San Francisco Musicals 2018

Calendar & Tips to Catch a Show

San Francisco musicals for 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.

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.

Color Purple
School of Rock
The Color
School of

Top Upcoming Musicals

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2018 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

Beach Blanket Babylon at Club Fugazi

April 2018

None scheduled at this time.

May 2018

5/1 - 5/27: The Color Purple

5/11 - 6/10: When Pigs Fly

June 2018

5/11 - 6/10: When Pigs Fly

6/5 - 7/1: A Walk on the Moon

6/27 - 7/22: School of Rock

July 2018

6/27 - 7/22: School of Rock

6/5 - 7/1: A Walk on the Moon

7/5 - 9/8: Sunday in the Park with George

7/7 - 8/4: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

August 2018

7/5 - 9/8: Sunday in the Park with George

7/7 - 8/4: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

8/8 - 8/26: Les Miserables

September 2018

9/11 - 10/7: On Your Feet

7/5 - 9/8: Sunday in the Park with George

9/5 - 9/30: Phantom of the Opera

October 2018

9/11 - 10/7: On Your Feet

10/15 - 11/11: Waitress

10/9 - 11/4: Miss Saigon

November 2018

10/15 - 11/11: Waitress

10/9 - 11/4: Miss Saigon

11/27 - 12/23: A Bronx Tale

December 2018

11/27 - 12/23: A Bronx Tale

January 2019

1/8 - 2/3: Come from Away

February 2019

1/8 - 2/3: Come from Away

February 2019 (Dates TBD): Hamilton

2/19 - 3/17: Hello Dolly

March 2019

2/19 - 3/17: Hello Dolly

3/19 - 4/14: Falsettos

April 2019

3/19 - 4/14: Falsettos

4/16 - 5/12: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

May 2019

4/16 - 5/12: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

September 2019

9/3 - 9/29: Anastasia

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.

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Details on Top Musicals

The Color Purple

Color PurpleDates: 5/1 - 5/27

Location: Orpheum

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.

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs FlyDates: 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.

A Walk on the Moon

A Walk on the MoonDates: 6/5 - 7/1

Location: ACT

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.

School of Rock

School of RockDates: 6/27 - 7/22

Location: Orpheum

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!

Sunday in the Park with George

Sunday in the Park with GeorgeDates: 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.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hunchback of Notre DameDates: 7/7 - 8/4

Location: Alcazar

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.

Les Miserables

Les MisDates: 8/8 - 8/26

Location: Orpheum Theater

One of the top San Francisco musicals this season is Les Miserables (often referred to as Les Mis). Set in 19th Century France, Les Mis follows the story of a felon. Once he is released from prison for a small crime of stealing bread to feed his family, he finds hatred all around him for his crime.

He then meets someone who believes in him. He breaks his parole in an attempt to start a new life. It's a story of love, courage and redemption. It's run time is 175 minutes including one intermission.

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the OperaDates: 9/5 - 9/30

Location: Orpheum Theater

Phantom of the Opera is a long running Broadway musical. It's the story of a deformed composer that haunts the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with a young woman he tutors and begins to write operas for her.

As she becomes more famous, a young suitor from her past reenters the picture and the Phantom of the Opera becomes enraged. She is still drawn to the mysterious man behind the scenes at the opera. It runs from 2 hours and 25 minutes, which includes a 20-minute intermission.

On Your Feet

On Your FeetDates: 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."

Miss Saigon

Miss SaigonDates: 10/9 - 11/4

Location: Orpheum Theater

Miss Saigon follows the story of two lovers. One is an American GI and the other is a young Asian woman. It's based on the opera Madame Butterfly, but is instead set in Vietnam in the 1970

With the fall of Saigon, the young soldier is forced to leave and his young Vietnamese lover spends the next three years searching for him. He has no idea he has fathered a young son.

This show runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission.


WaitressDates: 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?

A Bronx Tale

A Bronx TaleDate: 11/27 - 12/23

Location: Golden Gate

Step into the stoops of Brooklyn in the 1960s and see what it was like to live and work in this choatic neighborhood. A Bronx Tale follows the story of a young man that is works for a mob boss that he wants to be like.

He also loves his father, who is against his life in the mob. The young man is torn between the mob boss he admires and the father he loves.

This show runs for 2 hours with one intermission.

Come From Away

Come from AwayDates: 1/8 - 2/3

Location: Golden Gate Theater

This new musical is one you will never forget. It features the stories of several passengers from 9/11 that were stranded in Newfoundland.

Thousands of passengers were stranded here and the local community bonded together to make them feel at home during their stay. It offers a variety of stories from the time they arrived to the time they left Newfoundland and, for some, beyond.

The show runs for 100 minutes with no intermission.


HamiltonDates: Starts in February 2019

Location: Orpheum Theatre

The untold story about one of America's Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. This two-act performance starts when Hamilton is a youngster in the West Indies. It then follows his move to the US.

It then follows his story upon arrival here including his role in the helping to build the nation we know and love today. It includes a variety of musical numbers from jazz to hip hop.

The show runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.

Hello Dolly

Hello DollyDates: 2/19 - 3/17

Location: Golden Gate Theater

The 2017 Broadway revival, Hello Dolly, is another one of the must see San Francisco musicals this season. It's the story of Dolly who heads to New York to find a match for herself and her half a millionaire well known client.

It was originally performed on stage in 1964 and this revival has won several Tony awards. It runs for 2 hours and 35 minutes with one intermission.


FalsettosDates: 3/19 - 4/14

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Another one of the top revivals on stage this season is Falsettos. It's the story of Marvin and his attempts to keep his eclectic family together.

It involved his ex-wife, his son, his boyfriend, neighbors and others. As his life changes in monumental ways, he learns more about his feelings on love and what he needs in order to be the best person possible.

Falsettos runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

Charlie ChocolateDate: 4/16 - 5/12

Location: Golden Gate

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory is another one of the San Francisco musicals that is based on the book with the same name. It's the classic tale of Willie Wonka and a visit to his chocolate factory by a group of kids.

Charlie is a young boy who is part of the group that wins a golden ticket to visit the factory. Once they are inside, the chaos begins! This show is full of colorful characters and many of the fun songs from the original movie.

It runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.


AnastasiaDate: 9/3 - 9/29

Location: Golden Gate

Anastasia starts in Russia in the 1920s. It's a story about a magical legend that features the Grand Duchess Anastasia, who is an orphan named Anya in the show.

She travels from Russian to Paris in the search for her real family. Along the way, she meets a con-man that is convinced she is the Grand Duchess.

This show runs for 2 hours and 25 minutes. There is one intermission.

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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