Five Plays and Musicals to See This Summer in Metro Phoenix

The cast of A Chorus Line.
The cast of A Chorus Line. Desert Stages Theatre

Fall is typically the start of the theater season, but even though we're in the dog days of summer, there are still a number of productions to see around metro Phoenix if you're in the mood for a show.

Little Shop of Horrors

Through August 8
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 West Paradise Lane, Peoria

The cult favorite musical about a man-eating plant from outer space and the mild-mannered florist who finds it gets the dinner theater treatment at Arizona Broadway Theatre in the west Valley. Tickets start at $48 for the show only, or $70 per person for the show, an appetizer, and an entree.

Pump Boys & Dinettes

Through August 22
Phoenix Theatre
1825 North Central Avenue

Imagine four rural gas station employees and two diner waitresses singing country music and playing their hearts out. That's the premise of Pump Boys & Dinettes, a Tony-nominated musical that was born at The Cattleman steakhouse in New York City. Tickets start at $44.

A Chorus Line

July 30 through August 8
Desert Stages Theatre
7014 East Camelback Road, #586, Scottsdale

A group of hopeful young dancers audition for a Broadway show and learn about themselves in the process in this classic musical by Marvin Hamlisch that won nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. Tickets are $25.

Steel Magnolias

August 18 through September 12
Phoenix Theatre
1825 North Central Avenue

Fans of the hit 1990 movie may not know that the story originated on the stage, where a group of Southern female friends talk about life and love at Truvy's Beauty Spot. Tickets start at $44.

Say Goodnight Gracie

August 20 through September 5
Fountain Hills Theater
11445 North Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills

Entertainment legend George Burns is missing his late wife, Gracie Allen, but he can't be reunited with her until he gives the performance of a lifetime for God. That's the premise of the Tony-nominated play Say Goodnight, Gracie, a one-man show that takes the audience through Burns' unforgettable life. Tickets are $35.
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Jennifer Goldberg is the culture editor and Best of Phoenix editor for Phoenix New Times.