San Francisco's Curran releases music video in celebration of Spirit Day

October 4, 2016

 The Curran today released a music video of the song “Ring of Keys,” from the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, which will re-open the Curran this January after an extensive renovation that is currently underway (and pictured in scenes from the video). The song, written by Tony Award-winners Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, and performed by students from Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), is in celebration and support of GLAAD and “Spirit Day” on October 20, 2016, a day that encourages all to take a stand against bullying of LGBTQ youth and wear purple.

The video can be viewed here:

The Curran’s leader, Carole Shorenstein Hays said, “As we ready our Curran for the opening of Fun Home this January, every day is celebratory for many reasons. And so, as “Ring of Keys” beautifully empowers youth with a message of hope, love and perseverance, we wholeheartedly celebrate Spirit Day with GLAAD this month.”

Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO said, “Fun Home's powerful story has moved audiences around the world and embodies what Spirit Day is all about – acceptance. With this strong message of support for LGBTQ youth, the Curran and these brilliant young students are helping to create a world where everyone can live the life they love.”

The Curran has a cherished relationship with Oakland School for the Arts that began when Shorenstein Hays helped OSA secure the rights for the first-ever amateur student production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, School of Rock, which was performed on the Curran stage last Spring.

Starring sixteen-year-old OSA student Barbara De Veaux-Griffith and Founder of the website Sonya Renee Taylor, the “Ring of Keys” video features lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori, vocal arrangement by Ben Wexler, direction by Ezra Hurwitz, vocal direction by Solas Burke-Lalgee and music production and mixing by Ram Dass Khalsa.

Tickets are now on sale for Fun Home, which will be the first event at the Curran in 2017, a year that will feature a surprisingly eclectic array of programming, including Eclipsed (performances beginning March, 2017), and more to be announced soon. Tickets for Fun Home can be purchased at SFCURRAN.COM or by calling 415-358- 1220. For advance access to tickets for upcoming shows, and to be the first to hear about exciting happenings at the Curran, sign-up at SFCURRAN.COM.

Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.

Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Fun Home was also nominated for 2015 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of Musical (David Zinn), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Ben Stanton) and Best Orchestrations (John Clancy). The creative team also includes Danny Mefford (Choreography), Kai Harada (Sound Design), and Chris Fenwick (Music Direction).

Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBTQ youth and take astand against bullying. Following a string of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens in2010, GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Spirit Day now occurs every year on the thirdThursday in October, during National Bullying Prevention Month, and has become themost visible day of support for LGBTQ youth. This year GLAAD will celebrate Spirit Day on October 20 where we will all stand together; communities, corporations, celebrities, landmarks, faith groups, sports leagues, schools and so much more, to send a message of solidarity and acceptance to LGBTQ youth.

Built in 1922, the Curran has housed some of the most important productions in history and has maintained a reputation over the course of its life as one of the greatest venues in North America. Now, nearly 100 years after it welcomed its first Bay Area audiences, the Curran is in the midst of a major restoration and renovation. Under the curation of eight-time Tony Award winner Carole Shorenstein Hays, the Curran will reopen as a 1,600 seat venue in early 2017 with a new mission, being a home for the most exciting stage works being conceived and created anywhere in the world.