The San Jose theater calendar includes a variety of Broadway hits, classic opera shows, and other well-known productions. Every year, you can see performances such as The Book of Mormon, A Christmas Carol, and The Barber of Seville.
My calendar includes the top shows at their four top venues including the City National Civic, Center for the Performing Arts, California Theater, and the Montgomery Theater.
It's easy to get to the theaters from San Francisco or anywhere around the Bay Area. Read on for details the 2019 schedule of performances.
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The largest of the four San Jose Theater venues is the City National Civic. First opened in 1936, this historic theater seats up to 2,800 people. It was renovated and reopened in 2012 and includes its historic details as well as modern updates.
The City of San Jose owns the building and renamed it the City National Civic in 2013. Most of the performances here are concerts featuring internationally recognized stars such as Alice Cooper, The Righteous Brothers, and Earth Wind & Fire. You can also see kids shows such as The Wiggles and a variety of other performers all year long.
They offer 5 to 10 shows a month. Most shows run for just one to two nights. It's located downtown at 135 W. San Carlos Street.
Here is the upcoming schedule of shows for the next couple of months for this San Jose theater venue.
The Center for the Performing Arts is the next largest San Jose theater. Most of the performances at this theater are traveling Broadway shows such as Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and The Lion King.
It's also where you can see performances by Symphony Silicon Valley and other smaller, local theater productions. It seats around 2,600 people and is at 255 Almaden Boulevard.
Here is the schedule of upcoming Broadway shows at this San Jose theater.
Everyone knows about Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, but do you know the story behind the story? If not, don't miss WICKED. Elphaba, who is born with green skin, but a heart of gold, is made out to be a wicked witch. Meanwhile, Glinda, with her light skin and blonde hair, is made out to be a good witch. However, there is a much deeper truth behind the story. Songs such as "Defying Gravity" and "Popular", the costumes, and the sets, will transport you to the world of Oz. Find tickets for all performances.
Celebrating 50 years of tours all around the world, it was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and has kept audiences spell bound since the first show. This musical is based on the Gospels' accounts of Jesus' last week and crucification. It delves into the thoughts and psychological beliefs of Jesus, and especially on Judas, who is worried about how Jesus' choices and decisions will affect his followers. No matter what your belief system, you will enjoy this incredible performance and spectacle.
The world famous Blue Man Group comes to San Jose for 3 days only this season. The performances are always different but tend to focus on innocence, technology, self-consciousness, and being outsiders. With incredible lighting, music, and action on the stage, this is a can't miss for anyone of any age if they want to experience something new and different no matter how many times you've seen them.
Based on Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is a contemporary story that focuses on two lovers torn by the fall of Saigon and circumstances beyond their control. Kim, who is a young Vietnamese woman, falls in love with Chris, an American G.I. Unbeknown to Chris, Kim has fathered a child with him, and so she sets off to find him. This musical is famous for many songs, incredible sets and designs, and more.
Based on the 2007 film of the same name, the lovely Jenna, a wonderful pie maker, dreams of leaving her small town and making it in the big city. Luckily, a baking contest, and budding relationship with the town's new doctor may give her a chance to do just that. However, will she win the championship and become the person she wants to be remains to be seen. This all-female team has brought this musical to life in a magical way that you will want to experience all for yourself.
Based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is the second-longest running musical in the world. Set in 19th-Century France, Jean Valjean is a peasant who has spent 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread. He meets a Bishop and decides to lead a virtuous life and adopts the lovely Cosette. However, the police inspector Javert won't give up until he tracks Jean down. Love, sacrifice and redemption are all wrapped up in this classic musical. The staging, sets, and costumes are out of this world and like nothing else you've seen before.
After 25 years, this show has been revamped with new sets, lighting and more so that you will have a brand new experience no matter how many times you've seen it before. An international favorite that has been enjoyed by over 25 million people throughout the years, it is based on traditional Irish music and dance. This Grammy award winning performance will make you want to get up out of your seat and dance along with them!
Most people know about the day the Twin Towers fell in NYC, but most don't know what happened to 38 of the planes that were diverted on that day. Ending up in a tiny town of Gander in Newfoundland, this is the story of the 7,000 stranded passengers, how they adapted, learned about each other and ended up becoming a international community. It also shows how the people living in Gander welcomed them as part of their family. This musical continues to give people from all over the world hope that even the worst of times can bring out the best in humanity.
8/11: Hat Cho Tinh Yeu 28
9/20: Lara Fabian
9/27 - 9/29: Nick Jr. Live! "Move to the Music"
The California Theater is a smaller stage that was once a movie theater. It's where you will find performances by the Opera San Jose, more from the Symphony Silicon Valley, and The New Ballet. They also offer other one-night performances including comedians, dance performances and more.
You will find it at 345 South First Street. It seats around 1,100 people.
Written by Johann Strauss the Younger, Die Fledermaus is a high-energy piece that tells the story of what happens when a practical joke spins out of control. The setting is New Year's Eve in Vienna in the 1800s. It follows Eisenstein as he lies to his wife about going to jail for the night in order to go to one of the best parties in town. She knows and dresses in disguise to follow him. Their maid also finds an excuse to get out of work to go to the same party, also dressed in disguise. As they mix and mingle, this funny story unfolds in the best way possible for all three characters.
The classic Brothres Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel is brought to life on stage for 2 weeks. Hansel and Gretel are children who are sent into the haunted forest by their mom for being disobedient. They find a gingerbread house who is home to a wtich who wants to eat them. However, Hansel and Gretel work together to overomce her and escape with their lives as their parents rejoice with them. Hansel and Gretel is sung in English and also has English subtitles.
In this 18th century opera by Giuseppe Verdi, you'll encouter a gypsy who vows revenge, romances gone awry, and more drama than you can imagine. This opera includes some of the most well-known songs in history including the "Anvil Chorus." This opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Mozart's classic opera, set in Eygpt, about love stars a princess who has been imprisoned and a prince and his sidekick who tries to save her. This performance includes all kinds of exciting characters including a giant serpent, secret socieites, and more. Even though this sounds scary, there is also a lot of comedy so it is perfect for first time, and long time, opera lovers. This opera is performed in German with English subtitles.
8/10: Satinder Sartaaj Live in Concert
8/17: Cleopatra Metio la Pata
8/23: Dr. Cesar Lozano
8/24: Sindhu Ravuri Kuchipudi Rangapravesham - Classical Solo Dance Debut
10/5 & 10/6: Symphony Silicon Valley: Peacock Variations & Tchaikovsky
10/12: 2nd International Performing Arts Festival
10/26 & 10/27: Symphony Silicon Valley: Partners & Dances
The final San Jose theater venue is the Montgomery Theater. This is the smallest of the four and sits next to the City National Civic. It holds around 450 people.
On stage here, you will find mostly kid's performances along with a handful of other shows. The CMT Marquee shows are CMT alumni and working professionals. The CMT Rising Stars are kids 8-14. CMT Mainstage is performers between the ages of 14-20. The final category is CMT Junior Talents which is kids between 6 and 9.
Here is a schedule of upcoming performances.
8/8 - 8/11: James and the Giant Peach - CMT Junior Talents
8/17: Johnny Cash Tribute - "The Only Cash Tribute Band"
10/10 - 10/27: My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy