This foot-stompin', crowd-pleasin' country jukebox musical celebrates the songs of a true American original -- the Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire is a song-fueled journey through the music of one of the country's most iconic singer-songwriters. Adapted from the Broadway production by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr. (Ain't Misbehavin', Fosse), this musical revue cracks Cash's hit-filled songbook wide open, from "A Boy Named Sue," to "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line" and many more, and brings the Man in Black's music, wit and raw power to life at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.
There's a reason why actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Gypsy Rose Lee, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become a burlesque star. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this classic musical at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center - Main Stage in Scottsdale.
For more than 100 years, readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now this compelling adaptation comes to the stage at Fountain Hills Youth Theater. The elderly Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy to help them around the farm, but instead receive a very talkative, wide-eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble and makes many mistakes, she eventually works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island with her indomitable spirit and zest for life. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family.
Pulitzer-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's comedy Ripcord finds two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the "death." What's the point of contention? A sunny room on an upper floor in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. It's considered prime real estate by the residents, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with chipper new arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid her by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that uncovers deep truths that each would rather remain hidden. Watch the gray hairs fly when Two Old Broads Productions brings Ripcord to Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!
Dancing nuns, singing nuns, circus nuns -- they're all a part of the glorious madness in Dan Goggin's wildly funny musical phenomenon Nunsense, presented in a lively new production Sun City West's Ghostlight Theatre. The Little Sisters of Hoboken have suffered a disaster of biblical proportions. Their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. Five of the remaining nuns -- ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, Mother Superior Sister Regina and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert -- decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. Their chaotic version of a variety show features crazy dance routines, solo star turns, an audience quiz and a slew of comic surprises.
Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Princess and the Pea gets the full musical treatment in this Theater Works production of Once Upon a Mattress -- with a few surprises! Like, did you know that Princess Winnifred swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar ASAP? Or that it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Come see this lighthearted musical romp that's fun for the whole family when it comes to the stage of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
Frolic in the madness of Dan Goggin's hilariously funny musical comedy Nunsense, The Mega Musical, featuring dancing nuns, singing nuns, circus nuns and ... dead nuns?! Winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, Nunsense, The Mega Musical has become a must-see phenomenon. Sister Julia has accidentally poisoned most of the Little Sisters of Hoboken with a tainted vichyssoise. The five surviving nuns must band together and put on a show in order to raise funds to bury their dear departed sisters. The chaotic variety show at the Zao Theatre in Apache Junction features crazy dance routines, solo star turns, an audience quiz and a whole bunch of comic surprises.
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of the century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including BEST PLAY, is coming to Tempe as part of the 16/17 season! Hailed as "One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway" by The New York Times, this "dazzling" (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.