The summer is quickly approaching and I wanted to feature some of the best theatre in the Bay Area during the months of June, July and August. There’s a huge variety of musicals/plays that will be playing and they are pretty evenly spread across the Bay Area from San Francisco down to San Jose. Of course, you can always go to Artsopolis.com or Theatre Bay Area for a full listing of all performing arts events in the Bay Area but here are the shows that I’m most looking forward to this summer!
Red, White & Tuna at San Jose Stage Company – The Stage explodes with laughs this Summer in the South Bay premiere of Red, White and Tuna! The latest bombastic comedy in the Tuna trilogy will sell out, so order tickets now to what critics call “the greatest Tuna of all!” It opens this weekend and runs all the way through July 4th. Obviously, it’s a perfect choice to get you into the patriotic mood! The Broadway Critic will be giving away tickets so make sure you check back soon to win yours!
Into the Woods at Diablo Theatre Company – In this fractured fairy-tale fantasy, a baker and his wife cannot have a child unless they do the bidding of the witch next door. Good thing they’ve got neighbors like Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella to help them on their journey in the woods. Who doesn’t love Into the Woods?
June 4th – June 27th 2010
The Marvelous Wonderettes at San Jose Rep – LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! These girls are only in town for two weeks. Get your tickets today! Follow the Wonderettes – Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match – from their 1958 Springfield High School prom to their ten year reunion!
June 15th – June 27th 2010
Young Frankenstein at Golden Gate Theatre (San Francisco) – Based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit 1974 film, Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. Clive Barnes of the New York Post called Young Frankenstein,“the Broadway musical at its dizziest, glitziest and funniest” while Pat Collins of MY 9 News declared Young Frankenstein “a monster hit.” You have to see this production just for the “Puttin’ on the Ritz” number; it’s spectacular.
June 30th – July 25th 2010
Other Shows Still Running in June:
- Peter Pan at Ferry Landing (San Francisco)
- In the Heights at Curran Theatre (San Francisco)
- Little Shop of Horrors at Bus Barn (Los Altos)
Annie at Broadway by the Bay – This timeless Tony-winning tale of Little Orphan Annie features a cast of unforgettable characters including Miss Hannigan, Lily, Rooster, and Daddy Warbucks. Featuring one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including“It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.”and “Tomorrow,” you can bet your bottom dollar the whole family will love this classic musical! There’s only 13 performances! It’s directed by Alex Perez and musical directed by Billy Liberatore.
July 15th – August 1st 2010
Urinetown at Coastal Rep Theatre – This irreverent comedy pokes fun at American Musical Theatre, our cultural institutions, corporate America, and even petty small town politics. Winner of several Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, Urinetown, the Musical is an outrageous spoof, and a hilarious tale of love, greed, corruption, and revolution in a time of drought, when even ‘restroom activities’ are controlled by the mega-corporation. Fun for the whole family. Directed by Martin Rojas-Dietrich.
July 23rd – August 21, 2010
RENT at City Lights Theatre – This fresh and daring spin on Puccini’s La Bohème follows the triumphs and tragedies of eight young Greenwich Village bohemians. As the spectre of the AIDS virus looms and threatens to cut short their time together, this small band of artists and thinkers finds beauty in the grit and grime of Manhattan and comes to realize that there is, truly, “no day but today.” (Disclosure: I’m playing Mark in this production.)
July 24th – August 29th 2010
Anything Goes at Foothill Musical Theatre – Anything Goes spotlights Cole Porter’s deloveliest hits, including Friendship, I Get a Kick Out of You, All Through the Night, Blow Gabriel Blow, You’re the Top, It’s Delovely, and the classic title song. Award-winning director Jay Manley helms these seafaring shenanigans with musical direction by Catherine Snider and choreography by Dottie Lester-White.
July 23rd – August 15th 2010
Beauty and the Beast at Golden Gate Theatre (San Francisco) – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to San Francisco! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. Just so you know, this is the non-equity tour.
August 17th – August 29th 2010
Menopause, The Musical at California Theatre (San Jose) – Since March 2001, the hilarious show Menopause The Musical has entertained and inspired women from coast-to-coast and internationally. Menopause The Musical is the work of writer Jeanie Linders. This uplifting 90-minute production includes parodies from the ‘60s and ‘70s and ‘80s. It culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing The Change.
August 18th – August 22nd 2010
Dreamgirls at SHNSF (Theatre not announced yet) – Direct from Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater in New York City, a sensational new stage production of Dreamgirls comes to San Francisco this summer! Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Do not miss this one!
August 24th – September 26th 2010
Tickets (not on sale yet) | Website
Upcoming Shows in the Fall & Beyond:
- The Light in the Piazza – Theatreworks – August 25th – September 19th 2010
- Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Bus Barn Theatre – September 2nd – October 2nd 2010
- La Cage Aux Folles – Broadway by the Bay – September 16th – October 3rd 2010
- Burn the Floor – Broadway San Jose – September 21st – September 26th 2010
- The Music Man – South Bay Musical Theatre – September 25th – October 16th 2010