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About Tomfoolery

Harvard mathematics professor and genius songwriter Tom Lehrer epitomized the era of satirical humor in the 1950s and 1960s, writing songs which were wickedly naughty yet not illegal by today's standards in any way. In honor of his 133rd birthday, Landmark Musical Theatre in association with the Shelton Theater is presenting an encore run of its very first production in San Francisco, "Tomfoolery." The show is based on some of the funniest satirical songs ever written Lehrer, taken almost exclusively from his three major albums produced between the late 1940s and the mid 1960s: "Songs By Tom Lehrer," "An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer" and "That Was The Year That Was."

Turned into a musical revue by the producing genius behind "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera," Cameron Macintosh, "Tomfoolery" is one of the most bitingly hilarious two hours of music you will ever hear. A cast of four talented local actors will sing and act out Tom's music and send you home from San Francisco's Shelton Theater with a smile on your face and at least a couple of thoughts rattling around in your brain. Tom may have decided to retire from songwriting (as is rumored) "when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize," but his humor remains a legacy for all of us today.

Audience sing-alongs will take place during each Friday performance. Lyric sheets provided.

Audience talk-back sessions with the cast will take place immediately following each Sunday matinee performance.

Run Time

2 hours with intermission

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Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Landmark Musicals at Shelton Theater

533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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