ANNOUNCING OUR 2019-2020 SEASON
Introducing the 12th professional season at Berkeley Playhouse! We're thrilled to announce five upcoming productions that tell joyful and passionate stories about families and communities that laugh together, love together, and ultimately fight for each other.
Save the date! 19/20 Season Passes go on sale April 15th, 2019.
2019-2020 Productions at Berkeley Playhouse:
September 20 - October 20, 2019
Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson | Book by Catherine Johnson
“It's impossible not to fall for Mamma Mia!’s twinkling charms” - TimeOut London
Here we go again! Join us on an uproarious adventure along the iridescent blue seas of the Greek Isles. On the eve of her wedding day, Sophie seeks to discover the father she never knew, bringing three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last set foot on 20 years ago. What follows is an unforgettable story full of lively dance numbers, non-stop laughs, and ABBA’s iconic, toe-tapping hits. One of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, you won’t want to miss this feel-good celebration of love, laughter, and friendship.
November 8 - December 22, 2019
Book by Joseph Robinette | Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd.
Produced with permission of Warner Bros., Theatre Ventures, and Dalfie Entertainment.
"A true gift! A sparkling adaptation with a surefire charmer of a score." - New York Magazine
This holiday season, journey on a nostalgic romp full of joyful spirit, featuring music from the Oscar-winning team behind the music of La La Land, The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen. 9-year-old Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Despite some very legitimate concerns from the adults in his life, Ralphie can’t control his desperate yearning for his gift. Featuring all your favorite scenes from the classic movie, A Christmas Story is brimming with hilarious moments and a lively, energetic score. This quirky tale reminds us that the true meaning of Christmas doesn’t lie in material gifts, but in who you spend the day with.
February 14 - March 15, 2020
Book and Lyrics by David Bryan | Music and Lyrics by Joe Dipietro
Based on a concept by George W. George
"An exuberant musical with classic values: catchy songs, and heaping spoonfuls of inspirational moments” - The New York Post
The exhilarating four-time Tony Award-winning musical makes its Berkeley Playhouse debut. When Huey Calhoun, a white disk jockey, meets Felicia Farrell, a talented black woman with a voice that won’t quit, they embark on a passionate journey through the trials and tribulations of love and fame in a prejudiced society. Featuring music and lyrics by David Bryan of Bon Jovi fame, this witty tale of desire, celebrity, and rock’n’roll is packed to the brim with irresistible songs and poignant moments.
April 3 - May 3, 2020
A soaring and electric show by one of America's most beloved theater creators, and has been on the wish list for years. Look for a news release on September 1, 2019, when we can officially announce this production to the public.
June 19 - August 2, 2020
Music by Alan Menken | Lyrics by Jack Feldman | Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
Originally produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions
“An upbeat story about triumphant ragamuffins” - Variety
Seize the day with this a jubilant story about fighting for what is right, based on the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899. Jack Kelly, the charming leader of a group of young newsboys, rallies newsies from all over New York City to strike together in protest of rising distribution prices and unjust conditions. This Tony-award winning musical from the composer who brought you Little Shop of Horrors and Sister Act and the writer behind Kinky Boots is a must-see show for the entire family!