A modern American family gathers in a local park to roast one of its own over the coals in the play by Obie-winner Robert O'Hara. The hard-partying, foul-mouthed O'Mallery family stages an intervention for their drug-addicted sister. While they wait for her, they drink, smoke and dredge up old feuds and grudges. The family soon finds all its problems dragged out in public. Barbecue at San Francisco Playhouse overturns our assumptions about race, poverty and the American family in hilarious and incisive fashion.
Set to what the New York Post called Elton John's "best score yet," and named "Broadway Musical of the Decade" by Time magazine, the explosive Billy Elliot: The Musical, presented by Contra Costa Musical Theatre, fills the stage with inspiring songs and high-energy dance. Based on the hit film of the same name, this heartwarming show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. Just try not to cheer along as his talent and ambition become symbols of hope for a town that's enduring more than its fair share of hardship, when Billy Elliot: The Musical takes to the stage of Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts.
How far would you go to bake the world's best bread? A culinary magical tale, Bread! The Musical follows one baker's quest to replicate his father's lost and legendary rye recipe, and he'll stop at nothing to do it. This new musical from Joe Oritz is filled with 24 original songs, homegrown hubris and potential peril as the baker's obsession begins to drive everyone (especially his wife) nuts. Theater aficionado Greg Fritsch directs this wacky and family-friendly musical at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco.