In All Shook Up, it's 1955 and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets. This is a hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Don't Be Cruel."
When Sarah Goldman -- a lovely young school teacher in Chicago -- wants to please her parents, she invents a boyfriend whom she believes will be the man of her mother's dreams. When her parents insist on meeting the man, Sarah hires Bob, an actor, to pretend to be her new beau, Dr. David Steinberg. Find out just how far Sarah will go to please her parents when hilarious romantic comedy Beau Jest comes to Scottsdale's Don Bluth Front Row Theatre.
Be there when Nearly Naked Theatre presents the Arizona premiere of the dark comedy that is Harlowe. After some mysterious trauma, Harlowe retreats to her family's house in Connecticut, and from the watery depths of the bathtub realizes that she's lost her sense of touch. She can't feel anything -- not cold, not heat, not love, not pain. Then she's interrupted by her family and is thrust into a real world that's as hilarious as it is complex. Moving seamlessly in and out of her thoughts and fears, Jenny Lane's Harlowe is a beautiful latticework of familial need and insecurity, as this young woman and her brood verge ever closer to healing. Enjoy this "theatrical miracle" (New Play Exchange) at Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix.
Ever wish you could go back in time and fix your mistakes? Some Sweet Day is a full-throttle romantic comedy where one man is given that chance. Ken still regrets losing the girl of his dreams years ago. But when the time machine he has been obsessively building finally works, he gets a second chance to try to make things right.
West Side Story's got music by Bernstein, lyrics by Sondheim, choreography by Robbins and a book by Arthur Laurents (with a little help from William Shakespeare). Never before or since has a musical had a more high-powered creative team than West Side Story, and the result was a hit of epic proportions: 10 Oscars, three Tonys and two Grammys. In West Side Story, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to mid-century Manhattan where young lovers Tony and Maria are caught between warring street gangs. Their story and the songs that define them are American classics. You only need to hear numbers like "America," "I Feel Pretty" or "Maria" once and you'll never forget them. See this bold new production of a legendary musical at Phoenix Theatre.
Bruce Graham's White Guy on the Bus is a shocking and excoriating play that unravels a complex web of moral ambiguity, class conflict and the racial divide in America. Catch this timely, powerful play on the Kax Stage at Phoenix's Herberger Theater Center.