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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Elliot Yamin at Yoshi SF December 29, 2013


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December 29, 2013

Multi-talented American Idol performer returns to Yoshi's SF

Sunday, Dec 29
  • 7pm $24

"This album is something that I needed to do, for me," Elliott Yamin says of the aptly-titled Let's Get to What's Real, his third album and his first Purpose Music Group/eOne release. "It feels right, and it feels like who I am as an artist. I wanted to make something raw and soulful and organic, so I went wherever the music moved me."

Yamin has already earned a prestigious reputation as both a world-class recording artist and a deeply compelling live performer, having built an impressive body of work as well as an intensely loyal international fan base. On Let's Get to What's Real, the multi-talented artist raises the musical and personal stakes, tapping into the emotional honesty and sonic intimacy of classic soul to create the most inspired and distinctive music he's ever made. The resulting album is the purest expression to date of the musical talent and personal charisma that were first introduced to the public during Yamin's stint as one of the most acclaimed performers to ever compete on TV's American Idol.

"I wanted to get back to making real music with real musicians and real instruments," Yamin says of the new disc. "There were some hints of that on my first album, but my second album was pretty much machine-driven. I like that kind of music too, but this time I wanted to create music about real issues and make a record which reflects this.”

Yamin's fresh new creative leap is apparent on such impassioned new tunes as the intimate, insistent "Self Control," the rousingly upbeat "Gather 'Round," the poignantly autobiographical "Virginia" and the commanding title track, whose lyrical sentiments underline the sense of personal commitment that Yamin brought to the project. Those tracks find the artist decisively reinventing his sound, reaching back to the heartfelt immediacy of vintage R&B while remaining firmly grounded in the present.

Elliott Yamin's website

Friday, December 20, 2013

CIRQUE DREAMS at Curran Theatre

Experience gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen intricately balancing, icemen sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment in Cirque Dreams: Holidaze. This visual marvel of a show features an original music score (and some seasonal favorites), more than 30 international artists in beautiful costumes and marvelous settings filled with colossal candy canes, gigantic gifts, and 30-foot-tall towering soldiers. This touring show, which "dazzled" at The Kennedy Center, according to The Washington Post, brings the magic of the holidays to life before your eyes with so much energy that the New York Daily News says it "could end our dependence on oil."

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Curran Theatre

NETworks presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast, a spectacular musical adventure that brings magic roses, dancing candelabras, talking teapots and a whole cast of memorable characters to the stage. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this tale as old as time includes beloved songs like "Be Our Guest," "A Change in Me," "Human Again" and the unforgettable title track. A love story filled with comedy, romance and friendship, Disney's Beauty and the Beast features songs written by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Tangled) and the late Howard Ashman (Aladdin), along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita).

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Weir: A Haunting, Poetic Irish Play

An attractive young woman comes into a Dublin pub, and the local barflies try to impress her with ghostly tales. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. And it turns out that the woman has the spookiest story of all. Playwright Conor McPherson (Shining City, The Seafarer) wrote The Weir when he was just 26 years old, capturing the Olivier Award for Best New Play and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Saturday, November 30, 2013


Storefront Church
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Joy Carlin
It’s almost Christmas, and Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer winner, John Patrick Shanley (Doubt) transports us to a wintery Bronx, where gluttonous bankers devour giant gingerbread houses, a disillusioned preacher rediscovers his faith, and a modern day Scrooge is redeemed. Read the Press Release

Thursday, October 10, 2013

CARRIE the musical

Smuin Ballet's XXtremes Explores Desire, Loss and Paradox Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (3301 Lyon StreetSan Francisco, CA 94123)

A heart-rending debut, a crowd-pleasing favorite and an iconic work are the highlights of Smuin Ballet's XXtremes Fall Program. For the first time ever in Northern California, the company will perform Jiri Kylian's acclaimed Return to a Strange Land, set to music by Czech composer Leos Janacek. Composed in a time of deep grief, Return expresses the journey from loss to hope with rare elegance and astonishing form. Brought back by popular demand, the company will also dance Dear Miss Cline, a buoyant and colorful romp through the music of Patsy Cline. Choreographed by the company's own Amy Seiwert, the piece features 10 Nashville tunes, including the immortal "Walkin' After Midnight." Finally, Smuin Ballet will pay tribute to its late, great founder Michael Smuin by performing his Carmina Burana. Set to the pulse-thumping cantata by Carl Orff, the choreography of Carmina Burana exemplifies the rhythm, speed and syncopation for which Smuin Ballet is beloved

Peter and the Starcatcher at Curran Theatre Nov 5 - Dec 1, 2013



PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the most magical evening of madcap fun, is now on tour! Hailed by The New York Times as "The most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," this musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of 5 Tony Awards®, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.

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Porgy and Bess at Golden Gate Theatre. November 10 - December 8 2013


See what Time Magazine exclaims is, “A don’t miss theatre event! The #1 Broadway musical of the year.” Winner of the 2012 TONY AWARD® FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is hitting the road with award-winning members of the Broadway cast in this stunning and stirring new staging. Accompanied by a lush 23-piece orchestra, this re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.

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Wizard of OZ at Orpheum Theatre October 16-27 2013


The most magical adventure of them all.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.

Stephen King's Bloody Classic Comes Back to Life in Carrie the Musical

The blood will flow once again during Carrie the Musical, a staged retelling of Stephen King's best-selling novel. A legendary flop on Broadway when it was produced in 1988, the show was rebuilt from the ground up by the show's original authors for a hit off-Broadway production, and now makes its West Coast premiere. You know the story: Outcast Carrie White is bullied by the popular kids and tormented by her overprotective mother, only to discover she has an inner power that has the potential to change everything. Experience this powerful work in a surprisingly effective new way with this evocative musical production that features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic 1976 film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment) and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Beautiful at Curran Theatre September 24- October 20 2013


$40 Rush tickets are available 2 hours prior to curtain at the SHN Curran Theatre Box Office. 2 tickets per person. Subject to availability.
Tue, 10/8 @ 8PM, Wed, 10/9 @ 2PM & 8PM.

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a hot career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her fairytale life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom, alongside husband and co-writer Gerry Goffin and fellow song writers Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, set to the music that made her one of the recording industry’s most enduring icons.

Before you see the show, check out SHN's interactive BEAUTIFUL program. Featuring behind-the-scenes photos, videos, interviews and more clickable content, it’s the perfect way to prepare you for the show. Click away!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


This OUTRAGEOUSLY fun show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It's Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.” The Hollywood Reporter calls PRISCILLA “funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!”

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

MEMORIAL DAY weekend AT "End UP"


Into The Woods

May 31st – June 29th, 2013

The Eureka Theatre (Jackson/Battery), San Francisco
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
Directed by Eliza Leoni; Musical Direction by David Möschler

Into the Woods humorously combines a number of classic fairy tales into one hilarious, touching, over-arching narrative. A baker and his wife are assigned a number of tasks by a nearby witch; only after completing these duties will they be able to bear children. During their quest to fulfill the witches’ demands, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and numerous other fairy tale figures. The traditional stories are parodied and altered at will, yet the original fairy tales’ sense of wonder and, at times, darkness remains intact. The score, winner of Broadway’s Tony Award, includes such songs as Children Will Listen, Giants in the Sky and No One Is Alone.

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