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Unlimited Arts June 7 To 20: Along with Alice numerous theater productions are planned for the Phoenix area, including Annie


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 7, 2018 — In 1865, British author Lewis Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, about a young girl who falls through a rabbit hole into a parallel world, where she encounters creatures of all shapes and sizes — and gets into her share of trouble.

Along with her character, children of all ages know about the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum and The White Rabbit from either the original novel or follow-ups to it.

According to author Jean-Jacques Lecercle, “the tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.”

More than 150 years later, the fanciful tale has spawned dozens of film versions — the first one released in 1903 — including popular releases by Disney and Tim Burton. Alice’s consumption of mushrooms and an odd beverage also inspired Jefferson Starship’s 1967 rock classic White Rabbit.

The fascination with this story continues right here in Arizona, with the stage production of Alice in Wonderland, running June 15 to 28 at Arizona Broadway Theater, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For showtimes and ticket prices, visit

June 6 to July 7

“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

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, check out

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

Tuesday, June 12

Acclaimed Brazilian pianist Ivan Lins will perform in the Musical Instrument Museum theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Known for songs such as Love Dance, Lins is the second-most recorded Brazilian composer in history, after Antonio Carlos Jobim. The show will start at 7 p.m. Admission ranges from $43.50 to $53.50. For more details, check out

Friday, June 15

“The sun will come out, tomorrow …” Those optimistic lyrics are from one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Annie, based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray. The Tony-winning musical is now being staged through July 1 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Showtimes vary; admission starts at $20.50 For more details, go to

Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced is being staged through July 29 at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road. Showtimes are 2 or 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $22.  For more details, check out

Saturday, June 16

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be performed at 5:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission is $25; learn more at

Popular comedian Kathleen Madigan will perform at 8 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort Showroom, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. For tickets or other info, go to

Sunday, June 17

In the 1970s, musician Edgar Winter had big hits like Frankenstein and Free Ride. Decades later, the venerated rocker is still going strong, and will play the Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. The show will start at 7 p.m., and ticket prices range from $25 to $65. For more information call 480-829-0607 or visit

Tuesday, June 19

First, it was a popular 2003 movie — now, it’s a musical. School of Rock will be on stage through June 24 at Arizona State University Gammage. Showtimes vary; admission starts at $40. To learn more, check out

Wednesday, June 20

The Phoenix Art Museum is screening the 2010 film Boogie Woogie at 6:30 p.m. The film — featuring Gillian Anderson, Alan Cumming and Christopher Lee — spoofs the art world. Admission is $5 for non-members. The museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave. To learn more, visit

Friday, June 22

Von Teese and the Copper Coupe Burlesque, featuring Dita Von Teese, will perform at 8:30 p.m. at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The show is open to those 18 and older. Admission starts $39. For more details, go to

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