The Boy Who Won't Grow Up
Brings Neverland To PHX
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
May 24, 2018 — Childhood seems forever to those still in it. But what if one didn’t have to grow in adulthood? That’s the theme of Peter Pan, the 1904 novel of Scottish writer J.M. Barrie, who enchanted audiences with his tale of a boy — in a nifty green outfit, no less — who flies around the fantasy world of Neverland.
Barrie’s novel is so influential that it has inspired a smash Broadway musical, the 1953 Disney animated film, numerous TV shows, a Steven Spielberg version in 1991 with Robin Williams, a live broadcast on NBC and even a movie about Barrie himself.
Now, the Phoenix Art Museum is screening the National Theatre’s version at 2 p.m. June 3 at the museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.
The plot involves Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, losing his shadow, but Wendy helps him reattach it. Peter invites her to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the nasty Captain Hook await. “A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues,” according to museum.
The National Theatre’s Sally Cookson directed this film version. Admission is $15 or $18; learn more by visiting http://www.phxart.org/event/f618d03c-0dcb-bf9d-de0e-7c3df7649689
Phoenix Dance Academy, is presenting its own tribute to Peter Pan with Dancing Through Neverland, presented by will be presented at 6 p.m. May 26 and 27 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission is $15 for children and students, and $26 for adults. To learn more, http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar
Tuesday, May 29
Tony Award-winning play The Humans, focusing on one family’s Thanksgiving Dinner, will be staged through June 3 at the Arizona State University Gammage. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. To find out more, check out https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/humans
Friday, June 1
The world’s most magical nanny is back. Arizona Broadway Theatre’s 100th production, Mary Poppins, will be featured through June 30 at the theater, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For ticket prices, showtimes or other info connected to the iconic musical, visit http://azbroadway.org/event/mary-poppins-2/
Contemporary jazz group The Scorpion Decides will play The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Admission is free; for more information, call (602) 795-0464 or go to http://www.thenash.org/event/june-1-first-friday-the-scorpion-decides/?instance_id=4727
June 1 and 2
The Phoenix Symphony is performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony at 7:30 p.m. today and June 2 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will perform Adam Schoenberg’s new concerto. For ticket prices or other details, check out http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10202
Saturday, June 2
Colorado-based progressive electronic rock band Eminence Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. The Uncommon Good is the opening act. Admission ranges between $10 and $15. Get more details by checking out https://www.lastexitlive.com/event/1668699-eminence-ensemble-phoenix
Until June 2
Ballet Arizona is presenting Eroica - An Evening At The Garden at 8 p.m. through June 2 at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. The production will feature Beethoven’s Third Symphony and costumes by acclaimed designer Fabio Toblini. For more details or ticket prices, go to http://balletaz.org/performance/an-evening-at-desert-botanical-garden-2018/
Sunday, June 3
They first broke through in 1976 with Carry On Wayward Son, and rockers Kansas have been carrying on ever since. They’ll perform at 8 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort (Salt River Grand Ballroom), 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Tickets start at $30; for more info, check out https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/salt-river-grand-ballroom/kansas/
Tuesday, June 5
Americana singer Joe Purdy will perform at 7 p.m. in The Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $33.50 to $38.50; to learn more, visit https://mim.org/events/joe-purdy/
Indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, on tour to promote their new album Twerp Verse, will play The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Detroit singer Anna Burch will serve as the opening act. The show will start at 8 p.m. Admission ranges from $13 to $15; for more details, go to https://www.therebellounge.com/event/1651272-speedy-ortiz-phoenix/
Wednesday, June 6
Rockabilly band Frosty & The Silvertones will play the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Roots revivalists Whiskey Kiss will serve as the opening act. Admission si $5 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Learn more by visiting https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1688932-frosty-silvertones-phoenix/
June 7 to July 6
“They’re creepy and kooky …” Those opening lyrics describe America’s favorite ghoulish clan, The Addams Family. The subject of a hit TV show and two popular films, the musical version The Addams Family will be staged through July 6 at The Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. To learn more, call (623) 776-8400 or visit http://azbroadway.org/event/the-addams-family/
Thursday, June 7
Maroon 5 is more than lead singer Adam Levine. The band will bring their Red Pill Blues Tour to the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Rising pop singer Julia Michaels will be the opening act. Tickets start at $44. To learn more http://www.talkingstickresortarena.com/events/detail/maroon-5
Friday, June 8
When a failed rock singer decides to teach a class about the glory of music, interesting things happen. That’s the premise of School Of Rock, a musical being staged through June 10 at the Virginia G. Piper Theater in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. This Detour Theater Company production is free of charge; showtimes vary. To learn more, check out https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/school-of-rock/
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