Dinner and a Show
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater: Part of the Prather Family of dinner theaters, this local branch is now in its fifth season. The chain tends to share shows, which means we get to see out-of-towners hoofing the stage. Typical surf-and-turf menu. Current show: Funny Girl, through April 16. 5247 East Brown Road in Mesa. 480-325-6700.
Copperstate Dinner Theatre: Lately headquartered at Greyhound Park, our oldest dinner theater is run by husband-and-wife team Peter J. Hill (who directs and designs sets) and Noel Irick (who choreographs and designs costumes). This one offers prime rib and (better yet!) a full menu of cocktails. Current show: Somewhere in the Night: The Barry Manilow Songbook (see review). 3801 East Washington Street. 602-279-3129.
Arizona Broadway Theatre: Our newest dinner-and-a-show venue is a throwback to old-timey dinner theater, where one got strictly musicals in a state-of-the-art setting, as well as the occasional has-been TV star in a lead. The food is more upscale gourmet than one usually finds at dinner theater, too. Current show: Damn Yankees, through April 23. 7701 West Paradise Lane in Peoria. 623-776-8400.