Announcing SHN’s 2019-2020 Season
Don’t miss SHN’s new lineup of exhilarating musicals, direct from Broadway
Theater lovers—and diehard music fans—this is for you: SHN’s new season of Broadway musicals is packed with drama, enchantment and riveting performances. From a production written by and starring rock legend Sting to a spectacular revival of MY FAIR LADY, SHN’s latest season offers something for everyone, with thought-provoking content as well as irresistible singing and dancing. In addition, SHN members will get first access to two special engagements planned for 2020: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL and THE BOOK OF MORMON.
“What excites me about our new season is that it reflects how Broadway has morphed over the years,” says Greg Holland, CEO of SHN. “Today, there are so many different ways to tell a story through a play’s book and music. Our five regular-season musicals are great examples of Broadway’s current range, but at the same time they all tell deeply moving stories about the human experience. In different ways, they are about the journey to find one’s true self.”
The season opens with SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL (SHN Golden Gate Theatre, Dec. 3–29, 2019), which chronicles singer Donna Summer’s rise to stardom. Called the “Queen of Disco,” Summer changed the face of dance music with iconic hits such as “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls” and “Love to Love You Baby.” “The music is infectious and the story is powerful,” says Storm Lever, who starred in the original Broadway cast. “Every night when we performed this music, the audience was literally on their feet.” The show’s all-star creative team includes names that will be familiar to SHN theatergoers, such as choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys and On Your Feet!) and director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys).
Next up is THE LAST SHIP (SHN Golden Gate Theatre, Feb. 20–March 22, 2020), a tour de force musical by and starring superstar Sting. Drawing on Sting’s own childhood experiences growing up near the shipyards of Northern England, the production tells the story of a community facing the demise of the shipbuilding industry that had been its lifeline. “I am excited to bring The Last Ship to San Francisco, a city I love,” says Sting. “And because San Francisco is a seaport, I think the story will have a special resonance here.” A highly personal and deeply passionate creation, The Last Ship bears the unmistakable imprint of one of rock’s greatest musicians.
Not to be missed is the 10-time Tony Award-winning THE BAND’S VISIT (SHN Golden Gate Theatre, May 26–June 21, 2020). A revelation when it opened on Broadway in the fall of 2017, The Band’s Visit—based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name—is about the border-busting power of music to heal and unite. When an Egyptian band accidentally ends up in an Israeli desert town for a night, the characters experience a shared humanity that makes this one of the most uplifting musicals in recent memory. With a book by Berkeley-born Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit is both an important message for our polarized times and an eternal story for the ages.
The summer kicks off with MEAN GIRLS (SHN Golden Gate Theatre, June 30–Aug. 2, 2020), the high-energy musical comedy with a book by Tina Fey (who also wrote the screenplay for the 2004 movie on which the production is based). And who else but the Emmy-winning Fey could capture the behavior of cliquish high school girls with such razor-sharp humor? Her characters not only amuse with their antics but also remind us of how inexplicably vicious young women can be to one another. The production is directed by Casey Nicholaw, whose previous directorial efforts (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!) have been among SHN’s hottest tickets.
The regular season ends with a fresh take on Lerner & Loewe’s masterpiece, MY FAIR LADY (SHN Golden Gate Theatre, Aug. 5–30, 2020), often called “the most perfect musical of all time.” Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady debuted on Broadway in 1956, and its score (including such heart-melters as “On the Street Where You Live” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly”) has endured like no other. Now, director (and San Francisco native) Bartlett Sher has brilliantly revived the classic tale of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins while preserving the charm and poignancy of the original.
The 2019-2020 season is currently available for renewing members only through their SHN account at shnsf.com/renewal or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799 (Option 2). Renewal invoices are currently being mailed. For more information on membership, please click here.
Need another great reason to renew? SHN members get first access to tickets to Special Engagements we announce throughout the year, including the winner of the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL and a return engagement of what The New York Times calls “the best musical of the Century”, THE BOOK OF MORMON.