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Upcoming shows in May



‘Working’ a collaborative production presented by StageWest and Drake University Musical Theater
First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave.
May 6-8, 14-15

“Working” follows the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American in this unique and extraordinary musical. The compelling and moving everyday lives of common men and women will surprise and inspire anyone who has ever punched a time clock. The collaboration is a fundraiser for AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy). Tickets are $20 ($10 for Drake students/faculty with ID and available on campus at the Harmon Performing Arts Hall Box Office), available at or at the door an hour before the show.


‘How I Became a Pirate’ presented by The Des Moines Playhouse
The Des Moines Playhouse Kate Goldmans Children Theater
May 7-23

Based on the book by Melinda Long, “How I Became a Pirate” follows Jeremy Jacob, who while at a day at the beach is whisked away by Braid Beard and his pirate crew for an adventure of a lifetime. Tickets are $12 - $15, available at the Playhouse box office, 277-6261.


‘An Evening with Sutton Foster’ presented by the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Civic Center’s Temple Theater
Thursday, May 13

Tony award-winning actress and singer Sutton Foster brings her cabaret performance, “An Evening with Sutton Foster,” to town for one night only. This evening of song and laughter is fueled by Ms. Foster’s sparkling wit and incredible voice. Songs for the evening are drawn from her critically acclaimed debut solo album, “Wish,” and from the stage roles that have helped make her famous, such as “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $40, available at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and at


‘South Pacific’ presented by the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Civic Center Main Stage
May 18-23

The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines is proud to present the Tony award-winning production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” Set on a tropical island during World War II, “South Pacific” tells a sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices. “South Pacific” features a number of beloved tunes including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.” Tickets are $20 - $67.50, available at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and at


Dangerous Curves Ahead: Burlesque On The Go-Go!
The Vaudeville Mews
Wednesday, May 26

With a squeal of tires and a cloud of glitter, the superstar team of Anita Cookie, Clams Casino, Darlinda Just Darlinda, GiGi La Femme and Minnie Tonka are leaving New York City and hitting the road with the top down and their tassels twirling. Tearing across the highways from coast to coast... when they pull into your town, they’ll have the whole audience revving above the redline. This show will feature Des Moines’ own burlesque bombshell, Phoenix L’Amour. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $15, available at


‘Fat Pig’ presented by the Des Moines Social Club
Des Moines Social Club
May 27-29

The Des Moines Social Club presents “Fat Pig” from famed playwright/director of Neil LaBute. A man meets a woman at a deli, enjoys their conversation and asks her out. A relationship develops and the scenario is simple enough, but the truth of the situation is more complicated. It becomes clear that the man is not completely comfortable with all the woman has to offer. “Fat Pig” is a lively, compelling and provocative comedy about relationships in an American culture obsessed with appearance. Tickets are $7.50 through, or $10 at the door. CV

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