High School Musical National Tour to Hit San Francisco; More Cities Added

News   High School Musical National Tour to Hit San Francisco; More Cities Added The High School Musical national tour, featuring Broadway stars Ron Bohmer and Ellen Harvey, has added a San Francisco stop among additional cities.

SHN announced the stage production will play a special engagement as part of the 2007-2008 Citibank Best of Broadway season. Tickets for the run at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre (April 15-27, 2008) will go on sale Dec. 17.

Disney Theatrical Productions presents the stage version of the Disney Channel original movie. Jeff Calhoun (Big River) — who originally staged the show at Atlanta's Theatre of the Stars — directs the touring production.

The tour has also recently added stops in Tucson, Nashville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Portland, San Jose and Washington, D.C. (See full listing below or at highschoolmusicalontour.com.)

High School Musical centers on the unlikely friendship that evolves between the jock Troy and brainiac Gabriella at a karaoke contest. Little did the two know that she would be transferring to his school. The duo decide — against their friends' wishes and to the dismay of school stars (a drama queen and her twin brother) — to audition for the high school musical.

The company features John Jeffrey Martin (Broadway's Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray) as Troy, Arielle Jacobs as Gabriella(A Chorus Line), Shakiem Evans (Mamma Mia!, Fame) as Chad, Shaullanda LaCombe (The Lion King) as Taylor, Bobby List (The Human Comedy, The 60's Project) as Ryan, Olivia Oguma (Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables) as Kelsi and Chandra Lee Schwartz (Gypsy, Hairspray) as Sharpay. Michael Mahany (Spring Awakening) plays a new character in the stage show, Jack Scott. Ben Thompson (Big River Deaf West tour) plays Zeke Baylor, and Lizzie Weiss (original Theatre of the Stars High School Musical) plays Martha Cox. Bohmer (The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White) plays Coach Bolton opposite Harvey (Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man, tour of Mamma Mia!) as drama teacher Ms. Darbus.

The remainder of the tour line-up (subject to change) follows:

  • Little Rock, AR: Robinson Center Music Hall (Dec. 5-9)
  • Los Angeles, CA: Kodak Theatre (Dec. 12-23)
  • San Diego, CA: Civic Theatre (Dec. 26-30)
  • Tucson, AZ: Tucson Music Hall (Jan. 2-6, 2008)
  • St. Louis, MO: Fox Theatre (Jan. 9-13, 2008)
  • Memphis, TN: Orpheum Theatre (Jan. 15-20, 2008)
  • Nashville, TN: Tennessee PAC (Jan. 22-27, 2008)
  • Raleigh, NC: Memorial Auditorium (Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2008)
  • Washington, DC: National Theatre (Feb. 5-17, 2008)
  • Baltimore, MD: Hippodrome Theatre (Feb. 19-March 2, 2008)
  • Cincinnati, OH: Aranoff Center (March 4-9, 2008)
  • Indianapolis, IN: Murat Theatre (March 18-23, 2008)
  • Des Moines, IA: Civic Center (March 25-30, 2008)
  • Minneapolis, MN: State Theatre (April 1-6, 2008)
  • Spokane, WA: INB Performing Arts Center (April 29-May 4, 2008)
  • Portland, OR: Portland Opera (May 27-June 1, 2008)
  • San Jose, CA: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts (June 10-15, 2008)
  • Costa Mesa, CA: Orange County PAC: (June 17-22, 2008)
  • Kansas City, MO: Starlight Theatre (July 15-20, 2008) The stage show features a book by David Simpatico, adapted from the original movie script by Peter Barsocchini. All the songs from the original soundtrack (written by numerous songwriters) are featured in the show along with two added songs.

    Lisa Stevens choreographs. The design team for High School Musical includes Kenneth Foy (scenic), Wade Laboissonniere (costume), Kenneth Billington (lighting) and Duncan Robert Edwards (sound). Bryan Louiselle serves as music supervisor.

    Tickets are available through each venue. For a complete list and further information, visit highschoolmusicalontour.com.