Still highly relevant more than 70 years after its publication, the provocative play The Children's Hour demonstrates how insidiously a lie can destroy lives. Martha and Karen run an all-girls boarding school, but when a troublemaking student spreads a rumor about a romance between them, the scandal rips apart friends and relationships. Even after the student realizes the damage she has done, she sticks by her falsehoods, leading to tragedy for the two women. This gripping drama, playwright Lillian Hellman's debut, ran for two years on Broadway and launched her success in writing for the stage and screen. See this rare revival at the 6th Street Playhouse in San Francisco.
Sandy and Danny both believe their summer fling is over -- and then Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at Rydell High, where Danny's the leader of the pack. But when good girl Sandy attempts to rekindle their sweet romance, it threatens to ruin greaser Danny's stud reputation. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like "Summer Nights," "You're the One That I Want," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning," and this stage version, packed with high-energy choreography, remains a perennial favorite. Join the Pink Ladies, the T-Birds and the rest of the gang at the Lesher Center for the Arts - Hofmann Theater in Walnut Creek, and discover why Grease is most definitely the word.
The biggest Broadway show since The Book of Mormon is hitting the road on its first national tour. Written by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is a true landmark of American culture, tearing up the musical theatre rulebook with a score that is equal parts Sondheim and Notorious B.I.G., and a cast of ethnically diverse actors in the roles of the Founding Fathers. The story centers on Alexander Hamilton, one of our most important (and colorful) characters, who rose from his humble orphaned beginnings to play a major role in making America the country it is today.
Considered by many to be the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off reveals the hilarious backstage antics and drama of a group of small-town actors attempting to perform a dreadful flop called Nothing On. This play-within-a-play is a comedic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and ... flying sardines. Written by award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn (Copenhagen, Democracy), this comedy of errors remains a crowd pleaser 35 years after its debut. You may also know it as a 1992 film starring Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve and John Ritter. Now you can catch all the madcap comedy of Noises Off on the stage of the San Francisco Playhouse.
Composer Jason Robert Brown is behind a string of big musicals, including two that earned him Tonys: The Bridges of Madison County and Parade. Now's your chance to see his first major work, Songs for a New World, which mixes pop, gospel, jazz and classical styles into a musical, historical adventure. This exquisitely crafted musical revue explores the many changing visions of the American dream, spanning all the way from Columbus' first voyage to the present. The journey begins at Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park.