Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last chance for charitable donations to your favorite theatres for 2014

With the unfortunate recent demise of Actors Theatre, it's so important that we all band together to support the arts in the Valley.
While most arts organizations are sending out last minute reminders about donations today, we want to touch upon a few that have fund raising drives going at full steam and who are expanding onto bigger horizons next year.

Stray Cat Theatre is planning a move to the Tempe Center for the Arts for their 2015-2016 season- click here for more info about how you can donate to support their move.

Desert Stages Theatre is also planning a move- from their current location into a brand new theatre space inside the Scottsdale Fashion Mall - click here to help support their move.

Nearly Naked Theatre is in the middle of their annual fund drive - click here to support their unique productions and to ensure they continue bringing them to theatregoers in town.

cast announcement GOD'S FAVORITE, Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

For more information on God's Favorite, that runs March 3 - April 3, just click here.

cast list for God's Favorite-

Tom Endicott as Joe
Cheryl Schaar as Rose
Ed Como as David
Kellie Dunlap as Sara
Jordan Davis as Ben
Frank Aaron as Morris
Corinne Hawkins as Mady
Gary Caswell as Sidney

photos - RENT - Spotlight Youth Theatre

Jeremy Yampolsky

Trey DeGroodt

Alex Acosta

Mariella DeAngelis

Photos: Robert Waller

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

1,000 Facebook Likes!

Thanks to all of you and the support of our wonderful sponsors and advertisers, PHX Stages just hit 1,000 Facebook "likes" and 8,000 page views in just five and a half weeks since the site officially launched!

I had this crazy idea back in early October to create a website that encompassed all of the great theatre in the Valley - from professional, to semi-professional, community theatre, children's theatre. concerts and even the Broadway themed shows at the Symphony - a "one stop shop" for everything theater in Phoenix - and have been overjoyed with the enthusiastic response the site has received.

While the site is mainly a labor of love I want to thank the theatre companies in town who realized the void that this site would fill and who came aboard not just as advertisers but as site sponsors.  I'm happy to report that while we list information for close to 30 theatre companies and arts organizations on the site for free, that, currently, 20 of those companies, seeing the value that our extremely low cost advertising provides, are full year advertisers and that the monthly "site sponsor" spots are sold out for the rest of the 2014-2015 season.  Without their sponsorship this site couldn't be possible.

But this site wouldn't be a success without you, the theatergoer.  You've not only given us some great feedback on the site, told us other theatre companies that we should list and have "liked" us on Facebook but you are the ones who are buying tickets and keeping the arts alive in the Valley.

So thank you, thank you, thank you

- Gil Benbrook

audition notice FIFTY SHADES OF FELT January 11

Fifty Shades of Felt
Compensation: Stipend Pay
Rehearsals Begin: 01/11/2015
Run Dates: 02/06/2015 – 03/01/2015
An all puppet spoof of the adult “erotica” Fifty Shades of Gray. Puppets will be performed like Avenue Q only actors will be wearing masks. This is a “remount” of last year’s hit show for Nearly Naked. This will be the first show All Puppet Players will produce for their new season in their new space at Playhouse on The Park at The Viad Corporate Center. NOTE: The shows closing weekend actually performs in Fullerton, California on March 1st. Lodging, food and travel will all be covered.

Character Breakdown

Looking for 3 actors who would play multiple characters. This is a chance to do something completely different. Looking for actors to train to be puppeteers. NO PUPPET EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

Additional Info

All Puppet Players have been hailed by The Arizona Republic as “The Best New Theater Company” last year. Our planned season included Fifty Shades, Puppet Wars (A Star Wars spoof) and The Exorcist Has No Legs. We have been nominated for AriZoni awards for script and supporting actors for Fifty Shades as well.

What To Prepare

Cold read from script. Please prepare a few character voices and plan on some light puppetry. We are looking for great actors who we can teach puppetry to. So please do not let the puppets scare you off. NO PUPPET EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

Call For Crew

House Manager
Deck Hand (x2)
Lighting and Sound Operator


Audition Details

Phoenix Theater Rehearsal Room B
100 E. McDowell Rd 
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Rehearsal room B is located behind Phoenix Theater’s black box space.
Appointment Contact
Audition Dates and Times:
01/04 @ 6:30pm
Callback Dates and Times:
01/06 @ 6:30pm
Primary Contact:
Shaun McNamara

Actors Theatre ticket exchange

From our friends at Actors Theatre:


          Actors Theatre will liquidate all assets and close its doors within the next 60 days.

Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Broadway Theatre, ChildsPlay, Phoenix Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre and Theater Works have agreed to let Actors Theatre patrons swap tickets.

            “We are very grateful on behalf of our patrons to these six theatre companies,” said Actors Theatre Producing Artistic Director Matthew Wiener.  “Knowing that they will be taken care of really does ease our minds.”

            To exchange tickets, Actors Theatre patrons should contact the respective theatre company box office:
• Arizona Theatre Company (, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix; (602) 256-6995
• Arizona Broadway Theatre (, 7701 West Paradise Lane, Peoria; (623) 7765-8400
• Childsplay (, 900 S. Mitchell Drive, Tempe; (480) 921-5700
• Phoenix Theatre (, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix; (602) 254-2151
• Stray Cat Theatre (, 132 E. 6th St., Tempe; (480) 227-1766
• Theater Works (, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria; (623) 815-7930.

            Actors Theatre productions canceled this season include AnnapurnaStage Kiss and The Year of Magical Thinking

            “We are incredibly proud of Actors Theatre’s legacy over nearly 30 years.” Wiener added.  “We know that many patrons left most of our productions affected by and talking about what they saw on stage.  Perhaps we will again see those or similar productions and the high professional quality of what went on both on and behind the stage.  In the meantime, and in spite our deep, deep sadness at this time, we do know that there are many great arts and cultural opportunities in the Valley.  Perhaps we will be part of them again sometime in the future.”

Welcome Spotlight Youth Theatre to PHX Stages!

Spotlight Youth Theatre is the latest addition to PHX Stages- all of their shows will be added to the site shortly.

Their production of Rent starts on January 16th.

Monday, December 29, 2014


Click on any show title to get more information on that production

And Click Here for a complete day by day calendar of what shows are playing.


Desert Stages Theatre
Nov. 7, 2014 - Jan. 11, 2015

Desert Stages Theatres' Cullity Unplugged, January 3rd

From our friends at Desert Stages Theatre:

Join us on Saturday January 3rd at 7:30pm for a special fundraising performance presented to you by current and former DST performers!
Live music, singing, dancing, and so much fun! 

Tickets are only $20! 
Call 480-483-1664 or purchase tickets online at

cast announced for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at The Palms

Cast announced for The Palms' Annie Get Your Gun - performances run January 14- February 14, click here for more information on this production.

Aimee Blau--Annie Oakley
Rob Watson--Frank Butler
David Simmons--Buffalo Bill
Sarah Hayes--Dolly Tate
Melissa Mitchell--Winnie
Jeff March--Wilson/Pawnee
Nick Gallardo--Tommy Keeler
Alex Gonzalez--Sitting Bull

Jori Mosier
Kira Gallindo
Jessica Webb
Heidi Lynn
Sarah Hollands
Destiny Walsh
Joel Duke
Kyle Braun
Carson Saline
Colin Ross

Sound Engineer needed for Nearly Naked Theatre's DEBBIE DOES DALLAS

Nearly Naked Theatre is looking for a Sound Engineer 2 or "B" for their upcoming production of DEBBIE DOES DALLAS.

Experience with running/mixing microphones. Contact Dee Phipps at the link below ASAP with resume or experience summary. This is a paid position.

Contact Dee Phipps on Facebook by clicking here.

photos YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP, Herberger Center Theatre

For more information on this production that runs until January 25th, click here.

photos of Michael Greer and Kate Dulcich in You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!

photos: Steve Carr


interviews with the stars of the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat coming to ASU/Gammage from Jan, 13- 18, 2015  (click here for more information)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP!, Herberger Theatre, December 26, 2014 - January 25

The national tour of the hilarious new show You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! will have its Arizona premiere at The Herberger Theater Center.

After 17 years of marriage, writers-actors-and real-life-married-couple Annabelle Gurwitch (Dinner and a Movie, Fired!) and Emmy Award winner Jeff Kahn (The Ben Stiller Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) have adapted their hilarious, often moving, memoir, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!, for the stage.  Directed by Van Kaplan, the show stars Robin Abramson and Gregory Johnstone who have been hailed for their roles in this play.

This 80-minute tour de force takes a humorous look at a relationship that seems challenged from the start by powerful, opposing personalities.   After trials and tribulations, they learn to navigate the conflicts that come with romance, money and children by embracing each other’s differences, taking on parenting as a competitive sport and dropping out of couple’s therapy. Their delightfully crazy lifestyle has managed to keep their relationship intact, up-ending every idea you ever had about living “happily ever after.” 

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!, is touring the country with stops in Boston, Phoenix, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The book was developed through sold-out performances at The Comedy Central Theatre and at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, and made its New York premiere at The New York Comedy Festival in 2009.

For up-to-date information, please visit

Tickets for You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!,  are $43-$53 and can be purchased at or at the Herberger Theater Center, (602) 254-7399 or

CANNOLI, LATKES & GUILT...THE THERAPY CONTINUES, Herberger Center Theatre, Feb. 4 - March 1, 2015

Steve Solomon’s newest collection of side-splitting stories, Cannoli, Latkes, and Guilt … The Therapy Continues, will have its Arizona premiere at The Herberger Theater Center.

Solomon’ newest show once again showcases his impressive comedic talent, inimitable story-telling ability and his funny and clever facility with words, accents and sounds. The show contains a lot of new material, as well as the very best of Solomon’s previous work which includes My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy; My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m STILL in Therapy; and his holiday show, and personal favorite, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish .... & I'm Home For the Holidays.
Solomon’s humor is universal, and universally loved. Enhanced by his talent for impersonation and his mastery of different dialects, he does approximately 20 different characters and voices in his shows.  His stories about his mixed-heritage Italian/Jewish family resonate with everyone, no matter what their ethnicity, and have delighted and entertained audiences for over 3200 performances.
And as Solomon will tell you himself – he’s politically incorrect:
“Of course I am! My entire family is politically incorrect; and that’s what helps make the shows so funny. The very fact that we can go out to the theatre and spend an evening laughing at ourselves—and the antics of others - without fear of repercussion helps make this the great country it is!”
Tickets for Cannoli, Latkes, and Guilt … The Therapy Continues are $43-$53 and can be purchased at or at the Herberger Theater Center, (602) 254-7399 or

For more information, visit or

Free preview of Arizona Theatre Company's MURDER FOR TWO Wed. Jan. 7th

Ian Lowe and Joe Kinosian Photo by Joan Marcus
From our friends at Arizona Theatre Company comes a cool way to check out their upcoming show Murder for Two:

 Looking for a fun, relaxing and entertaining way to wind down from a hard-days work?  Arizona Theatre Company may have the answer with Theatre in the Park at Zazu Pannee, 1502 E. Osborn Road, a free 30-minute performance of selections from the zany musical comedy whodunit, Murder for Two, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

            Theatre in the Park begins at 5:30 p.m. with a happy hour selection of wine, appetizers and soft drinks. The performance featuring composer Joe Kinsosian and his on-stage partner Ian Lowe begins at 6:30.

There is no charge for the performance, but reservations are preferred by calling Gary Edwards at (602) 509-0305. Street parking is adjacent to the United Way parking lot.

            Kinosian and Lowe will offer a laugh-out-loud glimpse of the musical comedy whodunit with the classic feel of a murder mystery and a contemporary homage to vintage comedy – with some cheeky references to murder mysteries that have come before thrown in.

Murder for Two channels composer Kinosian’s and lyricist Kellen Blair’s love for both Agatha Christie and the Marx Brothers into a zany 90-minute blend of classical musical comedy and madcap mystery with killer laughs and two performers playing 13 roles – and the piano.  The New York Times called Murder for Two “Ingenious! A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.”

Saturday, December 27, 2014

SPAMALOT - Paradise Valley Community College, June 19 - 28, 2015

Paradise Valley Community College's Summer musical is  Spamalot!

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?  The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

Performances on June 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th @ 7:30pm. June 21st and 28th @ 2:00pm.

$15 adults; $12 seniors/staff; $10 students/military; $8 children
*4 additional ticket fee at the door 1‐hour prior to performance.

Click here for tickets and additional information.

If you're interested in auditioning for the show they will be held on April 29th- May 2nd.

Call 602‐787‐6595 for information on auditions closer to the date.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Actor's Youth Theatre- Audition Workshop next Monday and Tuesday, December 29 & 30

Our friends at Actor's Youth Theatre have an Audition Techniques Workshop coming up next week for actors ages 8-18.  This is a perfect way to get some insider tips from the pros!

Click here for more information and to register

On the 2nd day of the workshop, Lisa Webb, with Southwest Shots Photography, will offer 15 minute slots at $10 each for a mini headshot session.  Each participant will be able to choose one headshot photo from the session, which Lisa will edit with Photoshop to professional perfection.  An email of the full resolution file will be sent to each student.  This is an excellent way to update your headshot at a great price!

After Christmas Ticket offer on FIVE PRESIDENTS and ROMEO AND JULIET at Arizona Theatre Company

From our friends at Arizona Theatre Company:

Congratulations! You made it through the holidays, and you deserve a reward!

Use promo code '2015' to get 60% OFF tickets to FIVE PRESIDENTS and ROMEO AND JULIET during our Post-Holiday Sale! Tickets must be purchased online before December 31, so don't miss out!

Offer ends December 31st at midnight

Brelby Theatre's ingenious "Show Go" monthly discount ticket plan - discounted price ends soon

Brelby Theatre Company has come up with an ingenious new idea for ticket pricing.  Their "Show Go" plan gives you unlimited access to every Brelby performance for a very small price.  They are calling it "Netflix for live theatre."

Your "Show Go" subscription allows you unlimited access to every Brelby performance - from their studio shows, musicals and plays to their readings, cabarets and improv shows.  At just $10 a month it's really a no brainer as to how smart of a deal it is.

And, better yet, they are offering a discounted introductory savings of $2 off, but there are only a few days left to sign up for "Show Go" at the discounted price of just $8 a month.

Click here for more info and to order your Brelby "Show Go" subscription.

photos - LOMBARDI - Desert Stages Theatre

Photo credit:  Wade Moran

Vince Lombardi:  Timothy Pittman
Michael McCormick:  Chase Reynolds
Marie Lombardi:  Lizz Reeves Fidler

Welcome Fountain Hills Theater to PHX Stages!

We'd like to welcome Fountain Hills Theater to PHX Stages.

All of their show details will be added to our site and their performance dates added to our "What's Playing?" calendar.  We'll also include their audition info, show photos and reviews.

There are a few other additional theatre companies that we will also be adding to the site in the next few weeks as well as we strive to be your one stop shop for everything theatre in the Valley!

audition notice YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Fountain Hills Theater, Jan. 3 & 4

From our friends at Fountain Hills Theater and Durant Communications -

Production Details
Director: Peter J. Hill
Music Director: Flora Mogerman
Choreographer: Noel Irick
Compensation: No Pay
Rehearsals Begin: Jan. 5
Performance Dates: Feb. 13- March 1


It’s Alive! Based on the 1974 Mel Brooks’ hit comedy of the same name, Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment. Young Dr. Frederick Frankenstein attempts to complete his Grandfather’s work and bring a corpse to life. Together with his hunchbacked helper, his curvaceous lab assistant and his self- involved, madcap fiancée, Frankenstein succeeds, but not without scary and often hilarious complications. This wickedly inspired, sometimes bawdy musical as such

Character Breakdown

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein – Male, age 20s/30s. Brilliant brain surgeon, professor and grandson of mad scientist Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein. Vocal range: Bb one octave below middle C to G above middle C.
The Monster – Male, age indeterminate. Played by a bigger man – the bigger the better. The misunderstood creation of Dr. Frankenstein. Vocal range: Ab one octave below middle C to F above middle C. Also must be able to emit howling/monster/grunting sounds. Knowledge of tap dancing a plus.
Igor – Male, age 20s/30s. Frederick’s faithful, bright-eyed, eager servant and friend–with a hunchback. Vocal range: D below middle C to F above middle C.
Inga – Female, age 20s. Frederick’s bubbly, not-so-bright young assistant. Sexy, attractive. A resident of Transylvania. Vocal range: G# below middle C to A above the treble staff. Yodeling is a plus.
Elizabeth Benning – Female, age 20s/30s. Self-loving, “madcap”, boisterous fiancé of Frederick. Vocal range: F# below middle C to F#, top line of the treble staff.
Frau Blücher (whinney..!) – Female. Intense, stern housekeeper of Frankenstein estate. Former lover of Victor Frankenstein. Vocal range: F## (G natural) below middle C to B, third line treble staff.
Inspector Hans Kemp – Male, age 40s/50s. Head of the police in Transylvania, with a wooden arm and leg. Justice-driven. A one octave below middle C to F above middle C. Will possibly double as the Blind Hermit – Lonely, poor, blind town hermit longing for a friend. Vocal range: Bb one octave below middle C to Db just above middle C.
Ensemble cast, 6 male and 6 female, with plenty of featured roles, lot of juicy lines and singing, including a barbershop quartet. We are looking for people with strong dance/movement training. This group will portray gravediggers, villagers, medical students, passengers, mad scientists and various supporting roles, including:
Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein – Male, age 40s/50s. Frederick’s infamous grandfather. Vocal range: C# below middle C to G# above middle C.
Ziggy – Male, age 30s. Well-intentioned village idiot. Vocal range: F below middle C to F above middle C.

Additional Info

Fountain Hills is proud of the high quality theater produced in their tiny space. We are always open to ‘new blood’ and invite everyone to auditions for this hilarious musical.

What To Prepare

Auditioners are asked to prepare 16 – 32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice. An accompanist is provided. Please provide sheet music in the correct key. No pre-recorded music, please. Dress to move for the dance audition. Please bring resume and headshot if possible. Callbacks will follow the Sunday auditions and will consist of singing from the show and additional dancing.
Please dress to move.
Appointment Contact
Audition Dates and Times:
Saturday, Jan 3, 2015 beginning at 1:00pm or Sunday, Jan 4, 2015 beginning at 6:00pm.
Callback Dates and Times:
Callback is required will follow the Sunday, Jan 4th auditions at approximately 8:00pm
Primary Contact:
Allison Hacker

auditions FOLLIES Theater Works, January 5

From our friends at Theater Works and Durant Communications:
Audition notice for a few additional roles in Theater Works' upcoming production of Follies:
Compensation: Stipend Pay
Rehearsals Begin: 01/06/2015
Run Dates: 02/20/2015 – 03/15/2015
On the surface, FOLLIES is about a reunion of retired performers, meeting up one last time in their old crumbling theater, the night before it is to be torn down. But on closer examination, Follies is a surreal, heart-wrenching examination of a life in the theater and “the road you didn’t take.” Our goal is to make this production a celebration of some of the great actors and actresses who have been lighting up valley stages for decades.

Character Breakdown

SANDRA Age 45-60
A former showgirl who has come back to the theater she used to perform in for the first time in 30 years. While this is a not a lead role, she is featured in several songs like Who’s That Woman and Beautiful Girls. The actress we cast will also understudy several of the larger roles.
We are looking for two strong singer/dancers. One of the men we cast will also play the role of Kevin, the waiter Phyllis has a brief fling with in Act 2.

What To Prepare

Please prepare two contrasting songs (one up tempo and one ballad) from the classic Broadway repertoire. Please limit each selection to 32 bars.
Theater Works/Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
8355 W. Peoria Ave. 
Peoria, Arizona 85345-6508
Appointment Contact
Audition Dates and Times:
January 5 @ 7 – 9 pm
Callback Dates and Times:

Arizona Women's Theatre Company's 8th Annual Pandora Festival of New Works

From our friends at the Arizona Women's Theatre Company -

Arizona Women's Theatre Company's 2014-2015 season welcomes 14 new works

There will be 3 evening and 1 matinee events to showcase these exciting scripts. Several of the chosen playwrights are new to AZWTC and we are delighted to present their works as well as our returning playwrights' plays.
The order of the presentations are as follows.

    Thursday January 29 — at 8:00Pm

  • VEGETAL SALVAJE by Bernadette LaMazza
  • MINUTE DECISIONS by Hira Ismail
  • THE INTERVIEW by Mary Caroline Rodgers

Friday January 30 — at 8:00pm

  • PUHIZA & TOKA by Rina Hajra
  • MAKING ADJUSTMENTS by Pam Burris & Leslie Powell
  • FUNERAL FOR US by Vanessa Cazarez
  • JUDGING THE COVER by Robin Kramme
  • MONSTERS by Kristy Westphal

Saturday January 31 — at 8:00pm

  • ALL THAT MATTERS by Hira Ismail
  • DISCONNECT by Christine Charlson
  • ZSA ZSA & JEAN by Jane Donnelly-Crickshank
  • THE SOURCE -S. Michele McFadden
  • LET'S EAT PANCAKES by Lori L. Hicks

Sunday February 1 — at 2:00pm

  • 100 ROOMS, a musical by Jamie E. Maletz
At the conclusion of each event, there will be a Talk Back for the audience and the playwrights.

AZWTC is once again proud to bring these selected and judged works of theater for your viewing pleasure.

Performances at the Phoenix Center for the Arts (Third Street Theatre)
1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix

Thursday, December 25, 2014

ticket offer THE PRODUCERS Scottsdale Musical Theater Company

From our friends at Scottsdale Musical Theater Company -

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER: Starting today thru tomorrow night ending at 6pm, Scottsdale Musical Theater Company is offering our followers a special $25 orchestra section ticket to THE PRODUCERS at Tempe Center for the Arts. 
Performances are Jan. 2 @ 7:30pm, Jan. 3 at 2pm & 7:30pm; and Jan. 5 at 7:30pm. To reserve your tickets, email us at and advise which performance you would like to attend. Include your name and a contact phone number andwe'll call you back to confirm and arrange payment. All seats are reserved seating at TCA.
SMTC wanted to extend this offer as a thank you to all of you who follow and support the work we do.
Merry Christmas,
David Hock
Executive Producer
Scottsdale Musical Theater Company

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ticket offer Childsplay Flex Pass


Designed for families who want to guarantee more family time together, Childsplay's Flex Ticket Packages are the best way to get the prime seats to Childsplay shows at SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED prices! Just order a minimum of 6 tickets and then redeem whenever and for whichever performances you would like in the 2014-2015 season! 

Just $18 each (normally $20-$25!)

Buy 20 tickets and receive 2 additional tickets FREE!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ticket offer MARY POPPINS, Phoenix Theatre

Mary Poppins has been extended through January 4th.
Now you can get TWO tickets for $99 for ANY seat in the house! A savings up to 40%! 
Offer valid for all January performances.*

*Offer expires 12/30. Promo code HAPPYNEWYEAR