×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

More Legit

  • Hamilton West End Production.

    'Hamilton' Panic Over Mistaken Reports of Gunfire Injures Three in San Francisco

    Three people were injured after mistaken reports of an active shooter at a San Francisco production of “Hamilton” caused attendees to flee the theater. CNN reported that a woman experienced a medical emergency — later determined to be a heart attack — during a scene in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play wherein Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is shot on [...]

  • The American Clock review

    London Theater Review: 'The American Clock'

    Time is money. Money is time. Both come unstuck in “The American Clock.” Arthur Miller’s kaleidoscopic account of the Great Depression, part autobiography, part social history, crawls through the decade after the Wall Street crash, dishing up snapshots of daily life. In the Old Vic’s classy revival, director Rachel Chavkin (“Hadestown”) tunes into the play’s [...]

  • Jake Gyllenhaal

    Off Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Sea Wall/A Life'

    Comfy? Okay, let’s talk Death: sudden death, painful death, lingering death, accidental death, and whatever other kinds of death happen to come into the receptive minds of playwrights Simon Stephens (“Sea Wall”) and Nick Payne (“A Life”). The writing in these separate monologues — playing together on a double bill at the Public Theater — [...]

  • Michael Jackson Estate Cancels Musical Test-Run

    Michael Jackson Estate Cancels Musical Test-Run

    With an HBO documentary that places strong allegations of abuse against Michael Jackson premiering in two weeks, the late singer’s estate announced Thursday that it’s canceling a scheduled Chicago test run of a jukebox musical about him. The estate and its producing partner in the musical, Columbia Live Stage, said that they’re setting their sights on going [...]

  • All About Eve review

    West End Review: Gillian Anderson and Lily James in 'All About Eve'

    To adapt a crass old adage: it’s “All About Eve,” not “All About Steve.” Stripping Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s sharp-witted screenplay about a waning theater star of its period trappings, Ivo van Hove’s stage adaptation fine-tunes its feminism for our own sexist age — image-obsessed, anti-aging, the time of Time’s Up. Rather than blaming Lily James’ [...]

  • Adam Shankman

    Listen: Why Adam Shankman Directs Every Movie Like It's a Musical

    Director Adam Shankman’s latest movie, the Taraji P. Henson comedy “What Men Want,” isn’t a musical. But as one of Hollywood’s top director-choreographers of musicals and musical sequences, he approaches even non-musicals with a sense of tempo. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “When I read a script, it processes in my head like a [...]

  • Matthew Bourne's 'Cinderella' Review

    L.A. Theater Review: Matthew Bourne's 'Cinderella'

    How much can you change “Cinderella” before it is no longer “Cinderella”? In the case of choreography maestro Matthew Bourne — who, it should be said, first unveiled his spin on the classic folk tale some 22 years ago — the music is most certainly “Cinderella” (Prokofiev’s 1945 score, to be exact), but the plot [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content