Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/23/2017

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Center Repertory Company
Philip Kan Gotanda; dir: Mina Morita.Margaret Lesher Theatre:
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Limelight Cabaret Series: Bay Area Stars in Broadway LIMELIGHT CABARET SERIES: BAY AREA STARS
Limelight Actors Theater Gilroy
A throwback to the days of Supper Clubs and Stars crooning the night away. We have brought together some of the Bay Area's hottest musical theater talent to entertain you. Just like our other shows at Limelight, it's a Bring Your Own Dinner and Wine night out. Our doors will open at 6:30pm, and the show will start at 8:00pm (Our matinee doors open at 1:00pm and the show starts at 2:00pm). There will be different talent each night, so feel free to come back for a second and third time during the run! April 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 Limelight will donate a portion of ticket sales to the Avon 39 Walk To End Breast Cancer. Starring Diane Milo, Ruth E. Stein, Mary Melnick, Karen DeHart, James Creer, Glenna Murillo, Adrien Gleason, Morgan Daley, Bob Sunshine, Kristina Nakagawa and more!
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The Bodyguard in Broadway THE BODYGUARD
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Former Secret Service agent, Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don't expect is to fall in love... Based on the Warner Bros. film written by the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, The Empire Strikes Back), with a book by the Oscar-winning and Drama Desk Award-nominated Alexander Dinelaris, this extraordinary new production of THE BODYGUARD is directed by the award-winning Thea Sharrock (Sunshine Boys, Equus, The Misanthrope). Designs are by the award-winning Tim Hatley (Betty Blue Eyes, Private Lives, Spamalot) alongside choreography by Arthur Pita (English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Young Vic), orchestrations by Chris Egan (Crazy For You, End Of The Rainbow, Grease), musical supervision by Mike Dixon (Never Forget, We Will Rock You), lighting by Mark Henderson (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music, West Side Story), sound by Richard Brooker (Chess, A Christmas Carol, Jesus Christ Superstar) and video designs by Duncan McLean (Shrek, Evita, All New People).
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Donal O'Kelly's The Memory Stick in Broadway DONAL O'KELLY'S THE MEMORY STICK
San Jose Stage Company
April 5 - 30, 2017 World Premiere San Jose Stage Company and Dublin City Arts Office International Co-Commissioned Co-Production THE MEMORY STICK By Donal O'Kelly Directed by Tony Kelly Tickets: Tickets: 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 this suspenseful examination of the 1916 Easter Rising. Featuring Lyndsy Kail*, John R. Lewis*, Joseph Valdez*. Directed by Tony Kelly, Scenic/Lighting Design by Michael Palumbo, Costume Design by Abra Berman, Sound Design by Steve Schoenbeck, Stage Manager Cirby Hatano*. *Actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. San Jose Stage Company 490 S 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 283-7142
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Lucas Sherman Productions
Songs for A New World Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert BrownOriginal Orchestration by Brian Besterman and Jason Robert BrownDirection and Music Direction by Lucas ShermanAPRIL 21 through MAY 7, 2017CAST:Daniela Innocenti BeemRobert FinneyKat RayLucas ShermanThis contemporary song cycle weaves characters and history together, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery.It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today. Songs for a New World is the first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, to meet a startling array of characters that range from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams... and a soulless marriage.Throughout is the theme of looking forward, freedom, and living life to the fullest. Love and heartbreak may lie along the way, but it is how we deal with those challenges in pursuit of our dreams that defines us.Powered by some of the most accomplished and versatile singers in the North Bay, and a rock trio band, Songs for a New World is an unforgettable exploration into musical theatre. Modern, gospel, swing, funk, and rock styles are beautifully performed with tight 4-part harmony throughout the show.More info and tickets available HERE!Songs for A New World is a co-production between Lucas Sherman Productions and Spreckels Theatre Company.
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A Song to Sing, O! The Gilbert & Sullivan Story in Broadway A SONG TO SING, O! THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN STORY
Lamplighters Music Theatre
The fascinating story of the artistic collaboration of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan as told in their own words through their letters and diaries, with musical highlights from all 13 of their comic operas. Conceived, written and directed by Artistic Director Emeritus, Barbara Heroux, this Lamplighters Original will feature a salon orchestra conducted by Baker Peeples, and a cast of familiar and well-loved Lamplighter performers. Longtime fans will learn something new, and it’s a great introduction to the world of Gilbert & Sullivan. Herbst Theatre, San FranciscoTickets: 415-392-4400 or Saturday April 22, 8pm Sunday April 23, 2pm Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek Tickets: 925-943-7469 or Thursday May 4, 8pm Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: 415-227-4797 or Sunday May 14, 3PM
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