Upcoming Productions

Our upcoming productions are listed below. Please call the Box Office at 602-254-2151 if you have any questions.

The Amazing Acro-Cats
Presented by The Amazing Acro-cats
Performance held at Playhouse on the Park at Central Arts Plaza
1850 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Venue is across the street from Phoenix Theatre's campus
The Box Office, located at the entrance of the Playhouse, will open one hour prior to the performance.

The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for 205 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road, and tour the nation’s stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! A portion of the proceeds always benefits our mobile foster and rescue efforts. They have cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, our rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump!

It's Only a Play

Written by Tony® Award winner Terrence McNally, It’s Only a Play is a celebration of theatre at its best and theatre people at their not-so-best. The show takes place on opening night of Peter Austin’s new play. At the home of his wealthy producer, Peter is joined by his best friend, the show’s aging starlet, the director, and a drama critic, as the unlikely group anxiously awaits the late-night newspaper reviews. It’s Only a Play promises kooky characters and big laughs in a rare comedy that’s as smart as it is funny!

Hand to God
A co-production with Stray Cat Theatre

The angst-ridden youth of Cypress, Texas spend their afternoons practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one of the puppets turns out to have a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. He may look like an innocent sock puppet, but Tyrone shocks the congregation with outrageous insinuations and exposes deep, dark secrets. Described by the New York Times as “darkly delightful,” Hand to God is a fast-paced irreverent comedy about love, grief, and what it means to be human.

Fifty Shades of Felt
The fur flies with the final climax of "Fifty Shade of Felt," running February 9th-24th. Based on the phenomenon that has spanked the nation, this limited engagement is proof that smut is always better when it comes from fornicating felties. See what happens when our probing puppets bring their patented naughtiness to the stage- one last time -only to find we're down for a whole new level of lewd! Will Ana (and the audience) take the Sex Pledge? Will the Goddess allow a full fuzzgasm? What exactly are those puppeteers putting their hands up? And goodness gracious, what is THAT puppet shaped like? The answer to all these questions and much more will be "revealed" when you see the show that will make every puppet on the "Avenue" blush! Get ready to be FELT up!

No one under 17 years of age will be permitted.

The Boob Show

A huge hit during our Festival of New Plays and Musicals, Artistic Director Michael Barnard is thrilled to introduce the World Premiere of The Boob Show in our 17/18 season! Written by local artists Sally Jo Bannow and Craig Bohmler, the uplifting, comedic musical celebrates women—and their breasts—through song. Balancing levity with tough truths and heart with humor, The Boob Show commands in an engaging pre-Off Broadway experience guaranteed to delight!

Metro Arts Spring Dance Concert

Metro Arts Dance Department presents Spring Dance Concert 2018. March 1 & 2, 2018 at 7pm. Featuring Class, student, after school company and guest artist works.

Million Dollar Quartet

Four rock n’ roll icons. An impromptu jam session. One unforgettable night! Million Dollar Quartet imagines the now-legendary 1956 recording session of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Featuring a score of your favorite rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” and “Hound Dog,” played by the actors onstage, Million Dollar Quartet is a scorching show packed with red-hot talent. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame!

The Burlesque Astronomy Play
Part of the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre

Written by Shelia Cowley

The Burlesque Astronomy Play celebrates the vibrant interplay between scientific and artistic exploration - with dance, visual art, astronomy and science magic. The play explores the challenges that women face when balancing career and femininity.

Cookin's a Drag
Part of the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre

Music: Clint Edwards
Lyrics: Clint Edwards, additional lyrics: Michael Barnard
Book: Michael Barnard : additional book text, Vincent Van Vleet, Scott Withers

Description: Based on the pilot TV show by Scott Weiner, Cookin’s a Drag is a musical spoof about a ‘Drag Queen” who has a cooking show complete with guests, 3 back-up boys (Bicep, Tricep, Glute), a musical conductor with a past and a celebrity chef. The show takes place on the night of Cookin’s A Drag’s 5th Anniversary with a live 2 hour broadcast. Our lead, Betty D. Licious, has never done a live show. To complicate manners, it is her 50th Birthday. She is feeling old and vulnerable. Through series of unfortunate events, her live show turns into a chaotic mess involving musical numbers, huge laughs and a bit of self -discovery.

17-18 Composer/LyricistCabaret
Part of the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre

Anxiety, Aliens, and an Aviatrix: The Songs of Rachel Dean and David Brush: Saturday March 10th at 6pm in the Hormel Theater

Who Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring?: Select Musical Pieces by Kelly Pekar and Abigail Cline: Saturday March 17th at 5:30 pm in the Hormel Theater

Evening of Short Plays
Part of the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre
Featuring The Following Performances

Turk, Turk, Turk by Deirdre Girard
Untragically Ever After by Evan Baughfman
Yours and Mine by Glenn Alterman
Too Clever by Half by John F. Levin
Bacon Clickbait by David Don Miller
Bunker Bound by Chris Shaw Swanson

Milo at the Movies
Part of the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre

Book by Tom Diggs
Music and Lyrics by Mark Gaylord

Milo and Dexter thought they’d make a killing in vaudeville, but thanks to silent movies, they’d have better luck getting arrested than getting on stage. So when Milo’s gumption lands the duo an unexpected gig, the brothers figure they’ve struck gold: a regular gig, good dough and a pretty dame to boot! As long as they can avoid the censor, the cops, the dame’s fiancé and each other, everything’ll be just fine.

Part of the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre

Written by Steven Karp

Brought together by their parents’ scandalous marital history, a pair of septuagenarians discover that their teenage romance still has some spark. Reunion reminds us it’s never too late to fall back in love.

The NeverEnding Story: Live & Legless
The All Puppet Players bring you The NeverEnding Story: Live & Legless. This show asks you to embark on an adventure that has haunted children of the ‘80s for years. Travel to Fantasia, a magical land currently threatened by a darkness hell-bent on destroying everything it touches. Atreyu and his friends, including, a rock monster, a luck dragon, and a freaking guy riding a snail, all help him in his quest to destroy “The Nothing” and save Fantasia.
This sprawling fantasy epic will be overflowing with APP’s signature wit, pop-culture references, cost prohibitive sets, and pure puppet anarchy that will lambaste and pay homage to this celluloid childhood classic.
Get your tickets now and experience the enchanted world of a young boy’s imagination and behold the remarkable adventure that 80’s parents thought was appropriate for kids to watch.

Godspell - Tickets On Sale 1/24/2018

Godspell, the first major musical by Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz, has entertained audiences around the world! At the command of John the Baptist, a small group of ordinary people help Jesus Christ tell his life’s story. Set in modern-day New York City, these disciples spread messages of love and tolerance through a series of musical parables. With hit songs like “Day by Day” and “Light of the World,” Godspell has become one of the most well-known and beloved musicals of all time!

Little Shop of Horrors - Tickets On Sale 1/24/2018

Seymour, a nerdy floral clerk, discovers a new peculiar plant he names “Audrey II” after his co-worker crush. This foul-mouthed, R+B-singing plant might just be Seymour’s ticket to fame, fortune and the girl of his dreams! Soon, however, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s intent towards global domination. Can Seymour save the world and get the girl? Find out in the delightfully devious, cult classic, sci-fi musical smash Little Shop of Horrors!