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 Come From Away, Waitress, and The Magic Flute.
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 & 2020 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 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. Find tickets to Miss Saigon.
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.
11/9 - 11/10: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince In Concert - Symphony Silicon Valley
11/23: A Journey with Dance - The 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala of YaoYong Dance
11/30: Le Quyen & Khuc Tinh Xua - Live
12/6 - 12/15: The Nutcracker with the San Jose Dance Theatre
12/26 - 1/12: Shen Yun Performing Arts 2020
1/19: Tet Viet Nam 2020
1/23: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour
2/6: Bert Kreischer - The Berty Boy World Tour
2/13: Yundi - SONATA 2020 Piano Recital World Tour
2/18: The Bachelor - Live On Stage
3/9: Il Volo: The Best of 10 Years
3/24-3/25: The Illusionists - Live from Broadway
5/7: David Sedaris On Tour
6/26: My Little Pony Live
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 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 which is home to a wtich who wants to eat them. However, Hansel and Gretel work together to overcome 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.
12/7 & 12/8: Symphony Silicon Valley: Khachaturian & Brahms
12/9: You-Sing-It Messiah - San Jose Symphonic Choir
12/14: Carols in the California 2019 - Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
12/15: A Frozen Festival - Golden State Youth Orchestra
12/19 & 12/20: Great Russian Nutcracker - Moscow Ballet
1/24 - 1/26: Symphony Silicon Valley: The Red Violin
3/21 - 3/22: Symphony Silicon Valley: Nakamatsu Plays Beethoven
5/9 - 5/10: Symphony Silicon Valley: Mozart, Lutoslawski & Brahms
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.
11/15 - 11/24: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - CMT Rising Stars
12/6 - 12/15: Matilda the Musical - CMT Marquee
12/17: Heather McMahan: The Farewell Tour
12/20: Nuestra Navidad - A Family Christmas (53rd Anniversary)
1/10 - 1/11: Robert Dubac's Idiocracy
2/1: Motown Mania! - Starring The Best Intentions
2/14 - 2/23: Into the Woods Jr - CMT Rising Stars
2/28 - 3/8: Shrek the Musical - CMT Mainstage
3/21: Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience
3/27: Rockin' the Legends Show
3/28: Disney's Tangled - Movie Event with Special Live Guests "Rapunzel" and "Flynn Rider"
4/17 - 4/26: Kinky Boots - CMT Marquee
4/30 - 5/3: Godspell - CMT Rising Stars
5/8 - 5/17: In the Heights - CMT Mainstage
6/25 - 6/28: Disney's Frozen Jr - CMT Junion Talents
7/10 - 7/18: The Music Man - CMT Rising Stars
7/24 - 8/2: An American in Paris - CMT Mainstage