Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as Elf The Musical. Fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, who as a little boy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, where he's raised as an elf. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy sets off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show, coming to the stage of the Phoenix Theatre, will no doubt do the same for you and yours.
A pair of legal giants go head-to-head in Inherit the Wind, a gripping courtroom drama inspired by the historic "Scopes monkey trial," in which a small-town science teacher was put on trial for teaching evolution. Now, Scottsdale's Theatre Artists Studio brings this masterpiece of American theater back to the stage in an exciting new re-staging that highlights the story's themes of tolerance, compassion and an individual's right to think. At a time in American history when we are again called upon to defend fact over bias and fear, this story is for all who desire to think and act for themselves. The play first hit the stage in 1955, but the issues of science versus faith it explores are still amazingly timely.
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is "ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY." Rolling Stone calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN, "a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart" and NBC News says the musical is "an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond." The Original Broadway Cast Recording of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 - the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961-before winning the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
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!
Charles Dickens' beloved Christmas story comes to life on stage in this magical production from Theater Works. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Populated with cherished characters like Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, this tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season. See it at Peoria Center for the Performing arts.
The New York Times called Ballet Arizona's production of Ib Anderson's 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 this 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.
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! - the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls "the best show of the year!" Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous" new production (Vogue) is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion - hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!"
The outlaw of Sherwood Forest leads a merry life with his followers, and anyone who is hungry or who has no place to live is welcome in the greenwood. The classic tale of Robin Hood comes to the stage at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts with talented youth performers who will deliver plenty of thrills, chills and fun as Robin Hood battles Prince John and woos Maid Marian.
Elle Woods has everything, and wants nothing more than to marry the love of her life Warner - but there's one thing stopping him from bending the knee: "Because I'm too... blonde?" Deeming her not serious enough to carry his last name, Elle sets herself a task and follows him to Harvard Law in an attempt to win him back. But whilst she is there, she discovers there's much more to her than just looks and instead ends up finding herself.
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
Be transported back to ancient Rome and experience the wild antics of the mischievous slave Pseudolus in Stephen Sondheim's laugh-out-loud musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This slapstick romp sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of courtesans and an elaborate web of lies -- all adding up to one uproarious night of theater. The winner of six Tony Awards, Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written, as Sondheim collaborated with writer Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie) to seamlessly combine situations from the timeless comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. Step into the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts and enjoy classic Sondheim showtunes like "Lovely," "Bring Me My Bride" and the Broadway favorite "Comedy Tonight."
Think Shakespeare is snooze? Well, you've never seen it like this. With zombies, talking cows and an infamous daytime talk show host, I Hate Shakespeare! is a hilarious and fast-paced skewering of the greatest classics of all time -- with a modern twist. Plus, someone gets a pie in the face.
Set in 1940s Bueno AiresThrough the eyes of the future revolutionary leader Che Guevara, follow Eva Duarte and her ambitious adventure as she seeks power to help her fellow Argentinians. From her early life as an ambitious actress, to marrying Argentina's President Juan Peron and becoming Argentina's dynamic First Lady, to her eventual death from cancer.
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway and London's award-winning smash comedy! Called "a gut-busting hit" (The New York Times) and "the funniest play Broadway has ever seen" (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering "a riotous explosion of comedy" (Daily Beast) that is "tons of fun for all ages" (HuffPost)!
A Broadway phenomenon since its inception in 1975, Chicago puts the BAD in, well, bad-ass dames. A scorching musical satire on celebrity and crime, Chicago is a fearless portrayal of the pursuit of infamy that could ring true in any decade. Set in 1920s Jazz Age Chicago, the tale focuses on two women both accused of murdering their paramours and their insidious journey to freedom, justice be damned. With original songs that have become Broadway standards, the world's longest musical revival is currently high-kicking its way across North American on tour, coming to in , , , so break out the fishnet gloves, tap shoes and practise your jazz hands!
Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz...but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships...until the world decides to call one "good," and the other one "wicked."
Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete - and completely satisfying - new musical in a long time" (USA Today).
A re-imagining of Puccini's La Boheme, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love.
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Chicago's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Entertainment Weekly raves "Broadway's Big Treat" and NPR exclaims "You'll have a ball!"
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.
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.