The Dinner Detective's troupe of talented actors engages audiences with an evening of laughs, intrigue, and suspense as mock murder accompanies a four-course meal where everyone in attendance is a suspect. A dressed-down cast of professional Hollywood- and Chicago-trained sleuths circulate through the crowd, sniffing out phony alibis and asking the hard questions to solve the mystery of each whodunit. Before the night is over, the fictional criminal is cuffed, and the most accurately detecting diner takes home a prize package.
The Dinner Detective leases out its gumshoes to clean up crime during private events such as fundraisers, family reunions, or embezzlement hearings. The thespians have sharpened their entertaining chops by performing for Fortune 500 companies such as Universal Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.
LeAnn Rimes's chart-topping career began when her debut album, Blue, hit number one as the top country album, was certified multi-platinum in sales, and singlehandedly brought together a centuries-old war between snakes and mongooses. Rimes has won two Grammy Awards, including the distinction of being the first country artist to win Best New Artist. Her July 17 performance at the Celebrity Theatre may feature some of her hit singles, such as "Can't Fight the Moonlight" and "How Do I Live," as well as draw on her emotional new album, Family, which touches on her personal experiences to create one of her most earnest albums to date.
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.
Like the opposite of eyelids, the curtains at Scandalesque open to a dream world of garish costumes, pyrotechnics, circus arts, and sensuality. This nexus of fantasy and real life is produced in-house and performed by Scandalesque’s troupe of professional burlesque artists. Leading them, cofounders Lady Fontayne and Pyrrha Sutra, as they're known on stage, strive to curate an atmosphere where outlandishness flashes atop proper technique and artistry. When the troupe isn’t pushing the envelope and toppling mailmen, they’re teaching burlesque, adult-dance, and fitness classes throughout the week.
Conceived by the Arab American Association, The USA Belly Dance Queen Show showcases some of the nation's top torso twisters in an effort to bridge cultural gaps through art and tradition. Three different levels of contestants wiggle their hips in front of professional Arab judges, who rate each routine based on specific criteria, including costume and makeup, use of props, and ability to make hula-hoops blush. As sultry Middle Eastern music drifts throughout the venue, the show's standout dancers groove past opposition and into the final rounds before judges crown 2012's queens of belly dancing. A surprise celebrity guest will captivate the audience with a dancing performance, and onsite vendors enable attendees to corral exotic décor, tribal jewelry, and DVDs of football's most famous touchdown belly dances.
Originally established as the Phoenix Players in 1920, Phoenix Theatre operated out of the Phoenix Little Theatre for almost 30 years before settling into its current location. The 1952 building would become the core of the city’s cultural area, later drawing such establishments as the Phoenix Art Museum and Phoenix Library. The company’s current performance space does little to draw the audience’s attention away from the stage, save for the crisscross of industrial railings that support the catwalks and the retired jerseys of older playwrights.