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Multi-award-winning Foothill Music Theatre presents 9 to 5 The Musical, featuring eight-time Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton's Tony Award-nominated, country music-infused score. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5 The Musical is the story of three working women, eager to bust through the glass ceiling, who team up against their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss and take care of business. Set in the late 1970s, this romp through the Rolodex Era is a hilarious and empowering story of friendship, love, and women's roles in workplace, relationships, and society. Aided by a quick-witted book by the movie's screenwriter Patricia Resnick, Variety called 9 to 5 The Musical a "light and lively crowdpleaser," and the Telegraph hailed it as "a winning mix of feminist indignation, raucous good humour and…genuinely touching moments."
It's 1959 and the civil rights movement is starting to grip America. In Montgomery, Alabama, a fight over a controversial children's book — one in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit — pits librarian Emily Wheelock Reed against segregationist Senator E.W. Higgins. Childhood friends reunite, only to be caught up in the political and racial tensions of the time. Inspired by true events, this drama explores tests of character and emotions that reshaped our nation.
Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece finally arrives at Berkeley Rep in its entirety — directed by artistic director Tony Taccone in his 20th anniversary season! First staged 26 years ago and originally commissioned by the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco while Taccone was artistic director there, this fierce and astounding two-part drama is at once an epic exploration of American politics, gay identity, and mythology as well as a personal story of love and loyalty. In today's sociopolitical climate, Kushner's universal message of compassion and inclusion makes Angels in America as timely as ever.
Note: Tickets to performances of Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika are available separately as well as together in "Marathon Day" packages.
Frank Silletti and daughter Ava Vukic return to Feinstein's at the Nikko to celebrate the release of their first CD, Yours and Mine - The Judy & Liza Effect. The "Judy and Liza effect" is the precise moment the climactic note of a Garland or Minnelli song, or even just a word or phrase, grabs you, holds you, and makes you want to break free from the ordinary and burst out in song. It has inspired generations to do exactly that. Frank has been under the influence since childhood and now Ava has the bug too. In this special performance and CD release, father and daughter honor the work of mother and daughter with performances of their iconic songs by Harold Arlen, Kander & Ebb, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Roger Edens, and others.
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats! Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
This staging of Harold Pinter's classic drama features Marco Barricelli, Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, and Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth. In an undisturbed English seaside town, the inhabitants of a ramshackle boarding house react to the arrival of two unsettling strangers. Where do the mysterious Goldberg and McCann come from? Who sent them? And why do they keep asking about the sole boarder, piano player Stanley? As the party guests, including flighty Lula and flirty landlady Meg, gather for Stanley's birthday, the desperate pianist is forced to confront a surreal interrogation. Seething with mystery, danger, and sudden humor, this play is signature Pinter.
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Emmy Award-winning team behind South Park, created this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Book of Mormon was written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning composer and lyricist of Avenue Q.
Winner of the 2011 Tony for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has captured the hearts of many in the theater community by presenting modern, in-the-know, and often profane content in the tried-and-true form of a very traditional integrated book musical, complete with tap dancing.
Born, Never Asked. is a full-length new work by choreographer Zoë Klein based on her life story being adopted as an infant from Colombia. As an ensemble of five, the performers' physicality is experienced through their powerful partner flips and lifts, lyrical floor work, multilevel suspensions, sculptural levers, and inventive inversions. Klein's cutting-edge movement genre of aerials, acrobatics, and imagery delivers a visual feast along with deep meaning and complex emotions. Klein's artistic instincts have driven her to the question many international adopted persons in a mixed-race family may ask: How can one achieve wholeness with conflicting loyalties between lands, languages, families, and cultures?
Come early to partake in an interactive gallery installation in the Dance Mission Lobby. Stay for our postshow talk backs with Adoption Museum Project.
Just in time for Mardi Gras come musical mayhem, marching band madness, and a powerful blow-out-the-windows sound. These qualities are the hallmarks of San Francisco's most raucous and sought-after New Orleans fusion band, the Brass Mafia. The ensemble includes trombone, trumpet, sax, drums, and tuba. Together they perform music from different decades and continents as well as unexpected mash-ups and some of their originals. They are joined onstage by guest vocalist Yvette Pylant.
The Brass Mafia emphasize heavy backbeats, creative improvisation, and unique arrangements. They have been featured at events for SFJAZZ, San Francisco's annual Fat Tuesday parade, and have collaborated with Lyrics Born, Thomas Dolby, Peter Rowan, and Nicki Bluhm.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County, based on the 1992 best-selling novel by Robert James Waller about love both lost and found. Set amidst the cornfields of Iowa in 1965, this passionate musical follows the unexpected affair of a devoted Italian-born housewife and a roving National Geographic photographer set over four sensual, heart-stirring days. Brilliantly adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Marsha Norman ('night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County captured the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical Score. It will be directed by TheatreWorks artistic director and founder Robert Kelley.
Are you in need of a sultry Spanish night or a bohemian adventure? Brace yourself for a night when the well-worn hardwood floors of Pachamama resonate with the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping, and guitar. If you have not seen this group, this is an opportunity to experience their high energy and passion for their art that defines a new dimension in flamenco and Spanish dance traditions. Carolina and her daughter Carolé offer a special evening for a date night, family gathering, or get-together with friends and coworkers.
Versatile singer, trumpeter, and bandleader Chris Norton was influenced by the hypnotic jazz stylings of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. As Chris developed his craft, he found his voice — literally. The instrumentalist evolved into a talented vocalist as well. He has performed at NY Fashion Week as well as for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, headlined the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Party, galas for the Whitney Museum and amFAR, corporate events for Omega, Montblanc, Campari, and the NFL, giving each audience his expert interpretation of jazz standards.
Chris Norton is backed by the Konrad Paszkudzki Trio, whose aesthetic can be summed up in three words: mood, sizzle, and swing. Direct, simple, yet intriguing, they improvise solo narratives with toe-tapping nonchalant grace. There is something humble in this approach, but the attitude with which the music is delivered is one of confident passion.
High-energy and laugh-out-loud funny, Coastside Comedy With Blue Blanket Improv is never the same show twice. Each performance is created on the spot and based entirely on audience suggestions. Walk along the beach, enjoy an outstanding sunset, and stay for the comedy!
Note: This show is intended for ages 21 and up.
Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival!
With an uplifting score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, this musical breathes new spirit into the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. The stage adaptation of The Color Purple stunningly reimagines the story of a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. Tony winner John Doyle directs.
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Comedy on the Square is the brainchild of vaudeville performer Fred Anderson. After a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, he was inspired by the festival's DIY energy to create an ongoing performance series in San Francisco. In March 2003, he started producing variety arts, comedy, improv, and magic at various venues. Productions that started at Comedy on the Square have gone on to tour internationally, including the premiere of Paul Nathan's "Devil in the Deck" and "Frisco Fred's Comedy Hour."
Located in downtown San Francisco, The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show is the United States's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. But beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself a prime suspect.
The Marsh San Francisco announces political comedian Will Durst's solo show, Durst Case Scenario, has been extended due to popular demand, now running through March 27, with two additional February performances at the Marsh Berkeley. Specializing in political humor for folks who don't like politics, Durst's rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America and the world are changing in the Trump era.
The Marsh San Francisco announces political comedian Will Durst's solo show Durst Case Scenario has been extended due to popular demand, now running through March 27, with two additional February performances at the Marsh Berkeley. Specializing in political humor for folks who don't like politics, Durst's rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America and the world are changing in the Trump era.
The classic American musical film from 1948 that starred Judy Garland and Fred Astaire is in concert on the Feinstein's at the Nikko stage with local favorites Connie Champagne and Scrumbly Koldewyn leading our cast. F. Allen Sawyer writes and directs our presentation that will remind audiences of the familiar story of Broadway star Don Hewes and yet to be discovered Hannah Brown as well as the beloved Irving Berlin score that including great American standards "Shakin' the Blues Away," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," and "Easter Parade." Musical direction by Tammy Hall.
The Marsh San Francisco announces a new solo show by Jill Vice, A Fatal Step. Turning the tables on film noir tropes, Vice's 60-minute dramedy tells its shadowy tale not from the typical point of view of the hard-boiled detective, but from that of the femme fatale. When Sarah's footing with her handsome podiatrist boyfriend is undermined by an arch rival, she takes drastic steps to keep her man. A Fatal Step is directed by Mark Kenward and developed with David Ford.
From Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master or stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and music-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.
For the New Year, the Marsh Berkeley extends Bay Area's beloved Clown Prince of Fools, Unique Derique, in his zany extravaganza Fool La La! Over the Rainbow. Featuring a sweet new bag of tricks and sidesplitting physical comedy, this all-ages show will leave audiences laughing and dancing through 2018. Following each performance, Unique Derique will also lead a free 20-minute Hambone and juggling workshop so the whole family can put a little zip in their step for the New Year.
Romantic crooner, world-renowned guitarist, and entertainer extraordinaire, George Cole is signed to Acoustic Disc for worldwide distribution of his recordings Riverside Drive, George Cole Live, and his new EP Cole Swings Cole, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer John Cuniberti. Featured in the January 2017 issue of Guitar Player Magazine, George Cole is a musician whose career reads like a Hall of Fame plaque. Current guitarist for David Grisman, George has also taught Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day for 10 years. Cole has toured with Joe Walsh of the Eagles on his Anthology Tour, recorded with Chris Isaak on his platinum selling Forever Blue CD, and sang duets with jazz legend Keeley Smith.
Joined onstage by the George Cole Trio, Cole Swings Cole will highlight the timeless music of Nat King Cole in a show perfect for Valentine's Day and ideal for the young and the young at heart!
An inspired mash-up of posh and punk, Head Over Heels is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family who must prevent an oracle's prophecy of doom. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family members embark on an extravagant journey during which they grapple with mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening, and self-discovery. Set to the iconic pop music of the Go-Go's — including the hit songs "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," and "Vacation" — Head Over Heels delivers an experience unlike anything you've ever seen.
In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie's anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. In this play, Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was a hit on Broadway from one of contemporary theater's most original voices.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announces a special one-night-only musical event, Hershey Felder's Great American Songbook Sing-Along. Felder, who will be performing Our Great Tchaikovsky from January 10-February 11 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, will lead audiences through 100 years of American music, from George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, to Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.
Quality is timeless. Just ask the Hot Sardines. In the talented hands of the New York-based ensemble, music made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports audiences to a different era with the mere lit of her voice. Bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol met in 2007 and bonded over their love of Fats Waller, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday.
The Hot Sardines' self-titled debut album, named by iTunes as one of the best jazz albums of 2014, spent over a year in the top 10 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Last year, they played more than 100 shows around the country, bringing innovation, verve, and sheer joy to their performances.
Due to popular demand, the Marsh San Francisco will extend Josh Kornbluth's insightful Josh's Brain Improvs.
The statistics are daunting when it comes to dementia — one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia; every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Kornbluth performs Josh's Brain Improvs, a series of improvisations based on his experiences working at the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Each performance includes a postshow talkback with various brain experts, in which audience members can ask questions from those in the field working to combat this disease.
Due to popular demand, the 2017 Theatre Bay Area nominee for Outstanding Solo Performance and Don Reed's acclaimed autobiographical hit, The Kipling Hotel: The 80s extends its run at the Marsh San Francisco through January 27. The Kipling Hotel invites audiences to 1980s Los Angeles, as Reed recounts the awkward adventures of the son of an Oakland pimp, awarded a partial scholarship to UCLA. The underfunded Reed scrambles to stay afloat with a variety of schemes, from serial party-hopping to stripping, before finally earning room and board by serving breakfast at an unforgettable retirement home on the rough side of town. This riotous show follows Reed's hair-raising misadventures, and brings to vivid life the hotel's exotic elderly denizens who impart their own brand of wisdom, as well as the earnest students, aspiring actors, and drug dealers who are recruited to wait on them.
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country, and jazz. Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and has since established herself as one of the greatest voices of our time known for interpretations of Broadway, pop, country, and jazz favorites.
She has recorded 16 solo albums, including her most recent, Retro, a special collection of compositions written during the past 20 years for shows or projects that did not happen despite the beauty of the songs. Linda thanks the composers, lyricists, arrangers, orchestrators, and musicians that helped finally bring this music to life.
Back by popular demand, actor, singer, dancer, and Emmy Award-winning daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz explores her Latin roots during her return to Feinstein's at the Nikko. Latin Roots is Lucie's heartfelt musical tribute to the rhythm of her roots and features many of Desi's orchestral arrangements of songs by him, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Agustin Lara, Rafael Hernandez, Margarita Lecuona, and Lucie herself.
Mandy Gonzalez makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with music from her first CD Fearless, featuring the songs that have inspired and influenced Mandy as an artist. Before moving to NYC to work on Broadway, Gonzalez was a backup singer for Bette Midler's Millennium Tour in 1999-2000. She made her Broadway debut in 2001 as Princess Amneris standby for Idina Menzel in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida. Mandy starred as Nina Rosario in in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights after creating the role in the show's off-Broadway production for which she received a Drama Desk Award. Gonzalez then performed the role of Elphaba in Wicked, winning the Broadway.com Audience Award for Best Female Replacement. Mandy can now be seen as Angelica Schuyler in Lin-Manuel Miranda's other Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton.
After acclaimed performances in 2015 and 2016, award-winning cabaret legend Marilyn Maye returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko to celebrate her 90th birthday. She was "discovered" by Steve Allen during her 11-year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City, received a RCA contract, and became a constant presence on The Tonight Show, The Joey Bishop Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dick Cavett Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and others. Her seven albums and 34 singles have been hailed as "timeless" and her recording of "Too Late Now" was included on the Smithsonian Institution list of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century, securing her place in musical history.
Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes, will make her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut in an intimate evening of both classic Supremes hits and favorites from the Great American Songbook, plus a few stories from her legendary career. It was the vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teenager that inspired Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Florence Ballard to create one of the most successful singing groups in recording history. Since then, Wilson has written bestselling autobiographies (Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme and Supreme Faith: Someday We'll Be Together), performed on stage and screen, lectured, and toured the world while continuing to be admired as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry. Signed by Motown founder Berry Gordy, four decades and 40 albums later, the Supremes had an unprecedented 12 number one hits, including five in a row. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
Megabytes! The Musical is an original musical revue written and directed by Morris Bobrow. The show takes a humorous look at how we navigate technology in our lives. It's about the frustrations, anxieties, annoyances…and occasional joys we encounter as we all struggle to cope with the quotidian challenges created by technology. The point of view of the show is that of the average person using tech devices, not that of a "techie." The comedy arises from the situations, positive and negative, the majority of us encounter in working with these so-called "user-friendly" technological tools. This revue format is a series of 20-plus observational songs and sketches, each depicting its own joy and frustration of living our lives in the modern technological age — with varying results.
Experience an unforgettable concert dedicated to an American musical legend and king of epic film scores: composer John Williams. Listen to orchestral selections from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. Relive all the adventure, fun, and magic of these classic films.
Note: This concert does not contain film clips.
The Marsh San Francisco kicks off the new year with an extension of 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival winner My Stroke of Luck. Not everyone knows that the average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated, but Diane Barnes did. As a radiologist who diagnoses strokes, Barnes did not deal with having a stroke very well; it was more than 20 hours before she went to the hospital. My Stroke of Luck follows Barnes as she recounts her experience of having a stroke, her path to recovery, and more. A spellbinding and funny look at love, family, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Barnes shares the story of a single adoptive mother of special needs and gifted sons and how she forges a new identity after a debilitating change. The Theatre Bay Area-recommended production My Stroke of Luck is directed by Rebecca Fisher and developed with David Ford.
From the poignant and heartrending songs of Édith Piaf to the spirited "Can-Can," the San Francisco Symphony celebrates all things French with Pink Martini's force of nature, vocalist Storm Large. Experience the spectacle and exuberance of France's most infamous club, the Moulin Rouge, on an evening of dazzling vocals and world-class artistry.
After enthralling audiences with Aubergine, Julia Cho returns to Berkeley Rep with a searing and touching play that tunes into the plight of "the other" in a country steeped in distrust and intolerance. Hiding sullenly in the back of the classroom, Dennis has his fellow students and professors on edge. But during an office visit, his writing instructor seeks to break through Dennis's silence and earn his trust — with shocking results. A deeply personal story of empathy and redemption, Office Hour explores otherness and paranoia while revealing our essential human need for connection.
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to the United States and broke through barriers to become a crossover sensation at the top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
Directed by multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past 25 years — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Continuing its commitment to transformation, possibilities, and the community, the Marsh Berkeley announces monthly Open Mic Nights with Ellen Hoffman for 2018. Bay Area pianist, composer, and music arranger Ellen Hoffman will host a two-hour set offering five-minute slots to a variety of performers. Experienced singers, instrumentalists, poets, comics, actors, as well as novices will join Hoffman in an evening that presents eclectic entertainment for the adventurous. Those interested in performing will sign up at the door and are welcome to provide sheet music or their own accompaniment for this celebration of the artistic community in the East Bay.
Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world. Mr. Szot has appeared with most major opera companies throughout the United States, Europe, and his native Brazil. His debut with the San Francisco Opera was in the 2012-2013 season in the role of Escamillo in their production of Carmen. In 2008, Mr. Szot won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Emile De Beque in the Broadway revival of South Pacific opposite Kelli O'Hara at Lincoln Center. Each season, Mr. Szot also sings on some of the greatest concert stages in the world, big and small, including Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Ravinia Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Café Carlyle, and Feinstein's/54 Below.
Virtuoso performer Nilaja Sun's award-winning hit No Child… captivated Berkeley Rep audiences in 2008. Now she brings them a new, critically acclaimed solo show about Evelyn, a single mother who fights for the survival of her family in the face of a threatening hurricane. In an astonishing 90 minutes, Sun portrays three generations of a Puerto Rican family and the vibrant characters of New York's Lower East Side through a story of tribulation, perseverance, and redemption.
In the style of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé and other husband-and-wife acts, Rebecca and Frank Faiola make their Feinstein's at the Nikko debut to celebrate Sinatra. Their band, JetBlacq, includes musical director Brian Cooke, who played piano for Chet Baker and is an arranger and multi-instrumentalists creating charts with a fresh new feel. Fred Randolph, a veteran of the local jazz scene, joins in on bass, and world-class player Jack Dorsey is at the drums.
Ray's swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. Pressure builds as he confronts the lure of a deal with Speedo, the perils of family, and the unforgiving weight of success.
A sharp and compelling play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the America dream of a level playing field or of leveling the field yourself.
Based on the movie of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star down on his luck. To make ends meet, he poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After discovering the students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and win the Battle of the Bands.
Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2017-18 season with the regional premiere of Skeleton Crew in a coproduction with Marin Theatre Company. A makeshift family of auto plant workers navigate the possibility of foreclosure in this funny, tough, and tender American drama set during the Great Recession. Rising-star playwright Dominique Morisseau (Ain't Too Proud) creates a world in which ambitious dreams and corporate deception interweave, pushing friendships to the limit. Skeleton Crew is directed by Jade King Carroll (associate director of the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire).
At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Each of the workers must make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. Shanita must decide how she'll support herself and her unborn child, Faye must decide how and where she'll live, and Dez must figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality. Power dynamics shift as their manager, Reggie, is torn between doing right by his work family and by the red tape in his office. Powerful and tense, Skeleton Crew is the third installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit Project trilogy, which also includes Detroit '67 and Paradise Blue.
A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of the United States's top theater artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens. A Chinese executive in 2016 America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader as the power balance between their two countries starts to shift and a new world order arrives. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the Golden Age of Broadway.
Few vocalists own the stage like Terri Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over audience members. They're about to take a ride on the highs and lows of soul music delivered by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with both high energy and quiet poignancy. Odabi's finely honed instrument is matched only by her generous spirit and wit. She is a 2017 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Female Artist, and her 2016 CD release My Blue Soul ranked in Living Blues's Top 50 Best Albums in 2016. Odabi performs original stirring blues straight from the soul with compelling arrangements and witty lyrics that appeal to a wide contemporary audience.
Legendary actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director, and producer Tommy Tune returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for more songs and stories from his illustrious career. He is the only person to have won Tony Awards in the same categories (Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical) in consecutive years and the first to win in four different categories. Tommy Tune has won a total of 10 Tony Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015) as well as the National Medal of Arts. Tune has been associated with such hits as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Day in Hollywood…, Nine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, Bye Bye Birdie, and many more.
A classically trained vocalist with a three-octave range, Vandana Bali has performed standards, Broadway, power ballads, and pop songs to sold-out audiences from coast to coast. She has performed at European festivals, at Don't Tell Mama in New York City, sang the national anthem at a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, and has performed at the Plush Room, Martuni's, and Society Cabaret in San Francisco. Her primary influences include Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan, Céline Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti LuPone, Olivia Newton-John, and Whitney Houston.
Making her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with her Follow Your Heart show, Bali invites you to enjoy songs and stories about all facets of love, hope, and determination from Broadway composers including Stephen Schwartz as well as songs by pop icons and jazz legends. She has three independent CDs available online and at shows. www.vandana.net. Vandana will be joined onstage by pianist and award-winning musical director Ben Prince.
A hit off-Broadway and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of pop culture references, audacious dialogue, and an action-packed road trip that instantaneously moves from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York's Manhattan Theatre Club. This sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, with hip-hop and Motown rhythms, rolls into A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in an all-new production.
Vonda Shepard returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her stellar trio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit television series Ally McBeal. Come relax, reminisce, laugh, and sing along to favorites from the show, including "You Belong to Me," "Searchin' My Soul," and "Tell Him," as well as Shepard's original material from her 14 albums, including "Maryland" and "Baby, Don't You Break My Heart Slow."
Shepard has sold over 12 million records, won two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She will be joined onstage by James Ralston on guitar (Tina Turner) and Jim Hanson on bass (Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Crowell).
The Marsh San Francisco announces award-winning performer Brian Copeland will continue his free performances in 2018 of his acclaimed The Waiting Period, a deeply moving and surprisingly funny work on his own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. This performance is particularly directed at those struggling with depression that would be otherwise unable to attend due to the cost of admission. Featuring humorous, poignant, and riveting insights, the solo show is written by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford.
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Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may provide a chance at a fresh start. Her fellow waitresses offer their recipes for happiness, but Jenna must rebuild her world by relying on her own strength and courage.
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible hit features original music and lyrics by multi-Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair).
Note: This show is recommended for ages 13 and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
In the final summer of the 1960s, America is aching for change. In the cities, crowds are protesting the Vietnam War. In the skies, Apollo 11 is speeding toward man's first encounter with the moon. And at a Catskills resort near Woodstock, housewife Pearl Kantrowitz is busy balancing the demands of her rebellious teenage daughter, her overworked television repairman husband, and keeping her head in the daily mah-jongg game. But a chance meeting with a free-spirited traveling salesman awakens a newfound spirit of exploration and sexuality — and the realization of lost opportunities. Based on the award-winning film of the same title, this stunning new musical weds the landscape of Borscht Belt comedy, the radical spirit of '60s revolution, and the passion of two breathtaking love stories with a soaring and original rock 'n' roll score.
Following two previous sold-out engagements, Well-Strung — an all-male string quartet — returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko. The classically trained foursome performs pop-classical mash-ups incorporating hits by Stevie Nicks, Rihanna, the Outfield, Queen, the Beatles, Lady Gaga, Jules Massenet, Henry Mancini, and Pasek and Paul. Well-Strung is composed of Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Chris Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola). Conceived by Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant, the foursome formed in 2012 and has since gained international attention.
The Marsh welcomes a new solo show to the Berkeley stage, What They Said About Love by Steve Budd, which was awarded the "Best of Fringe" at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival. In this absorbing solo show, Steve wonders why other people can — and why he can't — tie the knot. Budd sheds light on how people meet and make it to the altar, the push and pull of relationships, singles who can't seem to settle down, and more. The Oakland, California-based actor captures the physical and vocal nuances of more than a dozen Bay Area characters, using their own words taken from hours of interviews, and weaves in his relentless search for "the one." What They Said About Love is directed by Mark Kenward and developed with David Ford, John Coppola, and Slater Penney.