With the state legislature and major businesses in Sacramento, it makes sense that top-quality Broadway performances would be a part of the city’s culture. Sacramento is home to a variety of Broadway offerings, with traditional productions and some of the best talent around making this an important component in Sacramento’s arts and entertainment community.

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California Musical Theatre

1510 J Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-5880
www.californiamusicaltheatre.com

The California Musical Theatre bills itself as the largest nonprofit musical theatre in California. The theater was founded in 1951 under an open-air, circus-style big top. It has since grown into a successful performing arts organization that presents a summer Music Circus season and The Broadway Series. California Musical Theatre entertains 300,000 patrons every year. Performances include “In the Heights,” the new Dolly Parton musical “9 to 5,” Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” “Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” and Disney’s Broadway blockbuster “Mary Poppins.”

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Broadway Sacramento

1301 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-5880
www.californiamusicaltheatre.com

The non-profit California Musical Theatre established Broadway Sacramento in 1989 to bring the capital city a variety of high-quality Broadway performances. Hosted at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, performances provide the region with the class and professionalism that is expected from Broadway shows. Despite its relatively short history in the city, Broadway Sacramento sells more than 200,000 tickets each year. The Broadway series also attracts patrons from as far away as the Oregon border, western Nevada and throughout the Central Valley. The residual effect of bringing Broadway performances to the city has meant a boost in the cultural and nightlife offerings of Sacramento. After dinner on the Delta and perhaps a walk through Old Sacramento, you won’t want to miss a Broadway performance to cap off a perfect evening out in California’s capital city.

Community Center Theater

13th and L Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-5880
www.californiamusicaltheatre.com

Not too big and not too small, the 2,452-seat Sacramento Community Center Theater is a popular venue that hosts a variety of high-caliber events, including Broadway musicals. It is home to productions for Broadway Sacramento, The Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Opera, Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Community Concerts and Sacramento Speakers Series. Some of the popular performances that have taken place here include “Mamma Mia,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jersey Boys,” and Disney’s “The Lion King.”

– Steve Hartsoe