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Unlimited Arts Feb. 1 to 15: Along With Theater Adaptations Of Hits Like The Wedding Singer, A Gathering Is Planned For Goth Vampires


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 31, 2018 — It’s a successful entertainment formula: Take a blockbuster or critically acclaimed film, such as The Producers or The Lion King, and bring it to Broadway. Then, take it on the road.

As we enter February, Metro Phoenix residents have the opportunity to see their screen favorites on stage or enjoy the soundtrack. Given how wildly successful the books and movies are, it’s not surprise the music would be too: The Phoenix Symphony will present the Music of Harry Potter Feb. 2 and 3 at the Mesa Arts Center - Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main St. Tickets start at $25; to learn more, visit

Released 20 years ago, The Wedding Singer featured Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in a charming, funny film with the right mix of ‘80s nostalgia and tunes. Greasepaint is presenting the musical comedy Feb. 9 through 18 at the Stagecoach Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Tickets are $17; for more details, visit

1998 was also the year for Mulan, a popular and Oscar-nominated animated film about a young girl who, to save her father from death in the army, secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. Now, the hit film comes to life Feb. 10 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 203 W. Adams, Phoenix. The 7 p.m. show is described as featuring “stunning visuals, exciting martial arts action and mesmerizing dance.” Tickets start at $30. To find out more, visit

Bilbo Baggins fans, rejoice: J.R.R. Tolkien’s famed fantasy novel The Hobbit is now on stage Feb. 9 through 25 at the Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. Admission is $22; go to for more details or call 602-253-8188.

Friday, Feb. 2

A comedy about love, grief and what it means to be human, Hand To God is being staged through Feb. 25 at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. Showtimes vary, and tickets start at $55. For more information, check out

Saturday, Feb. 3

Bluesmen with George Bowman & Diva Missie will play The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $8; the show starts at 9 p.m. Learn more at

Lauded for pushing the boundaries of Mexican music, Grammy-winning Mariachi Flor de Toloache will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at The Tempe Center for The Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Admission is $28 and $38. For more info, check out

Thursday, Feb. 8

The Young Artists’ Summit is a free event is for young artists, cultural workers and arts advocates 15 to 19 years old. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. To register or learn more, check out

Rebels on Pointe, a film featuring Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, will be screened at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. The movie starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $14. For more details, visit

San Francisco bluegrass band Front Country will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $28.50. Get more info at

Friday, Feb. 9

When a woman loses a charter school lottery, she must seek out a better education opportunity for her daughter. That’s the subject of Lines In The Dust, a play by Nikkole Salter, running through Feb. 25 at the Black Theatre Troupe facility, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Showtimes vary. For ticket prices or additional info, go to

Saturday, Feb. 9

The Vampire Ball: Love Bites will be held starting at 8 p.m. at Club Palazzo, 710 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The benefit for Scorpius Dance Theatre — which is recommended for those 21 and over — will feature DJs Betty BlackHeart and Self.Destrukt. Guests are encouraged to dress in “captivating vampire or goth attire with a valentine flair,” according to the hosts. Along with beverages, there will be live body-painting and performance art. Tickets are $24 in advance or $29 at the door. To learn more, visit

Thursday, Feb. 15

Acclaimed playwright John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar will run through March 4 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The comedic play focuses on two struggling misfits at the cusp of 40 in rural Ireland. Showtimes vary, and tickets start at $25. For more details, go to

If the (glass) shoe fits… Ballet Arizona is presenting Cinderella through Feb. 18 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $56, and showtimes vary. For more details, check out

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