It's A Musical Spring
For Arizona This Year
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
April 26, 2017 — May, considered the unofficial start of summer, is almost here. As more Phoenix-area denizens step out to enjoy the warmer weather, they can also step into air-conditioned venues and check out numerous entertainment options.
One coming up this Friday, April 28, is the musical Oliver! will be performed through May 21 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For showtimes and ticket prices, call 623-776-8400 or go to http://azbroadway.org/event/oliver/
Macbeth, the Shakespearean play which seems highly appropriate in the Trump era, will be presented through June 4 at Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Tickets are $22 or $28. To learn more, go to http://desertstages.org/show/macbeth-90
Using percussion in super-creative ways, STOMP will be staged through April 29 at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams, Phoenix. Showtimes and ticket prices vary; get more details at https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/?venue=1&_ga=1.139604723.1919670756
Cool climes and top-notch entertainment? Can anything be better?
Sunday, April 30
When your father was part of the greatest rock band of all time, becoming a musician seems a no-brainer: James McCartney (son of Paul) will perform at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Besides, his inheritance means he can play small venues his ENTIRE LIFE and still never become a waiter. McCartney is touring in support of his new album The Blackberry Train. Opening acts are Anna Rose and Tobie Milford. Tickets start at $15; get more details at http://www.valleybarphx.com/event/1395090-james-mccartney-phoenix/
Mesa’s International Jazz Festival will be held at the Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St. Featured performers are Nayo Jones, Dowell Davis, Marlo Abney, Ioannis Goudelis and Felix Sainz. April 30 is officially designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate jazz and the role it plays in uniting people around the world. To learn more, go to http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/international-jazz-festival
Monday, May 1
Georgia-born Jazz singer Lizz Wright will perform at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $48.50. For more details, to go http://mim.org/events/lizz-wright/
Tuesday, May 2
Pop punkers New Found Glory will perform at Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Trash Boat is the opening act; tickets are $24 to $28. To learn more, check out http://luckymanonline.com/events/new-found-glory-2/
The seventh annual Arts Education Showcase will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Highlights include live performances throughout the evening of spoken word, dance, jazz and theater; hands-on activities; and a live performance by the Detour Company Theatre. Admission is free. To learn more, go to https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
Thursday, May 4
A kick-off party will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Larsen Gallery, 3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale. An RSVP is required; send one to RSVP@larsengallery.com. Call 480-941-0900 for more information.
Veteran rockers REO Speedwagon, whose Keep On Loving You is an 1980s classic, will perform at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Paul Gurvitz & The New Army is the opening act. To learn more or buy tickets, go to https://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1811
Peter and the Starcatcher, a musical play offering a twist on the Peter Pan story, will be held through May 14 at Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. To learn more, go to http://greasepaint.org/index.php/our-season/starcatcher
The Weeks will play at the Pub Rock Live, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale. The band’s latest album is Easy. The Lonely Biscuits, Luxxe and New Chums will be the opening acts. Tickets start at $9. For more information, go to http://www.pubrocklive.com/event/1421026-weeks-scottsdale/
Saturday, May 6
Chris Rock is bringing his Total Blackout Tour to the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Showtimes are 7 and 10 p.m. (The show was originally set for February; those with tickets to that show will receive a $20 food and beverage voucher.) To learn more, go to http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=19005182CE1843B1&offerid=43131
Popular progressive talk-radio host Stephanie Miller -- whose father William Miller was Barry Goldwater‘s running mate in the 1964 presidential election -- is performing her Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour at 8 p.m. at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. She’ll be accompanied by comedians John Fugelsang and Fangela. Tickets start at $53; for more details, go to http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/stephanie-millers-sexy-liberal-resistance-tour-2/
Monday, May 8
Blues artists Sugar Thieves Duo will perform at 8 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Admission is free; go to for more information http://www.crescentphx.com/event/1470086-sugar-thieves-duo-phoenix/
Tuesday, May 9
Offering sneak previews of new independent and foreign films, Talk Cinema will be held at 7 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission is $17; the selected film is Moscow Never Sleeps. Learn more at
Wednesday, May 10
Open Minds/Open Mic will be held at 6 p.m. at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. This event’s theme is “For Teens By Teens.” Admission is free; coffee and snacks will be served. Get more details at http://www.phxart.org/event/764e0fff-6af4-747b-7e3d-08aa603d9534
Beehive, a musical tribute to the 1960s, will be presented through June 4 at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. For showtimes, ticket prices or other information, go to http://www.phoenixtheatre.com/events/beehive or call 602-254-2151.
Thursday, May 11
Holmes and Watson, Jeffrey Hatcher’s play based on England’s two greatest sleuths, will be held held through May 28 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Learn more or buy tickets at http://www.arizonatheatre.org/show/holmes-and-watson/
Named for one of the greatest choreographers in history, All Balanchine will be held through May 14 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. To purchase tickets or learn more, call 602-381-1096 or check out http://balletaz.org/performance/all-balanchine-2017/
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