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
Beautiful
Charlie & Chocolate
Hamilton Beautiful Charlie & The
Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter Rent The Play That Goes Wrong
Harry Potter &
The Cursed Child
RENT: 20th
Anniversary Tour
The Play That
Goes Wrong

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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.

  • Most Saturday Nights: Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show at the Omni Hotel, Full price $121.59, Goldstar $89.19*

  • 4/2 - 4/20: Yoga Play at the San Francisco Playhouse, all about the business of enlightenment, Full price $45 - $60, Goldstar $27 - $36*

  • 7/11 - 8/11: Hairspray The Musical at the Victoria Theatre, Full price $35 - $100, Goldstar $17.50 - $50*

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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
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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

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*

3/26 - 5/19: The Jungle at the Curran

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*

5/8 - 6/9: Beautiful at the Golden Gate Theater*

3/26 - 5/19: The Jungle at the Curran

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*

5/8 - 6/9: Beautiful at the Golden Gate Theater*

6/14 - 6/23: RENT at the Golden Gate Theater

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

7/6 - 8/11: Hairspray at the Alcazar

August 2019

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

8/13 - 8/18: The Play That Goes Wrong at the Golden Gate*

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

7/6 - 8/11: Hairspray at the Alcazar

September 2019

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

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

9/24 - 11/9: Dance Nation at the SF Playhouse

9/20 - 10/20: This Side of Crazy at the New Conservatory

October 2019

10/23 - 5/17: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

9/24 - 11/9: Dance Nation at the SF Playhouse

9/20 - 10/20: This Side of Crazy at the New Conservatory

10/25 - 12/1: The Cake at the New Conservatory

November 2019

10/23 - 5/17: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

9/24 - 11/9: Dance Nation at the SF Playhouse

11/20 - 1/18: Groundhog Day the Musical at the SF Playhouse

10/25 - 12/1: The Cake at the New Conservatory

11/9 - 12/8: Gypsy at the Alcazar

December 2019

12/3 - 12/29: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at the Golden Gate*

10/23 - 5/17: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

11/20 - 1/18: Groundhog Day the Musical at the SF Playhouse

10/25 - 12/1: The Cake at the New Conservatory

12/6 - 1/12: Head Over Heels at the New Conservatory

11/9 - 12/8: Gypsy at the Alcazar

January 2020

10/23 - 5/17: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

11/20 - 1/18: Groundhog Day the Musical at the SF Playhouse

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

12/6 - 1/12: Head Over Heels at the New Conservatory

February 2020

2/12 - 2/16: SpongeBob The Musical at the Golden Gate*

2/20 - 3/22: The Last Ship at the Golden Gate*

10/23 - 5/17: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran

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

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

March 2020

2/20 - 3/22: The Last Ship at the Golden Gate*

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

10/23 - 5/17: 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

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

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

April 2020

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

10/23 - 5/17: 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

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

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

May 2020

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

10/23 - 5/17: 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

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*

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

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

July 2020

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

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*

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 | 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.

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.


The Jungle

The JungleDates: 3/26 - 5/19

Location: The Curran Theatre

Tickets: On sale for all dates

This show is based on the self-governing refugee and migrant camp in Calais, France. This camp was home to thousands of people, from all over the world, who were forced to live together because of circumstances beyond their control.

The playwrights lived in, and developed this show, in the actual camps for seven months and it gives an authentic feel to everything on stage.

The show runs for 2.5 hours. Being that the set is designed differently and surrounds the stage show, the Curran's capacity has been reduced to 600 seats, so book ahead if possible.


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.


RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour

RentDates: 6/14 - 6/23

Location: SHN Golden Gate Theatre

Tickets: On sale for all dates

The 20th Anniversary tour of this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical and dance performance returns for only 13 shows this year. Based on Puccini's La Boheme, this show follows seven artists in NYC to give in to pressure and give up their dreams for money.

The show is set in the heart of the early 1990s Lower Manhattan East Village, and dealing with the issues of poverty, punks, and the emerging Pride movement. You will get the feeling of both the beauty, and the hardships, that people had to deal with in order to survive and prosper no matter what gets in their way.

RENT originally opened on Broadway in 1996 and runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission. Children under 5 are not allowed and it is recommended that only for kids 13 and over.


Beautiful - The Carol King Musical

BeautifulDates: 5/28 - 6/9

Location: SHN Golden Gate Theatre

Tickets: On sale for all dates

Carole King has become one of the most famous musicians in history, with songs such as the title song, "Beautiful, "I Feel The Earth Move...", "You've Got a Friend", and many more. She is known not only as a singer, but also a magnificent song writer.

This show chronicles her life, her rise to stardom, and how her songs defined a whole generation with beauty, artistry, and elegance.

Beautiful has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.


The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes WrongDate: 8/13 - 8/18

Location: Golden Gate

The title of this show explains exactly what is going to happen since pretty much everything that could go wrong does. You are cordially invited to the highly anticipated (at least by the actors) opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor.

Now, imagine going to a theater that has actors that think they are the best in the world, sets that will never fall apart, and props that won't break. Got it? Now imagine the opposite of that and you will be ready for this hilarious performance.

The Play that Goes Wrong has won numerous awards and is a total riot. Trust me, just when you think the show can't get any worse, it will, and you'll be laughing through it all.

This show is recommended for ages 8 and older. Children under the age of 5 will not be allowed in the theater. It has a running time of 2 hours and 5 minutes and there is one intermission.


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.


Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

Harry PotterDates: 10/23 - 5/17

Location: The Curran Theatre

Tickets: On sale for all dates

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.


Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Donna SummerDates: 12/3 - 12/29

Location: Golden Gate

The Queen of Disco is ready to rock and roll you all night long in this award winning musical based on the life of songstress Donna Summer. Starting as a little known gospel choir singer living in Boston, she shot to fame with her incredible voice, stage presence, and more.

This 70s icon was willing to take any risk needed, to achieve her dream, and to bring the dance floor alive for so many people throughout the years even until today. With songs such as, "Love to Love You, Baby", "Hot Stuff", and more, you will want to get out of your seat and boogie on down the aisle during this incredible show.

SUMMER has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes. There is no intermission so plan accordingly. This show is not suitable for children under 12 and kids under 5 will not be allowed to attend. NOTE: This show contains strobe lights.


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. He 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 (2020)

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 (2020)

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.

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

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

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

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

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

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

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.

Life Sucks

Life SucksDates: 5/2 - 6/1

Location: Custom Made Theater

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

What will happen when you stick a group of ex-lovers, long-time friends, and unhappy in-laws together and ask them to figure out life's questions? Well, a lot according to Life Sucks.

This hilarious adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya will make you laugh and think about those same questions during, and after, the show.

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 its 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

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

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?

Passion

PassionDates: 6/20 - 7/20

Location: Custom Made Theater

With a title like Passion, you have to guess that this show would include thoughts and beliefs about love, intimacy, and everything related to them.

With lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim, this San Francisco theater musical introduces you to an army captain, in a far-away military outpost during 1963. His gorgeous mistress is far away, so he is lonely. Meanwhile, his colonel's cousin, Fosca, falls for him and he has to decide if it is better to love the one you are with or wait for the one you've wanted.

Hairspray, The Musical

HairsprayDates: 7/6 - 8/11

Location: The Alcazar

Tickets: On sale for all dates on Goldstar at a discount

This beloved, and utterly comedic masterpiece has won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical and continues to gather rave reviews. Set in Baltimore during the 1960s, the plump Tracy Turnblad wants to dance on the Corny Collins Show.

When she finally gets her chance, she becomes a star and changes her life in an instant. This gives her the chance to become the new "Teen Queen", make the love of her life, Link Larkin, fall for her, and to do more all without messing up her awesome hairdo!

This Side of Crazy

This Side of CrazyDates: 9/20 - 10/20

Location: New Conservatory

This Side of Crazy has its world premiere when it opens during this San Francisco theater production in September and October. You are going to be in for a lot of laughs as this comedy gives you an introduction to four very different family members in Rachel, Abigail, Bethany, and their mother, Ditty.

Rachel is a Christian Vlogger, Abigail is a virgin who has serious anger and control issues, while Bethany is an hidden stripper with atheist beliefs. Last but not least is Ditty, an overbearing mother who pushes them to perform together and this is when everything goes wrong.

Dance Nation

Dance NationDates: 9/24 - 11/9

Location: SF Playhouse

A group of young teens want to dance their way to the big time at the Nationals in Tampa Bay, Florida. However, to get there, they will have to master their new routine. Even more than that, that will have to master their own needs, deal with growing up and becoming more mature, and becoming a real team in every way imaginable.

Will they be able to do all of that and put it together on the big dance stage? You'll have to watch this San Francisco theater production and find out! This show has won the Relentless Award named in honor of the famous actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Cake

The CakeDates: 10/25 - 12/1

Location: New Conservatory

Everyone loves Della and her life is going great as her goddaughter, Jen is getting married, her faith is unquestioned, and she has been asked to bake Jen's wedding cake. However, Della's world starts to take a tumble as she learns that Jen is marrying another woman, which makes her question her faith and everything else that she holds to be true.

This is a seriously delicious show that makes Della, and the audience, confront beliefs about politics, love, and what are the morals and values we should have as a community.

Gypsy

GypsyDates: 11/9 - 12/8

Location: The Alcazar

With lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Jule Styne, you are sure to love this San Francisco theater musical that has won 6 Tony Awards. Based on the memoirs of the famous, or infamous depending on your thoughts, stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, this show looks at her mother, Rose. Rose is, to put it plainly the first real show business mother.

As Gypsy becomes an adult, she works to raise her two daughters, but Rose wants her to perform more. This show gives you a peak into the difficulties of trying to balance work and motherhood, with a loving viewpoint. This show is rated PG so please plan accordingly in regard to age appropriateness.

Groundhog Day the Musical

Ground Hog DayDates: 11/20 - 1/18

Location: SF Playhouse

Everyone knows that Punxsutawney Phil, the famous weather predicting groundhog, comes out once a year in February. This comedy is about more than just weather, as Phil Connors, the big time weatherman has come to this small town to report on it.

Even though he doesn't realize it at first, Phil is caught in a loop of the same day, over and over again, until he realizes that he can become a better person and possibly even fall in love. This musical is based on the movie of the same name staring Bill Murray and Andy McDowell.

Head Over Heels

Head Over HeelsDates: 12/6 - 1/12

Location: New Conservatory

The royal family who rules the wonderful kingdom of Arcadia find out that they, and their whole country, are in dire peril because they have become so close-minded. This sends them off on a trip to find out right from wrong and how to become the people, and make the kingdom, the loving and supportive place all people would want to live in.

For anyone that grew up in the 80s or 90s, the Go-Go's were the hip all female band to listen and love. This new musical uses their songs as a way to set the scenes for this hilarious and wonderful new show.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Follies

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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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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