with a brand-new Xmas-themed production called Holiday Sauce.
Mac’s right-hand human, the costume designer and performer Machine Dazzle, made the announcement in person last evening at the Curran — while wearing a puffy, red-and-white wig and a deliberately janky costume with “GLOP!!” and “SPLATL!” on the front and back, in a riff on Valentine’s candy hearts.
Holiday Sauce is only one of the four shows the newly reopened Curran announced for 2018. Arguably, the one that destined to make the biggest splash is Dear Evan Hansen (Dec. 5-30), a musical about anxious, lonely adolescents in an age when the consequences of bullying can go viral. Directed by Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal), it won six Tonys in 2017, including Best Musical, and it’s a 2018 Grammy nominee as well.
However, #Curran2018 starts off with Head Over Heels (April 10-May 6), a musical from Tony Award winner Michael Mayer that’s based on the music of The Go-Go’s (of whom the Curran’s own Carole Shorenstein Hays is apparently a very big fan). If you’re wondering how “Vacation” got woven into an “Elizabethan rom about a royal family that must prevent an oracle’s prophecy of doom,” you’re not alone, but Jane Wiedlin is capable of anything.
The last of the four is Soft Power (June 20-July 8), David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori‘s examination of an alternate 2016 presidential election understood from the perspective of the Chinese. An imperial power in decline and an ambitious nation on the rise meet in compelling ways, as Beijing craves the cultural hegemony that has long been America’s leading export.
Additionally, the Curran’s series of one-night evens, Show & Tell, continues throughout the year. Subscriptions starting at $116 are on sale, and get you seats to all four shows plus a complimentary Show & Tell of your choice. And you can even pick your seats.
#Curran2018, at the Curran Theater, 445 Geary St., sfcurran.com