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Through July 1
Annie, The Musical
Life changes for the better when a spunky Depression-era orphan and her clever canine meet and win the heart of billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks. Presented by Valley Youth Theatre, the classic musical about never giving up hope includes such memorable scores as “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, vyt.com, 602-253-8188.

Through July 8
Little Wars
Tensions are high, the booze is flowing and war is coming in 1940s France as the coolest women on earth are having the what-if dinner party you always imagined. Arizona Women’s Theatre Company. presents this imagined meeting of the minds with Agatha Christie, Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Parker, Alice B. Toklas, Lillian Hellman and Muriel Gardiner. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2:30 p.m. $13. Mesa Encore Theatre Black Box Theatre, 933 E. Main St., Mesa, azwtc.org.

Through July 21
The Star-Spangled Girl
This fast-moving, hilarious Neil Simon comedy deals with two earnest young men struggling to put out a “protest” magazine, and the all-American girl who moves in next door and manages to send both of them into a romantic tailspin. Call for times and ticket prices. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com, 480-314-0841.

Through July 29
The Big Radio Broadcast of 1941
Copperstate Productions presents this hit musical, which charmingly re-creates the old radio programs with their comedy, news and intrigue segments, set to original music of the period. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $30, adults; $12, children 17 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

Through July 29
Bring It On
Pressure mounts on the captain of a decorated cheerleading squad as she attempts to lead her crew to its sixth consecutive national title. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $20. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

Through July 29
A Murder Is Announced
Residents of a cozy English country village discover an announcement of a forthcoming murder in the personals column of the local weekly gazette. Unable to resist, the group gathers at the house at the appointed time as the lights go out and a gun is fired. Call for times. $22-$28. Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, desertstages.org, 480-483-1664.

July 1
Kevin Hart
The comedian has won over hordes of fans through his self-deprecatory humor on stage, plus a bevy of roles in such movies as “Get Hard,” “Ride Along 2” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” His 2017 memoir, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, premiered at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

July 6-15
42nd Street
Charles Shaughnessy, Debby Boone and Eloise Kropp star in this song-and-dance extravaganza, which tells the story of a humble chorus girl who becomes an overnight success when she steps into the limelight on short notice to replace the injured leading lady. The production is staged by Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. W-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa-Su, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $36-$58. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, scottsdalemusicaltheater.com, 602-909-4215.

July 6-22
Mary Poppins
Magically appearing just when she’s needed most, an English nanny leads the Banks children on zany adventures with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an assortment of astonishing characters. The timeless tale of love and family, presented by Arizona Broadway Theatre, is filled with over-the-top cheery numbers, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Call for times. $44-$73. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-258-9481.

July 6-August 18
Sister Act
A salty lounge singer goes into witness protection at a convent, breathing new life into the church and community with her unique disco moves and powerful voice. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, haletheatrearizona.com, 480-497-1181.

July 13-August 5
Country Jukebox
Audience members select songs from a giant jukebox filled with the greatest country tunes of all time, and a multi-talented cast creates a never-before-seen musical revue in this original interactive show. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $30, adults; $12, children 17 and younger. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, fhtaz.org, 480-837-9661.

July 13-August 12
Catch Me If You Can
Based on the hit Steven Spielberg film, the musical comedy tells the story of a brazen young conman and master of deception who fools some of the best security in the world. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org, 623-776-8400.

July 18
Contemporary Forum Film Fest
The summer film festival explores the art world through a satirical lens, celebrating characters who show moral courage in the face of adversity. This month’s showing is Manifesto starring actress Cate Blanchett, who portrays 13 distinct characters – from an anchorwoman to a homeless man – in vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos. 6:30 p.m. $5. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.

July 20-22
Footloose
Dance, music and joy return to a brokenhearted town when a newcomer shakes up the status quo and wins the battle to hold a teen dance. The musical celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Call for times. $16-$19. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 41st Dr., Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 623-336-6001.

July 21
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. 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $45-$60. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, carnivalofillusion.com, 480-359-SHOW.

July 25-September 9
Avenue Q  
There’s more fuzz to love when these badly behaved puppet friends return to the stage in this R-rated, laugh-out-loud look at life after college. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com, 602-254-2151.