San Jose Theater 2020: Calendar of Upcoming Performances

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 2020 schedule of performances.

San Jose Theater: Calendar for Musicals, Shows, Opera, and More

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City National Civic

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. 

Center for the Performing Arts

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.

Les Miserables: April 21 - 26, 2020

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.

Riverdance: May 15 - 17, 2020

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!

Come from Away: June 16 - 21, 2020

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. 

Disney's The Lion King: July 15 - August 9 

Kids of all ages will love this incredible musical that combines amazing artistry and songs through out. It is based on the young lion, Simba, who is supposed to inherit the throne from his father, Mufasa. However, the terrible Scar, who is Simba's uncle, tries to take over and kill Simba. Simba has to hide but returns to try to win back his rightful place in the pride. Will he be able to? You'll have to see. This musical has won many awards and is known to have some of the most amazing visual backdrops, costumes, and songs. It is a must see for everyone.

1776 - Broadway San Jose: September 29 - October 4

Most of us know a bit about the American Revolution in 1776, but do you know the full story? This wonderful musical will give you the experience of being there as the Americans decide to fight against British Tyranny and become their own country. Watch as John Adams works to get other members of the Continental Congress to pursue freedom and become a new country that can change the world. It also questions what freedom actually means and who is truly allowed to have it. This musical is recommended for anyone 10 years or older. 

Dear Evan Hansen: November 10 - 29

Evan Hansen is a young man with a terrible social anxiety disorder that leaves him lonely and sad. Because of that, he pretends to have been friends with a recently deceased boy and connects with his family. Because of, and other lies, Evan becomes popular and has to make up more "truths" as the story grows. He ends up falling in love and has to make a final decision of either telling the truth or living in this fantasy life to he can keep everything he wants. This musical won six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2017.

Jersey Boys: January 8 - 10

Jump back in time to the 1960s in New Jersey and learn about how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons rose to stardom. As their fame grew, and people loved them when singing on stage, being off-stage was a very different experience for the band. The constant touring and how it changes them, a loan shark getting involved to help the band survive, and how the dreams we have can actually be so much better, and also so much worse, than we could ever imagine. With internationally loved songs such as, "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Sherry", Walk Like a Man" and many others, you will find yourself wanting to sing out loud as you tap your toes during the whole show!

Anastasia: January 26 - 31

Starting as the Russian Empire is falling, and moving to the joy of 1920s Paris, this musical follows the brave and exciting Anastasia and what happened to her. Anastasia is an orphan who is manipulated by Vlad and Dmitry who are trying to trick the Dowager Empress Marie Romanov. Anastasia escapes to Paris, with the soviet officers behind her, as she tries to find her true home, true love, and who her family is as she becomes herself in this beautiful and powerful musical. It is appropriate for anyone over the age of 8.

Tootsie: March 23 - 28

One of the most hilarious musicals of all-time, Tootsie is the story about the down and out actor Michael Dorsey. He tries to audition for a soap opera, but fails miserably, and then decides to reinvent himself as the female actor, Dorothy Michaels, and wins the part! However, when he falls in love with his castmate, Julie, everything starts to become a lot more complicated, and a lot funnier, during this silly and comedic musical. It is appropriate for anyone 13 years and older.

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: May 4 - 9

Everyone wants to win one of the five Golden Tickets as that will give them the chance take over Willy Wonka's incredible candy making factory and company. A number of kids enter but only one will be able to have it in the end. With the great glass elevator, the chocolate river, and the beloved Oompa-Loompas, this musical will make you laugh and want to sing along with the classics, "Pure Imagination", "I've Got a Golden Ticket", and the one of the most famous theater songs of all time, "The Candy Man." This show is recommended for anyone over 6 years or older.

Rent: May 21 - 23 

Based on Puccini's La Boheme, this musical focuses on a group of young friends who are artists in Manhattan. They include Mimi and Angel, who are HIV-positive and trying to survive in this new reality, Roger who is also HIV-positive and musician who wants to do something special before he dies. Others include Joanne, the business minded friend, Maureen who is a performance artist, and others. All these characters work to deal with their ups and downs during this turbulent times in the 1980s using song, dance, and an amazing set for you to feel everything they are feeling and experiencing in the moment. Some of the songs include, "Seasons of Love", "Today 4 U", and "Tango: Maureen." This show is appropriate for ages 14 and older.

More Shows at the Center for the Performing Arts

3/9: Il Volo: The Best of 10 Years

3/24 & 3/25: The Illusionists - Live from Broadway

3/30: Yundi - Sonata piano Recital World Tour

4/4: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 In Concert, Symphony Silicon Valley

5/7: David Sedaris On Tour

5/8: Gilberto Santa Rosa

5/11 - 5/12: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: 2 Nights, 2 Topics, 1 Astrophysicist

6/6 & 6/7: PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue"

6/26: My Little Pony Live

6/28: Our Planet Earth, The Dance Affair

California Theater

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.

Il Trovatore: February 15 - March 1

In this 18th century opera by Giuseppe Verdi, you'll encounter 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. 

The Magic Flute: April 18 - May 3

Mozart's classic opera, set in Egypt 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 societies, 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.

The Marriage of Figaro: September 12 - 27

This performance is transported to colonial India where the beloved Susanna and Figaro are about to be married. However, the However, the Count has his eye on Susanna. This opera is full of intrigue and backstabbing from the different political and class levels as things go wonderfully awry. The stages sets are incredible, the songs are famous, and the fun of watching a Bollywood version of this classic is like nothing else you've seen before. Will the marriage go through and will love and happiness prevail? You'll have to see and find out for yourself!

Carmen: November 14 - 29

Famous for incredible costumes, choreography, and passion, this opera focuses on the fiery and hot tempered Carmen. She decides to seduce the naïve Don Jose, who gives up everything, including his lover, for her. He even joins a gang of smugglers to everyone surprise. However, since Carmen isn't truly someone to stay in love with another, she moves on to the bullfighter Escamillo and leaves Don Jose alone and sad. However, Don Jose's jealousy and betrayal drives him exact revenge against her. You will have to see this amazing production to find out.

Salome: February 13 - 28

The Princess Salome, who is the daughter of Queen Herodias and step-daughter of King Herod, are having a wild banquet. Salome sneaks away and meets the captured young Syrian Prince and he falls in love with her. However, she is driven to find the voice of Lokanaan, known as John the Baptist, in his prison cell. She then falls in love with him but rejects her. King Herod and his partygoers burst in and he demands that Salome dance for him even though this angers his wife Queen Herodias. Salome finally agrees and does the Dance of the Seven does this all end up with so much love, betrayal and intrigue tied together? Come and find out!

West Side Story: April 17 - May 2

One of the most classic of love stories of all time sets Tony and Maria to fall in love and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, their families are from opposing gangs, and no one wants them to succeed. The dancing, the sets, and the singing make this musical the perfect current day Romeo and Juliet. With songs such as "Maria", "Tonight", and the hilarious "Gee, Officer Krupke", you'll laugh until you cry because of the love that is torn apart because of humanities inability to accept each other as we are. 

More Shows at the California Theater

3/3 - 3/15: Cinequest '20 Screenings

3/21 & 3/22: Symphony Silicon Valley: Nakamatsu Plays Beethoven

3/21 - 3/22: Symphony Silicon Valley: Nakamatsu Plays Beethoven

3/25: The Glenn Miller Orchestra

3/27: Por Que los Hombres Aman a las Cabronas?

3/29: Elena Sharkova Anniversary Concert, Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

5/9 - 5/10: Symphony Silicon Valley: Mozart, Lutoslawski & Brahms

5/14: TechCrunch Mobility 2020

5/29: Dos Mas Dos

6/6 & 6/7: Symphony Silicon Valley: Schubert & A Sea Symphony

Montgomery Theater

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.

3/5 - 3/8: Shrek The Musical - CMT Mainstage

3/11 - 3/15: An Evening with C.S. Lewis starring David Payne

3/21: Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience

3/27: Rockin' the Legends Show

4/3: Magic Fusion Tour

4/4: Supertrouper, The ABBA Concert Experience

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

9/24: The Lonely, Celebrating The Music of Roy Orbison


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