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Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, City of Angels tells the story of a novelist struggling to turn his hard-boiled detective novel into a movie. Weaving together the novelist's actual life with the story of his fictional P.I. hero, the San Francisco Playhouse's production is a stylish nod to the golden age of Hollywood and film noir, where the colorful real world collides with the black-and-white "reel" world. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this show was co-written by Broadway legend Cy Coleman and M*A*S*H creator Larry Gelbart.
A boisterous and vibrant portrait of love in a nontraditional family, La Cage Aux Folles has been one of Broadway's biggest hits for more than 30 years, earning nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Revival. This heart-warming musical comedy invites you into the lives of Georges and his lover Albin, who plays female impersonator Zaza at the couple's popular St. Tropez drag nightclub. Problems arise when Georges' 25-year-old son comes home with his fiancée and her conservative parents. Watch as the flamboyant couple's family dynamic gets hilariously turned upside down. Written by Harvey Fierstein, the musical features Jerry Herman's beloved score -- including "The Best of Times Is Now" and "I Am What I Am." Get in on the wig-flying fun as La Cage Aux Folles comes to Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland.
If the musical history of Hamilton has peeked your interest, then this Tony-winning revolutionary drama is sure to captivate you as well. The musical 1776 comes to Walnut Creek to take you behind the scenes of the historic signing of the Declaration of Independence, as John Adams tried to persuade his fellow forefathers to vote for freedom from British rule. Also making appearances are colonial superstars like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock, along with a variety of crabby drunks, befuddled secretaries and assorted sycophants who populate the proceedings as well. This much-beloved show stirs romance, comedy and conflict into a musical melting pot at Lesher Center for the Arts' Hofmann Theater.
Before the Marx Brothers became film comedy legends, they got their start on the stage. Now you can see the show that helped launch their careers, Animal Crackers, just as audiences first saw it: live! Later adapted for film, this musical comedy made a Broadway sensation of the Marx Brothers' anarchic lunacy, from Groucho's wit to Chico's schemes and Harpo's impulsive pantomime. The wealthy Mrs. Rittenhouse throws a glamorous weekend gathering in honor of the famous explorer Captain Spalding, but Spalding isn't your typical guest of honor, and with the arrival of shady characters the Professor and Mr. Ravelli, the hoity-toity party might not survive the weekend. With a book by George S. Kaufman (You Can't Take It with You) and Morrie Ryskind (My Man Godfrey), plus countless improvised additions by the show's original stars, Animal Crackers is a comedy classic. Now you can relive all the laughs live at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa.
Everyone loves Edward Bloom's incredible, larger-than-life stories ... except for his grown son Will, who searches for the truth behind his father's tall tales. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish The Musical brims with heart and humor. As Edward Bloom's health wanes from cancer, his son tries to learn who his father really is before it's too late. Filled with magic, love, luck and crazy coincidences, Big Fish The Musical at Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park reminds us why we love going to the theater with an experience that's richer and bigger than life itself.
Remember being a kid and wishing you were a grownup, wishing you were just BIG already? In the 1988 movie Big, Tom Hanks makes that wish -- and it comes true. Now, the endearing classic has been adapted for stage in Big, The Musical. Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old who grows up overnight after being granted a wish by a Zoltar machine at a carnival, must cope with his new adulthood while finding the machine so that he can wish himself back to his preteen life. Playful and sometimes profound songs are the backdrop for Josh's relationship with the two most women in his world: his mom and Susan Lawrence, the executive at the toy company where Josh lands a job. This sweet, funny and poignant tale will spirit you back to your own childhood dreams and (mis)adventures. See it at Half Moon Bay's Coastal Repertory Theatre.
The voice of today's generation -- the Arthur Miller of the Millennials -- young playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney penned this play that's been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "the greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more." West African folklore takes a trip to Louisiana's bayou in The Brothers Size, as the recently paroled Oshoosi Size returns home, hoping for a fresh start working in his brother Ogun's repair shop. But when the charming and sinister Elegba enters the picture, the situation's delicate stability is threatened and fraternal ties are tested. A stirring score, flights of poetry and West African mythology give wings to this soulful and celebratory work. Make your way to San Francisco's Eureka Theater for this Theatre Rhinoceros production of The Brothers Size.
Who knew a game would serve as the perfect metaphor for romantic rivalries, cunning gamesmanship and political tensions? And no, it's not Candy Land. The world's ancient game of strategy makes its move at San Francisco's Custom Made Theatre with the stirring rock musical Chess. Featuring music by ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Mamma Mia) and lyrics by Tim Rice (Evita), this musical drama involves a love triangle between two top chess players -- an American and a Russian -- and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Loosely based on the lives of chess grandmasters Anatoly Karpov and Bobby Fischer, the rock opera plays out against the Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, with each wanting to win international tournaments for purposes of propaganda.
Step right up into the Grand Chapiteau at AT&T Park and discover the surreal world of LUZIA, where an imaginary Mexico springs to life to the soundtrack of brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Inspired by the cultural richness of Mexico, Cirque du Soleil's new big-top show LUZIA features original music written for a live acoustic setting mixed with the electro-pop of Nortec Collective's Bostich + Fussible. Catch LUZIA -- a combination of the Spanish words luz (light) and lluvia (rain), two elements at the heart of the show -- on the San Francisco stop of its world tour, which kicked off in Montreal in April 2016.
At AT&T Park from Nov 18 - Jan 8, 2017
In San Jose from Feb 9 - Mar 5, 2017
Step back into the romantic age of letter-writing via Dear Master, an elegantly orchestrated play following the 13 years of letter exchange between legendary 19th-century French novelists Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, better known as George Sand, and Gustave Flaubert. Their powerful friendship was fueled through "productive discussions" of fierce, opposing arguments revolving around politics, art and the literary world of their time. A shimmering glimpse into the brilliant psyches of Flaubert, the literary realist pioneer, and the iconoclast Sand, who protested the social restrictions of women by adopting male dress for a period, Dear Master offers further insight into a world of political turmoil and deeply-held passions. The play also won the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Script in 1991. Watch the unlikely friendship of these intellectual writers come to life at the Aurora Theatre Company in downtown Berkeley.
From the overwhelming success of English rock band The Police to his breakout solo career, Gordon Sumner -- known to fans as Sting -- is one of the world's all-time great singer-songwriters. Part of an ongoing series of musical tributes from the A.C.T. Young Conservatory at the company's Strand Theater, Fields of Gold: The Music of Sting features 30 years of his music, interwoven throughout the compelling story of a group of Amish and non-Amish youth coming of age in the American heartland. With such hits as "Be Still My Beating Heart," "If You Love Somebody," "Every Breath You Take," "Fields of Gold," "Synchronicity," and "When We Dance," Sting has long been a favorite of music fans young and old. Hear these hits and more as the backdrop to a beautiful tale of sexual awakening.
This hilarious and heartwarming musical showcases an epic culture clash when two vastly different families come together to celebrate a wedding. Besides the parents butting heads, things unravel even further when the bride's uninvited ex-boyfriend brings proceedings to a screeching halt. Plots are hatched, promises broken and secrets exposed as the ceremony falls into hysterical chaos. It'll be up to the sister to save the day in It Shoulda Been You at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
It's everyone's favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story: Little Shop of Horrors. Take a musical journey through the streets of Skid Row to a struggling flower shop where a blood-thirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim. Full of delightfully demented humor, this long-running Off-Broadway musical comedy is based on Roger Corman's B-movie and was later turned into a Broadway show and an Academy Award-nominated film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. Now you can enjoy a night of bloody good fun with doo-wop inspired songs like "Skid Row," "Somewhere That's Green," "Feed Me" and "Suddenly, Seymour" when Ray of Light Theatre, the company who brought you Heathers: The Musical and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, stages this hugely entertaining show at the Victoria in San Francisco.
Cameron Mackintosh's awe-inspiring production of The Phantom of the Opera brings the dramatic doomed love triangle to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Described by critics as bigger and better than ever before, the latest edition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece offers bold new staging that showcases original costumes, updated choreography and exciting special effects (including the legendary chandelier drop) -- not to mention a soaring score filled with memorable songs like "Masquerade," "The Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You." At its core, though, it's a timeless and tragic love story about a mysterious masked man living beneath the majestic Paris Opera House who becomes obsessed with a beautiful opera singer. The Phantom of the Opera has won more than 50 major theater awards, including the Tony for Best Musical, and with a cast and orchestra of 52, this current spectacular is one of the largest musical productions currently on tour anywhere.
What happens when your dream becomes bigger than you imagined? In Seared, a new work at the San Francisco Playhouse, a chef's eight-table restaurant is the talk of New York City. With more money, however, comes more problems, and his investor decides it's time to cash in. The battle between art and commerce ensues, and you'll see it unfold as caramelized onions and sizzling garlic fry up in the onstage kitchen.
Take the normal play production process, put it on extra-fast-forward and you have Shotz, a theatrical pressure cooker that puts talented theater groups to the test. Six groups are given two weeks to write, two weeks to rehearse, two hours to get their tech in gear and one chance to perform an all-new short play. Each month has a different theme, and with each group offering their unique take on the month's theme, each performance is full of surprises. This is the latest in a long line of PianoFight's one-of-a-kind twists on improvisational theater. These improv impresarios are known for putting on ingeniously interactive entertainments that leave even the hardest-to-please San Francisco crowds entertained.
The 1995 movie Showgirls, written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven, followed on the heels of their mega-successful thriller Basic Instinct and promised to make a star out of ingenue Elizabeth Berkley as innocent wannabe dancer Nomi Malone. Instead, the film crashed at the box office and stalled Berkley's career. But the legend of Showgirls flew like a phoenix from the ashes, spawning what so many epic flops do -- a cult classic that inspired Rocky Horror-esque midnight screenings. Now, Peaches Christ Productions brings Showgirls! The Musical! -- the hilarious show that dazzled New York -- to lascivious life on stage at the Victoria Theatre for its San Francisco premiere. This all-singing, all-dancing, all-thrusting adult parody starring April Kidwell and Peaches Christ is sure to be an utterly outrageous experience.
Some plays can be summed up in an image, others a phrase, but only one masterpiece can be summarized with a scream: "Stelllaaa!!!" That masterpiece, of course, is none other than Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Set during a steamy summer in New Orleans' French Quarter, a vulnerable Blanche DuBois seeks shelter at the apartment of her pregnant sister, Stella, and Stella's husband, Stanley. Fragile Blanche and brutish, temperamental Stanley immediately clash, and tensions further escalate when the two are left alone together after Stella heads to the hospital to give birth. Experience this American classic now at San Francisco's Shelton Theater.
Becky and her husband John just bought a new house in the village, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child. Life seems perfect -- but these days, John seems to be a lot more interested in reading baby books and furthering his environmental causes than performing his husbandly duties in the bedroom. Something's got to be done. So, while John is away one day, Becky takes charge and brings in a man to "get the job done." Naturally, things get complicated. Presented at The Ashby Stage in Berkeley, The Village Bike provides an unflinching look at the world's view of women's sexuality -- a hilarious, steamy and provocative plunge into intimacy, pornography and the anxiety of expectant parents.
From the dark comedy clubs of America's major cities to primetime television screens nationwide, Whose Line Is It Anyway? -- a show where "everything's made up and the points don't matter" -- brought improvisational comedy to the masses like never before. Now, the Emmy-nominated comedy sensation is coming to the stage at the Nourse Theatre in San Francisco, featuring quick-thinking veteran improvisers Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray. See some of your favorite Whose Line games like "Scenes from a Hat" or "Questions Only" along with some new ones -- and be sure to bring suggestions for a chance to join the cast onstage.
Truth and fiction blur in Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang's hilarious and moving show Yellow Face, which is based on the author's own life -- but with wild exaggerations. When Hwang mistakenly makes a disastrous casting decision, he quickly and hilariously gets in over his head. As the situation spirals further out of control, he finds himself at the center of international intrigue and a government investigation. Winner of an Obie award, Yellow Face explores timeless questions surrounding cultural identity through a sharply satirical lens. Director Jeffrey Sun stages this biting look at race, politics and the media at San Francisco's Firescape Theatre.