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Arizona Broadway Theatre takes center stage, winning Phoenix Magazine’s Best of the Valley for Live Performance Theater

ABT surpasses ASU Gammage as Best Live Performance Theater after several years

PEORIA, Arizona, July 1 — Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) is proud to announce its monumental achievement of receiving Phoenix Magazine’s Best of the Valley award for Best Live Performance Theater. This recognition marks a significant triumph for ABT as it surpasses ASU Gammage’s winning streak after several years, solidifying its status as a leading venue for unforgettable theatrical experiences in Arizona.

With over 350,000 Best of the Valley voters this year, the coveted Best Live Performance Theater category is highly competitive, featuring distinguished venues that contribute significantly to the arts and cultural landscape of the region. Arizona Broadway Theatre’s award underscores its contributions and unwavering commitment to providing exceptional entertainment to its loyal patrons.

“We are incredibly thrilled to receive this award, as it reflects Arizona Broadway Theatre’s mission to bring the best Broadway musicals to our patrons,” said ABT CEO, Kiel Klaphake. “Since our first production in 2005, we’ve aimed to maintain deep relationships with our ABT family by creating memorable experiences.”

Kiel and Cassandra Klaphake started Arizona Broadway Theatre with the vision to build a hub where the needs of both performers and audiences are met. As a nonprofit live theatre venue, ABT strives to maintain connections with the community through youth education communities, provide a stable workforce for local and nationally recognized artists, and create a personable experience for every single patron.

Currently, The Wizard of Oz is on stage until July 23 and is truly a representation of ABT’s continuous, exponential growth over the past 18 years. The production is brought to life by the addition of a new LED wall to the stage, alongside the brilliant talent and a live orchestra. Arizona Broadway Theatre is rounding out its season with its next production, Disaster!, a new musical by comedy writer Seth Rudetsky. Both productions will feature a creatively curated dining menu by Executive Chef, David Young.

Tickets to ABT’s productions can be purchased online at, in-person, or by contacting the Box Office daily 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. at 623.776.8400 EXT. 0 or The theatre is located in the heart of the P83 entertainment district off 77th st. and Paradise Lane, 7701 W. Paradise Ln. 85382.

Media Contacts

McKenzie Wurtz, Communications Coordinator,

Michele A. Meyer, Director of Marketing & Communications or 480.601.3692


ABT Performing Arts Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Arizona’s one-of-a-kind, award-winning, state-of-the-art professional theatre showcasing locally and nationally acclaimed artists and providing palate-pleasing sit-down table service prepared fresh daily to accompany the award-winning on-stage fare. One reservation allows patrons to enjoy a whole night’s entertainment without rushing around the Phoenix sprawl. Support from the community sustains professional musical theatre produced in the Northwest Valley. It also allows ABT to create and deliver youth programming that educates and engages students across metropolitan Phoenix.

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