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Laughing It Up: Everything goes wrong in footlight farce

By Bridgette M. Redman Peter Hill, the artistic and technical director of Fountain Hills Theater, knows what audiences like. He ought to, having spent decades heading up theater companies all around the country and earning widespread...

A Cirque to Remember: ‘Ovo’ is high-wire fun for English performer

By Christopher Boan The world’s preeminent destination for jaw-dropping displays of trapeze arts and assorted flights of fancy brings a new storyboard to the Valley in February. Cirque du Soleil, which has performed across the globe...

Welcome to Bikini Bottom: SpongeBob and friends face a natural disaster

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Cody Cooley understands the attraction to SpongeBob SquarePants—the jokes (“What’s better than 24? 25!”), the brightly colored sea life and the strong friendship between SpongeBob and Squidward. When Cooley auditioned for Squidward in...

Big Dreams: ‘Americano!’ is this year’s buzz-worthy show

By Bridgette Redman “Americano!” is a story so powerful that The Phoenix Theatre is staging it as part of its 100th anniversary season. Just how powerful? It’s already being advertised on billboards in Times Square.  It...

Immersive Storytelling: Vox Motus’ ‘Flight’ shares two brothers’ tale of immigration

By Laura Latzko The story of the immigrant experience is one to which audiences from different backgrounds can relate but is rarely told. A few theatrical productions, however, do speak on the worldwide refugee crisis. The...

Hot ‘Summer’: Disco Queen’s story shines on the ASU Gammage stage

By Bridgette Redman As a student at a performing arts high school, Dan’yelle Williamson was told she’d never make it as an artist. It was too hard to make a living that way.  “I finally said...

Perfectly Marvelous: Pat McMahon inspires ‘Cabaret’s’ David Kelly

By Bridgette Redman When “Cabaret” comes to Phoenix on January 4, the cast will include a member of a deeply rooted Arizona theater family. The show features David Kelly as Herr Schultz, an elderly fruit-shop owner...

‘Million Dollar Quartet’: Musical traces four stars’ formative years

By Bridgette Redman Sometimes a happy accident can turn into one of history’s sublime moments. It’s what happened on December 4, 1956, when four artists just happened to drop in at different times at Sun...

Women First: Females throw their hats in the ring at new Zoppe Family Circus...

By Laura Latzkzo For families like the Zoppes, the circus isn’t just a way to make a living. It is part of their identities. The Zoppe family’s circus, in its 177th year, will make its annual...

A Disney Christmas: This new holiday party brings Santa and Mickey together

By Natalie Urquiza Disney is a recognizable name that’s ageless and creates memories. Kids can see their favorite Disney Junior character in front of them and reach out for a hug when “Disney Junior Holiday...

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