Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Crudup (Coast of Utopia, No Man’s Land, The Morning Show, Almost Famous) returns to Berkeley Rep in a tour-de-force solo performance helmed by Obie Award-winning director Leigh Silverman (Suffs, Violet, Soft Power, In the Wake). This wickedly funny thriller by Obie Award-winning writer David Cale features the exploits of Philip, an awkward Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. He moves to New York City and, posing as the seductive Harry, charms his way into a wealthy family. Soon his impetuous and dangerous behavior threatens to unravel more than his persona. Reprising his acclaimed performance, Crudup has “the time of his life in a sly role terrifically suited to his gifts,” says The New York Times.
Celebrate the season with Napa Regional Dance Company’s 22nd annual performance of The Nutcracker. Bring the whole family this holiday season to experience Clara’s whimsical journey to the Land of Sweets. Relive the magic of dancing dolls, mischievous mice, a brave Nutcracker, sword fights, snowflakes, exquisite fairies, and an enormous Christmas tree in this classic holiday favorite. Each performance will be accompanied by a live symphony orchestra conducted by Steven Thompson.
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award nominated POTTED POTTER – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, POTTED POTTER will make you roar with laughter. Created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
Come and get into the holiday spirit as Clara and her friends dance their way through a captivating adventure that will warm your heart. Don't miss the magic, the music, the timeless tale. Performed at the iconic Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, it's a family-friendly show designed to delight! Saturday, December 9 | 2:00pm Sunday, December 10 | 2:00pm TICKETS : $70 online, $75 at the door
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to the Orpheum Theatre! More than 100 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING. The VIP Ticket Package includes the best seats in the theater, a souvenir program and exclusive cinch bag. AGES & ADVISORIES: Disney on Broadway performances are recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, Disney recommends its productions for ages 6 and up. All guests entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, book by Hunter Bell Directed by Serena Elize Flores Jeff and Hunter, two self-described nobodies living in New York City, are determined to create an original musical for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, but they only have three weeks to write it. Hastily grabbing a couple of friends and a music director, they decide to stick to writing about what they know – namely, writing a musical. In the frenzy of composition, will they make the deadline? Does the show even need a title? Often hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and always inspiring, “Title of Show” is a love song to the creative process and a fascinating glimpse of how a real-life Broadway hit evolved from page to stage in the most surprising ways.
Spend the holidays with us as Chanticleers Theatre and East Bay Children's Theatre present our co-production of the award-winning holiday musical The Man Who Saved Christmas! This very merry hit returns to the Bay Area for the first time in more than a decade, after enjoying productions from coast to coast throughout the United States, in Canada and England, and after seeing the recording the successful studio cast album. Our production will be directed by the show’s creator, Ron Lytle (Christmas in OZ). The Man Who Saved Christmas is loosely based on the true story of toy maker A.C. Gilbert (the inventor of The Erector Set.) Set in 1917, as America is embroiled in the first World War, this 'new old-fashioned’ crowd-pleaser focuses on Gilbert's battle with the U.S. government as it attempts to ban toy sales during the holiday season. Added to the mix: A secretary who keeps her heart on ice and a visiting reporter determined to thaw it out; the nefarious Iago of the toy factory, Mister Dixon; Gilbert's loving wife Mary; and the Gilberts' precocious niece Ellen, who untangles the myriad complications in which the young lovers--and the Toy Tycoon--find themselves. Suitable for the entire family, this is the perfect antidote for those saying "Bah humbug!" to one more production of "A Christmas Carol" or for those driven nuts by the annual "Nutcracker"!
Written and Performed by Sara Porkalob Directed by Andrew Russell Dragon Lady starts in the year of the Water Dragon on the eve of Grandma Maria’s 60th Birthday, “your most important birthday of your old people birthdays,” when Maria Porkalob Sr. must share the dark secrets of her fantastical life with her first-born grandbaby Sara “so they remember after you are dead.” Through laughter, shock, singing, and tears, the two women discover that it is never too late to atone for pain we inflict on our loved ones and forgive ourselves for past regrets. Guided by the beats of her grandmother’s new karaoke machine, Sara portrays dozens of characters through 50 years of Maria’s bittersweet memories and sensational adventures – from a Manila nightclub in the ‘60s to a Washington state trailer park. This solo cabaret musical by Seattle-based storyteller and activist Sara Porkalob is the first in her trilogy of “matrilineal” musicals about her Filipino American gangster family; one play for each generation built around grandmother, mother, granddaughter, and her specific hero’s journey. Dragon Lady is a funny and fearless tour-de-force in two acts featuring a live three-piece jazz ensemble on stage. Directed by Andrew Russell, this family tale comes replete with gangsters, murders and more that explores what it means to be an immigrant single mom in America.
Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Originally Directed by Harold Prince Directed by Bill English Music Direction by Dave Dobrusky Choreography by Nicole Helfer WINNER OF 7 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL AND BEST SCORE “EVITA IS THE GREATEST MUSICAL THE UK HAS EVER CREATED.” – THE STAGE Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the Tony-winning musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.
By Tennessee Williams Directed by Jeffrey Lo NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR BEST AMERICAN PLAY IN 1945 “MENAGERIE IS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYS OF THE LAST CENTURY. IT IS TIMELESS AND TRAGIC, FUNNY AND THOUGHTFUL.” – ARIZONA DAILY STAR Ghosts of the past continue to haunt in Williams seminal play The Glass Menagerie. Amanda Wingfield is a faded remnant of Southern gentility who now lives in a cramped St. Louis apartment with her aimless son, Tom, and her debilitatingly shy daughter, Laura. With their father absent and the Great Depression in motion, the siblings find comfort in their distractions — alcohol, movies and writing for Tom and a collection of glass animals for Laura. When a gentleman caller arrives for dinner, the Wingfield family is flooded with hope. But it’s uncertain if this mysterious visitor will change things for the better or shatter a family’s fragile illusions.
Adapted by Patrick Barlow From the novel by John Buchan From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock Directed by Susi Damilano “THEATRE AT ITS FINEST… ABSURDLY ENJOYABLE! THIS GLEEFULLY THEATRICAL RIFF ON HITCHCOCK’S FILM IS FAST AND FROTHY, PERFORMED BY A CAST OF FOUR THAT SEEMS LIKE A CAST OF THOUSANDS.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES Step aside, Hitchcock. The legendary filmmaker’s serious spy flick becomes a chaotic and hysterical farce, with four characters playing dozens of roles—and even inanimate objects. While on vacation in London, a Canadian man with a boring life becomes embroiled in a cloak-and-dagger affair related to the mysterious “39 Steps,” an international spy ring. The 39 Steps is a riotous blend of virtuoso performances and inventive stagecraft that will leave audiences delighted.
By Minna Lee “A FUNNY, SINCERE, OUTRAGEOUS, AND EPIC EXPLORATION OF VIETNAMESE ANCESTRY.” – NEW PLAY EXCHANGE From the windows of the old pho restaurant, Mai watches her neighborhood get gentrified, storefront by storefront. Just as the restaurant seems doomed to close, a mysterious and enthusiastic consultant named Vera arrives, helping Mai achieve the impossible and put the noodle shop on a path back to the glory days. But as Mai discovers that things aren’t what they seem, she must navigate the metaverse and enlist the help of ancient Vietnamese ancestors to help her find the truth.
A Musical Fable of Broadway Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Music by Frank Loesser Directed by Bill English Music Direction by Dave Dobrusky Choreography by Nicole Helfer It’s Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City and nightclub performer Miss Adelaide must find a way to convince Nathan Detroit, her gambling fiancé of fourteen years, to finally bet on love. Meanwhile, high roller Sky Masterson might have made a miscalculation when he put down money he could charm straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown.