Puppet Show Takes
On 1980s Action Thriller
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Nov. 22, 2017 — So, you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey and pumpkin pie, survived the chaos that is Black Friday and chased the relatives away. What to do next? How about an unconventional, holiday-themed puppet show based on a 1988 blockbuster that made Bruce Willis an international star?
Yes, that’s right: All Puppet Players is staging Die Hard: A Christmas Story starting Dec. 1 Playhouse at the Park, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.
The storyline is familiar: John McClane tries to save his wife and several others from master Eurotrash criminal Hans Gruber during a Christmas party in Los Angeles.
According to All Puppet Players, “nothing is safe and no holiday memory unsoiled while the puppets wreak havoc on Christmas and bring the holiday spirit to all good little boys and girls. There’ll be caroling, gun-fights, curse words and all the puppet anarchy you can shake a yule log at.”
General admission is $22, while a VIP ticket is $54 (which includes priority seating and happy-hour drink prices). This show -- which runs through Dec. 23 -- is for those 17 and up, due to the risque nature. For more information or to buy tickets, call (602) 254-2151 or visit http://www.allpuppetplayers.com/
Now to Dec. 3.
The River Bride -- winner of the 2013 Arizona Theatre Company National Latino Playwriting Award -- will run through Dec. 3 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Set in a fishing village in the Amazon, the story focuses on “two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after.” For showtimes and ticket info, visit http://www.arizonatheatre.org/show/the-river-bride/
Thursday, Nov. 23
This popular heavy metal band’s live shows are not for the faint of heart: GWAR will play the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Opening acts are Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards. General admission starts at $18. To purchase tickets, check out https://www.ticketweb.com/event/gwar-ghoul-he-is-legend-marquee-theatre-tickets/7783025?pl=themarquee
Friday, Nov. 24
Noted for classic tunes like There Is Nothing Like A Dame and I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, the musical South Pacific will be staged at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Admission for adults (which includes dinner) is $98; children’s admission rates vary. For more information, visit http://azbroadway.org/event/south-pacific/
The Phoenix Symphony will perform George Gershwin’s masterwork Rhapsody In Blue through Nov. 26 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. For more details, go to http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10205
Nov. 24 and 25
Political humor is needed more than ever these days, and The Capitol Steps are bringing their Washington-based satire to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. for a two-night run. Tickets range from $49 to $69. For showtime or other information, https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/the-capitol-steps-2017/
Tuesday, Nov. 28
Twenty-five years ago, film audiences were flocking to see sparks fly between Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard. The soundtrack, featuring the late Houston’s now-classic version of I Will Always Love You, was also a success. Now, that box office hit is a musical, being staged through Dec. 3 at the ASU Gammage in Tempe. For ticket prices or other details, check out https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/bodyguard
Thursday, Nov. 30
San Francisco-based producer Giraffage, who specializes in electronic music, will play the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. His latest album is Too Real. Sweater Beats will serve as the opening act. Admission is $18 or $20; for more details, visit https://www.crescentphx.com/event/1532795-giraffage-phoenix/
Dec. 1 to 17
The Black Theatre Troupe is presenting Black Nativity (written by the late Langston Hughes). With musical numbers, the production “delivers a powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation.” Showtimes vary; tickets start at $38. To learn more, go to http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/black-nativity2017/
Friday, Dec. 1
There might be “trouble in River City,” but not in Phoenix, as The Music Man will be staged through Dec. 2 at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. The event is presented by Theater League; tickets start at $40.25. Visit https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=359 for more details.
The Phoenix Symphony will perform Christmas and other seasonal favorites Holiday Pops at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. For ticket prices or other details, check out http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10206
It starts as a basic cable TV show, and elevates from there. The Christmas musical Nuncrackers: the Nunsense Christmas Musical will be staged through Dec. 24 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. To learn more, check out http://www.desertstages.org/nuncrackers-the-nunsense-christmas-musical/
The British-influenced, interactive family show Father Christmas and The Snow Queen will be held through Dec. 17 at the Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale. Admission ranges from $15 to $25; for more details, visit https://www.thestudiophx.org/fatherchristmas
The beloved bear and his animal friends are celebrating the holidays in A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tail, running through Dec. 23 at the Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. Admission is $20; call (602) 253-8188 to buy tickets. To learn more, check out http://www.vyt.com/shows/a-winnie-the-pooh-christmas-tail/
Saturday, Dec. 2
Known for his work in ‘80s hitmakers The Fabulous Thunderbirds, singer Kim Wilson and The All-Star Blues Band will perform at 9 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission starts at $15; to find out more, go to https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1484814-kim-wilson-fabulous-phoenix/
Sunday, Dec. 3
Roots revival band Muskellunge, who are Arizona-based, will perform at 7 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. This is part of the I Am AZ Music series. Admission is $28.50. For more info on the band, check out https://mim.org/events/muskellunge/
Orpheus Male Chorus presents Holidays with Orpheus at 3 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City. They’ll perform arrangements of Irving Berlin’s Christmas featuring five of his compositions, along with classic carols. They will also perform in Mesa, Paradise Valley and Tempe. To purchase tickets, call 602-271-9396 or check out https://orpheus.org/
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Peppa Pig Live! is coming to the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. The production will feature life-size puppets from the popular children’s show. To learn more, visit http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=19005262D5845C29&offerid=43493
Thursday, Dec. 7
The one and only Tony Bennett will perform at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Antonia Bennett, his daughter, will be the special guest. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $78. For more info, go to https://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1805
Friday, Dec. 8
The Nutcracker is synonymous with the Christmas holidays, and Ballet Arizona is staging a production of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic tale of Clara and her dream. The Phoenix Symphony is providing the music. This production runs through Dec. 24 at Symphony Hall in Phoenix. For more details or ticket info, check out http://balletaz.org/performance/the-nutcracker-2017/
The Phoenix Festival Of The Arts is happening through Dec. 10 at Margaret T. Hance Park. The sixth annual event will feature more than 130 art vendors and cultural organizations. There will be food, entertainment, a Family Zone, the Phoenix Mural Project and more. For more details on this free event, call (602) 254-3100 https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/pfa2017/
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