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Sweeney Todd, October 11 – November 9
Sweeney Todd, October 11 – November 9

August 23 – October 5

Bright Star

Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina during two separate decades of the 20th century, this homespun fable features a bluegrass-infused Americana score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and reveals a sweeping tale of family, love and redemption. Call for times and ticket prices. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert,, 480-497-1181.

Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert, AZ, 85233

August 28 – October 13

Kinky Boots

This heartwarming and inspirational musical follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from a feisty female impersonator in need of some sturdy stilettos. Call for times. Tickets start at $32. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-254-2151.

The Phoenix Theatre Company, Phoenix, AZ

September 26 – October 6

Man of La Mancha

This passionate and poignant tale-within-a-tale focuses on a man who, against all odds, sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. Presented by Scottsdale Musical Theater Company, the play stars Peter Scolari of TV/Broadway fame. Th-F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $42-$58. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, 602-909-4215.

Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ, 85281

September 27 – October 20

Rathmines Road

A woman returns to the small town where she was raised, triggering long-buried memories of a devastating event in this timely and compelling drama. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $25, adults; $20, seniors; $15, students 25 and younger. Theatre Artists Studio, 12406 N. Paradise Village Pkwy. East, Scottsdale,, 602-765-0120.

Theatre Artists Studio, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254

September 27 – October 6

The Pirates of Penzance

Hilarity abounds as Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking comic operetta sets sail on a magical voyage with sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted youth, wide-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major General, all morally bound to the ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. The production is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $25, adults; $15, children 12 and younger. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale,, 480-488-1981.

Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, Scottsdale, AZ, 85331

October 3 – 6

The Light in the Piazza

Vacationing in Italy, a mother and daughter make a series of life-changing discoveries about love, identity, holding on and letting go in this captivating tale of passion and romance. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe,, 480-965-6447.

ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, Tempe, AZ

October 3 – 20

The Royale

Set in 1910, deep in the midst of Jim Crow, this knockout boxing drama follows a black prizefighter’s quest for victory against all odds. The absorbing tale is staged by Arizona Theatre Company. Call for times. Tickets start at $25. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,, 602-256-6995.

Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix, AZ, 85004

October 4 – 5

A Very Spooky Puppet Slam

Expect the unexpected as this adults-only event brings together quirky, edgy puppeteers presenting new short works that are outrageous, moving, bawdy and controversial. Matthew McGee from Washington, D.C., is special guest. 8 p.m. $12, advance; $15, day of show. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix,, 602-262-2050.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Phoenix, AZ, 85003

October 4 – 19


Set in a New York subway car, this controversial 1964 drama involves a young, middle-class black man and a vixen-like white woman who catches his eye, leading to a searing confrontation that amplifies the dimensions of racial conflict in America. Call for times. $25. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, 480-350-2822.

Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ, 85281

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