Bible Beats

God goes glam in Phoenix

6/23-6/26
The Bible rocks, dude. (Surely all that thumping has got to create a wicked beat . . .) And if you're watching a performance of the long-running musical Godspell, then you know that the Bible really can rawk, man. Moon Valley Productions raises the roof on Thursday, June 23, at the opening night of the show's four-day run. The glammy Godspell, which is based on the Gospel according to Matthew, debuted in 1971 and easily generated a cult following and comparisons to Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair. Equal in flamboyance, casts of Godspell traditionally perform the show in full clown suits. Yep -- red nose, floppy shoes. Moon Valley Productions founders Mark and Rachel Stoddard opened their doors seven years ago to present performances that reflect the teachings of their preferred Judeo-Christian overlord. The theater is located at 13613 North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. Admission is $16.50, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 602-404-7409 or visit www.mvptheater.org. -- Amy Young

O, Kennedy

SUN 6/26
Jamie Kennedy never talks about his leading role in Malibu's Most Wanted, the white-boy-in-the-'burbs-pretending-he's-a-thug flick. That's because most of the time, he's actually funny. He'll be hitting the stage at the Tempe Improv, 930 East University, on Sunday, June 26, to prove it to you. The two shows at 8 and 10 p.m. will illustrate why we let him take a gimme on a sucky movie. His role as killer Randy Meeks in Wes Craven's Scream trilogy showcased his acting ability, but it was his sketch comedy show on the WB that proved Kennedy is the one writing the good jokes. The Jamie Kennedy Experiment was similar to Candid Camera, which matches the comedian's quirky style. Catch his off-the-wall humor in person for $20. Call 480-921-9877. -- Chelsea IdeMinnelli Vanilli
Friends and faux in Liza Live!

6/28-7/7
Friendly People Productions doesn't sound like the go-to group for a Lunch Time play about vitriol-spitting divas. But the folks who created 2004's cuddly Dog Lovers give it their bitchy best for the première of Cindy Brown's Liza Live! from Tuesday, June 28, through July 7 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. It's the story of a drag queen, his opera-singer roommate, and the director who must somehow keep everyone happy. Tickets are $5, and show time is 12:10 p.m. Call 602-254-7399, x104 or x106, or see www.herbergertheater.org for lunch info and other tidbits. -- Julie Peterson

 
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