Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the world's longest-running musical revue. Since 1974, this San Francisco institution has followed Snow White on a musical comedy quest around the world, where she runs into satirically portrayed pop culture and political celebrities, an impressive array of gigantic hats and one show-stopping musical number after another. Because the show is constantly updated with new costumes, hats and characters, it rewards repeat visits. Among the familiar faces you might see spoofed in Beach Blanket's latest incarnation: Lady Gaga, Barack and Michelle Obama, the cast of Glee, Kate Middleton and Adele. Even after nearly 40 years, Beach Blanket Babylon remains one of San Francisco's wildest evenings of live entertainment.
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 artistic director emeritus Carey Perloff and alumnus Paul Walsh.
Called "the Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area, " Center REP's annual holiday production boasts a stellar cast, memorable holiday music and an array of special effects that will delight and enchant the whole family. Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and forgiveness that captures the true spirit of the holiday season. Scrooge is a tightfisted miser, hellbent on hoarding his money, when he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Can they convince him to see the error of his ways before it's too late? Experience this Bay Area tradition at the Lesher Center for the Arts.
This holiday season, journey on a nostalgic romp full of joyful spirit, featuring music from the Oscar-winning team behind the music of La La Land, The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen. Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Despite some very legitimate concerns from the adults in his life, Ralphie can't control his desperate yearning for this gift. Featuring all your favorite scenes from the classic movie, A Christmas Story: The Musical is brimming with hilarious moments and a lively, energetic score. This quirky tale reminds us that the true meaning of the holidays doesn't lie in material gifts, but in who you spend the day with.
A masterpiece from one of the greatest dramatists of our time, Could 9 is about sexual politics in colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, in which all our assumptions about sex and gender are stunningly exploded. It is also about relationships - between women and men, men and men, women and women, work, mothers, power, generations, politics, and money, which is why this classic play feels as urgent today as when it made Churchill a household name.
The holidays are on their way and the Girls are back! Take four talented drag performers, cast them in two Xmas episodes of the uproarious TV show Golden Girls and you have the perfect holiday event for the entire family. In what has become a yearly tradition, this drag send-up and 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).
It's February 2nd in Punxsutawney, PA, and a storm is coming. Phil Connors, a big-city weatherman, couldn't be more frustrated to be reporting on the small-town Groundhog Day Ceremony - until he finds himself reliving the same day over and over again. Stuck in an endless loop of arrogance and cynicism amongst the cheery townsfolk, Phil must learn to take advantage of his second, third, and fourth chances and break the cycle.
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.
Fall in love with a bold new musical set to the soundtrack of the most successful female rock band of all time, The Go-Go's. This modern fairy tale features Billboard-topping hits like "We Got The Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," and "Vacation" that defined the sound of a generation. Set in a faraway land where once-upon-a-time is right now, Head Over Heels follows the adventures of a royal family as they journey to save their kingdom from extinction and end up finding love in unexpected places. Directed by NCTC Founder and Artistic Director Ed Decker. REVIEWS: "Hits from the groundbreaking '80s band ... give the musical a surging pulse, a raw edge, a rebel vibe" - San Francisco Chronicle "... makes for a fizzy, athletic, stylish and very funny night of musical theater" - SF Examiner "Shrewd, funny, sexy, and with a glorious beat, Head Over Heels will have you flipping for joy" - The Village Voice "... the joyful production dials the camp to 11; this is a show with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, except when it's in someone else's mouth" - Entertainment Weekly.
Holidays With A Twist: Christmas Edition II features twisted, locally written plays featuring a cast of Christmas characters as you've never seen them before...and might wish you hadn't. Top off your day of holiday shopping with a quartet of funny, dramatic, jolly-and did we mention twisted-plays at PianoFight.
The perennial favorite is back! The reimagined story in Meiji-era Japan is told using a combination of noh, kyogen, kabuki, and butoh, bringing this classic story to life in a fashion like no other production does. Ebezo Sukurooji [Ebenezer Scrooge] receives a visit from his deceased business partner Jakube Mashima [Jacob Marley] warning him to change his miserly ways or be doomed to linger forever as a hungry ghost. The miraculous intervention of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come take Sukurooji on a wondrous journey through life and time in a profound attempt to remind him of the value of life beyond business and profit.
Scrooge in Love! had its world premiere at Moon in 2015, and our 2016 reprise was a smash hit. Set a year after the events of the Dickens tale, we find a reformed Scrooge looking for his lost love, Belle, and revisiting past, present and future with hilarious, ghostly friends! Both side-splitting and hopelessly romantic, Scrooge in Love! is the perfect holiday show for the whole family - and now a cherished San Francisco tradition!
A holiday musical treat for the whole family! Hearts will be captivated by the plights of Georg, Amalia, and their co-workers in the Parfumerie. These characters remind us that the most important things in life are not the work or making money, but family, friends and those we truly love. Inspired by the same source material as the classic films The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail, this musical theater treasure is about perfectly ordinary people in a story you may have heard before, but never quite like this. Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, She Loves Me brings the magic of a soaring score by Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock (Fiddler on the Roof) to a classic story by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). Join the Ross Valley Players and the Mountain Play this winter for a delightful musical treat. This co-production partners the talents and passion of two of the oldest Marin County community theater companies to provide a new experience for their audience.
Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the famed songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise and descent. The show features a score with more than 20 of Summer's classic hits including "Love to Love You, Baby," "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff."