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Theatre League brings Broadway to Valley


The classic “Wizard of Oz” kicks off Theater League’s “Broadway Series in the Valley” at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC) Dec. 6 through 7 and Dec. 8 through 11 at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. The 2011-12 series continues with “The Rat Pack is Back,” showing Jan. 10 through 11, 2012 at the MAC and Jan. 12 through 15 at the Orpheum. Join the kings of the Vegas strip – “Frank,” “Dean,” “Joey” and “Sammy” – as they


entertain and enthrall audiences with their ritzy, glitzy style and songs “That’s Amore,” Fly Me to the Moon” and “Mr. Bojangles.”


Next up is the Broadway classic, “My Fair Lady,” at the MAC Jan. 31 through Feb. 1, 2012 and Feb. 16 through 19 at the Orpheum. One of Broadway’s enduring classics, the Lerner and Loewe musical features “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face,” “Get Me to the Church On Time” and more. The last Broadway show of the series is “Rock of Ages” April 10 through 11, 2012 at MAC and March 8 through 11, 2012 at the Orpheum. The fi ve-time, Tony Award- nominated smash-hit musical is a “hilarious, feel-good love story” taking place in 1987 on the Sunset Strip when a small town girl meets a big city rocker and fall in love. The story is told through the greatest songs of the ‘80s by hits of Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and more.


Individual tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Mon., Oct. 10. Tickets for the Orpheum Tickets for Mesa Arts Center start at $25 and will be available at www.theaterleague. com, the Mesa Arts Center box offi ce or by calling 480-644-6560. Orpheum Theater tickets start at $45 and will be available at www.theaterleague.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, through the Phoenix Convention Center box offi ce or by calling 800-745- 3000. Groups of 15 or more save up to 30 percent at the Orpheum Theater and up to 10 percent at Mesa Arts Center by calling 866-31-GROUP. Students save 50 percent on balcony seating and military save 50 percent throughout the theatre.


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September 3 - 16, 2011 ‘WICKED’ flies into Gammage


Tickets to “WICKED,” the “untold story of the witches of Oz,” go on sale at 10 a.m. Mon., Nov. 28 for the performances from Feb. 15 through March 11, 2012 at ASU Gammage.


Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, “WICKED” tells the story about two other girls who meet in the land of Oz long before Dorothy drops in to the emerald city. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fi ery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. “WICKED” is about how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.


The production features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz of “Godspell,” “Pippin,” and Academy Award winner for “Pocahontas” and “The Prince of Egypt” and book by Winnie Holzman of “My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething.” The musical is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello of “Take Me Out,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “The Vagina Monologues,” who also directed former Valley actress Kathy Fitzgerald when she played “Morrible” in a 2010 Broadway production.


“WICKED” is recommended for those 8 years and older; no children younger than 4 will be admitted.


ASU Gammage is located on the main campus of Arizona State at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard University in Tempe. Purchase tickets at www.asugammage.com or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787).


Arts, crafts fest in Pine


Head “over the mountain and through the woods” to Strawberry and Pine for Labor Day and take in the Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Annual Labor Day Festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 3 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 4. There’s a playground, clowns and face-painting for the kids, and more than 80 arts and crafts booths for parents including original artwork by widely-recognized Arizona artists such as the heart-felt paintings of Ruthellen Mason, crafted wooden bowls by Curt Harp and basketry of Bob Gleason. Food vendors will also be on hand.


It will be held at the Pine Community Center grounds, at Highway 87 and Randall Place, 15 miles north of Payson via Highway. 87 (Beeline Highway) in Pine. For details, visit www.pine-strawberryartscrafts.com.


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