Not Your Usual Holiday Theater Round-Up
Sure, San Francisco is home to a lavish Nutcracker and the beloved A Christmas Carol; but if you want to go to the theater this holiday season and experience something new and unique, try one of these productions.
Beach Blanket Babylon's Holiday Extravaganza
Through Dec. 31, 2017
Club Fugazi (67 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd.)
Featuring a chorus line of tap dancing Christmas trees, parodies of traditional Christmas carols, hilarious spoofs of pop culture and political characters, and the legendary gigantic Yuletide Hat, Beach Blanket Babylon’s Holiday Extravaganza is sure to delight everyone—even the biggest Scrooge. The world’s longest running musical revue rings in 2018 with two special performances on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Both the 7 and 10:15 p.m. New Year’s Eve shows will feature a pastiche of the best and worst of 2017, Beach Blanket Babylon-style. www.beachblanketbabylon.com
ODC/Dance Presents The Velveteen Rabbit
Nov. 25 - Dec. 10, 2017
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (700 Howard St.)
ODC/Dance is pleased to announce the 31st season of The Velveteen Rabbit, KT Nelson's now classic dance theater interpretation of Margery Williams' beloved children's book. This year's production features "Open Curtain," a behind-the-scenes journey; the "Seventh Inning Artistic Stretch," and ODC/Dance Unplugged, all offering insight into how this holiday production comes to life. Featuring world-class dancers, recorded narration by legendary actor Geoff Hoyle, costumes and sets by world-renowned children's illustrator Brian Wildsmith, and musical score by composer Benjamin Britten, this production is suitable for ages three and up.
Nov. 28 - Dec. 17, 2017
The Curran (445 Geary St.)
Continuing to offer the best-kept secrets in theater, The Curran brings this recent Broadway production to San Francisco for the holidays. Written by award-winning actor, comic and author Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winner Edie Brickell, Bright Star is only here for a limited time and features Carmen Cusack, the Tony Award-nominated actress who originated the lead role in New York. www.sfcurran.com
Michael Feinstein and Norm Lewis Perform at Feinstein's at The Nikko
Nov. 29 - Dec. 3 and Dec. 8 -10, 2017
Feinstein's at The Nikko (222 Mason St.)
Two big talents are coming to Feinstein's at The Nikko this season. First, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, the cabaret's namesake Michael Feinstein returns with Home for the Holidays, an all-new show celebrating the magic of the season. Then, Dec. 8-10, Tony Award-nominee Norm Lewis will headline Norm Lewis Wishes You A Swingin' Christmas, featuring unique takes on holiday favorites and highlights from his illustrious Broadway career. www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com
Opera Parallèle Presents Rachel Portman's The Little Prince
Dec. 1-3, 2017
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (2 Marina Blvd.)
Opera Parallèle, the Bay Area’s innovative contemporary opera company, is pleased to bring a fresh new addition to the holiday entertainment calendar with its colorful and engaging production of Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince. Portman’s lushly composed work is based on the popular novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and features a libretto in English by Nicholas Wright. There will be pre-performance, interactive activities for families and children including an invitation to join the cast in the final chorus of the opera.
Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 21, 2018
New Conservatory Theatre Center (25 Van Ness Ave.)
Ushering in the furriest holiday season ever, New Conservatory Theatre Center presents its fifth annual production of the hit Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. The show may look like Sesame Street, but we promise that it's anything but. Featuring songs such as "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist" and "You Can Be As Loud As The Hell You Want (When You're Making Love)," Avenue Q is definitely for those yuletide visitors in search of something a little less buttoned-up. www.nctcsf.org
Dec. 9 & 10
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (700 Howard St.)
A more family-friendly choice for those looking to break with tradition, The Dance-Along Nutcracker takes Tchaikovsky's classic, mixes it up with creativity, parody and wit, and invites you to join the production. This year's silly theme: Nutcrackers of the Caribbean. Even the staunchest landlubbers will be unable to resist the opportunity to tug on a tutu and dance.
Bay Area Cabaret presents Jane Lynch in A Swingin' Little Christmas
Dec. 10, 2017
The Fairmont San Francisco (950 Mason St.)
Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Jane Lynch makes her Venetian Room debut in this one night only event! The star of Glee and host of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night will be joined by special guests Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), Tim Davis (Glee), and the Tony Guerrero Quintet. In an eclectic evening of music and humor, they’ll be performing songs from their Top 20 Billboard album A Swingin’ Little Christmas.