, Zac Bushman, Cassie Chilton, Bill Dyer, Sandy Leon, David Ray, Terre Steed and Shelly Trujillo.
Christmas is a special, joyous time for gathering friends and family together with heartwarming memories, both old and new. A Chorale Christmas does just that, drawing crowds at Paradise Valley's Camelback Bible Church with a sparkling array of traditional and popular holiday favorites from the "Huron Carol" to "Winter Wonderland" and more! Now in his eleventh season with the Phoenix Chorale, Assistant Conductor Kevin Kriegel takes the podium for these delightful holiday concerts, set to become a new tradition among your family and friends.
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.
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 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.
Join resident improv team, Results May Vary, for a spontaneous night of laughter and fun at Glendale's Brelby Theatre Company. This talented ensemble takes suggestions from the audience and spins them into scenes and sketches that range from the amusing to the outrageous and back again. And with a variety of improv games at their disposal, you'll never see the same show twice.