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San Francisco Theater & Best of Broadway: Calendar of San Francisco Shows for 2024

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: April 2, 2024

The San Francisco theater scene 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 Misérables," 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 Theatre, the Golden Gate Theatre, 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 Theatre in 2003.

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Top San Francisco Broadway Musicals & Plays

The following list of San Francisco theater performances includes top Broadway musicals and plays such as "My Fair Lady," "Wicked," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and "Lion King."

Company

Company Musical

Dates: 6/5/24 - 6/29/24

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Tickets: TicketmasterTicketNetwork

What's the right way to live in this society? Another Tony Award-winning revival of a musical, this production of Company will not only get you thinking about the big questions we ask ourselves in life, but it will have you out of your seat laughing. 

In the 1970 version, it was Bobby the bachelor. Now, it's 21st-century Bobbie who seeks good company to celebrate her 35th birthday as she searches for answers about finding the right partner, settling down, and having a family at her age in this modern world.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Doubtfire Musical

Dates: 7/2/24 - 7/28/24

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Tickets: TicketmasterTicketNetwork

Based on the beloved movie Mrs. Doubtfire, this new family musical comedy brings to the stage the hilariously entertaining and heartwarming story of a man who will do anything for his children.

Mrs. Doubtfire—the elderly Scottish woman who walks into the lives of three kids and their recently divorced mom, winning their hearts as their favorite nanny—is actually Daniel Hillard, the recently divorced father (and unemployed actor) who was desperate to find a way back in.

Are his skirts, hair and makeup enough to keep up the act?

Girl from the North Country

Girl North Country Musical

Dates: 7/30/24 - 8/18/24

Location: Golden Gate Theatre

Tickets: TicketmasterTicketNetwork

This unique musical experience takes you on a journey to a 1930s guesthouse in Duluth, Minnesota, where a group of misfit travelers find themselves sharing moments of music, life, and hope.

The celebrated new musical brings to life, in a completely original way, 20 classic Bob Dylan songs, including "Like a Rolling Stone," "Forever Young," "All Along the Watchtower," and more. 

Wicked

Wicked Musical

Dates: 8/28/24 - 10/13/24

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Tickets: Ticketmaster | TicketNetwork

San Francisco's most popular musical is coming back to anchor the 2024 fall season.

Wicked is a Broadway sensation that has charmed audiences with its unique perspective on how the "good" and the "bad" witches of the Land of Oz came to be, long before Dorothy walked in.

It is an enchanting tale about power, resilience, and how the way we treat others really matters.

Kimberly Akimbo

Kimberly Akimbo

Dates: 11/5/24 - 12/1/24

Location: Curran Theater

This new musical has won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

It is a funny and touching coming-of-age story that will capture your heart as you watch Kim, about to turn 16, face a myriad of obstacles in her new suburban town in New Jersey.

Kim faces family dysfunction, a rare genetic condition, her first crush, and so much more while determined to find happiness. 

Hamilton

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Dates: 11/27/24 - 1/5/25

Location: Orpheum Theatre

The groundbreaking musical Hamilton is back! Don't miss this award-winning play that has taken the nation by storm.

Based on the biography of US founding father Alexander Hamilton, it is a story of honor, love, and legacy told through a clever and catchy score that combines hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway.

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Dates: 1/7/25 - 1/26/25

Location: Orpheum Theatre

This award-winning musical will take you back to the Prohibition days with big music and a razzle-dazzle atmosphere.

The story revolves around two Chicago musicians on the run from the Windy City after witnessing a mob hit. With gangsters after them, they embark on an exciting, life-changing journey across the country on train.

The costumes and choreography of this spectacular musical are not to be missed!

Back to the Future: The Musical

Back to the Future Musical

Dates: 2/12/25 - 3/9/25

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Get ready, this iconic and beloved film has now been adapted for the stage! 

In this familiar science fiction tale, a time machine transports Marty McFly back to 1955, where he will accidentally change the course of history.

Now an exciting musical, you'll have a blast as you watch him race against time to set things straight. You'll also enjoy hit songs from the movie, including "The Power of Love," "Johnny B. Goode," and "Back in Time."

Parade

Parade Musical

Dates: 5/13/25 - 6/8/25

Location: Curran Theater

In 2023, this riveting play won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, and the tale is indeed timeless.

In this beautiful rendition, Parade brings to life the struggles of a young Jewish couple in a Georgia community. When the husband is accused of an unthinkable crime, the couple's faith is tested.

Let yourself be swept up in the scenes of love, justice, devotion, and humanity that make this musical so memorable.  

A Beautiful Noise: The Niel Diamond Musical

A Beautiful Noise Musical

Dates: 6/3/25 - 6/22/25

Location: Golden Gate Theatre

Don't miss your chance to see the untold true story of how Niel Diamond went from Brooklyn kid to American icon.

This musical memoir was created in collaboration with Niel Diamond himself, resulting in a beautifully uplifting and upbeat experience set to the tunes that made him a rockstar.

You can't help but feel inspired  as you watch this young man's career take off, from hit after hit to sold-out shows, Grammys and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

& Juliet

& Juliet Musical

Dates: 7/1/25 - 7/27/25

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Have you ever wondered what would have become of Juliet had she not ended it all for Romeo? This smart and hilarious musical takes you on that journey.

Enjoy this fun, new take on a classic love story, brought to life with modern pop hits, including "Since U Been Gone," "Roar," and "Can't Stop the Feeling," just to name a few. 

Come find out what Juliet does with her second chance at life and love.

Additional San Francisco Theater Performances

The Glass Menagerie

Dates: 5/2 - 6/15

Location: SF Playhouse

This classic by American playwright Tennessee Williams is both heartbreaking and funny. Set during the Great Depression, Amanda Wingfield finds herself living in a cramped apartment with her two desperate children and no husband.

The son, Tom, distracts himself with alcohol, movies, and writing, while the daughter, Laura, finds comfort in a collection of glass animals. There is hope when a gentleman caller appears, but will he really help improve the situation?

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Dates: 5/10 - 6/9

Location: New Conservatory Theatre Centre

This moving musical is a semi-autobiographical work from Jonathan Larson, the author of the Broadway hit Rent, which was recently adapted for film by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Audiences find the protagonist, a composer, on the eve of his 30th birthday, feeling the clock tick as he struggles to write the next big musical. While his loved ones move on to new places and new careers, Jon questions his choice to follow his dreams of success in the theater world.

The Lehman Trilogy

Dates: 5/25 - 6/23

Location: Toni Rembe Theater

An epic story told in three parts on a single evening. A cast of three, playing the Lehman brothers, their sons, and their grandsons, who formed one of the world's largest investment banks for over a century and a half, until it infamously went bankrupt, triggering the largest financial crisis in history.

From three brothers from Bavaria dreaming of their American future on a cold September morning in 1844, to the firm's spectacular 21st century collapse, The Lehman Trilogy is a masterpiece. It comes to San Francisco with five Tony Awards, after sold-out seasons in London and a successful run on Broadway. 

Evita

Dates: 6/27 -  9/7

Location: SF Playhouse

In this seven-time Tony Award winning musical with outstanding music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, audiences fall in love with a poor girl named Eva Duarte on her journey to becoming an actress and then the beloved and powerful Evita Peron, wife of Argentina's military leader-turned-president. 

The story takes place in Argentina during the 1930s and 40s, where Eva rose to stardom before her untimely death at 33.

Noel Coward's Private Lives

Dates: 9/12 - 10/6

Location: Toni Rembe Theater

This reimagining of the classic musical Private Lives takes us to 1930s Argentina to witness Coward's wry, "intimate comedy in three acts." Featuring passionate tango dancing, the drama gets even saucier.

Get ready for all sorts of sparks to fly when a divorced couple finds themselves in adjacent hotel rooms, each on a honeymoon with their new spouse. It turns out their love isn't really dead.

The Play That Goes Wrong

Dates: 9/21 - 11/9

Location: SF Playhouse

Imagine a cross between Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes, on stage, with everything going wrong. This comedy is a 1920s whodunit that will have you in stitches. 

Opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor is a hilarious disaster with the actors tripping over everything, an unconscious leading lady, and a corpse that can't play dead. Can they make it through the play?

Waitress

Dates: 11/21 - 1/18/25

Location: SF Playhouse

Based on the popular motion picture, this musical brings a modern love story to the stage with music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated artist Sara Bareilles.

Talented and charming waitress, Jenna, will capture your heart as she faces an unexpected pregnancy that threatens to derail her dream of opening her own pie shop. But a local bakeoff and the arrival of the town's handsome new doctor give her hope.

A Whynot Christmas Carol

Dates: 11/26 - 12/24

Location: Toni Rembe Theater

This fresh take on the Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, brings colorful holiday joy and laughter to the stage. The festive music and visits from ghosts are comically accompanied by a slew of mishaps as the town of Whynot tries to put on their Christmas play. 

Here you'll go behind the curtain to witness the under-funded, last-minute effort of this misfit theater troupe trying to survive from their first rehearsal to opening night.

Exotic Deadly: or the MSG Play

Dates: 1/30/25 - 3/8/25

Location: SF Playhouse

Travel back to 1999 in this comedy brought to you by award-winning playwright Keiko Green, where Ami discovers that her family manufactures MSG, the mysterious and questionable ingredient found in addictive junk food.

As if teenage crushes and a cool new girl from Japan weren't enough to make high school a battle, this awkward Asian American protagonist must fight to redeem her family's name.  

Nobody Loves You

Dates: 2/28/25 - 3/30/25

Location: Toni Rembe Theater

This modern musical comedy takes you into a reality dating show in a world where social media dominates and romantic connections are becoming ever more virtual.

Jeff gets a spot on the show "Nobody Loves You" to try to win back his ex by breaking the rules of the game, but then he falls in love with Jenny, the show's producer. In this context, though, what is their relationship really made of?

Fat Ham

Dates: 3/20/25 - 4/19/25

Location: SF Playhouse

This play won the Pulitzer Prize in drama for its original reinvention of Shakespeare's Hamlet. It's a captivating and contemporary story of love and loss. 

Follow Juicy, a queer Black college student, as he sets out—at the request of his father's ghost—to avenge his father's murder. Already faced with questions of identity, he must now break the cycles of trauma and violence in his life. 

The Acting Company

Dates: 4/15/25 - 5/4/25

Location: Toni Rembe Theater

These days, many would agree that we need a little raw and realistic humor to get us through the economically and socially tumultuous times. This is an opportunity to see August Wilson's Two Trains Running and Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors in repertory.

Both funny and moving, these two lighthearted iconoclasts of Western theater are brought to life by The Acting Company from New York.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Dates: 5/1/25 - 6/21/25

Location: SF Playhouse

Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, this thought-provoking play has won multiple awards on Broadway, including the Tony and Olivier awards for Best Play.

Just after midnight one night, Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old autistic boy, finds himself standing next to his neighbor's dog, Wellington, who has been stabbed to death. Though he has never before ventured beyond his street, he embarks on the adventure of his life trying to solve this mysterious crime. 

Co-Founders

Dates: 5/29/25 - 7/6/25

Location: Strand Theater

Don't miss the world premiere of the next great hip-hop musical, a local Bay Area story of an unlikely partnership on a mission. 

An underrated young hacker from Oakland and a prep-school dropout pair up to fight the system that Silicon Valley has created, where technology and wealth are driving people out. Can they save Esata's home and community?

Kim's Convenience

Dates: 9/18/25 - 10/19/25

Location: Toni Rembe Theater

Also a popular Netflix series, this heartwarming comedy drama features a convenience store run by a Korean family in Toronto. It is an ode to the generations of immigrants.

Mr. Kim, who runs the store, is at odds with his changing neighborhood and even with his own Canadian-born children. What will the future hold for this hardworking immigrant father?

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