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‘Blue Galaxy’
Through May 22
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St.
www.space55.org
Blue Galaxy, a musical set against the backdrop of a retro-music club scene, tells the story of a beautiful but seriously-overweight chick who wants to be loved in spite of her weight, not because of it—posing a problem for the earnest chubby-chaser who pursues her. Adult situations; strong language. Tickets are $18 Fridays, $20 Saturdays and $15 Sundays, all general admission. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday.

‘The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord’
Arizona Theatre Company
May 5-29
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist, and a Russian revolutionary walk into a … stop me if you’ve heard this one. This laugh-out-loud, whip-smart show takes the third U.S. President, the author of A Christmas Carol, and the author of War and Peace, locks them in room with “no exit,” and has them hash out their views of scripture and the true meaning of existence. This perceptive new comedy from Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it. Tickets are $37-$68 plus fees. Visit www.HerbergerTheater.org.

‘When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney’
May 18-June 12
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
602-254-2151
As the founding force behind the company that continues to capture the imagination of millions around the world year after year, Walt Disney’s legacy is undeniable. In this World Premiere musical, Phoenix Theatre brings you the story of this unusual and special man fascinated by possibility and determined to persevere in the face of deniers. Tickets are $36-$86, fees included. Visit http://phoenixtheatre.com.

Cécile McLorin Salvant & The Lewis Nash Trio
7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 13
The Nash
110 E. Roosevelt St.
602-795-0464
Hot on the heels of winning a Grammy, the 26-year-old Salvant will be joined by The Lewis Nash Trio, featuring Lewis Nash on drums, Peter Washington on bass and Renee Rosnes on piano. This will be an unforgettable night as the intimate 125-seat venue hosts these powerhouse talents in downtown Phoenix. Tickets are $25-$55 and are on sale now at www.thenash.org. Student discount available for row and gallery seats.

‘Dancing Under the Sea’
Phoenix Dance Academy
6 p.m. Sunday, May 29
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
Dancers create a musical story of a mermaid and her sea friends. Great for the whole family. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for children/students, plus fees. Visit www.HerbergerTheater.org.

Phoenix Comicon
June 2-5
Phoenix Convention Center,
North Building
100 N. 3rd St.
Featuring an array of television/film stars, sci-fi and anime fiction authors, a film festival, Masquerade Costume Contest, and a trade show area with hundreds of vendors. A membership pass for all four days is $70 in advance online. Individual day passes range from $15 to $40. Children 3-12 receive a Sidekick Badge for $5 with paid adult. For more information, go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’
Valley Youth Theatre
June 10-26
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
A hauntingly beautiful love story about a beautiful mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find her true love; this musical will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” and the Oscar-winning triumph “Under the Sea.” Tickets are $16.50-$34.50 plus fees. Visit www.HerbergerTheater.org.

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