Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 5/04/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 5/04/2014 JOHNNY CLEGG
Mesa Arts Center, Piper Repertory Theater
Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa's most celebrated sons. He is a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene and broken through all the barriers in his own country. In France, where he enjoys a massive following, he is fondly called Le Zulu Blanc - the white Zulu. Over three decades, Johnny Clegg has sold over five million albums of his brand of crossover music worldwide. He has wowed vast audiences with his audacious live shows and won a number of national and international awards for his music and for his outspoken views on apartheid, his perspectives on migrant workers in South Africa and the general situation in the world today. Johnny Clegg's history is as bold, colourful and dashing as the rainbow country which he has called home for more than 40 years.
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 5/04/2014 CATCHING YOUR CLOUDS
Hello, my name is Drake Christopher. I"m from Bryant, Arkansas. Music is my art, creativity, ingenuity, personality, ambition, and love. Music is also my story, and therefore to learn more about me, you'll just have to listen. It means so much if you do.
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 5/04/2014Renee Fleming in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> RENEE FLEMING
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renee Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as "the people's diva" and named 2012 Female Singer of the Year by the German Echo awards, she continues to grace the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. As a musical statesman, Renee Fleming has been sought after on numerous distinguished occasions, from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. In January 2009, Ms. Fleming was featured in the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President Obama. In 2012, in an historic first, Ms. Fleming sang on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II. Ms. Fleming has also performed for the United States Supreme Court and, in November 2009, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic's "Velvet Revolution" at the invitation of Vaclav Havel. An additional distinction was bestowed in 2008, when breaking a precedent, Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 5/04/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
MoezArt Productions
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, but all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original are still in place. G2K? ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater. Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer; Adapted by Tom Briggs
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 5/04/2014 THE SECRET GARDEN
Arizona Broadway Theatre
Known for its rich score and beautiful melodies, The Secret Garden is an enchanting musical based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in the early years of the 20th century, the story centers on Mary Lennox, an orphan who is sent to England to live with her reclusive Uncle Archibald on his mysterious estate. Beckoned by haunting melodies, Mary is drawn to uncover the magic garden and the secrets within. A story of enduring love and the power of imagination, The Secret Garden is a show for all ages that will leave you captivated and entranced!
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 5/04/2014 JULIUS CAESAR
Mesa Arts Center, Farnsworth Studio
Shakespeare's centuries-old tale of revolution gets a modern twist with a 21st century, cell-phone environment and nontraditional casting. Intimate, accessible, and highly-charged, Class 6 Theatre wipes the dust off this story and brings it up to speed for 2014. Is it, as the song says, a man's world? Well, not any more. Join us for a fierce look at the gender double standards and sexual politics that still prevail today. With our in-the-round seating, you will literally be in the middle of this uncompromising look at human nature, leadership, and the evil that men, and women, do.
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 5/04/2014 THE LAST 5 YEARS
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
The Last Five Years is a musical written by Jason Robert Brown. It premiered at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2001 and was then produced Off-Broadway in March 2002
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