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 not every fictional character who's so iconic his name becomes an adjective, but that's one quest in which the lovably insane self-styled knight Don Quixote triumphed. No doubt you've heard the tales of his daring, his brave battles with giants (actually windmills) for the hand of his beautiful lady (actually a prostitute who wants nothing to do with him). And while you've probably always meant to read it, this 400-year-old Spanish novel runs about 1,000 pages and you've got Game of Thrones to binge-watch. Luckily, there's a classic Broadway musical version -- Man of La Mancha -- that brings this timeless character to life with some of the greatest show tunes ever written, which pulse with the spirit of flamenco in this vibrant new production from Arizona Theatre Company. Come dream "The Impossible Dream" when Don Quixote rides into Herberger Theater Center in España (actually Phoenix).
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.
"Oh, What a Night" you'll have at this show that takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four guys from Jersey who work their way up from the streets of Newark to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Although Valli and his cohorts Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi are famed for their legendary harmonies, things didn't always go so smoothly between them off stage -- and this story has made them an international sensation all over again. Sing, hum, rock and reminisce to the groundbreaking group's hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)."
Jefferson Airplane was one of the biggest rock groups of the 1960s. The psych-rock legends performed at Woodstock, Monterey and at Altamont with the Rolling Stones. They also regularly shared a bill with the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. The band became known as Jefferson Starship in 1974 and they've gone on to play more than 2,000 concerts. Songs like "White Rabbit," "Somebody to Love" and "We Built This City" still resonate to this day, and now you can see Jefferson Starship in concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
Step aboard Show Boat, one of the most beloved musicals of all time, for a sweeping journey, epic score and touching story. As the Cotton Blossom riverboat travels the Mississippi, a cast of riverboat performers -- Julie, Joe, Queenie, Magnolia and Ravenal -- navigate the ups and downs of show business, love and loss in a time overshadowed by racial inequality. Don't miss this thrilling spectacle filled with memorable songs like "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (of Mine)," "You are Love" and more when Show Boat sets sail at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Stars cross, swords clash and hearts break in the greatest love story the world has ever known. Arguably the most famous play ever written, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the truly timeless tale of two young lovers, kept apart by their feuding families, whose romance ends in unthinkable tragedy. The play's been made and remade into countless works of art over the last four centuries, from ballets and operas (47 of them at last count) to major film releases and even a legendary musical (West Side Story) -- all a testament to the Bard's brilliant storytelling. Experience the original via this Southwest Shakespeare Company production at Piper Repertory Theatre in Mesa.
From concerts by Grammy Award-winning singers to chats with National Geographic photographers, the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of events that fulfill its mission to inspire audiences and artistically transform the Wickenburg community. Since opening in 2001, this 600-seat theater has hosted musicians, actors, comedians, dancers, filmmakers, photographers, writers and intellectuals from all over the world. This season promises lots of talent!
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 / 7:30pm (SHUFFLE Concert)Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 7:30pm (Classic Albums Live "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band")
Whether you shot milk out your nose when he sang about his red-hooded sweatshirt on SNL, watched The Wedding Singer on repeat until you wore out the VHS tape or were one of the millions of viewers who made The Ridiculous Six Netflix's most-streamed movie, Adam Sandler has probably cracked you up at some point in your life. But have you ever been in the same room with him while he did it? Adam Sandler's multi-show residency at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas takes this worldwide comedy superstar and puts him back where he started: on the stage in front of a crowd with a microphone in his hand. Prepare to laugh until you pee your pants -- and remember, "You ain't cool unless you pee your pants."
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.
On a Thursday night in 1980, millions of living rooms across the UK were set on fire by a blazing TV performance by Adam and the Ants. With his "warrior pop" sound and eccentric stage persona, Adam Ant first burst onto the music scene as part of the groundbreaking post-punk rock group, finding success with a string of chart-topping hits, including "Stand and Deliver," "Dog Eat Dog" and "Prince Charming." After the dissolution of that band, Ant propelled his unique, dynamic sound into a solo career that has spanned six albums and more than 30 years. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of his landmark album Kings of the Wild Frontier, Ant hits the road for his North American Anthems -- The Singles tour, which brings him to Phoenix's Celebrity Theatre to play his classic chart-topping hits as well as rare singles, B-sides and personal favorites.
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.
A theatrical adaptation of the landmark 1967 film, the story of The Graduate centers on a recent college graduate who is seduced by an older woman. This bittersweet comedy, originally a novel, premiered on Broadway in 2002. A sexual odyssey of the '60s that gave us the iconic character of Mrs. Robinson, the show is now brought to the stage of the Farnsworth Studio Theater at Mesa Arts Center.
Headed up by frontman Wes Scantlin, who's celebrated for having one of the strongest voices in alt-rock, Puddle of Mudd made their initial splash with a series of huge Billboard-topping hits like "Blurry," "She Hates Me" and "Psycho" that helped defined the post-grunge sound. In fact, the band has grown only more distinct as it's progressed from its triple-platinum major label debut, 2001's Come Clean, to its widely praised collection of classic rock covers, 2011's Re:(disc)overed. See for yourself how far their sound has come when Puddle of Mudd takes the stage of Scottsdale's BLK Live.
Lenny is a great guy: a good teacher, an excellent father and a loving husband. So when his wife leaves him for a smooth-talking lothario who builds Walmarts, his life is shattered. While Lenny consoles himself with pizza and Monday Night Football, his best friend Mick takes matters into his own hands. Now Lenny must decide what he will stand up for and who he will stand up to. How far is too far to get back to happily-ever-after?
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.
You'll be drinking in six-packs galore with all the hard bodies on display in Hunks: The Show. This Magic Mike-style male revue hits the stage at Fuzzy's Sports Grill near Phoenix with a high-energy, choreographed production starring gorgeous guys performing striptease acts designed to fulfill any fantasy, from firemen and cowboys to pirates, cops and beyond -- and audience interaction is highly encouraged. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party or divorce, experience the ultimate night out with music, lights and plenty of action.
One of the biggest bands on the '80s Sunset Strip glam-rock scene, the L.A. Guns are taking aim again with both barrels, reuniting lead singer Phil Lewis and lead guitarist and band founder Tracii Guns after a 15-year hiatus. The songwriting duo produced a bunch of the group's signature smashes, including "Sex Action," "Never Enough," "Electric Gypsy," "Hellraisers Ball" and many more, and now they'll bring those hair-metal hits to BLK Live in Scottsdale as part of a tour that's taken them to the UK and to the legendary Whisky a Go Go in L.A., where it all began.
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.
The "Godfathers of Glam," The Sweet (aka Sweet) scored a string of humongous hits in the '70s, including "Ballroom Blitz," "Fox on the Run," "Love Is Like Oxygen," "Little Willy," "Blockbuster," "Hellraiser" and "Action," selling more than 40 million records. During that decade of excess, The Sweet led the way with their high-energy live shows and innovative fusion of hard rock and melodic vocal harmonies. They've been covered by everyone from Motley Crue to Tia Carrere in the film Wayne's World, and were even sampled in the Beastie Boys hit "Hey Ladies." Now you can rock out with this influential group in concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
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.
Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune -- two of Broadway's most celebrated legends -- come together for an extraordinary concert event at Scottsdale's Highlands Church. With a combined 12 Tony Awards to their credit, this stellar duo performs an evening showcasing the artistry, history and showmanship that have made them iconic stars of the Great White Way and beyond.
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.
French Food and Crafts is hosting a Winter Wellness Make and Take at the Century Library in Phoenix. It's an educational class to empower you through learning of how therapeutic-grade essential oils can be used as a self-care wellness alternative for your physical, mental and emotional needs. The instructor will share natural health products and teach classes on the various ways to use essential oils safely. Their goal is to inspire you to do the same; to teach and share alternative health-care to those that are seeking a natural solution. They will walk you through step-by-step and give easy, simple and affordable tactics anyone can do with the best essential oils on the planet. They will show you how easy and affordable it is to use young living essential oils to stretch your dollars farther with just a few natural and versatile ingredients.