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Shelton Theater
533 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA 94102
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Several great restaurants within walking distance. Check Yelp!
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Stockton/Sutter St. garage. Cost us $5.50, for dinner and a show. A short walk to the theater.
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"Emperor Norton the Musical"
45 ratings
4.0 average rating
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12 reviews
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attended Feb 11 2007

Silly, funky and fun - don't miss it.

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3 reviews
10 stars
attended Jan 20 2007

A truly fun romp through San Francisco history with Emperor Norton and other colorful characters from the period. (The dogs nearly stole the show!) Wonderful costumes and sets, great actors, and some stellar voices (particularly those of Lazarus...continued

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3 reviews
3 stars
attended Feb 03 2007

I love the Emperor! He has clothes!

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Quotes & Highlights

The show that inspired a “Farley” cartoon by SF Chronicle’s Phil Frank!


Joshua Norton, self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States, returns to San Francisco and takes up Imperial residence at the Shelton Theater off Union Square.

_ Emperor Norton, the Musical _generated rave reviews during its six-week sold-out run at The Dark Room Theater in early 2006 and was a hit at the 2006 San Francisco Theater Festival.

Now!  More singing!  More dancing!  More Pretty Waiter Girls!  More Dogs! Expanded and revamped, with additional songs and a dynamic mix of new and returning cast members, Emperor Norton, the Musical remains a rollicking, hilarious tribute to San Francisco, its eccentric characters and the man who refused to let it be called “Frisco”!

Based on a true story, businessman Joshua Norton lost a fortune, went mad and proclaimed himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico” in post-Gold Rush San Francisco. Thanks to the free-wheeling spirit of the Barbary Coast, Emperor Norton went on to print his own money, conceive the Bay Bridge, propose to the Queen of England, befriend Mark Twain, consort with famed performers Lola Montez and Lotta Crabtree, and become the most beloved San Franciscan of the 19th Century.