In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City is forced to stop at a cheerful roadside diner for the night. By morning, the mismatched group of passengers have all learned something about life, loneliness and love from each other. Rife with sexual tension and humor, Bus Stop was nominated for four Tony Awards during its original run for its very funny, very human, and uncompromisingly true story. Recommended for teenage audiences and older.
When Luke and Jess decide to relocate their family from the Midwest so that their 8 year-old transgender child can safely live as a girl, they pray it will give their family a fresh start. After settling into their new home, however, an unfortunate accident leads to Luke admitting the real reason behind their move, proving that change is truly the only constant in life. A timely and tender new drama, Everything That's Beautiful sees its world premiere on the stage of San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center.
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.
Venture back INTO THE WOODS as the Dodgers (Jersey Boys, Matilda) team up with Networks (Phantom, War Horse, South Pacific) to present the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production that became New York's surprise hit of this season. Unanimously acclaimed, extended twice at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theater, the Tony Award-winning musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has been mounted with boundless imagination. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is INTO THE WOODS like you've never seen it before!
Before it became the feature film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, The Last Five Years was a stirring stage musical that was hailed as one of the 10 best shows of 2001 by Time magazine. Told through inventive and heartrending songs, The Last Five Years is a two-person show that navigates the ins and outs and ups and downs of a marriage. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade), this Drama Desk Award winner is the story of a couple's five-year relationship, from the thrilling pangs of new love to their painful final separation. There is, however, a twist: The man relives the relationship from beginning to end, while the woman relates their story in reverse. The two characters' emotional timelines converge only once -- at their wedding in the middle of the show. This love story mystery musical is now at San Francisco's PianoFight.
"Hound Dog," "Stand by Me," "Love Potion #9" -- the list of rock 'n' roll classics penned by the songwriting duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller is jam-packed with legendary hits. A high-energy celebration of this chart-topping body of work from "the Rodgers and Hammerstein of rock 'n' roll," Smokey Joe's Café is built around a series of comic and romantic vignettes set in the 1950s, and boasts nearly 40 landmark tunes, like "Yakety Yak," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," "On Broadway," "Kansas City" and "Fools Fall in Love." This all-singing, all-dancing spectacular holds the record for the longest-running musical revue ever on Broadway, and the show's music won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Don't miss Smokey Joe's Cafe when it hits the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, who will host special pre-show sing-a-longs, talk backs with the cast and crew and an opening night wine tasting. Rated PG for some suggestive material.
An affectionate and hilarious look back at the golden age of vaudeville, Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys has been a crowd-pleaser since it premiered on Broadway in 1972. The comedy centers around Lewis and Clark, two longtime entertainment partners whose career and friendship came to a sudden and acrimonious end over a decade ago. Now Clark's nephew convinces the former duo to resurrect their most famous routine for a TV special on the history of comedy, and hijinks ensue as the cantankerous coots try to work together despite their feud. See this Neil Simon favorite from the Pacifica Spindrift Players.
Without Mercy makes its world premiere at San Francisco's Phoenix Theatre in this production by Off Broadway West Theatre Company. Joanna is devastated when she learns that her daughter Mercy, who went missing six years ago, was murdered by a criminal who's currently in prison. After a stint in alcohol rehab, Joanna returns home to find that her surviving daughter, Bethany, has hired a legal advocate to help the killer get a plea bargain and escape the death penalty. Joanna and Bethany clash over this act of mercy, dredging up long-held resentments and grudges in the process, all while the advocate, Sam, attempts to appear neutral. But all is not as it seems, and the truth comes to light as the past collides with the present.