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Peoria and Glendale are having a very hot September theater month

Theater Works Into The Woods, one of the many great shows playing in Peoria and Glendale
Theater Works Into The Woods, one of the many great shows playing in Peoria and GlendaleTheater Works

Hot time, summer in the city! What better way to cool off than with some of the great theater currently playing and about to open in Glendale and Peoria?

Peoria's Theater Works opened its 2010-11 season, its 25th, with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's classic musical Into The Woods, based of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. The Examiner reviewed this wonderful production stating, "Theater Works' Into The Woods makes for a magical musical evening of fabulously grim Grimm fairy tales." This is one of Broadway's best and you have until September 12 to enjoy its hypnotic spell.

Next up at Theater Works is The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. This raucous comedy by Charles Busch opens October 1 and will play to October 17.

Graphic artwork and production photo by Arthur Zatarski, courtesy of Theater Works.

For more information about ticket availability, prices and schedule for Into The Woods, as well as details about subscriptions and individual tickets for the upcoming 25th anniversary 2010-11 season, please contact Theater Works directly, either by phone at (623) 815 7930 or ON LINE.

Theater Works in the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts 8355 West Peoria Avenue Peoria 85345

Arizona Broadway Theatre is closing the 2009-10 season with two superb productions of the musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts and the comedy Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig. Both shows are playing in classic repertory style, alternating performances.

The Examiner summarized its review of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change writing that the show "...may be from another century. It may have aged a bit but this champagne has aged rather well and, thanks to Arizona Broadway Theatre, [director Kurtis] Overby and his cast of four quirky, comic masters, it is still bubbly and ticklishly good fun."

The Examiner was no less pleased with ABT's first non-musical Lend Me a Tenor, stating, "If you are looking for a fun evening of great comedy, then Lend Me a Tenor is just the ticket."

Opening the 2010-11 season at ABT is My Way, a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson. My Way, with direction, choreography and musical direction by Kurtis W. Overby, will open October 1 and run through October 24.

Graphic artwork and production photos by David Errigo Jr. and Joseph Martinez, courtesy of Arizona Broadway Theatre.

For additional information regarding I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (now through September 19) and Lend Me a Tenor (now through September 26) ticket availability and/or repertory performance schedule and all of the upcoming 2010-11 shows, please contact the Arizona Broadway Theatre Box Office directly, either by phone at (623) 776 8400 or ON LINE.

Arizona Broadway Theatre 7701 West Paradise Lane Peoria 85382

Glendale's wonderful Spotlight Youth Theater, recipient of an astounding 47 AriZoni Award nominations for its 2009-10 season, begins anew for 2010-11 with 13: The musical, with lyrics and music by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. The show opening September 10 and scheduled to run through September 26.

13: The Musical is a light-hearted and fun show about friendship and honesty. The story illustrates how tough it is to grow up and make the right choices.

Next up at Spotlight Youth Theater is Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling Broadway masterpiece Guys and Dolls. Guys and Dolls opens October 29 and will play through November 21.

For more information about ticket availability, prices and schedule for 13: The Musical, as well as details about subscriptions and individual tickets for all of the upcoming 2010-11 season, please contact Spotlight Youth Theatre directly, either by phone at (623) 521 8093 or ON LINE.

Spotlight Youth Theatre 10620 North 43rd Avenue Glendale 85304

What are you waiting for? Get out and cool off with some great musical and comedy entertainment! You won't be disappointed.

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