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Pixar in Concert San Francisco Summer Concert Series 2017

What’s Happening: San Francisco Symphony announces summer line-up

"Summer with the Symphony" runs July 4-29. Highlights include Pixar in Concert, Ben Folds with the SFS, A Night at the Moulin Rouge with Storm Large, and an all-American program with music of Bernstein and Gershwin with Rhiannon Giddens.
Toxic Avenger Musical - San Jose Stage Company

The Toxic Avenger: Freakish, wild, entertaining musical pushes all the right buttons

Andrew Lloyd Weber this is not. And that's largely the point. Think of it more as Joan Crawford... the one later in her career (Strait-Jacket?).

Montalvo Arts Center reveals 2017 summer concert series

Jay Leno, The B-52s, Gregory Porter lead strong summer concert line-up at historic outdoor Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre.
The Encounter - Curran Review

An intimate and incredible Encounter

The first minutes of The Encounter (currently at the Curran) are a mix between technological witchcraft and light hypnosis. After a brief introduction about the nature of fact and fiction, you put on your headphones as instructed. Then things get weird. Actor Simon McBurney claims to be “in the...

An icy Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater

Logical holes undercut the coherence of the plot.
A Song to Sing, O! The Gilbert & Sullivan Story - Lamplighters Review

A delightful Gilbert and Sullivan pastiche

When it comes to musical theater, the only thing more fun than a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta is thirteen Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. If you agree, you’ll love the Lamplighters’ A Song to Sing, O!, a pastiche of the duo’s shows that tells their creators’ story. Dialogue between songs offers...
An American in Paris Touring Company

Broadway musicals ‘Something Rotten’, ‘An American in Paris’ highlight upcoming SHN season

SHN has revealed its upcoming 2017/18 season and it looks like another strong line-up of Broadway musicals. See below for the full schedule and details. Those in and around the San Francisco Bay Area will get a chance to see the new show Something Rotten. Those that missed the riotous...
Theater Review: Needles and Opium at A.C.T. San Francisco

Lepage makes high-tech magic at the ACT

The production’s deft use of technology gives 'Needles and Opium' a major “wow” factor.
New Girl in Town - 42nd Street Moon Review

‘New Girl in Town’ a catchy classic

If you asked me to name playwrights whose works were suitable for adaptation into musicals, Eugene O’Neill would be one of the last to come to mind. Length and gloom don’t lend themselves well to song and dance routines. But Bob Merrill boldly wrote not one but two musicals...
San Francisco Theater review

‘Eva Trilogy’ World Premiere leads Magic Theatre’s 2017-18 season

Theater news of interest for those in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Magic Theatre today took the wraps off its 2017-18 season, and it's looking like another humdinger. See below for full list and details. The season, which kicks off in the fall features three (!) world premieres and...