California Musical Theatre (CMT) is Northern California’s premiere producer and presenter of musical theatre, and the largest nonprofit musical theatre in California. Since the inception of Music Circus in 1951 under an open-air, circus-style big top, California Musical Theatre has grown to become the most successful nonprofit performing arts organization in Northern California. Between Music Circus and Broadway Sacramento, California Musical Theatre entertains over 250,000 patrons every year.

In addition to presenting the Music Circus series at Wells Fargo Pavilion and the Broadway Sacramento series at Community Center Theater, California Musical Theatre operates the Academy, a nationally recognized theatre education program that provides an opportunity for children and students to gain valuable experience and learn from theatre professional from all over the country.

California Musical Theatre is a member of the Broadway League, a founding member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and a member of the League of Sacramento Theatres.


California Musical Theatre is committed to the presentation of quality theatrical productions to enrich the cultural life of the greater Sacramento region, the state of California, the United States and the international community. The goals of the organization are to preserve and expand the American musical theatre as an art form by educating new audiences and nurturing aspiring artists.