Newsletter – April/May 2017

Right Where We Belong


FOTOT members have long touted the Orpheum as the “Crown Jewel of Downtown Phoenix.” Now the rest of the country is realizing it as well., which writes about trends in real estate, fashion, and entertainment in a number of cities around the country (e.g. NYC, LA, Washington) recently published their list of the “21 Best Theatres in the Country.” Among the list were a couple of “givens”: the Disney Concert Hall (LA) and Radio City Music Hall (NYC). Also among the list is the Orpheum Theatre. It’s gratifying to see the Orpheum included on such an impressive list.

But that’s not all, folks. HGTV recently came to the Valley to plan for a show devoted to a new “smart” home in Scottsdale. As part of the show, the producers included a segment on three of the “cool” places to visit in the Valley – and again the Orpheum was selected

You can find both of these items (and others on the Theatre) on our website ( in the “Press” section.

A New Member Joins the Board

We are proud to welcome Laura Stenzel to our Board. Laura has extensive experience in project management and also in website building and design. She has assembled an impressive collection of historical information on the Orpheum, and has acted as a docent for our Ghost Tours. Her expertise and enthusiasm makes her a significant addition to the Board.

– Ray Combe, President 
  Friends of the Orpheum Theatre

Board of Directors

Donna Reiner, Linda Hamm, Richard Sourbrine, Raymond Combe, Samantha Jackson, Woojin Lee, Sandy Obelsky, Anne-Marie Sittenfeld, David Stevenson, Laura Stenzel

What’s Coming Up at the Orpheum

April 23  Phoenix Boys Choir Pops Concert 3:00
April 25  Downstairs @ the Orpheum with Nicole Pesce Trio w/Renee Patrick  5:30
April 28  Theatre League presents Stomp 8:00
April 29  Theatre League presents Stomp 2:00 8:00
April 30  Phoenix Youth Symphony Guild 3:00
May 5  Phoenix Symphony: Music of Broadway w/Lea Salonga 7:30
May 6  Phoenix Symphony: Music of Broadway w/Lea Salonga 7:30
May 12  Phoenix Symphony: Music of John Williams 7:30
May 13  Phoenix Symphony: Music of John Williams 2:00 7:30
May 14  Phoenix Symphony: Music of John Williams 2:00
May 18  Free Public Tours Noon  and 1:00

Attention Fry’s Shoppers

You can donate to the Friends every time you shop at Fry’s, and it’s free. Fry’s is donating $2 million a year ($500,000/quarter) to Arizona non-profits. To participate, go to and register your Fry’s VIP card, and select Friends of the Orpheum Theatre as your non-profit of choice. Remember: your donation is free, and this program is separate from the gas program. Last year, the Friends received nearly $700 from Fry’s.

Support the Friends, Become a “Star”

Here is a unique way to support FOTOT. For $100 you can purchase a brick which will be placed in the “Avenue of the Stars”, located just east of the Theatre in the City Hall Plaza. You can purchase a brick to honor your family, a friend, someone you admire, or to celebrate an event (graduation, birthday, etc.). For more information, visit our website.

Did You Know …

The light rail has two stops that are less than a 10 minute walk from the Orpheum. Whether you’re coming from the East Valley or from Northwest Phoenix, taking the train allows you to avoid traffic as well as the cost of parking your car.

Become a Member of the Friends

Join us as we preserve and illuminate the heritage of the glorious Orpheum Theatre. Visit our website to learn more.

Friends of the Orpheum Theatre

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose Mission is:
To support the art, culture, and history of the Orpheum Theatre
through outreach, education, and volunteerism.