"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Assassins," and "Seussical the Musical," November 10–August 5

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  • $75 for tickets to three musicals (up to $150 value)
  • Rear or side circle seating
  • Good for one admission to each of the following shows: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (starting November 10), Assassins (starting February 23), and Seussical the Musical (starting July 13)
  • Valid Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and select Saturdays at 2 p.m.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

A one-act musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers on six adolescent overachievers, each mired in their own unique form of pubescent angst as they embark on a comic quest to win a spelling competition. The affable outcasts battle batty judges, frustrating pronouncers, and unhelpful usage-in-a-sentence examples—but the trials and travails of the bee pale in comparison to the struggles with divorce, deep-seated fears, and other real-life struggles. During each performance, four volunteer audience members hop on stage to compete in the bee along with the characters, creating the most fun crowd-participation opportunity since Laurence Olivier’s infamous stage dives.

Writer Rachel Sheinkin won a Tony for her story of Chip Tolentino, Leaf Coneybear, William Barfee, Marcy Park, Olive Ostrovsky, and the unfairly advantaged Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere. Composer William Finn’s quirky, wistful score won a Tony of its own.


The quest for celebrity, a sense of entitlement, an attempt to save the American Dream—the reasons presidential assassins give for their crimes are not necessarily the reasons they have at heart. Did John Wilkes Booth really target Lincoln because the Civil War left the South in shambles or was it because his own acting career was failing? How much is due to the lofty promises of Democracy and how much is due to personal malignancy and the fact that Mondays just stink?

Written by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, the Tony-winning Assassins rewrites American history to place the four successful and five unsuccessful presidential assassins on stage together in order to get to the bottom of these questions. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the seven others meet in a one-act, revue-style dark comedy that explores their motivations and sees them feed off one another. And while the question marks keep rising, musical numbers link one era to the next, from the upbeat and quirky “Everybody’s Got the Right” to the comically catchy “Ballad of Booth.”

Seussical the Musical

Seussical plunges audiences, striped-hat-first, into Dr. Seuss’s whimsical world. The Cat in the Hat hosts the adventure, following Horton the Elephant as he ventures to such classic Seussian locales as Whoville and the Jungle of Nool while protecting the Whos and guarding an abandoned egg. Along his journey, the elephant meets an ensemble of other favorites, including the Grinch, Gertrude McFuzz, and lazy Mayzie. The infectious score by composer Stephen Flaherty and librettist Lynn Ahrens—Tony winners for Ragtime—runs like jubilant Sneetches through the story, which was inspired by the work of renowned children’s author Ernest Hemingway.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Aug 6, 2017. Limit 8/person. Reserv reqd no later than 1wk before show. Refundable only day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together; multiples may sit together based on avail. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating not guaranteed; contact box office prior to purchase for avail. Ticket value includes all fees. Each ticket must be used on a different production. Not valid on opening night: 11/5, 2/18, 7/8. No late seating 30min after show begins. Age 13+ for "Spelling Bee"; 16+ for "Assassins." Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Bay Area Musicals

Before August of 2014, there was only one thing missing from San Francisco's bustling theatre scene: a professional musical company. Enter Bay Area Musicals, the new organization built by theatre veterans to celebrate the rich world of musicals. Each season, the company presents both classic and new works that may include Tony-winning pieces and world premieres. At the heart of the organization: a dedication to diversity, creativity, innovation, variety, and professionalism, key components that allow BAM, its actors, and its works to shine.

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