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San Francisco Musicals 2016/2017

Calendar & Tips to Catch a Show

San Francisco musicals for 2016 and 2017 include top Broadway productions such as Hamilton, The Lion King, and Avenue Q. Other highlights this season include RENT, Seussical the Musical, and Finding Neverland.

Read on to discover a full calendar of shows, tips to find tickets, and where you can find discounts.

San Francisco Musicals: Schedule of Upcoming Shows

Top San Francisco Musicals

Click on the links below for more information on these top San Francisco musicals.

Avenue Q
Finding Neverland
Fun Home
Avenue Q Finding
Lion King Musical
Hamilton RENT The
Lion King

Half-Priced Tickets

The first place to look for tickets to these performances is on Goldstar. They offer a variety of tickets at up to 50% off the full retail price. For many shows, they offer a limited number of tickets for just a few dates. If you find something that fits your calendar, make sure to pick them up right away as tickets go fast.

Here are just a few of the tickets offered for upcoming San Francisco musicals.

*Small fee at checkout.

2016 & 2017 Musicals

Below you will find a full schedule by month of upcoming San Francisco musicals. Click on the links to jump to details about each show.

Ongoing Shows

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

More Bay Area & SF Theater Information

In addition to San Francisco musicals, you will find a variety of other theater productions in SF and throughout the Bay Area. Click the links below for more information on each one.

Full Theater Calendar | Schedule of Plays

Golden Gate Theater | Orpheum Theater | Theater District

San Jose | North Bay | All Bay Area Theater | Performing Arts Calendar

Details on Top Musicals


Chess MusicalDates: 9/15 - 10/29

Location: Custom Made Theater

Tickets: On sale on Goldstar at up to 50% off

Set during the end of the Cold War, this legendary musical uses politics and sport as a metaphor for the love triangle between an American, a Hungarian, and a Soviet. The is one of the San Francisco musicals that features songs like "One Night in Bangkok" and "Nobody's Side," as well as a score that ranges from classical to rock.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

HedwigDates: 10/2 - 10/30

Location: Golden Gate

Discounted Tickets: Limited dates at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Tickets: All dates

Follow the funny and heartbreaking journey of Hedwig, the lead singer in a rock-n-roll band, whose "angry inch" is a reminder of a botched operation she had during her transition from being a man in East Berlin to a woman in America. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival, brings Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer and Broadway stars Darren Criss and Lena Hall to the SF stage.

The Rocky Horror Show

Rocky Horror ShowDates: 10/26 - 11/5

Location: Victoria

Tickets: On sale now

For a Halloween treat, head over to the Victoria for Ray of Light Theatre's annual fully-staged production of The Rocky Horror Show. This cult classic, created by Richard O'Brien, tells the story of a newly engaged couple who end up at the "Frankenstein Place," home and laboratory of "sweet transvestite" mad scientist Frank-n-Furter. Enjoy the outrageous costumes and songs of this humorous tribute to early sci-fi horror movies.

The Lion King

The Lion KingDates: 11/2 - 12/31

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: On sale for all dates

The Tony Award-winning smash hit The Lion King has traveled the world enchanting audiences with its Serengeti magic, and now returns to San Francisco with its stunning lions, giraffes, gazelles, and more. Based on the beloved Disney story, the "World's #1 Musical" is a must-see musical for the whole family.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Putnam Spelling BeeDates: 11/5 - 12/3

Location: Alcazar Theater

Tickets: Discounted tickets on Goldstar available

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee premiered off-Broadway in 2005 and went on to win two Tony Awards with a playful score riddled with teenage humor. Follow six high school spelling bee competitors on their quest for glory, who discover, after forming bonds and shedding tears, that winning isn't always everything.

The King and I

King and IDates: 11/15 - 12/11

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: On sale for all dates

Critics have raved about the revival of this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. The King and I is one of their finest works, with famous songs like "Shall We Dance," "Getting to Know You," and more. It tells the story of an unusual relationship that blossoms between British schoolteacher Anna and the King of Siam, who has commissioned her to teach his many wives and children. Let the music and costumes sweep you away to 1860s Bangkok.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolDates: 11/25 - 12/24

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Tickets: Available for all dates

It wouldn't be the holidays in San Francisco if the American Conservatory Theater weren't producing its more than 40-year tradition, A Christmas Carol musical. This lively version of Charles Dickens' classic tale is unforgettable, with its talented cast, spooky ghosts, and colorful costumes. These San Francisco musicals sell out quickly, so plan ahead--you may even make this a Christmas Eve outing!

Avenue Q

Avenue QDates: 12/10 - 1/15

Location: New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tickets: On sale for all dates

Tony Award-winning, wildly entertaining, and cleverly done Avenue Q is one of the longest running shows on Broadway. Laugh and sing along to the the Sesame Street-style puppetry for adults, a satire of the idealistic messages that its main characters, now facing some harsh realities of adulthood, received as kids watching such programming.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

White ChristmasDates: 12/14 - 12/24

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: Available now

This cheery holiday musical about joy, goodwill, and magic is a Christmas treat for all! Watch the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical inn in Vermont and falling for a wonderful sister act. Enjoy the classic Irving Berlin songs topped off with incredible dancing and lots of snow! You can even catch a special Christmas Eve performance.

Finding Neverland

Finding NeverlandDates: 1/18 - 2/12

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: Find tickets here

People everywhere are raving about this new Broadway hit based on the Academy Award-winning film Finding Neverland. Follow the heartwarming story of a struggling playwright who suddenly encounters four charming boys and their beautiful widowed mother, and becomes captivated by the boys' make-believe adventures. Find out what happens when he ends up taking a huge leap of faith into the wondrous world of childhood dreams.

Fun Home

Fun Home Dates: 1/25 - 2/19

Location: Curran

Tickets: Available for all dates

This original new musical, winner of five Tony Awards, is a family drama inspired by a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Through a fascinating patchwork of conversations and memories from three different time periods, it tells the emotional story of one girl's coming out and the suicide of her father soon afterwards. Later on, it is revealed that her father himself was gay, but was never able to come out, and the girl is left wondering what part she played in his death.

Silence! The Musical

Silence the MusicalDates: 1/26 - 2/25

Location: Victoria

Tickets: Discounted tickets available on Goldstar

Silence! The Musical is a hilarious parody based on the Academy Award-winning film Silence of the Lambs. With subversive humor and a naughty score, it tells the story of rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling, who teams up with brilliantly insane cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer Buffalo Bill. This is one of the San Francisco musicals that is sure to delight and amuse.


RENTDates: 2/7 - 2/19

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: Available for all dates

For 20 years, the beloved musical RENT has brought hope and inspiration to stages worldwide. Based on Puccini's La Boheme, the story follows seven struggling artists through one unforgettable year. This is a story of finding love and friendship in the face of fear and adversity. Enjoy the anniversary tour of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.


AssassinsDates: 2/18 - 3/18

Location: Alcazar Theater

Tickets: Available soon

As one of the cult hit and Tony Award-winning San Francisco musicals, Assassins revolves around 13 stories of attempted assassinations on US Presidents, and the four that were successful. From Lincoln to Nixon, Ford to JFK, you get the backstory of the apparently disaffected wackos who pulled the trigger, and you may just start to question if you have more in common with them than you thought.


Hamilton the MusicalDates: March 2017

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: Soon

This year, SHN Theater, a major SF musical producer, proudly welcomes the highly acclaimed Hamilton as its anchor show. Everyone is raving about this wonderfully entertaining Broadway hit based on Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton. This is no boring historical reenactment of America's founding, rather a creative new take on familiar historical characters. The costumes and set are fantastic, and the award-winning score blends hip-hop, pop, blues, jazz, and Broadway.

Into the Woods

Into the WoodsDates: 3/7 - 4/2

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: All dates

You don't want to miss this Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods by Sondheim and Lapine. This production has been imaginatively reinvented in wild and witty ways, bringing to life the wolf, the witch, and the giant in the sky like you've never seen them before. Enjoy enchanting songs like "Children Will Listen" and "No One Is Alone." (Note: this show is recommended for ages 8 and up. No children under 5 allowed.)

Roman Holiday

Roman HolidayDates: 5/24 - 6/18

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: All dates

Be the first to see the romantic musical Roman Holiday in its pre-Broadway premier. The play is based on the Academy Award-winning film and features classic songs from Cole Porter. Follow the story of a young princess who longs to escape her fancy diplomatic life, and the American reporter who helps cover up the royal escape. Witness the promise of love and the magic of Rome throughout their 24-hour adventure.

Seussical the Musical

Suessical the MusicalDates: 7/8 - 8/5

Location: Alcazar Theater

Tickets: Soon

Finally, your chance to see all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters come to life on stage, including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie La Bird, and the imaginative Who child Jojo. Let these magical characters transport you to other lands as you watch them fight for friendship, loyalty, family, and community. This one of the fantastical San Francisco musicals that is great fun for the whole family.

Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket BabylonDates: Several shows every week

Location: Club Fugazi

Tickets: On sale for most dates

This is one of the longest-running San Francisco musicals and is truly a SF original. For over 40 years, this constantly updated musical has been poking fun at pop culture and current events with hilarious performers in fantastic costumes. You'll get a kick out of the show's icon, its outrageous oversized hats, and you're guaranteed to laugh the night away. Plan ahead to catch a popular performance in SF's North Beach neighborhood.

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