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BWW Reviews: MASKED BALL in San Francisco

(10/20 at 2:56 PM) - Verdi was a master at crescendo. In "Masked Ball," the score foreshadows and defines even while characters defy fate. As Count Anckarstrom laments his wife's betrayal in the opera's third act, the harp and violin take turn in old romance and revenge, building to a grand determination. Like Verdi's "Rigoletto" and "Il Trovatore," "A Masked Ball" concludes with a game-changing revelation in answer to an incredible setup. (read...)

A.C.T. to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-28

(10/20 at 11:39 AM) - Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition returns with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)'s celebrated production of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. (read...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Oct. 19

(10/19 at 9:00 PM) - Upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, October 19, 2014. (read...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 10/19/2014

(10/19 at 10:00 AM) - Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/19/2014 for San Francisco (read...)

BWW Reviews: Say a Happy Hello to BYE BYE BIRDIE in Walnut Creek

(10/19 at 4:30 AM) - Contra Costa Musical Theatre knows how to put on a happy face. You will, too, after two and a half hours of living with Bye, Bye Birdie. Inspired by the likes of Elvis Presley, Ed Sullivan and the bright colors and square designs of the 1950's, CCMT's production features its usual high-tech scenic design and familiar faces in lead roles. (read...)

Cinnabar Presents DRIVING MISS DAISY Today, Thru 11/02

(10/18 at 12:17 PM) - Cinnabar opens its next production: Driving Miss Daisy runs, tonight at Sonoma County's beloved professional theater through November 2. (read...)

San Francisco Opera Presents Puccini's TOSCA, October 23-November 8

(10/18 at 12:07 PM) - San Francisco Opera presents Puccini's Tosca in five performances October 23-November 8. Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini's masterful melodrama in which a great singer, a rebellious painter and a corrupt police chief engage in a deadly test of wills. (read...)

Natalie Buster to Make Bay Area Debut in 'Divas' Today, Thru 10/26

(10/18 at 10:11 AM) - Natalie Buster (42nd Street, Sessions, Footloose, Checking In) will be making her Bay Area debut October 18th with Esses Productions' cabaret tribute: Broadway Divas, Volume One. (read...)

Central Works Closes Season with RECIPE, Opening Tonight

(10/18 at 12:30 AM) - Central Works concludes the 2014 season with 'Recipe,' a funny new work by Michael Gene Sullivan, opening with a press night tonight, October 18 at 8 pm and running through November 23 at the historic Berkeley City Club. (read...)

Feinstein's at the Nikko Welcomes Pink Martini's Storm Large This Weekend

(10/18 at 12:30 AM) - Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein are proud to welcome Storm Large of Pink Martini fame to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only -- tonight, October 18 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, October 19 (7 p.m.). Storm Large reunites with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, for a new record that captures their unique energy. (read...)

The LitCrawl 2014 Presents WORD PERFORMANCES at the Incline Gallery Tonight

(10/18 at 12:30 AM) - Word Performances will be part of the Lit Crawl 2014 tonight, October 18th in Phase 2 at 7:15pm-8:15pm, at the Incline Gallery at 766 Valencia b/t 18th and 19th St. (read...)

Spreckels to Offer 'Kids Free' for this Weekend's GUYS AND DOLLS

(10/17 at 10:47 AM) - Spreckels Theatre Company in Rohnert Park has just announced 'Kids Free' performances for its current production of the classic musical 'Guys and Dolls.' (read...)

Cinnabar's DRIVING MISS DAISY Begins Tonight

(10/17 at 12:30 AM) - Following five straight shows that extended their engagements, Cinnabar Theater proudly announces its next presentation: Driving Miss Daisy begins its run at Sonoma County's beloved professional theater tonight, October 17 and is scheduled to close on Sunday, November 2. Come for a ride with Cinnabar to see the heartwarming and humorous show that has delighted millions of people around the world. (read...)

Society Cabaret Presents 2014 Cabaret Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters This Weekend

(10/17 at 12:30 AM) - Society Cabaret presents the 2014 edition of Cabaret Comico: A salute to comic singers and songwriters. Two different shows of original song and comic musical theatre hosted by Society Cabaret's Director of Entertainment G. Scott Lacy with vocalist and emcee Lua Hadar. GUEST STARS: Tonight, OCT 17, 8pm - Candace Forest, Paul Frantz, Diane Merlino, Nancy Schimmel, Bobby Weinapple, and Beth Wilmurt. (read...)

San Francisco Opera's Production of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS Premieres Tonight on PBS

(10/17 at 12:30 AM) - George and Ira Gershwin's masterpiece opera Porgy and Bess, based on the play by Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, premieres on PBS this fall with the critically acclaimed production from San Francisco Opera. THE GERSHWINS'® PORGY AND BESS airs tonight, October 17, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, which highlights artists and performances from around the country and invites every American to have a front-row seat and a backstage pass for the country's best arts performances. (read...)

Just Theater to Premiere IN FROM THE COLD, 11/1-23

(10/16 at 2:27 PM) - JUST THEATER (JT) presents the World Premiere of In From The Cold by Jonathan Spector, opening with a press night on Monday, November 3, 7 PM (Previews Nov 1 & 2) running through November 23 in the Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave (at Berryman) in North Berkeley, in which a Cold War spy's past maybe isn't past after all, the secret meaning of 80s movies is revealed, and its Ladies Night at Chilis. In From The Cold is a funny and provocative new play about what is means when you used to mean a lot, and now you don't mean much anymore. (read...)

Tickets to STEVE SILVER'S BEACH BLANKET BABYLON New Year's Eve Show On Sale 11/3

(10/16 at 1:31 PM) - Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon, the world's longest running musical revue, rings in the new year with two special performances on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Tickets for these performances range in price from $65 - $190 and are available starting Monday, November 3 at 10 a.m. online at, by phone at 415-421-4222, or in person at the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office (678 Green Street, San Francisco). (read...)

2014 BWW Nominations Now Open in Over 65 Regions Worldwide!

(10/16 at 12:25 PM) - Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2014 BWW Regional Awards in a record-breaking number of 65 regions! Click on the link below to your region and nominate your favorites now! (read...)

Ross Valley Players' RAW 2014 Fall Festival to Feature ALCATRAZ THE ISLAND OF LOVE, 10/17-26

(10/16 at 10:54 AM) - ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS presents their RAW (Ross Alternative Works) 2014 Fall Festival, October 17 through 26, featuring the World Premiere Production of Alcatraz the Island of Love, a romantic Sci-fi musical comedy. Book is by Zazu Lein, lyrics by Billie Cox. Each season, RAW presents two festivals of short works or full-length plays, selected for their quality and originality. Each play is a short run, black box production with minimal set pieces but with full sound and lighting. Alcatraz the Island of Love is directed by Billie Cox. (read...)

BWW Exclusive Interview, Part 2: Thomas Hampson Is Passionate for Opera

(10/16 at 6:00 AM) - Opera has been as large an identification with Thomas Hampson's persona as anything else. (read...)

Jerry Seinfeld Comes to San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts Tonight

(10/16 at 12:30 AM) - America's premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine in the Bay Area. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2014. (read...)

Tony DeSare Returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko Tonight

(10/16 at 12:30 AM) - Hailed as 'two parts Sinatra, one part Billy Joel, meshed seamlessly' by the New York Times, singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with his brand new show, Night Life, for two performances only - tonight, October 16 (8 p.m.) and tomorrow, October 17 (8 p.m.). (read...)

Hillbarn Theatre Presents THE 39 STEPS, Now thru 11/2

(10/16 at 12:30 AM) - Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula's premier community theatre company, follows up on the success of their critically acclaimed 2014-15 season opener Funny Girl with one of Broadway's most entertaining shows, The 39 Steps. Equal parts Hitchcock masterpiece and thrilling spy novel, The 39 Steps is a high-speed comedy smash hit that follows Patrick Barlow and John Buchan's iconic hero Richard Hannay as he finds himself embroiled in a riotous chase dodging police and charming ladies across England and Scotland. Winner of two Tony Awards and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The 39 Steps blends virtuoso performances with wildly inventive stagecraft amounting to an unforgettable evening in the theatre. The 39 Steps will run today, October 16 - November 2, 2014 at Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City). (read...)

Sonoma State University Student Actors Featured in THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, Now thru 10/25

(10/16 at 12:30 AM) - Sonoma State University's Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance presents 'The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek,' by Naomi Wallace, today, October 16-25. Ken Sonkin directs this dark and edgy coming-of-age story. Set in a small rural town during the Great Depression, two teenagers seek adventure and escape by racing trains. (read...)

Photo Flash: Cirque du Soleil's 'KURIOS' Provides Last-Minute Halloween Costume Tips

(10/15 at 8:59 PM) - With Halloween just weeks away, Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities by Cirque du Soleil is sharing some last-minute tips and tricks to create your own innovative Kurios-inspired costume. Scroll down for photos! (read...)

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