“Another Opening, Another Show!”
South Bay Musical Theatre is looking forward to an exciting 2019-2020 season! We opened with the sensational British farce “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder” Sept. 28 through Oct. 19, 2019. Next up is “She Loves Me,” the Tony-award winning musical by Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, playing Jan. 26 to Feb. 16, 2019. We will close with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “South Pacific” playing May 16 to June 6, 2020. We will also present not one but two concert events, starting with a celebration of Sondheim’s 90th birthday called “Songs I Wish I’d Written (at least in part)” on Feb. 9. Then on May 30 and 31 we present a world-premiere, original cabaret called “The Fabulous 40s: Songs of Love and War” with some of the best tunes ever to become immortalized in The Great American Songbook.
For more info about the 2019-20 season, download a season brochure here. To download a subscription form (for new subscribers) click here. Previous-year subscribers received a personalized renewal form in the mail in early April. Keep up-to-date on our latest shows and events by signing up for our mailing list here. We look forward to seeing you at the theater for our hit-filled 2019-2020 season!
NOTE: Although our first show of the season is now over, you can still take advantage of subscriber discounts by signing up for a two-show or three-show “mini package.” Call our box office at 408-266-4734 for details.
Sep. 27 – Oct. 19, 2019. Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman. Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Based on the novel, Israel Rank by Roy Horniman.
Set in 1907 London, this uproarious farce was 2013’s toast of Broadway. With 10 Tony nominations and four wins – including Best Musical – it delivers non-stop laughs, a soaring score, a titillating love triangle, and one scene-stealing actor who plays eight different roles! When penniless Monty Navarro learns that he’s eighth in line for a fortune, he devises an outlandish plan to knock off the nasty aristocrats standing in his way. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a wild and witty romp that will leave the audience cheering for the underdog and begging for more.
January 25 to February 15, 2020. Book by Joe Masteroff. Music by Jerry Bock. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Based on a play by Miklós László.
Possibly the most charming musical ever written – by the composers of Fiddler on the Roof and the author of Cabaret, this show was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1964 and won Best Revival in 1993. A warm romantic comedy with a touch of old-world elegance, it is set in a 1930s European perfumery. We meet feuding shop clerks Amalia and Georg, each of whom responds anonymously to the other’s “lonely hearts” ads in the newspaper. The score includes songs like “Dear Friend”; “Ice Cream”; “A Trip to the Library”; and of course the heart-warming title tune.
May 16 to June 6, 2020. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Tales of the South Pacific, by James Michener.
When it was released 70 years ago, South Pacific took Broadway by storm, winning 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Against the dramatic background of an idyllic island in the South Pacific during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein intertwine the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a multi-cultural love story that is hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. This Broadway classic, brimming with familiar songs, was the most-requested show in SBMT’s 2017 patron survey.
“TACOS & TUNES” CABARET FUN(D)RAISER
November 9, 2019, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, CA. 95070 (near the theater)
You could be the star of the show at SBMT’s second annual Tacos & Tunes fundraiser. Call it a “cabaret for a cause” or a just a fun evening of fabulous food, free drinks, terrific talent, and a silent auction – all to support the Noteworthy Entertainment that we provide. Bid on unique items, cheer on your favorite diva, or take the microphone yourself to shine in the spotlight, as pianist extraordinaire Bob Sunshine makes you sound your best. Because this one-night-only event is not being held in the theater, it is limited to 150 guests, making this one very hot ticket!
It’s like three events in one:
Taco feed: Feast on a variety of taco recipes.
Take the stage: Sing your favorite showtune accompanied by a live pianist! South Bay favorite Mr. Bob Sunshine will be tickling the ivories for us.
Silent auction: Bid on arts and entertainment treasures donated by our generous supporters! Want examples? Click here to download a description of the packages from last year’s auction.
2020 HINDSIGHT: SONGS I WISH I’D WRITTEN (AT LEAST IN PART)
February 9, 2020
Brad Handshy, who created our sellout Broadway by the Decade series, brings you a special concert to mark Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday in 2020 with a collection of show-stopping tunes – by other songwriters – that Sondheim either admires or considers his favorites. Material was compiled from a list that Sondheim gave to the New York Times that he titled “Songs I Wish I’d Written (at least in part.”) This event will feature many of your favorite SBMT and Broadway by the Decade singers!
Enjoy music by famed songwriters like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Cy Coleman, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Carolyn Leigh, Lorenz Hart, and Jule Styne – among others!
THE FABULOUS 40s: SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR
May 30 – 31, 2020
South Bay Musical Theatre is excited to present The Fabulous 40’s – Songs of Love and War as a two-night-only original concert production. The director of 2018’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dave Leon, returns in 2020 with a Big Band cabaret collection of classic love and war tunes from the 1940s that became staples of The Great American Songbook. Revisit the era that produced magical melodies like: As Time Goes By • Beer Barrel Polka • Bill Bailey • Blueberry Hill • Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy • Bye Bye Blackbird • Chattanooga Choo Choo • Danny Boy • Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree • Imagination • Night And Day • Over The Rainbow • Pennies From Heaven • Route 66 • Singin’ In The Rain • Stormy Weather • Swingin’ On A Star • When You Wish Upon A Star • White Christmas • You Are My Sunshine • and so many more!