In 1965, John Raitt starred in “Oklahoma!” as the Star Theatre entered its second year featuring popular musicals and well-known stars on its round stage.
Other early productions included “Carousel,” also with Raitt; “Guys and Dolls” with Gordon MacRae; “My Fair Lady” with Ray Milland; “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” with Shirley Jones and “Cactus Flower” with Marsha Mason.
The venue at 32nd and Fillmore streets in Phoenix was renamed the Celebrity Theatre and featured hundreds of concerts on a round, rotating stage installed in 1969. It has been designated a historic landmark by the Phoenix City Council.
Hollywood star Emma Stone got her start in Valley theater, performing in “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Princess and the Pea” and about 10 other Valley Youth Theatre productions before moving to Los Angeles and feature films.
Stone, who was born in Scottsdale, is best known for her roles in “Magic in the Moonlight,” “Birdman,” “Easy A,” “The Help” and “The Amazing Spiderman.” She has also been in “Zombieland (2009), Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) and Gangster Squad (2013).
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PHOTOGRAPHS, REVIEWS & THE KITCHEN SINK
ARTICLE from the Scottsdale Daily Progress, Dec. 30, 1977
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1976. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Southwest Ensemble Theatre.
Kyle Lawson's guide to the Phoenix area's theaters and performers