With so many theaters near the Downtown campus, there are many productions to look forward to that will sell out quickly and are almost guaranteed to be exceptional shows. Here are some of the must-sees:
Cirque D’Or at the Herberger Theater Center
Jan. 24 – 25
Many people have heard of Cirque du Soleil. Cirque D’Or may best be compared as a scaled-down version that is much less expensive. The show features a cast of talented acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists from around the world and is a great family show. The award-winning production is known for its beautiful costumes and lighting, and the Herberger calls it “one of the most spellbinding shows you will ever see.” Tickets are $28 – $63.
La Bayadère by Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony
La Bayadère isn’t extremely well-known, but it certainly looks promising. The production tells the story of a temple dancer and a young warrior who, unable to be together in life, are united in death. Ballet Arizona promises lavish set designs, “which conjure up exotic locales like The Arabian Nights” and that the ballet will “transport you with dream-like sequences to a world of noble warriors, cruel princesses and beautiful temple dancers.” Tickets are $39 – $135.
Around The World In 80 Days by Arizona Theatre Company
March 27-April 13
Also the name of a popular film featuring Jackie Chan, the plot of this show isn’t hard to guess. It takes place in 1872 London, where a man named Phileas Fogg believes that, with modern transportation, he can travel around the world in 80 days. What isn’t as easy to guess is how this show will manage to take its audience on a journey across seven continents and make them feel as if it’s actually happening. That’s a lot of set changes, a lot of costume changes and a lot of countries. Plus, it can’t be easy to make the “modern transportation” look convincing. It should be a great deal of fun just to see how this show progresses. Tickets are $44 – $67.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Valley Youth Theatre
April 4 – 20
This theater is known for its family-friendly shows and tendency toward beloved children’s classics. Snow White is a much-loved story and film and should be an enchanting production. Ticket information will be available closer to the date.
April 10 – May 18
Avenue Q is puppet theater for adults, but it’s far from Sesame Street, so even though the puppets would make the kids laugh, it’s probably best to leave them at home. Phoenix Theatre describes the show as R-Rated, saying its “outrageous and irreverent humor comes at you like a freight train.” They call it “hysterical, fast-paced and fun, fun, FUN!” It’s most definitely guaranteed to produce a night full of laughter. Tickets start at $46.
With all of these shows, make sure to inquire about student discounts and get your tickets before they’re gone!