William Shakespeare's beloved classic A Midsummer Night's Dream gets a psychedelic twist via Midsummer Dreamin', an equally wild and comical tale. Your favorite troublemaker Puck, appearing this time as a stoned fairy, still weaves his way through the Forest of Arden, where four young lovers and amateur actors go to run away from wedding dilemmas. Upon drinking Puck and Oberon's "herbal concoction," the famed switch ensues, and the gang falls hopelessly in and out of love with one another. Meanwhile, the same herbal remedy causes Queen Titania to fall head over heels for one of her workmen-turned-actors. Don't miss this hippie-dippie rendition, filled with fun numbers like "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and "Y.M.C.A.," at the Fountain Hills Theater.
Harold and Burt, longtime friends and residents of the same retirement home, spend their days sitting on a bench, bickering with each other for entertainment. When a once-famous actress moves in, her arrival sets off a game of one-upmanship. But when they discover that the retirement home is going to be sold, all three must band together to save their home. Ron Clark, veteran comedy writer and co-screenwriter of several Mel Brooks films, wrote this charming and poignant comedy at the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale.
In Seussical the Musical, cats wear hats and audiences wear smiles -- both two sizes too large. It's almost impossible not to grin when this all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' stories plunges you into the whimsical world of Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and many more classics. The Cat in the Hat links the stories of a young girl who is a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Seussical's cast of favorite characters, including the Whos of Whoville, Horton and the Cat himself, brings a sense of wonder and fun to this colorful family fave at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
One of the most beloved dance stories of all time hustles its way onstage at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. Saturday Night Fever is the 1970s coming-of-age tale of young working class Brooklyn teen Tony Manero, who escapes his life's tribulations with his weekend trips to the local discotheque. Based on the 1977 film starring John Travolta, the production's packed with classic disco hits from the Bee Gees, including "Stayin' Alive," "More Than a Woman," "If I Can't Have You" and "Disco Inferno." Get electrified by this nostalgic trip through disco.
Richard is excited to get his technologically-challenged wife set up with a new computer ... until he accidentally sends her an email intended for his mistress. Watch the resulting digital drama escalate in You've Got Hate Mail. This critically-acclaimed comedy about online hook-ups and break-ups is told entirely through emails read from laptop computers. The play even includes an unforgettable chase scene -- thanks to a network of smartphones. See the comedy that the New York Post called "the perfect bedroom farce" when this onstage hit comes to Sun City West's Ghostlight Theatre.
Ten determined Texans have a variety of reasons for trying to keep at least one of their Hands on a Hardbody, since the last one standing wins a new pickup truck, but all are equally desperate to keep hold of the American Dream it represents. Based on an award-winning documentary about a similar endurance competition, this Tony-nominated musical comes fully loaded with romance, comedy and drama, courtesy of a story by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright and music co-written by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. Race on over to see Arizona Broadway Theatre's latest and enjoy an included dinner with the show.