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‘DISENCHANTED!’ at Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center announces the hilarious hit musical "DISENCHANTED!" will be performed in the Piper Theater March 21 and 22. (Submitted photo)

Mesa Arts Center announces the hilarious hit musical “DISENCHANTED!” will be performed in the Piper Theater March 21 and 22.

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs in the USA, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!

The idea for “DISENCHANTED!” was conceived by Dennis T. Giacino, a former history teacher. When teaching his class about the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, he couldn’t help but wonder: What would the “real” Pocahontas – a circa 1616, rough-and-tumble 10-year-old Powhatan girl – think of the fringed deer-pelt miniskirt and long, flowing hair donned by her 20-year-old counterpart in her 1995 movie comeback? A musician at heart, Giacino penned a musical number skewering the “princess pop culture” that transformed Pocahontas from a revered Native American heroine into a pin-up vixen of the silver screen. Soon, Giacino found himself discovering a number of other princesses who had a bone to pick with the way they have been portrayed, and “DISENCHANTED!” was born.

The “storybook” journey for “DISENCHANTED!” began with a sold-out, award-winning run at Orlando’s International Fringe Festival in 2011 (“Best of Fest” – Orlando Sentinel), and subsequent licensing of over a dozen productions in the U.S., from New Jersey to California, all of which have been met with widespread critical acclaim. In addition to the sold-out New York engagement, this fairy tale is going international. A production in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic has made its mark, as The National stated, “The Country will never be the same!”

During the New York engagement, the production defied the trend for Off-Broadway shows with its sold out performances and critical acclaim. NBC New York called the show “funny, irreverent, and great fun! The seriously talented cast of six strong, hysterical women give fairytales a new meaning!” while Time Out New York stated, “If you love fairy tales with a sassy modern twist, relief is here! The not-for-children musical revue ‘DISENCHANTED’! gives a saucy makeover to ‘Snow White,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and other fairy-tale princesses.” The Huffington Post calls it, “funny and a touch wicked. ‘DISENCHANTED!’s’ pop score delivers to great comic effect.” The New York Times describes “DISENCHANTED!” as “a girls’-night-out rebellion” and FOX 5 says “It’s a hot ticket that delivers a new kind of fairy tale.”

You will laugh and then laugh some more at the sassy, irreverent humor.” Broadway Box raves, “Think ‘Bridesmaids’ for Disney Princesses! This sidesplitting adult parody of the Disney princess posse and its mega-talented cast will make you blush and feel nostalgia all at once. Who could ask for anything more?”

Mesa performances are March 21 at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for $45 at the Mesa Arts Center Box Office, at mesaartscenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.

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