Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/03/2013

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FREUD'S LAST SESSION
Arizona Theatre Company
1/19-2/9/2013
The Temple of Music and Art: - Mark St. Germain; dir: Stephen Wrentmore.
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FREUD'S LAST SESSION
Arizona Theatre Company
1/15-2/9/2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/03/2013 HONK! JR
HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
2/7-2/9/2013
In the London season featuring the appearance of THE LION KING, HONK! became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical. HONK! JR. is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling with a JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT-esque score that everyone will enjoy. HONK! JR. can be performed with simple sets and costumes. No feathers or fur necessary--making it the perfect Broadway Junior musical!
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/03/2013 PIPPIN
DESERT FOOTHILLS THEATER
1/24-2/10/2013
Once upon a time, a young prince longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He sought it in the glories of the battlefield, The Temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, he found it in the simple pleasures of home and family. PIPPIN is a hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale that captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere (the show has become a staple on high school and college campuses). The energetic pop-influenced score by three-time Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (GODSPELL, CHILDREN OF EDEN, and the animated films Pocahontas, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and The Prince Of Egypt) bursts with one showstopping number after another, from soaring ballads to infectious dance numbers. Featuring a strong ensemble cast and a show-stealing song-and-dance narrator, PIPPIN is equally effective as an intimate, black-box production (as envisioned by the authors) or as original director/choreographer Bob Fosse's splashy, dance-driven spectacle, which included some of the most brilliant staging in Broadway history.
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THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
Actors Theatre of Phoenix
1/25-2/10/2013
Stage West: - Ken Ludwig; dir: Matthew Wiener.
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SUNSET BOULEVARD
Desert Stages Theatre
1/11-2/10/2013
SUNSET BOULEVARD weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of 'talkies.' Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book and Lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton; Based on the Billy Wilder Film
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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Winding Road Theatre Ensemble
1/15-2/10/2013

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RAGS
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School
2/8-2/16/2013
With great passion and humor, the story is told of Rebecca, a naive Russian immigrant arriving at Ellis Island with her young son, and their struggle to make a life for themselves in the New World. She goes to work in a sweatshop while searching for her husband who has preceded them to America. When they are finally reunited she discovers that his assimilation is not entirely for the best. His desire to change their name and strip away their ethnic culture so as to fit in with his cronies distresses Rebecca, whose gradual enlightenment leads her into union activities against the very men her husband so hopes to impress. Subplots concern an elderly immigrant, his daughter, and their respective romances, one of which ends tragically. This sweeping saga of awakenings and disappointments, of greed and power, of strength and love is as deeply moving and inspirational a musical as you could hope to present.Book by Joseph Stein; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/03/2013 LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION
NOTRE DAME PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL
2/1-2/17/2013
Broadway's legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written.This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean's adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.Originally adapted from Victor Hugo's timeless novel, LES MISRABLES SCHOOL EDITION introduces a new generation to the grand and inspirational story that has touched the hearts of millions. For, within LES MISRABLES SCHOOL EDITION lies the universal truth "To love another person is to see the face of God"? and this message is sure to have a lasting impact on your cast, crew, audience, and school alike.
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Sun City Players
2/8-2/17/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/03/2013 THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY JR
ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE ACADEMY
1/24-2/22/2013
The beloved children's book written by JefF Brown in 1964 has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon - delighting readers and travelers all around the world.  And now, MTI has taken everyone's favorite two-dimensional hero and given him a new life on the stage in THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY JR.Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, every day, run-of-the-mill ten-year-old: normal mom and dad, normal little brother, normal life. That's just the problem...for Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley!One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls - right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat...really, REALLY flat! I n a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley - the ultimate exchange student - scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He's stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood to France to Honolulu and beyond. And whether he's thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or 'hanging ten' off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of being a three-dimensional boy once more.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/03/2013 BURNING IN THE NIGHT
Theater Works
1/25-2/24/2013
Theater Works proudly presents the world premiere of a play based on the memoirs of Dale Wasserman, the renowned author of Man of La Mancha and the play One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Dale rode the rails as in itinerant laborer - a hobo, not a bum - as a teenager during the Great Depression. Acclaimed Arizona playwright Richard Warren has turned Dale's memory of those crazy-free wanderings into a funny and moving evening of theatre, seasoned with some of the great American folk songs of the rails and the road. Be part of the launching of a lovely new play - right here in the shadow of the "Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe".
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/03/2013 GUYS & DOLLS
GRACE ARTS LIVE
2/8-2/24/2013
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/03/2013 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
KIMBER ACADEMY
2/1-3/2/2013
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE
Childsplay, Inc
1/20-3/3/2013
Tempe Center for the Arts: - James Grote, George Howe.
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