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Through May 6
Animated with a high-energy mix of music and dancing, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a comic and colorful journey through the biblical story of young Joseph, who is sold into slavery by his brothers after his father favors him with a gorgeous colored cloak. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Through May 6
We Will Rock You
Based on the songs of British rock band Queen, the musical tells the story of a distant future where musical instruments and composers are forbidden and rock music is all but unknown. Call for times and ticket prices. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
Through May 12
The Importance of Being Earnest
Comic mishaps ensue when two gentlemen court two ladies who have a fondness for the name Ernest. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
Through May 13
The Bridges of Madison County
This romantic musical tells the unforgettable story of a National Geographic photographer and his life-changing, four-day love affair with an Iowa farm wife. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.
Through May 13
I Never Sang for My Father
Family dynamics unravel as this American classic exposes the painful truths of the relationship between a dutiful son, an alienated daughter and their harsh, detached father. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
Through May 20
Biblical parables come to life in this musical, which is set in modern-day New York. The score includes a string of popular songs, including “Day by Day,” “All for the Best” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord.” Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
Through June 3
The Diary of Anne Frank
Presented by Arizona Theatre Co., this powerful true-life tale captures the catastrophic realities of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in war-torn Amsterdam. Through May 12, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, 520-622-2823; and May 17-June 3, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-256-6995. Call for times and ticket prices, arizonatheatre.org.
Through June 3
Taking place at different times in Room 719 of the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City, this Neil Simon comedy includes glimpses at a marriage on the rocks, a possible rekindled romance and a couple dealing with their reluctant daughter on her wedding day. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.
Expect the unexpected as this adults-only event brings together cutting-edge puppeteers presenting new short works that are outrageous, moving, bawdy and controversial. 8 p.m. $10, advance; $12, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Church & State
iTheatre Collaborative presents this timely play about a political candidate who impulsively tells the truth about his views on God and guns and has to deal with the consequence. Th-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, itheatreaz.org, 602-252-8497.
Silence! The Musical
Sharp dialogue and shocking songs define this off-Broadway musical parody of The Silence of the Lambs as a rookie FBI agent matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. The play is presented by Stray Cat Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.
Audience members choose their favorite country tunes from a giant jukebox – from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton to Carrie Underwood and more – and each night the cast creates a new musical revue based on their selections. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $18-$35. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.
The epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption is set against a nation in the throes of a revolution. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
May 15, 29
Mixing Hollywood flair with an element of surprise, guests arrive not knowing in advance what will be showing at this sneak-preview film series, which screens award-winning independent and foreign films before their theatrical release. Moderated conversations led by film scholars and guest speakers are included. 7 p.m. $14. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
May 16-June 10
Little Shop of Horrors
The lively musical focuses on a nerdy floral assistant who discovers his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant that feeds on human blood. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.
May 17-June 30
Inspiring tears, laughter and deep thought, this heartwarming musical revolves around the relationship between a traveling salesman and his adult son, who looks for the truth behind his father’s tall tales. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.
May 18-June 3
Rock of Ages
A small-town girl meets a big-city rocker in this love story told through the heart-pounding hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison and other well-known rock, glam and metal acts from the 1980s. The production is staged by Mesa Encore Theatre. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaencoretheatre.com, 480-644-6500.
The death-defying magician is known for his exceptional fusion of magic and stunt work. 8 p.m. $50-$126. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
May 29-June 3
Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic, which takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.