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Top Gun Soars on Stage with All Puppet Players Top Gun Soars on Stage with All Puppet Players
by BWW News Desk on March 30, 2017 in Phoenix

Fly into the danger zone with a show that's as crazy as it sounds. Top Gun: Live, Abridged, and Completely Underfunded is a stage production of the classic Tom Cruise film, but instead of hunky fighter pilots soaring in the sky you'll see scruffy puppets gliding a few feet above the stage. (more...)
Families Are Invited to The Nash This Spring for Hot Dogs & Jazz Families Are Invited to The Nash This Spring for Hot Dogs & Jazz
by BWW News Desk on March 30, 2017 in Phoenix

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and its a great time for children and families to enjoy a fun program about jazz -- the music born in America and found in HIp-Hop and other popular music.  (more...)
Photo Flash: Phoenix Theatre Presents THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Photo Flash: Phoenix Theatre Presents THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by BWW News Desk on March 30, 2017 in Phoenix

Phoenix Theatre, in collaboration with Black Theatre Troupe, bring the true story of The Scottsboro Boys to the stage. (more...)
Two Old Broads Productions Presents RIPCORD by David Lindsay-Abaire Two Old Broads Productions Presents RIPCORD by David Lindsay-Abaire
by BWW News Desk on March 29, 2017 in Phoenix

Two Old Broads Productions presents the Arizona premier of Ripcord by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Hilarity trumps sensibility in this high-stakes comedy about two women locked in a no-holds barred battle over pride and territory. (more...)
NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS Brings Laughs Hale Centre Theatre Stage NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS Brings Laughs Hale Centre Theatre Stage
by BWW News Desk on March 29, 2017 in Phoenix

When No Time for Sergeants takes the stage it brings loads of laughs and nostalgia to Hale Centre Theatre. Regarded as the funniest comedy ever written about the U.S. Armed Forces, No Time for Sergeants is a comedy for and about the military men and women who served our nation in World War Two. The story revolves around Will Stockdale, a young naive country boy who is drafted into the to the U.S. Air Force. Taken by his fellow draftees as a bumpkin and a hillbilly, Will is quick to make friends as well as enemies with his gullible charm. (more...)
JOE ORTON'S ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE Opens at Phoenix Theatre Ensemble on 5/4 JOE ORTON'S ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE Opens at Phoenix Theatre Ensemble on 5/4
by BWW News Desk on March 29, 2017 in Phoenix

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble announces that Joe Orton's dark comedy Entertaining Mr. Sloane will begin performances May 4th and will run for 13 performances only through May 14 at The Wild Project  in NYC.    (more...)
Naked Beneath My Clothes!  Funny Lady Rita Rudner Returns To The McCallum Naked Beneath My Clothes! Funny Lady Rita Rudner Returns To The McCallum
by David Green on March 28, 2017 in Phoenix

The McCallum Theatre welcomes the return of Rita Rudner on Friday, April 7, at 8:00pm. Known for her thought provoking one-liners and her observations on everyday life, Rita keeps it real talking about the things that amuse her.  A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000, Rita Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. Over the course of a fourteen year run and 2,000 plus shows, she has sold one and a half million tickets and become the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas. She has been named Las Vegas's Comedian of the Year nine years in a row and, in 2006, received The Nevada Ballet's Woman of the Year Award. (more...)
The Music Of The Night! Broadway Phantom NORM LEWIS Appears At The Annaberg For One Starry Night The Music Of The Night! Broadway Phantom NORM LEWIS Appears At The Annaberg For One Starry Night
by David Green on March 28, 2017 in Phoenix

Palm Springs Art Museum is proud to present Tony-nominated vocalist Norm Lewis on Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. in the Annenberg Theater as part of the Museum's 2017 Broadway's Best… In the West! series.  Boasting breathtaking power and range, Lewis is best known for starring in the Broadway production of Porgy and Bess, for which he received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Other credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, The Who's Tommy and Phantom of the Opera.  (more...)
SPACE JUNK Director Goes For Fast, Snappy, Funny SPACE JUNK Director Goes For Fast, Snappy, Funny
by BWW News Desk on March 28, 2017 in Phoenix

'After reading Space Junk,' said Luke Gomez, 'I thought. 'This is just like Home Improvement but with Aliens!' I decided I would focus on grunt noises and light hearted smirks to the audience.' (more...)
BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare Presents PRIDE@PREJUDICE BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare Presents PRIDE@PREJUDICE
by Herbert Paine on March 28, 2017 in Phoenix

If, perchance, you had never read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, you'd be none the worse for the delight you'd glean from Southwest Shakespeare Company's scintillating and brainy production of PRIDE@PREJUDICE, Daniel Elihu Kramer's clever modernization of the 1813 classic. (more...)
Brelby Presents SPACE JUNK Fun, Clever, Fast Paced with Lots of Heart Brelby Presents SPACE JUNK Fun, Clever, Fast Paced with Lots of Heart
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in Phoenix

'Even on the first read, Goulder's script was fun, clever, fast-paced, and had a lot of heart,' Perovich said. 'The play has gotten stronger and more entertaining with each new draft.' (more...)
Greasepaint Youtheatre Presents Conversation Starter THE LARAMIE PROJECT Greasepaint Youtheatre Presents Conversation Starter THE LARAMIE PROJECT
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in Phoenix

Greasepaint Youtheatre presents THE LARAMIE PROJECT, April 7 - 9, 2017, a dramatization of the aftermath of an infamous hate crime. This breathtaking theatrical collage explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Based on interviews with citizens of Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard, this play is a true and heartbreaking story. (more...)
Theater Works Presents the Side-Splitting Shenanigans of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Theater Works Presents the Side-Splitting Shenanigans of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by BWW News Desk on March 26, 2017 in Phoenix

Theater Works brings a grand collaboration between MasterWorks and YouthWorks for the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress, a hilarious retelling of The Princess and the Pea. The original Broadway production marked the debut of Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 3/26/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW on March 26, 2017 in Phoenix

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/26/2017 for Phoenix (more...)
BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour
by Kyle Christopher West on March 25, 2017 in Phoenix

Between their two lofty resumes, Broadway husband-and-wife duo Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard have a grand total of 15 Broadway credits to their names. Adding in their multiple film/TV credits and cast recordings, the phrase 'triple threat' couldn't be a better fit to define their talents. And with the skills they've honed on 'the boards,' the couple is eager to support the next generation of Broadway gypsies through their new training program: 'Married to Broadway.' (more...)
2017 Shelley Award will Honor 10 Pioneers of Advocacy to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Arizona Commission on the Arts 2017 Shelley Award will Honor 10 Pioneers of Advocacy to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Arizona Commission on the Arts
by BWW News Desk on March 24, 2017 in Phoenix

Ten Pioneers of Advocacy from across the state will be honored with Shelley Awards for their dedicated work on behalf of arts and culture during the formative years of arts advocacy in Arizona that helped create the vibrant arts and culture environment we enjoy today, and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. (more...)
Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Phoenix You Might Have Missed 3/24 - BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and More! Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Phoenix You Might Have Missed 3/24 - BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and More!
by BWW News Desk on March 24, 2017 in Phoenix

Check out the top stories from Phoenix you might have missed this week and more! Top Stories From Phoenix You Might Have Missed 3/24 - BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and More! (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 24, 2017 in Phoenix

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte, and BUS STOP in Denver, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)
Brelby's WHERE OUR STUFF GOES is Theatre for Young Audiences Brelby's WHERE OUR STUFF GOES is Theatre for Young Audiences
by BWW News Desk on March 23, 2017 in Phoenix

9-year old Alexander would rather play in his basement with his goldfish, Bubbles, than be anywhere near his neighbor Sheila Stone. (more...)
BWW Review: ALBATROSS Is A Soaring Theatrical Experience ~ Benjamin Evett Is Mesmerizing BWW Review: ALBATROSS Is A Soaring Theatrical Experience ~ Benjamin Evett Is Mesmerizing
by Herbert Paine on March 23, 2017 in Phoenix

Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett's ALBATROSS, now on stage in an all too short run at the Herberger Theater Center, features the gripping and riveting performance of Benjamin Evett as The Mariner. Mr. Evett is a force of nature in a tempest-tossed odyssey that reveals timely truths about the interconnectedness of all things, the ties that bind man and nature, and the consequences of mindless action. (more...)
Theater Works Closes PuppetWorks Season With a Blacklight Under Sea Adventure Theater Works Closes PuppetWorks Season With a Blacklight Under Sea Adventure
by BWW News Desk on March 22, 2017 in Phoenix

Theater Works concludes the 2016-17 PuppetWorks season with a revival of last season's underwater blacklight adventure SEA OF IMAGINATION.  Sammy the star falls from the sky and lands under the sea. His underwater adventures take him places he's never been and he meets new sea creatures. On his quest, he discovers that home is where the heart is. PuppetWorks productions are performed in the black light style of puppetry causing the puppets, scenery and even the audience to glow. SEA OF IMAGINATION is on the Gyder stage with performances at 10:30am and noon on April 8, 15 and 22. (more...)
BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by Herbert Paine on March 22, 2017 in Phoenix

Arizona Broadway Theatre's current production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is rousing and colorful. A revival worth seeing. (more...)
Cody Goulder's SPACE JUNK to Take Brelby Audiences on Incredible Ride Cody Goulder's SPACE JUNK to Take Brelby Audiences on Incredible Ride
by BWW News Desk on March 22, 2017 in Phoenix

Originally from Cave Creek Arizona, Cody Goulder's work has previously been seen on the Brelby stage with production of his short plays, Cold Breakfast and Crash Landing. (more...)
The Palm Canyon Theatre Celebrates The Rhythm Of Life With Tony Winning Musical SWEET CHARITY The Palm Canyon Theatre Celebrates The Rhythm Of Life With Tony Winning Musical SWEET CHARITY
by David Green on March 21, 2017 in Phoenix

Originally directed and choreographed by directing and dancing legend Bob Fosse, Sweet Charity at the Palm Canyon Theatre is focused on bringing that Fosse style to Palm Springs. Choreographer Stephanie Eley, a stage veteran, is sharing her expertise with dancers from various studios across the valley and many College of the Desert students. Eley was in the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls and My One and Only, and performed in the national and international tours of A Chorus Line from 1977-1980. With dance number after dance number, this is sure to be a show not to be missed as PCT winds down its 20th Anniversary Season. (more...)
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN'S Mary Bridget Davies Brings Her One Woman Show To The Copa Palm Springs A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN'S Mary Bridget Davies Brings Her One Woman Show To The Copa Palm Springs
by David Green on March 21, 2017 in Phoenix

Tony-nominated singer MARY BRIDGET DAVIES' journey began in her hometown of Cleveland, OH in 2001 when she first started singing in local bands, and she hasn't slowed down since. The powerhouse rock and blues singer's love of music was instilled by her parents, who raised her on a healthy diet of the Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Joe Cocker and, naturally, Janis Joplin. (more...)