Hilarity abounds in Plaza Suite, a portrait of three couples successively occupying the same hotel digs. A suburban couple takes the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before. Wait. Was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years, she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!" This classic play hits the stage in Scottsdale at Desert Stage's intimate Actors Café.
The Other Side brings the Lizard King and his band to life by capturing the total vibe of their legendary '60s-era shows. One of the most influential rock bands of all time, Jim Morrison and The Doors were also one of the biggest selling, with hits still heard on the radio today, like "Light My Fire," "L.A. Woman," "Hello, I Love You," "Riders on the Storm" and more. @ BLK Live (Scottsdale, AZ)
Enjoy this updated and modern-feeling production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat -- featuring a multi-generational cast of talented adult and youth actors -- at Scottsdale's Desert Stages Theatre. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar's wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled Pharaoh. Joseph's solution to Egypt's famine elevates him to Pharaoh's right hand man and reunites him with his family.
Endearing, entertaining and extremely funny, Beth Stelling has brought her wry sensibility and off-kilter observations to Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chelsea Lately and many other TV series. You may already be a regular reader of her quick quips on Twitter (Huffington Post did, after all, deem her one of the "Top 18 Women You Should be Following on Twitter"). She graced No. 2 on LA Weekly's list of "12 L.A. Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013," as well as being honored by Vulture as one of "50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015." Come laugh along with her when she headlines at the Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre.
Inspired by the best-selling novel and critically acclaimed film, the theatrical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County continues its legacy as one of the most romantic stories ever told. Set in a sleepy Iowa town, the musical follows a bored housewife who finds her life forever changed when she meets a traveling National Geographic photographer. What begins as a chance encounter evolves into an exhilarating whirlwind of passion, desire and everlasting love. Featuring a stunning soundtrack from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this dazzling production of Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman's The Bridges of Madison County will sweep you off your feet at in this dinner theater production at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria.
Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018 / 7:30pm (Dining Starts at 5:30pm)Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / 7:30pm (Dining Starts at 5:30pm)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 2:00pm (Dining Starts at Noon)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 7:30pm (Dining Starts at 5:30pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 7:30pm (Dining Starts at 5:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 2:00pm (Dining Starts at Noon)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 7:30pm (Dining Starts at 5:30pm)Tuesday, May. 8, 2018 / 7:30pm (Dining Starts at 5:30pm)
Phoenix's Nearly Naked Theatre presents the Arizona premiere of The Underpants Godot by Duncan Pflaster. A director surreptitiously plans an avant-garde production of Waiting for Godot, with the main characters played by hot guys in their underwear instead of old men. When a representative of the notoriously litigious estate of Samuel Beckett crashes a rehearsal to investigate and decide whether the performance should be allowed, the performers must convince her by the seat of their ... underpants. This hilarious meta-theatrical piece asks us to test our limits of acceptable interpretation and adaptation of art from any era, be it Shakespeare or Tennessee Williams or the Batman franchise. Nominated for Outstanding Premiere of a Play by the NYIT Awards in NYC and winner of Best Play at the UNFringed Festival, The Underpants Godot is intended For mature audiences only, as it features adult language, mature themes, uppity literary criticism and nudity.
Human nature cries out that parents and children should understand each other. Robert Anderson's biographical playI Never Sang for My Father has become a classic of American theatre and film. It courageously takes on the complex themes of familial love and devotion, individual aspiration and obligation, honing in on the unvarnished realities in the lives of one family, infecting and challenging all of their relationships. Anderson never takes side, never passes judgment on any of his characters. He bravely lets each member of this family speak for themselves -- especially the father and son. In Anderson's own words, "Death ends a life. But it does not end a relationship." See I Never Sang for My Father at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale.
One of the biggest names in reggae history, the Wailers are best known for backing Bob Marley throughout his legendary career. Following Marley's tragic death in 1981, the band continued on, led by bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, who was a member of Lee Perry's group The Upsetters before joining Marley in 1971. In addition to their work with Marley, the Wailers have performed with reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear, as well as Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and many other stars from across the musical spectrum. A gifted and tireless touring act, the Wailers have performed for a total of more than 20 million live audience members across the globe -- and now they're coming to BLK Live in Scottsdale, with opening sets from roots reggae group Kill Babylon Coalition and contemporary reggae artist Zander Waves.
The All Puppet Players bring you The NeverEnding Story: Live & Legless. This show asks you to embark on an adventure that has haunted children of the '80s for years. Travel to Fantasia, a magical land currently threatened by a darkness hell-bent on destroying everything it touches. Atreyu and his friends, including, a rock monster, a luck dragon, and a freaking guy riding a snail, all help him in his quest to destroy "The Nothing" and save Fantasia. This sprawling fantasy epic will be overflowing with APP's signature wit, pop-culture references, cost prohibitive sets, and pure puppet anarchy that will lambaste and pay homage to this celluloid childhood classic. Come to this show at Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix and experience the enchanted world of a young boy's imagination and behold the remarkable adventure that '80s parents thought was appropriate for kids to watch.
Hula dancing is like the Hawaiian islands themselves: seemingly calm and serene on the surface, but volcanic and explosive deep below. Aihaa is the low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that springs from the eruptive volcano persona Pele and Hi'iaka. Experience a whole new side of the islands with Halau O Kekuhi, a group celebrated for its mastery of the aihaa style of hula dance and oli chant. Kumu hula Nalani Kanaka'ole and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman showcase the lesser-known, red-hot culture of Hawaii at ASU Gammage in Tempe.
Closing their 30th season, Salt River Brass embarks on a Magical Music Tour of music from around the world. They'll travel through time to remember major world events and how they inspired musical works of art. Climb aboard the tour as it gets underway at the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center.
Richard Stevens has been delighting audiences from coast to coast for over 20 years as "America's Favorite Blonde, Barbra Seville." Seville is in high demand as a host, emcee, and contributor due to his quick wit, pop-culture references, and over the top dizzy/bitchy blonde personae. Catch him, along with drag stars like Piper M'Shay and Afeelya Bunz, at the Queens of Comedy at Phoenix's Stand Up Live.
On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. The jury votes 11-1 that the man is guilty of the crime, but laws in the United States require a unanimous vote by all twelve jurors in order to pass judgment. Tempers flare as the eleven jurors try their best to convince the one dissenter to come around to their side. As the evidence is re-examined, however, new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of "reasonable doubt". See Twelve Angry Jurors, a heightened courtroom thriller that puts you on the edge of your seat while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy, at the Zao Theatre in Apache Junction.
An award-winning cast of two dozen tango dancers, singers and musicians steam up the stage in a spectacular show that traces the evolution of this passionate art form through the eyes of a single character, aptly named "Tango." I Am Tango sweeps you along through the storied history of the dance, from its Golden Age right up to today, with evocative costumes, sets and even multimedia elements. Experience the latest impressive production from Tango Lovers at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing 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.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 7:30pm (Door's open at 7:00 pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 7:30pm (Door's open at 7:00 pm)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / 7:30pm (Door's open at 7:00 pm)Saturday, May. 5, 2018 / 7:30pm (Door's open at 7:00 pm)Friday, May. 11, 2018 / 7:30pm (Door's open at 7:00 pm)Saturday, May. 12, 2018 / 7:30pm (Door's open at 7:00 pm)Friday, May. 18, 2018 / 7:30pm (Door's open at 7:00 pm)Saturday, May. 19, 2018 / 7:30pm (Door's open at 7:00 pm)
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.
Lizzie Borden took an axe... Andrew Borden and his wife Abby are found dead in Fall River, Massachusetts on the morning of August 4th, 1892. Their daughter Lizzie is the main suspect. Tried but acquitted of the crime, the story goes that she wielded the axe that killed them. Overnight, she becomes America's original "mad, bad and dangerous to know" icon of tabloid and rumour. Set to prairie bluegrass music, and fusing folktale, nursery rhyme and Vaudevillian horror, Bury the Hatchet will settle the age-old question: did Lizzie escape the hangman's noose? And is Andrew and Abby's blood truly on her hands? This new work by London-based playwright, Sasha Wilson makes its Western Hemisphere premiere at Taliesin West in Scottsdale.
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.
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.
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.
A writer and cast member on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, Steve Trevino has also completed several national tours alongside the star of that show, Carlos Mencia. In 2013, Trevino starred in his first Showtime special, Steve Trevino: Grandpa Joe's Son, and he's also appeared on BET's ComicView, SiTV's Latino Laugh Festival, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and many more TV shows. His most recent comedy special, Relatable, can be seen now on Netflix. Come see his signature brand of "Tex-Mex" comedy when Trevino performs at Stand Up Live in Phoenix.
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!
Gentle winds, strewn flowers, the loveliest of trees in bloom ... delight in the colors of spring with this vocal concert spanning five centuries, enveloping you in the wonders of nature, young love and new life. Charming choral cycles by Benjamin Britten and American master Kirke Mechem headline this concert by Phoenix Chorale at the Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, while poignant miniatures by Monteverdi, Brahms, Lauridsen, Hassler and Vaughan Williams adorn this musical bouquet.
Gentle winds, strewn flowers, the loveliest of trees in bloom ... delight in the colors of spring with this vocal concert spanning five centuries, enveloping you in the wonders of nature, young love and new life. Charming choral cycles by Benjamin Britten and American master Kirke Mechem headline this concert by Phoenix Chorale at the Trinity Cathedral, while poignant miniatures by Monteverdi, Brahms, Lauridsen, Hassler and Vaughan Williams adorn this musical bouquet.
Gentle winds, strewn flowers, the loveliest of trees in bloom ... delight in the colors of spring with this vocal concert spanning five centuries, enveloping you in the wonders of nature, young love and new life. Charming choral cycles by Benjamin Britten and American master Kirke Mechem headline this concert by Phoenix Chorale at the American Lutheran Church in Sun City, while poignant miniatures by Monteverdi, Brahms, Lauridsen, Hassler and Vaughan Williams adorn this musical bouquet.