Time For A Musical That’s
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
June 6, 2019 — Fifty-five years ago, British author Roald Dahl released the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children’s book focuses on Charlie Bucket, a poor but good-natured boy who is invited to the factory of Willy Wonka, an eccentric chocolate factory owner.
Along with four other youngsters (all of them highly flawed), Charlie discovers a bizarre if edible world (and Oompa Loompas). Charlie and the other kids also learn some very hard lessons.
The book’s popularity was quite evident by the early 1970s, when moviegoers were treated to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, along with a popular soundtrack. The film featured a notable cast, including the Oscar-winning Jack Albertson and Gene Wilder. Although well received by some critics at the time (including Roger Ebert), the film didn’t do well at the box office. Today, it’s considered a camp classic and Generation X favorite.
In 2005, Dahl’s book (with the original title and a more faithful retelling of the story) was turned into a cinematic box office hit, courtesy of director Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.
Now, this pop culture favorite will be presented live on stage (as a musical) through June 16 at the Arizona State University Gammage. Admission starts at $40. To learn more about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, visit https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/charlie-and-chocolate-factory
Thursday, June 6
Game Grumps Live will take place at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St, Phoenix. Arin and Danny will play games and make jokes. Admission starts at $39.50. For more info, check out https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=523
British folk artist John Smith, whose new album is Hummingbird, will perform at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. To learn more, go to https://mim.org/
Oregon indie folk band Ezra Bell will perform at Last Exit Live, S. 717 Central Ave., Phoenix. Rock singer Pablo Dylan is the opening act. The show, open to those 21 and older, starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $13 to $15. To learn more, visit https://www.lastexitlive.com/e/ezra-bell-pablo-dylan-61482809739/
Friday, June 7
“They’re creepy and they’re kooky …” The Addams Family is now a musical comedy, running through July 6 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For ticket prices and showtimes, visit https://azbroadway.org/event/the-addams-family/
Detour Theatre Company is presenting Mamma Mia at 1 p.m. at The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. To learn more, go to https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/detour-company-theatre-2/2019-06-07/
Self-described “queer pop” band Cub Sport, from Australia, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Tickets are $13 to $15. To learn more, check out https://www.valleybarphx.com/event/1826772-cub-sport-phoenix/
Sunday, June 9
Black Sabbath all-female tribute band Black Sabbitch will perform at 8:30 p.m. at Last Exit Live, S. 717 Central Ave., Phoenix. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. https://www.lastexitlive.com/e/black-sabbitch-60560364681/
Tuesday, June 11
Psychedelic/grunge band Megafauna will play the Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. The show will start at 8 p.m., and admission ranges from $7 to $10. For more details, check out https://www.evernote.com/shard/s16/sh/bc8c61a9-22da-4f6f-af59-a3bace503488/8b5e30ed142f77d194863e7e6de7dd61
Wednesday, June 12
Popular rock bands Train and the Goo Goo Dolls will play the Ak-Chin Pavilion 2121 N 83rd Ave., Phoenix. Allen Stone is the opening act. The show will start at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $22. For more details, go to https://www.livenation.com/events/951026-jun-12-2019-train-goo-goo-dolls
It was only a matter of time: Spamilton, musical parody of the theater mega-hit Hamilton, will run through Aug. 11 at The Phoenix Theatre Co., 1825 N. Central Ave. Tickets start at $38. For showtimes or other info, check out https://www.phoenixtheatre.com/the-season/spamilton
Friday, June 14
Based on the 1972 novel and popular movies, the musical Freaky Friday will run through June 30 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Showtimes are either 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Admission ranges between $20.50 to $39.50. For more details, visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/freaky-friday/
Veteran reggae music artists Michael Franti and Ziggy Marley will play the Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. The show will start at 6:15 p.m. and general admission is $42. To learn more, visit https://mesaamp.com/Online/default.asp
Saturday, June 15
ClassicalFusionDance will perform L.O.V.E. at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St. The show will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $16.73 (with a fee). To learn more, go to https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/l-o-v-e/ or https://ticketbud.com/events/63e2b348-4c81-11e9-b609-42010a717005
Sunday, June 16
The National Theatre’s telecast of David Hare’s new play I’m Not Running will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. The play focuses on what happens when a British doctor who meets up with an old boyfriend, a Labor party member. Admission is $15 for members or $18 for non-members. http://www.phxart.org/event/2aa50be5-b518-94bf-8bcf-48c3987c459b
Tuesday, June 18
The Punk Rock Art Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $5. Find out more at https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1853738-punk-rock-art-show-phoenix/
R&B/soul duo Lion Babe will play Club Red, 1306 W. University Drive in Mesa. The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $20. http://www.clubredrocks.com/event/1856268-lion-babe-mesa/
Wednesday, June 19
Read all about it! The popular musical Newsies will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. For ticket prices or other details, check out https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/62936/5071
As Cities Burn will play Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale. All Get Out and Many Rooms will be opening acts. Showtime is at 7 p.m. For more info, check out https://www.evernote.com/shard/s16/sh/2d074a92-cd03-43a8-a2ce-16d160b25d2d/5e2004c2319345bc14fa147db739e5a5
Thursday, June 20
Bluegrass band Blue Highway will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum., 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission ranges between $38.50 and $48.50. For more information, go to https://mim.org/events/blue-highway/
A dance production covering three different pop music periods, British Invasion will run today and June 21 at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Music from The Beatles, Queen, Ellie Goulding and more groundbreaking British artists will be featured. Showtime is at 7 p.m. for both days. For ticket prices or other details, go to https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=529
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