If you’ve been traveling to Phoenix for several years, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of or experienced Barleen’s Arizona Opry. If you’re going to be a first-time visitor and you’re looking for something to do that’s well-worth your entertainment dollars, don’t miss this dinner theater.

On our first two trips to the Phoenix area, we didn’t have time to take in this highly recommended show (suggested by many of our snowbird friends). We had tried to book, but because of extreme popularity, it was impossible to get seats with short notice. On our most recent visit there, because we had no timeline to return home, I booked tickets as soon as we arrived in Buckeye, AZ. 

There were many different themed shows to choose from ranging from country to pop to variety. We chose the 50’s Rock and Roll Show. We weren’t disappointed. 

Tickets were $39 USD each for adults and this included both the delicious home-cooked dinner and the show. 

Table sections are numbered. Our table was in the 60’s to the left of the stage. We had a great view of the stage and when the meal was served, our section was served first. I don’t know if this is switched up from show to show, and I noted that all tables were served quickly and efficiently.

The meal was hot and had a great home-cooked flavor. It included 2 entrees on one plate – chicken breast and roast beef, along with mashed potatoes, Parisian steamed carrots, pan gravy, a dinner roll, and a salad. There are gluten free and vegetarian options available as well. Barleen’s dining motto is “Life is short – eat dessert first” so, a big piece of moist chocolate cake was served before the meal. Coffee and Iced Tea are included with the meal and refills are free. There’s also a fully stocked bar if you wish to purchase beer, wine, or spirits.

The Barleen’s performers are a diverse group of talented instrumentalists and vocalists. Elvis even made an appearance. Comedy is interspersed throughout the show by the entertainers’ own comedic timing as well as with visits from Barney Fife of Mayberry fame. 

I’d highly recommend this dinner theater to anyone visiting the Phoenix area. Just remember that it’s best to book as far in advance as possible.

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I generally unwind by having dinner with close friends. Nelson DeMille