San Francisco Theater & Best of Broadway

Calendar of San Francisco Shows for 2020

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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 Shows

Harry Potter
Mean Girls
Hamilton Harry Potter &
The Cursed Child
Mean Girls
Book of Mormon The Last Ship The Bands Visit
The Book
of Mormon
The Last
The Band's

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Event Calendars by Month

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San Francisco Broadway & Other Shows by Month

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

March 2020

2/12/2019 - 5/31/2020: Hamilton at the Orpheum* No performances through March 25.

2/20 - 3/22: The Last Ship at the Golden Gate* - Remaining dates canceled.

3/31 - 4/26: The Book of Mormon at the Golden Gate*

10/23 - 8/2: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

1/28 - 3/7: Tiny Beautiful Things at the SF Playhouse

3/6 - 4/5: The Book of Mountains and Seas at the New Conservatory

3/5 - 3/29: Toni Stone at the ACT Geary

3/17 - 4/25: Real Women Have Curves at the SF Playhouse

2/13 - 4/12: Gloria at the ACT Strand

2/15 - 3/15: The Full Monty at the Alcazar

April 2020

2/12/2019 - 5/31/2020: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

3/31 - 4/26: The Book of Mormon at the Golden Gate*

10/23 - 8/2: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

3/6 - 4/5: The Book of Mountains and Seas at the New Conservatory

3/17 - 4/25: Real Women Have Curves at the SF Playhouse

2/13 - 4/12: Gloria at the ACT Strand

4/6 - 5/10: Sugar In Our Wounds at the New Conservatory

4/11 - 5/10: A Chorus Line at the Alcazar

4/23 - 5/17: The Rocky Horror Show at the ACT Geary

May 2020

2/12/2019 - 5/31/2020: Hamilton at the Orpheum*

5/26 - 6/21: The Band's Visit at the Golden Gate*

10/23 - 8/2: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

5/5 - 6/20: The Clean House at the SF Playhouse

4/6 - 5/10: Sugar In Our Wounds at the New Conservatory

5/2 - 6/1: Life Sucks at the Custom Made Theater

5/15 - 6/14: Fun Home at the New Conservatory

4/11 - 5/10: A Chorus Line at the Alcazar

4/23 - 5/17: The Rocky Horror Show at the ACT Geary

June 2020

5/26 - 6/21: The Band's Visit at the Golden Gate*

6/30 - 8/2: Mean Girls at the Golden Gate Theatre*

10/23 - 8/2: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

5/5 - 6/20: The Clean House at the SF Playhouse

5/15 - 6/14: Fun Home at the New Conservatory

5/2 - 6/1: Life Sucks at the Custom Made Theater

6/4 - 6/28: Poor Yella Rednecks at the ACT Geary

6/20 - 7/20: Passion at the Custom Made Theater

July 2020

6/30 - 8/2: Mean Girls at the Golden Gate Theatre*

10/23 - 8/2: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

7/1 - 9/12: Follies at the SF Playhouse

6/20 - 7/20: Passion at the Custom Made Theater

August 2020

6/30 - 8/2: Mean Girls at the Golden Gate Theatre*

8/5 - 8/30: My Fair Lady at the Golden Gate Theatre*

10/23 - 8/2: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

7/1 - 9/12: Follies at the SF Playhouse

September 2020

7/1 - 9/12: Follies at the SF Playhouse

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 | Curran Theater

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.


HamiltonDates: 2/12/2019 - 5/31/2020

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: StubHub | Ticketmaster

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 are at the Orpheum Theater and will run through January 2020. 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.

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

Harry PotterDates: 10/23 - 8/2

Location: The Curran Theatre

Tickets: StubHub | Ticketmaster

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.

SpongeBob The Musical

Sponge Bob the MusicalDates: 2/12 - 2/16

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Kids of all ages will love the hilariously cute SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical when they see it during this very limited time run in San Francisco.

SpongeBob, his best buddy, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy Cheeks and others live happily in the town of Bikini Bottom as the play begins. However, a volcano causes a tremor and the two villains decide to use that problem as a way to put their friendship plan into action and trick the inhabitants.

Well, as you would expect, it is up to SpongeBob to save the day! With help from his friends and be the hero that he is by figuring out a special surprise that will please anyone who loves San Francisco theater.

This show is for anyone over the age of 5 years. The running time has yet to be determined.

The Last Ship

The Last ShipDates: 2/20 - 3/22

Location: Golden Gate

The Grammy Award-winning British musician Sting (formerly of The Police) has written the music and lyrics to this inspiring show at this San Francisco Theater show. With Sting playing the lead role, you will be amazed not only by his singing skills, but also by his acting skills.

Based on his own childhood, Sting grew up in a shipyard town that was falling into poverty because of the jobs disappearing. However, this musical shows that people can band together and stay strong as they build a final ship and work together as a team.

The Last Ship has a running time of 2 hours and 55 minutes with one intermission. Children under 5 are not allowed and it is recommended for people over the age of 12.

The Book of Mormon

The Book of MormonDates: 3/31 - 4/26

Location: Golden Gate

This San Francisco theater comedic musical farce is based on a Jehovah's Witness missionaries who are sent to Ghana. They tries to convert the locals, who have much more pressing needs than a God who doesn't seem to be very helpful.

Even though it seems like things could turn ugly, the power of love and community allow everyone to come together. The love, community, and humor is shown to save everyone as well as make you laugh all night long.

The Book of Mormon has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission. This show contains adult language and no children under the age of 5 are allowed in it.

The Band's Visit

The Bands VisitDates: 5/26 - 6/21

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.

Mean Girls

Mean GirlsDates: 6/30 - 8/2

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 LadyDates: 8/5 - 8/30

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.

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.

You'll Catch Flies

You'll Catch FliesDates: 1/17 - 2/23

Location: New Conservatory

Written by New York playwright, Ryan Fogarty, You'll Catch Flies is the story of what happens when gossip and feelings mix.

J is having fun at her friend's party when Marco, an estranged best friend and old crush arrives without prior notice. Things get even more crazy when the entire group of friends start to gossip about another friend's love life. It's fun and a bit crazy and one of the best San Francisco theater shows this year.

Wakey, Wakey

Wakey WakeyDates: 1/23 - 2/16

Location: ACT's Geary Theater

Take a step back and think about what you would do if you only had a few more minutes left to live. Wakey, Wakey will take you on this journey as it digs deep into what we enjoy in life and all of its mysteries.

This is one you will not want to miss as it starts two-time Emmy Award winning actor, Tony Hale (Arrested Development & Veep). It's a comedy drama that will keep you thinking.

Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful ThingsDates: 1/28 - 3/7

Location: SF Playhouse

Sugar is an online advice columnist, sort of like Dear Abby, who relies on her own personal life experiences to help others who need her. As people pour their hearts to her about their inability to meet the love of their life, their problems at work, and so much more, not only do they get the help they need, but so does she.

This play is based on the critically acclaimed book, "Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar" by Cheryl Strayed and will make you think about your own life and its ups and downs.


GloriaDates: 2/13 - 4/12

Location: ACT's Strand Theater

This dark comedy takes us into the lives of three 20 year olds working in the office of a Manhattan magazine. All three are working hard to try and score a career advancing book deal.

As they work hard for their dreams, disaster strikes. How will they each cope this this tragedy and what will they tell each other as they each try to escape its impact?

The Full Monty

The Full MontyDates: 2/15 - 3/15

Location: The Alcazar

A bunch of working class blokes in Sheffield, England, need to figure out a way to survive since they've lost their jobs. They decide to start an all-male striptease show, even though they aren't your usual hunks.

This comedic musical is more than that as it explores family issues, work issues, and class issues while also making you laugh during it. Be prepared for some great music, great dancing, and some great stripping during this San Francisco theater performance.

This show is for ages 13 years and older as there is mature language and stripping.

Toni Stone

Toni StoneDates: 3/5 - 3/29

Location: ACT Geary Theater

Discover the life of the Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League's Indianapolis Clowns.

See how she overcomes the negative reactions to her choice of careers both on and off the field.

It's based on the true story of Stone's life, a Bay Area native.

The Book of Mountains and Seas

The Book of Mountains and SeasDates: 3/6 - 4/5

Location: New Conservatory

Archie starts getting birthday cards, holiday cards, and gifts in the mail. This may sound a bit weird, but it is even more weird as they are coming from his late-boyfriend's dad, Archie.

This drama, which is also comedic at the same time, explores how Archie and Andrew decided to honor his late-boyfriend and travel to all the restaurants that he previously reviewed on the website Yelp!

The Book of Mountains and Seas explores love, loss and how the differences in cultures can be overcome by understanding, support, and friendship.

Real Women Have Curves

Real Women Have CurvesDates: 3/17 - 4/25

Location: SF Playhouse

This San Francisco theater production of Real Women Have Curves is about five Latina women who work in a small East Los Angeles Factory. As they deal with the issues of cultural pressures to look a certain way, possible deportation, and other issues, they must figure out how to accept themselves.

This show is extremely pertinent to today's world because of how women are being treated, objectified and how they can come together to be stronger and overcome obstacles in their way.

Sugar In Our Wounds

Sugar in Our WoundsDates: 4/6 - 5/10

Location: New Conservatory

A magical tree is located on a plantation during the Civil War and it protects James, a young slave with its branches. As James learns about how freedom may be coming, a stranger arrives, and James' family lets him join them.

When love starts to bloom between James and the stranger, the rules of society are questioned and explored. With this touching examination of love between queer men, and how it intertwines with one of the most powerful moments in the lives of African-American people in the USA.

This San Francisco theater performance has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

A Chorus Line

A Chorus LineDates: 4/11 - 5/10

Location: The Alcazar

One of the all-time Broadway favorites, A Chorus Line comes to San Francisco theater this year. Everyone knows the stars of a show, but do you pay attention to the extras and people in the back on the chorus line?

This dance and musical extravaganza gives you an insight into their lives and their dreams. With songs such as, "I Can Do That", "The Music and the Mirror", "What I Did for Love" and so many more, you will cheer the chorus line in every show you see during, and after, this one.

This show is rated PG-13, so please plan accordingly.

The Rocky Horror Show

The RockyDates: 4/23 - 5/17

Location: ACT's Geary Theater

Step back in time to when the Geary Theater was a live music venue. At the time, it celebrated rock and roll music with also sex, drag and allowing others to be who they really were.

The story starts on a dark and stormy night in San Francisco when two people get a flat tire. They then step into a world at the Geary Theater that they will never forget.

The Clean House

Clean HouseDates: 5/5 - 6/20

Location: SF Playhouse

When Lane, who is a very driven and serious doctor, decides to hire the fun and entertaining Matilde, things go a bit awry. Matilde would much rather tell jokes and entertain than sweep the floors and dust the counter tops. Lane, as would be expected, isn't so amused or interested in her hobby.

However, when Lane's husband runs out of her, she learns that women, like Matilde and her sense of humor, may just be the exact help she needs at that moment.

The Clean House was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist and continues to entertain audiences more each year.

Fun Home

Fun HomeDates: 5/15 - 6/14

Location: New Conservatory

The winner of five Tony Awards, this show was the first Broadway musical to have the leading role center around a lesbian character. This powerful and moving comedy examines how the original writer, Alison Bechdel, deals with her own budding sexuality and also how she dealt with her own father's inability to deal with his being gay.

As Alison comes to grip with her own sexuality, she finds out more about her family and what has happened throughout the years. This discovery leads her to realize more about herself and who she was and has become through the years.

Fun Home won a Tony Award for Best Original Score.

Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone Part 2

Poor Yellow RednecksDates: 6/4 - 6/28

Location: ACT's Geary Theater

Even if you missed the success of Vietgone, you can step inside part 2 without missing a beat.

Poor Yella Rednecks picks up the story of Vietgone in Arkansas. At this point Tong and Quang have left worn torn Saigon and have moved to Arkansas. The story is set in the 70s and follows their struggles in low paying jobs, their son's challenges with learning English, and more.

It's a wonderful story of the challenges immigrants to the US face as they try to adapt to a new lifestyle.


FolliesDates: 7/1 - 9/12

Location: SF Playhouse

The classic Weismann Theater, a descriptive Broadway theater, is about to close its doors for good. Two couples decide to see the final show there as the two women, Sally and Phyllis, used to perform in the show. They are both in boring and depressing marriages and this brings up all kinds of comedic issues with their past, present, and future.

Being that their love interests are not in any way the men they are married to, and romantic problems pop up and are dealt with through out it as they try to figure out what is right and what is wrong in each of their own life. You will absolutely enjoy the music, the sets, the songs and the hilarious dialogue in this San Francisco theater show.

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