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 Annie, 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 2018 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.
Based on the film with the same name, Finding Neverland tells the story behind Peter Pan. The story begins with a young playwright working desperately to write a play that will impress the London theater goers.
He finds inspiration when he meets a young widowed mother with four boys. He steps into Neverland, a world of wonder and surprises, and never looks back.
The final Broadway production of the San Jose theater season is Jersey Boys. Follow the story of what it took for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to make it big.
The show includes some of their top hits such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like A Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and "December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)."
This new Broadway music features the music of Gloria Estefan. It follows the story of how her husband and she moved from Cuba to the US and became international stars. It features some of her most popular hits such as "Get On Your Feet," "Turn the Beat Around," and "Conga."
Something Rotten is a hilarious story about two brothers trying to write and perform their first play. Set in 1595, they keep running into this other, very popular local writer by the name of Shakespeare. They refocus their efforts to write the world's very first musical.
This award winning play is returning to the San Jose theater stage in February 2019. This singing and dancing extravaganza follows the story of the night when all the cats gather to decide which one of them will be reborn.
The hit Broadway musical from the producer of The Lion King comes to the San Jose theater in April. Based on the film with the same name, Aladdin will make you believe that wishes can come true!
This wonderful show follows the story of a father who wants the best for his daughters. Will he be there to support them as they all follow a different path from what he dreamed? This engrossing and heartwarming story is a must see this season.
Another show on the San Jose theater calendar this year based on the movie with the same name is School of Rock. A struggling musician and substitute teacher forms a rock band with the top kids at school to perform at an upcoming Battle of the Bands. Are they good enough to win? Find out June 2019.
4/7 & 4/8: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire In Concert - Symphony Silicon Valley
4/13 & 4/14: Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles, find tickets at a discount on Goldstar
4/26: The Price is Right Live
5/4, 5/5 & 5/6: STOMP
5/25-5/28: Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert - Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki
6/22 & 6/23: Beauty and the Beast - West Valley Dance & Action Day Primary Plus
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.
The classic quandary of true love or the love of money and power is what Violetta has to choose from in La Traviata by Giuseppi Verde. Violetta has all she could wish for being taken care of by the richest man in Paris, but it is not enough after she meets Alfredo Germont, a poor, but her dream lover.
The choice between every material possession that Violetta could want, and the choice of true love, is what drives this opera and one of the many reasons it is regarded as one of Verde's most wonderful creations.
Mozart's production of The Abduction from the Seraglio comes to the San Jose theater in September 2018. It's the story of two women, Konstanze and her maid, who are stuck in a Turkish Harem and their struggles to get out.
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo, this Italian opera is the story of a performance clown. He struggles to make himself and others laugh even though he is dealing with his wife's infidelity.
An adaptation of Melville's novel, this opera follows the story of Captain Ahab. Years ago, he lost his leg to a white whale and he will sacrifice anything, including the safety of his crew, to find it.
Madame Butterfly is the story of a French diplomat stationed at the Embassy in China. He's married, but falls in love with a young, beautiful local girl. His wife learns of the affair, leaves him and the two lovers remain together for more than 20 years. It's the story of international espionage and personal betrayal and what happens when things are not as they seem.
4/21: Casino Royale, San Jose Opera Fundraiser
4/21: A Night at the Opera with Paula Poundstone
5/5 & 5/6: Symphony Silicon Valley, The Creation
5/8: Decision 2018, The Race for Governor
5/10: Bianco Del Rio, the alter ego of comedian Roy Haylock
5/11: Shaila Durcal
5/19 & 5/20: Sleeping Beauty, The New Ballet
5/28: Pianist Seong-Jin Cho - Steinway Society
6/2: Symphony Silicon Valley: Tchaikovsky - A Celebration
6/7: The Empire Strips Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Parody
6/16 & 6/17: Dance Academy USA - Recital 2018
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 kids 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.
4/20 - 4/29: Guys and Dolls - CMT Marquee
5/3 - 5/6: Seussical the Musical - CMT Rising Stars
5/11 - 5/20: Avenue Q - CMT Mainstage
7/13 - 7/21: The Wiz - CMT Rising Stars
7/27 - 8/5: West Side Story - CMT Mainstage
8/9 - 8/12: Robin Hood - CMT Junior Talents