Posts Tagged ‘theatre’

OMG, It’s “War Horse” at Our Curran Theatre – A Spectacle – Positive to Enthusiastic Reviews – Ends Sept. 9th

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I don’t know what you’re looking for in a play, but how’s this?

2011 Tony Awards:
  • Best Play
  • Best Direction (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris)
  • Best Scenic Design (Rae Smith, winner)
  • Best Lighting Design (Paule Constable, winner)
  • Best Sound Design (Christopher Shutt, winner)

In addition, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company won the Special Tony Award for War Horse.

So yeah, War Horse at our SHN Curran Theatre is a puppet show based on a children’s book, but it looks amazing.

Speaking of which, here’s SFPD horse “Hammer” meeting SHN horse puppet “Joey” the other day in Golden Gate Park – check the video:

Click to expand – more deets on this equine experiment from Kavin Fagan here

And, the reviews:

Miracles abound in the electrifying “War Horse per Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle

A theatrical coup” per long-time San Francisco critic Janos Gereben

It’s “spellbinding” per Karen D’Souza of the San Jose Mercury News

War Horse earns its stripesper Ken Marks of KQED

War Horse is the one touring show that shouldn’t be missed“ per Cy Ashley Webb of the Stark Insider

Four stars out of five per Albert Goodwyn, SF Performing Arts Examiner

It’s a great show. You (and your kin aged 12 and up) ought to go see it.

And oh, BTW, if you don’t already have tickets for The Book of Mormon, you know, the Best Musical of the Century (already!) per the New York Times, well, it’s time to start freaking out. You can’t buy tickets now because the only way to do that is to get a subscription for the 2012-2013 season (you know, Lion King, Wicked, etc.) but here’s the catch: SOLD OUT, baby! Already. So you’re going to need to move move move when individual tickets go on sale, whenever that will be. BoM, which is, fundamentally, a “love letter to religion written by an atheist,” however foul-mouthed it may be, will only be here for five short weeks. Every last show will sell out, just saying.

OMG, Les Miserables Debuts, Once Again, at the Orpheum Theatre – Standing Ovations – A Really Big Show

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The debut of the 25th Anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES was a huge success at our Orpheum Theatre last night.

Man, this show is big.

(So, as I said yesterday, get your tickets at SHN now - they’re not getting any cheaper and this musical leaves us on August 26th, 2012.)

Now here’s Emily L’s review from the Orchestra Section’s Row U:

“Extraordinary musical! Les Miz is a beautiful story of a man’s life struggles, portraying bourgeois issues such as poverty, child abuse, prostitution and other political corruption in 1800 France. I was instantly enthralled from the very first scene of the show. This cast is amazing and captivating in every way. The voices went with each characters’ every movement and the visual sets were stunning. The orchestra seating was a special treat as the sound resonated throughout, spot on with the actors. In 2 hours, Les Miz will bring out smiles, pains, laughs, cries, ‘aww’s, and cheers – it’s a roller coaster ride definitely worth riding at least once!“ 

So there you have it.

Les Miz reminds me of that other famous, long-running show, Phantom of the Opera, in a way. But guess who says Les Miz is “far superior?” It’s Steven Winn of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Vive ‘Les Miz’: Pop opera returns to S.F.”

Now let’s hear from Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi, who also caught yesterday’s debut:

“Les Misérables @shnSF. Entire cast deserved standing ovation, but WOW -Javert @AndrewVarela525 & Jean Valjean @Peter_Lockyer - mesmerizing!”

And here’s Diane Dwyer of NBC Bay Area:

“Just saw #lesmiserables‬ @shnsf at the Orpheum – perfection – standing ovation .. Highly recommend it!”

All right, see you there!

“Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House” and many more.

For more information, visit: www.lesmiz.com.”

This could be you:

 

OMG, the 25th Anniversary Edition of LES MISERABLES Debuts at the Orpheum Tonight! Sneak Peek Right Here

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Get your tickets at SHN now.

“Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House” and many more.

For more information, visit: www.lesmiz.com.”

The Cast of the American Idiot Musical is Performing at Google HQ Today – Watch It Live on the YouTube at 3:00PM

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

All the deets:

“SHN (Shorenstein Hays Nederlander Theatres) and GOOGLE have announced a special live presentation with the cast of AMERICAN IDIOT as part of the Talks at Google series at their Mountain View headquarters. This very special event will take place this Thursday, June 14th   at 3pm PST.

The event can be viewed around the world via livestream using the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks?v=j6gw1fU20w0

The presentation will feature a live performance of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” as well as “21 Guns” by the entire cast.  Viewers of the livestream can also participate in a Q & A by submitting questions directly to the American Idiot cast using the following link: https://www.google.com/moderator/#16/e=1fcd9e

“The Talks at Google program is extremely excited to host cast and creative from the musical “American Idiot”, said Cliff Redeker, founder of the program. “This is the first time we’ve invited a Broadway show to the Googleplex and we’re proud to share the experience with the world through YouTube.  We look forward to hosting many more Broadway productions together with SHN as the season unfolds.”

Talks at Google started in 2005 as an on-campus series to reach out to authors for exposure to the Google staff. The outreach has now surpassed Google employees and moved on to all who tune in via cyberspace.  Everyone from then-candidate Barack Obama to superstar Lady Gaga has made their way to be on Talks at Google and it has since grown to include not just authors, but musicians, and now Broadway shows/performers as well!

AMERICAN IDIOT premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year.  In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade.”

TICKETS

Tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT range in price from $31 – $100 and are now on sale at shnsf.com or by calling 888-746-1799.
For more information visit: http://www.shnsf.com/online/americanidiot

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: JUNE 12-JULY 8

Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2PM

Added performance: Friday June, 22 at 2 PM

No performance: Sunday, June 24

SHN Orpheum Theatre: 1192 Market St. (at 8th)

Connect with SHN…www.shnsf.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shnbroadwayinsf

Twitter: www.twitter.com/shnsf

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/SHNSanFrancisco

OMG, Our Warfield Theatre is Provding Us with RANCID _and_ COCK SPARRER on One Beautiful Night, March 23, 2012

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Mid-Market Renaissance must now be considered complete:

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If only former Mayor Gavin Newsom, The Architect of the Mid-Market Revival, were alive around to see this.

20 Years of Rancid / 40 Years of Cock Sparrer

Rancid and Cock Sparrer

with Noi!se

SOLD OUT
Day: Fri, Mar 23, 2012
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Days until show: 9
Ages: All Ages
On sale now
Advanced Ticket Prices*: $30.00
Day of Show*: $32.00

Cock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential Street Punk bands in history.

2012 sees them celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

The thing about Sparrer is that they’re not just a band. They are childhood friends and have been making a noise since they got together way back in 1972. They were playing, drinking, going to football and generally making a nuisance of themselves when the late 1970s punk scene started in London. Finally it seemed that there were hundreds of like-minded people with the same attitude.

Rarely do a band get the reaction that these guys do. A Cock Sparrer show is an event. It’s like cup final day. A family singalong. Theirs is a career in reverse, they’re bigger now than they ever were. Regularly headlining all the major punk festivals in Europe and occasionally hitting the US to headline events such as Punk Rock Bowling and Riot Fest.

This year is a year of celebration– with friends. And to start it off the band are hooking up with RANCID, who themselves are celebrating 20 years together, for a joint show on 23rd March at the Warfield in San Francisco.

Cock Sparrer — 40 years on, still five blokes in a pub, five mates having a laugh, more than just a band.

For Ticket Inquiries contact axs Guest Services:http://www.axs.com/san-francisco-ca/help

VIP Line for Korn, Warfield Theatre, Market Street, USA

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Of course everybody knows the best nu metal comes from Bakersfield…

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Return of MAMMA MIA! a Huge Success at Our Orpheum Theatre – Get Your Tickets Now – Last Performance March 4th

Friday, February 24th, 2012

As expected, people were singing along with the cast during the 2012 debut of  MAMMA MIA! at the Orpheum.

You know what to expect with this one here, so if you want to go the time to buy tickets is now.

North American Cast - Photo: Joan Marcus

See you there!

All the deets:

MAMMA MIA! is dancing into the Orpheum Theatre – February 21 – March 4. It’s the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!

Did you know… ?:

MAMMA MIA! has been seen by OVER 50 MILLION PEOPLE worldwide.
MAMMA MIA! has grossed OVER $2 BILLION at the Box Office.
MAMMA MIA! has premiered in more major cities worldwide faster than any other musical in history, opening in over 300 major cities.
MAMMA MIA! is currently in its 13th year since the first production opened in London’s West End on 6th April 1999.

There’s an app for that! Pick from a series of MAMMA MIA! photos and pose as your favorite character with this app, available on iTunes: http://alturl.com/qytqx

Send a MAMMA MIA! e-card to your friends! http://www.mammamianorthamerica.com/ecard/

Check out “Dancing Queen”: http://www.youtube.com/user/MammaMiaNorthAmerica?feature=watch#p/c/2/3Zkwu8_bVnU

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! are on sale now and range in price from $30 – $100.
For more information visit http://shnsf.com/shows/mammamia

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 4:
Tue – Sat at 8pm
Wed, Sat & Sun at 2pm

OMG, MAMMA MIA! is Back at Our Orpheum Theatre – Runs February 21st to March 4th – Get Your Tickets Now

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Remember when MAMMA MIA! visited us last? Members of the audience were standing up and singing along.

You know what to expect with this one here, so if you want to go the time to buy tickets is now.

North American Cast - Photo: Joan Marcus

See you there!

All the deets:

MAMMA MIA! is dancing into the Orpheum Theatre – February 21 – March 4. It’s the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!

Did you know… ?:

MAMMA MIA! has been seen by OVER 50 MILLION PEOPLE worldwide.
MAMMA MIA! has grossed OVER $2 BILLION at the Box Office.
MAMMA MIA! has premiered in more major cities worldwide faster than any other musical in history, opening in over 300 major cities.
MAMMA MIA! is currently in its 13th year since the first production opened in London’s West End on 6th April 1999.

There’s an app for that! Pick from a series of MAMMA MIA! photos and pose as your favorite character with this app, available on iTunes: http://alturl.com/qytqx

Send a MAMMA MIA! e-card to your friends! http://www.mammamianorthamerica.com/ecard/

Check out “Dancing Queen”: http://www.youtube.com/user/MammaMiaNorthAmerica?feature=watch#p/c/2/3Zkwu8_bVnU

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! are on sale now and range in price from $30 – $100.
For more information visit http://shnsf.com/shows/mammamia

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 4:
Tue – Sat at 8pm
Wed, Sat & Sun at 2pm

Grinch Christmas Musical a Huge Success at Our Golden Gate Theatre – But Hurry, the Family Fun Ends Dec. 29th!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Here’s the review from the orchestra seats from last night’s San Francisco debut of Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical:

“It ain’t easy being green, but the Grinch sure makes it look fun! He struts, howls and grows endearingly lovable as he learns the Whos know Christmas comes from your heart and not the stores. Now everyone sing to that!”

It’s a live-action cartoon.

It looks just as you might expect:

So if you’re coming into town for shopping (or unshopping, during the days after Christmas), why not add some Grinch tickets to the fun?

All the deets:

“Celebrate the Holidays with the Grinch

Discover the magic of DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical, a production that has delighted thousands of families on Broadway and across the nation. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved story and featuring the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch, bursting with holiday spirit. The Associated Press says, “This Grinch brings the Dr. Seuss classic fancifully to life – you might find your heart growing a few sizes, too,” and The New York Times says The Grinch Musical is “100 times better than any bedside story.

For more information on the show, click here.”

All right, see you there!

OMG, “How the GRINCH Stole Christmas! The Musical” Starts Tonight at the Golden Gate Theatre – Ends Dec. 29th

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

See?

“Celebrate the Holidays with the Grinch

Discover the magic of DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical, a production that has delighted thousands of families on Broadway and across the nation. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved story and featuring the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch, bursting with holiday spirit. The Associated Press says, “This Grinch brings the Dr. Seuss classic fancifully to life – you might find your heart growing a few sizes, too,” and The New York Times says The Grinch Musical is “100 times better than any bedside story.

For more information on the show, click here.”