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To this generation, Elaine Stritch is probably best known for playing Alec Baldwin’s overbearing mother on “30 Rock.” Before she was Colleen Donaghy, however, Stritch already had quite the résumé. In a showbiz career that’s now spanned roughly seven decades, she’s done it all, from movies, to television, to radio, to cabaret. Stritch cemented herself as a performing legend on the Broadway stage, starring in countless plays and finally winning a Tony for her one-woman show back in 2002.
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler has a population of nearly 575 students, 18 of which are about to embark on the musical mastery of the famed show, “Godspell.”
Like a treasure hunter, Heather Ross, director of Knights at the Theatre (Arizona College Prep’s drama company), was on the hunt for a stand-out script, one that would surpass the usual high school plays — you know, “Grease,” “West Side Story,” “Footloose,” “Annie,” and the list goes on.
The East Valley’s own Desert Dance Theatre — founded in 1979 by four ASU Dance grads — presents The Genesis Dance Project this weekend. The live dance smorgasboard features emerging artists and professional companies, such as Movement Source Dance Co. (Saturday only), Step’s Junk Funk, and Yumi La Rosa Flamenco (Friday only), from all genres and styles of dance.
New Year’s Eve at Dave & Buster’s
The City of Mesa held a grand opening event on Dec. 4 for a new mixed-use development that will provide housing for low- to moderate-income families.
For any child who has ever loved a favorite toy, “The Velveteen Rabbit” gives a reason to believe in magic.
Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theatre company for children and their families, will host Tea Time with the Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday, Dec. 1, at Tempe Center for the Arts.
Arizona Theatre Company — the state’s premier professional theatre troupe — kicks off its 47th season with the romantic satire “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Oscar Wilde’s hilarious masterpiece takes audiences on a roller coaster ride of verbal banter, mistaken identities, and confused loved interests.
Matt Leisy as Algernon Moncrieff and Loren Dunn as John “Jack” Worthing in Arizona Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
There’s a new place to catch live comedies and dramas in Mesa, and it’s backed by the city’s oldest community theatre company.
Before there was Katniss Everdeen, there was Maid Marian. Join Marian and Robin in Sherwood Forest in an adventurous, updated staging of “Robin Hood,” put on by Childsplay, Arizona’s award-winning professional theatre company for families.
Copperstar Repertory Company, a local performing arts nonprofit, is reaching out to the greater East Valley this season as it opens a new studio in Chandler and begin performances at the Mesa Arts Center and the Tempe Center for the Arts.
In celebration of the release of Disney’s animated feature film “Planes,” Gilbert family fun center FlipSide is hosting an aviation extravaganza.
A free all-day workshop for women in Phoenix this Saturday, May 18, aims to offer a way to “unlock one’s true potential as a catalyst for lasting love, stronger relationships and a greater sense of fulfillment,” says event promoter, Jan Hemming.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play, staged by Arizona Theatre Company, follows up on the events of “A Raisin in the Sun,” adding new levels of intricacy to the discussion of race and real estate in America.
Practically a childhood right of passage, “A Wrinkle in Time” is a book a lot of adults can credit with sparking a love for science fiction and fantasy — or at least introducing words like “mitochondria” and “tesseract” to their vocabulary. Whether you want to acquaint your own kids with the beloved story or just take a trip down memory lane, you can see the stage adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s 1963 Newbery Medal-winning book in Tempe.
The same local dance company that takes audiences deep into vampire territory each autumn with its acclaimed "A Vampire Tale" is going into uncharted waters.
Start marking your calendars with all the shows you plan to see this season. Arizona Theatre Company has announced its 2013-2014 lineup.
Director’s Choice: Ballet Arizona performs works by Alexei Ratmansky, Ib Andersen and a world premier by Alejandro Cerrudo of Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance Company.
David Green and Peter Van Norden in Arizona Theatre Company’s The Sunshine Boys [Tim Fuller]
“Born to Illegal Immigrants, Henry Cejudo Wins Gold for U.S.”
Arizona Theatre Company’s production portrays an imaginary 1939 meeting between Sigmund Freud, the famous atheist, and C.S. Lewis, the renown Christian apologist. They discuss God, love, sex and the meaning of existence.
The Binary Theatre Company at Arizona State University will be the place to see a new theater production, entitled “SparrowSong.”
It is a universally acknowledged truth that a Jane Austen story, with several film and television versions, must be in want of a musical re-write. At least Paul Gordon, the creative genius behind “Jane Austen’s Emma,” on stage through Jan. 20 at Herberger Center Theater, thinks so. His hilariously dazzling production, produced by Arizona Theatre Company, makes it difficult for Austen novices or fans to disagree.