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From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event in which one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Aladdin features songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony winner Tim Rice (The Lion King), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
Broadway's hottest couple, Andy Karl and Orfeh, make their Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with Legally Bound. After love at first sight in Saturday Night Fever on Broadway and marriage in 2001, this duo famously appeared together in Legally Blonde, a show that led Orfeh to a Tony nomination in 2007. Andy received back-to-back nods himself, one for his star turn as the title character in Rocky in 2014 and another for his role as Bruce Granit in the Broadway revival of On the 20th Century in 2015. He most recently received the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and his third Tony nomination for his critically acclaimed role as Phil Connors in the Groundhog Day musical.
Reuniting onstage, Andy Karl and Orfeh are joined by music director Steven Jamail in an unforgettable evening of chart-toppers and showstoppers in a performance directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.
Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece finally arrives at Berkeley Rep in its entirety — directed by artistic director Tony Taccone in his 20th anniversary season! First staged 26 years ago and originally commissioned by the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco while Taccone was artistic director there, this fierce and astounding two-part drama is at once an epic exploration of American politics, gay identity, and mythology as well as a personal story of love and loyalty. In today's sociopolitical climate, Kushner's universal message of compassion and inclusion makes Angels in America as timely as ever.
Note: Tickets to performances of Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika are available separately as well as together in "Marathon Day" packages.
Frank Silletti and daughter Ava Vukic return to Feinstein's at the Nikko to celebrate the release of their first CD, Yours and Mine - The Judy & Liza Effect. The "Judy and Liza effect" is the precise moment the climactic note of a Garland or Minnelli song, or even just a word or phrase, grabs you, holds you, and makes you want to break free from the ordinary and burst out in song. It has inspired generations to do exactly that. Frank has been under the influence since childhood and now Ava has the bug too. In this special performance and CD release, father and daughter honor the work of mother and daughter with performances of their iconic songs by Harold Arlen, Kander & Ebb, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Roger Edens, and others.
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats! Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon Holiday Extravaganza — beginning Wednesday, November 15, and continuing through New Year's Eve (Sunday, December 31) — welcomes the season with special performances packed with hilarious spoofs of pop culture & political characters. The annual tradition also features a chorus line of tap-dancing Christmas trees, special parodies of traditional Christmas carols, and the legendary gigantic Yuletide Hat.
The special New Year's Eve performances feature a pastiche of the best and worst of 2017 — Beach Blanket Babylon style. Guests at each show will receive champagne and truffles. The second show — ending at the stroke of midnight — will feature postshow dancing until 1:30am.
This staging of Harold Pinter's classic drama features Marco Barricelli, Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, and Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth. In an undisturbed English seaside town, the inhabitants of a ramshackle boarding house react to the arrival of two unsettling strangers. Where do the mysterious Goldberg and McCann come from? Who sent them? And why do they keep asking about the sole boarder, piano player Stanley? As the party guests, including flighty Lula and flirty landlady Meg, gather for Stanley's birthday, the desperate pianist is forced to confront a surreal interrogation. Seething with mystery, danger, and sudden humor, this play is signature Pinter.
Wilhelm, a lowly clerk, and Käthchen, the daughter of a well-to-do forester, wish to get married. But Wilhelm must first demonstrate the brawny skills of a huntsman for Käthchen's father to approve. What to do? Along comes Pegleg with an offer Wilhelm can't resist. According to director Mark Jackson, "The Black Rider is a fairy-tale for adults about how fear and self-doubt can lead us to sell out our integrity for a shortcut to our hopes and dreams."
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Emmy Award-winning team behind South Park, created this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Book of Mormon was written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning composer and lyricist of Avenue Q.
Winner of the 2011 Tony for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has captured the hearts of many in the theater community by presenting modern, in-the-know, and often profane content in the tried-and-true form of a very traditional integrated book musical, complete with tap dancing.
Just in time for Mardi Gras come musical mayhem, marching band madness, and a powerful blow-out-the-windows sound. These qualities are the hallmarks of San Francisco's most raucous and sought-after New Orleans fusion band, the Brass Mafia. The ensemble includes trombone, trumpet, sax, drums, and tuba. Together they perform music from different decades and continents as well as unexpected mash-ups and some of their originals. They are joined onstage by guest vocalist Yvette Pylant.
The Brass Mafia emphasize heavy backbeats, creative improvisation, and unique arrangements. They have been featured at events for SFJAZZ, San Francisco's annual Fat Tuesday parade, and have collaborated with Lyrics Born, Thomas Dolby, Peter Rowan, and Nicki Bluhm.
Inspired by a true event, the musical Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and moving performances. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War Two, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives.
The Tony Award-nominated musical was written by Grammy Award and Emmy Award winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Tony winner Walter Bobbie directs the show, which features Carmen Cusack in the role for which she received a 2016 Tony nomination. Other members of the Bright Star team include Josh Rhodes (choreography), Tony and Emmy winner Eugene Lee (scenic design), Tony winner Jane Greenwood (costume design), Tony Japhy Weideman (lighting design), Tony nominee Nevin Steinberg (sound design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), and Grammy winner Peter Asher (music supervision).
Are you in need of a sultry Spanish night or a bohemian adventure? Brace yourself for a night when the well-worn hardwood floors of Pachamama resonate with the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping, and guitar. If you have not seen this group, this is an opportunity to experience their high energy and passion for their art that defines a new dimension in flamenco and Spanish dance traditions. Carolina and her daughter Carolé offer a special evening for a date night, family gathering, or get-together with friends and coworkers.
Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and deliciously spooky ghosts, this version of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, stays true to the heart of Charles Dickens' timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language.
Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it's no wonder the critics have called it "THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area." Join the thousands who make this theatrical event a part of their annual holiday traditions.
Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants nothing more for Christmas than an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model BB Gun. But first, he'll have to navigate past a maniacal department store Santa, an infamous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, and much more. Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2013, A Christmas Story is a classic and heartfelt holiday tale backed by a magnificent score.
Paula Vogel sets her play on the bitterly cold Christmas Eve of 1864 in Washington, D.C. In the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plan their gift-giving, while on the banks of the frozen Potomac a young rebel soldier is captured by a Union blacksmith; nearby, John Wilkes Booth hatches a plot with conspirators; and an enslaved woman and her daughter become separated on their journey to freedom. Featuring hymns and carols of the period, Ms. Vogel's A Civil War Christmas masterfully interweaves stories of lives from both sides of the Civil War, sharing messages of compassion, goodwill, and wishes for peace.
High-energy and laugh-out-loud funny, Coastside Comedy With Blue Blanket Improv is never the same show twice. Each performance is created on the spot and based entirely on audience suggestions. Walk along the beach, enjoy an outstanding sunset, and stay for the comedy!
Note: This show is intended for ages 21 and up.
Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival!
With an uplifting score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, this musical breathes new spirit into the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. The stage adaptation of The Color Purple stunningly reimagines the story of a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. Tony winner John Doyle directs.
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Comedy on the Square is the brainchild of vaudeville performer Fred Anderson. After a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, he was inspired by the festival's DIY energy to create an ongoing performance series in San Francisco. In March 2003, he started producing variety arts, comedy, improv, and magic at various venues. Productions that started at Comedy on the Square have gone on to tour internationally, including the premiere of Paul Nathan's "Devil in the Deck" and "Frisco Fred's Comedy Hour."
Teatro Visión presents
Departera (working title) A staged reading of a brand new play By Evelina Fernández with Teatro Visión Original music by Russell Rodríguez Directed by Elisa Marina Alvarado
At this staged reading, actors will read from scripts without scenery or costumes. After the show, we'll ask for your feedback to continue to revise the script.
The departera Doña Juana helps the dying move from this life into whatever comes next. Now she's training her young protégé Connie — if Connie will take her earbuds out long enough to learn! This play was created from stories gathered from your friends and neighbors here in San José.
Departera (working title) is performed bilingually in English and Spanish.
Located in downtown San Francisco, The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show is the United States's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. But beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself a prime suspect.
The Marsh San Francisco announces political comedian Will Durst's new solo show, Durst Case Scenario, has been extended due to popular demand. This 2017 Theatre Bay Area nominee for Outstanding Solo Production specializes in political humor for folks who don't like politics. Durst's rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America is changing in the Trump era.
Elima consists of five individuals from five different backgrounds who play an eclectic range of music, from traditional and contemporary Hawaiian to pop-soul, R&B, and rock. The group combines superb vocals with the smooth beat of the cajón and the rhythmic energy of the bass for pleasing harmonies and melodies. All band members bring their own style of music to the group, so there's a little something for everyone in their shows. Their Feinstein's at the Nikko debut is a celebration of the release of their debut CD Thrive.
Singer-songwriter and Bay Area native Eve Marie Shahoian performs locally and nationally, and makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut to celebrates the recent release of her second CD Believe, which includes her interpretations of standards such as "Autumn Leaves," "My Mama Done Told Me," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "No More Blues." The East Bay Times praised Shahoian's "vocal ability to tackle each song with her pleasing style and flair." Submitted for consideration to the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the CD also include a remix of her original song "Waiting for You," which was the recipient of an honorable mention for outstanding original song from Billboard.
Shahoian will be joined onstage by a top-shelf band including John R. Burr on piano and two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling.
From Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master or stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and music-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.
Give your family and friends a Christmas gift they will never forget.
Lighting up stages from Broadway to China, Luis Bravo's acclaimed dance spectacular Forever Tango brings 14 of Argentina's best dancers, including guest star Anna Trebunskaya from Dancing With the Stars, along with a vocalist and live orchestra. Passionate and sophisticated, the dancers of Forever Tango can tell an entire story with the flick of a leg and arch of the eyebrow. This "beguilingly sexy" (London Times) show allows you to relive the colorful history of tango from the barrios and brothels of Argentina to the high-class parties and nightclubs of Europe and America. Argentine in origin, yet universal in its appeal, Forever Tango was Broadway's longest-running tango show and now spreads the sensuality and mystique of tango to audiences around the country.
Franc D'Ambrosio is best known as "The Iron Man of the Mask," having played the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera for more than 2,300 performances — a record he held for a decade. Because of this notoriety, D'Ambrosio was cast by Barry Manilow as the lead in Manilow's touring production of Copacabana.
Another favorite role of D'Ambrosio's was Anthony Corleone, Al Pacino's opera singer son in Francis Ford Coppola's Academy Award-nominated film The Godfather: Part III, a performance that afforded D'Ambrosio the opportunity to study with legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
Now D'Ambrosio is celebrating more than 10 years touring extensively as both a solo performer and a guest artist in the pop series of many American symphony orchestras.
Romantic crooner, world-renowned guitarist, and entertainer extraordinaire, George Cole is signed to Acoustic Disc for worldwide distribution of his recordings Riverside Drive, George Cole Live, and his new EP Cole Swings Cole, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer John Cuniberti. Featured in the January 2017 issue of Guitar Player Magazine, George Cole is a musician whose career reads like a Hall of Fame plaque. Current guitarist for David Grisman, George has also taught Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day for 10 years. Cole has toured with Joe Walsh of the Eagles on his Anthology Tour, recorded with Chris Isaak on his platinum selling Forever Blue CD, and sang duets with jazz legend Keeley Smith.
Joined onstage by the George Cole Trio, Cole Swings Cole will highlight the timeless music of Nat King Cole in a show perfect for Valentine's Day and ideal for the young and the young at heart!
In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie's anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. In this play, Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was a hit on Broadway from one of contemporary theater's most original voices.
Star of such box office juggernauts as The Fly, Jurassic Park, and Independence Day, Jeff Goldblum is more than a talented actor. He's also an acclaimed jazz pianist. Goldblum and a band of friends and compatible musicians call themselves the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (named after a family friend) and perform regularly at Los Angeles's Rockwell Table and Stage (the advice to play a weekly gig was given to him by Woody Allen). John Storie (guitar), James King (tenor saxophone), and Lorca Hart (drums) make up the band.
The group returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko following a sold-out engagement in 2015. Don't expect a staid musical recital; Goldblum's show is anything but that. The proceedings often feel extemporaneous, and Goldblum himself usually appears before the show starts as his own opening act, asking the audience movie trivia and true-or-false questions.
Actress, director, and entertainer Joely Fisher invites you backstage, into the world of her career and family. Growing up in an iconic Hollywood dynasty with crooner Eddie Fisher and '60s sex kitten Connie Stevens as parents, Joely shares her unconventional coming-of-age story of the family members and costars closest to her, including how the loss of her unlikely hero, sister Carrie Fisher, ignited the writer and performer within.
Fisher's hilarious, irreverent, and down-to-earth show, based on her memoir Growing Up Fisher: Music, Memories and Misadventures is filled with incredible music, candid stories, and never-before-seen photos that will break and warm your heart.
Jonathan Poretz, the Bay Area's favorite big-band crooner, returns for an all-new edition of When Vegas Was Vegas!, honoring the entertainment icons who transformed the Vegas desert heat into an oasis of cool. Backed by his ultra-swingin' mini-big band, Poretz once again re-creates the heyday of 1960s Las Vegas, bringing a Rat Pack vibe to the Feinstein's at the Nikko stage.
Poretz's authentic, big-band arrangements of everyone's favorite songs from the vast catalogues of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Bobby Darin, and Tony Bennett include such standards as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "I've Got the World on a String," "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," "Everybody Loves Somebody," "Beyond the Sea," "Mack the Knife," "Mr. Bojangles," "What Kind of Fool Am I," "My Way," and "New York, New York."
Join the Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy for A Holiday Spectacular!. Hailed as best drag act by the Bay Guardian, Katya will delight you with a fun-filled evening of belting, banter, and ball gowns to bolster your holiday spirit(s)! With songs ranging from classic holiday fare to popera and disco, there is something for everyone in this heartwarming and brilliantly funny journey through Katya's holiday misadventures.
Gospel Christmas, the annual tradition, features acclaimed vocalist Kim Nalley performing all your favorite holiday songs accompanied by the swelling, soulful Hammond organ played by the incomparable Tammy Hall with Michael Zisman (electric bass) and Kent Bryson (drums). Expect some special guests and a few sing-a-longs at this rollicking joyous family-friendly concert.
Kim Nalley is an internationally acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist, twice named San Francisco's best. She also has numerous acting credits on her resume including an engagement as Madame ZinZanni in Teatro ZinZanni. Her CDs have been shortlisted for a Grammy Award and have charted in the Jazz Top 20.
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country, and jazz. Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and has since established herself as one of the greatest voices of our time known for interpretations of Broadway, pop, country, and jazz favorites.
She has recorded 16 solo albums, including her most recent, Retro, a special collection of compositions written during the past 20 years for shows or projects that did not happen despite the beauty of the songs. Linda thanks the composers, lyricists, arrangers, orchestrators, and musicians that helped finally bring this music to life.
Back by popular demand, actor, singer, dancer, and Emmy Award-winning daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz explores her Latin roots during her return to Feinstein's at the Nikko. Latin Roots is Lucie's heartfelt musical tribute to the rhythm of her roots and features many of Desi's orchestral arrangements of songs by him, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Agustin Lara, Rafael Hernandez, Margarita Lecuona, and Lucie herself.
In this new holiday work, you can revisit your favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice as they come together for Christmas at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. It's a continuation of Jane Austen's beloved tale with the focus on Mary Bennet, still feeling like the odd sister out as she spends the holidays with her witty, pretty, and newly married sisters. Then Mary unexpectedly finds she has a chance to write her own story.
Experience an unforgettable concert dedicated to an American musical legend and king of epic film scores: composer John Williams. Listen to orchestral selections from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. Relive all the adventure, fun, and magic of these classic films.
Note: This concert does not contain film clips.
Mountain View, California, native Nick Spangler just performed at home as Henri Baurel in the national tour of An American in Paris at the SHN Orpheum Theatre. He was in the original Broadway casts of The Book of Mormon, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, and It Shoulda Been You, in which he created the role of best man Greg Madison. His off-Broadway performance as Matt in The Fantasticks earned him the Theater Hall of Fame Elaine and Jerry Orbach Fellowship Award. He is also the author of two children's books: The Adventure of Felix and Isabella: Volumes 1 and 2, available on Amazon. Another fun fact: In 2008, Nick and his sister were the winners of the reality series The Amazing Race on CBS.
From the poignant and heartrending songs of Édith Piaf to the spirited "Can-Can," the San Francisco Symphony celebrates all things French with Pink Martini's force of nature, vocalist Storm Large. Experience the spectacle and exuberance of France's most infamous club, the Moulin Rouge, on an evening of dazzling vocals and world-class artistry.
After enthralling audiences with Aubergine, Julia Cho returns to Berkeley Rep with a searing and touching play that tunes into the plight of "the other" in a country steeped in distrust and intolerance. Hiding sullenly in the back of the classroom, Dennis has his fellow students and professors on edge. But during an office visit, his writing instructor seeks to break through Dennis's silence and earn his trust — with shocking results. A deeply personal story of empathy and redemption, Office Hour explores otherness and paranoia while revealing our essential human need for connection.
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to the United States and broke through barriers to become a crossover sensation at the top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
Directed by multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past 25 years — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Virtuoso performer Nilaja Sun's award-winning hit No Child… captivated Berkeley Rep audiences in 2008. Now she brings them a new, critically acclaimed solo show about Evelyn, a single mother who fights for the survival of her family in the face of a threatening hurricane. In an astonishing 90 minutes, Sun portrays three generations of a Puerto Rican family and the vibrant characters of New York's Lower East Side through a story of tribulation, perseverance, and redemption.
In the style of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé and other husband-and-wife acts, Rebecca and Frank Faiola make their Feinstein's at the Nikko debut to celebrate Sinatra. Their band, JetBlacq, includes musical director Brian Cooke, who played piano for Chet Baker and is an arranger and multi-instrumentalists creating charts with a fresh new feel. Fred Randolph, a veteran of the local jazz scene, joins in on bass, and world-class player Jack Dorsey is at the drums.
Ray's swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. Pressure builds as he confronts the lure of a deal with Speedo, the perils of family, and the unforgiving weight of success.
A sharp and compelling play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the America dream of a level playing field or of leveling the field yourself.
Based on the movie of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star down on his luck. To make ends meet, he poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After discovering the students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and win the Battle of the Bands.
Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Chicago's legendary Second City comedy troupe makes its first-ever appearance at Berkeley Rep! The Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue delivers a healthy dose of seasonal satire. Neither film classics, family gatherings, nor Christmas carols are too sacred for a show that's the perfect alternative to standard holiday fare. Come see sketch comedy and cutting-edge improvisation — all with a wicked slant.
Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block. That is, until he finds his muse — Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. In a classic case of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his first masterpiece. This charming adaptation of the Academy Award-winning movie features live musicians and 13 of the Bay Area's favorite actors!
Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization by bringing its profound spirit to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Shen Yun combines ancient legends with technological innovations, historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops, and classical Chinese dance with expressive storytelling, to share beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions with you. Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won't find anywhere else.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2017-18 season with the regional premiere of Skeleton Crew in a coproduction with Marin Theatre Company. A makeshift family of auto plant workers navigate the possibility of foreclosure in this funny, tough, and tender American drama set during the Great Recession. Rising-star playwright Dominique Morisseau (Ain't Too Proud) creates a world in which ambitious dreams and corporate deception interweave, pushing friendships to the limit. Skeleton Crew is directed by Jade King Carroll (associate director of the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire).
Few vocalists own the stage like Terri Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over audience members. They're about to take a ride on the highs and lows of soul music delivered by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with both high energy and quiet poignancy. Odabi's finely honed instrument is matched only by her generous spirit and wit. She is a 2017 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Female Artist, and her 2016 CD release My Blue Soul ranked in Living Blues's Top 50 Best Albums in 2016. Odabi performs original stirring blues straight from the soul with compelling arrangements and witty lyrics that appeal to a wide contemporary audience.
A classically trained vocalist with a three-octave range, Vandana Bali has performed standards, Broadway, power ballads, and pop songs to sold-out audiences from coast to coast. She has performed at European festivals, at Don't Tell Mama in New York City, sang the national anthem at a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, and has performed at the Plush Room, Martuni's, and Society Cabaret in San Francisco. Her primary influences include Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan, Céline Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti LuPone, Olivia Newton-John, and Whitney Houston.
Making her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with her Follow Your Heart show, Bali invites you to enjoy songs and stories about all facets of love, hope, and determination from Broadway composers including Stephen Schwartz as well as songs by pop icons and jazz legends. She has three independent CDs available online and at shows. www.vandana.net. Vandana will be joined onstage by pianist and award-winning musical director Ben Prince.
A hit off-Broadway and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of pop culture references, audacious dialogue, and an action-packed road trip that instantaneously moves from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York's Manhattan Theatre Club. This sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, with hip-hop and Motown rhythms, rolls into A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in an all-new production.
Vonda Shepard returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her stellar trio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit television series Ally McBeal. Come relax, reminisce, laugh, and sing along to favorites from the show, including "You Belong to Me," "Searchin' My Soul," and "Tell Him," as well as Shepard's original material from her 14 albums, including "Maryland" and "Baby, Don't You Break My Heart Slow."
Shepard has sold over 12 million records, won two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She will be joined onstage by James Ralston on guitar (Tina Turner) and Jim Hanson on bass (Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Crowell).
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may provide a chance at a fresh start. Her fellow waitresses offer their recipes for happiness, but Jenna must rebuild her world by relying on her own strength and courage.
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible hit features original music and lyrics by multi-Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair).
Note: This show is recommended for ages 13 and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
In the final summer of the 1960s, America is aching for change. In the cities, crowds are protesting the Vietnam War. In the skies, Apollo 11 is speeding toward man's first encounter with the moon. And at a Catskills resort near Woodstock, housewife Pearl Kantrowitz is busy balancing the demands of her rebellious teenage daughter, her overworked television repairman husband, and keeping her head in the daily mah-jongg game. But a chance meeting with a free-spirited traveling salesman awakens a newfound spirit of exploration and sexuality — and the realization of lost opportunities. Based on the award-winning film of the same title, this stunning new musical weds the landscape of Borscht Belt comedy, the radical spirit of '60s revolution, and the passion of two breathtaking love stories with a soaring and original rock 'n' roll score.
1940: Fanny Farrelly, a wealthy matriarch living in Washington, D.C., is about to learn that the world she once knew no longer exists. After spending 20 years abroad, Fanny's daughter arrives home with her German husband, Kurt, an anti-fascist activist. When a houseguest and Nazi sympathizer threatens to turn Kurt in, family members discover how far they'll go to fight for what they believe — and for one another. Written in 1941 by activist playwright Lillian Hellman, Watch on the Rhine is a timely examination of moral obligation, sacrifice, and what it means to be American.
Following two previous sold-out engagements, Well-Strung — an all-male string quartet — returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko. The classically trained foursome performs pop-classical mash-ups incorporating hits by Stevie Nicks, Rihanna, the Outfield, Queen, the Beatles, Lady Gaga, Jules Massenet, Henry Mancini, and Pasek and Paul. Well-Strung is composed of Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Chris Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola). Conceived by Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant, the foursome formed in 2012 and has since gained international attention.