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Cruise Ship Series 2017 on sale March 8


Series Subscriptions are now SOLD OUT! Watch for individual show sale on Tuesday Oct. 11 at the Box Office or online. (Editor 4/20/16)

Landlubbers can prepare for another season of entertainment fit for the high seas as the Recreation Centers of Sun City West unveils its Cruise Ship Series 2017! All shows are at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Shows are held at Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive, in Sun City West. These performances are open to the public.

Ticket sales for the six-show series will be open first to current series ticket subscribers to renew previously held seats; this will be available beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, and will continue through March 20. Ticket sales for current ticket holders who would like to try and improve their seats will occur from 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, through 3 p.m. Friday, March 25. Tickets for new subscribers go on sale Tuesday, March 29.

With performances spanning January through March, the 2017 series offers a variety of music, comedy and other talent. “The Heartlight Show” will kick things off Jan. 6, 2017, featuring The Best of Neil Diamond, performed by Jack Wright. The Heartlight Show is an intimate, sophisticated, powerful solo performance of the words and music that have kept Neil Diamond in the hearts of his fans for more than five decades. Jack Wright captures the essence and emotion of Neil Diamond’s songs.

Following that, on Jan. 20, 2017, comedic impressionist Rich Natole and Magician Ariann Black will take the stage at Palm Ridge. Rich Natole’s “Voices of a Generation” is a people-pleasing show that showcases dozens of celebrity voices in a fast moving, very funny show. Long before reaching fame on television and as a magician for hire by the rich and famous, Ariann Black, originally from Alberta, Canada began to appreciate magic at a very young age. She started doing magic tricks at the age of 5!

On Feb. 3, 2017, The Arizona Trio brings their fun, family-style of entertainment to town, which will have audiences clapping and singing along. Their energetic stage show takes people back to the great era of Roy Rogers, Sons of the Pioneers, The Kingston Trio and the Everly Brothers. Their original songs and zestful humor are suitable for all ages.

On Feb. 17, 2017, “Scarborough Fair” will perform “A Simon & Garfunkel Experience.” From The Guthrie Brothers’ mesmerizing rendition of “Sounds of Silence” to their playful version of “Cecilia,” prepare to fall in love again with the music of Simon & Garfunkel. The Guthrie Brothers take the listener on a journey of one of the world’s most recognized folk rock duos.

Rene Foss presents a unique comedy one-woman play “Around the World in a Bad Mood, Confessions of a Flight Attendant” on March 3, 2017. This 90-minute, fun and cleverly written play, also features video segments and the comedy of Rene Foss as a flight attendant. She works for a major airline and discovers so much “real” material at her job that it only seemed fitting to take her singing and acting talent into writing this fun and whimsical show!

To finish out the series on March 17, 2017, we have Dunlap and Pennington on keyboards. These two witty, internationally acclaimed keyboard sensations whip up a whirlwind of everybody’s favorite music. The multimedia extravaganza bounces from Boogie to Broadway, and Tchaikovsky, too! Dunlap began his musical studies at age 9, and Pennington made his public music debut at the age of 8.

The six-show 2017 Cruise Ship Series is priced at $66. A limited amount of individual show tickets will be available in October for $15 and will also be sold at the door IF available. Tickets may be purchased at the Rec Centers’ Box Office, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, or online at Renewals may be purchased online only if you have a current email address registered at the Box Office. If you wish to improve your seats, do not renew your original seats. You must come in to the Box Office to improve upon your seats; that choice is not available online.  Box Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 623-544-6093.

The 2017 Top Hat Series is the last year for your subscription seats that you currently hold! Next year, all seats will be available for the 2018 series. There will be no renewals. For more information please contact Kasey Huhta at





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  1. Sure wish you weren’t repeating a show we had last year, Dunap and Pennington. That said, I’d jump at a chance to see the couple who did the comedy about a retirement community again.

  2. If I wish to purchase individual events, I can buy the tickets in October?

  3. Multimedia says:

    Hi Brenda, the answer is yes, IF there are still tickets available after all of the series purchases folks make between now and then. If you have more questions, give the Box Office a call at 623-544-6093. Thanks for writing.

  4. Joe Miressei says:

    I thought an entertainer by the name of Karen Grainger was going to be one of the series acts. Did she cancel?

  5. Hi Joe. Karen Grainger is our first act on Jan. 5. Individual Cruise Ship tickets do not become available until 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.

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