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Kathleen Marshall-Helmed DINER to Play SHN in October 2012


SHN today announced the complete five-show 2012-2013 Season under the direction of Carole Shorenstein Hays. Productions joining the previously announced engagement of 2011 Tony Award-Winning Best Musical - THE BOOK OF MORMON are: the pre-Broadway world premiere of DINER, Disney's THE LION KING, the Tony Award-winning revival of ANYTHING GOES and Bay Area favorite WICKED.

World Premiere Musical
SHN Curran Theatre 
October 23 – November 18, 2012

Based on the critically acclaimed 1982 film, this world premiere musical features a book by Academy Award-winner and original DINER screenwriter Barry Levinson and music & lyrics by 9-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.  DINER will be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall and is produced by Base Entertainment (Co-CEO's Scott Zeiger and Brian Becker).

DINER will play a four week limited engagement at the SHN Curran Theatre beginning Tuesday, October 23. Following the four week San Francisco engagement, DINER will go directly to Broadway for an opening in the spring of 2013.  Design team and casting will be announced at a later date.

DINER is set in Baltimore, 1959, when six high school friends reunite at the one place they know they'll always belong: the Diner. Now in their twenties, the friends have stumbled into adulthood and struggle to keep from growing apart. Life, love, responsibility – it's all on the table. DINER celebrates good times, great music and best friends.

"This is a fabulous collaboration...working with Sheryl and Kathleen," said Barry Levinson. "It's time to enter the next stage of the DINER journey...30 years later."

"Our team is now ready to meet our next collaborator," said Sheryl Crow, "the theatergoers at the Curran Theatre."

"It is an honor and a privilege, not to mention a ton of fun, to work with artists as amazing as Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow," said Kathleen Marshall, "I am so thrilled to be part of bringing the musical DINER to the stage, and we can't wait to go to San Francisco!"

"Watching this team has been extraordinary," said Scott Zeiger, "They continuously push and challenge each other to new artistic heights. We knew that we needed to premier this new musical in a city with a savvy theater-going audience, so we are thrilled to launch DINER with SHN in San Francisco."

Kathleen Marshall is currently represented on Broadway by the smash hit ANYTHING GOES and the upcoming premiere of the new Gershwin musical NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT.  DINER marks the Broadway debut of both Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow.  Sheryl Crow has sold more than 35 million records worldwide including the singles "Soak Up the Sun," "First Cut is the Deepest," "If It Makes You Happy," "Every Day Is A Winding Road," "All I Wanna Do," "Strong Enough," "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Steve McQueen".  Barry Levinson's illustrious career includes the filmsRain ManGood Morning VietnamBugsyTin MenThe NaturalYoung Sherlock HolmesToysDisclosureSleepers,Wag the Dog and Avalon.

DINER was Barry Levinson's screen directing debut, and he received an Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay. The bittersweet comedy starred Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg, Paul Reiser, Mickey Rourke and Daniel Stern.

For more information visit: www.shnsf.com/shows/diner

Return of Disney's
SHN Orpheum Theatre
November 1, 2012 – January 13, 2013

By popular demand, Disney's THE LION KING returns to San Francisco for the first time since its triumphant 43 week run at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in 2004. THE LION KING will play an 11 week engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre beginning November 1.

The North American production of THE LION KING has been seen by over 13.5 million theatergoers in more than 60 cities across North America and grossed over $875 million to date. Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, and Spanish), the show has been performed in 14 different countries on five continents. 

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for THE LION KING. 

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film's screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor).  Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer

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SHN Curran Theatre
November 27 – December 30, 2012

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. THE BOOK OF MORMONwill play a strictly limited five week engagement at the SHN Curran Theatre beginning November 27.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey ParkerRobert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, "South Park." Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw andParker.

For more information please visit: www.shnsf.com/shows/bookofmormon 


2011 Tony Award - Best Musical Revival
SHN Curran Theatre
January 8 – February 3, 2013

The Roundabout Theatre Company's ANYTHING GOES, the new Broadway revival of Cole Porter's timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.  Director Kathleen Marshall also won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Choreography for her work on the show. ANYTHING GOES will play a limited four week engagement at the SHN Curran Theatre beginning January 8, 2013.

The rewrite of the 1934 musical comedy about the lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise is "a daffy, shipshape romp!" - Variety. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Cole Porter's roundup of nostalgic hits in the production include "You're the Top," "Friendship," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and, of course "Anything Goes."

ANYTHING GOES is directed by Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall, features music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. The creative team includes Bill Elliott (additional orchestrations), Rob Fisher (musical director) and David Chase (dance arranger). The design team includes Derek McLane (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Brian Ronan (sound).

For more information please visit: www.shnsf.com/shows/anythinggoes

Return of the Bay Area's Most 'Popular' Musical
SHN Orpheum Theatre
January 23 – February 17, 2013

WICKED returns home to the Bay Area to bewitch audiences once again. WICKED will play a limited four week engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre beginning on January 23, 2013.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman.  It is directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. WICKED features set design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony Meola.  The orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott. WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

For more information please visit: www.shnsf.com/shows/wicked

The SHN 2012-2013 Season packages for new subscribers are currently available online at shnsf.com or by calling SHNAudience Services at 888-746-1799. Season package prices range from $197.50 - $567.50. Renewing subscribers will receive their renewal information in April. Single tickets will go on sale at a later date.

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