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If you’re looking for a fun alternative to the same old movie theater outing – whether with friends or family – take a look at our music & theater options. This area is full of exciting things to do, including theatrical productions and musicals.

Check out our venues below and add some magic to your days. Each listing includes a more detailed description of the venue and the events they host, as well as their name, address, phone number, website, and driving directions.
ASU Grady Gammage Auditorium
ASU Grady Gammage Auditorium

(480) 965-5062

1200 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281   Directions

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Experience an architectural landmark and unprecedented performances at Grady Gammage Auditorium, located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. As one of the largest university-based performing centers in the world, ASU Gammage presents the Broadway Across America series along with entertainers in the field of dance, music and performing arts.

Arizona State University Gammage is a wildly popular venue in the Phoenix area, known for staging big-name Broadway shows and hosting top-notch entertainers and performers.

ASU Gammage is a spectacular building from the outside as well. In fact, it was was of the last designs by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The $2.46 million building is one of the largest performing arts centers in the world based within a university setting. The main stage of ASU Gammage seats 3,000 spectators, with 3 levels of seating. The arrangement means that no seat is more than 115 feet from the stage.

Outside, two pedestrian bridges span 200 feet to the entrance, and folds of concrete mimic the feel of stage curtains. ASU Gammage is Frank Loyd Wright's only public building design in Arizona.

ASU Gammage is the go-to theater for Broadway Across America in Arizona. Previous performances have included "Mama Mia!," "Wicked," "Mary Poppins," "Shrek The Musical," "Hair" and "Young Frankenstein."INFO

Ballet Arizona
Ballet Arizona

(602) 381-0184

645 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018   Directions

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View a spectacular performance of dance artistry and athleticism with Ballet Arizona, Phoenix's premier professional dance company. Classics and contemporary interpretations are a regular part of the season, with performances such as "The Nutcracker" and "Modern Masters."

Celebrity Theatre
Celebrity Theatre

(602) 267-1600

440 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85008   Directions

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Catch the best of today's headliners at the Celebrity Theatre, a 2,650-seat theater-in-the-round venue that offers unobstructed views from every seat in the house. Notable performers have included Roger Daltrey, Don Rickles and Etta James.

The aptly-named Celebrity Theatre never fails to surprise and entertain, whether it's a well-known headliner or the facility's world-class sound system that always blows away the crowd.

This unique entertainment venue was built in 1963 as a multi-purpose conference center. It's 2,650-seat theater-in-the-round style means that every seat in the house has a fantastic view, with no seat being more than 70 feet from the stage.

Amazing headliners constantly grace the stage, including Bill Cosby, Lynyrd Skynyrd, B.B. King, Olivia Newton-John, Roger Daltrey, Don Rickles and Etta James.

Chandler Center
Chandler Center

(480) 782-2680

250 E Commonwealth Ave
Chandler, AZ 85225   Directions

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If you enjoy Broadway productions in an intimate setting, then Chandler Center for the Arts is your kind of theater. The entertainment venue also specializes in bringing top-name performers to the stage, especially jazz and adult contemporary musicians.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Great Arizona Puppet Theater

(602) 262-2050

302 W Latham St
Phoenix, AZ 85003   Directions

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Watch favorite storybook characters come to life in the imaginative artistry of puppetry. At the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, you'll see classics like "Rumpelstiltskin" and "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," along with surprises like the adults-only Puppet Slam night.

Herberger Theater Center
Herberger Theater Center

(602) 252-8497

222 E Monroe St
Phoenix, AZ 85004   Directions

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The Herberger Theater Center is an incubator for the cutting-edge arts and entertainment scene in Phoenix. Part of the theater's mission is to educate and intrigue children in the fine art of live performances. Some of the lively productions are staged for children and feature local, talented child actors.

The Herberger Theater Center is not only a performing arts center, but is known in the Phoenix area as a cultivator and advocate for the arts community.

The theater center helped to revitalize downtown Phoenix during 1989, when the city was undergoing major redevelopment and renovation. Since then, the Herberger Theater Center has remained true to its original mission, by driving the cultural and educational development of the greater Phoenix area. Every year, the theater hosts 175,000 patrons and 30,000 school children.

The Herberger Theater Center is home to three theater groups: the Actors Theatre, the Arizona Theatre Company and the Center Dance Ensemble.

To round out the inviting beauty of the center, visitors can view the works of Arizona artists in the Upper Steele Pavilion.

Recent productions at the Herberger Theater Center include "Ain't Misbehavin'," "The Screwtape Letters," "Woody Guthrie's American Song" and "Seussical the Musical."

Marquee Theatre - Lucky Man Concerts
Marquee Theatre - Lucky Man Concerts

(480) 829-0707

730 N Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281   Directions

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Get your groove on at the Marquee Theatre, an intimate entertainment venue that showcases cutting edge talent and college bands on the brink of superstardom. And they're in good company. Bands like Bad Religion, Social Distortion and Jimmy Eat World have all performed here.

To put it simply, the Marquee Theatre rocks downtown Tempe like no other.

The historic landmark is now owned and run by Lucky Man Concerts, the southwest's No. 1 event producer. And what a ride it's been.

As one of the top clubs in the area, the Marquee Theatre has hosted well-known bands like New Found Glory, Owl City, AFI and Jack's Mannequin.

The Marquee Theatre has interesting neighbors that give the club much of its flavor. It's adjacent to the Salt River and is also neighbor to Arizona State University, where a large college crowd comes out to hear the likes of performers such as Gary Hoey, Shawn Johnson, Soulfly, Bad Religion, Social Distortion and Jimmy Eat World

National Comedy Theatre
National Comedy Theatre

(602) 374-5638

1111 S Longmore Rd
Mesa, AZ 85202   Directions

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You be the judge in the nightly comedy competition at the National Comedy Theatre. The audience gets to shout out ideas, and decide which team of improv performers wins. The comedians pull out all the stops in order to win bragging rights.

Orpheum Theater
Orpheum Theater

(602) 262-6225

203 W Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85003   Directions

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The vibrant and popular Orpheum Theater is back, better than ever after a $14 million face lift. Take in the best public performances of the Phoenix Opera, the Phoenix Ballet and more.

The Orpheum Theatre is a palatial backdrop to grand performances in downtown Phoenix. It draws elements of Spanish Baroque Revival and Italian Renaissance architecture to create a unique ambiance for guests and performers alike.

The multi-purpose cultural facility was recently restored to its former glory, complete with full-range sound, theatrical lighting and other improvements to upgrade the quality of performances hosted at the theater.

The Orpheum Theatre is a historic landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Place. The theater was originally built in 1929 to showcase vaudeville acts, then grew to accommodate the age of motion picture.

Eventually, the theater graduated to hosting Broadway shows, and after its recent $14 million renovations the Orpheum is once again ready to act as a central hub of spectacular entertainment in downtown Phoenix.

Concerts, Broadway productions, comedy shows and other events now fill the Orpheum Theatre to capacity once again

Phoenix Symphony
Phoenix Symphony

(602) 495-1117

1 N 1st St
Phoenix, AZ 85004   Directions

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The Phoenix Symphony has been making its mark on the Phoenix cultural scene since 1947. Today, the musicians perform almost 200 concerts and presentations in the region at Symphony Hall.

Originally, the symphony began with a group of talented musicians getting together occasionally to perform sporadic concerts throughout the years. As interest grew, the Phoenix Symphony became an official body with an annual season from September through the beginning of June.

The Phoenix Symphony is sensitive to the needs of the community, not only in its performances but also to draw and attract young and old alike to the magic of orchestral performances. The symphony collaborates with many artistic partners from the region, including the Phoenix Art Museum and the Phoenix Theatre.

Themes throughout the year have included a regular series of Classics, Symphony Pops, Chamber Orchestra, and Family offerings, as well as special community presentations celebrating various holidays and area events. There have also been special performances including the Rediscovered Masters series, and a festival of the World's greatest piano concertos.

Phoenix Theatre
Phoenix Theatre

(602) 254-2151

100 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85004   Directions

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Take in a live stage performance at one of the oldest community theaters in the nation, the Phoenix Theatre. This entertainment organization stages major programs that span the generations, including main stage productions, a children's theater series, and a festival of new works by established and emerging playwrights.

The Phoenix Theatre enjoys the distinction of being the oldest arts institution in Arizona, as well as one of the oldest arts organizations in the country.

With its heavyweight reputation, the Phoenix Theatre delivers on the promise of entertainment for all ages. The versatile theater was founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre, and includes the following major programs and performance areas:

The Mainstage - The theater's main auditorium-style seating is host to a professional program of adult theater pieces. Cookie Company - This very special program provides quality theater for youth and family groups.

PT Connections: Education & Outreach - If you can't come to the theater, let the theater come to you! This exciting programming option stages performances for outside organizations, off site.

Phoenix Theatre Academy - Up and coming talent needs a place to spread its wings and fly. Special programming and training designed by the staff ensures an enriching experience for all who participate.

New Works Festival - Theater in the raw, as it is being developed by playwrights and performers. Includes staged readings and performance workshops.

Recent productions at The Phoenix Theatre include "Les Misérables," "Hairspray," and "Noises Off."

The Nash
The Nash

(602) 795-0464

110 E Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ 85004   Directions

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The Nash preserves the cultural treasure of American music history, showcases live performance and ensures the future of the art of jazz for generations to come. Educational and performance programs include: classic jazz and new music; performances by student musicians, local pros and touring artists; weekly jazz jam sessions; workshops; master classes; and clinics.

Valley Youth Theatre
Valley Youth Theatre

(602) 253-8188

525 N 1st St
Phoenix, AZ 85004   Directions

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The Valley Youth Theatre is just the ticket for excellent, live productions for young audiences and by young actors and behind-the-scenes staff. The theater employs a children's orchestra and stages 6 or more productions each year.

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