San Francisco musicals for 2017 & 2018 include top Broadway productions such as Hamilton, Disney's Aladdin, and An American in Paris. Other highlights this season include School of Rock, Waitress, and The Color Purple.
Read on to discover a full calendar of shows, tips to find tickets, and where you can find discounts.
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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.
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Dates: 8/15 - 9/10
Location: Orpheum Theater
Tickets: On sale now
This hit new Broadway musical is all about what it takes to get a musical on stage -- or not. It's the story of two brothers that work hard on the very first musical.
The show is set in the 1590s and the brothers are working hard to write plays but another is a hit making writer by the name of William Shakespeare keeps getting in the way. Once a fortune teller sees them on stage dancing and singing, they set their sights on writing the very first musical.
Dates: 9/12 - 10/8
Tickets: On sale now
This story takes place in the aftermath of a war in Paris. This San Francisco musical is about an American soldier from WWII who meets and courts a French girl.
As they are both are doing their best to recover from the war, he finds out she has a secret. There is another young man courting her at the same time.
The story is adapted from the award winning movie with the same name. It's won a variety of Tony awards including earning the most awards in the 2015-2016 Broadway season.
Dates: 9/15 - 9/24
Location: The Curran
This is one of the more unique San Francisco musicals on stage at the Curran. This event is part concert, part theater. It is Taylor Mac's interpretation of the history of US performed with a mash-up of music, theater, history, and art.
It includes events from 1776 through the present time. It includes four six hour chapters. Chapter One is on September 15, Chapter Two is on September 17, Chapter Three is on September 22 and Chapter Four is on September 24.
You can either buy tickets to all four performances or just a chapter. Each chapter is independent, so you can attend the later chapters without feeling like you've missed something.
It's a spectacular show and one you will not want to miss!
Dates: 11/1 - 1/7
Tickets: On sale for all dates
Step inside the magical world of Disney with the hit Broadway musical Aladdin. Based on the animated cartoon movie with the same name, this show follows the story of a young man that finds a genie in a bottle.
His wish for the genie is for the beautiful princess to fall in love with him. At the same time, he wants to fight off his evil enemy.
This show has two acts and runs for around 2 and a half hours with a 20 minute intermission. It's recommended for those 6 and older. No one under 5 will be allowed in the theater.
Dates: 11/11 - 12/9
42nd Street is one of the San Francisco musicals on stage this season at the Alcazar. This classic show is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the 1933 movie by Busby Berkeley.
It's the tale of a no-name dancer, Peggy, that comes to New York from small town Pennsylvania. She auditions for a show and is placed as a back-up.
Shortly after the show premiers, the leading actress breaks a leg and Peggy takes over to become a star.
Dates: 12/1 - 12/24
This classic story is back again this year at the ACT Theater. See what happens when Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on a journey of his life by three different ghosts.
You will see what he was like in his past, his present, and what might be of his future.
This show runs for 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission. It's one of the top plays in San Francisco for your entire family!
Dates: 12/1 - 1/7
Location: New Conservatory Theatre
Avenue Q is back on stage again at the New Conservatory Theatre. The naughty puppets are returning for their fifth year!
It's the story of a recent college grad that moves into a new place out on Avenue Q. He loves his neighbors but soon finds out they aren't as nice as they first seemed.
This fun and non-traditional Christmas story will keep you laughing all night long. Make sure to pick up your tickets early as these shows often sell out early!
Date: 11/22 - 1/13
Location: SF Playhouse
A Christmas Story is the classic tale about nine-year old Ralphie and his dream Christmas present, the Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. This hilarious show has been transformed for the stage and will keep you laughing all night long.
The story follows Ralphie as he navigates his family, friends, school and Santa to get the present he has always wanted. This stage show has been nominated for three Tony Awards and is a must see this holiday season.
Dates: 2/6 - 3/4
Tickets: On sale soon
Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon returns to San Francisco for a special one month stay. Winner of several awards, this is one of the funnier San Francisco musicals on the calendar this season.
The Book of Mormon follows the story of two missionaries that are sent half-way around the world on their mission. Written by the creators of South Park, this satire pokes fun at the traditions and beliefs of the Mormon faith.
This musical contains explicit language and kids 5 and under are not allowed.
Dates: 2/17 - 3/17
Location: The Victoria Theater
Another one of the award winning San Francisco musicals on stage this season is The Wedding Singer. It will take you on a trip back to the 80s.
It follows the story of a cover band singer that is having the time of his life signing at weddings and getting ready to marry his fiance. She suddenly leaves him and he ends up making each wedding as unpleasant as he feels.
He then meets and falls for a waitress. The only problem is that she is engaged to be married to someone else. Will he pull off the performance of his life to win her over? Find out for yourself this February in San Francisco!
Dates: 5/1 - 5/27
Tickets: All dates on sale
This is one of the San Francisco musicals that has won several Tony awards. It was recently revived on Broadway in 2015 and is now one of the biggest traveling shows this season.
The story is based on the 1982 book written by Alice Walker. It follows the life of an African American woman living in the south, Celie. After she gives birth to a second child at a young age, she marries and fights to survive given all of life's struggles.
The show is recommended for those 8 years old and up. No children under 5 will be admitted.
Dates: 5/11 - 6/10
Location: New Conservatory Theater
This over the top musical showcase follows the story of a theater performer who was always told he would only be successful on stage "when pigs fly."
He used those comments to fuel his talents. No one knew that he had the ability to turn common everyday items into an unforgettable costume for his shows.
See what happens when you believe in yourself and follow your dreams as far as you can take them.
Dates: 6/5 - 7/1
The final show this season at the ACT is A Walk on the Moon.
The story is set in the summer of 1969 when a married housewife in Upstate New York takes a hard look at her life when she meets a traveling salesman. She's been so busy over the years keeping her daughter on track and making sure her tired husband is well taken care of that she doesn't have much time for herself.
After meeting this free-spirited traveling salesman, she realizes what she might be missing out on in life and turns her life upside down with a new excitement for exploration and sexually.
Dates: 6/27 - 7/22, 2018
Tickets: On sale soon
School of Rock is another one of the San Francisco musicals based on a movie with the same name.
It tells the story of a wanna be rock star, Dewey Finn, that is struggling to make a living. He's determined to be a part of the upcoming Battle of the Band contest.
To get there, he recruits a group of straight A students to his band. Will Dewey be able to turn his dreams into a reality? Catch the show at the Orpheum to find out!
Dates: 7/5 - 9/8
Location: SF Playhouse
One of the top San Francisco musicals at the SF Playhouse this season is Sunday in the Park with George. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and nominated for 10 Tony's, this musical follows the story of an artist who is forced to make a decision between his art and his love life.
Considered one of the best musicals of our time, the lyrics and music were created by Stephen Sondheim. It's based on the book by James Lapine.
Dates: 7/7 - 8/4
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It follows the story of Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer at the Notre Dame that is held captive by his boss, Frollo.
Quasimodo gets the chance to escape and fills up his day with exploring the city of Paris. He longed for time outside, but is quickly ridiculed by everyone in the city except for the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda.
He admires her and her beauty, but is not her only admirer. His boss as well as another gypsy long for her as well. His boss, Frollo, turns on her and the gypsies and it's up to Quasimodo to save them all.
Dates: 9/11 - 10/7
Location: Golden Gate Theatre
Tickets: On sale soon
Get on your feet and dance to the music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. This new Broadway musical gives you the background on how these two Cubans fought their way to the top of the charts.
And then, just when they hit it big, they almost lost it all! Find out how they fought their way out again and continue to thrive today.
This musical includes top hits such as "Rhythm is Gonna Get You," "Conga," and, of course, "Get On Your Feet."
Dates: 10/15 - 11/11
Location: Golden Gate
Tickets: On sale soon
Another one of the new San Francisco musicals this year is Waitress.
Jenna is a waitress and an expert pie maker, but she dreams of something bigger for her life. She wants more than anything to get out of her small town and her loveless marriage.
She registers for a baking contest in a nearby community. She meets a the town's new doctor and hopes that he is the key to a new start in life.
The biggest obstacle for her to overcome is herself. Will she have the willpower to do what it takes to start fresh in life?
Dates: 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.