Theater & Shows in Arizona

Season Pass to Tucson Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series's Friday-Evening Concerts (Up to 44% Off)

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

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Five programs fill the fall and winter with music from Rossini, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and others, each with a guest artist or conductor

$180 $100

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$85 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two with Souvenir Mugs from The Dinner Detective ($161.60 Value)

The Dinner Detective

Mesa

After shocking murder, guests and actors collect clues to expose killer while dining on meatloaf, chicken, or pasta

$161.60 $85

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Improv Show for Two or Four at Outliars Comedy Club (Up to 55% Off)

Outliars Comedy Club

Multiple Locations

Improv players trained at Second City and iO explore the unexpected in short- and long-form scenes

$40 $18

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Club Night on Friday or Saturday for Two at El Parral (Half Off)

El Parral

Glendale

Dance club complete with table and bottle service, a full bar, and live music gets folks moving

$20 $10

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Standup Comedy at Stand-Up, Scottsdale! (Up to 49% Off)

Stand-Up, Scottsdale!

Downtown Scottsdale

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Intimate comedy venue hosts a rotating cast of nationally known comedians

$49 $25

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Marvin Short's "Rock 'n Roll Dreams" at Theatre Sedona Through December 30 (Up to 51% Off)

Marvin Short's "Rock 'n Roll Dreams"

Theatre Sedona

Sax-man Marvin Short blasts out the hits that defined rock, including songs from Jerry Lee Lewis, Tina Turner, and Ray Charles

$38.22 $25

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"A Child's Christmas in Wales" at Ethington Theatre, November 14–23 (Up to 50% Off)

"A Child's Christmas in Wales"

Ethington Theatre

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Stage adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ beloved short story transports families to holidays gone by

$24 $12

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Standup Comedy for Two or Four at Laffs Comedy Caffe (Up to 53% Off)

Laffs Comedy Caffe

Broadmoor-Broadway

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32-year-old club keeps chuckles rolling with a nation-touring lineup including Floyd J. Phillips, Nick Hoff, Mark Poolos, and Hippieman

$60 $28

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Three-Course Italian Buffet Dinner and Murder Mystery Show for One or Two at Fazio's Catering Hall (47% Off)

Fazio's Catering Hall

Chandler

Guests try to solve a murder during an interactive theatrical performance while dining on a three-course Italian buffet dinner

$85 $45

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"Footloose," "42nd Street," "Harvey," or "Lombardi" at Desert Stages Theatre (Up to 50% Off)

Desert Stages Theatre

Downtown Scottsdale

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Rock ‘n’ roll riles a religious town; a Broadway ingenue tastes fame; a man befriends an imaginary rabbit; a legendary coach makes history

$21 $11

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$17 for a Puppet Show for Two Children and Two Adults at Great Arizona Puppet Theater ($34 Value)

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

Downtown Phoenix

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Puppets regale audiences with fables such as The Little Red Hen and original holiday stories such as Little Bunny’s Halloween

$34 $17

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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$12 for a Friday- or Saturday-Night Comedy Show for Two at The Speakeasy Comedy Club (Up to $24 Value)

The Speakeasy Comedy Lounge

South Scottsdale

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Local comics share the stage with national headliners at a comedy lounge inside Papi Chulo's Mexican Cantina

$24 $12

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Comedy Show for Two, Four, or Eight at Chaos Comedy Improv at the Dearing Acting Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Chaos Comedy Improv

Dearing Acting Studio

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Family-friendly comedy troupe showcases improvisational talent in weekly, unscripted shows

$24 $15

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Demonstrating inventive takes on old myths is par for the course at Great Arizona Puppet Theater, whose adaptation of Cinderella won the 2010 UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in puppetry. Behind the scenes, professional puppeteers guide the characters through kid-friendly narratives, both ancient and original. Their performances often include a timely moral that parents can discuss with children with the help of accompanying study guides, which encourage guests to analyze themes and ask questions such as "how can puppets talk if they have no brains?"

The puppet masters have more than 50 tales in their collective memory. They perform them in the historical, hand-painted theater space five days a week, as well as at area schools and functions. By crafting scripts that address Arizonian themes, including the conservation of endangered condors and figures in Native American folklore, they hope to educate and engage their young spectators. Guests can interact with the stories even further by adopting puppets from the onsite gift shop or by attending a private party, where they create their own hand puppets out of paper bags. Additionally, seasonal adult shows prove that puppetry can be as edgy as any other art form.

302 W Latham St
Phoenix,
AZ
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The seasoned instructors at Belly Dance Tucson demystify the Middle Eastern art of speaking with the hips during a schedule of belly dancing classes for adults and children. Students en route to belly dancing mastery must first participate in eight weeks of the Introductory Technique course. Afterward, each successive class increases in difficulty and begins incorporating finger symbols, veils, and Rubik's cubes that participants must solve with their feet. The studio's kid-friendly classes teach bite-size belly dancers aged 5?10 in a fun, encouraging environment. Specialty workshops and private lessons allow pupils to fine-tune specific skills under the tutelage of a world-renowned dancer. Belly Dance Tucson's professional dancing troupe can also travel to special events and social gatherings to grace crowds with hypnotizing entertainment.

2629 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson,
AZ
US

Mesa Arts Center curates artistic goings-on inside a sleek structure filled with four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Graced by the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Bill Cosby, the stages of the facility's theaters showcase a cultural cocktail of live music, Broadway, dance, and comedy performances. Grooming the next generation of artisans with the help of advanced equipment, seasoned instructors teach everything from acting and beading to woodworking and welding during art classes tailored to both kids and adults.

For inspiration, students and visitors can stroll through the galleries of the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum for glimpses at a revolving selection of contemporary art from international artists. Speckled with gardens, shapely architecture, and colorful lighting, the facility’s modern grounds welcome guests for everyday visits or annual events and festivals.

1 E Main St
Mesa,
AZ
US

Luminous chandeliers float like paper lanterns above the lobby of Chandler Center for the Arts, welcoming guests entering through the towering glass facade. Inside, they find three halls—one larger auditorium, and two more intimate performance spaces—hosting a variety of musical and theatrical performances. Each theater is designed for optimal acoustics, ensuring audiences can hear every tuneful note, stage-whispered line, and breaking of the fourth wall. And the center showcases non-performing arts as well—the Exhibition Hall displays regularly rotating collections of sculptures and paintings.

250 N Arizona Ave
Chandler,
AZ
US

For more than two decades, The Mystery Mansion Dinner Theater has kept diners guessing with ghoulishly goofy whodunits. The rotating repertoire includes Murder at Greystone Manor, which takes place on the set of Golden Age Hollywood director C.D. Weasel's latest production. Before filming can begin in earnest, starlet Clara Simpleton comes down with a bad case of cold feet and cold everything else. Femme fatale and back-up actress Jewel Precious seems the obvious suspect, but the stunningly punny characters know well how to hide their motivations behind a flurry of gags and one-liners. Murder at Bedside Manor takes place in a shockingly OSHA-noncompliant hospital staffed by such consummate professionals as Barb Bituate, Old Doctor Young, Young Doctor Young, and Nurse Scratchit. "Lame jokes, puns, goofy costumes, and thin plots are the stock in trade at the Mystery Mansion," noted Barbara Yost of the Arizona Republic, adding, "Patrons can't get enough.

6835 North 58th Drive
Glendale,
AZ
US

Arizona’s most promising side-splitters share the stage with nationally renowned headliners at Speakeasy Comedy Club, a venue taking its atmospheric cues from a Prohibition-era nightspot. Shows on Friday and Saturday nights feature performers who have honed their anatomical knowledge of funny bones during televised appearances on Conan, Last Comic Standing, and HBO specials. Though the club discloses its password to a range of comics from diverse backgrounds, most performers eschew squeaky-clean comedy for a brand of dirty humor that appeals to the noir detectives who regularly lean on the venue's gray brick walls or occupy the back row’s plushy seats. A friendly wait staff supplies cocktails, signature margaritas, and other exquisite libations along with Mexican cuisine to soothe bellies aching from chortling fits.

5101 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale,
AZ
US