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November 9th, 2016 development

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” through Saturday, Nov. 26, HCT. Based upon the Academy Award-nominated 1954 film, this musical tells the story of the headstrong Adam Pontipee who comes to a small mountain town in search of a good wife. When he meets the headstrong Milly, it changes his life.


“You Can’t Take It with You,” through Tuesday, Nov. 15, HCT. This comedy is the only play to win the Pulitzer Prize for best play and the Academy Award for best picture.


Rufus Wainwright, Thursday, Nov. 10, MAC. One of the great male vocalists, composers and songwriters of his generation, he has released eight studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums, as well as collaborating with artists such as Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach.


“Bob and Bing’s Road to Victory,” Friday, Nov. 11, HCPA. Returning to the Higley Center for the third time, “Bob and Bing’s Road to Victory” stars Lynn Roberts as Bob Hope, Bob Pasch as Bing Crosby, and Chuck Carson as the emcee in this tribute to veterans in a recreation of a Bob Hope USO show. Expect guest appearances from actors portraying W.C Fields, Jack Benny and Crazy Guggenheim, as well as Renee Patrick’s salute to Ella Fitzgerald.


9 String Theory, Saturday, Nov. 12, HCPA. 9 String Theory is the collaboration of domra virtuoso, Angelina Galashenkova-Reed, and award-winning classical guitarist, John Huston.


Bee Gees Gold: Bee Gees Tribute Show, Sunday, Nov. 13, HCPA. John Acosta’s Bee Gee’s Gold Tribute is backed by a live band and features the look and sound of the group from the 1960s to the late 1970s.


Bruce Hornsby, Friday, Nov. 18, SCPA. Despite early mainstream successes, he has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny and Robbie Robertson.


Sawyer Brown, Saturday, Nov. 19, HCPA. With 23 albums, more than 50 chart singles, and CMA, ACM and CMT awards, Sawyer Brown has been called the “Rolling Stones of Country Music.”


Tim and Myles, Sunday, Nov. 20, HCPA. Tim and Myles Thompson are father and son singer-songwriters who have recently performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Pagosa Folk ‘n Bluegrass Festival, and Chet Atkins Festival, as well as opened for Spyro Gyra, Don Williams, Mountain Heart, Richard Elliot, and Wynonna and the Big Noise. Their original material has also been featured as bumper music on NPR, Casper’s Haunted Christmas CD, and the Flip Video Camera software.


John Cleese and Eric Idle, Monday, Nov. 21, MAC. The founding members of Monty Python pioneered an irreverent, absurdist sensibility that is emulated by comics around the world. As individuals, they have written, performed and produced critically acclaimed shows such as “Spamalot,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “Fawlty Towers” and “The Rutles.” Sold out.


Maynard James Keenan, Friday, Nov. 25, MAC. Readings from and discussions about his authorized biography, “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” and each attendee will receive a copy of the book and a CD. Sold out.


Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Sunday, Nov. 27, MAC. A genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists who reimagine modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime and swing classics of the 1920s to 1950s.


Chandler Symphony with Jim Curry, Saturday, Dec. 10, HCPA. Curry opens the show performing his John Denver holiday tribute followed by 18-time Emmy nominee Lee Holdridge conducting the symphony.


Straight No Chaser, Saturday, Dec. 31, MAC. Formed years ago while students at Indiana University, the group has reemerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, more than 20 million YouTube views and numerous national TV appearances.


Pink Martini, Wednesday, Jan. 11, SCPA. An international phenomenon performing a retro-hip, multilingual repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, featuring a dozen musicians who find inspiration in virtually every musical genre, from Baroque to disco.


Storm Large, Saturday, Jan. 14, SCPA. A finalist on the CBS show “Rock Star: Supernova,” she made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


The Marvelous Wonderettes, Tuesday, Jan. 17, to Tuesday, April 18, HCT. This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts who serenade us with classic ’50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.”


Roots & Boots Tour, Friday, Jan. 27, CCA. Country music with Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye.


Neil Sedaka with The Phoenix Symphony, Friday, Feb 3, MAC. His impressive 50-year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the ’50s, a songwriter for himself and other artists in the ’60s, and a superstar in the ’70s.


yMusic, Friday, Feb. 3, SCPA. A group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds, with virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet and trumpet) that has attracted the attention of high-profile collaborators and more recently inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers.


Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 26, CCA. With its unique jazz sound, the resilient orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.


Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up, Saturday, March 11, CCA. Grammy Award winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honoree and Golden Globe-nominated singer and actor with a live set that encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs and cuts from his favorite songwriters—Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman and A.C. Jobim.


The Doo Wop Project, Saturday, March 18, CCA. A journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse.


Aida, Thursday, May 18 to Saturday, July 1, HCT. Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.


On stage venue index


CCA—Chandler Center for the Arts

250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler

Tickets: 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org


HCPA—Higley Center for the Performing Arts
4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert
Tickets: 480-279-7194, higleycenter.org


HCT—Hale Centre Theatre

50 West Page Ave., Gilbert

Tickets: 480-497-1181, www.haletheatrearizona.com


MAC—Mesa Arts Center

One E. Main St., Mesa

Tickets: 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com


SCPA—Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale

Tickets: 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org