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December 16th, 2016 development

Tick Tick Boom, Saturday, Dec. 17, WHP. The cover band loves to meet its audiences after shows.


A Motown Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 18, WHP. This show jives through the decades of Motown chart-topping hit artists and groups like The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Tami Terrell, The Marvelettes, Gladys Knight and others.


Hollywood U2, Friday, Dec. 23, WHP. Dubbed the “World’s Greatest U2 Tribute Band,” Hollywood U2 was seen on Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest’s AXS.tv show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.”


A Family Holiday Celebration, Friday, Dec. 23, HCPA. This original musical theater production was conceived by Higley Center for the Performing Arts manager Robert Zucker.


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.


Doc Holliday by Wyatt Earp, Saturday, Jan. 7, HCPA. Written by Terry Earp, in collaboration with Doc Holliday’s closest living relative, Karen Holliday-Tanner, this play chronicles the West’s most famous dentist and his journey from being one who heals to one who “keals” (kills).


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.


Alley Cats: Doo-Wop Drive In, Saturday, Jan. 14, HCPA. The Alley Cats serve a blend of 1950s and 1960s hits and hilarity.


December ’63, Sunday, Jan. 15, WHP. The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons comes to life with this local tribute act.


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.


Chubby Checker, Friday, Feb. 3, WHP. Chubby Checker was described by Dick Clark as one of “the three most important things that ever happened in the music industry.”


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.


Jack Wright: The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond, Saturday, Feb. 4, HCPA. Jack Wright shares stories about Neil Diamond’s life, as well as explanations of his sometimes complex and complicated lyrics. The Heartlight Show Band is made up of touring professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area who played with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Buddy Miles, Van Morrison, Susan Tedeschi and John Lee Hooker.


The Piano Men: Generations—The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John, Sunday, Feb. 19, WHP. Join the father-and-son team of Terry and Nick Davies for this celebration of the two stellar artists’ talents.


Marty Haggard: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, My Dad, Thursday, Feb. 23, WHP. Marty Haggard’s love for his dad and his father’s “real country” music inspired him to begin “A Tribute to Merle Haggard, My Dad.”

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 and 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.


Yanni, Saturday, April 8, MAC. For the first time, platinum-selling Yanni is stepping off the concert stage to give fans the chance to interact with him on a more intimate and personal level. Each show is unscripted and will unfold differently each night depending on the questions being asked.


Sinbad, Friday, April 28, WHP. Michigan-born Sinbad caught his big break as a contestant on “Star Search” in the early 1980s. Since then, he has appeared on television and in films. He was a competitor on “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2010.


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 W. Page Ave., Gilbert

Tickets: 480-497-1181, haletheatrearisona.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


WHP—Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler

Tickets: 800-946-4452, https://www.wingilariver.com/wild-horse-pass