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Broadway hit "Dear Evan Hansen" coming to SF in 2018

Dear Evan Hansen
Photographer: Matthew Murphy Dear Evan Hansen

The Curran's 2018 season is going to be a real doozy. 

Right now, 1980s girl group the Go-Go's get their own musical with the pre-Broadway engagement of Head Over Heels, a new musical comedy from director Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, Spring Awakening). Head Over Heels is an Elizabethan romp about a royal family who embarks on an extravagant journey to prevent an oracle’s prophecy of doom and save their beloved kingdom.

In June, a Trump-era comedic musical comes to town in the first-ever collaboration between Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Titled Soft Power, the story rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens.

In DecemberBroadway’s biggest hit since Hamilton comes to San Francisco. Dear Evan Hansen, which won the Tony for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score last year, tells the story of a high school student thrust into social relevance after a classmate's suicide. The score, by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, combines insightful, well-crafted lyrics with an exciting contemporary-pop sound. 

In November, Taylor Mac—the drag artist whose show, A 24-Decade History Of Popular Music, played for four six-hour nights in September—will be back to ring in the holidays with a new show, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce. Mac is joined by longtime collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle and music director Matt Ray, and special guests to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.