A fresh, sophisticated spin on Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves several classic fairy tales into one epic story that shows what happens when magic becomes strikingly real. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife complete a number of tasks for a witch who promises to grant their wish if they're successful. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. All the storybook characters discover that wishes often come with a steep price, and things don't always end happily ever after. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards and the cast recording took home a Grammy. Come see this production when it enchants and astounds at Pacifica Spindrift Players Theatre.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast brings its enchanting tale and Academy Award-winning score to the Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland. Based on the beloved 1991 animated film, this visually-stunning spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. The acclaimed musical tells the story of Belle, an intelligent young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who's really a young prince under the spell of a witch's curse. Time is running out, and if the Beast doesn't learn his lesson soon, he and his entire household will be doomed for all eternity. This musical love story is filled with colorful characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling show-stopping numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the unforgettable title song. Enjoy this tale as old as time with your entire family.
The sharp-eyed contemporary drama Luna Gale focuses on Caroline, a social worker who must decide whether a hospitalized child should be given back to her teenage recovering-meth-addict parents or the infant's grandmother, a religious evangelist. Caught in the middle of a much larger fight, her decisions about the child's welfare dredge up a secretive past of human mistakes that further ignite the conflict. The Chicago Tribune hailed the play as "excellent and intensely involving" and the Sun-Times agreed, calling it "provocative and impassioned."
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards.
In 1936, an anti-drug propaganda film called Reefer Madness was released, portraying the disasters that ensue when some teenagers decide to try "marijuana" -- otherwise known as the devil's drug. In the 1970s, the film was rediscovered and became a cult classic due to its over-the-top portrayal of the alleged dangers of smoking weed, which include death, destruction, madness and ... jazz. Inspired by the original film, this tongue-in-cheek musical comedy continues the hijinks in an even wackier form, memorializing the melodrama in songs that range from Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes. It would be a big mistake to (puff, puff) pass on this production of Reefer Madness: The Musical at Victoria Theatre in San Francisco.
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
With The Royale, playwright and acclaimed television writer Marco Ramirez (Orange is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy) tells a fictionalized story based on the world's first real-life heavyweight boxing champion and the sacrifices he makes to take his place in history. Jay "The Sport" Jackson wants a shot at the world title. Trouble is, he's living in a time when blacks and whites did not face off in the ring. But he's out to win at any cost. So he comes out swinging, slinging words in a spectacular barrage of rhythm and heat, language and adrenaline, sinew and swagger. With this Goldstar pre-sale, you can lock in your tickets now as the power-punching drama makes its Bay Area premiere at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company.
From the Emmy Award winning duo who gave us TV's groundbreaking animated comedy series 'South Park' and the critically acclaimed co-creator of Broadway's Tony Award winning comedy 'Avenue Q' comes 'The Book of Mormon', a satiric comedy about two Mormon elders sent to Uganda for a mission. However, their naivete and gullibility will send their mission off the roof and have them clashing head to head with the local tribe. 'Mormon' is a comical, sensible and highly entertaining musical that has proven its worth nine times over in the 2011 Tony Awards, thanks to its talented cast, smart and vibrant employment of parody, and catchy scores that makes The Daily Show's Jon Stewart "so angry" simply because it is "so good."
Based upon Alice Walker's acclaimed novel of the same name, THE COLOR PURPLE is the epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is fourteen-year-old Celie. When Celie is forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer, called "Mister," she is separated from all that she loves. Ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own. THE COLOR PURPLE celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life.
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics' Pick and "AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!" (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, "FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!"
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.