I love my city. I feel blessed every day to be able to help folks purchase their little piece of the Valley of the Sun. One of the things I love BEST about Phoenix is how it has matured in the area of choices regarding arts and theater.
When I moved here from Wyoming…almost 30 years ago…there were not many choices. Especially for live theater productions. Now we have many options. The downtown area alone offers several venues which are noteworthy.
Not too long ago the city renovated one of the oldest theaters…The Orpheum. The Orpheum Theatre has 1,062 seats at the orchestra level, and 302 seats in the balcony. It was originally built in 1929, and is the last remaining example of theatre palace architecture in Phoenix and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Herberger Theater Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix. I especially love that this is the place where one of my favorite theater companies perform…the Valley Youth Theater. Here are links to all the organizations performing there:
Another MUST VISIT is the Phoenix Theatre, founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre. It is one of the oldest continuously operating arts organizations in the country. Phoenix Theatre is the only professional theatre in the Valley that provides programming that spans all generations. Click here to visit their web site.
But what I am REALLY writing about is this…the newest player in the game of theater…The Dodge Theater. The Dodge Theatre is a state of the art entertainment venue designed specifically for concerts, Broadway shows, family stage shows, and boxing and seats up to 5,000 people. I am ashamed to admit that until this weekend I had never been there. We go to many off Broadway productions and concerts…and I can safely say I have never been to a venue where the sound was as great as it is here at the Dodge. We are GLEEKS. That term refers to folks who like the TV show Glee! The cast of Glee had their first live performance on Saturday night at the Dodge Theater and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. And they played to a VERY packed house. Check out the theater’s schedule here…and try to make it down there to check it out!
Oh…and I also have many other suggestions of things to do in the Valley on one of my Facebook fan pages…365 Thing To Do In The Valley Of The Sun. Check it out here!