I am not going to say I went to Broadway all the time. But between living on the east coast as an adult and growing up in Chicago, theatre was always a possiblity for me. I remember my jaw just involuntarily dropping during the opening of Lion King. “For Good” from Wicked still brings me to tears everytime. I have been known to belt out “Wait for It” from Hamilton at the top of my lungs while thanking my lucky stars that the neigbors can’t hear me.
Theatre is important. And one of the criteria for my move to the Phoenix area was proximity to professional theatre. I have not been dissapointed. As a season ticket holder at the Gammage on the ASU campus, I was thrilled to see both Hamilton and Les Miserables this year. Next year, the season ticket package includes Dear Evan Hansen and Waitress. The ride back to PebbleCreek after a show is generally less than a half an hour; before the show, at least once a season, it is fun to splurge on a light dinner at the nearby House of Tricks.
Of course, there are many theares besides the Gammage. I have already shared a bit of my experiences at The Phoenix Theatre. And there are other professional and community theatre options as well. VisitPhoenix provides a good summary.
Of course, theatre lovers do not have to leave PebbleCreek to enjoy high quality entertainment at good prices! The two theatre groups, ShowTime Productions and Community Players offer residents the opportunity to perform in shows that are basically sold out every time.