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San Francisco’s Curran Theater to Get Makeover Courtesy of Carole Shorenstein Hays

San Francisco’s Curran Theater, the 1,650-seat venue that has hosted Broadway tryouts for shows including “Wicked” and “Beautiful,” will get an extensive renovation courtesy of local theatrical presenter and Tony Award-winning producer Carole Shorenstein Hays. Prior to the theater’s scheduled reopening in early 2017, the venue will host a festival of smaller-scale works as part of the “Curran: Under Construction” festival.

The theater hasn’t gotten an update since the five-year run of “The Phantom of the Opera,” which ended in 1998. Along with the usual reupholstered seats, new carpeting and lighting, the renovation — led by architecture firm Perkins + Will and interior designer Brian Murphy — will also include remodeled lobbies, three bars and digital displays, plus a new lower level (including expanded restrooms) and new electrical and mechanical systems.

While all that’s going on, Hays will program non-traditional works on the Curran stage, which audiences will enter via the stage door. The “Under Construction” festival kicks off with “The Events,” David Greig’s play about the aftermath of a shooting; also on the slate are Taylor Mac in “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music and Dave Malloy’s “Ghost Quartet,” among other titles.

Hays, who has been a producer on Broadway successes including “Fences” and “Doubt,” is currently on the producing team of 2015 Tony champ “Fun Home.”

“The Events” runs Sept. 23-26.

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