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Susan's City Scene
May 04, 2013, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent

Laura Marie Duncan Two-time Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster opens the all-new Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco. Beginning May 8, the 140-seat cabaret presents an eclectic mix of local, regional and national entertainers.

FROM STAGE AND SCREEN: THE SPRING LINEUP FOR FEINSTEIN’S AT THE NIKKO. Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein announce the first featured performers for the all-new Feinstein’s at the Nikko, located within the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., San Francisco, two blocks from Union Square. First up is “An Evening With Sutton Foster,” two-time Tony Award-winner for her performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Wednesday May 8 through Sunday May 12. $75-$95. Wednesday May 15 through Saturday May 18 is Mitzi Gaynor – Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins,” a one woman tour-de-force by the star of Les Girls, Anything Goes, There’s No Business Like Show Business and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Gaynor gives a peek into her star-studded life and career through personal stories and intimate reflections interwoven with classic songs, video montages and breathtaking Bob Mackie costume creations. $65-$95. Next up is modern jazz singer-songwriter-pianist Spencer Day performing tracks off his recently released album, The Mystery of You, as well as selections from his previous albums. May 23, 24 and 25. $55 - $75. Tickets to all shows are available by calling (855) MF-NIKKO (855) 636-4556) or visiting www.ticketweb.com. Ticket prices include a $30 food and beverage credit. All attendees must be at least 15 years of age.

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STERN GROVE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 76TH SEASON. One of San Francisco’s favorite summer traditions announces its 76th Season of admission-free outdoor concerts, Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 16 through Aug. 18 at Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. The 10-week concert series features Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, Ramsey Lewis and Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kronos Quartet, Pink Martini, Shuggie Otis and Deltron 3030, along with S.F.’s three classical institutions — the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Opera. Sigmund Stern Grove is a 33-acre recreation area with meadows, hiking trails and a lake. Picnics are encouraged and food is for sale on site. The audience is advised to come prepared for both sun and fog. http://www.sterngrove.org.

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MICHAEL FEINSTEIN PLAYS GERSHWIN. Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy award nominee Michael Feinstein returns to Davies Symphony Hall in a performance celebrating the musical legacy of George and Ira Gershwin. Feinstein shares the music of Gershwin and his own stories from his recent book The Gershwins and Me, which reflects upon his six-year collaboration with Ira Gershwin. Fri. July 12. Tickets and information at sfsymphony.org or (415) 864-6000.

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SUMMER LOVE AT SAN FRANCISCO OPERA. An ingenious mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama makes up Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Two young soldiers disguise their identities to test their lovers’ fidelity. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts and Jose Maria Condemi directs this whimsical part of San Francisco Opera’s Summer 2013 Summer Season, which also includes Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and the June 19 world premiere of Mark Adamo’s highly anticipated new opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, which reimagines the story of the New Testament and the relationship between Jesus and his female disciple Mary Magdalene. 301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco. (415) 864-3330 or http://sfopera.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY SUMMER: JOHNNY MATHIS, BEETHOVEN, VIDEO GAMES, THE MATRIX AND DISNEY. Tickets are on sale now for San Francisco Symphony’s Summer & the Symphony concerts. JOHNNY MATHIS brings his own special style for two nights, July 5 and July 6. Then, it’s THE BEST OF BEETHOVEN Thursday July 18, including his Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67. VIDEO GAMES LIVE! Be immersed in visuals and music, including songs from Halo, Zelda, Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony with exclusive cutting-edge visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special effects, unique interactive segments and musical arrangements created specifically for the San Francisco Symphony. Thursday July 25 and Friday July 26. It’s THE MATRIX LIVE on Saturday July 27 at 7:30 p.m. SFS performs the orchestral soundtrack from Oscar-winning sci-fi classic The Matrix, as the full-length theatrical version of the film unfolds on-screen. Composer Don Davis, who wrote the music, conducts. DISNEY IN CONCERT: MAGICAL MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES is set for Sunday July 28 at 2 p.m. Songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lion King. Listen and watch as the Orchestra performs memorable melodies to classic film clips and original storyboard art. All concerts are at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Tickets from $15-125, with tickets for concertgoers 17 and under half-price for selected concerts. sfsymphony.org or (415) 864-6000, or the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

Susan Cohn is a member of American Theatre Critics Association and San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.


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