Tucson, AZ---October signals the beginning of the Tucson arts season and the Fox Tucson Theatre leads the pack with the ultimate in entertainment for all ages. Tickets and additional information for all shows listed below can be found at foxtucson.com .
October 2, 10am– Tomás and the Library Lady (Grades K-5)
Tomás loves stories. As the young son of migrant farm workers, he spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long days in the fields listening to his grandfather, Papa Grande, tell stories. When a chance encounter brings him to the local library, he meets the “Library Lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. His delight in books is equaled by his pride in teaching Spanish to the Library Lady, trading knowledge and respect between generations and cultures. This bilingual musical is based on the beloved book about the true story of the Mexican American author and educator Tomás Rivera, who became the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system. Filled with inspiration and beauty, it shows how reading, education, and a dash of empowerment can make anything possible.
October 6, 7:30pm - Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Family & Youth Series with support from Bear Essential News and the Hazan Family Foundation
The World-Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the talents of his furry costar. There are more than 25 pets in the show, each one has been rescued from animal shelters and given a new leash on life! They love to perform their skills and stunts on stage. Gregory Popovich has shared his expertise for raising, training, and living harmoniously with pets in two books – “You CAN Train Your Cat” and “Doggy Gone Good”. Gregory has also produced and starred in a feature film now available for purchase. “Popovich: Road to Hollywood” has already won several awards including “Best Family/ Kids Film” in i International Film Festival Calcutta India, “Audience Choice Award” in Milan, Italy and Tokyo, Japan. Prior to this show, a small reception will be held in honor of the Mickey Mouse Club and will feature the Fox Memories Project by Bill Buehler capturing the history of The Mickey Mouse Club at the Fox. Anyone who attended or knows of a relative that attended matinees at the Fox and was in the Mickey Mouse Club is invited to attend.
October 8, 7pm - Craig Ferguson The Fancy Rascal Tour
Craig Ferguson is a multiple Grammy nominated, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning actor, writer, producer, director and comedian with a diverse career that encompasses film, television and the stage. He is a New York Times bestselling author and has recorded numerous standup specials for Netflix, Epix, Comedy Central and Amazon.
October 11, 7pm -Cinema Tucsón; Radical (Christopher Zalla, USA/Mexico, 2023, 127 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
In a Mexican border town plagued by neglect, corruption, and violence, a frustrated teacher tries a radical new method to break through his students’ apathy and unlock their curiosity, their potential … and maybe even their genius. Based on a true story and winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Radical is an uplifting and heartfelt tale starring popular Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez in an unforgettable performance. View the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7G4g5K1PnQ
October 13, 7:30 pm - Randy Rainbow for President
Randy Rainbow is a four-time EMMY® and GRAMMY®-nominated American comedian, producer, actor, singer, writer, satirist, host, and New York Times best-selling author known for his popular web series, The Randy Rainbow Show. His debut memoir, Playing with Myself received rave reviews by such venerable outlets as The LA TIMES, which noted that Rainbow ``vividly recollects the alienation so many LGBTQ+ youth experience.” Musical theater was an escape for Rainbow that ultimately helped catapult his career. His musical parodies and political spoofs have garnered him worldwide acclaim and four consecutive EMMY® nominations for Outstanding Short-Form Variety Series.
October 14, 7:30 pm - When You Wish Upon a Star: A Jazz Tribute to 100 Years of Disney
Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate 100 years of Disney through the lens of Jazz. From Snow White to Lady and the Tramp, Mary Poppins and Toy Story to The Jungle Book, popular songs from these famous films have been interpreted and recorded by Disney music fans such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Dianne Reeves and many more. “Someday My Prince Will Come,” “He’s a Tramp,” “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” and “The Bare Necessities” are just a few of the iconic songs which will be celebrated as we look back on the impact of jazz on 100 years of Disney magic! When You Wish Upon a Star will be performed by the newly created house band of The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, featuring pianist and musical director, Sean Mason, and vocalists Kim Nalley and Sasha Dobson, who will bring these famous songs to life.
October 18, 7:30 pm - Annie Griffiths Through the Lens: Creating a Ripple
“If each of us can search inside ourselves for a little acorn of time or passion or ability, and find creative ways to offer that gift, a forest begins to grow.”
Join Annie, a world-renowned photojournalist, as she shares the secrets to connecting with people from all walks of life. With over 30 years of experience and having worked in more than 150 countries, Annie has gained a unique perspective on what we all have in common. Her message is simple yet powerful: despite our cultural and societal differences, we share the same fundamental desires: security, shelter, good health, the dignity of work, and a brighter future for our children. At a pivotal point in her life, Annie began to rethink her own legacy and decided to lean into the one truth she has discovered over and over: People who have the least, often give the most. In response, she founded Ripple Effect Images, a nonprofit organization on a mission to shine a light on the inspiring work of small organizations that are making a big impact in the lives of women and children around the world.
October 19, 7:30 pm - An Evening with Chris Botti
For over two decades, Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has amassed a spectacular variety of honors, including multiple Gold and Platinum albums, to become the largest selling instrumental artist in The United States. There’s nothing like a Chris Botti concert. He’s the complete package: a dazzling trumpeter at home in everything from jazz to pop to rock, a brilliant bandleader who lets his players shine, and a born showman whose joy at being onstage is infectious. See him live and you’ll understand why some of the world’s biggest musical stars have been eager to share his stage. His mesmerizing performances with a stunning array of legends such as Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Andrea Bocelli have cemented his place as one of the most brilliant and inspiring forces of the contemporary music scene. Whether he’s performing with illustrious symphonies or at renowned venues around the globe, his unparalleled crystalline and poetic sound transcends musical boundaries.
October 20, 7:30 pm - Ruben & Clay Twenty Years | One Night
Clay Aiken most recently starred on Broadway in Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show at the Imperial Theater. The New York Times called the production ‘A Christmas Miracle’. This came ten years after Clay’s critically lauded Broadway debut in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Catapulting to fame on season two of American Idol, he became the first Idol alum in history to have his first single debut at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, to have a single certified platinum and to have an album certified triple platinum.
Ruben Studdard rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Ido land received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Superstar”. In the years following Idol, Studdard has released six studio albums, including his platinum-selling debut, Soulful, and the top-selling gospel follow-up, I Need an Angel. He is most well-known for his recording career, which has produced hits including “Flying Without Wings”, “Sorry 2004”, and “Change Me”, but he has also segued into television and stage work. Most notably, he toured with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama I Need a Hug and in 2008 starred as Fats Waller in a national tour revival of Ain’t Misbehavin, which spawned a Grammy-nominated soundtrack.
October 22, 7:00 pm - Roy Wood Jr. Happy To Be Here Live Tour
The Emmy nominated ROY WOOD JR. has entertained millions across stage, television, and radio. In 2015, he joined The Best F#@ing News Team as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Comedy Central continues its long-standing relationship with the talented comedian and actor collaborating on two podcasts–Roy’s Job Fair and Beyond the Scenes–as well as his third hour-long stand-up special, Imperfect Messenger, now streaming on Paramount+.
October 24,7:30 pm - Pat Metheny Dream Box Tour
With three gold albums and 20 Grammy Awards, Pat Metheny is the only person to have won Grammys in 10 categories. His 2023 solo tour coincides with a new album release on BMG Modern Recordings, Dream Box. The tour, the first of its kind for Metheny, will feature personal and fan favorites from his nearly 50-year career. “A few years back, I did a short run of concerts that were not exclusively me and a single guitar, but close. I loved it. Of course, I always have to take it somewhere else too, which by the end of those performances, I did manage to do (no spoilers here!), but what I have planned for the tour following the release of my new recording Dream Box, is something different for me, focused on the various ways of playing solo I have explored across all these decades in an evening that I think will be very special”, said Metheny.
October 26, 9:30am and 11:45am - Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System (Grades K-5)
When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! Yet as they explore the planets of our solar system, rivalries old and new threaten to tear the students apart. Our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this musical theatre adaptation based on the beloved “Magic School Bus” book series.
October 28, 7:30pm - Paula Poundstone
Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. Paula is the star of several HBO specials. She is a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and is heard weekly on her comedy podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. Paula is also an author. Her second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness (Algonquin), was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The audiobook was one of five finalists for the AUDIE Audio Book of the Year award.
October 31, 1pm - Curious Conversations with Zakir Hussain and Matthew Nelson Inspired by Indian Music at the Fox
India has an astoundingly deep and rich tradition of classical and popular music. Through the years the Fox has showcased a number of performance groups from India. With legendary tabla player Zakir Hussain coming to the Fox in November, this conversation will discuss the impact that Indian music has had globally and on him personally. Matthew Nelson has studied a variety of drumming traditions with master musicians, including tabla with Pandit Sharda Sahai of the Benares gharana. He is an ethnomusicologist and host of Global Rhythm Radio on KXCI-FM, as well as the Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association. As a long-time educator, photojournalist, writer, and editor, he combines potent communication skills with significant connections to the musical traditions in which he has immersed himself. With tabla master and musical innovator Zakir Hussain appearing soon on the Fox stage, what better way to set yourself up for a deeper appreciation of his music and the traditions around it?
And coming soon…..The Inimitable Cameron Carpenter and the Chasing Rainbows Gala
November 03, 4:30pm - Chasing Rainbows Gala, 1920’s Speakeasy Party
Enjoy the Fox Tucson Theatre’s Chasing Rainbows 1920’s Speakeasy Party before the show. The event will feature a plated, 1920s-inspired, 3-course dinner from Café à La C’Art, creative cocktails from the region’s best mixologists and an unprecedented personal experience with one of the most renown international organists, Cameron Carpenter. For sponsor/ticket information Call 520-624-1515 or visit foxtucson.com/chasing-rainbows.
7:30pm - The Mighty Wurlitzer accompanies “Metropolis” featuring Cameron Carpenter
A once-in-a-lifetime artistic experience! Internationally renowned organist Cameron Carpenter creates a glorious sonic environment that follows every frame and image of the 1927 science fiction, silent-film masterpiece Metropolis at Tucson’s own art-deco picture palace.. Witness a breathtakingly realized vision of a dystopian art deco future as Carpenter’s stunning original music heightens the drama as he accompanies the iconic black-and-white images with the breath of the Fox Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
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The Fox Tucson Theatre enlivens Tucson, fostering community growth and connections by shaping exceptional, live arts experiences in a celebrated setting. The “Crown Jewel of Downtown” makes memories, makes connections, and makes Tucson proud. Programming includes exciting year-round live entertainment from the top entertainers in the US, as well as community produced events, classic movies, family programming, and more. Beautifully restored, the historic 1930’s Art Deco theatre Fox has become an important symbol of the resurgence of a thriving city center and continues to contribute to the economic growth in the region. The Fox Tucson Theatre is located at 17 W Congress. Fox Fan Seats! are offered for most shows for only $20 – first come, first served, as they sell out fast. For additional information and Covid protocol requirements please visit foxtucson.com or call the box office at 520-547-3040.
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