PERFORMING ARTS PREVIEW

2015-16 Performing Arts Season Preview
Get ready for a season of dance, music and live theatre as the 2015-16 performing arts season kicks off this fall. The Valley is home to world-class performance troupes, musicians and venues, offering entertaining options for young and old and everyone in between. Here is a preview of some of the outstanding events and venues to experience this season. Learn more about a number of the Valley’s spectacular performing arts venues and organizations here.

ABT_ShowLogo_WestSideStory

Arizona Broadway Theatre http://www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400
Oct. 16 – Nov. 14: West Side Story
Nov. 27 – Dec. 24: A Christmas Carol
Jan. 15 – Feb. 7: Carousel
Feb. 26 – March 20: Fiddler on the Roof
April 15 – May 8: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
May 27 – June 19: Rock of Ages
July 15 – Aug. 7: Shrek: The Musical
Aug. 26 – Sept. 18: Pageant

Arizona Opera's Arizona Lady

Arizona Opera’s Arizona Lady

Arizona Opera
http://www.azopera.org; 602.266.7464
Oct. 16-18: Arizona Lady
Nov. 13-15: Florencia en el Amazonas
Feb. 5-7: Carmen
Feb. 26-28: Don Giovanni
April 1-3: Falstaff

Catherine Walker and Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Catherine Walker and Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

ASU Gammage
http://www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434
Oct. 20 – Nov. 8: The Book of Mormon
Nov. 24-29: A Christmas Story
Jan. 12-17: If/Then
Feb. 16-21: The Bridges of Madison County
March 15-20: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
April 5-10: 42nd Street
May 4-8: Annie
June 14-19: Newsies

Arizona Theatre Company
http://www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

Sept. 24 – Oct. 1: Sex With Strangers
Oct. 8-25: Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin
Nov. 12-29: Disgraced
Dec. 30 – Jan. 17: Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook
Feb. 11-28: Fences
March 31 – April 17: Of Mice and Men
May 5-22: The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

Ballet Arizona School Spring Performance. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor

Ballet Arizona School Spring Performance; Photo by Rosalie O’Connor

Ballet Arizona
http://www.balletaz.org; 602.381.0184
Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 – Coppelia
Dec. 11-27: The Nutcracker
Feb. 11-14: The Sleeping Beauty
March 24-27: Today’s Masters
May 5-8: All Balanchine
May 17 – June 4: An Evening at the Garden
May 28-29: Spring Performance

Black Theatre Troupe
http://www.blacktheatretroupe.org; 602.258.8128

Oct. 9-25: The Taste Test
Dec. 4-20: Black Nativity
Feb. 5-21: Looking Over the President’s Shoulder
April 8-24: Black Pearl Sings

Brelby Theatre
http://www.brelby.com
Sept. 25 – Oct. 17: The Tempest
Dec. 4-19: Non-fat Soy Peppermint Mocha Latte…with Sprinkles
Jan. 22 – Feb. 13: Windfall
April 8-30: Meet the Dryers
June 16-25: After Hours at Rosie’s Pub
July 29 – Aug. 20: The Oz Chronicles
Sept. 9 – Oct. 1: Ghost: The Musical
Oct. 14 – Nov. 5: Macbeth

Amber Robins; Photo by Tim Fuller

Amber Robins; Photo by Tim Fuller

Center Dance Ensemble
http://www.centerdance.com; 602.252.8497
Oct. 22-25: Reflections
Dec. 5-20: Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen
March 3-6: Daughters of Eve
April 20-24: American Voices

A Year with Frog and Toad. Photo by Heather Hill

A Year with Frog and Toad; Photo by Heather Hill

Childsplay
http://www.childsplayaz.org; 480.921.5700
Sept. 13 – Oct. 18: Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Oct. 25 – Nov. 22: The Smartest Girl in the World
Nov. 15 – Dec. 27: A Year with Frog and Toad
Jan. 24 – Feb. 7: PerÔ, Or the Mysteries of the Night
Feb. 14 – April 10: Goodnight Moon
April 24 – May 29: Pete, Or the Return of Peter Pan

Desert Stages Theatre
http://www.desertstages.org; 480.483.1664
Sept. 4 – Oct. 25: Of Mice and Men
Oct. 2 – Nov. 1: The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy
Nov. 6 – Jan. 10: Miracle on 34th Street
Nov. 13 – Dec. 20: Annie Jr.
Jan. 8 – Feb. 7: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Jan 22 – March 13: Brighton Beach Memoirs
Feb. 19 – March 20: Back to the ’80s…the Totally Awesome Musical
March 25 – May 15: Glengarry Glen Ross
April 8 – May 8: 9 to 5 the Musical
May 20 – June 26: Shrek the Musical, Jr.
June 3 – July 24: Moon Over Buffalo
July 8 – Aug. 7: Into the Woods

Desert Foothills Theater
http://www.desertfoothillstheater.org; 480.488.1981

Sept. 10-20:The Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged (Revised)!
Oct. 2-11: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
Nov. 13-22: The Drowsy Chaperone
Jan. 8-17: TBA
Feb. 19-28: The Children’s Hour
April 1-17: Smokey Joe’s Café
May 13-22: Alice in Wonderland

The Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
http://www.donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com; 480.314.0841
Thru Sept. 26: Charley’s Aunt
Oct. 1 – Nov. 7: Mary Poppins
Nov. 19 – Dec. 30: It’s a Wonderful Life
Jan. 7 – Feb. 13: Camelot
Feb. 25 – March 26: Last of the Red Hot Lovers
April 1-30: Disney’s The Little Mermaid
May 5-28: Bullets Over Broadway
June 2 – July 9: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
July 14 – Aug. 6: Private Lives
Aug. 11 – Sept. 17: The King and I
Sept. 22 – Oct. 15: Inherit the Wind

Alex Gonzalez and Karissa Anderson-Self

Alex Gonzalez and Karissa Anderson-Self in South Pacific

Fountain Hills Theater
http://www.fhtaz.org; 480.837.9661
Sept. 4-20: South Pacific
Oct. 16- Nov. 1: Any Number Can Die
Nov. 6-22: Sunday in the Park With George
Dec. 4-20: A Christmas Carol, The Musical
Jan. 8-17: Talley’s Folly
Jan. 22 – Feb. 7: La Cage Aux Folles
March 11-27: Quilters
April 1-17: Play It Again, Sam
May 6-22: Curtains

Fountain Hills Youth Theater
Sept. 25 – Oct. 11: Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.
December. 4 – 20: Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Feb. 12-28: Into The Woods
April 22 – May 1: Dear Edwina
May 27-June 12: Miss Minnie’s Melodram-odeon!

Greasepaint Youtheatre
http://www.greasepaint.org; 480.949.7529
Sept. 4-13: Much Ado About Nothing
Oct. 16-25: The Producers
Dec. 11-20: Oliver!
Feb. 19 – March 6: Heathers, The Musical
March 18-20: Theatre for Social Justice
May 6-15: Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical

MTA ShrekMusical Theatre of Anthem
http://www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org; 602.743.9892

Sept. 24 – Oct. 4 – Shrek The Musical Jr.
Nov. 12-15 – The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Dec. 3-13 – Annie Jr.
Feb. 18-28 – Junie B. Jones, The Musical
March 3-6 – Legally Blonde Jr.
April 28 – May 8 – Disney’s Mary Poppins
May 12-22 – Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids
June 16-19 – Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.

Phoenix Theatre
http://www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151
Sept. 9 – Oct. 4 – Chicago
Oct. 28 – Nov. 22: The Toxic Avenger
Nov. 18 – Dec. 27: The Wizard of Oz
Dec. 17-23: Holiday Cabaret with Maestro Jeff Kennedy
Dec. 18-22: Arizona Opera presents Holiday Favorites
Jan. 20 – Feb. 7: Calendar Girls
Jan 26 – Feb. 19: The Magic Books
Feb. 24 – March 20: Evita
March 16 – April 3: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
April 6 – May 1: The All Night Strut!
May 6-22: The Hormel Festival of New Plays and Musicals
May 18 – June 12: When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney
June 8 – July 10: Avenue Q

Scorpius's Catwalk; Photo by Ed Flores

Catwalk; Photo by Ed Flores

Scorpius Dance Theatre
http://www.scorpiusdance.com; 602.254.2151

Sept. 11: Studio Showcase
Oct. 1-10: A Vampire Tale
Feb. 25-27: Catwalk
April 28-30: L.O.V.E.

Southwest Shakespeare's Hysteria

Southwest Shakespeare’s Hysteria

Southwest Shakespeare Company
http://www.swshakespeare.org; 480.644.6500

Sept. 4-19: Hysteria
Oct. 16-31: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Jan. 15-30: Othello
Jan. 16-30: The Comedy of Errors
Feb. 26 – March 12: Wittenberg
March 25 – April 9: Twelfth Night

Theatre Artists Studio
http://www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120
Sept. 4-20: Crimes of the Heart
Oct. 16 – Nov. 1: American Myth
Nov. 27 – Dec. 13: Cinderella
Jan. 15-31: Grand Concourse
Feb. 26 – March 13: The Weir
April 8-24: The Outgoing Tide
May 20 – June 5: Equal Opportunity Offenders: Music from South Park
June 16-26: New Summer Shorts 2016

Valley Youth Theatre
http://www.vyt.com; 602.253.8188, Ext. 2
Oct. 9-25: James and the Giant Peach
Dec. 4-23: A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
Feb. 5-21: Pinocchio
April 8-24: Pinkalicious
June 10-26: Disney’s The Little Mermaid


September 2015 CST.inddThe 2015-16 Performing Arts Preview ran in the September 2015 issue of CITYSunTimes [see pages 70-71.]

Cover photo: Emeline Michel will be featured as part of globalFEST on the Road: Creole Carnival March 25, 2016, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

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