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From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, FROZEN, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America and the critics rave, "It’s simply magical!" (LA Daily News). Heralded by The New Yorker as "thrilling" and "genuinely moving," FROZEN features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar®-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez. Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage (director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer) round out the creative team that has won a cumulative 16 Tony Awards. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.
Visit London at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls! Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Discover holiday revelry in this lamp-lit city brimming with hundreds of lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage.
Choreography by Michael Smuin plus inventive premieres for 2022! Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet show runtime is two hours including intermission. Smuin Ballet’s fiercely festive 2022 edition of The Christmas Ballet returns. It is our gift to the Bay Area showcasing Smuin’s exquisite signature style in a dazzling program of ballet, contemporary, character, Broadway jazz, and tap in two acts. Ring in the holidays with Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet. Every performance is brimming with sublime classical ballet set to carols and showstopping contemporary works danced to pop music favorites. With choreography by Michael Smuin and inventive premieres by up-and-coming dancemakers, Smuin unwraps surprises and new treats each year. Our yuletide spectacular was declared “sheer joy . . . the finest toast to the season” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Bay Area performances of our irrepressible holiday classic open in Walnut Creek on November 19 and run through December 24 in San Francisco. Mark your calendars for Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet LGBTQ+ Night performance in San Francisco on December 20 to benefit Project Open Hand. The show features new delights and a twist on our annual holiday tradition that adds culture, community, charity, and miles of cheer to Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet.
A BAY AREA HOLIDAY TRADITION!
It’s been a long time since you last experienced A.C.T.’s celebrated production of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition returns home. This version of A Christmas Carol—adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff—stays true to the heart of Dickens's timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language. A Christmas Carol is a decades-long cornerstone of the A.C.T. repertory and has become a holiday tradition for families all around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
The Colors of Christmas is BACK! Join the SF Symphony and legendary artists Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, and Jody Watley for a spectacular program of Christmas classics and greatest hits.
Valley Christian Schools is proud to present Christmas at the California 2022: four unique concerts featuring VCS students kindergarten to grade 12.
It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set, and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, BEETLEJUICE is “SCREAMINGLY GOOD FUN!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love, and making the most of every Day-O!
Mara Hruby doesn’t just play music—she lives it. Since the onset of her career, the Oakland, CA native has poured her soul into her velvet confections, drawing inspiration from lessons that she’s gleaned in her personal life and funneling them into rich, organic compositions. In just a few years, the singer-songwriter has become one of acoustic soul’s fastest-rising up-and-comers, gaining a loyal following. With influences such as Julie London and Patsy Cline to The Moonglows, Curtis Mayfield and Brook Benton, singer/songwriter Mara Hruby personifies the sound and soul of an alternative jazz legend. Her debut EP released in 2010 conceptually titled From Her Eyes featured Ms. Hruby soulfully covering classics originally performed by men. Ranging from the likes of Jamiroquai, Bob Marley and D’Angelo, she would re- interpret their work while adding her own feminine touch. Marking over 80K+ downloads the project propelled Ms. Hruby into her own lane, scoring thousands of loyal fans and supporters. A captivating performer, Ms. Hruby has notably sold out shows at Yoshi’s Oakland and Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC. She has also performed in venues stretching from Philadelphia, DC, to Grammy Weekend (2012 & 2016) in Los Angeles, the 28th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival (2015), The Clift Hotel’s Centennial Celebration (2015) in San Francisco and the 75th Annual Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco (2012). Ms. Hruby’s most recent work, titled Archaic Rapture released in 2014 and received a nod of approval from Billboard. Billboard premiered her first single “Cry Me A River” by way of a live studio performance. Filled with her power, emotion and depth shine vividly, the video gives the audience a small glimpse into the full EP. Ms. Hruby's Archaic Rapture may be briefly defined by her heartbreak, but it bleeds deeper down into the details. Her Sophomore EP overflows with pure emotion not to convey weakness, but to show strength in being honest with one’s self. Within the first week of its release Archaic Rapture reached the coveted #1 spot on iTunes Jazz charts. You will come to understand, fairly quickly, that Ms. Hruby exudes pure creative power and sentimental care through her body of work. It’s only a matter of time before her art receives international acclaim on a large scale.
Step into the reverie of little Clara in this unforgettable holiday tale and enter a magical wonderland of toy soldiers, a blizzard of snowflakes, and a kaleidoscope of more than 150 dancers. Battle the King of Mice and of course, dance through the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Share unforgettable moments and everlasting memories with friends and family during this incredibly special holiday celebration. Nutcracker features 73 Company dancers and 91 SF Ballet School students in 173 breathtaking costumes, the largest production in SF Ballet's 90-year history Set in San Francisco's post-1906 earthquake era, the opening scene features the Painted Ladies SF Ballet staged the first American production of Nutcracker in 1944, and 49 live orchestra members continue to perform Tchaikovsky's score More "Nutcracker by The Numbers" Nutcracker runs two hours with one intermission, and is most magical for children 5 and older. To maintain an enjoyable experience for all patrons, children should stay in their own seats, and remain quiet during the performance. Children under age 3, lap-sitting, and standing are not allowed.
Far more than an essential creative catalyst on the Bay Area jazz scene, trumpeter, composer and bandleader Erik Jekabson has played a key role in bringing the region’s deep talent pool into the national spotlight. The founder and driving force behind the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, he’s built a welcoming sonic laboratory that’s inspired a steady flow of new compositions and arrangements from its creatively roiling ranks.