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Sunday, January 19, 2014

DUNCAN SHEIK at Yoshi SF February 8 2014

GRAMMY® and two-time Tony Award winner, composer of Spring Awakening

Saturday, Feb 8

  • 8pm $29 adv, $34 door
  • 10pm $21 adv, $26 door
After breaking through in the late ‘90s with his Top 20 single “Barely Breathing,” Duncan Sheik spent much of the subsequent decade taking a breather from the usual rock singer/songwriter rituals. His focus was on albums that broke with pop music conventions and, additionally, theatrical musicals like Spring Awakening, the Broadway sensation that won him two Tony Awards and a GRAMMY®. As he explains this lengthy diversion now: “After a while you get boring to everyone else, but you get really bored with yourself. There was a moment where I was much more interested in these kind of longer narrative arcs, and being able to sing from the perspective of somebody else’s persona, as opposed to Duncan Sheik’s.”

His new album(s) splits the difference. Sheik makes his long-awaited return to singing stand-alone pop songs, but he hasn’t given up his recent habit of inhabiting characters. In this case, though, the characters are Morrissey, Robert Smith, Martin Gore, and David Sylvian. Duncan Sheik Covers '80s, released in 2011, features 12 of his highly personalized takes on the synth-pop era, including smashes and obscurities from the likes of the Cure, New Order, Tears for Fears, the Smiths, the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins, Love & Rockets, Howard Jones, Japan, Talk Talk, and the Blue Nile.

Currently writing and recording new Duncan Sheik album due out late 2013 or early 2014.
Duncan Sheik's website



, near the corner of Geary and Mason (415 Geary St.San Francisco, CA 94102)
In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors.

BAUER at SF Play House "March 18 to April 19, 2014"

Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Bill English
Why did he stop? Imprisoned by the Nazis, he sketched on scraps. His fiery love affair with Hilla Rebay (Guggenheim curator) lasted a lifetime. The Guggenheim was built to house his work. Why did the genius that survived all that suddenly stop painting? This is a San Francisco Playhouse commissioned work.
In his time, Rudolf Bauer was considered an even greater painter than his contemporary, Kandinsky. This production explores the power struggle and intrigue that caused this brilliant artist to disappear from the art world. Bauer has been in development at the San Francisco Playhouse since 2011, and will be our first World Premiere Commission on the mainstage!

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Previews Start: Mar 18, 2014
Opens: Mar 22, 2014
Closes: Apr 19, 2014
Run time: TBA
Show Times: Tuesday – Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Select Sundays at 2pm.
Tickets: $20 – $100
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Box office Hours: Tues-Sat 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

JERUSALEM at SF Play house "January 1 to March 8 2014"

Written by Jez Butterworth
Directed by Bill English
Everyone wants Johnny. His son wants to go to the county fair. His mates want his stash and his booze. County officials want him evicted. Whatever happened to the simple life in the country? Come find out in this hit Tony and Olivier winning play!
After opening at London’s Royal Court Theater in 2009, the San Francisco Playhouse production of Jerusalem will be a West Coast premiere!

Performances Start: Jan 21, 2014
Press Opening: Jan 25, 2014
Closes: Mar 8, 2014
Run time: 3 Hours (with two ten-minute intermissions)
Show Times: Tuesday – Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Select Sundays at 2pm.
Tickets: $20 – $100
Order Online or call (415) 677-9596
Box office Hours: Tues-Sat 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

MAMA MIA at Orpheum Theatre "March 28 - April 6, 2014"
Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show!

Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!

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Book of Mormon at Orpheum Theatre "December 27-January 19"

THE BOOK OF MORMON will conduct a lottery prior to every performance at the box office, making a limited number of front row Orchestra tickets available at $29 apiece; cash only.

Entries will be accepted at the SHN Orpheum Theatre Box Office beginning 2 ½ hours prior to each performance. Each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. 2 hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of front row Orchestra tickets priced at $29 each.

Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid photo ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Classical-Electronica & a Beethoven Classic With the SF Symphony

Experience the best in symphonic music -- from little-heard pieces by Beethoven to a forward-looking electronica masterwork by composer Mason Bates -- at this Beethoven and Bates Festival performance. An incredible lineup of soloists joins the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for the glorious Mass in C, the oft-overlooked elder sibling of Beethoven's later colossus, the Missa solemnis. Guggenheim Fellow Mason Bates complements this underrated masterpiece with his tone poem Liquid Interface, an inventive four-movement evocation of water scored for large orchestra and electronica. Rarely heard selections from Beethoven's King Stephen will open the program. Come early for an informative pre-show talk with Peter Grunberg.