San Francisco Theater & Best of Broadway

Calendar of San Francisco Shows for 2019

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.

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.

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 Shows

Hamilton
Hello Dolly
Charlie & Chocolate
Hamilton Hello Dolly Charlie & The
Chocolate Factory
Anastasia Falsettos Come from Away
Anastasia

Falsettos

Come from
Away

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Theater & Show Tickets at Up to 50% Off On Goldstar

Click the links below to find tickets to some of the top San Francisco theater productions at up to 50% off. These tickets sell out quickly and change often, so make sure to pick yours up right away if you have confirmed your travel dates to SF.

  • 1/22 - 2/28: King of the Yees, Bay Area Premier at the San Francisco Playhouse, Full price $35-$60, Goldstar $21-$26*

  • 1/23 - 2/17: Seascape, a Pulitzer-winning play by Edward Albee, at the American Conservatory Theater, Full price $22-110, Goldstar $17-66*

  • 2/15 - 3/3: Her Portmanteau-Africa to America at the ACT Strand Theater, Full price $30-$70, Goldstar $18-$42*

*Small service fee at checkout.

Event Calendars by Month

Are you looking for additional events during your stay in San Francisco? Click the links below for the full event calendars for each month.

Event Calendars
January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December

San Francisco Broadway & Other Shows by Month

Click on the links below for more information about each San Francisco Broadway theater performance and other shows including ticketing information.

The * after each calendar items denotes that it's a traveling Broadway production.

Ongoing Shows

Several shows each week: Beach Blanket Babylon

February 2019

2/12 - 9/8: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

1/8 - 2/3: Come from Away at the Golden Gate*

2/19 - 3/17: Hello Dolly at the Golden Gate*

1/18 - 2/24: Late Company at the New Conservatory

1/22 - 3/2: King of the Yees at the SF Playhouse

1/23 - 2/17: Edward Albee's Seascape at the American Conservatory

2/6 - 3/2: The White Girls Guide to International Terrorism at the SF Playhouse

2/13 - 4/14: Her Portmanteau at the American Conservatory

2/14 - 2/24: I, Too, Sing America at the The Brava Theater

March 2019

2/12 - 9/8: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

2/19 - 3/17: Hello Dolly at the Golden Gate*

3/19 - 4/4: Falsettos at the Golden Gate*

1/22 - 3/2: King of the Yees at the SF Playhouse

2/6 - 3/2: The White Girls Guide to International Terrorism at the SF Playhouse

2/13 - 4/14: Her Portmanteau at the American Conservatory

3/1 - 3/31: Steve at the New Conservatory

3/6 - 3/31: The Great Leap at the American Conservatory

3/12 - 4/20: Yoga Play at the SF Playhouse

April 2019

2/12 - 9/8: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

3/19 - 4/4: Falsettos at the Golden Gate*

4/16 - 5/12: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Golden Gate*

2/13 - 4/14: Her Portmanteau at the American Conservatory

3/12 - 4/20: Yoga Play at the SF Playhouse

4/5 - 5/5: The Gentleman Caller at the New Conservatory

4/17 - 5/12: Vanity Fair at the American Conservatory

4/30 - 6/15: Significant Other at the SF Playhouse

May 2019

2/12 - 9/8: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

4/16 - 5/12: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Golden Gate*

4/5 - 5/5: The Gentleman Caller at the New Conservatory

4/17 - 5/12: Vanity Fair at the American Conservatory

4/30 - 6/15: Significant Other at the SF Playhouse

5/5 - 5/29: The Fit at the SF Playhouse

5/10 - 6/9: The View Upstairs at the New Conservatory

5/26 - 8/31: Cabaret at the SF Playhouse

5/29 - 6/23: Rhinoceros at the American Conservatory Theater

June 2019

2/12 - 9/8: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

4/30 - 6/15: Significant Other at the SF Playhouse

5/10 - 6/9: The View Upstairs at the New Conservatory

5/26 - 8/31: Cabaret at the SF Playhouse

5/29 - 6/23: Rhinoceros at the American Conservatory Theater

July 2019

2/12 - 9/8: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

5/26 - 8/31: Cabaret at the SF Playhouse

August 2019

2/12 - 9/8: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

5/26 - 8/31: Cabaret at the SF Playhouse

September 2019

2/12 - 9/8: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

9/3 - 9/29: Anastasia at the Golden Gate*

Additional SF & Bay Area Shows

Performing Arts Calendar | North Bay Shows | San Jose Shows

Bay Area Theater Calendar | Details on the Golden Gate Theatre

SF Theater District | More About the Orpheum | Palace of Fine Arts

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.

Come From Away

Come from AwayDate: 1/8-2/3

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale for all performances

Come From Away is a story that takes place the week after the September 11 attacks in New York. On that tragic day, 38 planes were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador.

This highly acclaimed new musical tells the story of what happened when 7,000 people from these planes are stranded in a small town in Newfoundland.

It's a story of frustration, clashing views, and how all of that transformed into gratitude and long-lasting friendships. It's one of this year's new San Francisco theater performances that you will not want to miss.

Not recommended for those under 10. Anyone under 5 will not be admitted. Runs for 100 minutes with no intermission.


Hamilton

HamiltonDates: 2/12 - 9/8

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: On sale for all dates

Hamilton returns to the San Francisco theater! This award-winning production is a must see!

It follows the story of one of America's Founding Father's Alexander Hamilton. He arrived in the US from the West Indies and became George Washington's right hand man.

The story is new and fresh and one that everyone should see. All shows will be at the Orpheum Theater and start in February 2019. Best for those over 10 and no one under 5 will be allowed. Due to the nature of the content, anyone 15 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult.


Hello Dolly

Hello DollyDate: 2/19 - 3/17

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale for all dates

One of the top musicals of all time is taking the stage this year in San Francisco. Hello Dolly is a classic that was first performed in 1964.

It's the story of Dolly, a matchmaker and widow that knows it's time to make a match for herself and decides to head to New York. She complicates things by also involving her "half-millionaire" client as well as four people in his inner circle.

This revival has won four Tony Awards. It's recommended for those 9 and older. Kids under 5 are not allowed in. Run time is 2 hours and 35 minutes with one intermission.


Falsettos

FalsettosDates: 3/19-4/4

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale

This 2016 Broadway revival is another treat for San Francisco theater lovers. It was nominated for five Tony Awards in 2017.

It follows the story of Marvin, a smart, yet neurotic divorced gay man. It includes his ex-wife, his psychiatrist, son, lover, and lesbian neighbors. It's a look at modern day families and how they interact with one another no matter the circumstances.

The show runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission. It's best for those 8 or older and no one under 5 is allowed.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie ChocolateDates: 4/16-5/12

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale for all shows

What happens when Willie Wonka opens his Chocolate Factory to a group of kids and parents that hold a Golden Ticket? Find out this spring at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the classic tale based on the book written in 1964 by Roald Dahl. Charlie Bucket is a simple kid with a simple life that is lucky enough to get a Golden Ticket to visit the Chocolate Factory. It's a journey he and his family will never forget.

The show opened in London in 2013. After closing there, it moved to Broadway in 2017 and is now part of the traveling theater performances that travel around the country. It runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes. It's not recommended for those under 6 and no children under 5 are allowed.


Anastasia

AnastasiaDates: 9/3-9/29

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale for all shows

This magical production is the story of the legend, Grand Duchess Anastasia. She appears in the play as the orphaned Anya.

The musical starts in Russian and takes you all the way to Paris as Anya searches for family, love and happiness. She ends up making friends and trusting a con-man who is convinced she is the Grand Duchess.

The story is set in the 1920s. Run time is 2 hours and 25 minutes with one intermission. Not recommended for those under 7 and no one under 5 will be admitted into the theater.

Other San Francisco Theater Productions

The following San Francisco theater shows are on smaller stages throughout the city. These theaters offer world class performances and less pricey ticket prices.

Late Company

Late CompanyDates: 1/18 - 2/24

Location: New Conservatory

This Regional Premier shows the beautiful and brutal aspects of parenthood.

When Debora and Michael seek closure for a recent family tragedy, they invite their son's bully and family for dinner.

The dinner turns into an evening of pain, anger and blame. It shows how difficult it can be when no one is prepared to answer the tough questions from those across the table.

King of the Yees

King of the YeesDates: 1/22 - 3/2

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale at a discount on Goldstar

This local story, written by Lauren Yee, is about her family in SF's Chinatown. Her father is a prominent member of the Yee Family Association.

When he father goes missing, she must search every corner of Chinatown to learn about his disappearance and to find him.

It's an interesting story that crosses cultural and familiar boundaries and you will learn more about what it's like to truly be a Lee in SF's Chinatown.

Edward Albee's Seascape

SeascapeDates: 1/23 - 2/17

Location: American Conservatory Theater

Tickets: On sale at a discount on Goldstar

One of the most anticipated San Francisco theater shows this season is Seascape.

This Pulitzer Prize-Winning Comedy is the story of a newly retired couple at the beach. As they discuss life, they encounter two human sized, English speaking lizards.

As the two couples interact, the retired couple questions what this encounter means to them. Are they friendly or are they a treat?

The White Girl's Guide to International Terrorism

The White Girls GuideDates: 2/6 - 3/2

Location: SF Playhouse

What happens when the Middle East comes calling to two teenage girls in the US living in a dead end town?

Blaze and Rowena live in a small town with no opportunity. As they research ideas to leave, they come across a video from the Middle East recruiting girls just like them to build a Utopia.

They only requirement is that they find a way to get from the US to the Middle East. However, once they arrive, will the demands place on them be worth the sacrifice required?

Written by Chelsea Macantel, this is another show in the San Francisco Playhouse's Sandbox Series this year.

Her Portmanteau

Her PortmaneauDates: 2/13 - 4/14

Location: American Conservatory Theater

Tickets: On sale at a discount on Goldstar

Written by Mfoniso Udofia, a graduate of A.C.T.'s M.F.A. Program, Her Portmanteau is the story of a what it's like for immigrants living in America.

It's set in Manhattan and is the eye opening story of what happens when a family member from Nigeria visits her family in NY.

During the stay, they all struggle to keep their culture and values in tact while also fitting into the American way of life.

I, Too, Sing America

I Too SingDates: 2/14 - 2/24

Location: Brava Theater

Tickets: Visit their site for ticketing information

The San Francisco Bay Area Theater Company is proud to present I, Too, Sing America. It's a celebration of the diversity of our country.

It features a variety of works of artists and poets of color. The works are performed through both song and dance. It also features original compositions by Othello Jefferson.

There are only 8 performances between 2/14 and 2/24, so make sure to pick up your tickets today.

Steve

SteveDates: 3/1 - 3/31

Location: New Conservatory

Tickets: On sale for all dates

Have you found your "happily ever after" only to see it fall start to fall apart in front of you? That's exactly what is happening in Steve's life.

His soulmate is sexing with another man, he's worried about his ill best friend, and he's getting to an age where he isn't as desirable anymore.

This witty comedy is one that we can all relate to in our lives.

The Great Leap

The Great LeapDates: 3/6 - 3/31

Location: American Conservatory Theater

Tickets: On sale for all dates

The Great Leap is a wonderful San Francisco theater production written by Bay Area playwright Lauren Yee.

It follows the story of an American coach set to take on his protege, who is now coaching a team in Beijing. The American coach wants to make an even bigger name for himself, but becomes overshadowed by one of his players from SF's Chinatown.

It's the clash of cultures and generations with a modern and humorous spin.

Yoga Play

Yoga PlayDates: 3/12 - 4/20

Location: SF Playhouse

Yoga Play is another one of the top San Francisco theater shows this season.

It's the story of what happens when a large yoga apparel company falls on hard times. What will their new CEO sacrifice to get them back on top?

It's shows the current struggles to be both super wealthy and keep a strong sense of self as you try to get there.

The Gentleman Caller

The Gentleman CallerDates: 4/5 - 5/5

Location: New Conservatory

Another Regional San Francisco theater premier is The Gentleman Caller.

It's the story of one night when two legends, Tennessee Williams and William Inge, tell the real stories of their lives.

It's full of secrets of both men including the truth about their vulnerabilities, flaws and successes like you've never heard before.

Vanity Fair

Vanity FairDates: 4/17 - 5/12

Location: American Conservatory

Vanity Fair is an amazing piece written by Wall Street Journal's 2017 Playwright of the Year, Kate Hamill.

This 21st Century story is an adaptation of William Thackeray's 19th Century novel.

It's the story of an ambitious woman that was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She wants it all from fame to fortunes.

She finds herself in an interesting situation when she invites herself to play the high stakes games of London's high society, even though no one invited her to join in.

Significant Other

Significant OtherDates: 4/30 - 6/15

Location: SF Playhouse

Finding a soul mate is difficult and Jordan, a twenty something year old Jewish, gay, New Yorker, is having a really hard time.

As he searches for "the one," he continues to surround himself with a group of his closest girlfriends. What he finds is that it's almost impossible to support those around him at the same time as he seeks to find "Mr. Right."

Significant Other is both funny and moving as he works to balance both sides of his life.

The Fit

The FitDates: 5/5 - 5/29

Location: SF Playhouse

It's tough fighting for money and fame in the Bay Area's Silicon Valley. However, it can be harder for some visionaries.

Sakina is an Indian-American woman with grand plans for a new product. As she works to make a name for herself, how much of her core beliefs and values will she have to compromise?

It's the story of what it really takes to make it big in the tough venture capital world in Silicon Valley.

The View UpStairs

The View UpstairsDates: 5/10 - 6/9

Location: New Conservatory

The hit Off-Broadway show, The View UpStairs, makes its regional debut this May in San Francisco. Wes is a serial entrepreneur that buys a run down, yet historically significant building in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

After spending money to rehab it, he works to recreate the famous UpStairs Lounge during it's glory days in 1973. The regulars return and he learns all about the struggles in the fight for equality including details about both the winners and the losers.

Cabaret: San Francisco Theater

CabaretDates: 5/26 - 8/31

Location: SF Playhouse

The SF Playhouse wraps up their San Francisco theater season with Cabaret.

Set in Berlin in pre-WWII, Cliff Bradshaw, an American author, falls in love with a dancer at the local club.

Early in their romance, Berlin and Germany fall into political upheaval. What will that mean for their relationship?

Caber et also shows the sacrifices people will make in their own beliefs in order to stay alive and on the good side of the government.

Rhinoceros

RhineoserousDates: 5/29 - 6/23

Locations: American Conservatory Theater

What's real and what's fake news? In this absurdest satire, a group of people at a local cafe watch a rhinoceros rampage through the village square.

They then argue over what it was they really saw. They also try to decide what they need to do.

Do they take a stand or let the mindless herd continue to do more damage throughout the village?

Ongoing Theater Performances

Beach Blanket Babylon

beach blanketAll shows are 21+ unless noted.

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Join the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon for a crazy and zany evening of song, dance and pop culture comedy. Every night in North Beach, you get the chance to catch a performance of this long running musical comedy.

It's one of the best live theater shows in San Francisco and runs all year long.

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