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San Francisco Theater & Best of Broadway: Calendar of San Francisco Shows for 2020

The San Francisco theater offers hundreds of shows every year including musicals, plays and traveling Broadway performances. With more than a dozen theaters in SF, you will find a wide variety of productions from dramas to comedies.

NOTE: Broadway shows in San Francisco should begin in April 2021. They have moved them back a few times, so I'll update this once the dates are no longer moving around.

You can choose to see a performance at one of the larger theaters with popular shows such as Hamilton, Les Miserables, and Come From Away. You can also catch a show in a smaller, more intimate theater, such as the SF Playhouse in Union Square.

San Francisco Orpheum Theater

You will find the shows traveling from Broadway to SF on stage at the Orpheum Theater, the Golden Gate Theater, and some at the Curran. These shows bring along their sets and actors and are higher priced performances. They are similar to the set up you would see in New York.

The other theaters on my calendar also offer some well-known performances with smaller sets, actors sourced specifically for those runs, and less expensive ticket prices. They offer world premiers, pre-Broadway shows, locally written pieces, and many other world class performances.

Did you know? Wicked started its run in San Francisco before it opened on Broadway in NY. The first performances were at the Curran Theater in 2003.

Top San Francisco Broadway Musicals & Plays

The following list of San Francisco theater performances including top Broadway musicals and plays such as The Lion King, Hamilton, and Wicked.

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

Harry Potter

Dates: Starts May 3rd

Location: The Curran Theatre

Tickets: TBD

The much beloved Harry Party has become an adult and has three kids of his own in this award winning show. His eldest son, Albus, now struggles with many of the same issues that Harry dealt with as a kid including legacy, what the future may bring, and how to deal with his own powers.

This show has won 24 major awards in the U.K. and continues to entrance and delight audiences around the world. Harry Potter & The Cursed Child has toured in London, New York, Melbourne and comes to San Francisco this October for its West coast debut.

Part One has a playing time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Part Two has a playing time of 2 hours and 35 minutes.

The show is best for those 10 and older. Any children under 4 will not be admitted.

Mean Girls

Mean Girls Broadway Show

Dates: JULY 27 – AUGUST 22, 2021

Location: Golden Gate Theatre

The wonderful Cady Heron has moved to a city in the outskirts of Illinois from her homeland in Africa. However, she quickly realizes that things are not as easy as them seem in her new school. There are different groups of teenagers, all vying for power and control, and she needs to figure out how to survive this jungle.

Will Cady stand up for herself and become the powerful lioness or will she fall prey to the others who try to make her weak and just another one of the pack? Find out as you laugh your way through this musical that was written by Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey and many other award winning Broadway masters.

The San Francisco theater production of Mean Girls has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes which includes one intermission. No children under the age of 5 are allowed and it is suggested for 10 years or older.

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Dates: NOVEMBER 3 – 28, 2021

Location: Golden Gate Theatre

This classic Lerner and Lowe musical is a joy for everyone who loves romance, singing, and dancing. The lovely Eliza Doolittle, who sells flowers and wants to become more ladylike, takes speech lessons from the well-spoken Henry Higgins.

During this attempt to become more refined, Eliza meets Freddy Eynsford-Hill and he falls in love with her. As the show continues, we will learn if Eliza chooses her old life or elocution and high society, all the while finding out whether love conquers all. The show is famous for songs such as, "I could have danced all night", "Wouldn't it be lovely", "On the Street Where You Live" and many others.

My Fair Lady has a running time of 2 hours and 55 minutes with one intermission. This San Francisco theater show is for anyone except 5 years old and younger.

The Band's Visit

The Bands Visit

Dates: JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 6, 2022

Location: Golden Gate

A band of musicians, lost and confused, arrive in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. Falling in love with nature, and the beauty surrounding them, the band changes the tune of everyone around them.

This incredible musical has won 10 Tony Awards, including the Best Musical award, and only continues to gather more praise. You will want to join their little community as you laugh, cry and experience every emotion possible during this magical musical.

This show has a running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes and does not have an intermission. It is for people 12 years and older and no one under the age of 5 will be allowed.

Oklahoma!

Dates: 2021 - 2022 season: exact dates TBD

Location: The Curran Theatre

The first musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, this musical has been reimagined for 2021. It is set on a farm outside the small town of Claremore. The beautiful farm girl, Laurey Williams, has caught the eyes of both Curly McLain and Jud Fry.

Curly is good cowboy with manners and class. Jud, on the other hand, is a bad guy and someone nobody wants to be with, especially not Laurey. As Laurey is the prettiest girl in the town, many other suitors also try to win her hand. Luckily, there is a big social dance tonight and she will be able to find out who is the best man for her. Who will Laurey pick among the many men who profess their love for her? You'll have to see the show to find out!

The show has a running time of 2 hours and 24 minutes with one intermission. It is recommended for people 12 years and older. Children under 5 are not allowed.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Dates: 2021 - 2022 season: exact dates TBD

Location: The Curran Theatre

Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning book, this new adaptation by Aaron Sorkin shows how Atticus Finch, a defense lawyer, works to defend Tom Robinson who has been falsely accused of rape. Will Atticus be able to save Tom Robinson from the lies and racism that is trying to ruin his life and send him to prison?

Atticus' daughter, Scout, helps to keep the audience informed as she comes out with her own thoughts to help them see what is happening. She also gives us hope that the world will be a better place when we work against racism and prejudice going forward. Featuring the musical and movie award winning actor Jeff Daniels, you will be amazed by the whole cast.

To Kill a Mockingbird has a running time of 2 hours and 35 minutes with one intermission. The recommended age is 12 years and older and no children that are ages 5 or under are allowed to it.

The Prom

Dates: 2021 - 2022 season: exact dates TBD

Location: The Curran Theatre

Loosely based on a true event, a group of 4 down on their luck Broadway actors decide to revive their careers  by staging a show in a small conservative town in Edgewater, Indiana. The reason they choose this town is that they see a Twitter post by Emma, a teenage girl who is not allowed to bring her girlfriend to the prom and want to support her in her movement towards equality.

The show is basically full of hilarious costumes, great comedy, great singing, and everything else that you could imagine to make a great musical. It will fill you full of happiness and joy at the same time. It has also been nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

It has a running time of 2 hours and 25 minutes with one intermission. It is recommended for ages 8 and older and children under 5 will not be allowed into the show.

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations

Dates: 2021 - 2022 season: exact dates TBD

Location: Orpheum Theatre

As you can imagine, this musical starts with the very early life of The Temptations. It shows how a band that has been together for so long, with all their kinds of highs and lows, and this musical explores that and more. This includes their battle with racism and how they have adapted over their many years. During all of this, the musical weaves their songs such as "My Girl", "Papa was a Rolling Stone", and many more songs into it.

With over 42 top ten hits, and 14 number one chart leaders during their career, this musical will make you want to get up and start dancing in the aisle. This musical has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards and follows the life and times of the band throughout its career.

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission. It is recommended for all ages but children 5 and under will not admitted. 

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Dates: 2021 - 2022 season: exact dates TBD

Location: Orpheum Theatre

When the aspiring writer, Christian, decides to leave his home of London and move to Paris, to write his magical play to be performed at the Moulin Rouge. At the same time, he starts to hang out with famous people such as Toulouse Lautrec and others artists. He then meets the lovely Satine, and immediately is in love with her, as would happen in the City of Lights (and love obviously). 

Sadly for Christian, the Duke of Worchester, who had financed the shows, also falls in love with Satine. But since Christian and Satine have fallen in love, there is going to be problems and issues. How will end up being together and what will happen at the Moulin Rouge? You will have to see the show to find out! And as Satine says in the musical, "The difference between you and I is that you can leave anytime you choose. But this is my home. The Moulin Rouge is my home.” and you'll never want to leave either!

This musical has a running time of 2 hours and 35 minutes and has one intermission. It is recommended for anyone over the age of 12 and above. Children under the age of 5 will not be allowed into the show.

Hadestown - The Myth. The Musical.

Dates: 2021 - 2022 season: exact dates TBD

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Winner of 8 Tony Awards in 2019 including Best Musical and also the Best Musical Theater Album in the 2020 Grammy Awards, this is going to be one of the best shows you'll ever see. Taking the classic Greek mythical story of Orpheus and Eurydice, Orpheus decides to go to the underworld to rescue her from an eternity in "Hadestown." Something fun about this musical is that it has been interestingly updated into the Great Depression era times to make it original and new.  

As Orpheus meets Hades, and his wife Persephone who he no longer loves, he tries to convince them to let Eurydice go and remove back to the living world. At first neither of them want to help him, or let her go, and yet they finally make him an offer.

They will let her go back to the world of the living on one condition: If Orpheus returns to the world, without looking back to see if Eurydice is there with him, she will be able to stay with him. However, if he loses faith and looks back to make sure she is there, she will spend eternity in Hades. Does he trust her to be there or not? You'll have to see this amazing musical to find out!

The running time of Hadestown is 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission. It is recommended for children ages 8 and over and children that are under 5 years old will not be admitted.

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