“Best of Broadway” didn’t always live up to the name, Shorenstein Hays Nederlander (the former and formal name for “SHN”) had some short seasons and some lackluster ones with repetitive warhorses, but things are looking up, big time.
Mixing classics with new works, SHN Chief Executive Officer Greg Holland today announced the 2017 season, including the much coveted “Hamilton.” Adding to that and the previously announced “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” are four musicals: “The King and I,” “Finding Neverland,” “Into the Woods,” and the pre-Broadway premiere of “Roman Holiday – the Cole Porter Musical.” The schedule:
* Nov. 15-Dec. 11, 2016, Golden Gate Theater – The Lincoln Center’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” is directed by Bartlett Sher, with Michael Yeargan’s sets and Catherine Zuber’s costumes; choreography by Christopher Gattelli, based on Jerome Robbins’ original. This production won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
* Jan. 18–Feb. 12, 2017, Golden Gate Theater – “Finding Neverland,” based the Oscar-winning film with Johnny Depp, about the playwright J.M. Barrie and his creation of the “Peter Pan” characters. Book by James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. Directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus.
* March 7-April 2, 2017, Golden Gate Theater – Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” in a new production, which received accolades on Broadway, even though the Sondheim-Lapine musical about the all mixed up Grimm Brothers characters has been seen in umpteen variations since its triumphant premiere three decades ago. Producers of this Fiasco Theater production are the Dodgers and NETworks Presentations.
* March 2017, Orpheum Theater – “Hamilton,” with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton. The hottest ticket on Broadway is directed by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, musical direction and orchestration by Alex Lacamoire. Touring production credits will be announced later.
* May 24-June 18, 2017, Golden Gate Theater – “Roman Holiday” has Cole Porter songs, such as “Night and Day,” the indelible memory of the 1953 Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck film, and a great romantic adventure story in Rome. The new production – with book by Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman, and Paul Blake – will premiere in San Francisco before going to Broadway.
* June 27-July 13, 2017, Golden Gate Theater – The National Theatre’s production of Simon Stephens’ adaptation of Mark Haddon’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” The production is designed by Tony Award-winner Bunny Christie and Tony Award-winning video designer Finn Ross.
Season tickets, $245–$850, are available from SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799 (press 2); single tickets for all productions will go on sale at a later date.
SHN productions remaining this season include “Wicked,” “An Act of God,” “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus,” “Cinderella,” “Kinky Boots,” “An Evening with Carol Burnett,” “Cabaret,” “Beast and the Beauty,” the Diana Ross show, “Beautiful,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “The Lion King,” “White Christmas.”