Welcome to the 11th season at Berkeley Playhouse!
If our first decade was about growing up and finding our place, the start of our second decade puts us on the road to deepening the relationship to our art and our community.
This season features characters who, regardless of age or size, find themselves at the crossroads of personal discovery, and must overcome the toughest hurdles we can face—the ones we impose on ourselves. It’s a season where diva superstars realize fame isn’t the ultimate goal, and a young girl who looked to rainbows for answers learns she doesn’t need to look any further than her own backyard; where a boy learns that size actually doesn’t matter, but that finding joy in who you are does; that true love can shatter prejudice and break down walls of all kinds; and that the journey of discovery can lead you right back to where you started.
The Berkeley Playhouse community is growing in every way: our youngest audience members who saw our first performances are now graduating; artists who premiered on our stages are now on Broadway; and you—our valued patrons—have given us the strength to mature beyond our wildest dreams. Our sold-out production of Ragtime, with a cast of over 35 actors, and a rotating set that proved to be one of the most complex in our history, showed us that the sky is the limit, and that now is the time for our artists to dream big.
We’re so excited to embark on this second decade with you by our side. Through music, dance, story and song, our community thrives. The magic of live theater allows audiences—from ages 8 to 80—to grow together through a shared experience. We can’t wait to share our future with you.
Elizabeth McKoy Kimberly Dooley
Founding Artistic Director Producing Artistic Director
SAVE ON THE FULL SEASON!
When you become a Season Pass Holder at Berkeley Playhouse, you’re not only guaranteeing you and your family an amazing year of live theater, you’re joining a thriving community of families, students, artists, educators, and other lovers of live theater.
Season Pass Holders receive:
- Up to 42% off full-priced tickets
- Priority seat reservations
- FREE, unlimited ticket exchanges
- Exclusive rates on additional tickets for friends and family
WELCOME TO OUR 18/19 SEASON
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
“Drives audiences wild!” - Variety
Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen | Music by Henry Krieger | Original Broadway Production Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
It’s the fabulous '60s, and Effie, Lorrell, and Deena are young, determined, and talented. They’ve got a dream to be the next big girl group on the radio, no matter what the cost. When they are discovered at a local talent show by a ruthless manager with his own agenda for fame, they are propelled into a world where dreams do come true—and where success can tear apart even the strongest of relationships. Detailing the epic rise of a Motown-like super-group from obscurity to stardom, the story of two lifelong friends takes center stage in this legendary and soulful musical journey that explores the rewards of shooting for the stars, and the costs of valuing success over family.
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
“Enchanting... a magical musical journey!” - DC Metro Theater Arts
By L. Frank Baum | Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg | Background Music by Herbert Stothart | Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company | Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. | Distributed in all media by Warner Bros
FEBRUARY - MARCH
“Unforgettable... sumptuous... iconic!” - The Mercury News
Book by Arthur Laurents | Music by Leonard Bernstein | Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
APRIL - MAY
“The fantastically playful musical... gorgeously melodic” - Chicago Tribune
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Book by Roger O. Hirson
JUNE - JULY
“There’s charm and poignancy amid the hijinks...priceless!” - Washington Post
Book by John Weidman | Music by David Shire | Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Based on the Twentieth Century Fox film, Big, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg
Our 18/19 Family GuideConsidering a youth pass for your child?
Click here to read our Family Guide with parent notes and discussion points about this season’s musicals.
About Our Season Passes:
A Season Pass entitles the purchaser to one ticket per pass for each of the productions in the season. Unlike a subscription, you are not locked in to any specific performance date or seat; you may choose any available performance and seat to suit your schedule!
In addition to saving up to 42% off regular ticket prices, Season Pass Holders are also entitled to free exchanges and discounts on the purchase of additional tickets.