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The Nutcracker Phoenix

2014 December 6
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by phoenix

This is one of the timeless classics of the holiday season. The Nutcracker is back for another year in Phoenix. See all of the dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes as they dance to Tchaikovsky’s music performed by The Phoenix Symphony. Opening night is December 6th through the 24th with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. You can check their calendar to see what the showtimes are for each evening. Tickets can be purchased either online or at the ticket box office. Ticket prices start at $50 and up. Of course this will be a popular event so you may want to plan on purchasing your tickets ahead of time.

Get Over 40% Off Tickets to The Nutcracker at The Phoenix Symphony

Now you can purchase your Nutcracker tickets online and if you do then be sure to check for promo codes. You should notice a promo code box at the top right of the checkout page. Just enter your coupon there and click submit. You should then see your discount appear in the ticket price. A lot of times they’ll send out special promo codes for early ticket purchases, sometimes referred to as pre-sales. You can follow Ballet Arizona on Facebook and Twitter because they will sometimes publish these promo codes through their social media pages. Of course if you have a season subscription you’ll be able to get a little bit of a discount on your tickets. Just check with them to see what the current discount rate is for those who have a season subscription. Finally, you may want to keep an eye on the daily deal / coupon sites like Groupon because they have offered savings of up to 50%.

If you want to see another performance then be sure to check out the Phoenix Symphony coupons first to make sure that you get the most savings possible on your ticket purchases.


Marriage Comedy "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!"

at Herberger Theater Center - Stage West, Phoenix
OFFER DATES:
Sun, January 25
FULL PRICE: $52.00
OFFER PRICE: $28.25

A relationship-skewering comedy that every couple will relate to, "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!" is a raucous look at "happily ever after" from the perspective of a couple with polarizing personalit... [more+]

A relationship-skewering comedy that every couple will relate to, "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!" is a raucous look at "happily ever after" from the perspective of a couple with polarizing personalities. Written by Annabelle Gurwitch ("Dinner and a Movie") and Emmy Award winner Jeff Kahn ("The Ben Stiller Show"), it's a glimpse into a delightfully crazy marriage in which husband and wife throw good taste and decorum out the window in order to make their relationship work. If you're married -- or even ever thought about getting married -- you won't want to miss this hilarious peek inside marital bliss at Phoenix's Herberger Theater Center. [less-]

Comedian Daryl Wright (Comedy Central, Showtime)

at Stand-Up, Scottsdale Comedy Club, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Sun, January 25
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5.00

Daryl Wright brings his hilarious, no-holds-barred comedy to Stand Up, Scottsdale. A Washington, D.C. native, Daryl relates his life experiences of living all around the country -- from Texas to New Y... [more+]

Daryl Wright brings his hilarious, no-holds-barred comedy to Stand Up, Scottsdale. A Washington, D.C. native, Daryl relates his life experiences of living all around the country -- from Texas to New York to L.A. and beyond. Once a struggling comic who slept on trains, Wright is now a national headliner who's appeared on Showtime and Comedy Central, and even hosts his own popular comedy podcast, "The Wright Turn". [less-]

Country Legend Ronnie Milsap Live in Concert

at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix
OFFER DATES:
Sun, January 25
FULL PRICE: $40.00
OFFER PRICE: $20.00

One of the biggest names in country music for years, Ronnie Milsap has always taken an out-of-the-box approach to earn his success. Fusing elements of pop, rock and R&B into his songs, Milsap pushed t... [more+]

One of the biggest names in country music for years, Ronnie Milsap has always taken an out-of-the-box approach to earn his success. Fusing elements of pop, rock and R&B into his songs, Milsap pushed the boundaries of what country was "supposed" to sound like, and was rewarded with 40 No. 1 hits, millions of records sold and six Grammy awards. Milsap's latest CD, "Summer #17", uses the singer's formative years and influences to create a stirring work that touches on the soundtrack of one's identity. In this powerful show, you'll get to hear classic songs like "Smoky Mountain Rain" and "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," as well as Milsap's new material. [less-]

"Lombardi": Stirring Drama Explores Life of Legendary Packers Coach

at Desert Stages Actor's Cafe, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Wed, January 28
Thu, January 29
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

This hit Broadway play follows Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi during the 1965 season, as his team fights their way to another championship. Based on David Maraniss' book, "When Pride Still Mat... [more+]

This hit Broadway play follows Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi during the 1965 season, as his team fights their way to another championship. Based on David Maraniss' book, "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi", this story revolves around a reporter who's probing for answers as to what makes the coach tick -- and what makes the Packers so unstoppable. A critically acclaimed drama, "Lombardi" reveals the passion, inspiration and determination of the man considered by many to be the greatest coach that ever lived. [less-]

"King Lear" -- Shakespeare's Epic Tale of a Leader Gone Mad

at Piper Repertory Theatre, Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 29
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $35.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Regarded by many as Shakespeare's best work, "King Lear" depicts an aging monarch's descent into madness as his family and country are torn apart by the ambition and jealousy of his children. As an ag... [more+]

Regarded by many as Shakespeare's best work, "King Lear" depicts an aging monarch's descent into madness as his family and country are torn apart by the ambition and jealousy of his children. As an aging patriarch slowly loses his grip on sanity, his kingdom disintegrates in the wake of his divested power. This sweeping legend depicts the devastating consequences of pride, as King Lear's hubris and his daughters' ambitions destroy not just their own family, but an entire nation as well. See this production of the classic tragic masterpiece, presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company, at Phoenix's Mesa Arts Center. [less-]

"Rapture, Blister, Burn": Comedy From "House of Cards" Writer

at Theatre Artists Studio, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 29
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Heated discussion and hearty laughter are sure to result from "Rapture, Blister, Burn", Gina Gionfriddo's white-hot new play, which "The New York Times" called "Intensely smart and immensely funny." T... [more+]

Heated discussion and hearty laughter are sure to result from "Rapture, Blister, Burn", Gina Gionfriddo's white-hot new play, which "The New York Times" called "Intensely smart and immensely funny." Twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Gionfriddo -- whose recent TV work includes writing for the Emmy-nominated Netflix series "House of Cards" -- has crafted a play that makes audiences howl and critics swoon. "Rapture, Blister, Burn" centers on Catherine, a rockstar feminist academic, who returns home to take care of her elderly mother. There, she encounters an old flame and an "ex" best friend who seem to be excelling at the kind of conventional life Catherine rejected. But first impressions can be very deceiving. This Arizona premiere explores how the lives of women have (and have not) changed, presenting a twisted view of feminism ... or feminism with a new twist. [less-]

"Nashville Gold!" 50 Years of Country Music

at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts - Main Stage, Peoria
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 29
FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.00

It may be called "Nashville Gold!", but there's nothing but platinum-selling hits from the likes of Tammy, Conway, Willie, Patsy, Reba, Garth and many more superstars featured in this all-country revu... [more+]

It may be called "Nashville Gold!", but there's nothing but platinum-selling hits from the likes of Tammy, Conway, Willie, Patsy, Reba, Garth and many more superstars featured in this all-country revue from Legend's Concert Series. Whether you're fan of "The Man in Black" or just want to hear about the guy with "Friends in Low Places," this is the concert to get your boots stomping and your bolo tie in a twist. Featuring an amazing live band and some of the most talented vocalists touring today, "Nashville Gold!" is a musical journey through the last 50 years of country-western music from honky-tonk to country rock and beyond. Feel like you've snagged a seat at the Grand Ole Opry when you enter Peoria Center for the Performing Arts for this very special event. [less-]

National Comedy Theatre's Improv: An Interactive Competition

at National Comedy Theatre Phoenix, Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
+ 1 more dates
Fri, January 30
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sat, January 31
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FULL PRICE: $14.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $7.00

This spontaneous comedy competition relies on you and your fellow audience members to shout out suggestions, egg on teams of hilarious, highly skilled performers and ultimately decide which group wins... [more+]

This spontaneous comedy competition relies on you and your fellow audience members to shout out suggestions, egg on teams of hilarious, highly skilled performers and ultimately decide which group wins for the night. Every game and skit is completely improvised, so you get a different, unrehearsed show every time with limitless possibilities for laughter. The National Comedy Theatre's improv shows are appropriate for all ages and are thoroughly enjoyed by all kinds of audiences. The NCT presents weekly comedy performances throughout Arizona, as well as thousands of corporate entertainment events and private shows around the world. [less-]

"Steel Magnolias": Southern Humor, Heartbreak & Female Bonding

at Ghostlight Theatre, Sun City West
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Alternately hilarious and touching, Steel Magnolias is the story of the outspoken clientele of Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Any lady who's "anybody" in the town gets their hair done ... [more+]

Alternately hilarious and touching, Steel Magnolias is the story of the outspoken clientele of Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Any lady who's "anybody" in the town gets their hair done by the wise-cracking Truvy and her eager new assistant, Annelle. It makes for an eclectic group of women made up of the town curmudgeon, an eccentric millionaire plus the queen bee of the social set and her beautiful daughter. When a sudden tragedy befalls the close-knit group of women, their inner strength and love for each other pulls them through. Steel Magnolias transports you into a charming world where the characters are great company in good times and bad. [less-]

Shakespeare's Romantic Comedy "As You Like It"

at Piper Repertory Theatre, Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
FULL PRICE: $24.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Escape with Rosalind and Celia into the Forest of Arden, a world where desire is turned upside-down, women disguise themselves as men and "[l]ove is merely a madness." "As You Like It" boasts one of S... [more+]

Escape with Rosalind and Celia into the Forest of Arden, a world where desire is turned upside-down, women disguise themselves as men and "[l]ove is merely a madness." "As You Like It" boasts one of Shakespeare's most vibrant heroines in Rosalind, the beautiful daughter of an exiled duke who falls madly in love with the dashing Orlando. When she's banished from the duke's court, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy and flees to the forest. There she encounters comic twists and turns on a merry romp toward an eventual happy ending. Along the way, Rosalind, Orlando and the other motley characters fill the forest of Arden with music, dancing, wrestling and pure romance. Through mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry and hilarious happenstance, Southwest Shakespeare Company's production of "As You Like It" at Piper Repertory Theatre shows that the forces of romance and justice can make an out-of-kilter world right again. [less-]

"Oklahoma!" -- Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical Romance

at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sat, February 07
+ 5 more dates
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sat, February 07
Thu, February 12
Sat, February 14
Thu, February 19
Fri, February 20
Sat, February 21
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FULL PRICE: $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about a romantic rivalry on the Western frontier boasts a collection of classic songs and a spirit that's made it an enduring favorite. The... [more+]

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about a romantic rivalry on the Western frontier boasts a collection of classic songs and a spirit that's made it an enduring favorite. The story of the lovely Laurey and her two determined suitors -- Curly the cowboy and Jud the hired farmhand -- also tackles the class issues between farmers and cattlemen in the rugged landscape of a new state. The show features such Broadway favorites as "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We're in Love," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" and the exuberant title song. This brilliant first collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein set box-office records as it ushered in the golden age of American musical theater. [less-]

Mystery Dinner Show "Get a Clue ... or Die?"

at Orange Tree Golf Club, Scottsdale
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Fri, February 06
+ 4 more dates
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Fri, February 06
Sat, February 07
Sat, February 21
Fri, February 27
Sat, February 28
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FULL PRICE: $45.00
OFFER PRICE: $25.00

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Join Mr. Boddee and his guests to celebrate the old man's birthday, where a delicious murder mystery will unfold throughout the evening as you enjoy a three... [more+]

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Join Mr. Boddee and his guests to celebrate the old man's birthday, where a delicious murder mystery will unfold throughout the evening as you enjoy a three-course meal served up with a side of laughs at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Scottsdale. A host of familiar names are on the guest list, including the gold-digging Miss Scarlett, the eccentric Professor Plum, the aging Col. Mustard, the ill-tempered Mr. Green, the stern and conceited Mrs. Peacock, and poor, misunderstood Mrs. White. They're all suspects when Mr. Boddee is knocked off, because they all had motive to kill him! It will be up to you, the audience, to figure out whodunit. [less-]

"13": A Hilarious, High-Energy Musical About Growing Up

at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts - Main Stage, Peoria
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.00

When you're 13 years old, moving to another town is a huge deal. Evan Goldman's parents are getting divorced, and he has to move from New York to a small town in Indiana. As the new kid on the block, ... [more+]

When you're 13 years old, moving to another town is a huge deal. Evan Goldman's parents are getting divorced, and he has to move from New York to a small town in Indiana. As the new kid on the block, all he cares about is making friends and surviving the school year, but that's easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life, someone is spreading nasty rumors about him and his only friend won't talk to him. Powered by an infectious rock score from Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, "13" is a humorous and heartfelt coming-of-age musical about discovering that "cool" is sometimes found where you least expect it. [less-]

"The Midnight Show": Adult-Oriented Improv Comedy

at National Comedy Theatre Phoenix, Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $8.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP

If it's off-the-cuff adult-oriented laughter you're after, check out National Comedy Theatre's monthly late-night show, promising all kinds of uncensored made-up material. And unlike the troupe's othe... [more+]

If it's off-the-cuff adult-oriented laughter you're after, check out National Comedy Theatre's monthly late-night show, promising all kinds of uncensored made-up material. And unlike the troupe's other, equally hilarious performances, "The Midnight Show" eschews the competitive aspect of improv and goes for broke. With no referee and no rules, these highly-trained comic talents are free to go wherever their dirty little minds take them, and you're invited along for the ride. In fact, you're encouraged to provide some starting off points for the evening's series of skits and games. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Mystery Dinner Show

at Phoenix Marriott Mesa , Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $84.90
OFFER PRICE: $50.94

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Phoenix to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the pr... [more+]

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Phoenix to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

"Shifting Gears": Sparks Fly in Family Drama Set in '61

at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts - Black Box, Peoria
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $35.00
OFFER PRICE: $17.00

"Shifting Gears" takes you in reverse, cruising back through the years all the way to the '60s. Set during the early days of the Kennedy presidency, "Shifting Gears" unfolds in Upper Michigan, during ... [more+]

"Shifting Gears" takes you in reverse, cruising back through the years all the way to the '60s. Set during the early days of the Kennedy presidency, "Shifting Gears" unfolds in Upper Michigan, during the summer of 1961. While vacationing in a remote cabin, a father tries to force his young-adult son and college-age daughter to live according to his own expectations. Bound by both the demands of tradition and the dictates of the heart, both parents and children struggle to determine what's important and, in turn, make life-changing discoveries about themselves and the world in which they live. Experience this profound work by Arizona playwright Richard Warren ("Burning in the Night", "A Hobo's Song") in an exciting, new production from Theater Works. [less-]

"2 Pianos, 4 Hands": Musical Coming-of-Age Comedy

at Phoenix Theatre - Mainstage Theatre, Phoenix
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 31
FULL PRICE: $51.00 - $81.00
OFFER PRICE: $31.00 - $49.00

A pair of talented actors make beautiful music together, literally, as they portray two young musicians competing to become the world's greatest concert pianist. The esteemed local duo of Michael Kary... [more+]

A pair of talented actors make beautiful music together, literally, as they portray two young musicians competing to become the world's greatest concert pianist. The esteemed local duo of Michael Kary and Mark Anders not only play the live score, boasting everything from Bach and Beethoven to Billy Joel, but they also portray a dozen different characters in this zany comedy, which follows the prodigies' path to adulthood. An acclaimed international hit, "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" strikes just the right note as it captures the agony and ecstasy of the struggle to be the best at Phoenix Theatre. [less-]

Doting Man + Pampered Dog = Jealous Wife: A Love Story

at Farnsworth Studio Theater at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Wed, February 04
Fri, February 06
Thu, February 12
+ 4 more dates
Wed, February 04
Fri, February 06
Thu, February 12
Sat, February 14
Wed, February 18
Fri, February 20
Sun, February 22
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

In this romantic comedy by the author of "Love Letters", long-married couple Greg and Kate adopt a street-smart mutt named Sylvia. But Sylvia soon turns into a bone of contention for the empty-nesters... [more+]

In this romantic comedy by the author of "Love Letters", long-married couple Greg and Kate adopt a street-smart mutt named Sylvia. But Sylvia soon turns into a bone of contention for the empty-nesters, as Kate feels that she's losing Greg to his adoring new companion. This imaginative take on a midlife crisis, a battle of wits and paws, leads to lots of laughs and thoughtful insights on love, marriage and jealousy. "Sylvia" is a profound and funny story about man's best friend. [less-]

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Romantic "The King and I": Dinner Show

at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria
OFFER DATES:
Wed, February 04
Tue, February 10
Wed, February 11
FULL PRICE: $86.50
OFFER PRICE: $43.25

Shall we dance? Enjoy a delicious Asian-inspired meal with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning musical "The King and I", featuring the unforgettable songs "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Ha... [more+]

Shall we dance? Enjoy a delicious Asian-inspired meal with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning musical "The King and I", featuring the unforgettable songs "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Hello, Young Lovers." At the center of this unique love story set in 19th-century Bangkok is Anna, a British widow hired to tutor the King's many children. Although their very different backgrounds initially result in conflict, the sparks set off by their culture clash ignite a romance and lead to greater understanding and respect between the two. Arizona Broadway Theatre's dinner-show production of "The King and I" will charm your whole family. See the full event description for a dinner menu. [less-]

Jewish-Italian Comic Steve Solomon's Solo Show "Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt!"

at Herberger Theater Center - Stage West, Phoenix
OFFER DATES:
Wed, February 04
Thu, February 05
Fri, February 06
+ 5 more dates
Wed, February 04
Thu, February 05
Fri, February 06
Sun, February 08
Thu, February 12
Thu, February 12
Fri, February 13
Sun, February 15
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FULL PRICE: $48.50 - $53.00
OFFER PRICE: $26.25 - $28.25

Comic actor Steve Solomon returns to Phoenix with his newest cross-cultural solo show, which takes favorite bits from his prior hits, which include "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Th... [more+]

Comic actor Steve Solomon returns to Phoenix with his newest cross-cultural solo show, which takes favorite bits from his prior hits, which include "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy" and "I'm Home for the Holidays" -- and adds all-new tales of politically incorrect, instantly relatable family dysfunction to the mix. Famed for his storytelling smarts and his uncanny ability to create up to 20 different characters per show, Solomon's hilarious series has resonated with audiences across the country, no matter their background. Don't miss this celebrated star of the Italian Jewish shows in New York City as he brings his latest comic creation to Herberger Theater Center. [less-]