50th Anniversary Events

For nearly 50 years, ASU Gammage has been a cultural beacon in the Valley of the Sun. Since opening in 1964, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed performing arts center has been the Heart of the Arts in our community.

As a leader in the arts world, ASU Gammage presents excellence with the best the arts have to offer as well as producing new works, artist residencies and educational programs that foster the great artists of today and empower the artists of tomorrow.

With the mission of Connecting CommunitiesTM, ASU Gammage goes beyond the stage, building and campus to underscore ASU’s vision with innovative programs that change lives and make a difference in our community through the shared experience of the arts.


50th Anniversary Open House
September 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • FREE Admission
ASU Gammage opens its doors to the public to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Every hour, birthday cake and refreshments will be served compliments of Whole Foods Market. Guests will enjoy self-guided tours or guided tours of the building and backstage. The Sunset Lobby will be filled with children's activities including Legos, coloring, an Imagination Station as well as hands-on crafts. Plus, enjoy an hour-long video about the history of ASU Gammage. More than 20 Tempe restaurants will be onsite offering free samples including Chompie's, IKEA, Macayo's, Rita's Italian Ice and more. Plus, community and arts partners will be onsite promoting their offerings.

September 16-21
Thursday, September 18 • Tickets on sale July 14 • 50th Anniversary Post-show Talkback included with admission to show
KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

Salute to ASU Gammage
Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m. • Tickets on sale July 14

The ASU School of Music commemorates the 50th Anniversary of ASU Gammage, with a blockbuster concert celebrating the grand opening. The ASU Concert Jazz Band will welcome patrons before the Wind Orchestra performs music by Ingolf Dahl and other leading American composers. The ASU Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs will continue the evening with music by Bach, Beethoven and Strauss, whose music was played by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy at the grand opening concert in 1964.

with the Arizona High School
All-Star Symphony
Saturday, September 27, 7 p.m.
Tickets on sale July 14
Equally at ease conducting a symphony orchestra or sampling Hip Hop alongside a DJ, composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain returns to ASU Gammage for the second time after serving as the ASU Gammage Residency artist in 2003. Roumain will collaborate with some of Arizona's most talented high school musicians from around the state in a very special concert honoring ASU Gammage's 50th Anniversary.




 June 5-8, 2014 | New York, NY

Please join fellow theater lovers for the Gammage Broadway Adventure, June 5-8, 2014.

The trip includes:
• Three nights at the Novotel New York located in the heart of the Midtown's Theatre District
• Private pre-threate reception with hors d'oeuvres while over looking Times Square.
• Private lunch on Saturday.
• Three Broadway shows “of your choice” – each performance seen from house seats, or the equivalent
• A private Broadway entertainment and discussion with three cast members – each from a different hit Broadway musical.
• Expert-led walking and coach explorations of architecturally exciting neighborhoods as well as a tour of Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre.
• The opportunity to 1) extend your hotel stay in New York,  2) see additional Broadway or Off-Broadway shows of your choice, each performance seen from house seats or the equivalent for additional cost 3) Attend the 2014 Tony Awards 4) Watch the simulcast and live Times Square activities of the Tony Award Celebration at 54 Below or a private Midtown luxury screening room.


GO GAGA 2013 October 12, 2013 will be ASU Gammage’s second ever gala as GO GAGA: Golden Gammage Gala, raises awareness and funds in support of its 50th anniversary in fall 2014.


Nearly 300 ASU Gammage supporters and community leaders joined us last year for an unforgettable evening of celebration and entertainment on the breathtaking Gammage stage. THE LION KING returns to ASU Gammage October 22-November 17. In honor of this musical adventure, Leslie Rich and the GO GAGA committee are hard at work crafting a wild night at the theater.

Guests will enjoy remarkable entertainment, exquisite dining, and an exclusive experience. In true ASU Gammage fashion, special guests will include a top-tier Broadway performer and a groundbreaking group, never before presented in Arizona, with plenty more surprises along the way.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and tables and individual tickets are selling out quickly. If you want to hear more about this unforgettable evening or if you would like to secure your place at the “mane” event, please call Julie at 480-965-1910.

GoGaGa Registration (PDF)

Golden Gammage Gala
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Please join us on stage for an intimate Broadway experience
ASU Gammage

Attire: Red Carpet Worthy
Sponsored by Laurie and Chuck Goldstein

2012 GoGaGa Invite (PDF) 


ASU Gammage acknowledges the generous support of our season sponsors.