WELCOMING FUN HOME TO OUR HOME
PERFORMANCES BEGIN JANUARY 2017
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking,” “life-affirming” and “exquisite” new musical FUN HOME was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” (New York Times)
PAST CURRAN: UNDER CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIONS
School of Rock – The Musical: Youth Production follows the story of failed wannabe rock star substitute teacher, Dewey Finn, as he turns his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.
Rock icon Courtney Love takes the Curran stage in an intimate evening of conversation and performance with friend and collaborator, Todd Almond. The duo will sing selections from the new musical Kansas City Choir Boy and discuss the fears they must bravely overcome to create their art.
The award-winning playwright, actor, and singer/songwriter Taylor Mac brings the critically acclaimed “sequined hit parade” (The New York Times) to the Curran in A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. In this thrilling musical experience, Taylor takes the audience on a decade by decade journey through the American songbook, exploring how the hits of the day mirrored the sign of the times. The Curran is proud to co-commission this ambitious work and present the first six decades beginning with the birth of the nation in 1776, here in the city that inspired him to create it: San Francisco.
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music will be presented in two movements: Act I: 1776-1806 on January 21-23, and Act II: (1806-1836) on January 26-27, with a special Marathon Performance of both Acts I & II on January 30.
Awesöme Orchestra returns to the Curran in a fully-immersive working rehearsal. In this afternoon of exquisite spontaneity, audiences will be seated on the Curran stage as a collective of one hundred musicians, led by conductor David Möschler, gather to rehearse and refine orchestral music.
December 12-13, 19-20
STORY PIRATES celebrates creative writing by students from coast to coast in a loud, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians. The performance is based entirely on stories written by elementary school students, and part of the show is made up on the spot by the kids in the audience! Called “crazy entertaining” by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, STORY PIRATES will keep you doubled over laughing, all the while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write from their own imaginations.
In this fully-immersive evening of exquisite spontaneity, audiences will be seated on the Curran stage during a working rehearsal of Awesöme Orchestra: a collective of one hundred musicians led by David Möschler. The collective will gather to refine three pieces by Bay Area composers, including two world premiere selections.
Tony and Obie Award-winning playwright/singer-songwriter Stew (Passing Strange) creates a collage of songs, text and video inspired by Baldwin’s brave and visionary proclivity for airing uncomfortable truths as celebratory events of poetry and beauty. Provocative themes will be attached to wonderfully catchy tunes with head-nodding grooves for your listening pleasure.
In Steve Cuiffo is Lenny Bruce, celebrated performer Steve Cuiffo takes on the persona of the fast-rising Lenny Bruce of the early `60s, delivering sublime, hyper-real, verbatim recreations of the great American thinker’s monologues. Performing on the Curran stage 54 years to the day of Bruce’s performance there, Cuiffo will deliver a compilation of Bruce’s iconic routines on a range of topics that includes organized religion, race, illegal and prescription drugs, sexual mores, obscenity and the Constitution.