Monday, June 5, 2017

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' 2017 / 2018 Season!

Lightwire Theater Presents
Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Oct 21, 2017
11:00 am

A unique combination of art, theater and technology, Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for its signature brand of electroluminescent artistry, poignant storytelling and creative music scores. Each Lightwire production is a marvel of innovation, utilizing custom costumes made of glowing neon wire controlled by the performer in complete darkness.

An inspiring experience that will delight audiences of all ages, Lightwire’s Moon Mouse is a cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. Marvin the Mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled as a loser and a geek. As respite from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures and to be the hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril, and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves?


David Sedaris
Orpheum Theatre
Sat, Nov 18, 2017
8:00 pm

OFFSITE EVENT: Please note that this event takes place offsite at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate best-seller. Sedaris’ new book is a collection of his diaries titled Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977–2002). His next book is David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium (October 2017, Little, Brown and Company).

Sedaris’ essays have appeared in The New Yorker, and his original radio pieces have been heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ in Chicago. Among his many honors are the Thurber Prize for American Humor, Time’s “Humorist of the Year” and Grammy nominations for “Best Spoken Word” and “Best Comedy” albums.

Returning to the historic Orpheum Theatre by popular demand, Sedaris reads some of his latest works and answers questions from the audience, followed by a book signing.

The Capitol Steps

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Fri, Nov 24 - Sat, Nov 25, 2017
Fri, 8 pm | Sat 5 pm & 8 pm

Returning for their annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage to Scottsdale, The Capitol Steps plan to bring down the House … and Senate … with their unique blend of sharp political satire set to popular music. The irreverent D.C.-based troupe pokes fun at all sides of the issues, from left to right, with fresh, up-to-the-minute material inspired by the latest headlines, scandals and more. The Steps’ performances include songs from their latest album and possible “guest appearances” by many of your favorite (or least-favorite, as the case may be) celebrity politicians.


Sister’s Christmas Catechism
The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold
Starring Patti Hannon

Stage 2
Dec 8 - 17, 2017
Fri 8:00 pm | Sat 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm | Sun 2:00 pm

In an unusually jolly mood, Sister, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun, teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus? Using the latest forensic technology and her uncanny ability to detect guilt, Sister creates an unforgettable living Nativity with her students to expose the culprit.

Part of the Late Nite Catechism comedies, each performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

Late Nite Catechism
Starring Patti Hannon
Written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan

Stage 2
Jan 5 - Mar 23, 2018
Friday nights at 8:00 pm

Spontaneous, clever and outrageously fun, the record-breaking Late Nite Catechism has been running every season at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts since 2000! Ruling her classroom with a razor-sharp wit, Sister teaches her students – who happen to be the audience – everything she knows about sins and saints while doling out rewards and reprimands with lightning speed.

Each Late Nite performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.



Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part
Starring Patti Hannon
Written by Maripat Donovan With Marc Silvia

Stage 2
Jan 6 - Mar 24, 2018
Saturday nights at 8:00 pm

Arizona’s favorite ruler-wielding nun, Sister, is back in the habit! In this popular sequel to the Late Nite Catechism comedies, Sister offers up the latest dogma fresh off the Internet, some hilarious lessons about love and marriage, and her own outrageous version of The Newlywed Game.

Each Late Nite performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.


Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?®
You’re the Top: The Songs of Cole Porter

Thu, Jan 18, 2018
7:30 pm

Through his entertaining concert presentations, commentaries on NPR’s Performance Today and PBS NewsHour, books and CDs, Rob Kapilow brings the joy and wonder of classical music – and unravels some of its mysteries – to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Staggeringly wealthy, prodigiously gifted, yet with a shadow side the public knew little about, Cole Porter pushed the envelope of respectability and morality in the music and lyrics of his iconic songs like “You’re the Top,” “All Through the Night,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Night and Day” and “From This Moment On.” Join Rob Kapilow and singers for a thrilling exploration, examination and performance of the music and lyrics of one of Broadway’s greatest and most tragic geniuses.

“[Rob Kapilow] leaps into the void dividing music analysis from appreciation and fills it with exhilarating details and sensations.” – The New York Times


Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Kelli O’Hara
Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Jan 27, 2018
8:00 pm

Mark Cortale’s Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts series showcases some of Broadway’s brightest stars in the Center’s intimate Virginia G. Piper Theater. Hosted by multi-talented pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky, these cabaret-style concerts mix popular song with candid showbiz stories.

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I recently garnered her a Tony Award for “Best Leading Actress in a Musical.”

Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on SiriusXM Stars. He has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Ragtime, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, among many others.


Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?®
From "On the Town" to "West Side Story": The Theater Music of Leonard Bernstein

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
7:30 pm

Leonard Bernstein was perhaps the greatest musical polymath of the 20th century and managed to achieve staggering success in both the classical music world as well as on Broadway. In On the Town (“I Can Cook Too”), Wonderful Town (“A Little Bit in Love”) and West Side Story (“Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “Tonight”) Bernstein created three hit Broadway shows that opened new horizons and helped set a standard that redefined what was possible for musical theater. Join Rob Kapilow and singers for an illuminating evening of performance and discussion that looks at how a great classical composer transformed the world of the Broadway musical.

Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Megan Hilty
Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Feb 24, 2018
8:00 pm

Mark Cortale’s Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts series showcases some of Broadway’s brightest stars in the Center’s intimate Virginia G. Piper Theater. Hosted by multi-talented pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky, these cabaret-style concerts mix popular song with candid showbiz stories.

Actress and singer Megan Hilty has earned rave reviews for her performances spanning the stage, screen and concert hall. She is most recognizable for her portrayal of seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama Smash. Hilty made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked, starred as Lorelei Lee in the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and received high praise for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway’s 9 to 5: The Musical. She earned a Tony Award nomination for her role as Brooke Ashton in Noises Off. Hilty has released two albums and her solo concerts continue to sell out and receive critical acclaim, from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Kennedy Center.

Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on SiriusXM Stars. He has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Ragtime, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, among many others.


The TEN Tenors: Wish You Were Here

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Wed, Feb 28, 2018 – Thu, Mar 1, 2018
7:30 pm

The TEN Tenors are one of Australia’s most successful touring entertainment groups, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Celebrated for their wonderfully vast repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical tenors and composers, but also to contemporary music’s most popular artists.

Fresh off the success of their 20th Anniversary World Tour, The TEN Tenors return with their new show, Wish You Were Here, a celebration of musical legends lost before their time. In this heartfelt tribute, Australia’s “Vocal Wonder from Down Under” (Broadway World) takes you on a feel-good journey through some of the world’s greatest hits of all time, including some of the group’s own fan favorites: classic rock anthems, current chart toppers, even soaring arias of Verdi and other traditional favorites.

Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?®
Finishing the Hat: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Thu, Mar 15, 2018
7:30 pm

Only a handful of artists in the 20th century redefined their fields as completely as Stephen Sondheim redefined musical theater. Yet although nearly everyone would agree that Sondheim has been the most influential innovator of the musical of the last half century, both his basic temperament and compositional style are almost directly at odds with the Broadway musical itself, and as a result perhaps no great artist’s work has been more misunderstood than Sondheim’s. Join Rob Kapilow and singers for an evening of performance and discussion that takes you deeply inside some of the most extraordinary theater music ever written, including songs like “Send in the Clowns,” “Finishing the Hat,” “Too Many Mornings” and “Getting Married Today.”

Mark Cortale Presents
Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Special Guest to Be Announced
Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Mar 17, 2018
8:00 pm



Mark Cortale Presents
Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Special Guest to Be Announced
Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Apr 7, 2018
8:00 pm

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