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Set in 1970 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh that is served by a makeshift taxi company, Jitney is a beautiful addition to the author's decade-by-decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the 20th century.
Jitney takes place during an end of an era, where urban renewal threatens to eliminate the makeshift small business Jitney service, which developed to serve the Black community when taxis would not come to their neighborhoods. Jitney is a play about father and sons and brotherhood and love; loss and hope; and ultimately, community, told with passion that transcends all races. Jitney is part of the "Pittsburgh Cycle" of plays created by August Wilson about the African-American experience in Pittsburgh.
Directed by and starring L. Peter Callender
Thirty years after Peter Brook's groundbreaking adaptation of the Indian epic The Mahabharata, the director has created an intimate new interpretation and staging of this timeless tale in perhaps his finest work. A newly crowned king surveys a post-war battlefield—his army has won him the crown, but at what price? Written almost 2,500 years ago, The Mahabharata's magical story of finding tranquillity in the midst of war and destruction has striking connections to modern times, and has inspired some of Brook's most beautiful images and most transformative theatrical moments.
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.
Chita Rivera is a living Broadway legend and a two-time Tony winner for Best Leading Actress in a Musical as Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman and Anna in The Rink. She originated the Broadway roles of Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Velma in Chicago, and appeared in the original casts of Guys and Dolls, Can Can, Seventh Heaven, Mr. Wonderful, Jerry's Girls, and many others.
An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, aside from her two Tony Awards, she has received seven additional Tony nominations, including most recently for her 2015 performance in The Visit. And in recent years has starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway and in the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer's Life, a musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele.
Everyone's favorite game is combined with the magic of Broadway as musical director Joe Wicht and hostess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy test your knowledge of showtunes while talented Bay Area musical theater actors sing familiar and new show tunes. The audience marks their bingo cards to win Broadway and Hotel Nikko prizes including tickets to Feinstein's at the Nikko performances.
Meet the $20 per person food and beverage minimum from our new small plates menu, and the entertainment is on us.
Are you in need of a sultry Spanish night or a boheiman adventure? So 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 co-workers.
Star of stage and screen, Cheyenne Jackson returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for the first time since his sold-out run in 2014. Before that Jackson wowed Bay Area audiences in his starring role as Tony in the San Francisco Symphony's staged concert presentation of West Side Story. Jackson's Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, All Shook Up, Xanadu, Damn Yankees, Finian's Rainbow, and The Performers. On television, he has been seen most most recently in American Horror Story: Hotel opposite Lady Gaga. He has released two albums of his own: I'm Blue, Skies and Renaissance as well as The Power of Two with Michael Feinstein.
America's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show located in downtown San Francisco. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. Just beware. The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect.
From associate artistic director Kit Wilder, coauthor of Truce: A Christmas Wish From the Great War, comes this world-premiere adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic cautionary tale of what happens when science and technology blur the lines between man and God. Think you've seen Frankenstein? Think again! This cutting-edge production is bound to be one of City Lights' most electrifying creations, conceived as only City Lights would dare.
At morning's first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled: the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two hapless guards assigned to protect the palace, morning will set the wheels in motion for a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other. Guards at the Taj is a dark comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world.
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
Be not deceived: The devil is lurking at the Christian Puppet Ministry in Cypress, Texas. And his name is…Tyrone. He may look like an innocent sock puppet, but when he infiltrates the angst-ridden church youth group and takes possession of Jason's arm, well, all hell breaks loose. Spectacularly foul-mouthed and wickedly scandalous, Tyrone shocks the congregation with his outrageous insinuations, exposing their deepest secrets — and teaching us all about love, grief, and what it means to be human.
Roommates, performers and late night pizza lovers, Jesse Cortez and Tim Wagner are often found in stage productions and cabaret concerts throughout the Bay Area or just slugging a stiff drink in the Castro. Come grab your favorite cocktail and join these two as they deliver their happy, snappy banter and new takes on musical theater favorites while plotting their upcoming misadventures.
A haunting story that took off-Broadway by storm, John is the latest hit from American theater's hottest new voice—2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker (The Flick). Jenny and Elias show up at an old bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—he wants to tour the historic battlegrounds, she wants to be left alone. But in the creaking house they find something unsettling. Is it the spirits of the Civil War dead? The smiling dolls that line the rooms? Or their curious landlady, Mertis, who switches their bedroom because "the Jackson Room can be a little temperamental"?
Ben lands his dream job editing a documentary film for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The catch is that he's only got one week to completely re-edit the five-hour version down to size, and Cameron, the self-obsessed, egomaniacal filmmaker, doesn't want to touch a frame. Things get even more complicated when Libby, the previous editor, returns and threatens to hold the master copy for ransom. Kill the Editor is a desperate, unrelenting, and hilarious portrait of the artistic process.
Based on the great French-Italian play and film, but most well known as a blockbuster Broadway musical that won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, this is a rousing anthem that celebrates love, romance and being true to yourself. La Cage aux Folles, presented in the gritty style of an underground French Cabaret, glimmers with French flair, a wink and a grin at lifestyles and mores that seem at odds until they crumble under the power of love to transform.
Times are tough for Elvis impersonator Casey, who performs his act for an audience of zero in a Panama City, Florida dive bar. With the rent long overdue and a baby on the way, desperate Casey watches as a seasoned drag queen named Miss Tracy Mills brings her show to town. After filling in for one of Tracy's regular girls on short notice one night, Casey decides to trade in his sequin jumpsuit for a sequin dress, and under Miss Tracy's tutelage, finally achieves stardom.
Leni Riefensthal was the brilliant German film director of Triumph of the Will and Olympia, films cited by Pauline Kael as "the two greatest films ever directed by a woman," and which also served as propaganda for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In Sarah Greenman's wildly creative multimedia play, Riefenstahl's older and younger selves edit a film of the director's life, playing out and reshooting scenes from her past until the director finds the beauty she is seeking. Leni is an extraordinary work about artistic responsibility, narcissism and denial.
Marsha (Graham) Bartenetti is a singer and voiceover actress with national credits including having the distinction of being the prominent voice of the voice mail system used by millions of people nationwide. Formerly from the Bay Area, Marsha now resides in Los Angeles where she performs regularly at Southern California venues including Catalina Jazz Club and Vitello's. She is a gifted performer that intersects the worlds of jazz and cabaret and brings your favorite songs from The American Songbook to life.
This evening Marsha is excited to be back in San Francisco with old and news friends celebrating the release of her third album, Marsha Bartenetti…feels like LOVE.
Cultures collide when Bridget, a young Chicagoan, meets a Lakota Sioux and a fellow American from Jersey on an army base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. But it isn't long before they discover they have more in common than expected as secrets are revealed that ultimately turns one of them into a whistleblower suspect. Mystical Native American and Irish history blends magic, politics and realism in this suspenseful examination of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Cultures collide when Bridget, a young Chicagoan, meets a Lakota Sioux and a fellow American from New Jersey on an army base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. But it isn't long before they discover they have more in common than expected as secrets are revealed that ultimately turns one of them into a whistleblower suspect. Mystical Native American and Irish history blends magic, politics and realism in Donal O'Kelly's suspenseful examination of the 1916 Easter Rising.
You're invited to the wedding of the season! Award-winning film director Mira Nair brings her exuberant and sumptuous Monsoon Wedding to Berkeley Rep's stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical. The perfect storm starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper-middle-class Indian family's only daughter and an American guy she's never met. But the bride is having an affair, her father's financial troubles deepen, and dark family secrets surface. The forecast calls for drama, love, hope, laughs, and a whole lot of rain.
Jazz legend Miles Davis travels to Europe in 1949 to discover the pleasures of Paris, unlock his creativity, and find his heroine in Juliette Gréco. At the same time, French filmmaker Jean Cocteau embarks on his own opium-fueled journey to New York. Individually, the stories are thrilling and heartbreaking, but what elevates this production is the extraordinary storytelling. Visionary Canadian director Robert Lepage mounts his set inside a vast suspended cube, with which he frames interlocking scenes from the different journeys. The result is not only a breathtaking dive into art and exile but also a spellbinding mix of stagecraft and visual storytelling.
Recording artist Nicolas Bearde, one of today's premier male jazz vocalists, has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences worldwide for his "buttery baritone" and deeply imaginative interpretations. A seasoned and highly respected showman onstage, his brilliant and lush vocals combine passion, wit and sensuality, with an engaging rapport that captures and draws the audience into his performance. Forged from his Nashville roots and his 1980s initiation into the thriving San Francisco music scene, Nicolas' unique approach and electrifying delivery of his originals, time-tested standards, blues, and other familiar jazz works, is unmistakable.
For the past 20 years, Nicolas has also delighted audiences with his vocal stylings as a member of Bobby McFerrin's wildly innovative a cappella ensemble, "Voicestra," while carving out his own distinctive solo career. With classic performances and cool interpretations of jazz standards and blues — Nicolas is the definitive jazz romantic.
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," "Cry Baby," and "Summertime," a remarkable cast, and breakout performances, A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock 'n' roll's greatest legends.
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary, and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault's once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure. George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who's one-eighth black. But the bigoted plantation queen has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M'Closky plots to keep Zoe and Terrebonne for himself. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, An Octoroon is "This decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today," says the New York Times.
Twin sisters M and L care about two things in this world: academic ambition and each other. When M's supposed shoo-in slot at a prestigious university is given to someone else, the sisters begin to strategize how to secure their success by any means necessary. Egged on by a weird but seemingly psychic classmate, the sisters take a page from Shakespeare's Macbeth and decide that good old-fashioned murder might just be the extracurricular activity that will take them to the top. Jiehae Park's dark comedy is a savage satire on academia, teenagers, and race.
With her gentle voice, porcelain skin and big, crayon-blue eyes, Rita Rudner shatters the stereotype of brassy, tough comedians with poise and sophistication. One of the most ethereal comedians on today's hyperkinetic comedy circuit, Rita Rudner's soft-spoken humor has led to sold-out club appearances across the U.S.A. as well as in England and Australia. Her nonstop, witty observations on modern life cover such diverse topics as relationships, family and the importance of cleaning ladies.
Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion is still fiercely debated more than 40 years later. In this play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe") in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, Roe reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion that different people have for their causes.
In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life — to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who, almost overnight, goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape. And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever.
Sharon is practical, from Iowa. Robyn is a Bronx-born vegan. Both are "bad-ass" women in their 50s dealing with isolation, aging and identity. They remind us that second chances are possible and transformation can grow beneath peals of uproarious laughter.
Stockton, California. 1946. The war is over, and American optimism is returning. Also returning are the three Matsumoto sisters — Rose, Grace, and Chiz — to their family home to begin their lives again after internment in Arkansas. Successful, prosperous, and part of the community before the war, they want to take up their former life where they left off, but doing so proves more complicated than they thought. Balancing comedy, romance, and suspense, this tender and truly heartwarming play tells an important story of what it means to be an American.
Grammy Award-winning Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Music of Leiber and Stoller is the longest-running musical revue to play Broadway. It features some of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's best known rock 'n' roll hits, including "Hound Dog," "Stand by Me," "Yakety Yak," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," "On Broadway," "Kansas City," "Love Potion #9," "Fools Fall in Love," and more.
In the opulent Presidential Palace of an unnamed country, four women await the arrival of the embattled dictator -- his wife, her best friend, a British journalist, and a translator -- while a revolution grows violent outside. As the political tension escalates, time refracts and earlier scenes replay from different perspectives. Morgan, the award-winning British playwright and screenwriter (The Iron Lady, Suffragette), takes the audience on a breath-taking journey with a fascinating theatricality that is at once compassionate, dispassionate, and probing.
Grammy Award-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell is the definition of a renaissance man. In his nearly five decades in the music business, he has achieved success as a singer, songwriter, producer, music supervisor, and most recently, radio host on KJAZZ 88.1 in Los Angeles and online at www.jazzandblues,org
His breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II helped Tyrell reinvent and repopularize classic pop standards — such as "The Way You Look Tonight," "The Simple Life," "Crush on You," and "The Sunny Side of the Street" — for a modern-day audiences.
Swan Lake, based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The ballet is in three acts with two intermissions, with music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Getzer. Running time is approximately two hours and 30 minutes. The Honored Artist of Ukraine, Olga Kifyak, will be dancing Odile/Odette (both the Black Swan and White Swan roles), with Eugeniy Svetlitsa as Prince Siegfried and Ivan Kozlov (who has been performing continuously alongside with Ulyana Lopatkina) as Prince's friend. Alisa Voronova, Sergey Kononenko and Anna Surmina will be performing Swan Lake Pas de Trois for the 25-city American tour.
What would it be like if you got to choose the life you would be born into? Focusing on life's simple and often overlooked moments, this play follows a single soul as she moves from her first breath to her last, all the while trying to hold on to the beauty and power of life's seemingly mundane and easily forgotten daily mementos. The central question contemplated by the playwright — and the "soul" attempting to discover the best way to be human — can be put simply: "Without memory, what remains of your life after you've lived it?"
Note: This show includes original music and a live chamber ensemble.
An accomplished and successful full-time piano player for 35 years, San Francisco-based Tom Shaw has been a classical musician, rock 'n' roll keyboardist, singer-songwriter, musical-theater accompanist, cruise-ship entertainer, and cabaret favorite. Tom fronts the Tom Shaw Trio with John Greitzer on bass and Roberta Drake on drums and together, they expertly create melodic, expressive, rhythmic, improvisational, and accessible vocal-instrumental interpretations of standards and popular song.
The funniest Bay Area comedians take the mic for the evening or share the stage with a few of their friends for this regular stand-up comedy event. Please just meet the $20 per person food and beverage minimum from our new small plates menu and the entertainment is on us.
After being raised by the Bay Area comedy scene, Torio Van Grol has been spotted as far south as San Diego and as far north as Sonoma, grazing on the region's naturally plentiful burritos. Torio is highly prized for his jokes which are rumored to have aphrodisiacal properties.
The open mic night you've been waiting for. Contestants can sign up one month in advance to sing by emailing name and two song choices to firstname.lastname@example.org. Audience applause determines the winner of the $100 prize and the victorious is invited back the following month to defend their title.
Broadway veteran Jim Ambler (Cats, Footloose, Saturday Night Fever, The Producers) hosts with musical director Joe Wicht. Please just meet the $20 per person food and beverage minimum from our new small plates menu and the entertainment is on us.
For the past 10 years, Frank Olivier has traveled the world gathering together not only the finest variety artists but the most unusual and bizarre as well. The night of this show, for the first time ever, audience members witness this spectacle a decade in the making. Or do they?
Twisted Cabaret features a dozen different acts all played by one man. The show is inspiring, unusual, and above all, hilarious.
An innocuous comment at a dinner of two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of Cold War-style paranoia. You Mean to Do Me Harm is a psychological exploration of Chinese and American foreign relations, and of the personal relations we hold most dear.
It seems that hardly a day goes by that the media doesn't confront us with yet another unspeakable act. Kirsten Greenidge's Zenith teases out the complex and interwoven threads of one life that ends shockingly. Daring in structure and rich in detail, this play makes us question whether we can ever truly fathom another human being.