Musical Hedwig Will
Offer A Glam Old Time
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 13, 2017 — It might not seem that the botched sex change operation of a hapless East German boy would become inspiration for an incredibly popular, gender-bending Broadway musical, but Hedwig and the Angry Inch is just that.
When it first debuted off Broadway in 1998, critics praised the performance of John Cameron Mitchell, and the production won an Obie award.
It later went to London’s West End and was made into a cult film, also starring Mitchell. The show has been staged in theaters around the world.
By 2014, Hedwig was on Broadway, and won Tony Awards for best revival of a musical, its lead (Neil Patrick Harris) and lead actress (Lena Hall).
Now, it will be staged -- from Sept. 20 through Nov. 12 -- at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. (The show’s material is not considered child-friendly.) There will also be a live “Pre-show Punk!” concert “featuring moshing mashups and head banging hits.” For ticket prices or other information, check out http://www.phoenixtheatre.com/
Thursday, Sept. 14
Wordplay Cafe: Seven Deadly Sins begins at 6 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. The open mic event is a platform for aspiring musicians, storytellers and poets. To learn more, go to http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
Sunday, Sept. 17
Named one of The New York Times’ “12 Notable Acts” at SXSW 2017, the U.K. jazz trio GoGo Penguin will perform in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. For further info, go to https://mim.org/ or call 480-478-6000.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Chilean singer Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna will take the stage at 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. She is described as exuding “a unique stage presence that conjures up both sweetness and empowerment, with song lyrics focused on distinctly positive messages of feminism, anti-violence, and cultural heritage.” Tickets start at $35.50. To find out more, go to https://mim.org/events/pascuala-ilabaca-y-fauna/
Thursday, Sept. 21
Her career has had its highs and lows, but Janet Jackson still tracks like a star. The pop diva will bring her State of The World Tour to Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and ticket prices vary. For more details, go to http://www.talkingstickresortarena.com/events/detail/janet-jackson
Sept. 22 to 30
Dance fans can take advantage of free Ballet Under the Stars events, courtesy of Ballet Arizona, in places like Sun City West, Fountain Hills and the Tempe Center for the Arts. Works by legendary choreographers like George Balanchine will be featured. For more details, go to http://balletaz.org/community-outreach/ballet-under-the-stars/
Friday, Sept. 22
Best known for the 1994 hit Possum Kingdom, the Toadies will perform at 8:30 p.m. at The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Tickets range from $25 to $35. Learn more at http://www.crescentphx.com/event/1508112-toadies-phoenix/
What happens when you combine the groundbreaking genius of Pink Floyd with hippie legends the Grateful Dead? Dead Floyd, a mash-up of both bands, is the answer. The band will perform at 9 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Tickets range from $10 to $12. To learn more, check out http://www.lastexitlive.com/event/1530679-dead-floyd-evening-phoenix
The originators may no longer be with us, but, Frank, Sammy, Dean, Joey and the others live on in The Rat Pack is Back! as played by the Phoenix Symphony, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, through Sept. 24 in the Symphony Hall. The event also kicks off the APS Pops Series. To learn more, go to http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10203
Twenty years ago, Ben Folds hit the charts with Brick, and continues to make music. He’ll perform at 8 p.m. at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Get more details at http://luckymanonline.com/events/
Saturday, Sept. 23
Need a laugh these days? Impractical Jokers Live! might do the trick. They’ll perform at the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The Tenderloins (who are also the Jokers) will serve as the opening act. Parental discretion is advised. For ticket info or other details, check out http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=19005270BC403827&offerid=44199
Relentless Beats is presenting the Global Dance Festival starting at 5 p.m. at the Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W North Loop Rd., Chandler. The artist lineup includes Flosstradamus, Showtek, Yellow Claw, Gareth Emery, Slander, SNBRN, Dabin and Said the Sky. The event is open to those 18 and older; tickets start at $55. To learn more, go to http://relentlessbeats.com/events/global-dance-festival-arizona-2017-rawhide-event-center-092317/
Sunday, Sept. 24
The Arizona Blues Showdown Final Rounds will be held starting at noon at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The winner will go on to compete in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee. Admission is $8. Learn more at http://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1436112-arizona-blues-showdown-final-phoenix/
Wednesday, Sept. 27
The Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro, will be shown as part of Why Can’t We Live Together? Film Series at the Phoenix Arts Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Based on the life of writer James Baldwin, the film envisions a book that Baldwin never finished. Admission is free, but space is limited, with an RSVP required. Learn more at http://www.phxart.org/event/e128c8ee-34c0-bb7b-1595-b6cfb51c16f8
Thursday, Sept. 28
A national touring event featuring various local activists, celebrities and artists, Together Live will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. The three-hour experience is described by organizers as “finding purpose, overcoming fear, choosing love and effectuating change.” Admission is $25; for more information, go to https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=339
Friday, Sept. 29
Stand Up For Downtown Theater, a fundraiser, will be held at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Craig Conant will host comedians Matt Storrs Dan Thomson, and Shapel Lacey and Genevieve Rice. A silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music will be offered. Tickets start at $35. To learn more, to go http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/stand-up-for-downtown-theater-2/
Saturday, Sept. 30
Blues-influenced rocker Benjamin Booker, whose latest album is Witness, will play the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Tickets start at $20; learn more at http://www.crescentphx.com/event/1500873-benjamin-booker-phoenix/
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