Running off the sonic fuel from his I Am Not a Human Being album and upcoming full-length Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne lands his spaceship for a speaker-blowing stop on the extended leg of his summer tour. The Grammy winner touts an impressive curriculum vitae, punctuated by CEO status, unabashed genre crossing, and lyrics woven together by sagacious metaphors. Although Tunechi fans can anticipate a high-octane performance rife with hit singles, the tour's white-hot opening acts acclimate concertgoers with equal parts R & B silk, rap grit, and synth-powered moxie. Frequent Lil Wayne collaborator and Miami boss Rick Ross partners with breakout diva Keri Hilson, club-banger maestros Far East Movement, and velvet-voiced Lloyd for a hard-hitting evening that far surpasses backyard puppet shows featuring homemade pyrotechnics.
A Peoria fixture since 2004, Arizona Broadway Theatre combines performances with fine dining, a marriage that helped garner the title of Best Playhouse from PHOENIX magazine in 2010. Curtains open to a cast of talented performers, who were culled from auditions in New York and the Valley of the Sun, and have belted out Broadway staples such as Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and Singin' in the Rain. Servers glide through the tiered theater hall prior to performances, peppering white tablecloths with platefuls of American fare. Previous show's menus have included such dishes as steak diane's sliced tenderloin paired with sautéed shallots and lyonnaise potatoes, which entertain patrons' stomachs without forcing them to eat the show's program.
The public sought exciting new entertainment in the Roaring Twenties, and as the storytellers of the Golden Age of Hollywood labored at myth making, theaters for the newfangled moving pictures were popping up across the nation. It was in this spirit that the Orpheum Theatre opened in 1929, though the Spanish Medieval– and Baroque-style building was one of the city's last major projects before the great stock-market crash. Regardless of its less-than-auspicious beginnings—not to mention nearly a century of hardships to follow—the theater avoided the wrecking ball. In the '60s, the Orpheum introduced Broadway theater to the city and staged such productions as Annie, Caberet, and Barefoot in the Park. Decades later, the theater was renovated and reopened once more, its majestic interior landscapes restored to their former glory.
After 19 years of staging season's greetings for Phoenix audiences, the Actors Theatre presents its musical version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for the final time. The classic holiday tale, given a melodic makeover with songs and lyrics by Alan Ruch, shares the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a money-hungry miser who is visited by a Cream cover band's worth of ghosts one Christmas Eve. Through dimension-bending derring-do and time-warping travel, Scrooge sees the errors of his ways and learns the true meaning of kindness, generosity, and the Christmas spirit. Shudder at the rattle of Marley's chains, quake at the Ghost of Christmas Future’s eerie silence, and ultimately cheer on Tiny Tim when he throws the game-winning touchdown. A Christmas Carol runs from December 4–24, with matinee and evening performances available—check the schedule for showtimes.