Tuesday, June 25, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE: June 24-June 30

KINKY BOOTS - The Phoenix Theatre Company - August 28 – October 13, 2019


Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Miramax motion picture written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth

Mainstage Theatre

Things look grim for Charlie Price’s shoe factory, until he meets Lola, cabaret performer and drag queen, whose daring ideas might just turn the failing business around. Together, they hatch a plan to save the company and give intolerance the boot! Based on a true story, this Tony Award® winner for best play boasts music by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein.

Tickets on sale July 17, 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 2:00p
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 2:00p
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:30p
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 2:00p
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 7:30p
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 2:00p
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 2:00p
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 2:00p
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 2:00p

CLICK HERE for more information, to order season tickets, and to purchase single tickets, when available

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME - The Phoenix Theatre Company - October 9-November 10, 2019


adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon

Hormel Theatre

Wrongly accused of murdering his neighbor’s dog, 15-year-old math prodigy Christopher Boone takes matters into his own hands to find the killer. When the investigation takes a personal turn, Christopher must leave the safety of his hometown to discover the truth about the murder, and about himself. Told through a stunning mix of multimedia effects and boundary-pushing staging, this five-time Tony Award® winner (including best play) is theatre at its most innovative and human.

Tickets on sale July 31, 2019.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 8:00p
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 8:00p
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 8:00p
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 3:00p
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:00p
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 3:00p
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 8:00p
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 8:00p
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 8:00p
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 3:00p
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:00p
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 3:00p
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 8:00p
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 8:00p
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 8:00p
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00p
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 3:00p
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 8:00p
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:00p
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 730p
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 8:00p
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8:00p
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 8:00p
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 3:00p
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 8:00p
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 3:00p

CLICK HERE for more information, to order season tickets, and to purchase single tickets, when available

THE SOUND OF MUSIC - The Phoenix Theatre Company - November 13-December 29, 2019


Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II;
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Based on Maria von Trapp's "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers"

Mainstage Theatre

Just in time for the holidays, wrap yourself up in the musical that has inspired and delighted generations. Rodgers and Hammerstein's romantic epic overflows with the indomitable spirit of survival—and includes some of the most iconic songs of all time. Warm, funny, and inspiring, The Sound of Music reminds us all of the sustaining power of family.

Tickets on sale August 22, 2019.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00p
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 2:00p
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 7:30p
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, November 29, 2019 - 2:00p
Friday, November 29, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 2:00p
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 7:30p
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 2:00p
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 7:30p
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 2:00p
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 7:30p
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 7:30p
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 2:00p
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 7:30p
Monday, December 23, 2019 - 7:30p
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 2:00p
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 7:30p
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 2:00p
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 7:30p
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 2:00p
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 7:30p
Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 2:00p

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - The Phoenix Theatre Company - December 18, 2019-February 16, 2020


Hormel Theatre

Go behind the music to that December day in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis cut a record together at Sun Records Studios in Memphis. Half stage play and half foot-stomping live show, Million Dollar Quartet puts you right where the action is, as these four legends clash, jockey, and gel into one of the finest musical acts ever recorded.

Tickets on sale September 25, 2019.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 8:00p
Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 8:00p
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:00p
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 3:00p
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 8:00p
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 3:00p
Monday, December 23, 2019 - 8:00p
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 3:00p
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 8:00p
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 3:00p
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 8:00p
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 3:00p
Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 8:00p
Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 3:00p
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 3:00p
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 3:00p
Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, January 3, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 3:00p
Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 730
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, January 10, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 3:00p

AMERICANO! - The Phoenix Theatre Company - January 29-February 23, 2020


World Premiere

Mainstage Theatre

This true story world premiere musical follows Tony, the child of immigrants who discovers his undocumented status when he tries to enlist in the Marines. With his lifelong dream of serving in the military vanishing quickly, Tony must confront his family, his heritage, and a deeply divided country. With a sumptuous original score of new songs, Americano! casts a deeply human light on what it means to be a Dreamer.

Tickets on sale October 16, 2019.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 2:00p
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 2:00p
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7:30p
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 2:00p
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 2:00p

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM - The Phoenix Theatre Company - February 26-April 12, 2020


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine


Go deep into the catalog of one of the defining voices of American musical theatre and celebrate Stephen Sondheim at his best. With a set list combining both familiar favorites—including West Side Story, Follies and Sweeney Todd—and hidden gems, immerse yourself in Sondheim’s unparalleled work, including filmed commentary from the man himself!

Tickets on sale December 2, 2019.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:00p
Thursday, February 27, 2020 8:00p
Friday, February 28, 2020 8:00p
Saturday, February 29, 2020 3:00p
Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:00p
Sunday, March 1, 2020 3:00p
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 8:00p
Thursday, March 5, 2020 8:00p
Friday, March 6, 2020 8:00p
Saturday, March 7, 2020 3:00p
Saturday, March 7, 2020 8:00p
Sunday, March 8, 2020 3:00p
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 8:00p
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:00p
Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:00p
Friday, March 13, 2020 8:00p
Saturday, March 14, 2020 3:00p
Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:00p
Sunday, March 15, 2020 3:00p
Sunday, March 15, 2020 730p
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:00p
Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:00p
Friday, March 20, 2020 8:00p
Saturday, March 21, 2020 3:00p
Saturday, March 21, 2020 8:00p
Sunday, March 22, 2020 3:00p
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:00p
Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:00p
Friday, March 27, 2020 8:00p
Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:00p
Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:00p
Sunday, March 29, 2020 3:00p
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 8:00p
Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:00p
Friday, April 3, 2020 8:00p
Saturday, April 4, 2020 3:00p
Saturday, April 4, 2020 8:00p
Sunday, April 5, 2020 3:00p
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 8:00p
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:00p
Thursday, April 9, 2020 8:00p
Friday, April 10, 2020 8:00p
Saturday, April 11, 2020 3:00p
Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:00p

CLICK HERE for more information, to order season tickets, and to purchase single tickets, when available

FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN THEATRE - The Phoenix Theatre Company - February 28- March 15, 2020


It all starts here… Get a rare glimpse at the next generation of Broadway talent as artists, directors, and producers come together to discover a fresh batch of new musicals and plays! Selected from some of the world’s best theatre talent, this exciting mix of cutting-edge new plays, musicals, and cabaret, brings you closer than ever to the heart of what makes theatre great.

Tickets on sale December 26, 2019.

CLICK HERE for more information, to order season tickets, and to purchase single tickets, when available

SOMETHING ROTTEN! - The Phoenix Theatre Company - March 18-April 19, 2020


Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick & John O'Farrell

Mainstage Theatre

Not content to let William Shakespeare get all the attention, the conniving but clueless Bottom brothers hatch a plan to cook up the next big stage hit. After an ill-advised trip to see Nostradamus’s food-obsessed nephew, they risk everything to produce what they believe will be the show of the future: the musical! Combining everything you love about Broadway—big dance numbers, bold costumes, and eye-rolling off-stage antics—Something Rotten! is the musical extravaganza you didn’t know you needed!

Tickets on sale December 2, 2019.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 2:00p
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 2:00p
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 7:30p
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 2:00p
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 7:30p
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 7:30p
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 2:00p

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW - The Phoenix Theatre Company - April 15-June 7, 2020


Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien

Give yourself over to the absolute pleasure of this beautifully twisted rock musical masterpiece. Dynamic tension is on the menu as naive new fiancees Brad and Janet discover a world where nothing is taboo. Awaken your inner creature of the night and explore your most sensational, interplanetary fantasies with Rocky, Eddie, Dr. Scott, Columbia, Magenta, Riff Raff and, of course, Frank-N-Furter. Brad and Janet will never be the same again, and with any luck, neither will we!

Tickets on sale February 5, 2020.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 3:00p
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 8:00p
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, May 1, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 3:00p
Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 730p
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, May 8, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, May 15, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, May 29, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 3:00p
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 8:00p
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 8:00p
Friday, June 5, 2020 - 8:00p
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 3:00p
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 8:00p
Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 3:00p

HAIR - The Phoenix Theatre Company - May 20-June 28, 2020


Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
May 20 – June 28, 2020

Mainstage Theatre

Inspired by a real life “happening” in Central Park, one of the most daring musicals of all time illuminates life in the shadow of the Vietnam War. Faced with the draft, a “tribe” of hippies must come to terms with the reality of a country at war. It’s a thrilling monument to the sexual revolution, complete with some of the era's biggest hits. Tune in and space out, and you’ll discover a show as fresh and resonant as ever.

Tickets on sale February 26, 2020.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 2:00p
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, May 29, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 2:00p
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 7:30p
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, June 5, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 2:00p
Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 7:30p
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 2:00p
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, June 19, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 2:00p
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 7:30p
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:30p
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 7:30p
Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 2:00p
Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 7:30p
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 2:00p

review - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Arizona Regional Theatre

Isaac Wesley Wilson, Scott Davidson, and Lauren Hardcastle
photo by Carly Weekley
by Carolyn Thomas

Little Shop of Horrors is a cult classic musical fun for both audiences to watch and casts to perform, but it brings with it the challenge of living up to fan expectations while still bringing something new to the table. Arizona Regional Theatre's production manages to do both with flair. ART's Little Shop takes chances, but never strays too far from the lovable elements fans will expect.

Originally a low-budget movie in 1960, then an Off-Broadway musical in the early 1980s and eventually a 1986 musical movie starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene, Little Shop of Horrors' following has only grown over the years. With a score by Alan Menken (which is enough of a selling point to get me to see anything really) and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, who both went on to write and compose for Disney movies in the future, Little Shop withstands the test of time about as well as any Disney classic.

The story follows a down-on-his-luck flower clerk, Seymour, who stumbled upon a strange and interesting plant he affectionately dubs Audrey II, named after his vampy, sweet-hearted coworker Audrey. Seymour struggles to keep Audrey II alive, until he discovers the secret ingredient the plant craves most: human blood. For those only familiar with the movie, be advised that the stage musical has a different ending (which I personally prefer over the movie's).

ART's Little Shop of Horrors excels in many ways, and even manages to surprise those that know it by heart (like yours truly). The only real weakness of the production is the tendency to do a little too much, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. The full ensemble's initial "Skid Row" is goosebump-inducing in the best way, and is easily the most successful number in the entire show. The musical direction, staging, direction, and performances in this particular number are the best I've seen in any Little Shop production. The tenants of Skid Row become the real heart of the song, each of their longings and hopes take center stage all together, not just as background characters to Audrey and Seymour. In contrast, Audrey's "Somewhere That's Green", one of the more iconic songs in the show that's beautifully sung by Lauren Hardcastle,  is typically a star in it's own right. The full effect is sadly lost in this production due to a distracting flurry of movement from other characters and unnecessary props. What is typically a lovely daydream of a ballad becomes a miniature parade, and we lose our connection with Audrey. Bold choices are commendable, but this is one instance where the ingenuity doesn't quite pay off.

Isaac Wesley Wilson plays the plucky Seymour with an honesty that makes him wholly relatable from the get-go. He takes the audience on a journey with him from start to finish, and boasts an impressive vocal range along the way. Hardcastle's Audrey is just the right amount of mousy, vampy, and lovable, though (perhaps due to direction) her behavior around Orin Scrivello (D.D.S.) paints her more like a shy stranger than a battered girlfriend. Her lovely voice and doe-eyed optimism make her a sure audience favorite. Scott Davidson reprises his role as Seymour's boss, Mushnik, which he also played in a production with The Phoenix Theatre Company roughly a year ago. He brings fun and spirit to the role with vivid expressions and physical comedy, a treat and a perfect complement to Hardcastle and Wilson.

Nathan P. Alfred plays the incomparable Audrey II with exactly the amount of sinister sass to be expected from the man-eating plant. Jason Hammond plays Orin Scrivello (D.D.S.) with a style that is uniquely his own. Hammond's take on the demented dentist is a mixture of dorky sex appeal and cruel delight. The three urchins Savannah Alfred, Kiera Williams, and Jonice Bernard all work together well, but with her hilarious expressions and constant connection with the audience, Savannah Alfred as Crystal is a sure stand-out. Ensemble member Kyle Steven Webb shines each time he's given the chance, though there's not a weak link in the entire ensemble.

Director and Choreographer Kimberly Sheperd stages Little Shop with a unique focus on the people of Skid Row that truly breathes life into every street walker, passerby, and window-shopper. Some moments are far stronger than others ("Skid Row" vs. "Somewhere That's Green" being a prime example), but she gives the audience more of a connection with the ensemble than most productions do, and that truly sets this show apart. Sheperd's choreography is simple and well-suited to her performers. It's similar to what fans will expect, but has some personal touches. Music Director Lincoln Wright has a true success with "Skid Row" in particular, but Wright's wins don't end there. Managing the sound of an onstage band is no easy task, but Wright tackles the challenge so seamlessly that it's easy to forget the band is right there. There's just enough familiar foundation and just enough creative flair to truly showcase the catchy music of Little Shop for both new and old audiences.

Jerrad Stutzman deserves applause for his sound design, especially in tandem with Wright's musical direction and handling the task of using an onstage band without overpowering vocals. Jordan Daniels' lighting design plays with many familiar elements, primarily the use of saturated red lighting in more macabre moments, but overall the lighting isn't quite consistent. More than once, stars stand in dim light through several lines, though this could be attributed to a late cue or technical difficulties. Set design, also by Kimberly Sheperd, gives the stage versatility and easy transitions while perfectly showing off the flavor of Skid Row in every detail. Kayla Etheridge's costumes tell as much of a story as the music, each suiting their character quite perfectly with a sense of fun that's certainly not lost on the audience. A cleverly bedazzled dentist jacket and smart onstage quick changes are just some of the highlights audiences can expect from this production. Sheperd and Etheridge both also produced props that blend in perfectly with the other design elements.

With only minor critiques, it's safe to say that ART's Little Shop of Horrors hits all the right notes. The performance of "Skid Row" alone is enough to justify buying a ticket.

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through June 30

audition notice - SEASON GENERAL AUDITIONS - Scottsdale Musical Theater Company - July 14 & 17



SMTC encourages all ethnicities to audition.

Audition Dates/Times:     Sunday July 14th:    Dance audition at 6:00pm
                                                                          Singing auditions start at 7:00pm

                                         Wednesday July 17th:  Dance audition at 7:00pm
                                                                              Singing auditions start at 8:00pm
                                                                   

Location:                           Tempe Center for the Arts
                                           on the Main Stage
                                          700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
                                          (park in the temporary lot off of Hardy/Rio Salado Pkwy)

To schedule an audition time slot, please email auditions@scottsdalemusicaltheater.com or call (602) 909-4215. Everyone auditioning, including for ensemble roles, needs to reserve a singing time slot. To be considered for ensemble roles, you must attend the dance call.

Auditions will take place on the stage inside TCA's main 600 seat theater. Enter the main lobby and check in at the table set up for our auditions. You will be directed into the theater by SMTC staff.

2019-20 Season Schedule:          Man of La Mancha - September 26 thru October 6, 2019
                                                            (Guest star - Peter Scolari as Don Quixote)

                                                    A Christmas Carol - December 12 thru December 22, 2019
                                                           (Guest star - Charles Shaughnessy as Scrooge)

                                                    Sweeney Todd - April 16 thru April 26, 2020
                                                           (Guest stars - To be Announced)

                                                           The Music Man - July 9 thru July 19, 2020
                                                           (Guest star - To be Announced)

Please note that these Season General Auditions are for all four shows in our 2019/2020 season but they will be the only audition for Man of La Mancha. We will hold additional auditions for all other productions on an as needed basis. If we find everything we're looking for at these auditions for all of the shows this season (which is our goal) we will not have individual show auditions later during the season.

Pay:     There will be a $350 performance stipend provided for each production

Rehearsals start:           

Rehearsals for each production will start approximately 5-6 weeks prior to the opening performance date.


Audition Requirements:

Dance Call
As the dance call is first on both days, please arrive in enough time to warm up and be ready to dance. The dance call will start promplty at the times indicated. Please wear dance appropriate clothes and shoes. All females should wear character heels if possible. There will be a jazz routine and a tap routine taught at the dance call. If you do not tap, that is ok, the tapping will be for a specific number in A Christmas Carol.

Singing/Acting Call
Audition times must be reserved and will be assigned every 5 minutes. Please prepare two vocal selection of 32 bars or less. You will need to have sheet music in the proper key; an accompanist will be provided. Please have your sheet music ready and marked up so that we can keep the audition schedule running on time. No CDs or acapella singing will be allowed. You may also be asked to do a monologue not to exceed 1 minute, so please have one ready. If you are not asked to do a monologue is does not mean you are not being considered for any specific role. It just means we don't need to see a monologue from you at these generals.

THE PRECOG - B3 Productions - September 6-22, 2019


Directed and Written by Ilana Lydia
Stage Managed by Debra Moge
Produced by Ilana Lydia, Nathaniel J. Burns, and Virginia Senior

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Angela Gonzalez as The Entity
AuBrie Rose as Sarah Ivanna Clemmons
Christopher Allen as The Man
Megan Mattox as Katie Bach

Lighting Design by Randy Rice
Visual Design by Mim and Ric Alpers
Makeup and Hair Design by Angela Gonzalez
Film and trailer by Nathaniel J. Burns

The PreCog is a science fiction piece which was inspired by the life and works of Philip K. Dick, the writer behind Minority Report, Total Recall, Bladerunner, and The Man in the High Castle.  In this story, a genius-level physicist begins hearing a voice who tells her about the future.  She finds that the voice—the Entity—is not only right, but often indispensable, warning her of a murder attempt, an injury to her son, and when she would meet her true love.  As time progresses, her wife and son protest the Entity’s involvement in their lives.  The scenes will be performed in a random order each show, as determined by the audience at the beginning of the piece, in a nod to Philip K. Dick’s belief in Chance Theory.

The PreCog runs September 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st at 7:30 PM, with a special Industry Night catering to theater professional with $5 off tickets on Monday, September 9th, also at 7:30 PM.  There are three matinee performances, September 8th, 15th and 22nd at 2 PM. 

Shows are at Aside Theatre Company:  3508 N 7th Street, Suite 130B, Phoenix, Arizona 85014. 

Tickets are just $20, and can be found at asidetheatre.com.  Please note:  for any who would want to see the show multiple times to experience the differently ordered scenes, a special all-access pass can be purchased for $35.

2019 Young Playwright's Festival - Arizona Young Actors' Alliance - July 12, 2019


One Night Only! A night of comedy, drama, and jorts!

Come check out a night of short plays written by young playwrights' from around the Phoenix Metropolitan area. All work is also directed and performed by talented young artists from around Arizona.

Featuring original work by Ellen Napolitano, Aaron Brown, Joey Cavazos, Greyson Smith, Aubrey Hoffer, Mackenna Goodrich, Sarah Matin, Ethan Shanker, and Bryce Dilullo.

Please buy tickets online at https://azyoungactors.ticketleap.com/ayaa-play/

***Only Venmo @Mackenna-Goodrich and Cash will be accepted at the door day of show***

promo photos and ticket discount - THE WEDDING SINGER - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Pre-Opening sale! $17 tickets using code WEDDING!

Sale valid Monday June 24th-Thursday June 27

Get tickets at desertstages.org or by calling 480-483-1664





audition notice - BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON - Arizona Regional Theatre - July 1 & 2


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson follows America's seventh president from his early days as a child on the wild frontier to his controversial reign in the White House. With the country divided into rich and poor (and with continued skirmishes with the Native Americans upsetting pieces of the new world), Jackson begins his steady climb from military strategist to populist rabble-rouser to President of the United States. Along the way, he meets his wife, Rachel, takes on the Founding Fathers – and rocks like no political figure has ever rocked before, with the help of an onstage trio and an entourage of singing, joking cohorts. It also asks the question: is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he's really, really hot?

Auditions will take place on July 1 and July 2 from 6-10pm at the Phoenix Center for the Arts: 1202 N. 3rd Street Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Please come prepared with a 32-bar cutting of a song in the style of the show; headshot & resume; and completed audition form.

Performance dates are October 18-27, Friday & Saturday Evenings at 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday Matinee at 2:30 pm at 3rd Street Theater at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Roles:

Andrew Jackson: A roguish, man's president who is deeply charming, yet is also an extremely violent, arrogant, bigoted idiot that fights for what he believes in. Gender: Male; Age: 22 to 32

Martin Van Buren: Jackson's right hand man, a well-intentioned buffoon who is utterly lovable. Gender: Male; Age: 25 to 35

Rachel Jackson: Jackson's deeply religious and devoted wife who is strangely alluring. Gender: Female; Age: 25 to 35

The Storyteller: A good-natured, history-loving narrator that has not had much excitment in her life. Gender: Female; Age: 35 to 55

John C. Calhoun: A sinister, charming, and brilliant gentlemen senator from the South who is a vain mastermind. Gender: Male; Age: 25 to 35

Henry Clay: An over-the-top, vivacious, tall, cadaverous, and villainous senator. Gender: Male; Age: 28 to 36

James Monroe: Foppish and overwhelmed old-school President of the United States. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 40

John Quincy Adams: The former President's whiney, spoiled, and demanding son who really wants to be president. Gender: Male; Age: 22 to 32

Black Fox: Native American chief who is intelligent and somber with a hint of danger. Gender: Male; Age: 25 to 35

Male Soloist: Brooding, intense rocker with emotive indie rock voice. Gender: Male; Age: 18 to 18

Female Soloist: Self-confident, attractive singer with powerful, emotive indie rock voice. Dark, mysterious, hip vibe.  Gender: Female; Age: 20 to 30

Lyncoya: Adopted Native American son of Andrew Jackson who has a sweet disposition with a wild streak Gender: Male; Age: 5 to 8

CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up for an audition slot

Monday, June 24, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE: June 24-June 30

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