April is one of the best months of the year to take a vacation in AZ – the weather is perfect for hiking, golfing and tons of other outdoor activities. But if you’re interested in a bit of culture as well, Phoenix theatres offer plenty of options. They say you can’t please all of the people all of the time. We didn’t get that memo.
Spamalot. This Tony Award-winning musical, lovingly ripped off from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” comes to the Comerica Theatre April 4-5. A parody of the legend of King Arthur, the play also pokes fun at such varied subjects as Tennessee Williams, Cher and disco music. Written by Eric Idle, an original member of the surrealist comedy troupe, the show’s original Broadway run was seen by over two million people.
The Marriage of Figaro. For those who prefer their comedy a bit more refined, the Arizona Opera will perform Mozart’s classic comic opera at Symphony Hall, one of the absolute best Phoenix theaters, from April 5-7. “Figaro” details a wild day at a Spanish estate, during which Figaro must protect his bride to be from the advances of his lecherous employer, Count Almaviva. The opera is sung in Italian, but English supertitles are provided.
Tales From Wrestling Past. Former wrestler Mick Foley has shown brains to match his considerable brawn, penning multiple best-selling autobiographies without the aid of a ghostwriter. He has also made guest appearances on television shows such as “30 Rock” and “The Daily Show.” Foley’s candor, humor and thoughtful storytelling appeal even to those who have never watched him in the ring. His one-man show comes to Stand Up Live on April 11.
Declaration of War. Also at Stand Up Live, comedian Christopher Titus performs his new show April 26-28. His Emmy-nominated sitcom “Titus” won rave reviews for its unflinching portrayal of his dysfunctional upbringing, which included an alcoholic father and a mother who suffered from schizophrenia. His stage performances have dealt with sensitive topics such as racism, divorce and domestic abuse. Titus’s fourth Comedy Central special, “The Voice in My Head,” aired on April Fools’ Day.
Whether you’re a fan of the Flying Circus or flying elbows, librettos or lunatics, you’ll find a show to fit your fancy at Phoenix theatres this April. Plan your vacation in AZ today. An eclectic dose of culture awaits you.