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SHN Upcoming Shows Include “War Horse,” “The Lion King” and “The Book of Mormon”
Formerly known as Best of Broadway, the SHN Series brings Broadway to the Bay Area with a dynamic series at the SHN Orpheum, SHN Curran and SHN Golden Gate Theatres. Upcoming shows in order of performances are:

The London and Broadway’s smash hit, “War Horse” gallops into the SHN Curran Theatre, Aug. 2-26, 2012. The powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I, comes alive through life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life.

SHN’s just announced 2012-13 season includes:

Disney’s “The Lion King” returns to the SHN Orpheum Theatre, Nov. 1-Jan. 13, 2013 for the first time since its triumphant 43-week run here in 2004. Winner of six Tony Awards, “The Lion King” has been seen by more than 13.5 million people in more than 60 cities across North America.
“The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, will play a limited engagement at the SHN Curran Theatre Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2012. Declared “the best musical of the century,” by The New York Times, the musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone; Parker and Stone are the creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is the co-creator of the hit musical comedy, “Avenue Q.”
The new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s time classic musical masterpiece, “Anything Goes,” comes to the SHN Curran Theatre Jan. 8-Feb. 3, 2013. The rewrite of the 1934 musical comedy unfolds on board the S.S. American on a trans-Atlantic crossing and features hits songs such as “It’s De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”

The spellbinding “Wicked, returns home to the Bay Area again to the Orpheum Theatre Jan. 23-Feb. 17, 2013. The untold story of the witches of Oz, long before Dorothy dropped in, “Wicked” tells the unforgettable story of two girls who meet in the land of Oz — one born with emerald-green skin who is smart and misunderstood and the other who is conventionally beautiful, ambitions and “very, very popular” as one of the show’s signature songs confirms.

For ticket information visit www.shnsf.com. Media contact: Erin Garcia, 415-551-2075, pr@shnsf.com.

San Francisco Jazz Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 30 Concerts Aug. 25-Dec. 7, 2012;

SFJAZZ Center Opens on Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21, 2013

The San Francisco Jazz Festival will run Aug. 25-Dec. 7, 2012, present 30 concerts celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary. Festival highlights include Brecker Brothers Reunion Band with Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Dave Weckl Sept.28; “Miles Smiles” with Robben Ford, Kenny Garrett, Joey DeFrancesco, Wallace Roney and Omar Hakim Sept. 29; Sonny Rollins on Sept. 30, Gilberto Gil Oct. 2; Branford Marsalis, solo, at Grace Cathedral Oct. 5; Marcus Miler Oct. 11; Robert Glasper Experiment Nov.1; Ornette Coleman Nov.9; Buika Nov. 16; and Arturo Sandoval Dec. 1. SFJAZZ is nearing the completion of the new SFJAZZ Center, the first stand-alone performance and education center dedicated to jazz. Designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero, the center will open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 21 2013. Located at 205 Franklin St. in San Francisco’s vibrant Hayes Valley, the SFJAZZ Center will be a hub of art, music, culture and community in the Civic Center performing arts district. For information, visit sfjazz.org or call 866-920-5299. Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410, marshall@sfjazz.org.

San Francisco Symphony Enters Second 100 Years Sept. 5, 2012
The San Francisco Symphony’s 101st season opens Sept. 5, 2012 with two weeks of concerts of Russian and German masterworks led by conductor Semyon Bychkov. Joining Bychkov and the Orchestra is violinist Pinchas Zukerman. The second week of concerts, beginning Sept.12, is devoted to performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, “Leningrad.”

In its Opening Gala concert on Sept.19, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads violinist Joshua Bell and the Orchestra in Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso and Chausson’s “Poème,” selections from Berlioz’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and Ravel’s “Boléro.”The orchestra’s 101st season highlights include explorations of music by Beethoven, Stravinsky and enhanced concert experiences around Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” and Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis” by Thomas. He will also conduct the SFS in the first concert performances by an orchestra of Leonard Bernstein’s complete “West Side Story.” The orchestra will perform two world premieres, three U.S. premieres, three West Coast premieres and 13 San Francisco Symphony premieres and also inaugurates the new Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in January 2013. Soprano Renée Fleming and pianist András Schiff will perform in Project San Francisco residencies. In addition to Zuckerman, distinguished guests include Joshua Bell, Julia Fischer, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Marc-André Hamelin, Gil Shaham, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, David Robertson, Vasily Petrenko and Marek Janowski, with debuts by Vladimir Jurowski, Jaap van Zweden, Juraj Valcuha, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Michael Fabiano and The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble. The Great Performers Series will feature concerts by the Warsaw Philharmonic and Russian National Orchestra plus recitals by Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Renée Fleming with Susan Graham, and Matthias Goerne with Christoph Eschenbach. Details are available at www.sfsymphony.org or call 415-864-6000. Media contact: Public Relations, 415-503-5474, publicrelations@sfsymphony.org 

San Francisco Opera Opens 2012-13 Season Sept. 7, 2012
Repertory Season Includes Three World Premiere Commissions
The San Francisco Opera Company’s 2012–13 repertory season includes three world premiere commissions slated for 2013 by Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison (“The Secret Garden”), Mark Adamo (“The Gospel of Mary Magdalene”), and Tobias Picker and J.D. McClatchy (“Dolores Claiborne”). The Company’s 90th season opens Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 with a gala performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” The Opera Ball, the Company’s celebrated signature benefit event, will precede the opening night performance at the historic War Memorial Opera House. In addition to “Rigoletto,” which features two international casts of singers, San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 season offers Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto gem “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” (“TheCapulets and the Montagues”); the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” commissioned and produced by San Francisco Opera, The Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera and the State Opera of South Australia; Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin”; Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” interpreted by two casts of widely acclaimed singers; Jacques Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (“The Tales of Hoffmann”); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “ Cosi fan tutte;” the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene,” and the world premiere of Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison’s “The Secret Garden,“ a co-production with Cal Performances. All performances are at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. For information visit www.sfopera.com or call 415-864-3330. Media contact: Robin Freeman, 415-565-6451, rfreeman@sfopera.com.

A.C.T. Kicks Off 2012-13 Season with the West Coast Premiere of “The Normal Heart” Sept. 13-Oct. 7, 2012

Internationally recognized for its groundbreaking productions of classical works and bold explorations of contemporary playwriting, the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will open the 2012-13 season with the West Coast premiere of George C. Wolfe’s Tony Award-winning production of “The Normal Heart,” Sept. 13-Oct. 7, 2012. Larry Kramer’s landmark play focuses on the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City in the 1980s. “Humor Abuse,” Lorenzo Pisoni’s one-man show about growing up as the youngest member of the Pickle Family Circus will also return Aug. 3-19, 2012. Also scheduled for the 2012-13 repertory season in order of appearance are:

Direct from its acclaimed sold-out premiere in Los Angeles, A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff will bring her sweeping production of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Elektra” to the Bay Area. A feast of poetic language with original music by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang, “Elektra” features two of A.C.T.’s most beloved performers: core acting company member René Augesen in the title role and associate artist (and Academy Award-winner) Olympia Dukakis as the fiercely partisan chorus leader, Nov. 1–25, 2012.

The Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition “A Christmas Carol,” featuring a lively cast, delightful music, gorgeous costumes and deliciously spooky ghosts, returns Dec. 6–29, 2012.
George F. Walker’s “Dead Metaphor,” a hilarious dark comedy about the hypocrisies of post-war living leads off 2013, Jan. 17-Feb. 10, 2013.
Widely considered one of the most influential plays of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams’ sultry classic, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” takes the stage in a sumptuous new production, Feb. 28-March 24, 2013.
A.C.T. continues the tradition of introducing eclectic, unforgettable musical projects to the stage with the world premiere of “Stuck Elevator,” April 4–28, 2013. A powerful and poignant hip-hop opera, “Stuck Elevator” is based on the true story of a Chinese restaurant deliveryman who was trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours.
The Bay Area premiere of The National Theatre of Scotland’s internationally acclaimed production of “Black Watch” arrives May 3-June 9, 2013. Written by Gregory Burke and directed by John Tiffany (who recently completed work on the acclaimed Broadway musical ”Once”), “Black Watch” is based on interviews Burke conducted with soldiers of the legendary Scottish regiment who served in Iraq. Using video sequences, song and dance, the production creates a complex and urgent piece of theatre told from the soldiers’ point of view.
The 2012–13 season culminates with a new production of Tom Stoppard’s masterwork “Arcadia, “May 16–June 9, 2013. Hailed as one of the best plays of the 20th century, Arcadia unfolds in a beautiful English country house and moves between the 19th century and the present through a series of love stories, as characters from both eras discover connections, unearth mysteries and unravel hidden truths.

All performances are at the American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St. For information visit www.act-sf.org or call the A.C.T. Box Office at 415-749-2228. Media contact: Kevin Kopjak, 415-296-0677, kevink@charleszukow.com

Site-Specific Performance Niagara Falling Debuts on West Wall of SHN Orpheum Theatre Sept. 26-29, 2012

The world premiere of “Niagara Falling,” by Flyaway Productions and Dancers’ Group/ONSITE, a visually arresting aerial dance and multimedia event jointly designed by choreographer Jo Kreiter and video artists David and Hi-Jin Hodge with composers Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi will be performed Sept. 26- 29, 2012. The free, 30-minute, site-specific performance will juxtapose images of what is thriving and what is collapsing in the urban landscape, with a view toward inspiring audiences to imagine possibilities for civic regeneration, on the west wall of the SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St. “Niagara Falling” layers filmed images of San Francisco and Niagara Falls with live dancers suspended in life jackets and a steel life boat. Industrial chain hoists haul the dancers up the side of the Orpheum to swim against the force of the Falls and the Pacific Ocean’s massive swells. Performances are at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 26-29, 2012.For information visit www.dancersgroup.org

42nd Street Moon Announces Five Comedies for 20th Anniversary Season Opening Oct. 3, 2012

Five “solid-gold” comedies are cued up for the 20th anniversary season of 42nd Street Moon, presenters of intimate productions of “Uncommon Musicals” — classic and rarely performed shows by great 20th century composers and lyricists. All first-time productions for the organization, the shows include a political comedy, romantic comedy, singing satire, a comedy-drama and a no-holds-barred farce. In order of performance they are:

“Of Thee I Sing.” George and Ira Gershwin’s musical was the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Presidency and the democratic process itself are all targets in this timeless farce, Oct. 3-21, 2012.

“Carmelina.” The musical version of the film “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” which is also the source of the story in the hit Broadway musical,
“Mamma Mia,” makes its West Coast premiere, Oct. 31-Nov 18, 2012.
“Pal Joey.” The timeless Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart masterpiece, feature Joey Evans, the charming “heel” with big plans to get to the top of Chicago’s nightclub business, Nov. 28-Dec. 16, 2012.

“Carnival.” This magical and beguiling musical of the beloved film “Lili” brings the world of Lili Daurier, puppeteer Paul Berthalet, roguish magician Marco and all of their circus friends to the stage, April 3-21, 2013.

“Little Me.” Jason Graae stars in the final show of the season, an outrageously funny musical that critic Walter Kerr called “a blockbuster so genial it looks like a breeze,” May 1-19, 2013. All performances are at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. For tickets and information visit www.42ndstreetmoon.org or call 415-255-8207.

San Francisco Ballet Announces 2013 Repertory Season Open with “Nutcracker,” Dec. 7-28, 2012

Highlights of the San Francisco Ballet’s recently announced 2013 repertory season includes the U.S. premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length “Cinderella;” the Northern California premiere of “Nijinsky” by Hamburg Ballet Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier, which will be performed on Program 2 by the renowned Hamburg Ballet; the SF Ballet premiere of Serge Lifar’s “Suite en Blanc;” plus world premieres by Wayne McGregor, San Francisco Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov and Alexei Ratmansky. The season will also feature works by acclaimed choreographers George Balanchine, John Cranko, Edwaard Liang, Mark Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Ashley Page, Jerome Robbins, and San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. The 2013 Repertory Season will open with “Nutcracker,“ which runs Dec. 7-28, 2012. Following the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, the season will consist of eight programs performed in alternating repertory, Jan. 29-May 12, 2013. For information visit www.sfballet.org  or call 415-865-2000.

Teatro ZinZanni Reopens in 2013 After Southern California Road Show
After more than 11 years, 800,000 visitors, hundreds of guest artists and 40 different shows, Teatro ZinZanni shuttered the fabled Palais Nostalgique Spiegeltent on Pier 29 after its 2011 New Year’s Eve show, Dec. 31, 2011. Teatro’s former home on Piers 27 and 29 is scheduled to be a part of the upcoming America’s Cup. On Dec. 6, 2011 Teatro ZinZanni announced that they will build a new permanent home on the Embarcadero. The new site is a triangular parcel, located where Broadway and Davis meet the Embarcadero. In the meantime, Teatro ZinZanni will take the show on the road and head south for the winter Oct. 24, 2012-Feb.17, 2013 to Costa Mesa, CA with “Love, Chaos & Dinner.” For information visit www.zinzanni.org

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