Top Theaters for Plays and Musicals

Sonoma County has a stage for every type of play and musical, from original comedies and thoughtful dramas to splashy productions of box- office blockbusters. Listed by town, these are the top venues for plays and musicals in Sonoma County. 


Cinnabar Theater

Production of "The World Goes Round" at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma
“The World Goes Round” at Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater

Open since 1972, Cinnabar presents six professional shows each year, an eclectic mix of musicals, drama, comedy, a cabaret show, and opera. Focused on diversity, inclusion, and theater education, Cinnabar also hosts three Young Repertory main-stage shows per year.

Rohnert Park

Spreckels Performing Arts Center

Exterior of Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park
Spreckels Performing Arts Center

This two-stage venue (with 550 and 125 seats, respectively) is home to the Spreckels Theatre Company, which presents Broadway musicals and plays with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, authentic costumes, awe-inspiring scenery, and cutting-edge theatrical technology, combining live actors and musicians with video and still images. 

Glen Ellen

Transcendence Theatre

Broadway Under the Stars performance by the Transcendence Theater Company at Jack London State Historic Park
“Broadway Under the Stars” by the Transcendence Theater Company 

Set primarily within the open-air ruins of the winery in Jack London State Historic Park, this nonprofit arts organization specializes in producing high-caliber Broadway concerts—collectively called “Broadway Under the Stars”—with artists who have professional experience on Broadway, film, and television.

Santa Rosa

6th Street Playhouse

Production of "Sweeney Todd" at Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse
“Sweeney Todd” at Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse

This local theater company’s 10-show season includes musicals, thought-provoking plays, and classic comedies. Set in downtown Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, it serves as a hub for theater education and community in Sonoma County. 

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Stage and stadium seating at Santa Rosa's Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Founded in 1981, this is Sonoma County’s premier arts and events center, and is ranked among world’s top 100 performing arts presenters. In addition to theater productions, performances here include music, dance, comedy, family programming, and renowned speaker events. The Center also serves more than 50,000 children and adults annually through its Education Through the Arts programs.


Raven Performing Arts Theater

Exterior of Healdsburg's Raven Performing Arts Center, set in a former 1949 movie theater
Raven Performing Arts Theater

One block off the Healdsburg Plaza, the 443-seat Raven inhabits a former movie theater built in 1949 that’s since received a state-of-the-art renovation. More than 130 productions happen each year at this community theater and school, including original plays, the zany Mr. Healdsburg Pageant, Dancing with the Stars at the Raven, and other only-in-Sonoma-County events.


Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

Exterior of Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

Each theatrical play at this 99-seat venue community venue is underwritten by local patrons and individual donations, and the actors, directors, set makers, costume designers, and makeup teams work mostly for the love of the craft.  Productions (both live and virtual) include dramas, comedies, musicals, and family-friendly holiday events.  


Main Stage West

Production of "House of Yes" at Main Stage west in Sebastopol
“House of Yes” at in Sebastopol’s Main Stage West

Founded in April 2011 by a group of veteran and emerging performing and visual artists, Main Stage West provides high-quality live theater in an intimate setting, performing new works and re-imagined classics geared towards a mature audience. 

Rio Nido

Pegasus Theater Company

Production of "Exposure" by Bridgette Dutta Portman by Rio Nido's Pegasus Theater Company
“Exposure” by Bridgette Dutta Portman, performed by Rio Nido’s Pegasus Theater Company

Founded in 1998, Pegasus produces thought-provoking theater—with a focus on original short and full-length plays—that reflects, entertains and enriches the diverse community it serves. The company performs in venues in and out of the lower Russian River area.

For more information on cultural performances and venues in Sonoma County, see Great Outdoor Music Concerts and Summer Festivals  and our Performing Arts directory. 

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