ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” BRINGS THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT TO THE SHN ORPHEUM THEATRE IN SAN FRANCISCO. The mystery of the man behind the mask continues, but it’s the scenery and the special effects that steal the show in the North American touring production of “The Phantom of the Opera” at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. As the story of the fixated Phantom’s thwarted love for a young singer unfolds, massive rotating sets capture the splendor of the Paris Opera House and the Phantom’s shadowy lair beneath it. Flames, two-way mirrors, a mist-shrouded lake and, of course, the legendary chandelier make for a roller coaster theatrical ride accompanied by the beloved and always thrilling score. Songs including “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You” and “Masquerade.” Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Charles Hart. Two hours and 25 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. 1192 Market St., San Francisco. Recommended for ages 6 and up. No children under 5 allowed. More information and tickets at www.shnsf.com or (888) 746-1799. Through Sept. 30.
GET TO KNOW THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK. Learn about the lead with this interview of Quentin Oliver Lee, The Phantom in the North American Touring production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfn55liRCM0.
OH, AND DID YOU KNOW? Officially designated as a San Francisco Landmark in 1977 by the San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, the 2,200 seat SHN Orpheum Theatre originally opened in 1926 with a façade patterned after a 12th-century French cathedral.
ROLL OUT YOUR YOGA MAT AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES IN GOLDEN GATE PARK. Treat yourself to yoga sessions around the California Academy of Sciences on Sept. 20 as the museum’s popular NightLife program explores the world of human health and wellness. Roll out your mat in front of the Coral Reef for “silent disco yoga” or practice your vinyasa in the main piazza for a round of sunset salutations. See what it might be like to do a downward dog while looking out at the cosmos with the Academy’s transportive “yoga in space,” complete with space projections and lasers. Over 21, with ID. For information visit www.calacademy.org.
WITNESS THE MAGIC BEHIND THE SCENES WITH A TOUR OF THE SAN FRANCISCO WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE. The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco sits across from the westside of San Francisco City Hall. Completed in 1932, the Opera House is one of the last Beaux-Arts/Classical Revival style structures erected in the United States. The home of the San Francisco Opera since opening night in 1932, the theater has 3,146 seats plus standing room for 200. During a 60-minute tour, guests can visit the prompter’s box, dressing rooms, wardrobe, wig and makeup departments and more as available. Guides give insight into the architecture and history of this iconic theater. Tours are offered Sept. 20 and Oct. 4, 19, 25 and 30. Start times are noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. $20 general admission. $15 San Francisco Opera members and subscribers (limit four). Complimentary for San Francisco Opera Supporting Patron ($750) members and above (limit two). Contact (415) 551-6353 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For group tours contact email@example.com.
Susan Cohn is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.