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Signature Theatre kicks off the Heidi Thomas Writers' Initiative with a complex and intriguing look at an American worldview created in the wake of September 11.
For the last 12 years — or 4,380 days — Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the United States government at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. As he languishes in his cell, his interactions with those on the outside are juxtaposed with historical events in a riveting exposé of the most dangerous prison of all: fear.
With a graceful poetry and a fluidity that spans time and place, Washington, D.C., playwright Annalisa Dias delivers a searing and timely critique of power, humanity, and what it means to be American.
Written by multi-Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), this exceptionally witty comedy delivers a new meaning to the phrase "divine intervention."
God is back. And he's got a lot to say. Inhabiting the body of beloved actor Tom Story (Round House Theatre's Angels in America) and flanked by his ever-faithful archangels, the Supreme Being gifts his mortals with an entirely new set of Ten Commandments in a sinfully funny whirlwind of comedy heaven.
John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces an uncertain future. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father — a slave trader — and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. Accompanied by his slave, Thomas, John embarks on a perilous sea voyage. When that journey leads John to his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.
Amazing Grace is a new musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind one of the world's most beloved songs. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion, and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change. Brimming with emotion and adventure, Amazing Grace is a musical saga that captures the spirit of history's sweetest sound: freedom.
An American in Paris is a Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director-choreographer and 2015 Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season.
Winner of 4 Tony Awards!
An American in Paris transforms the timeless story of love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II into a new Broadway musical of romance, redemption and hope.
Loosely based on the true story of Annie Oakley, Annie Get Your Gun follows America's greatest female sharpshooter on her journey from backwoods hunter to the star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. However, Annie's rise to fame is not without price, and while replacing dashing shooting ace Frank Butler as the star attraction is good for business, romance is another story.
With showstopping numbers including "I Got the Sun in the Morning" and "Anything You Can Do," Irving Berlin's greatest theatrical achievement will have the entire family understanding why "There's No Business Like Show Business."
Julius Caesar is no more, and Mark Antony, at the peak of his political power, is lustily ensconced in Egypt at the side of the irresistible Cleopatra. What with his military duties to Rome and his passionate affair with the Egyptian queen, Antony finds himself caught between love and war when he is summoned home to Rome. This production of Shakespeare's epic saga of politics, passion, jealousy, and war is staged in the round.
Ray leaves his job as a classically trained French chef to take care of his dying father, a Korean immigrant who never appreciated Ray's culinary accomplishments. Food, which normally unites people, painfully divides Ray from his father, even as it serves as the key to memory and identity for all the characters in this off-Broadway hit. If the language of food lets Ray down, he's even more vexed by the Korean language. Ray calls upon his estranged girlfriend, Cornelia, for translation services when his non-English-speaking uncle arrives with a sackful of strange ingredients intended for a soup to nurse Ray's father back to health. This life-affirming and perceptive drama from one of the country's most important playwrights distills the flavors of rich characters and intense relationships.
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room-only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has become an international sensation.
Note: This show contains explicit language.
What if Shakespeare's works were lost forever? After the death of their friend and mentor, two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They'll just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done. Lauren Gunderson, playwright of the runaway hit Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, weaves a hilarious and heartfelt story inspired by the true story of Shakespeare's First Folio.
Sandro Botticelli is devoted to beauty, sensuality, and pleasure. While painting "The Birth of Venus," however, the limits of his dedication are put to the test by the arrival of a conservative priest leading a populist revolution in Lorenzo de' Medici's Florence. When his full-throttle, decadent ways catch up to him, will the famed artist sacrifice his work...or the life of his young apprentice, Leonardo da Vinci?
Botticelli in the Fire is an ambitious modern story that sets the present political moment ablaze. Woolly Mammoth Theatre's production marks the American premiere of this new work by Canadian Jordan Tannahill.
The only group in America that attempts to be funnier than the Congress, Capitol Steps is a troupe of current and former Congressional staffers who satirize the very people and places that once employed them. They monitor events and personalities on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office and other centers of power, taking a humorous look at serious issues and providing laughs for millions. Since they began over 20 years ago, Capitol Steps has become a Washington, DC institution for providing a tasteful blend of musical and political comedy.
A beguiling new musical version of E.B. White's beloved classic story about Wilbur, the little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever spider friend Charlotte. With music and lyrics by Broadway composer Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie) and a book by national award-winning children's playwright Joseph Robinette, audiences will thrill to a musical score which includes "Eating," Wilbur's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; "Who Says We Can't Be Friends?," an enchanting duet between Wilbur and Charlotte; "Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn," featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and "Summer," a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone's childhood. With its lessons of friendship, loyalty, and truth, Charlotte's Web is a gift for audiences of all ages.
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge. This annual production has been a Washington tradition for more than 35 years.
The Color Purple was the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival. This joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new production, directed by Tony winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South.
Presented by SiriusXM radio host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, this concert offers an evening of entertainment, with stars of film, television, music, comedy, and Broadway raising funds for five national organizations working to protect civil rights and the environment. Headlining the event are two Washington, D.C., natives who became Broadway stars: Chita Rivera (West Side Story) and Judy Kuhn (Fun Home). The two of them are joined by Kerry Butler (Disaster!) as well as Rudetsky's SiriusXM cohost Christine Pedi.
Beloved songs meet sensational dance in this feel-good Tony Award-winning musical comedy for the holiday season.
A musical-loving banker sent to foreclose on a small-town theater decides to revive it instead with the magic of the Follies, some slapstick comedy, and a whole lot of charm. With mistaken identities, a classic love story, and 1930s glamour, Crazy for You radiates playful humor and high-energy showstoppers. A wealth of Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Nice Work if You Can Get It" fuse with exhilarating tap numbers in this triumphant musical celebration.
Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? How about a million? A seven-year-old child confronted by his mother's attempted suicide makes a list of things to live for that grows from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. From "ice cream" (No. 1 on the list) to "the alphabet" (No. 999,997), Every Brilliant Thing elicits as much laughter as it does tears in creating its catalogue of gratitude with a unique theatrical style. In this remarkable one-person show, those watching become custodians of the list, co-conspirators in the child's plot to hold back the darkness, and members of an ensemble that creates the evening's story.
It's winter in Minnesota, and an immigrant Zimbabwean family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter, a first-generation American. But when the bride insists on observing roora, a traditional bride-price ceremony, it opens a deep rift in the household. Rowdy and affectionate, Familiar pitches tradition against assimilation among the members of one devoted family. Which will prove stronger: the customs they keep…or the secrets they've kept buried?
Familiar — the third Woolly Mammoth Theatre production of playwright Danai Gurira's (Eclipsed) work — is the company's entry in the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
Before there was Michael Jackson or Jackie Wilson, there was Frankie Lymon, a teenage musical comet who burned out too soon. Fool in Love is a sizzling tour-de-force performance chronicling Lymon's meteoric rise and fall. From his groundbreaking hits "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," "Goody Goody," and "Little Bitty Pretty One" to his lesser-known recordings "Out in the Cold" and "Thumb Thumb," Fool in Love is the musical soundtrack of Frankie Lymon's life.
Girlfriend is a vibrant and tender coming-of-age musical duet from when flannel was the height of fashion and mix tapes were the language of love.
It's 1993 in small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next. College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion, and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Matthew Sweet's alternative rock album Girlfriend.
Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning play All the Way set the stage for President Lyndon Baines Johnson's sudden ascent to the White House. In its Washington, D.C., premiere, The Great Society brings the second half of Schenkkan's epic story to its harrowing conclusion. As America is divided by civil rights protests and the anguish of the Vietnam War, LBJ struggles to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., keep his political opponents in check, and complete a raft of impossibly ambitious social policy projects. This political thrill ride explodes the America of our past to better understand the America of today.
Winner of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From the creative team behind In the Heights comes Hamilton, a musical about a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has given words and music to the story of an unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind who went from being a bastard orphan to George Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury Department secretary who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and Aaron Burr, lifelong friend and foe of Hamilton, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
In the wake of his father's abrupt death, Hamlet returns home from university to find his personal and political world changed as he never imagined it could be — his mother remarried, his uncle on the throne, and a world seemingly gone insane. When his father's ghost appears and demands vengeance, the increasingly desperate Danish prince must decide between submission and resistance...acceptance and vengeance...and life and death.
Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) stars as Hamlet under the direction of Michael Kahn. Together they give life to one of the greatest characters of Western literature as he walks the line between madness and inspiration.
The legendary Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2007 with the Bard's searing tragedy of murder and revenge.
A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted, who can be believed? Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet's mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder, and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill? For its 2016 world premiere in Shakespeare's home of Stratford-upon-Avon, featuring rising star Paapa Essiedu in the title role and directed by Simon Godwin, this critically lauded production won raves for both Godwin's vision of Hamlet's Denmark as a state in west Africa and Essiedu's revelatory portrayal.
Handbagged is an Oliver Award-winning comedy now making its American premiere. Round House is thrilled to present the American premiere of this West End hit comedy!
The Iron Lady. The Queen. Born six months apart, each woman had a destiny that would change the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Helmed by Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the original Tricycle Theatre and West End productions in London, Handbagged is the wickedly funny new comedy that imagines what the world's most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors. Handbagged is presented in arrangement with Tricycle Theatre and Eleanor Lloyd Productions.
Hilarious. Heartfelt. Homicidal. Being a teenager can be hard. Especially when you are flung off the apex of the high school hierarchy by the almighty Heather Chandler — head of the adolescent clique to rule all adolescent cliques: the Heathers. Follow brainy misfit Veronica Sawyer through the ups and downs of growing up...if you're lucky enough to make it out alive.
Note: The high school edition of Heathers the Musical is an officially licensed version of the musical with cuts and adjustments made to render the show appropriate for high school performers and audiences.
There is a Japanese proverb that says, "The nail that sticks out is the one that gets hit." In 1941, one American, the son of Japanese immigrants, was the nail threatened by the hammer of the United States government. Reeling from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and driven by fear and prejudice, America placed its own citizens of Japanese ancestry in internment camps. A play for our times, Hold These Truths tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American who defied an unjust court order to uphold the values on which America was founded. Filled with hope and buoyed by unquenchable patriotism, Hirabayashi's unflinching defiance will leave audiences cheering the strength of the individual and his dedication to his own unalienable rights.
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle prewar duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
Direct from Broadway, the world's best-selling magic show returns to the Kennedy Center after sold-out performances in 2015. This spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen onstage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Silver Spring loves to laugh! Join us at the Highwood Theatre in downtown Silver Spring every Friday at 8pm for a night of spontaneous comedy seen for the very first and very last time, featuring a new lineup of professional improv performers every week!
In the midst of the holiday bustle, young Brooklyn couple Elias and Jenny escape on a much needed getaway to a cozy bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. However, under the watchful eye of the cheery, if slightly off, innkeeper, a ghost seems to haunt their crumbling relationship.
With her trademark rough-edged humanity, observant humor, and lyrical beauty, playwright Annie Baker (The Flick) blends the hyper-real with flickers of the supernatural in a quietly suspenseful and transfixing work.
Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Iyona Blake (Caroline, or Change) returns to the Cauldron to portray one of American's most legendary jazz legends. In March of 1959, Billie Holiday performed one of her final shows in a run-down bar in South Philly. "Lady Day," as she was called, turned jazz songs and standards into searching, and searing, portraits of life and love gone wrong. And this final performance wove together over a dozen of her most salty, and often humorous, numbers ("When a Woman Loves a Man," "'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do," "Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer") for a riveting portrait of the woman behind the legend.
He's young, he's broke, and his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business — and himself. Featuring a fierce and fabulous cast of queens, The Legend of Georgia McBride celebrates finding your voice and singing your own song.
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theater history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
Acclaimed indie-folk-rock band Eddie From Ohio's Robbie Schaefer has crafted a touching and funny world premiere musical portrait featuring Bobby Smith.
A master storyteller, Robbie journeys from his childhood in India to the joys and struggles of growing up, pursuing his passion, and raising a family. Entwined throughout is his cherished relationship with his father — and his father's haunted past. Enriched with beautiful folk-rock music, inventive lyrics, and Robbie's disarming humor, Light Years is a deeply personal tale of immigration, musical gifts, and the steadfast bond between father and son.
A sudden change of fortune leaves wealthy Sara Crewe alone and penniless in the cold of a London winter. When her friends at Miss Minchin's School for Girls turn into taunting enemies — and Miss Minchin's greedy expectations of her "star pupil" turn into bitter rage — Sara must draw upon her incredible power of imagination, her clever wit, and her brave and generous heart to sustain her. But will they be enough? The magical answer is certain to surprise and delight in this original musical.
A sudden change of fortune leaves wealthy Sara Crewe alone and penniless in the cold of a London winter. When her friends at Miss Minchin's School for Girls turn into taunting enemies — and Miss Minchin's greedy expectations of her "star pupil" turn into bitter rage — Sara must draw upon her incredible power of imagination, her clever wit, and her brave and generous heart to sustain her. But will they be enough? The magical answer is certain to surprise and delight in this original musical dramatization of the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett that has inspired several films, including the 1939 version with Miss Shirley Temple!
The members of The Bridges of Madison County company are excited to host their final fundraising event, Love is Always Better – An Evening of Music by Jason Robert Brown and More, for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
When Alex the Lion and the rest of his friends from New York's Central Park Zoo wind up busting out of captivity, a madcap adventure ensues. Based on the blockbuster DreamWorks film of the same name, this high-energy stage adaptation contains favorite characters as well as the dance hit "I Like to Move It."
She's back! After a sold-out run at the Cauldron in 2014, we welcome back everyone's favorite precocious little Parisian. "In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines." And with that familiar phrase, author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of the brave and resourceful Madeline. In this musical adaptation, Madeline's schoolmates and tutor are all sick in bed on Christmas Eve, unable to go home for Christmas to be with their families. So it's Madeline to the rescue! And with the help of a magical rug merchant, she takes her friends on a Christmas journey they will never forget.
When two sleight of hand experts compete for the title of D.C.'s Best Magician, the results are hilarious, astonishing, and thoroughly entertaining.
Tired of dinner and a movie? Audiences say The Magic Duel is "a perfect birthday night out, date night, girls night out or anything!" First-rate snarkists Mark Phillips and Brian Curry battle for the title of Best Magician with audience involvement from start to finish. This show is full of seriously funny magic that will fool you. Badly. Who will win? The audience is judge and jury.
In a small South African tea shop in 1950, two black men and a white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.
Winner of the Drama Desk and London Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, "Master Harold"…and the Boys reveals the profound personal consequences of oppression.
After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of the Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
Full of razor-sharp wit and remarkable insight, Mean Girls takes a look at friendships — and human nature — through a ferociously funny lens. Be the first to see this world premiere musical, produced by Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson.
Velvet-throated songstress Nina Simone hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham, Alabama, rocked our entire nation to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls killed in that tragedy came "Four Women" — along with Simone's other activist anthems like "Mississippi Goddam," "Old Jim Crow," and "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black." Through storytelling and song, Nina Simone: Four Women reveals how this iconic chanteuse found her true voice — and how the "High Priestess of Soul" defined the sound of the civil rights movement.
He's a thought-provoking standup comic, a TV personality, and an all-around good father and man…but he used to be a drug dealer, a convict, and a danger. Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) tells the hilarious and harrowing story of how one black man went from six years in a state prison to a six-figure job in corporate America to a new life as an activist and satirist. Performed by Felonious Monk and a cast of Chicago's sharpest comedians, this show combines sketch, standup, and music to remind audiences that true freedom comes only from within.
What does "home" mean and what will we do to protect it?
Noura challenges our notions of belonging, shame, and sacrifice through a portrait of Iraqi immigrants in New York. As Noura and her husband, Tariq, prepare to celebrate a traditional Christmas, she looks forward to welcoming a special guest — Maryam, a young Iraqi refugee. But the girl's arrival opens wounds the family has tried to leave behind, forcing them to confront where they are, where they've been and who they have become.
In this world-premiere production, award-winning playwright and performer Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire) draws on personal stories of Arab American women responding to A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen's classic drama of one mother's struggle to balance her duty with her identity.
Miramar brings nostalgic love songs to a new generation. They revive the bolero, a traditional Latin American song form, by following in the footsteps of the great Puerto Rican troubadours of the 1950's and 60's. They perform a mix of original and classic tunes drawing upon such great artist as Sylvia Rexach, Felipe 'La Voz' Rodriguez and duo Irizarry de Cordova. A portion of Miramar's repertoire also includes Portuguese and Greek pieces that emerged from similar international song movements that paralleled the Latin American bolero revolution.
Yeni Nostalji is a music group based in Richmond, Virginia. Their mission is to share timeless music and performances inspired by Turkish pop of the 1960's and 70's. Founded by singer Christina Marie, who initially joined forces with Turkish American guitarist Evrim Doğu and keyboardist Jeff London. "I believe that we were brought together for a reason," Christina says. "This is my calling. To help preserve the spirit of the music coming from Turkey during these decades."
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tip-top model of efficiency — so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard Sid Sorokin, the new superintendent, has fallen for Babe Williams, the troublemaking head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers' strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with seductive dance numbers such as "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway," the best way to ensure a good night's rest during the hectic holiday season is to play The Pajama Game!
Hailing from Utah, the Piano Guys are four dads who became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They've made over 50 since early 2011, including an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. It's the Guys' highly original blend of classical music with pop that has really been the cause of an internet phenomenon and has led to over 500 million YouTube views. It's their endearing personalities along with their obvious will to inspire the young and old that keeps fans coming back for more.
Everything has a price — even our dreams. Victor Franz has returned home to settle his late father's estate. In an attic overflowing with memories and furniture, he meets the enigmatic Gregory Solomon (Hal Linden), a professional appraiser committed to wringing a profit from Victor's past. But before a bargain can be struck, an estranged brother enters the scene to reframe Victor's memories and force them both to reconsider the true cost of personal sacrifices. One of the most personal plays by an American theater giant, Arthur Miller's The Price is a fascinating study of the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.
Psychic Cabaret is a mind-boggling and hysterical new show by mind reader and psychic entertainer Michael Jons. During his lightning-paced performance, Jons astonishes the audience with his Sherlockian style of people-reading, his Svengali-like power to persuade, and, of course, his incredible ability to seemingly read the private thoughts of total strangers. But the show's highlight is the dazzling variety of psychic readings that Jons does, instantly and memorably, for lucky members of the audience.
The martyred heroine of France fought and defeated the besieging English at Orleans, was captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, and put on trial and burned at the stake — all by the age of 19. Depicted as neither witch, saint, nor madwoman in George Bernard Shaw's compelling play, Joan of Arc is instead an illiterate farm girl whose focus on the individual rocks the church and state. Led by director Eric Tucker, four actors perform over 25 roles in Bedlam's riveting, stripped-down production.
Signature Theatre's tradition of celebrating John Kander and Fred Ebb continues with their final musical collaboration. In the vein of their iconic Chicago and Cabaret, the Tony Award-winning masterminds deliver a breathtaking musical critique of a stunning true story of racism and injustice in the American South.
On March 25, 1931, nine African-American teenagers were ripped off a train, falsely accused of a crime, hastily tried, and sentenced to death in an outrageous disregard of due process. With exhilarating dancing and songs written in a style reflecting the period, The Scottsboro Boys transforms an event that gripped the nation into a compelling musical nominated for 12 Tony Awards.
Seen by over ten million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
Creative Cauldron is pleased to welcome back one of our favorite groups, Shenandoah Run. Formed in 2011, this nine-piece, D.C.-based ensemble is a band in pursuit of a vision — keeping folk music alive and fresh! This guiding ambition has been key to their success. Their performances pay tribute to both vintage Americana and contemporary folk music, while their top-notch musicianship and soaring harmonies lure you in for that irresistible sing-along. Their latest album, SR, released in May 2016, brings their unique, fresh voice to classic and contemporary folk songs, as well as two original songs. Come spend some time with them and experience "folk music with a kick."
A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order is a brand-new story told entirely through the peripheries and pivot points of an as-yet undetermined number of debates, wrangles, quarrels, arguments, discussions, tiffs, altercations, contretemps, and squabbles. Its author is Daniel Kitson, a well-regarded but bald-headed 40-year-old writer and performer from a small village in the north of England. He's now making his first visit to Washington, D.C., and bringing with him the world premiere of a show written in this particular time, for this particular place, and likely to be both funny and thoughtful, absurd and serious, rich with humanity and riddled with frustration.
Eowyn Ivey's debut novel The Snow Child, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is reborn as a magical new musical with a bluegrass-infused score. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all.
Our Learning Theater Ensemble tackles Hans Christian Andersen's longest and most highly acclaimed tale that has inspired numerous films and adaptations from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to Disney's Frozen! This classic tale of bravery and friendship follows the journey of young Gerda as she attempts to rescue her best friend Kai from the clutches of the Snow Queen. With the help of some unique friends and little magic, Gerda is determined to break the Snow Queen's spell and melt the ice that has taken hold of Kai's heart before he is lost to her forever!
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Welcome to the '90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting, and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "the Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first musical! But amid the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz.
Some wounds refuse to heal. Mary Kathryn Nagle's daring new work, which debuts as the fourth production in Arena Stage's Power Plays initiative, travels the intersections of personal and political truths as well as historic and present struggles. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation's jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson's Oval Office to today's Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, Sovereignty asks how high the flames of anger can rise before they ultimately consume the truth.
Twist Your Dickens returns to the Kennedy Center following its hugely popular 2016 engagement. In this wicked parody of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge, Tiny Tim, three ridiculous ghosts, and a cast of Second City's funniest members take the Theater Lab by storm. Holiday hilarity ensues as a timeless tale is told through the legendary troupe's trademark improvisation and sketch performance.
Doug Bowles and Alex Hassan are back at the Cauldron with more laughter, merriment, touching songs and stories — beloved songs you know and plenty of exciting new discoveries from their research into the lost and forgotten songs of the Great American Songbook. Tired of the same old holiday tunes? The fellas will introduce you to some amazing holiday songs of the '20s and '30s that may become your new favorites. And they'll invite you to sing along on a few beloved standards. Lauded by luminaries like Michael Feinstein, Vince Giordano, Ethan Mordden, and movie critic Leonard Maltin, and featured around the globe and in broadcasts of NPR and the BBC; they are sure to please with their virtuosic and spirited interpretations of this exciting American musical style. Doug and Alex sold out their performance for this past Summer's Cabaret series here, so book your tickets now!
It's 1969, and the civil rights movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh's Hill District. At the center of the community is Memphis Lee's diner, slated to be demolished — a casualty of the city's renovation project. Confronted with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary.
At Hanover Middle School, two teachers get shockingly down and dirty with a lesson about race, sex, and power. The quick-witted duo goes round after round on the mat of our nation's history in an R-rated, far-reaching, and absolutely unflinching comedy. Underground Railroad Game is a fourth-wall-breaking, audience-implicating experience. Viewers will never forget which side of history they were on.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna. A waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage — a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, the world seems too much with her. Both women become the object of ridicule and scandal — but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back.
In the lush and opulent land of the Hamptons' one percent, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Freely adapted from William Congreve's classic play, The Way of the World is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper class.
Convinced of his queen's unfaithfulness, King Leontes of Sicilia imprisons her, exiles his newborn daughter, and schemes to have his closest friend, King Polixenes, murdered. With the passage of time comes realization, revelation, and redemption — as well as a growing romance between the children of both kings. Incorporating a variety of inspired theatrical techniques, this production of The Winter's Tale presents a rich and emotional story of human folly, hope, and resurrection filled with unexpected surprises.
From the dawn of time, women have been demonized, feared, and objectified whenever their power challenged the traditional order. Weaving a thread from the Salem Witch trials through modern-day politics, this world premiere musical examines the complex and compelling stories of women who've been labeled as witches throughout the centuries. Building on their beautifully crafted productions of The Turn of the Screw, Monsters of the Villa Diodati, and Kaleidoscope, Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith bring us their next highly anticipated "Bold New Work."
Twenty-eight professional theater companies of all sizes from the Washington, D.C., area join together to produce new works by female and female-identifying artists. In addition to presenting world-premiere productions, this festival will expand in 2018 to include second and third productions of works by female playwrights, nationwide festival-related activities, and a variety of events for theater makers and theater lovers from across the country.