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This Summer In Scottsdale

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Unlimited Arts Aug. 15 To 29: Theater Lovers, Rejoice: A Musical Inspired By Elvis, Neil Simon Play And Jet-set Farce Are On The Playbill


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 16, 2018 — Sixty years ago, the biggest entertainer on earth was drafted into the U.S. Army. Elvis Presley would serve between March 1958 and March 1960 in Friedberg, West Germany, and fans waited patiently for the King of Rock and Roll return and make more hits.

The King’s dilemma became the subject of a highly successful musical, Bye Bye Birdie which debuted in 1960 on Broadway.

The plot focuses on New York-based songwriter Albert Peterson whose client, the hip-thrusting teen idol Conrad Birdie, is drafted into the Army -- which leaves Peterson’s firm and career in jeopardy.

Peterson’s secretary suggests having Conrad Birdie (country music legend Conway Twitty was the inspiration for the name) record and perform a song to one lucky girl, selected randomly from his fan club before being sent overseas. Love, laughter and a plenty of music ensue.

After being a huge hit both in the United States and London’s West End, the Tony award-winning musical became a popular movie starring Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde and a rising star named Ann-Margret.

Arizonans have their opportunity to see Bye Bye Birdie starting Aug. 17 through Sept. 16 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., depending on the day. For ticket prices or other info, go to

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Billboard chart-topping blues guitarist Anthony Gomes will perform at 8 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Gomes has played with A-listers including Buddy Guy, Heart and Robert Plant. Admission starts at $10. For more details, check out

Power pop band Tiny Stills, in support of their new album Laughing Into the Void, is playing The Trunk Space, 1124 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. The band is touring with Get Married; also playing are Black Paw and Acne Superstar. Admission to the all-ages show ranges between $8 and $10. For ticket info, check out

Thursday, Aug. 16

Emmy-winning comedian and actor David Cross is bringing his Oh Come On tour to the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. The show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $33; for more details, visit

Friday, Aug. 17

Rose & Walsh, the Neil Simon comedy/drama that follows two great literary figures and the depths of their enduring love, will run through Sept. 2 at The Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale. For ticket prices and other info, check out

He’s played with legend Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck and New Wave hitmakers Missing Persons — now, drummer Terry Bozzio will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $33.50. To learn more, check out

Elvis Presley would relate to Conrad Birdie’s dilemma: The classic musical Bye Bye Birdie will be presented through Sept. 16 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. For ticket prices and showtimes, go to

Saturday, Aug. 18

Described as “the most dangerous improv show,” Cagematch is “getting ready to rumble” at The Torch Theatre, 4721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Every week, a challenger will battle the previous week’s champion for the audience’s vote. To learn more about showtimes and admission, go to

Sunday, Aug. 19

Renowned guitarist John Pizzarelli, considered one of prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, will perform at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission starts at $43.50. More details can be found at

Friday, Aug. 24

Altar Boyz — a musical parody about a fictitious all-singing, all-dancing Christian boy band from Ohio — will run through Sept. 16 at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. For ticket prices, showtimes or cast info, check out

A 1960’s farce about self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, Boeing Boeing will run through Oct. 7 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. depending on the day. For admission or other details, check out

Ventriloquist Terry Fator will bring carved characters to life in the Salt River Grand Ballroom in the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Admission ranges from $45 to $155; the show starts at 8 p.m. To learn more, go to

He’s been a hitmaker and rock icon since the early 1970s; she burst onto the 1980s pop scene and hasn’t looked back since. Now, they’re sharing the same stage: Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper will perform tonight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $54; to purchase on, check out

Saturday, Aug. 25

Showcasing and celebrating the powerful, dynamic work of black and Latinx dance makers, the BlakTina Dance Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. Admission is $20. To learn more, go to

Noted Phoenix jazz vocalists Diana Lee and Dennis Rowland will perform starting at 7:30 p.m. at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Both have also toured around the world with other acclaimed artists. Admission is $10 for students or $20 for general. For other details, check out

Sunday, Aug. 26

The Carvin Jones Band, who specialize in the blues, will play The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The show starts at 6 p.m., and admission is $5. To learn more about this acclaimed group, visit

Pop songstress and international phenom Shakira will play The Talking Stick Resort Arena tonight. (She singer was going to perform in February, but will stop in Phoenix earlier, based on a doctor’s recommendation.) Tickets start at $51; showtime is at 8 p.m. For more details, visit

Friday, Aug. 31

The dance production Under The Covers -- a tale about police officers “tangled in a web of lies, murder and deception” -- will be staged at 10:30 a.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado. Admission is $12 (students), $20 or $30. For other details, go to

Sunday, Sept. 2

Based on E.B. White’s famous children novel about a lovable pig and his clever spider friend, Charlotte’s Web will be staged through Oct. 14 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Tickets range from $12 to $30. For more details, visit

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