Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 DISNEY'S ALADDIN KIDS
MESA ARTS ACADEMY
2/11-2/11/2014
Welcome to the marketplace of Agrabah, where we're about to begin the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince! Disney's ALADDIN KIDS is a stage adaptation of the Disney film specifically written for younger performers featuring hit songs including "Friend Like Me," "Prince Ali," and "A Whole New World." Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar, Iago, and the Genie battle for power and possession of the lamp, aided by the Junior Djinn - unique stage magicians invented specifically for this show. Get out your magic carpet and get ready for an enchanting theatrical ride!
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Apache Junction High School
2/12-2/14/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 CHILDREN OF EDEN
COPPERSTAR REPERTORY COMPANY
2/7-2/15/2014
From Stephen Schwartz and John Caird comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Freely based on the story of Genesis, CHILDREN OF EDEN is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go."A large cast is needed to take on the story of the Old Testament in this moving, foot-stomping musical. CHILDREN OF EDEN is a wonderful show to perform for children and students. 
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE
1/17-2/16/2014
"Goin' courting" has never been as much fun as in this rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie, adapted by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay. Set in Oregon in 1850, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850's Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is a glorious romp suitable for middle school, high school, and community theatre productions. This show's large ensemble is a perfect opportunity to showcase many performers of all types.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 PIPPIN
PHOENIX THEATRE
1/22-2/16/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
PHOENIX THEATRE
1/22-2/16/2014
The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930's Harlem lives on in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue that is still considered one of Broadway's best. The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club, honky tonk dives along Lenox Avenue, rent parties, stride piano players and that jumpin' new beat, Swing. Although not quite a biography, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.Assembled under the expert eye of director/lyricist  Richard Maltby, Jr., AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time. Sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, with moments of devastating beauty, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is simply unforgettable.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
SUN CITY PLAYERS
2/7-2/16/2014
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' staging is legendary, and available from MTI in a comprehensive choreographic guide. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 INTO THE WOODS JR
STUDIO 3 PERFORMING ARTS
2/7-2/16/2014
The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale where all of your favorite characters""Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch""meet and interact on their journeys. With unforgettable roles, little dancing and no chorus, INTO THE WOODS JR. showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it easier--though still challenging--for young performers. INTO THE WOODS JR. is a funny and engaging way to get young people to think about the stories with which they've grown up and the ethical issues raised therein.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
Fountain Hills Community Theater
1/31-2/16/2014
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now ChangeThis celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as 'the relationship.' Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, 'Say, what are you doing Saturday night?'
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THE CRIMINALIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE
Borderlands Theater
2/16-2/16/2014
Zuzi's Theater:MILTA ORTIZ; dir: MARC PINATE.
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BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
1/16-2/22/2014
Set in the early 60s: we follow the lives of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter as they move into a small apartment in New York City after their six day honeymoon. While Paul tries to prove himself as a young lawyer in the court room, Corie sets up their new home, she also setup her anxious mother with their peculiar neighbor, Mr. Velasco! Codie's efforts to have fun and spice up Ms. Banks life take the four on a wild adventure all over New York City. Conventional Paul and free-spirited Corie always knew that they were different, but after a strange night out in the events that follow, they begin to worry if maybe they are two different for one another.
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HOW I BECAME A PIRATE
Greasesepaint Youtheatre
2/14-2/23/2014

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DEAD GUILTY
Invisible Theatre Co
2/4-2/23/2014
Invisible Theatre:Richard Harris; dir: Terry Erbe.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
QUEEN CREEK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
2/14-2/24/2014
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 A FUNNY THING...FORUM
DESERT FOOTHILLS THEATER
2/13-3/2/2014
Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine--"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
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MARIA'S CIRCULAR DANCE
Borderlands Theater
2/13-3/2/2014
Zuzi's Theater:MEDARDO TREVINO; trans: EVA TESSLER; dir: EVA TESSLER.
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TRASH
Borderlands Theater
2/13-3/2/2014
Zuzi's Theater:KARA HARTZLER; dir: MARC PINATE.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT
CHILDSPLAY, INC
1/26-3/9/2014
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that THE CAT IN THE HAT is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met.With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home...? The National Theatre's production of Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT is a lively, engaging "play with sound effects" for performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss's classic, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've always imagined.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/09/2014 OKLAHOMA!
Hale Centre Theatre - Arizona
2/13-3/29/2014
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA! In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theMusic by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the play GREEN GROW THE LILACS by Lynn Riggs; Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
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