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Disney On Ice is throwing the biggest party of the year, and you're invited. The skating spectacular Let's Celebrate! is a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the world. This party on ice features all your favorite Disney friends, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse. They'll host a Very Merry Unbirthday party with Alice and the Mad Hatter, while Lilo and Stitch celebrate Hawaiian-style with a luau. And don't forget the Disney Princesses -- they'll be having a Royal Valentine's Day Ball with Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana on the guest list. There'll also be a winter wonderland with Woody and Buzz Lightyear and a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains.
At Sleep Train Arena from Feb 11 - Feb 16
At SAP Center from Feb 18 - Feb 22
At Oracle Arena from Feb 25 - Mar 1
Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times) Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.
Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are.
NEWSIES was brought to the stage by an award-winning creative team. It features a score by Alan Menken (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (SOUTH PACIFIC) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (BIG RIVER).
Every family is dysfunctional in its own delightful way, as depicted in this series of six short world-premiere comedies from the LGBTQ-focused Left Coast Theatre Company. This smart and insightful collection features the work of both local and national playwrights and includes intriguing titles like Who Are These People? and Motherly Advice. Left Coast are the folks who brought you the successful Eat My Shorts series, and they're staging #WTFamily at San Francisco's Shelton Theater in the hot and happening Union Square district.
The uncertain futures of two mail-order brides play out against the wild backdrop of 1860's Wyoming in Abundance, the acclaimed stage drama by Oscar nominee and Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart). With the acid wit and profound wisdom of a Mark Twain story, Abundance follows Bess and Macon as they struggle to survive while married to men as rugged and difficult as the frontier itself. Episodic in nature, the story arcs over several years and gains an uncanny power as two lives unfold in ways that are at once romantic, funny, brutal and sad. Julie Dimas-Lockfeld directs this tale of two courageous women living and loving in the "wild west" for the Shelton Theater.
Get your dramatic ducks in a row with a 3-show subscription (for first-time subscribers only) to the upcoming season at the Tony-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, one of the most innovative companies in the country. Your package begins with An Audience With Meow Meow, a bravura performance by groundbreaking singer-comedienne Meow Meow, who offers electrifying songs, a blowtorch wit and divine mayhem in equal measures. Next on your subscription bill, X's and O's (A Gridiron Love Story) is an intriguing docudrama that exposes the passion and the pain behind football's pervasive traumatic brain injuries. Based on actual interviews with football players and their families and fans, this world premiere will make you see America's favorite game in a whole new light. Finally, you'll thrill to the beat of One Man, Two Guvnors, a swingin' English farce inspired by A Servant of Two Masters wherein a modern-day British dolt with two jobs struggles to juggle his dual bosses. Backed by a live band that swerves between rockabilly and Beatles-esque pop, this topsy-turvy ride through loony love triangles and mistaken identities caps your subscription off with a delectable mish-mash of splendid comedy, pantomime and music-hall-style revue.
Even though their musical "children" included Oklahoma!, The King and I and The Sound of Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein had no trouble picking a personal favorite: Carousel. Come to Sonoma County Stage's staged concert presentation of this remarkable work and you'll soon discover why. Losing his job just as he learns that his wife is pregnant, ex-carney Billy takes part in a robbery to provide for his family. Caught and facing prison, he takes his own life. Returning to earth for one day 15 years later, Billy tries to restore a sense of hope and dignity to the family he left behind. This profoundly moving production, presented with a live orchestra and large cast of actors, singers and dancers, provides the ultimate justification for Time magazine's assertion that Carousel is " the best musical of the 20th century."
Award-winning actress and playwright Danai Gurira -- best known as Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead -- penned this powerful and provocative play, which now receives its Bay Area premiere by way of the Marin Theatre Company. This acclaimed drama explores the religious and cultural clashes sparked by British colonialism in southern Africa, as well as the lingering effects that continue to affect Zimbabwe today. Set in 1896 during the first rush of colonialism in the region, The Convert centers around Jekesai, a young girl forced into an arranged marriage who escapes her situation with the help of an African Christian convert. When cultural tensions boil over, she's torn between the new religion that saved her and the familial ties of her native culture, and must decide where her heart truly lies.
"A gem of a discovery" (The New York Times), "gorgeous almost beyond belief" (The London Times) -- critics have been thumbing their thesauruses to find the right combination of words to describe Catherine Trieschmann's powerful play Crooked, now in its Bay Area premiere from Virago Theatre Company. At its heart, Crooked is the story of Laney, a 14-year-old girl who comes with her recently divorced mother to Oxford, Mississippi. Feisty and imaginative, Laney is an otherwise typical teen, even if her angst is compounded by a muscle disorder that disfigures her posture. Her life changes when she meets Maribel, the deeply religious daughter of an evangelical preacher. Their unlikely and severely tested friendship provides the platform for Laney's struggle to understand the world ... and herself. Crooked is directed by Virago co-founder Robert Lundy-Paine, the visionary behind Virago hits Zombie Vixens From Hell: The Musical, Mankind's Last Hope and many others.
Morris Bobrow, the award-winning creator of Shopping! The Musical, the longest-running original show in San Francisco history, is serving up yet another tasty musical revue. This one's all about food, glorious food -- with a mix of songs and sketches about eating habits and hang-ups, trendy restaurants and food trucks, cooking quirks, menu mania and much, much more. Winner of multiple San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards for outstanding music and lyrics, Bobrow also created the recent Party of 2 -- The Mating Musical.
Ted and Kevin are living the dream. Attractive and newly married, they're the proud owners of a beautiful home in Sag Harbor. Then Kevin's homeless sister, Donna, and her teenage daughter show up unexpectedly and everything turns as topsy-turvy as Donna's daily pot habit. Lacking a filter, Donna is manipulative and always ready with a gay-baiting remark. Funny on the surface, Chad Beguelin's play, which Variety called "wickedly funny," also digs deep. Through all the gripping and sniping, the story takes an unexpected turn and the four characters grow from tired clichés to complicated human beings before your eyes at the New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Playwright Mary Chase won a Pulitzer Prize for Harvey, her enduring comedy about a gentle cocktail-consumer named Elwood P. Dowd, his domineering and society-loving sister Veta, the doctors at a nearby sanitarium and, of course, Elwood's best friend -- a giant invisible rabbit named Harvey. To save her family from embarrassment, Veta tries to have Elwood committed, but things don't quite go according to plan and Veta gets committed instead, setting off a hilarious chain of events. A long-running Broadway hit, Harvey was adapted into an Oscar-winning 1950 movie starring James Stewart -- and now you can see it onstage at the Pacifica Spindrift Players Theatre.
Boundaries, both of shrubbery and more substantial stuff, protect, challenge and frustrate the characters of Hedge, Robin Lynn Rodriguez's incendiary new play. The housing market collapse has left four friends surrounded by foreclosures in their Oakland neighborhood. When a shocking act of violence forces them out of their bungalows and into the street, they find themselves in a scenario for which no one is prepared. Funny and fierce, Hedge examines the costs of gentrification and tries to answer the question of who ultimately takes responsibility for a neighborhood. Winner of Theater MadCap's annual play development reading series, Hedge now comes to Inner Mission SF as the company's second full-fledged stage production.
Broadway meets punk rock in Home Street Home, an alternative new musical about homeless teenagers that tackles issues of love, family and acceptance in all their various forms. With songs penned by punk band NOFX's frontman Fat Mike and a script from Avenue Q co-writer Jeff Marx, this dark comedy transports you to a gritty urban reality where 16-year-old runaway Sue plunges headfirst into the deviant punk subculture of the streets. Sue and her saucy tribe of castaways sing and dance their way through a celebratory exploration of sex work, drug use and pain, in a tale woven from threads of the authors' own experiences. You might not agree with the lifestyles represented in this unconventional musical, but fans of punk rock and theater alike will want to be at Z Space when this boundary-pushing work makes its debut run.
A high-school biology teacher is prepared to be a fish out of water when she relocates from Manhattan to a small Kansas town following a devastating tornado there. But she's not at all ready for the different kind of storm she churns up when she makes an offhand comment in class about the origins of life. Award-winning playwright Catherine Trieschmann explores and respects all sides of the debate over creationism vs. evolution, while spinning a very human story about starting over. Custom Made Theatre stages this Bay Area premiere at San Francisco's Gough Street Playhouse.
It's business-as-usual when great tragedians -- Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellan, Paul Scofield -- try their hand at King Lear, but it's unheard of for a great clown to tackle Shakespeare's masterpiece ... until now. With a career spanning decades, Geoff Hoyle is one of the nation's most cherished and inventive masters of clowning. He trained under the "Father of French Mime" Etienne Decroux in Paris, originated the role of "Zazu" in Lion King on Broadway, and has appeared in Cirque Du Soleil, The Pickle Family Circus and Teatro Zinzanni. But all that training was a prelude to Lear's Shadow. Experience King Lear like you never have before as the Jester, recently unemployed, tells his side to Shakespeare's most tragic, cosmic and human of stories in this moving solo performance.
If stealing scenes carried the same penalties as stealing diamonds, Leslie Jordan would top the FBI's Most Wanted List. Instead, he's No. 1 in the hearts of fans of Will & Grace, Caroline in the City, American Horror Story and The Help. Now this consummate funnyman opens up once more in Say Cheese: My Life In Front Of A Camera in which he'll humorously explore his relationship with good friend and professional photographer Jim Cox. Let Jordan entertain you in person with this Tinseltown tell-all from someone who has actually seen it all, heard it all and done it all. Whether you've caught one of his two sold out engagements in 2014 or only know his screen work, be prepared to laugh when Jordan and Say Cheese light up Feinstein's at the Nikko.
Two divided families in the American West -- linked by marriage and set apart by suspicion and jealousy -- are at the center of Sam Shepard's raw and provocative "20th century masterwork" (The New York Times), which won both the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award during its 1985 off-Broadway debut. After Jake beats his wife, Beth, within an inch of her life, they each flee to their respective families. In the aftermath of the incident, which has left Beth with brain damage, each group of parents and siblings begins to unravel the nature of their relationships while striving to find meaning and connectedness. Now presented by San Francisco's Magic Theatre, the darkly humorous and increasingly frenetic drama has retained all of its raw emotional power nearly 30 years after its debut.
Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wife and two adult children gather at his bedside for an atypical goodbye in the quirky, bittersweet comedyThe Lyons. Ben, freed from social conventions thanks to his condition, will say anything he wishes -- swear words included. Rita, his partner in a 40-year-long loveless marriage, finds her mind drifting toward thoughts of the future. The couple's alcoholic daughter and gay son have their own issues and agendas. Written by Nicky Silver (Beautiful Child), The Lyons had a 2012 Broadway run and was nominated for a number of awards. See it in Berkeley at Aurora Theatre Company.
When it comes to sleek, smart and modern magic, look no further than magician David Gerard, who performs his theatrical magic and mind reading show to sold-out audiences in the Bay Area. Join Gerard for his first show at PianoFight in San Francisco, where you'll witness near-impossible mental and physical feats just inches away from your seat. Through a mix of psychology, misdirection, magic and showmanship, Gerard will create an experience you'll remember long after the show is over.
More than 25 Marvel superheroes and villains -- including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor and Loki -- are ready to rumble at SAP Center in this all-new live-action spectacular, complete with state-of-the-art 3D projections and pyrotechnics, movie-style martial arts, mind-blowing stunts and even high-flying motocross. The exciting original story kicks off with The Mighty Thor smashing an all-powerful Cosmic Cube to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. But his villainous brother Loki comes up with a plan to pick up the pieces and destroy the universe. Now Spidey, Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk must team up against Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Electro and more in an epic battle of good vs. evil. This thrill ride of a show stars the world's top stunt performers and aerial artists, who bring their battles directly overhead to provide plenty of up-close excitement.
In the 1970s, one of the brightest -- and most flamboyant -- stars of disco was Sylvester, whose dance anthem "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" was one of the biggest hits of the decade. In Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, the singer is brought to life by Broadway star Anthony Wayne, telling the life story of Sylvester through his music and his point of view. Beyond the trials, tribulations, glitz and glamour, Sylvester was a symbol of being fabulous, but also for unapologetically being himself.
The Simpsons is the inspiration for a post-apocalyptic society in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. In this new world, there's no TV, internet or radio, so, with visions of Homer and Marge dancing in their heads, survivors entertain each other with reenactments of their favorite TV shows. Penned by Anne Washburn (A Devil at Noon), Mr. Burns, a post-electric play was dubbed "so smart it made your head spin" by The New York Times. San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (aka A.C.T.) presents this vibrant, original dystopian story of survival, passion and the enduring power of Bart Simpson at the Geary Theater.
Make the 2014-2015 theater season full of discovery, danger and delight by seeing any three of New Conservatory Theatre Center's eight exciting upcoming shows. Selections include Cock, wunderkind playwright Mike Bartlett's elegant modern love triangle that looks at the aftermath when one half of a gay couple falls in love with a woman. Or you might try the over-the-top hybrid of Hollywood glamour and Greek tragedy in Die, Mommie, Die!, Charles Busch's hilarious mixture of whodunits, double-crossings and suspenseful twists. Dead Poets Society meets Romeo & Juliet in Shakespeare's R&J, a play-within-a-play written by Joe Calarco about what happens when four school boys secretly reenact the timeless story of forbidden love. The Tony-winning musical Avenue Q is back by popular demand to prove once again that puppets can have a very adult side, and in Harbor, all hell breaks loose when 15-year-old Lottie and her ne'er-do-well mother drop in unannounced at the beautiful Sag Harbor home of Kevin and his young husband, Ted. Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz brings dysfunctional family drama to new heights in a story that was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer. Timely, touching and empathetic, the 2013 GLAAD Media Award-winning From White Plains explores the far-reaching fallout of bullying and questions if forgiveness is possible. And wrapping up the season, Compleat Female Stage Beauty is a bawdy historical comedy-drama that brings the battle of the sexes to the stage. Hey, we didn't say choosing three from this lineup was going to be easy.
The Richmond/Ermet AIDS foundation presents a benefit cabaret featuring cast members from the Tony Award-winning Disney musical Newsies at Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco. This intimate evening will be filled with music, dance and comedy as the amazingly talented touring cast -- which broke box office records during their Chicago run -- performs numbers of their choosing in an entirely original show. In between the high-energy songs and athleticism-laced dancing from Newsies, give a hand to special guests Bruce Vilanch (Broadway's Hairspray), Tony nominee (Starmites) and cabaret star/comedian Sharon McNight and jazz cabaret artist/actor Shawn Ryan.
Recently one of the hottest tickets on Broadway and a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, Other Desert Cities brings dysfunctional family drama to new heights. Christmas is always somewhat surreal in Palm Springs. It's made even more so this year when Brooke Wyeth returns home after a long absence to present her conservative parents with a tell-all confessional novel that exposes a pivotal event in their family history. Now, old wounds are reopened, childhood memories are tested and the Wyeth clan learns that some secrets can't stay buried forever in this play by Jon Robin Baitz.
The uproarious drag sendup of HBO's beloved series Sex and the City is back with two new episodes of their loving tribute to the iconic show. Laugh and gasp out loud as these four young "women" search for the perfect relationship in between plenty of cosmopolitans. The show features four of San Francisco's most fabulous drag stars: D'Arcy Drollinger (Sh*t & Champagne), Sue Casa (Miss Trannyshack 2013), Lady Bear (Bear-Barella) and Steven LeMay (Sh*t & Champagne) playing homage to Carrie and the gang. Darren Star (creator of the HBO show) described this version as "funnier than it was on TV," so you know you're in for a hilarious night.
A Bay Area favorite, Don Reed looks through the eyes of nine characters to break down the prejudgments we make on race, class, gender, physical ability and more in his new one-man show Stereotypo. Set in the confines of the DMV, the series of entertaining and poignant monologues proves that everybody has a story, but it might not be the one you expect. Reed is a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee and a NAACP double nominee for best actor and best playwright who has worked in film, television and theater. He returns to The Marsh in San Francisco with his latest solo show Stereotypo: Rants and Rumblings at the DMV.
As though ripped straight from the fevered nightmares of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, Thumbs tells the abnormally amusing tale of a town preyed upon by a killer known for cutting off his victims' thumbs. Mystery, mirth and mayhem unfold in the mountains of Vermont, as this comedy focuses in on the lives of a harsh Hollywood actress named Marta and her ex-husband Freddie, who's summoned her to his isolated cabin to help with a mysterious emergency. The twists and turns escalate as an affable small-town sheriff and her assistant -- who isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer -- follow the opposable trail of their opponent. Expect plenty of laughs and lightning-fast plot twists in this Chanticleers Theatre production of Thumbs -- written by Rupert Holmes, the playwright responsible for the five-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Drood.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in one hour. This innovative show is one of Chicago's biggest theatrical success stories. Created by Greg Allen, and written and performed by the Neo-Futurists, the original production in Chicago has been continuously running since the Reagan administration, and now San Francisco has its own sibling company performing at Stage Werx. The "menu" of plays is strung up on a clothesline, and the audience determines the order by yelling out which piece they want to see next. Every performance is a unique experience, and the Neo-Futurists are masters of creating funny, personal, abstract, political and poignant plays.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in one hour. This innovative show is one of Chicago's biggest theatrical success stories. Created by Greg Allen, and written and performed by the Neo-Futurists, the original production in Chicago has been continuously running since the Reagan administration, and now San Francisco has its own sibling company performing at 1 Grove. The "menu" of plays is strung up on a clothesline, and the audience determines the order by yelling out which piece they want to see next. Every performance is a unique experience, and the Neo-Futurists are masters of creating funny, personal, abstract, political and poignant plays.
Hidden roots are exposed in Tree, Julie Hébert's lyrical and powerful play receiving its regional premiere at San Francisco Playhouse. In this PEN Award-winning drama, a Southern white woman turns up at the home of an African-American man in Chicago, claiming to be his half-sister. Together this unlikely pair -- one a Gender Studies professor, the other a chef -- must recover a shared past hidden among the gnarled memories of a demented old woman. Melding realism with poetry, Tree not only captures modern-day realities of race, but explores age-old truths on what it means to be family. Jon Tracy directs this funny, sometimes painful, always honest play from one of Hollywood's most respected writers (ER, Third Watch, The Good Wife, Boss).
Journey deep into award-winning magician David Facer's World of Paradox and explore a world of illusion at the San Francisco Magic Parlor in the Chancellor Hotel. Facer is your guide in this one-person show that combines magic performance art and true theatricality, conjuring up a world with a host of eccentric characters, including Jakob the Mechanical Man With a Human Heart, the enigmatic "dream dweller" Nicolai Bayne, magical prankster Spellvin and more. Facer has performed with Broadway legend Carol Channing, and mystifies audiences at nightclubs, cabarets and private events around the country.
Are you ready for some football? America's favorite sport is intricately woven into our culture and rituals, yet its increasingly traumatic effect on players and their families has us reexamining its place in our country's story. Using interviews with players, their families and their fans, playwright (and football superfan) KJ Sanchez, along with Jenny Mercein, crafts a fascinating and hard-hitting docudrama that examines our country's passion for a sport that's at once generous and dangerous, life-giving yet lethal. X's and O's (A Football Love Story) is as visceral, emotional and theatrical as the game itself.
America's favorite comic strip characters come to life in this two-time Tony-winning classic musical based on the timeless Peanuts comics by Charles M. Schulz. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown transports Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Sally, Lucy and Schroeder from the page to Berkeley's Julia Morgan Theater stage for a series of adventures no TV special could replicate. Fans of the comic will be delighted by appearances of the Kite-Eating Tree, the Little Red-Haired Girl, Lucy's psychiatry booth and Snoopy's battles with the Red Baron. The adventures of the Peanuts gang are punctuated by playwright-composer Clark Gesner's whimsical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown score, featuring simple but catchy tunes like "Suppertime," "Happiness" and the title song.