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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Tickets go on sale for ‘Wizard of Oz’ stage show in SF

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, for the special two-week San Francisco engagement of the first North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.” The show will run Oct. 16-27, at the SHN (Shorenstein-Hays-Nederlander) Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St, Developed from the original MGM screenplay for the 1939 film, this new production contains all the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from its Oscar-winning score, plus new songs… Read More »

‘Lion King’ sets ticket sales record in SF

  The North American tour of Disney’s “The Lion King,”  has broken the box office record at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco for the highest grossing week of a Broadway show. “The Lion King” grossed $1,674,059 for eight performances during the week ending Nov. 25. This marks the first time the record has been broken since Jan. 30, 2010. Tickets are still available for the remaining seven weeks of the San Francisco return engagement, which closes Jan. 13, 2013.… Read More »

Tickets go on sale for Mary Poppins in SF

If you’re hoping for a spoonful of sugar next spring, you’d better take action this week. Tickets for the San Francisco presentation of the Broadway hit musical “Mary Poppins” go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at shnsf.com, (888) 746-1799 and the Orpheum Theatre box office, 1192 Market St., San Francisco,. With six productions produced on three continents, “Mary Poppins” has grossed over $731 million worldwide, and played to more than 10 million people. The show will open at the… Read More »

‘Wicked’ returns to San Francisco

Almost a decade ago, the hit musical “Wicked” previewed in San Francisco, before going on to become a Broadway hit. Now, the show is returning home once again, for a four-week run opening Jan. 23 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, starting at $35, at shnsf.com and (888) 746-1799. Fans of “Wicked” will want to see it again. And if you’ve never seen the show, here’s your chance to… Read More »

‘West Side Story’ opens in SF

“When you’re a Jet, when you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette, to your last dyin’ day.” “West Side Story” premiered in 1957, and the creation of its inspiration, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” has been dated as early as 1597. But Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics — as well as Arthur Laurent’s book, Leonard Bernstein’s music and Jerome Robbins’ choreography — remain as fresh and fascinating as ever. And, after all, street gangs are still with… Read More »