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Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly

May 11 - Jun 10, 2018


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Told in high school he’d be big in show biz only “when pigs fly,” Howard follows his heart anyway and creates the musical revue of his dreams using his special talent to transform the most mundane objects - from shower curtains to garden hoses - into a showstopping costume spectacle. Come pig out on this gleefully subversive, over-the-top musical extravaganza!


Conceived By Howard Crabtree and Mark Waldrop

Sketches and Lyrics by Mark Waldrop

Music by Dick Gallagher


Directed by Ed Decker
Musical Direction by Joe Wicht

Choreography by Jayne Zaban


Drama Desk Award for Best Musical Revue

Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Musical


15 year anniversary of 'When Pigs Fly' at NCTC!






"a booster shot of theatrical serotonin to get your Pride season off to a smiling start" - Bay Area Reporter


"gloriously gay and glamorous" - Theatre Eddys


"great fun and extremely entertaining" - My Cultural Landscape


"capital F fabulous" - Talkin'  Broadway


"a rollicking evening that should not be missed" - For All Events


"impossible to resist” - SF Examiner


“a bawdy, rambunctious comedy” - Reelkev


“Very funny” - KPFA






May 17, 24, 31, Jun 7 at 7pm
Russell Deason will host sing-a-long show tune classics in the lobby!  Come drink, sing and enjoy your Thursday night with us.


Friday, May 25 at 7pm

Guests will craft costumes out of unexpected objects with When Pigs Fly costume designer Jorge Hernandez.


Pay-what-you-wish Previews

May 11-18th 

Guests can purchase pay-what-you-wish tickets at the box office based on availability to these preview performances > learn more


Opening Night

Saturday, May 19th at 8pm 

This fabulous night will include a post-show celebration with bubbly and bites from Minas Brazilian Restaurant.


Post-show talkback

Sunday, May 27th at 2pm 

Join us post-show for a talkback with the cast and director.



Season Producers: Norman Abramson & David Beery, Lowell Kimble

Executive Producers: Charles Matteson & Oakley Stephens, The Bob A. Ross Foundation, Andrew Smith & Brian Savard
Producers: Andy Leas & Juancho "Bong" Villa-Leas, Chris Yaros & Friends

Graphic Design by Klinger Creative

Howard Crabtree’s When Pig’s Fly is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

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