Reviews and previews of what's on Valley stages now
Fiddler on the Roof: It is, of course, too much to ask that we should make it through a single theater season without this kosher chestnut getting dusted off for our perusal. God forbid we should have to not hear "If I Were a Rich Man" or "Sunrise, Sunset" for a whole year, and so the valley's premier dinner theater is schlepping us to Tsarist Russia, circa 1905, for more of Jerry Brock and Sheldon Harnick's instantly recognizable tunes. There, we hope to find a Tevye worthy of the accompanying entrees, which are included in the ticket price for the show. Through March 2. Arizona Broadway Theater is located at 7701 W. Paradise Ln. in Peoria. Dinner is served one hour and forty-five minutes before curtain; showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m., Sunday matinees at 1 p.m., and Sunday twilight shows at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $39-$49, which includes dinner, show, and tax. Call the box office at 623-776-8400, and tell them Hodel sent you.
Gilligan's Island: The Musical: For those of us who can't get enough of the Professor and! Mary Ann!, Gilligan creator Sherwood Schwartz has cobbled together this musical version whose varied distinctions include a world première at Desert Stages, where it is being restaged now through the end of March. Fans will thrill to the sounds of Thurston Howell III singing "It's Good to Be Rich" and watching everyone's favorite TV scientist bellowing "The Professor's Lament." The rest of us will, well, probably stay home. Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale through March 29 at 4720 North Scottsdale Road. Curtain is at 7:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 480-483-1664 for reservations and ticket prices.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change: Anyone needing proof that we will never, ever be free of Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' 12-year-old comic musical should consider these two facts: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is currently off-Broadway's longest-running musical, and this Desert Foothills production is one of two currently treading local boards. The play's tagline, "Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws, but were afraid to admit," will be proven in this version by director Sara Bernstein and players Danette D'Anjou, Ashleigh Hunt, Ben Medina, and Michael Stewart. Through February 17 at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St. in Scottsdale. Call 480-488-1981 for more information.
Nunsensations: The Nunsense Las Vegas Revue: As with any cheeseball network sitcom, it was only a matter of time before
Dan Goggin's incredibly popular series of Nunsense sequels went on location. This, the sixth follow-up to the smash original Nunsense, finds the usual bewimpled Brides of Christ (led by Noel Irick, who's reprising her role as Reverend Mother Mary Regina from an earlier Goggin show) acting silly and singing about it. Copperstate Dinner Theater is enormously proud to have scored the Arizona premiere of this show, directed by Peter Hill and also featuring Chrystalle Reed, Laura Webb, and Elizabeth Reeves as some of the other Sisters of Hoboken. Transubstantiation jokes continue through March 9, with a special Valentine's Day performance on Tuesday, February 14th. The theater is located at Phoenix Greyhound Park, 3801 E. Washington St. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, with dinner at 6:30 and curtain at 8, and on Sundays at 5:30 with a 7 p.m. curtain. Show and dinner price is $39.95; reservations can be made at 602-279-3129.
Anything Goes: Not to be confused with the super-cheesy '70s game show of the same name (Remember? Pie fights and challenge rounds featuring The DeFranco Family?), this popular book musical is among the better composer-centric homages. Sing-along standards from Cole Porter like "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," and of course, the title tune, presented here as a show-stopper, are all neatly grafted onto a story of mistaken identities and a ship full of tap-dancing Marines. Through February 9 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road in Mesa. Call 480-325-6700 for ticket prices and dinner menus.
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