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Calendar of San Francisco Shows for 2018

The San Francisco theater has hundreds of shows every year. With more than a dozen theaters in SF, you will find a wide variety of shows from dramas to comedies.

You can choose to see a performance at one of the larger theaters such as the Orpheum with popular shows such as Waitress, The Book of Mormon, and The Color Purple. You can also catch a show in a smaller, more intimate theater, such as the SF Playhouse in Union Square.

Top San Francisco Broadway Shows

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School of Rock
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San Francisco Broadway & Other Shows by Month

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February 2018

2/6 - 3/4: The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum

1/23 - 3/10: Born Yesterday at the SF Playhouse

March 2018

2/6 - 3/4: The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum

1/23 - 3/10: Born Yesterday at the SF Playhouse

3/20 - 4/28: The Effect at the SF Playhouse

April 2018

3/20 - 4/28: The Effect at the SF Playhouse

4/10 - 5/6: Head Over Heels at the Curran

May 2018

4/10 - 5/6: Head Over Heels at the Curran

5/1 - 5/27: The Color Purple at the Orpheum

5/8 - 6/23: An Entomologist's Love Story at the SF Playhouse

June 2018

6/5 - 6/17: The Humans at the Orpheum

6/27 - 7/22: School of Rock at the Orpheum

5/8 - 6/23: An Entomologist's Love Story at the SF Playhouse

July 2018

6/27 - 7/22: School of Rock at the Orpheum

7/5 - 9/8: Sunday in the Park with George at the SF Playhouse

August 2018

7/5 - 9/8: Sunday in the Park with George at the SF Playhouse

8/8 - 8/26: Les Miserables at the Orpeheum

September 2018

9/5 - 9/30: Phantom of the Opera at the Orpheum

9/11 - 10/7: On Your Feet at the Golden Gate Theatre

7/5 - 9/8: Sunday in the Park with George at the SF Playhouse

October 2018

9/11 - 10/7: On Your Feet at the Golden Gate Theatre

10/15 - 11/11: Waitress at the Golden Gate Theatre

November 2018

10/15 - 11/11: Waitress at the Golden Gate Theatre

11/22 - 1/13: A Christmas Story at the SF Playhouse

Additional SF & Bay Area Shows

SF Musicals | SF Plays | Performing Arts Calendar

North Bay Calendar | 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 Live Theater Performances: Details

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

The Book of Mormon

The Book of MormonDates: February 6 - March 4, 2018

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Tickets: All dates available on Ticketmaster

The duo of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, of South Park fame, The Book of Mormon focuses on the misadventures of two missionaries who go to Africa and try to teach the word of God to the local people.

This show is about how they try to use pretty much any way possible to get the word to people who have much more important matters to deal with each day of their lives. Not just a comedy, this show also has fun music and dance routines all while questioning their own beliefs and trying to create a better world for all.


Head Over Heels

Head over HeelsDates: April 10 - May 6

Location: The Curran Theater

Head Over Heels is a fresh new funny musical that is full in intrigue, scandal, and sexual tension. With its twists and turns, you will never know what's going to happen next or who is really telling the truth.

Head Over Heels includes music from the Go-Gos and is based on The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney.

Created by those involved with award winning shows such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, and Avenue Q, this new musical with excite and delight all audiences.


The Color Purple

Color PurpleDates: May 1 - May 27, 2018

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Tickets: Tickets for all shows on Ticketmaster

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, this show has become a hit that you will not want to miss. Based around the main character, Celie, and her youngster sister, Nettie. Celie has a long journey, as does Nettie, as they find their way to love.

They have a long and tough journey as they live their lives and have to deal with many set backs along the way, but always fight to do the right thing and make sure that no one will stop them from the dreams. The acting, the music, the sets and the story will keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole show.


The Humans

HumansDates: June 5 - 17

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On sale soon

The first national tour of the 2016 Tony Award Winner for Best Play is coming to San Francisco from June 5th to June 17th. This play chronicles a family's hilarious, emotional and sometimes heartbreaking Thanksgiving dinner in Lower Manhattan, NYC.

As the family dines, and discusses life, everything is laid bare and everyone is seen for their anxieties and also with their dreams and aspirations at the same time. The team behind this magical presentation have won many Tony Awards through their careers and this is bound to be a dinner you'll never forget!


School of Rock

School of RockDates: June 27 - July 22, 2018

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Tickets: On sale for all shows

The life of Dewey Finn isn't going great. He's a down on his luck singer and rocker. Since he can't get any work, he decides to impersonate a school teacher and help the students win a 5th grade Battle of the Bands contest.

This show has all the rock and roll you can imagine, but also has sweetness, caring and redemption for Dewey as he learns how to support and helps his kids be the best they can be. Get ready to cheer, rock out and clap as these kids, and Dewey win the battle and your hearts as they perform.


Les Miserables

Les MisDates: August 8 - 26

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: On sale soon

Les Miserables returns to the San Francisco theater this August. This popular musical is based on the French historical novel written in 1862 by Victor Hugo.

It's the heart wrenching story of a man trying to rebuild his life after prison. He spend 19 years locked up for stealing a loaf of bread.

A local bishop helps him see the possibilities by an unimaginable act of mercy. The former prisoner breaks parol in an attempt to create a better life and is actively tracked down by the local police. It's an amazing show and one you will not want to miss.

Recommended for kids over 10. No kids under 5 allowed.


Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the OperaDates: September 5 - 30

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: On sale soon

The Phantom of the Opera is another classic musical heading to the San Francisco theater this September. It's the story of a deformed man known as The Phanton. He lives below the Paris Opera House.

He falls in love with and tutors a little known chorus singer. He then terrorizes the rest of those in the opera in an attempt to get the love of his life better roles.

Recommended for those over 6 and no one 5 and under will be allowed in the show.


On Your Feet

On Your FeetDates: September 11 - October 7, 2018

Location: Golden Gate Theatre

Tickets: On sale soon

The story of the 26 time Grammy Award winning team of Emilio and Gloria Estafan will make sure the rhythm is gonna get you. Starting with their lives in Cuba, they move to the USA and break all barriers in music and become one of the most famous crossover groups of all time.

This show includes all of their biggest hits and also the drama of two people who move to a foreign country, deal with all types of obstacles, and overcome them as they continue to succeed and not let setbacks bring them down. Trust me, if you see this show, you will be On Your Feet during the show.


Waitress

WaitressDates: October 15 - November 11, 2018

Location: Golden Gate Theatre

Tickets: On sale soon

This is one hot story and the cooking starts immediately as Jenna, the waitress and pie expert, bakes up a lot of trouble in her life. Jenna is in a loveless marriage and dreams of leaving Earl, however she finds out she is pregnant and tries to find a way out. She falls in love with her doctor and they have an affair.

As Jenna sees that others around her are making their own mistakes with their romantic choices. As Jenna moves along with her pregnancy, she figures out what she truly wants in her life and how to achieve it. The songs, the stage sets and the acting of this show is truly delicious and you'll be glad you stopped in and took a bite of this wonderful musical.

Other San Francisco Theater Productions

The following San Francisco theater shows are on smaller stages throughout the city.

Born Yesterday

Born YesterdayDates: January 23 - March 10, 2018

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale soon

Harry, a mean-spirited billionaire, travels to Washington, D.C., to bribe a senator and enrich his own interests, and things go wildly awry. Being that his fiancee, Billie, is a showgirl, he hires a reporter to make her look more "presentable" to the public.

When Billie finds out about Harry's deviousness, she decides to take matters into her own hands. A very timely view of today's world, in regards to politics, power, and the strength of women to change the world is a show with class, elegance, and humor.


The Effect

The EffectDates: March 20 - April 28

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale soon

Is it love or just a medically induced side effect of a new medication that Connie and Tristan have been taking? That is the question that Connie and Tristan want to know and so does the audience. We all want to believe that we fall in love out of our own desires, but if we are in a medical trial for a new drug, do we have free will or are we just an experiment for someone else?

This play takes a look at our cultures pension for popping pills to cure everything, and also the possibly that it creates an unintended side effect with humor and comedy.


An Entomologist's Love Story

An EntomologistsDates: May 8 - June 23, 2018

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale soon

Everyone loves a romance and An Entomologist's Love Story is no exception. However, this is a love story with a twist. Two entomologists, who are working at the Museum of Natural History researching the mating rituals of bugs, fall into a relationship together. As would be expected, this show examines the silly side of love in a fun and exciting drama.


Sunday in the Park with George

Sunday in the ParkDates: July 5 - September 8, 2018

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale soon

The famous artist, George Seurat, is torn between his art and his lover, Dot. He has just finished his masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and is unsure of himself and his choice.

The relationship, both with Dot and his paintings, is convoluted and difficult which makes this show so entertaining and interesting. The show has won the Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including best musical.

Ongoing Theater Performances

Beach Blanket Babylon

beach blanketAll shows are 21+ unless noted.

Learn More: Beach Blanket FAQs and Ticketing Details

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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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