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As the festival enters its 13th year, it's erecting tents, embracing new partnerships, and providing a greater number of outlets for artistic development. Two productions are being curated and presented as part of the Fringe Festival, including O Monsters by the New Paradise Laboratories, a nationally and internationally acclaimed experimental performance ensemble from Philadelphia, and BAROCOCO, a world-premiere production by DC-area visual theater company Happenstance Theatre.
Through its new Writing Refreshed program, the Fringe Festival is also seeking scripts that explore an old story in a new, surprising, or inventive way. The selected scripts will be fully developed and presented in repertory, receiving five to seven performances during the festival.
Ain't Too Proud is a new musical about the life and times of the Temptations, ranked the top R&B group in history by Billboard magazine in 2017. At first, the band members were just five young guys on the streets of Detroit. Then they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. After 24 attempts, they finally scored a hit, and the rest is history — how they met, how they rose, the heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the nation fell into civil unrest. Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and multi-Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff bring this thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal to the stage. Ain't Too Proud includes iconic hits like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" as well as the signature dance moves that made the "Classic Five" Temptations part of American cultural history.
For NextStop's 30th Anniversary Event, they present Amour, based on a story by Marcel Amyé, with book & lyrics by Didier van Cauwelaert. The English adaptation is by Jeremy Sams, and music is by Michel Legrand. The musical takes place in 1950s Paris. A minor civil servant finds his life transformed by a magical ability to walk through walls.
The SS American has set sail from New York to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, countess Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Now, it is up to Billy — with the help of showgirls, sailors, and public enemy No. 13 — to find, woo, and win back his true love. Unlikely alliances arise as mischief and mayhem ensue in this madcap musical by beloved composer and Tony Award winner Cole Porter.
The 2019 Arena Stage Gala will be a night to remember.
In August Rush, it's love at first sight when a young concert cellist meets a gallivanting rock star. Their romance is quickly torn apart by circumstance but not before producing a son that neither parent knows is alive. Eleven years later, now a musical prodigy, their son desperately searches for his birth parents in a thrilling adventure through New York City. Compelling and heartfelt, this world premiere musical blends a rock and classical-tinged score with elements of fantasy in a dazzling escapade showing the universal power of music and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Grammy Award winner David Mancina (Speed), who scored the original film, has composed new music and lyrics for the musical. The book writer and co-lyricist is Emmy Award winner Glen Berger, who cowrote the book for Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Directing is Tony Award winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd), well known for his spare, inventive stagings.
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.
Amid mystical forests and grand castles, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Camelot tells a strikingly familiar tale of a leader's integrity, courage, and empathy — a chronicle of the struggle for civilization and goodness in a world accustomed to violence and hate. With the legendary story of King Arthur's Round Table, doomed romance, and a stunning score ("If Ever I Would Leave You," "I Loved You Once in Silence"), Camelot has won the hearts of generations of musical theater lovers — not to mention four Tony Awards.
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.
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.
Ken Ludwig, the Tony Award-winning playwright of Lend Me a Tenor, is back with A Comedy of Tenors, another farce set on the precipice of a big concert in 1936 Paris. When star tenor Tito Merelli refuses to perform, the American impresario Saunders and his sidekick Max stumble upon Beppo the bellman, who happens to look exactly like Tito and has a voice to match. Throw in a couple of young lovers caught in flagrante delicto, Tito's fiery wife, a randy Russian diva, and some slamming doors, and the result is an uproarious adult evening of laughter and love.
Based on Gary Ross's 1993 Oscar-nominated White House comedy, Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who's hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the commander in chief. When the president falls ill under less than "presidential" circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people…and the first lady. Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway) directs this musical, with a book by the late Thomas Meehan and Nell Benjamin, lyrics by Benjamin, and music by Tom Kitt.
A beautiful new adaptation of John Steinbeck's iconic novel asks if it is possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course. East of Eden resets the story of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel at the beginning of the twentieth century, through the intertwining stories of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons. Adapted by Frank Galati, East of Eden is an American epic: grand in scope yet deeply personal.
Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf The Musical has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warmhearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and subpar toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.
The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family.
Fallen Angels is Noel Coward's smash hit comedy about the rivalry between two housewives awaiting the arrival of their exotic former lover.
Julia's and Jane's husbands go out of town for a golf trip the same weekend Maurice is coming to visit — both ladies had their last fling before marriage with the suave Maurice. Dramatizing female sexual desire and frustration, the first performances in 1925 outraged critics and was labeled "shocking and obscene."
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.
Finding one's voice is never easy. Socially awkward and plain Catherine Sloper has struggled her entire life under the disapproving and resentful gaze of her father. It is the unexpected visit from a suitor full of sincerity and instantaneous devotion that awakens Catherine's long-abandoned hopes of true love and the opportunity for a fresh start. A devastating betrayal forces the scorned Catherine to learn how to roar, realize her truth, and take control of her destiny.
Things take a darkly hilarious turn, with the highly anticipated world premiere of Ian Allen's How to Win a Race War. The three-part comic satire, replete with song-and-dance numbers, is a parody of white supremacist "race war" fiction, which has proliferated in the years since Timothy McVeigh named William Pierce's The Turner Diaries as inspiration for his brutal 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.
Spanning more than three centuries of civilization, How to Win a Race War, written and directed by Ian Allen, takes the audience on an epic journey from one end of the white supremacist bookcase to the other: from the fear of slave rebellions in the antebellum South, to the militant skinhead scene of 1990's Boston, and way beyond — into a liberal dystopian future packed with the sort of orchestrated chaos we are seeing from these dangerous groups today. Part satire, part exposé, and part horror show, How to Win a Race War is guaranteed to be an experience like no other.
In 1923, the Broadway premiere of Sholem Asch's Yiddish drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in its theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration, and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed "indecent." Timelier than ever before, this Tony Award-winning intimate and enchanting play filled with music and dance is a testament to the transformative power of art.
Complicated, passionate, and difficult, John Quincy Adams was a brilliant diplomat, an ineffectual one-term president, and a congressman known for his eloquence, arrogance, and integrity. This unique, highly theatrical play by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner (Stupid F**king Bird) imagines key confrontations between JQA and some of America's most dynamic figures: George Washington; Andrew Jackson; Frederick Douglass; Abraham Lincoln; his own father, John Adams; and more. At once provocative, haunting, and hilarious, JQA challenges the way we think of our country, our government, and ourselves.
The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers shattered racial barriers in the US and abroad, entertaining kings and queens. For centuries, the bold a capella African-American ensemble formed on the campus of Fisk University have blended their rich voices together, sharing a heritage of suffering, strength, and endurance. Playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings an innovative and heart-stirring score to life in this world premiere. With uplifting spirituals and hymns, including "Wade in the Water," "Ain't That Good News," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," this a capella musical with more than three dozen songs is sure to ignite audiences.
As the brilliant and calculating Robert Merkin prepares a hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company, he is not concerned about crossing the line to get what he wants in the name of "saving America." Inspired by the volatile and cutthroat financial world and the junk bond giants of the 1980s, Junk takes an unblinking look at moneymakers, their hubris, and those who tried to hold them accountable. Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar's (Disgraced) latest work asks if redemption is truly possible or if there is always a new scheme waiting in the wings.
It is one of the most pivotal moments in history — the Soviet Union has just collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he's confronted by a young Vladimir Putin, who is charting his own path to power. This world-premiere drama by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) turns the spotlight on US-Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today's headlines are first set in motion.
Direct from London's West End comes the wildly witty comedy Labour of Love about the ups and downs of left-of-center politics over the past 25 years.
David Lyons parachuted into Parliament with Tony Blair's generation of center-left politicos focused on electability and effectiveness. His local office director, Jean Whittaker, firmly believes in the pro-union, far-left policies that have historically served his constituency deep in the heart of British coal country — a district that in 2018 just might turn conservative for the first time in a century. Unfolding over decades, across multiple election nights, and through economic booms and busts, this wickedly funny clash of values and class reflects a shifting political landscape that will resonate for anyone asking, "whither the Democrats?" James Graham is one of the UK's most popular playwrights who recently had three separate works running concurrently on the West End.
The Round House Theatre's 40th anniversary season closes with a heartwarming comedy that will give you life! When the owner of a rundown bar in the Florida Panhandle hires his cousin's drag show to attract more customers, Elvis impersonator Casey is out of a job. Or is he? While trying to pay the rent and prepare for his first child, Casey meets Miss Tracy Mills and finds that he has a thing or two to learn about expression and acceptance — on and off the stage. A fierce and fabulous cast struts the stage, serving up wit, warmth, and one outrageous musical performance after another. The (drag) race is on and a legend is born!
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.
Tired of dinner and a movie? Magic isn't for kids anymore. First-rate snarkists Mark Phillips and Brian Curry battle for the title of DC's Best Magician in The Magic Duel. This show is full of seriously funny magic that will fool you. Badly. During the performance, the audience selects the styles of magic for the contest, then votes to determine the winner of the coveted "Golden Wand." The Magic Duel has a five-star rating on Yelp, and has received of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence two years in a row. Perfect for date night, a girls' night out, birthdays, or bachelorette parties, The Magic Duel is an amazing night out. Suggested dress is: cocktail attire.
The two most powerful women of the 16th century — Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots — are on an explosive collision course in this thrilling drama of sex, power, intrigue, and betrayal. Pressured by the men of her court, who desperately want her to marry and ensure the succession, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I must decide whether to put her cousin, the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, to the death. As she tries to keep her fragile hold on both the realm and her conscience, a country fights to define itself.
Artistic director Jason Loewith adapts Schiller's classic clash of titans for the #MeToo world in The Mary Stuart Project with six extraordinary performers and the barest of sets in Olney Theater Center's most intimate performance space.
From Road Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) comes another classic childhood story. The unlikely hero Matilda Wormwood is born to parents who prize their own ignorance and disdain books, learning, and any information they can't get from television. Despite her parents, Matilda somehow manages to emerge a genius. Maybe even a magical one. However, she and the rest of the school are under the tyrannical rule of a deliciously devious villain, principal Agatha Trunchbull.
Matilda The Musical embraces the fearful and terrifying moments of childhood with humor, hard-earned optimism, and astoundingly witty musical numbers. Songs like "Miracle," "Naughty," and "Revolting Children" will ring true to adults and belong in the survival kit of any child making their way through preadolescence and beyond.
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."
This genre-busting American premiere follows mothers and daughters over two centuries, from the dawn of the age of oil in 1889 to its "peak-oil" demise sometime in the not-to-distant future. In five separate but connected playlets, a single mother named May defies the odds to provide for her daughter by any means necessary. From Cornwall, to Tehran, London, Baghdad, and back, the mother-daughter power struggle evolves and shifts, even as the resources that fuel it (and the rest of the world) begin to dwindle.
Bursting with theatricality, big ideas, and deeply personal emotions, Oil showcases the talent of one of Britain's fastest rising playwrights Ella Hickson.
Three young sailors on shore-leave hit 1944 New York City in a mad sprint to find love before being shipped off to war. Gabey sets off in search of a beauty he's only seen on a subway poster — that month's Miss Turnstiles — while his comrades stumble into romances with a cabby who sets her own destinations and an anthropologist in search of the perfect "primitive man." The manic coupling is set to an exuberant Leonard Bernstein score that begins with the classic "New York, New York" and from there reaches heights of classical and popular greatness. Betty Comden and Adolph Green's first Broadway hit grew out of a ballet that Jerome Robbins worked on with Bernstein, so this production promises to be one of the danciest shows of the Olney Theatre Center's season…and one of the starriest! On the Town stars some of D.C.'s favorite award-winning actors, including Evan Casey, Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Bobby Smith, and Rachel Zampelli.
This unlikely gem of a musical delighted Broadway in 2012 with its emotional folk-rock ballads and an ensemble that plays its own instruments, winning 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Set in contemporary Dublin, a thirty-something street-guitarist is about to give up on his musical dreams when he meets a curious woman who wants to know all about him. Captivated by her optimism, the two embark on a remarkable music-making journey that includes a cadre of unlikely companions — immigrants, oddballs, and lonely hearts. Along the way, can the two of them find love? Based on the 2006 film which won an Oscar for Best Original Song, Once channels the visceral power of music and the elusive mysteries of love.
Performing in rotating repertory!
They're back! Chicago's most innovative theater company, The Hypocrites, returns with an encore engagement of their critically acclaimed, immersive and streamlined version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. To complete the repertory, they will also be introducing Olney Theatre audiences to their zany take on H.M.S. Pinafore. Enjoy either show from the promenade, where you sit onstage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget.
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.
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.
Join master illusionist and winner of Penn & Teller: Fool Us Ivan Amodei on an epic journey to discover the secrets of life in his brand new stage show Secrets & Illusions.
Set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, you'll enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts you through galleries, while Ivan uncovers life's greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless works of art, one dazzling illusion at a time. Watch someone face their greatest fears. Witness a person track down love in the most unexpected place, and another discover how the Laws of Attraction helps them find their purpose in life — might it be you?
It's a 90-minute spectacular which displays Ivan's signature style of thought-provoking vignettes, audience participation, and storytelling. Paired with his remarkable approach to illusion, it will ultimately inspire, encourage and motivate you to discover your purpose and your destiny.
Seen by over 10 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.
With songs like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," and "Bali Ha'i," South Pacific is one of the most beloved of American musicals. Set on a remote Pacific island during World War II, South Pacific gives audiences the unforgettable love story between nurse Nellie Forbush and French expatriate Emile de Becque — a love threatened by war, as well as the dark corners of Nellie's soul. Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1950 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical was ahead of its time with its unflinching look at racism and prejudice that still resonates today. Featuring Jessica Ball (Guys and Dolls) as Nellie Forbush.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Prewitt
Starring Christopher Henley as Prospero
Swept away by love and magic.
Shakespeare's classic comedy — the only play he set in the New World — is filled with young love, dazzling magic, cross-cultural strife, and, ultimately, forgiveness. In Avant Bard's offbeat update, The Tempest tells a story of refugees and exiles that asks, "How can we all get along on this island Earth?"
In this outrageous satire about stereotypes, political correctness flies out the window as two Chinese-American siblings search for their authentic selves. Albert Chen is a computer programmer so modest he lets others take credit for his work. His sister Jennifer, a doctor, is so professionally driven she can't sustain a relationship (even if she could find someone worthy of her work ethic). Despite their Ivy League educations, musical virtuosity, and impeccable manners, the siblings mount a delayed adolescent rebellion against their disappointed mother (and equally demanding father): They embark on an "Asian Freedom Tour" that takes them to the People's Republic of China, where the tour goes terribly wrong.
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theater festival, but the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends, Susan and Heidi. Follow four friends on their hilarious journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression.
With music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, [title of show] is a musical about four friends writing a musical about four friends writing a musical.
This intimate and no-holds-barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory's rise as the first black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. His comedy spared no one — least of all the politicians, celebrities, and white supremacists who were part of his regular audience. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance. Turn Me Loose is an exuberant and raw tribute to Gregory's life as a civil rights activist, comic genius, and unapologetic provocateur.
The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.
Based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding SInger is a big-singing, big-dancing, big hair tribute to the 1980's, featuring music by Matther Skylar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin.
Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves is a challenging Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about the lives of suburban high school girls. The play takes you inside a world inhabited by girls at their daily soccer warm-ups.
The Wolves are undefeated, and they plan to stay that way. Fiercely competitive and enormously talented, these nine high school girls gather each Saturday to battle it out at their indoor soccer league and leave it all — body and soul — on the field. However, when the world outside the game starts to creep onto their turf, will the pack be able to stick together? The Wolves is a ferociously funny and achingly honest portrait of the warriors that are teenage girls.
A wizard stuck in a land far away from home, a scarecrow tied to a pole, a tinman rusted in a forest, and a lion afraid of his own shadow — their world as they know it is turned upside down and inside out when Dorothy arrives in Oz.
Join Synetic Theater's brand new adaptation of one of the most important cultural texts of the twentieth century, L. Frank Baum's American masterpiece The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Producing director Paata Tsikurishvili, director Ryan Sellers, and choreographer Tori Bertocci have created an environmental and spectacular adventure where verbal and nonverbal communication embrace each other in this innovative and heartfelt story of community, perseverance, and magic as they embark on their journey down the yellow brick road to bring Baum's characters to life.
Join us on Saturday, June 30, when Workhouse Fireworks race skyward and illuminate the Northern Virginia landscape in an expertly choreographed display of pyrotechnic light and thunder.
Launched from our historic, 55-acre campus, the region's largest pre-Independence Day fireworks show celebrates the history of this amazing nation and honors the courage and sacrifice that have made America a beacon of hope and freedom around the world. This year, the US Navy Band Commodores — the Navy's premier jazz ensemble — will treat guests to the very best of big band jazz music in the Rizer Pavilion at the center of the Workhouse's completely renovated Quad. A nearly 30-minute fireworks show follows the performance and will dazzle visitors with an incredible display of vibrant colors, bright lights, and ground-shaking explosions.
Enjoy art exhibits in 12 galleries and meet and explore the studios and works of art of nearly 80 resident and Arches Gallery artists. Galleries and studio buildings will remain open until just before the fireworks begin to ensure that everyone has a chance to enjoy the many examples of painting, sculpture, fiber arts, glass and ceramic arts, photography, and other art forms on display across our campus.
Guests at Workhouse Fireworks will also be able to enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks and craft beer and fine wine will be available for guests aged 21 and over. Ice-cold water, soft drinks, and other nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase by all our guests. As always, please drink responsibly.