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One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful." Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway's most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.
Cult drag rock musical Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls returns to Oasis in San Francisco, featuring D'Arcy Drollinger (Three's Company & Sex and the City Live!) and riding high on a wave of sex, drugs, cat fights, murder, seduction ... and that's just in the dressing room. Imagine Russ Meyer, Liberace and Hedwig collaborating on a rock musical starring Jem and the Holograms, and you'll have an idea of what awaits you. Shamelessly inspired by Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and Showgirls, this over-the-top dark musical comedy has enough poor taste references to satisfy any B-movie junkie.
With sets inspired by the work of acclaimed graffiti artist RETNA, Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, the grandest of grand operas, strikes a brilliant balance between spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy. Composed at the request of the King of Egypt for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1871, the opera tells the tragic tale of a love triangle in which an enslaved Ethiopian princess' love for the military leader Radames is doomed when hers chosen to be the future groom of the Pharaoh's daughter. Featuring San Francisco Opera favorites Brian Jagde and Leah Crocetto, this stunning production, sung in Italian with English supertitles, takes the stage of the War Memorial Opera House.
The African-American and Jewish communities connect in All Aunt Hagar's Children, as a young black Korean War vet investigates a Washington, D.C. murder. San Francisco's Word for Word Performing Arts Company brings the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones (The Known World) to life at Z Space.
The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand-new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring a book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Take advantage of this special pre-sale offer and catch this feel-good musical at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
"Are we there yet?" The journey is the best part -- or so they say. Are We Almost There? The Travel Musical is a hilarious revue of comedy songs and sketches about travel: the anxieties, annoyances, hassles and, yes, the occasional joys of going places. Topics range from group tours, traveling with friends and tourist ripoffs to Airbnb, economy class problems when you've got first class tastes and frantic packing. Are We Almost There? The Travel Musical at the Phoenix Theatre San Francisco is a rip-roaring musical adventure that anyone who's ever gone anywhere will relate to.
Now an NCTC holiday tradition, the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q returns to the Decker Theatre stage filled with racy puppets and boisterous songs. Naughty puppets take a hilarious look at life in New York City as they tell the timeless story of a recent college grad who moves to Avenue Q with high hopes and discovers his purpose in life with the help of his new neighbors: the girl monster next door, a therapist with no clients, the internet sexpert and Lucy the Slut. "It's like having a couple drinks with the characters of Sesame Street and hearing what they really think about life," writes SF Weekly.
In Beyond Therapy, Prudence and Bruce are a couple of New Yorkers who seek professional help to fix their love lives. Their therapists encourage them to place personal ads, leading to a disastrously funny first date between the pair. As these two would-be romantics stumble toward a relationship with each other, it becomes increasingly clear that the therapists are actually more troubled than the patients. Written by Tony Award winner Christopher Durang, this outrageous adult comedy is filled with marvelously insane characters, screwball humor and Durang's trademark observations of contemporary American society. At just 90 minutes long, Beyond Therapy at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco is just what the doctor ordered: a zippy evening of non-stop laughter.
San Francisco's nontraditional holiday tradition is back and better than ever at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with the Smuin Contemporary American Ballet's cool Christmas show featuring everything from ballet and tap to swing and jazz. This year's 21st anniversary edition of The Christmas Ballet starts out with snow-kissed dancers clad all in white performing classical favorites such as Tony-winning choreographer Michael Smuin's The Gloucestershire Wassail and Ave Maria. The second half's red-costumed dancers let loose with a collection of fresh, fun and fantastical numbers, inspired by great tunes like "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and the perennial favorite, "Santa Baby."
A.C.T.'s acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale returns in a sumptuous production that's become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions. A large, lively cast tells the story of lonely old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, a bah-humbuggy sort who's shown a second chance by four ghosts who visit him one spooky and sleepless Christmas Eve. A classic story of redemption and forgiveness, A Christmas Carol captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season, especially in this imaginative version written by A.C.T.'s own artistic director Carey Perloff and alumnus Paul Walsh.`
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
Widely considered one of the great plays of our time, Equus ran for more than 1,200 performances on Broadway and won the Tony for Best Play. Written by Peter Shaffer, best known for penning the Tony-winning play (and later Oscar-winning movie) Amadeus, Equus examines the complex relationship between Alan Strang, a troubled teenager who adores horses but has blinded six in a violent fit of passion, and Martin Dysart, the brilliant psychiatrist determined to treat him. But "treatment" becomes tricky as Dysart realizes that probing the boy's mind brings him face-to-face with his own scarred psyche. Ritualized worship and sexual ecstasy become interwoven in this explosive play. Satisfy your curiosity when the show comes to San Francisco's Eureka Theatre.
Fun Home -- winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical -- makes its West Coast debut at the new Curran this January. Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, has been praised as "something of a miracle" (New York Magazine). The Tony-winning Best Musical tells the story of Alison at three different ages, alongside her uniquely dysfunctional family -- her mother, brothers and brilliant, volatile father. Intimate, emotional and refreshingly honest, Fun Home captures the experience of seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Get your pre-sale tickets to the show Newsday calls "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" at the Curran, which, after an exciting renovation, is reopening its doors with a new look, a new vision and a new production.
Take 4 talented drag performers, cast them in two new Xmas episodes of the uproariously funny TV show The Golden Girls and you have an assured night of theater for the entire family. Now a yearly tradition, this loving tribute to the characters the entire world has come to know and love features local drag stars Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D'Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). Prepare yourself for Blanche's sexy antics, Sophia's cutting wit, Dorothy's consternation, Rose's endearing stupidity and lots of beefy shoulder pads, at the Victoria Theatre. No matter the season, nothing warms your heart -- or keeps you laughing -- like the Golden Girls.
Enjoy a romantic romp aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British Navy. This seaworthy satire spins the yarn of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty ... even though she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore." This superb example of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta has remained immensely popular throughout the 130-plus years since its debut and has contributed significantly to the development of modern musical theater. See this Ross Valley Players production when it sails into the Barn Theatre in Marin County.
Pop icon Cyndi Lauper made history as the first solo woman ever to receive the Tony for Best Score thanks to her contributions to Broadway's high-heeled hit, Kinky Boots. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots tells the story (based on actual events) of Charlie Price, who has inherited his father's nearly bankrupt shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible. Along the way, Lola helps Charlie become the man he's meant to be. Featuring direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a spectacularly uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles), this red-hot musical smash has audiences dancing in the aisles. Join the celebration when Kinky Boots struts into the San Jose Center for Performing Arts with this special pre-sale offer.
This charming sequel to Pride and Prejudice, penned by Lauren Gunderson, finds the bookish and introverted Mary Bennet joining her recently-married sisters Jane and Elizabeth for the Christmas holidays at Pemberley -- the estate owned by Mr. Darcy. When Mary meets the shy bookworm Arthur de Bourgh, she finds herself quite taken with this kindred spirit. But as a well-to-do single man, Arthur has no shortage of female admirers, and in order to compete for his affections Mary must learn to become the heroine of her own story. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is coming to the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley.
On Christmas Eve 1944, Nutcracker made its American debut in San Francisco and instantly became a holiday tradition that spread across the country. San Francisco Ballet artistic director and principal choreographer Helgi Tomasson honors that 72-year history by using the City by the Bay as the backdrop for his Nutcracker. Set in San Francisco during the 1915 World's Fair, Clara's dreamlike journey takes place amidst colorful, larger-than-life scenery, more than 200 dazzling costumed characters and, of course, Tchaikovsky's beautiful score performed live by the world-class San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. Join them on an action-packed journey that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) with music by Wayne Barker, this production at Spreckels Performing Arts Center in San Francisco weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
Heated discussion and hearty laughter are sure to result from Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo's white-hot play that The New York Times called "intensely smart and immensely funny." Twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Gionfriddo -- whose recent TV work includes writing for the Emmy-nominated Netflix series House of Cards -- has crafted a play that makes audiences howl and critics swoon. Rapture, Blister, Burn centers on Catherine, a rockstar feminist academic, who returns home to take care of her elderly mother. There, she encounters an old flame and an "ex" best friend, both of whom seem to be excelling at the kind of conventional life Catherine rejected. But first impressions can be very deceiving. Catch this comedic and unflinching look at gender politics at San Francisco's Custom Made Theatre.
Does art influence life? Can life imitate art? Henry is a playwright who draws on his unraveling marriage and troubled personal life to create his works, and razor-sharp drama The Real Thing uses the "a play within a play" device to tease the audience with the difference between semblance and reality. In a clever, poignant and entertaining examination of infidelity that The New York Times called "the most bracing play anyone has written about love and marriage in years," renowned British playwright Tom Stoppard writes about the passion and pain that love brings into ordinary lives. Deeply moving and bitingly funny, The Real Thing at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley brilliantly examines the complex nature of love, art and reality.
Inspired by playwright Keith Josef Adkins' own ancestors, Safe House explores the tension that arises in a free black family in 1843 Kentucky between two brothers who're in love with the same woman -- the more conservative eldest who wants to establish his own cobbler business, and the passionate youngest, who wants to risk it all by helping fugitive slaves. Now in its 25th anniversary season, Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company stages the West Coast premiere of this drama, dubbed "an amazing piece of theater" by BroadwayWorld.com: "It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it's genuinely thought-provoking."
A San Francisco smash for 15 years running, The Santaland Diaries returns to The Eureka Theatre this holiday season, bringing with it all the laughter you'll need to take the edge off your seasonal stresses. Written by best-selling humor writer David Sedaris, the tale of Crumpet the Elf's adventures at Macy's is a wonderfully twisted take on shopping mall Santalands and the hired hands who populate them. Adapted for the stage by Tony-winning director-actor Joe Mantello (Wicked), this hilariously cynical solo show offers the perfect antidote to cloying holiday cheer.
A pair of feuding perfume shop employees don't realize that they're secretly and anonymously writing love letters to each other in the sentimental musical comedy She Loves Me. This charming, Tony Award-winning tale of cute but arrogant manager Georg and his spunky new clerk Amalia features music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick -- the same pair that wrote the tunes for the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof. Produced on Broadway in 1963 and revived in 1993, the story is adapted from the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, which served as the inspiration for the films The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail. Enjoy this production of She Loves Me at the San Francisco Playhouse.
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.
A huge hit when it debuted at the New York Fringe Festival, Silence! The Musical went on to enjoy several successful runs, and it now makes its way to The Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. Created by Jon and Al Kaplan (music and lyrics) and Hunter Bell (book) as a parody of the 1991 Academy Award-winning thriller The Silence of the Lambs, this wonderfully fun and over-the-top spoof features Clarice, Hannibal, Buffalo Bill and a singing chorus of tap-dancing lambs delivering outrageous songs and rapid-fire one-liners. In association with Ray of Light Theatre, this hilarious Cloud 9 production is positively going to slay you.
If to live is to suffer, than Joseph Douaihy is more alive than most. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. His health, sanity and insurance premium are on the line, and that's just an average day. Sons of the Prophet, Stephen Karam's Pulitzer Prize finalist, is a comic and poignant exploration of our secret needs, the surprising people that fulfill them and the unspoken moments of renewal that can happen at any time. In an age when modern medicine has a cure for just about everything, Sons of the Prophet is the funniest play about human suffering you're likely to see. Catch the critically acclaimed show's regional premiere at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center.
The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage, as does a plethora of pubescent angst and awkwardness, in this hit musical comedy about six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst, from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)," and the hard-fought contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tonys in its original run, winning for Best Book. Find out why as Bay Area Musicals brings this fun-filled production to Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco.
Beloved holiday show The Velveteen Rabbit returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, enlivening Margery Williams' classic tale of a little boy, his stuffed rabbit and the enduring power of love. With witty storytelling, charming music by Benjamin Britten, festive costumes and madcap characters, this annual Bay Area tradition has been delighting children for an incredible 30 years running. And with production by the acclaimed local dance company ODC, The Velveteen Rabbit's unique fusion of modern dance and compelling narration makes it a family event that older audience members will enjoy as well.
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.