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Step into Harlem for a swinging, dancing celebration of big band and the songs of Thomas "Fats" Waller. This sultry Tony Award-winning musical tribute Ain't Misbehavin' features all of Waller's beloved tunes including "The Joint is Jumpin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Handful of Keys," and more.
A cast of Signature Theatre favorites including Nova Y. Payton (Jelly's Last Jam), Kevin McAllister (Titanic), and Iyona Blake (Titanic) strut the stage while Jelly's Last Jam's Mark G. Meadows tickles the ivories.
"Curiouser and curiouser" down the Rabbit Hole we go! Come join Alice on her fantastical journey through Wonderland. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts — all your favorite characters are here in this musical adaptation of the classic Lewis Carroll tale.
Another one of our original adaptations that we are revisiting for our 10th anniversary season, Alice in Wonderland gives the entire family a chance to spend an utterly "mad, mad day" at the cauldron enjoying one of the most famous and enduring children's classics of all time.
In this interactive show, everything is "all the way live" and history is revived through hip-hop lenses. World-renowned hip-hop artists collaborate on the spot to "remix" everything from the alphabet to folktales. The remix unfolds with dance, rhyme, music…and you! "So open your ears and watch with your eyes. We can turn it up…ALL THE WAY LIVE!"
In the aftermath of her brothers' bloody war, Antigone is left torn. Her brother Eteocles will be honored, but her brother Polyneices will be shamed and denied funeral rites. In this ancient tale, Antigone stands for morality in spite of punishment as one of the earliest heroines in drama. Sophocles's drama from 441 BC holds startling relevance today, examining divinity, obedience, and law — and how love overcomes them all.
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.
With a book by Tony Award and Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King as well as Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The show opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January 2014, where it has broken box office records and become the highest-grossing production in that theater's history.
Long before she was the chart-topping music legend Carole King, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music — she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Based on the Academy Award-winning Disney film Beauty and the Beast, this Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony Awards. It tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle's attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster, who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by and enchantress. The only way for the Beast to become human once again is if he learns to love and be loved in return. If the Beast doesn't learn to love, he and his entire household will be doomed for all eternity.
In the same spirit of our highly acclaimed Wizard of Oz, we will tackle this iconic blockbuster musical with creativity and simplicity, knowing what is most essential is the story at its heart.
It's showtime, folks! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier, and frankly, more repellent than ever in this musical based on Tim Burton's wonderfully demented film. Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, an unusual teenager obsessed with the whole "being dead thing." Luckily for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages, and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock) stars, and multi-Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher) directs.
All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community — and changes his life in extraordinary ways.
Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, Billy Elliot swept the Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Olivier Awards for Best Musical, by combining a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance to create a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family.
Set sail with the most infamous pirate of all time in a riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia, and The Fix.
After learning he's a wanted man by the British army, Blackbeard and his merry crew of maritime marauders embark on a fantastical journey across the globe to raise an undead pirate army from the depths of the sea. Hilarious, wildly original, and immersively staged entirely on a pirate ship, Blackbeard is a fresh musical salute to the Seven Seas.
After a bad health scare in her nether regions, Octavia decides to put off her troubles and blow off some serious steam with her friends June and Imani. Will one last epic night on the town — a true test of their friendship, full of outrageous, absurd encounters — lead to epiphany or disaster?
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.
No one is safe from these political satirists, their up-to-the-minute musical spoofs and (in)famous Lirty Dies.
In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden, their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple's equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. A hit in London and New York, Lucy Kirkwood's latest play is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility and reparation — what one generation owes the next.
Set boldly against the backdrop of therapy, Steven A. Butler Jr. takes sage stock of the current state of black manhood in America. Suli Myrie is unforgettable as Dr. Adrienne Taylor, the diabolical psychologist whose ghoulish experiment brings disastrous consequences to all of her subjects.
The holiday tradition continues as Olney Theatre Center favorite Paul Morella returns to bring his unique and memorable adaptation of A Christmas Carol to life in our most intimate space — the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab.
Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended — in his own words — and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Adapted from Charles Dickens's original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see.
Celebrate the holidays with a repast of English music ranging from the earliest carols to later arrangements of favorites like Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams. The Folger's 1619 manuscript A Christmas Messe — recounting a tussle between King Beef and King Brawn — offers lively accompaniment to a main course of beloved Yuletide music. A wonderful Christmas feast indeed! With strings, harp, organist Webb Wiggins, and an ensemble of voices.
In conjunction with the Folger exhibition Churchill's Shakespeare, on display October 6 through January 6.
In this rollicking farce, Shakespeare elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights. Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife, and her lovelorn sister romp through this fast-paced comedy. Filled with mistaken identities and slapstick humor, The Comedy of Errors will have audiences laughing from the first confusion to the last
Two sets of twins, each with the same name — what could go wrong? Everything, apparently. Leave logic behind and delight in the confusion of Shakespeare's beloved comedy, where servants misplace their masters, wives overlook their husbands, and sons forget their fathers. The blunders double, triple, and cube until chaos reigns — and everyone is pretty sure that everyone else is completely insane. With a cast of beloved Shakespeare Theatre Company performers, associate artistic director Alan Paul (Camelot, Romeo & Juliet) brings the madcap world of The Comedy of Errors to life in all its antic, anarchic glory.
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.
In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to one ruthless KGB agent destined to become one of the most powerful figures in the world? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies, and blood.
The legend live in concert for two nights only!
From girl-group glory in the 1960s to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Diana Ross — singing sensation, movie star, Broadway legend, and humanitarian — reigns supreme as a cultural icon and national treasure.
Don't miss your chance to see the ravishing Ross live onstage at Strathmore — two shows only, September 25 and 26!
When last we saw Nora Helmer, she left her husband Torvald — and audiences — with the slam of a door that became a feminist battle cry. Now, 15 years later, Nora knocks on that same door in search of closure…except the reactions of those she left behind are not quite what she anticipated. That's the funny thing about the end of relationships, though: Hindsight isn't necessarily 20/20 if you don't stick around for the aftermath. Associate artistic director Nicole A. Watson shares her artistic vision with Round House audiences for the first time, directing this clever and sharp sequel to Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece that opens up old wounds with fresh insight, unexpected humor, and modern sensibility.
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.
The hilarious true story of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw's courtship with heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend. He considered himself the superman. She allowed him to believe it. But can she romance an unromantic man?
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."
Experience the story that inspired revolution in the streets, The Marriage of Figaro, reimagined with the poetry of T.S. Eliot. The themes of Mozart's most beloved opera — nostalgia, memory, love, loss, myriad mirrored looks at life — are revealed through Figaro's most memorable music and T.S. Eliot's masterpiece Four Quartets in a spellbinding new theater experience. Classic theater magic blends with mesmerizing visuals by Dutch artist Guus Mostart. Director Timothy Nelson leads the small chamber ensemble. Sung in Italian with English dialogue and supertitles.
As a prelude to Valentine's Day, Folger Consort offers a magnificent buffet of romance and poetry with chansons and madrigals on food, drink, and passionate love by French and Italian Renaissance composers such as Janequin and Marenzio. Complementing the song is enchanting "table music" for strings, including selections from Schein's Banchetto Musicale (Musical Banquet), composed as dinner music for the sophisticated courts of Germany. With vocal ensemble Les Canards Chantants and viol consort Arcadia Viols.
In conjunction with the Folger exhibition and the institution-wide project Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.
"Take the 'A' Train" from D.C.'s thriving music scene on U Street to the roaring nightlife of the most famous of Harlem clubs — from the revolutionary home of the True Reformers to New York's famed Cotton Club — this joint will most definitely be jumpin'! Playwright Sybil Williams brings us stories of courageous people in turbulent times, told in a musical journey across immortal songs from gospel to the jazz age: songs by Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, and others. KenYatta Rogers returns to direct this toe-tapping In Series hit.
As turmoil swirls in Pittsburgh's Hill District over a tragedy at the local mill, the "American Century" dawns in Aunt Ester's kitchen when Citizen Barlow arrives to have his soul cleansed by the venerable, 285-year-old soothsayer. Neighborhood personalities mesh and collide as the household prepares for his mystical quest. But with the scars left by the Civil War still fresh, one man's redemption could mean the end of the uneasy calm holding this African-American community together. This first chapter of August Wilson's monumental play cycle, directed by Timothy Douglas (Two Trains Running at Round House Theatre), challenges us to examine our notions of "freedom" in a country where the end of slavery opened the door to more insidious systems of oppression.
The squabbling editorial assistants at one of New York's most prestigious magazines are all chasing the same dream: a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn 30. When an ordinary day at the office suddenly becomes a living nightmare, two survivors transform the experience into career-making stories. Which one of them will get to own the truth?
In this 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist, MacArthur "Genius" Branden Jacobs-Jenkins skewers the cutthroat, opportunistic culture of modern media. Gloria will mark Woolly's third production of Jacobs-Jenkins's work, after An Octoroon (2016; remounted in 2017) and Appropriate (2013).
Advisory: Woolly Mammoth Theatre's production of Gloria includes sudden loud gunshots. For additional context about the production, see the content warning here (note: includes spoilers).
It is 1928 and Berlin is at the center of a razzle-dazzle world between two wars. At the bustling Grand Hotel, a series of eclectic guests and staff, including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist, and an ailing bookkeeper, collide in a nonstop musical toast to the high life.
Artistic director Eric Schaeffer reunites the creative team behind Signature Theatre's smash hit A Little Night Music to conjure a scintillating musical destination where captivating characters played by Bobby Smith (Titanic), Natascia Diaz (Crazy for You), Kevin McAllister (Titanic), Nicki Elledge (A Little Night Music), and more converge in Grand Hotel with a lavish and lively score that embodies the joy, style, and decadence of the 1920s.
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.
A chance encounter at a London train stop changes the course of life for two people in the hit Broadway play Heisenberg, written by Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time).
After mistaking him for someone else, Georgie finds herself improbably drawn to the much older Alex. Their instant connection ignites a tender, funny and intimate journey in an electric new play directed by Joe Calarco.
Sixty-five million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the earth... Twenty years ago, Jurassic Park, a movie about dinosaurs, came out that ruled the box office. Now, two actors and two Foley sound effects artists perform a live, "shot-for-shot" remake.
Paula Vogel's chronicle of one woman's journey to break the cycle — and silence — of sexual abuse is a heartbreaking, sardonic, and uncomfortably funny exploration of the complicated relationships between victims, offenders, and enablers. Li'l Bit's "education" at the hands of her Uncle Peck began when she was just 11 years old. As an adult survivor, she takes the stage to unravel the tangled road map of emotions and memories that paved the way for her to reclaim her narrative. Amber Paige McGinnis makes her Round House directorial debut with one of the most resonantly powerful plays in the modern American canon, with a message that is still all too relevant in this pivotal #MeToo moment in our history.
Content advisory: This production contains scenes depicting acts of sexual abuse, incest, and its aftermath.
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.
A cabaret evening that demonstrates the timelessness of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring ingeniously rewritten lyrics for G&S tunes; G&S numbers that are juxtaposed with more modern musical theater; and, sometimes, classic Gilbert and Sullivan that is left intact and allowed to speak for itself.
It's July 2000 — the Oslo Accords are falling apart, and in Tenleytown, a modern Jewish family is fracturing over what to do with their 14th Street real estate. Their mother has died, their father will need full-time care, and as their adult children debate what do to next, no topic is off limits: American Jews and their relationship to Israel, who's already given enough to this family, a sibling's parenting choices. If I Forget is a political and deeply personal play about history, responsibility, and what we're willing to sacrifice for a new beginning, written with vicious humor and unflinching honesty by Steven Levenson.
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.
Winner of 19 major accolades, including multiple Tony, Olivier, and Drama Desk Awards, Stephen Daldry's (Billy Elliot, The Crown) production of An Inspector Calls continues to astound audiences more than 25 years after premiering at the National Theatre.
A festive evening at the home of the Birlings, a well-heeled British family, is suddenly punctured by a mysterious visitor: a grim inspector investigating the death of a young woman. As questions multiply and guilt mounts, the Birlings' entanglement in the affair shatters the foundations of their comfortable lives. Existing simultaneously in 1912, post-war society, and modern day, Daldry's spectacular production is both a plea for a more just society and a warning of what's to come if we fail to attain it.
John is a local legend: spectacular jazz pianist, brilliant historian, and quite funny to boot. Join us for an afternoon of Great American Songbook tunes.
John is a local legend: spectacular jazz pianist, brilliant historian, and quite funny to boot. Join us for an afternoon of Great American Songbook tunes.
In this award-winning family production with live music, tap dancing, physical comedy, and multiple styles of puppetry, we meet a modern-day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal, Joshua Holden. Joshua's puppet sidekick, Mr. Nicholas, is feeling down and it's up to Joshua and his cast of puppet characters, including the Wonderbook and Larry the Lint, to help his best friend find the joy in being yourself.
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.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Aaron Posner
"Mad world, mad kings..."
King Richard the Lionheart is dead. His younger brother John secures the throne to become King of England, an inheritance that is instantly contested by the King of France. As countries wage war, John must maneuver himself against a sea of ambition, politics, corruption, and murder that threatens his kingdom. Aaron Posner directs this epic struggle of power and the turbulent reign of Shakespeare's earliest king. With Kate Eastwood Norris as Philip the Bastard and Holly Twyford as Constance, Arthur's tragic mother.
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.
Ricardo de la Vega and Tomás Bretón's famed Spanish zarzuela La Verbena de la Paloma — the most popular of the genre — is revolutionized with love and imagination into the modern day. Set in Friendship Park, on both sides of the seaside border wall between Tijuana and San Diego, this triumphant piece affirms with music and poetry the power of the human spirit to transcend all boundaries. Here, despite separation, cultures, lives, and spirits intersect, rise, and flourish. In a production tinged with the colors of Mexico, director Nick Olcott and writer Anna Deeny Morales reveal the grace and humanity of this powerful music of joy. Sung and spoken in Spanish and English with supertitles in both.
Violetta delights in high-class pleasures, but she is secretly dying. Will she know true love before death claims her? Washington National Opera launches its 2018-19 season with a stunning new production of Giuseppe Verdi's everlasting story of fate and sacrifice, renowned for its soaring arias and heart-wrenching ending.
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 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.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Vivienne Benesch
"Shall we resolve to woo these girls of France?"
A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows — or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Shakespeare's delicious comedy is full of lovers and clowns, foolery, and the follies of the heart.
Consider joining us for a special performance of Love's Labor's Lost to enhance your theatergoing experience.
Shakespeare's murderous tragedy is seen anew in Sir William Davenant's Restoration-era adaptation which delighted audiences for most of the 18th century. This unique production, with music performed by Folger Consort, features Helen Hayes Award winners Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris as the tragically ambitious Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
After sold-out runs in 2014 & 2017, we couldn't resist one more visit from 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.
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 Mary Stuart with six extraordinary performers and the barest of sets in Olney Theater Center's most intimate performance space.
Three women — an art restorer, her nurse, and their military captor — are trapped in a ravaged museum during a catastrophic hundred years war. Tasked with restoring a damaged Rembrandt painting, the women find common shreds of humanity as they try to save a small symbol of beauty in their broken world.
Holly Twyford (A Little Night Music) and Felicia Curry (The Scottsboro Boys) star in this season's Heidi Thomas Writers' Initiative work. Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity is a brutal and elegant exploration of the unifying virtue of art and what things are most worth saving when the world is collapsing.
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.
Experience the acclaimed new production of the Miss Saigon, created by the team behind Les Misérables. This musical tells the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by the notorious "Engineer," Kim meets an American GI — an encounter that will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast, and a soaring score (including such Broadway hits as "Last Night of the World," "The Movie in My Mind," and "The Heat Is On in Saigon," Miss Saigon is an unforgettable theatrical event.
Collide with music's past and present through jazz standards, hip-hop samples, and actual liner notes from musicians of the civil-rights movement in this multimedia concert experience.
By Jessica Swale
Directed by Robert Richmond
A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell's spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, this sparkling portrait of a rare woman earned accolades in London last season.
Consider joining us for a special performance of Nell Gwynn to enhance your theatergoing experience.
Take a dark and mysterious journey into the life of Edgar Allan Poe. This fresh and imaginative musical uses Poe's poetry and short stories as its base and his shifting obsession with the women in his life as its catalyst. With hauntingly beautiful melodies, Nevermore breathes new life into Poe's work and explores a twisted true-life tale that is as bizarre as his classic stories of the macabre.
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.
As childhood friends growing up in Denver, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Now, as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana folk music and hope that it will inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative.
Autumn brings a flavorful array of festive music from the German-speaking lands, featuring colorful songs by 14th-century Tyrolean knight, adventurer, poet, and musician Oswald von Wolkenstein, along with quirky instrumental pieces from the 15th-century composer Glogauer Liederbuch. Later music by Heinrich Isaac and Ludwig Senfl reflects the opulent court of the Emperor Maximilian I in early 16th-century Vienna. With strings, winds, and tenor Mark Bleeke.
Frank met Shirley at the sock hop, but when the dance was over, they turned the car radio on and danced in the parking lot under the stars. The Johnsons listened while in the cellar, fearfully awaiting details of the storm that was headed in their direction. Mrs. Bloom listened to the church service to give her peace when she was no longer able to attend. Max and Ben listened while off duty at the base camp and learned that they were all going home. They all listened while stuck in traffic on the way to wherever they were headed to next.
On Air explores the radio as constant companion, messenger, and soundtrack of our lives for the past century of American life and pop culture. We will see how much and how little has changed as we turn the dial and tune in. The tragedies, the triumphs, the telling tales of transitory truths are all on display in this next "Bold New Work" musical premiere.
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.
Through 10 years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon's return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The sole surviving trilogy in Greek tragedy, The Oresteia chronicles a deluge of violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Playwright Ellen McLaughlin (The Persians) has written a new version of the classic, commissioned by Shakespeare Theatre Company. Her play, three years in the making, weaves together the works of Aeschylus with stunning poetry and emotional heft. An epic, world-premiere interpretation of this pillar of western culture, The Oresteia makes a fitting end to Michael Kahn's tenure as artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
In 1993, unbeknownst to the rest of the world, an audacious husband-and-wife team of Norwegian bureaucrats assembled a motley band of would-be diplomats from the Middle East to attempt the unimaginable: negotiate peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Operating only through back channels — in secrecy, and without any official bargaining power — the group struggles to find middle ground as political tensions reach a fever pitch. But at the heart of diplomacy lies empathy, and these peacemakers must rely on the strength of the surprising personal bonds they have forged if they want to succeed. Artistic director Ryan Rilette helms this thrilling nail-biter, based on the true events surrounding the Oslo Peace Accords, that swept the 2016-17 awards season.
Leaping from Boston in 1950 to Wall Street in 1986 to lavish Malibu today, David Ives (The Liar, The Metromaniacs) gives his "tranlaptation" treatment to Carl Sternheim's epic trilogy, Scenes From the Heroic Life of the Middle Classes — an evening filled with panties falling, lovers juggling, dueling pistols shooting, and other signs of near-apocalypse.
Ives has said publicly that "German comedy" is largely an oxymoron — except for Sternheim (1878-1942). Returning for one final collaboration with artistic director Michael Kahn (The School for Lies), Ives sharpens his celebrated wit to razor-like social commentary — at once ludicrous, larger than life, and close to the bone, making us wonder along the way, as all social satirists do, just where all this madness is going both onstage and off.
Set in 1860s Italy, this gorgeous musical ignites a fiery love triangle when a handsome army captain is transferred to a remote military outpost and into the blinding infatuation of Fosca, the ailing cousin of his superior. Fosca's fervent longing draws him in as it threatens to upend his career in an exhilarating tangle of obsession, desire, madness, and above all, passion.
Starring Natascia Diaz (West Side Story), Stephen Sondheim's lush and romantic Tony Award-winning Best Musical Passion will thrill audiences in a radiant new staging by associate artistic director Matthew Gardiner (West Side Story).
Second star to the right and straight on till morning! With that simple phrase, we return to the imaginative world of J.M. Barrie's Neverland. When Wendy meets Peter, the little boy who refuses to grow up, the adventure for the Darling children begins. With a few magical thoughts, they learn to fly and Peter leads them on an adventure of a lifetime.
This original adaptation featuring music by Matt Conner was first produced in 2013. Featuring a cast of adult professionals and our budding Learning Theater performers, this is a show that will capture the imagination of young and old alike!
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.
What does it look like when a man with no scruples stops at nothing to gain power? If you're unsure, Richard of Gloucester will gladly demonstrate. What he lacks in looks he makes up for in bottomless ambition, ruthless cunning, and rapacious zeal: the crown, at all costs. As he climbs ever higher, Richard bends the world to his will until even his mother can't bear to own him.
Shakespeare's mesmerizing chronicle of the megalomaniac's rampage to the throne — one of his greatest variations on history — remains an irresistible study of villainy and of our alarming addiction to its exploits. Director David Muse returns to STC after his hit production of King Charles III.
An all-female, all-star team of the Second City's most fearless, tuned-in sketch comics roasts the patriarchy and reclaims at least two hours of absolutely hilarious time. The producers of Black Side of the Moon and Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) bring you a mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray into "having it all," having each other's backs, and having that sick feeling your government's trying to turn back the clock to the Middle Ages. She the People…in order to perform a more perfect union!
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.
Synetic Theater's adaptation of Sleepy Hollow pulls together all the elements that made Synetic famous: Gothic horror; iconic characters and imagery; an emphasis on surreal, wordless storytelling that transcends spoken language and makes stage productions akin to live-action dreams (or nightmares, depending on the story). This one is Synetic's first wholly American story — both written and set in the US.
A weeklong silent retreat in the woods proves to be anything but tranquil for six restless souls in search of enlightenment. Guided by the disembodied voice of an increasingly unhinged guru, the group struggles to find relevance in their own intentions. As the week progresses, they discover inner peace isn't all that peaceful, especially when you're spending most of your time trying to relate to the people around you…or avoiding the threat of bears. Played with equal parts humor and tenderness, Small Mouth Sounds examines all the aching, awkward, and awesome ways humans break barriers in order to connect with each other.
Content advisory: This production contains full-frontal male nudity.
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.
Based on three short stories of Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by Jelly's Last Jam writer George C. Wolfe, Spunk sets the human ability to endure to the strums of a guitar in a stirring musical fable.
An unearthly Guitar Man and Blues Speak Woman tantalizingly interweave three tales of the early 20th century African American experience, from the fierce determination of a resilient washerwoman, to the zoot suit struts of 1940s Harlem, to the bittersweet innocence of young married love. Glowing with wit, humor, and energy, and resonating with evocative staging and soulful music, three tales of survival are told in the key of the blues.
The Paradise Motel: favorite flophouse of thieves, gangsters, and one-night stands. The Coil Project presents strange tales from room 116, where traces remain of several murders, some profound weirdness, and a lot of very bad ideas. If these walls could talk…they'd scream.
Join us for the next installment of the Coil Project's annual Strange Tales Halloween anthology series. Your room is waiting.
George Frideric Handel composed Serse to revolutionize opera so that it would speak to the audiences of his time. In the same way, In Series takes this most vibrant of Handel's works — complete with its famous "largo" "Ombra Mai Fu" — and transforms it to captivate our own contemporary audience. From the legends of ancient Persia and steeped in Sufi culture, the pains and pleasures of learning to love are experienced through the magic of this music and a new narration crafted from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. With The Tale of Serse, In Series announces the premiere of its own orchestra, Innovātiō, to perform this magnetic and visionary score on period instruments under the direction of conductor and adapter Timothy Nelson. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, with poetry narration in English.
Renaissance music of Spain and Italy offers a variety of tastes and flavors — from rustic to courtly to the sublime. Tuneful and lyric Spanish villançicos and Italian frottole express a wide range of emotions about food, drink, loss, and, of course, love. Instrumental works include lively dances and diminutions from Italy and some of the great wind band repertoire from Spain. With soprano and wind ensemble Piffaro, the Renaissance Band.
In conjunction with the Folger exhibition and the institution-wide project Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.
Junie B.'s made it to first grade and is having all sorts of adventures meeting new friends, becoming the boss of lunch, and creating a halftime show for the kickball game.
This colorful musical captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans's much loved Madeline series. This amusing tale traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who — despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor — eventually learns that first impressions aren't everything. Told with gentle humor, and featuring a beautiful musical score, this amusing tale of enemies-become-friends will charm and entertain children and adults alike.
When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system.
Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.
This Tony Award-nominated show is an intoxicating musical fable filled with humor, heart, and the extraordinary music of three-time Grammy award winner Keb'Mo'. In a small Alabama town, a mysterious blues guitar-playing stranger named Marvell Thunder arrives at the door of the Dupree family and brings a challenge for the offspring of late Jaguar Dupree, the only man who ever outplayed him in a "cutting contest." Thunder offers Glory Dupree, Jaguar's blind daughter, a Faustian bargain: If he wins the contest, he gets Jaguar's guitar, and if she wins, she gets her sight back.
In 2013, Thunder Knocking on the Door brought the house down at every performance. We couldn't resist the urge to turn the cauldron into a "juke joint" once again and bring this crowd-pleasing musical back to life for our 10th anniversary.
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.
Becky Sharp never blushes. As the wily Becky and her gentle friend Amelia scale social ladders and hurdle the whims of fate, only one question matters: How do you get what you want in life? A bright dance-hall pageant poking fun at all our pretenses, this new adaptation harnesses the frivolity of Thackeray's novel while recasting its (anti-)heroines as complex, vibrant women. Kate Hamill's (Sense and Sensibility) athletic, quick-witted, and distinctly unfussy retellings of great works of literature have been rapidly embraced with productions around the country.
Verdi and Shakespeare come together in this season opener, a unique imagining of the Bard's King Lear, alongside the composer's towering Requiem. Heart-stopping melodies and breathtaking choruses reveal Verdi at the moment of his death, weighing fragments of his life, telling the story of the opera Lear which he never finished, and exploring the universal pains and joys of the aging process. Acclaimed conductor-composer-pianist Paul Leavitt and eight opera singers distill this music to its fiery spiritual core. Steven Scott Mazzola directs this world-premiere piece written by In Series artistic director Timothy Nelson. Sung in Latin & English with English dialogue.
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.
It's 1989, and young Heidi is trying to earn enough money to go to college by entering speech competitions about the US Constitution in American Legion halls all across the country. When she loses the first round to Becky Dobbins because her speech isn't personal enough, she decides to go deep. Starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died of "melancholia," she pries into the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of American women and men. Before the night is over, she's engaged in a fierce, impromptu debate with a local teen over the future of our inalienable rights.
Shakespeare's magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone. "A sad tale's best for winter," but after unleashing a wintry tempest onto his characters, Shakespeare ultimately conjures spring's miraculous rebirth.
Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through the eclectic world of Oz. This one-hour, family-friendly adaptation of the classic tale by L. Frank Baum will have you singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," dancing with the munchkin puppets, and clicking your heels all the way home.
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.
The show celebrates the songwriters of yesterday with music by Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, and Joan Baez performed by Tony Award-winning musicians Ari Shapiro, Morgan Fairchild, Yasmin Williams, and The Voice contestant Rayshun LaMarr.