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PHM0415CAL10XApril 21-26
Motown the Musical
Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl,” “What’s Going On” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this jukebox musical tells the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, and his journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

Through April 3
God’s Favorite
The play puts a lighthearted spin on the biblical story of Job – as told by Neil Simon.
Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through April 4
Les Misérables
This sweeping epic of love, loss, rebellion and rebirth offers a gripping and emotional tale of redemption as it shares the timeless story of one man’s struggle to do what is right despite a dark past that continues to haunt him. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

Through April 5
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Based on Neil Simon’s real-life experience on the Sid Caesar show, this comedy follows the writing, fighting and wacky antics in the writers’ room of a weekly variety show. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

Through April 5
Menopause: The Musical
Set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, this hilarious musical parody about “The Change” focuses on four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra – and mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, not enough sex, too much sex and more. Tu-Th, 7:30 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

Through April 5
Sister’s Easter Catechism
The ruler-wielding nun answers those eternally perplexing questions about pet heaven, and the significance of Easter bunnies, eggs, bonnets, baskets and, of course, those yummy marshmallow Peeps in Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven. The interactive show is designed for people of all ages and faiths. Tu-Th, 7:30 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $39. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

Through April 11
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
A pleasant rogue decides to serve a short sentence in a mental institution rather than go to prison – and things go great, until they go very, very wrong. Genuinely funny and genuinely tragic, this play helped change how a nation treated mental illness. The production is staged by Theater Works. Call for times and ticket prices. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, theaterworks.org, 623-815-7930.

Through April 12
Romeo and Juliet
Arizona Theatre Company’s first-ever production of Shakespeare’s poetic masterpiece offers a breathtaking version of the timeless tale of young lovers who will stop at nothing to be together. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, arizonatheatre.org, 602-256-6995.

Through May 17
Witness for the Prosecution
Agatha Christie – the queen of modern mystery – is at her all-time best in this courtroom thriller filled with suspenseful plot twists. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $25, adults; $22, seniors and students. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

April 3
Spoken Word Series
Denise Jolly, co-host and facilitator of the Seattle Poetry Slam and poetry curator for The Round, performs with Sonya Renee Taylor, an award-winning poet, activist and transformational leader. 7:30 p.m. $30. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

April 3-12
ASU Theatre
Featuring more than 400 characters and no words, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other offers a bustling portrait of life in a city square where the everyday and the extraordinary intermingle. Call for times. $8-$16. ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, 480-965-6447.

April 4
Carnival of Illusion
Enjoy an evening of Old World magic as this program blends an international theme with the charm of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

April 4-May 17
A Weekend with Pablo Picasso
Written by and starring actor and artist Herbert Siguenza, this performance explores the passion, complexity and youthful vigor characterizing a genius responsible for some of history’s most original paintings. Siguenza creates six new masterpieces live on stage in the Arizona premiere, which is presented by Arizona Theatre Company. The play is performed in Spanish on select dates. April 4-26, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-3823; and April 30-May 17, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995. Call for times and ticket prices, arizonatheatre.org.

April 7, 21
Talk Cinema
Audience members are the critics at this sneak-preview film series that screens award-winning independent and foreign films before their theatrical release, followed by moderated conversations hosted by distinguished guest speakers. 7 p.m. $19. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.  

April 10-19
The Daughter of the Regiment
Arizona Opera concludes the season with this charming comedy, which follows a feisty young girl raised by a regiment of French soldiers high in the Alps. April 10-12, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-266-7464; and April 18-19, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, 520-293-4336. Call for times and ticket prices, azopera.org.

April 10-26
Ain’t She Brave
Through rich poetry and stories, music and dance, we meet women living “between hope and history,” as this innovative and provocative work chronicles the modern black woman’s perspective on her journey in America. The production is staged by Black Theatre Troupe. Call for times and ticket prices. The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, blacktheatretroupe.org, 602-258-8129.

April 10-26
Avenue Q
Humans and puppets interact in this tale of 20-somethings learning how to live and find their purpose in the big city. Part felt, part flesh and full of heart, the hilarious Tony Award-winning musical is presented by Mesa Encore Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaencoretheatre.com, 480-644-6500.

April 10-26
The Velocity of Autumn
Focusing on an elderly painter who lives a solitary existence with her fleeting memories and enough explosives to take down most of the block, this wispy but amiable comedy/drama focuses on the ravages of getting older. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.

April 10-May 10
Shrek the Musical
A soft-hearted, grumpy ogre – on a quest to save his swamp and a beautiful princess – learns about friendship, embracing what makes him special and true love in this fractured fairytale. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $25, adults; $22, seniors and students. Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

April 11
Nelson Illusions
This theatrical spectacle offers a blend of mystery, drama, romance, comedy and astonishing stage magic. 7 p.m. $23-$44.50. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, higleyarts.org, 480-279-7190.

April 11, 25
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Let’s do the time warp – with Broadway Bound and Gagged, a Rocky Horror shadow cast that performs twice monthly. 10:30 p.m. $10. AMC Deer Valley 30, 3033 W. Agua Fria Fwy., Phoenix, broadwayboundandgagged.com.

April 15
Grand Opera Cinema Series
San Francisco Opera brings films of its renowned productions to the Valley. The program continues with Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele. 7 p.m. $12. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

April 15-May 3
Buyer & Cellar
This new comedy offers an outrageous look at fame and the price paid to achieve it as a struggling actor finds himself taking an unusual gig in the basement of a true Hollywood A-lister. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, mesaartscenter.com, 602-254-2151.

April 16-18
Phoenix Improv Festival
This 14th annual event celebrates and promotes the art of improvisational comedy. Featuring talent from across the country, as well as Arizona’s hometown favorites, all performances are created on the spot based on audience suggestions. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, phoeniximprovfestival.com, 480-389-4852.

April 16-19
Battle of the Sexes
Men Are from Mars – Women Are from Venus is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up starring Peter Story and based on the New York Times No. 1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Call for times. $54. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

April 17-26
Our Kiki: A Gay Farce
Identities, relationships and languages get confused in this ASU Theatre production. The comedy is written by ASU alum Seth Tucker. Call for times. $8-$16. ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, 480-965-6447.

April 17-May 10
Sweet Charity
Featuring such songs as “Big Spender,” “If They Could See Me Now” and “The Rhythm of Life,” this musical comedy follows the adventures of a girl who wants to find love so badly that she loses sight of who she truly is. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

April 17-May 24
Pump Boys and Dinettes
The “pump boys” fix cars and sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, and the “dinettes” run the Double Cupp Diner next door. Together, they fashion an evening of country, rock ’n’ roll and pop songs that tell the story of life in a quiet town just off the highway. W-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 1:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1:45 p.m. Call for ticket prices. The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, thepalmstheatre.com, 480-924-6260.

April 20-21
ASU Student Film Festival
This annual event showcases the best films produced by students of the ASU Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Harkins Valley Art Theatre, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-965-6447.

April 21-26
Motown the Musical
Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl,” “What’s Going On” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this jukebox musical tells the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, and his journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.

April 23
Summer of 69: No Apostrophe
Comedians Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally expose the salacious details of their fiery union in a show that includes songs, funny talking, heavy ribaldry and an astonishing final act. 8 p.m. $39.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

April 24-May 9
The TomKat Project
Stray Cat Theatre presents this biting satire about the three-way marriage of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Scientology. Based on actual interviews and completely imagined scenes, the play chronicles the Scientology saga and skewers our collective obsession with celebrity as seven actors portray 54 characters, including Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer, Josh Hartnett, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and, of course, Suri Cruise. Th, 7 p.m.; F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.

April 29-May 17
End of the Rainbow
Judy Garland is brought back to life to share her savage wit, legendary tenacity and once-in-a-generation voice in this dramatic and often poignant production, which takes a look at the once-glittering starlet’s last days and the personal demons she couldn’t escape. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.