Entertainment, Cultural Events and Live Performances are Thriving in San Jose. Broadway musicals and theatrical performances are the latest world-class events taking center stage in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley. Thanks to The Nederlander Company, more Broadway musicals and outstanding concerts are being held at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in the beautiful downtown area. In addition to contemporary musicals, San Jose is a great place to see modern bands and award-winning performance troupes. Here’s a look at the current lineup at Broadway San Jose.
Set in the 1950s, this quintessential Broadway-style musical explores the nitty-gritty underground nightclub scene in Memphis, Tennessee, through the eyes of a radio DJ and a young starlet who is struggling to get her big break. There’s explosive dancing, rousing songs and a thrilling storyline that combines forbidden love and fame. This 2.5-hour musical won four Tony Awards in 2010, including the acclaimed award for best musical. Bring the whole family for a night of great entertainment. This musical is recommended for children 12 and older.
Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan: November 20 – 25, 2012
Fall under the spell of Tinker Bell and the whole gang in this mesmerizing production of Peter Pan. This award-winning show is a captivating event for fans young and old. You’ll be amazed as spectacular actress and gymnast Cathy Rigby flies across the stage while bringing the adventures of Peter Pan to life. See this beloved fairytale live as the characters travel through the magical world of Neverland, battle Captain Hook and meet a host of new and unusual creatures.
Rock of Ages: January 29 – February 3, 2013
Everyone’s favorite hits from the 1980s are given a new life in this action-packed arena-rock love story, which features the ideal combination of comedy and rock and roll. This beloved musical was nominated for five Tony Awards and features a classic love story set to earth-shattering rock songs that defined a decade. Hear all 28 rocking tracks from 80’s supergroups Twisted Sister, Poison and Pat Benatar as you never have. This musical is recommended for children 14 and older.
Blue Man Group: April 2 – 7, 2013
The Blue Man Group has a unique formula for success that combines equal portions of music, comedy, fun and action. This non-stop electric event is like nothing else that you’ll see on stage. The Blue Man Group is more than a performance troupe. They give audience members a euphoric performance and an unforgettable entertainment experience. Kids, adults and dedicated Blue Man fans will love this fantastic blend of humor, technology and musical entertainment.
Billy Elliot the Musical: May 7 – 12, 2013
The world’s favorite fictional dancer takes to the stage in this musical version of the blockbuster film Billy Elliot. With a critically acclaimed score from Elton John, an award-winning creative team and a superb cast, this heartwarming musical is sure to be a favorite for many years. Follow the story of aspiring dancer Billy Elliot as he gets off the street and discovers a new talent in the ballet studio. This musical is recommended for children 10 and older.
Green Day’s American Idiot: June 4 – 9, 2013
This stunning musical features a stellar soundtrack of popular songs from Green Day’s GRAMMY-winning album American Idiot. The emotive production documents the struggles of three disaffected suburban teens as they enter adulthood and leave the suburbs to follow their dreams. This work of love features music from Green Day and Billie Joe Armstrong that is merged with a story co-written by director Michael Mayer, ecstatic choreography from Steven Hoggett and sets designed and lit by a group of distinguished professionals. This one-act punk-rock saga takes musicals to a place where they have never been. Due to adult situations and language, this musical is recommended for children 14 and older.
San Jose and the Silicon Valley have become cultural destinations that attract large performance companies and the best theatrical groups in the nation. Now, there’s no need to travel around the country when these outstanding musicals and performance events are coming to The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.