Best of Broadway announces new season

Theater presenters SHN today announced San Francisco’s 2007-08 Best of Broadway season, which begins this fall with the West Coast premiere of Oprah Winfrey’s Broadway presentation of “The Color Purple,” the musical based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

The rest of the lineup features the pre-Broadway run of a contemporary re-envisioning of “The Wiz,” the North American premiere of multicultural theatrical spectacle “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and this season’s most-awarded musical on Broadway, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” A fifth show in the series will be announced at a later date.

Performances for SHN’s 37th season will be presented at the Orpheum, Curran and Golden Gate theaters.

“This season is for families and the young at heart,” said Carole Shorenstein Hays, SHN president and owner. “It is accessible, convivial and joyously entertaining.”

“Jersey Boys” director Des McAnuff, who is also at the helm of “The Wiz,’” said, “I’m having a love affair with San Francisco,” calling the upcoming new musical version of L. Frank Baum’s timeless story “an experience that resonates to the pulse of 2008.” The show will be onstage in summer 2008.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” featuring actors, dancers, martial arts experts, musicians and street acrobats from across India and Sri Lanka in a show that was two years in the making, will be onstage in spring 2008.

Summer 2008 will bring the recipient of 13 major awards, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The Tony Award-winning musical (for best original score) from the 2006 Broadway season is a show within a show, telling the story of a musical theater addict, who, to chase his blues away, drops the needle on his favorite LP — the 1928 musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

New subscriptions are on sale now; prices range from $140-$516. For tickets and more information, visit www.shnsf.com or call (415) 551-2050 or (877) 797-7827.

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