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Unlimited Arts Sept. 26 To Oct. 10: This Fall Offers Theater Choices Galore, From Ballet Arizona To The Arizona Broadway Theatre, The Black Theatre Troupe And ASU Gammage


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 26, 2018 — In 2007, the independent film Waitress arrived in theaters. Directed by Adrienne Shelly — who was murdered in November 2006 — it starred Keri Russell as Jenna, a young woman trapped in a bad marriage and working a dead-end job in small-town America. She does make delicious, inventive pies, but her husband is such a jerk that he won’t let her enter a baking contest.

If that weren’t bad enough, Jenna also faces an unwanted pregnancy. Things start changing for the better when she meets a young male doctor.

After a solid reception at the Sundance Film Festival, the film received glowing reviews, a bittersweet development in light of Shelly’s death.

The movie inspired a Broadway show — with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles — in 2016.

Now, Phoenix-area residents can discover this popular musical from Oct. 2-7 at the Arizona State University Gammage in Tempe. And it’s the fall season, so a musical about pie seems very much in order.

Because this musical contains adult themes and explicit language, parental discretion is advised. Tickets start at $112; for showtimes or other details, visit

Thursday, Sept. 27

Ballet Arizona’s New Moves will run through Sept. 30 at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. To learn more, visit

Friday, Sept. 28

The opera Maria de Buenos Aires, produced by Arizona Opera, will run through Sept. 30 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For showtime and ticket prices, visit

Presented by The Black Theatre Troupe, The Wiz will run through Oct. 14 at the theater, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Admission is $35; for showtimes or other information, visit

“Picture yourself” seeing Phoenix-based Beatles tribute band Marmalade Skies at 8 p.m. at The Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for The Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. They’ll play classics like A Hard Day’s Night and A Day in the Life. Admission is $12 to $19 in advance, or $15 to $22 on the day of the show. For more details, check out

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Canadian folk artist Afie Jurvanen, also known as Bahamas, will play The Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Bedouine is the opening act; the show starts at 8 p.m. Admission ranges from $20 to $25. For more details, check out

Thursday, Oct. 4

There are many iconic rock artists, but only one has an Oscar and Nobel Prize under his list of accomplishments. Bob Dylan will bring his trailblazing folk style to the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The show will start at 8 p.m.; ticket prices start at $56.50. To learn more, visit

The socially-tinged play Native Gardens, by Karen Zacarias, will be staged through Oct. 21 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission starts at $25; to learn more about the play or showtimes, check out

Friday, Oct. 5

The musical tribute Songs of Marley with The 602 Band, Walt Richardson and special guests, will be presented at 9 p.m. at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $5 to $7. For more details, go to

The Joe Saylor Quartet will perform during Sounds In The Ground: Nash Nights at The Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. The show will start at 8:30 p.m. admission is $10 for MAC members, $20 for general. For more details, visit

The musical Young Frankenstein, based on the classic Mel Brooks movie, will run through Nov. 4 at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre at Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road. For showtimes and ticket prices, check out

Saturday, Oct. 6

Local blues/soul band Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns will play at 9 .m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road., Phoenix. Admission is $8. To learn more, go to

Sunday, Oct. 7

In a reference to their 1998 album, Garbage is bringing their Paranoid 2.0 tour to The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. The show starts at 8 p.m. For ticket prices, visit

Monday, Oct. 8

Rock supergroup Foo Fighters are playing The Talking Stick Arena in support of their No. 1 album Concrete and Gold. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.; the arena is located at 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. For ticket prices or other info, check out

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Noted fashion journalist and muse Anna Piaggi is the topic of the lecture “Anna Piaggi Creativity and Passion in Fashion and Beyond” at 11:30 a.m. at The Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. The event will also include lunch and slides from the film Anna Piaggi: Una Visionaria della Moda. For admission or other details, visit

Thursday, Oct. 11

The Mesa Contemporary Art Museum will screen of the film Jazz by Ken Burns at 7 p.m. Admission is free; the museum is located at 1 E. Main St. (The film will also be screened on Oct. 18 and 25.) To learn more, visit

Friday, Oct. 12

The Tony award-winning musical Titanic will be on stage through Nov. 10 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For showtimes or tickets, visit

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