Woodminster Summer Musicals



Woodminster Summer Musicals


Welcome to Oakland's Broadway in the Redwoods. Each summer since 1967, we have presented 3 Broadway musicals in Woodminster Amphitheater, in Oakland's hillside Joaquin Miller Park. Below are our 2019 season shows!


Download the preliminary rehearsal/performance calendar.


  • newsies

    Music by Alan Menken

    Lyrics by Jack Feldman

    Book by Harvey Fierstein

    Newsies | July 5-14

    Inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long strike. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment.

  • Billy Elliot

    Music by Elton John

    Book & Lyrics by Lee Hall

    Originally Directed by Stephen Daldry

    Billy Elliot | August 2-11

    Set in a northern English mining town, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community, and changes his life forever.

  • into the woods

    Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

    Book by James Lapine

    Into the Woods | August 30-September 8

    The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child and set off on a journey to break a witch's curse; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.