The Phoenix Theatre Company 2023/2024 season.

2023/2024 Season

Welcome to our 104th Season! As Arizona’s longest-running arts organization, we strive to push the limits of what's possible through our craft and now our campus venue through the Hormel Theatre’s highly anticipated metamorphosis into the Stephenson Theatre beginning this fall. Like our new season, we embrace the traditional while we progress toward a future of adventure, transformation, and prosperity.

Featuring titles you’ll remember fondly as well as some of the most innovative new plays out there, our 2023/2024 Season embraces powerful stories of resilience to anyone seeking the strength and knowledge within. Join The Phoenix Theatre Company on this incredible journey through moments of meaning…

Season ticket packages and single tickets for our 2023/2024 Season are on sale now!

Season Producing Sponsor: Ira Gaines and Cheryl Hintzen-Gaines

Elf the Musical Producing Sponsor: SRP
The Truth About Winnie Ruth Judd Producing Sponsor: Clear Commercial Advisors
Beautiful the Carole King Musical Producing Sponsor: Miracle Mile Deli

A black woman wearing a flower in her hair and a purple dress soulfully sings at a microphone stand.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Written By Lanie Robertson

Music + Lyrics By Various Artists

Directed By Chanel Bragg

Music Director Deryk George

Sep 6, 2023 to Nov 26, 2023

Judith Hardes Theatre

Have you ever witnessed a legend? Behold the tour-de-force portrait of the iconic jazz songstress.

In a tattered Philadelphia bar, it’s 1959 and Billie Holiday is performing, and storytelling, for one of the last times before her tragic...

A burning candle reflects a man standing in front of a tank in the flame.

Tiananmen: A New Musical

Book by Scott Elmegreen

Music + Lyrics by Drew Fornarola

Conceiver + Creative Consultation by Wu'er Kaixi

Directed by Darren Lee

Music Director Kevin White

Oct 4, 2023 to Oct 29, 2023

Mainstage Theatre

Experience the epic love story set against a moment in time that should not be forgotten

China, 1989. Hundreds of thousands of young university students realized the time was now to cry out for democracy and fair treatment for all. A student revolution began, led by a university student and her comrades, resulting in the crackdown known as the Tiananmen Square...

A man wears striped yellow tights and pointy brown shoes.

Elf The Musical

Music By Matthew Sklar

Lyrics By Chad Beguelin

Book By Thomas Meehan + Bob Martin

Based On The Film Written By David Berenbaum

Directed By D. Scott Withers

Music Director Kevin White

Choreographer Sam Hay

Nov 22, 2023 to Dec 30, 2023

Mainstage Theatre

A comedic confection that will make you want to spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear.

When Buddy, a stowaway orphan turned would-be elf, realizes he’s a larger-than-average human, a journey unfolds to find his birth father and true identity. Although New York City and his family unveil some harsh realities...

A nun holds a magnifying glass up to her eye in front of a graphic of the three magi approaching Bethlehem.

Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold

Written by Maripat Donovan

Dec 1, 2023 to Dec 30, 2023

Judith Hardes Theatre

It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all.") Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her...

No Evidence of Disease

Jan 5, 2024 to Jan 7, 2024

Judith Hardes Theatre

No Evidence of Disease
Play Reading
Directed by: Chanel Bragg
Written by: Elizabeth Dement
Performance Dates: January 5 at 7:00pm and January 7 at 3:00pm


The Festival of New American Theatre

The 2024 Festival of New American Theatre

Jan 5, 2024 to Jan 21, 2024

The southwest’s premier new works theatre festival. Trust us, it’s a process.

Hosted annually by The Phoenix Theatre Company, the Festival of New American Theatre amplifies new voices and expands the canon of American theatre. The 2024...

24 Hour Theatre Project

Jan 6, 2024

Judith Hardes Theatre

A collection of six 10-minute plays cast, written, rehearsed, and performed all within 24 hours!

Casting: Friday, January 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hardes Theatre (free!)
Performance: Saturday, January 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hardes Theatre

Witness the casting process on Friday, January 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hormel Theatre for free. Enjoy the outcome of The 24-Hour Theatre Project on Saturday, January 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hormel Theatre for only $20. Join us for a wildly unique theatrical experience!

The 24 Hour Theatre Project is an...

The Dow Jones Industrial Average stock line in red makes the skyline of New York City over the city skyline

The Lehman Trilogy

Written by Stefano Massini

Adapted by Ben Power

Directed by Rod Kaats

Jan 24, 2024 to Feb 11, 2024

Mainstage Theatre

From Bavarian brothers to fabled financiers — a poetically opulent play about a family dynasty that triggered the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

The Lehman Trilogy, Tony Award® winner for Best Play, makes its Arizona premiere following its captivating stints on London's West End and Broadway. This unconventional narrative...

A woman in a dress and heels stands at a train station with blood stained chests of multiple colors and shapes.

The Truth About Winnie Ruth Judd

Written By Cathy Dresbach & Ben Tyler

Directed By Matthew Wiener

Feb 7, 2024 to Mar 24, 2024

Judith Hardes Theatre

From secretary to “trunk murderess”, this real-life Phoenix local bagged more than she bargained for.

Many have heard of Winnie Ruth Judd, a lovesick woman who killed her friends over a man’s affection before escaping the asylum six times. While you might think you know one of Arizona’s most notorious homicide cases, this is...

A woman sits playing the piano in front of a large wall of lights.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Music + Lyrics By Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil

Book By Douglas McGrath

Directed By Michael Barnard

Music Director Kevin White

Mar 6, 2024 to Apr 28, 2024

Mainstage Theatre

From young songwriter to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer… are you ready to feel the earth move with the incredible true story?

Before Carole King became one of the most successful solo artists in popular music, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn teenager striving to make it in the record business. By her 20s, King was composing for...

A woman holds a blue pocket sized version of The Constiution of the United States

What the Constitution Means to Me

Written by Heidi Schreck

Directed by Michelle Chin

Apr 10, 2024 to May 26, 2024

Judith Hardes Theatre

A soul-stirring play of civic engagement that hilariously examines America’s fundamental document.

Earnestly polite high schooler, Heidi Schreck, put herself through college by winning Constitutional debates across the US. A quarter-century later, the now-writer reflects on how her younger self, four generations of female...

A man in shadow leaps for joy in a small Russian village at sunset.

Fiddler on the Roof

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Book by Joseph Stein

Directed By Staś Kmieć

Music Director Kevin White

May 22, 2024 to Jul 7, 2024

Mainstage Theatre

Whether you’re a papa, mama, son, or daughter, this treasured musical is the miracle of miracles!

A poor and traditional milkman faces the duty of marrying off his five daughters, only to be made more difficult with turn-of-the-century Russian oppression. Set in a Jewish village, where romantic ideals are changing alongside...

country sunshine with katie deal

Country Sunshine

Written by Katie Deal & Angela Ingersoll

Directed by Angela Ingersoll & Michael Ingersoll

May 29, 2024 to Jun 16, 2024

Judith Hardes Theatre

Country Sunshine: The Legendary Ladies of Nashville with Katie Deal

Celebrate the queens of classic country as award-winner Katie Deal honors a mighty lineage of artists: Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and more! Winner of Georgia Country Artist of the Year and a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, Deal leads a band of superb musicians and shares heartwarming stories with authentic southern charm. Critics declare, "She's got the licks, the looks, and...

An assortment of restaurant items are scattered across a blue table

Fully Committed

Written by Becky Mode

Directed by Chelsea Anderson

Jul 10, 2024 to Aug 11, 2024

Judith Hardes Theatre

Bribes, intimidation, histrionics — the best food always incites the worst behavior.

Follow the chaotic day in the life of Sam, an out-of-work actor who mans the frenzied  reservation line at Manhattan’s hottest restaurant. As the only employee on shift, Sam alone must answer a slew of phone calls from absurd elite foodies...

A woman in black lingere sits smoking with a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in the other in front of a stage curtain


Music by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Book by Joe Masteroff

Directed By Michael Barnard

Music Director Kevin White

Jul 31, 2024 to Sep 1, 2024

Mainstage Theatre

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome… to the legendary musical about Bohemian Berlin.

Narrated by a mischievous Master of Ceremonies, Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret follows a struggling American writer finding inspiration from the pleasure-filled Kit Kat Klub and its vivacious English singer. As a shadow falls over the city with the...