In Sonoma Valley for the fifth summer in a row, the beautiful ruins of a stone winery at Jack London State Historic Park will be transformed into an under-the-stars stage for the award-winning musical productions of Transcendence Theatre Company.
Performed by veteran Broadway and Hollywood performers, these wildly popular concerts combine Broadway and popular songs in a high-spirited, feel-good manner that sends everybody home smiling (and often singing!).
The 2016 season runs from Friday, June 17, to Sunday, Sept. 11, with four different shows presented on selected evenings. The performances include:
- This Magic Moment: June 17-July 3 — Standards and showstoppers playfully updated for the best of Broadway on a single stage.
- Fantastical Family Night: July 15-16 — Enjoy an extraordinary summer tradition featuring Broadway, Disney, and everything In between.
- Dance the Night Away: Aug. 5-21—Weave your way through those show-stopping numbers from tap to Fosse and everything in between.
- Gala Celebration: Sept. 9-11—An end-of-season celebration and fundraiser guaranteed to close the summer in an extraordinary way.
Each evening begins at 5 p.m. with picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the park’s sprawling vineyards. Here you’ll enjoy local pours from numerous Sonoma wineries, food from local vendors, and pre-show music, with food and wine available for purchase. You can also bring your own picnic (but outside wine and alcoholic beverages are not allowed).
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Seating is on folding chairs (VIP and premium seats have cushions) inside the winery ruins. Admission is $45 general; $82 premium; $137 VIP. Youth under 18 for family night only: $32 general; $65 premium; $115 VIP.
The setting for these evening shows is worth a trip in itself. The park was once the ranch and home of internationally-acclaimed writer/adventurer Jack London and his wife Charmian. The couple’s cottage and many ranch structures remain, along with some ruins (most notably London’s dream house; known as “Wolf House,” it was destroyed by fire shortly before its 1913 completion).
Surrounded by steep hills, the park is home to hiking trails, vineyards, thick woodlands, a lake, and magnificent views.
So just imagine the park on a summer evening, with a breeze rustling the trees, the stars and moon illuminating the night, and talented vocal performers knockin’ your socks off. You, too, might be singing all the way home.
Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez