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Shear Madness Aug 30 - Oct 2, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Shear Madness
A comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime! Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night. Running at the Kennedy Center for 25 years, giving more than 11,000 performances, it is the second longest play in the history of American Theater (its sister production in Boston is #1).Shear Madness performances are ongoing. If you don't see your date listed, please contact group sales to hold your preferred date or check back for future performances.
Urinetown: The Musical Aug 31 - Oct 9, 2016  
Source Urinetown: The Musical
Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical tale of corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. When a terrible water shortage leads to a government ban on private toilets, a greedy company profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs ... until a hero decides he's had enough and rises up against the system. The show's tuneful and irreverent score gives a nod to musicals from Broadway to Brecht and Weill, and parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables. The winner of multiple Tony Awards during its original Broadway run, now you can catch this Constellation Theatre Company production of Urinetown: The Musical on the stage of Source in Washington, D.C.
Blackberry Daze Sep 1 - Oct 9, 2016  
MetroStage Blackberry Daze
It is the end of “The Great War”, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler, weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. TC Carson (Living Single) and Roz White (Black Pearl Sings!) lead an exciting ensemble of Washington’s most eclectic and exciting talent. This musical adaptation of Ruth P. Watson’s romantic mystery thriller (Blackberry Days of Summer) is a world premiere with Thomas W. Jones II (Three Sistahs, Bessie’s Blues) direction and William Knowles’ dazzling period score.
Come From Away Sep 2 - Oct 9, 2016  
Ford's Theatre Society at Ford's Theatre Come From Away
“A superb new show! A moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to the indomitable human spirit.” -Variety Fresh off sold-out runs in Seattle and San Diego, the new musical Come From Away tells the heart-warming true story of how a small Canadian town cared for 6,579 airline passengers stranded there on 9/11. When 38 planes were diverted to its doorstep, the town of Gander doubled in size, playing host to an international community of strangers and offering food, shelter and friendship. Featuring a rousing score of folk and rock, Come From Away honors the better angels of our nature, revealing hope and humanity in a time of darkness. The production marks the Ford’s debut of Tony Award-nominated director Christopher Ashley. See this hit musical prior to its Broadway engagement!
The Elephant Man Sep 2 - Oct 2, 2016  
The Collaborative Theatre Co. at Fells Point Corner Theatre The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man is based on the life of Englishman John Merrick. A horribly deformed young man living in 19th Century London, Merrick becomes the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. After being discovered abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London's prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream: to become a man like any other.
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Sep 7 - Oct 30, 2016  
Round House Theatre Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Just in time for election season, Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center present the 25th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece. Sexuality, religion, and politics collide at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. Don’t miss Part I: Millennium Approaches & Part II: Perestroika, presented in rotating repertory.
The Last Schwartz Sep 7 - Oct 2, 2016  
Theater J The Last Schwartz
Nothing is funnier than family dysfunction. The Schwartz family has been on their last legs since Papa died a year ago. Norma’s husband isn’t speaking to her, Herb and Bonnie are having baby troubles, and Simon wants to be an astronaut. Throw a sexy wanna-be Hollywood starlet into the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a yahrzeit gone perfectly wrong. Can Judaism hold this family together? Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr makes his DC directorial debut in this rollicking, absurd, and thoughtful comedy with a whole lot of heart.
The Other Place Sep 7 - Sep 25, 2016  
Rep Stage at Studio Theatre The Other Place
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man, and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface. “[‘The Other Place’ is] so cleverly constructed that the nature and depth of the problem isn't revealed until the last shattering scene." - Variety
Catch Me If You Can Sep 8 - Oct 9, 2016  
NextStop Theatre Catch Me If You Can
This true story inspired a hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, and was brought to the stage by the composers of Hairspray. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abagnale, Jr. successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.
Cervantes: El último Quijote (The Last Quixote) Sep 8 - Oct 2, 2016  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Cervantes: El último Quijote (The Last Quixote)
Cervantes has died in the street and a drunk insists that the man who killed him is the renowned poet Lope de Vega. This same man recounts the secrets Cervantes shared with him, revealing the most tempestuous periods in the great writer’s life and the unbridled creativity of his final years.
I Call My Brothers Sep 8 - Oct 1, 2016  
Forum Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theater I Call My Brothers
A car has exploded. A city has been crippled by fear. Amor wanders the city, doing his best to blend in. His best to become invisible and not attract any suspicious glances. But what is normal behaviour? And who is a potential perpetrator? Over twenty-four hours, internationally-renowned and award-winning playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s fierce, funny, and explosive play explores where the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality, blur. Written in response to the Stockholm terrorist attacks of 2010, I Call My Brothers began as a New York Times column Khemiri published just one week after the suicide bombing and is being adapted for this DC production.
Lobby Hero Sep 8 - Oct 9, 2016  
1st Stage Theatre Lobby Hero
When Jeff, a luckless young security guard, is drawn into a local murder investigation, loyalties are strained to the breaking point. As Jeff's tightly wound supervisor is called to bear witness against his troubled brother, and an attractive rookie cop finds she must stand up to her seasoned partner, truth becomes elusive and justice proves costly.
Sister Act Sep 8 - Nov 13, 2016  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia Sister Act
A woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit 1992 film that had audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by TONY and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 TONY Awards including Best Musical. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!
A Bid to Save the World Sep 9 - Oct 2, 2016  
Rorschach Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center A Bid to Save the World
Raised in a world without death, best friends Adam and Evelyn study dying obsessively. In the recent past, a young woman barters for her beloved brother while Death peels oranges. Elsewhere, a rich man seeks to buy world peace, and a song of great sorrow and beauty is sung and sung again. When being immortal is normal, what is the meaning of life without death?
Dinner With Friends Sep 9 - Oct 2, 2016  
Theater On The Run Dinner With Friends
Full of life, warmth, laughs and wisdom, Dinner with Friends examines the lives of two couples and the repercussions of divorce on their friendships. With wit, compassion and consummate skill, playwright Donald Margulies weighs the cost of breaking up and of staying together. Peter's Alley Theatre Productions opens its 5th Season with this Pulitzer Prize winning comedy-drama that is quickly becoming a modern classic.
One Gold Coin- Una moneda de oro Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2016  
InterAct Story Theatre at Cultural Arts Center One Gold Coin- Una moneda de oro
One Gold Coin — Una moneda de oro tells the story of a great healer who comes to the village of Regalo with a magical gold coin. Everyone is intrigued by the coin, but the magic of the coin can only be given to those who truly need it. This heartwarming tale about the spirit of giving is performed by two actors who become a variety of character, with a lot of help from YOU, the audience! This play is performed in a new adaptation in English and Spanish, and features a fresh new musical score by WAMMIE-award winning Latin American duo Cantaré.
Gypsy Sep 10 - Nov 5, 2016  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Gypsy
There's a reason why iconic actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have all wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times said it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Gypsy Rose Lee, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become a burlesque star. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch Washington County Playhouse's production of this classic along with a full buffet dinner and dessert for the ultimate dinner-theater experience.
Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops Sep 12 - Oct 9, 2016  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops
Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty’s a dutiful wife, but Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, and Betty wants Betty, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called? Summer’s Midnight Dream? In Collective Rage, 5 different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.” Award-winning playwright Jen Silverman’s absurdist romantic comedy is at once hysterical, inspired, and boldly uncompromising.
Romeo and Juliet Sep 13 - Oct 30, 2016  
Lansburgh Theatre Romeo and Juliet
The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, Romeo & Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Caught tragically between two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate. After helming the highly-lauded productions of Kiss Me, Kate and Man of La Mancha, Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul directs his first Shakespeare production at STC—what is sure to be a spectacular, contemporary and heart-rending vision.
Sense and Sensibility Sep 13 - Oct 30, 2016  
Folger Theatre Sense and Sensibility
Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen’s beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Directed by Bedlam Theater's Eric Tucker (The Wall Street Journal’s 2014 'Director of the Year'), this all-new production of the critically acclaimed play stars Caroline Sefanie Clay, Jacob Fishel, Maggie McDowell, Jamie Smithson, and Erin Weaver.
The Gulf Sep 13 - Nov 6, 2016  
Signature Theatre The Gulf
Dive into a funny and fierce world premiere comedy that transforms theARK Theatre into a steamy southern waterway. Betty and Kendra waste away a languid summer day fishing on the Alabama Delta. Suddenly, their lazy afternoon turns to chaos when the motor breaks, stranding the two, and their tumultuous relationship, in the Gulf. Director of New Works Joe Calarco (The Flick) helms this provocative contemporary comedy, starring Rachel Zampelli and Maria Rizzo, by the exciting DC playwright Audrey Cefaly (Maytag Virgin).
Antony and Cleopatra Sep 14 - Oct 1, 2016  
Convergence Antony and Cleopatra
Brave Spirits Theatre brings Alexandria, Egypt, to Alexandria, VA, with Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. The epic story of two lovers torn between their passions for each other and their duties to their countries is BST's offering in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
Who's The Boss? Sep 14 - Sep 25, 2016  
The In Series at Atlas Performing Arts Center Who's The Boss?
Turn the tables on the patriarchy with an uproarious double bill of feminine wiles & old fashioned intrigue. A 2 for 1 evening of Gilbert & Sullivan’s impish satire, & a side-splitting English adaptation of Pergolesi’s comic opera. Director/Writer Nick Olcott & conductor Joseph Walsh lead a rollicking cast in a world created by designers Jonathan D. Robertson (Scenic Elements), Katie McCreary (Lighting), and Robert Croghan (Costumes).
The Diary of Anne Frank Sep 14 - Oct 23, 2016  
Olney Theatre Center The Diary of Anne Frank
In this powerful adaptation of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's The Diary of Anne Frank by Wendy Kesselman, the young title character emerges from history as a living, lyrical, intensely gifted girl who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit and determination. Directed by Derek Goldman (Grounded), this impassioned drama peeks in on Frank, her family and their friends as they hide from the Nazis in Occupied Amsterdam in a concealed storage attic. The work captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence. Each day for two dark years, Frank's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" Kesselman's adaptation of the original play received raves when published and when first performed on Broadway in 1997, with Natalie Portman as Anne. See it now at the cozy Olney Theatre Center - Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab.
The Giver Sep 14 - Sep 25, 2016  
Olney Theatre Center The Giver
Based on the beloved children's novel by Lois Lowry (Number the Stars), The Giver is one of the most haunting dystopian tales ever written. Set in a world seemingly free of poverty, crime, sickness and unemployment, young Jonas enjoys a "perfect" childhood. When he turns 12, he is chosen for special training with The Giver, the keeper of memories for his community. But during the training, he discovers the contradictions of his supposedly perfect world and grows determined to regain power over his own destiny. Enjoy this modern classic at the Olney Theatre Center's Historic Stage.
brownsville song (b-side for tray) Sep 15 - Oct 9, 2016  
Theater Alliance at Anacostia Playhouse brownsville song (b-side for tray)
Life in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn can feel predictable, and inevitable, but Tray has a way out. Then, when a senseless act of violence cuts his life short, his family must confront their grief and find a way to move forward. Kimber Lee’s hopeful drama shifts between memory and reality, and bids that we examine the personal pain beyond the headlines.
Rapunzel Sep 16 - Oct 9, 2016  
The Puppet Co. Rapunzel
Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences.
The Marriage of Figaro Sep 22 - Oct 2, 2016  
The Kennedy Center The Marriage of Figaro
A comic opera wouldn't be complete without the usual hilarity of mistaken identities and unexpected surprises -- and The Marriage of Figaro is no exception. Widely regarded as Mozart's best and funniest work, the opera continues where The Barber of Seville left off, telling the story of a "single day of madness" at the palace of Count Almaviva. In the aftermath of his marriage to Rosina, the count's palace becomes a tangled web of love affairs -- the pageboy Cherubino courts the countess while the count pursues the maidservant Susanna, who is betrothed to the wily Figaro. As the count conspires to steal Susanna, Figaro, his fiancée and the countess maneuver to embarrass and expose the scheming count. Experience one of the craziest days seen on the operatic stage when The Marriage of Figaro heads to The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for a performance in Italian with projected English titles.
Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s Sep 22 - Oct 9, 2016  
Flying V at Writer's Center Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s
"Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s" is an original, devised show out of the brain of Flying V’s Producing Artistic Director, Jason Schlafstein; this theatrical mix-tape is an exploration of Memory, Nostalgia, and Transition through a night of live action music videos set to the soundtrack of that totally Awesome decade – the 90’s. Featuring puppetry, dance, live music, and astounding feats of physicality, this devised show takes us back to a time of flannel, slap bracelets, and Saturday morning cartoons, while asking the question of who we are now. What if you were dying? What is the mixtape you would leave behind to create a connection with someone you love but will never know? How do you encapsulate your life into 12 songs?
The Wiggles Sep 23  
France-Merrick Performing Arts Center- Hippodrome The Wiggles
It's hard to believe, but The Wiggles have been entertaining kids for 25 years! They're celebrating a quarter-century of fun with their millions of fans by releasing a new DVD and TV series, plus hitting the road for a live tour. You and your little ones can be part of the magic when The Wiggles come to the Hippodrome Theatre from their home Down Under. Join Anthony, Emma, Simon and Lachy as their Wiggle Town tour comes to Baltimore, where they'll be joined by their lovable friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus for a wiggly good time!
Eleanor: Her Secrect Journey Sep 23 - Oct 9, 2016  
Compass Rose Theater Eleanor: Her Secrect Journey
Eleanor: Her Secret Journey by Rhoda Lerman, is a one-woman show, in which Eleanor Roosevelt recalls the years between 1918 and 1922. During that time she searches for meaning in her life and embarks on a voyage that takes her from self doubt to confidence.. The four years were a character building time for the future First Lady, and the play provides a very personal, intimate portrait of her life following her experiences during and after World War I.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical Sep 23 - Oct 23, 2016  
Adventure Theatre MTC Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Trixie and her father bustle through the streets of New York City down the block, across the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. But returning home, Knuffle Bunny is gone, and Trixie can’t tell her father what’s wrong.
What We're Up Against Sep 24 - Oct 25, 2016  
Keegan Theatre What We're Up Against
A scathing, ferocious comedy about sexism in the workplace by one of today’s most acclaimed and provocative playwrights. Set in a highly competitive architecture firm, WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST takes an explosive look at the complicated battle of the sexes and one woman’s response when she tires of slamming into the glass ceiling.
Inferno Sep 28 - Oct 30, 2016  
Synetic Theater Inferno
Sometimes words are not needed. One need only watch as a lost traveler navigates a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell in search of spiritual redemption and his lost love. This revitalized, wordless version of Synetic's emotionally-charged production promises to be a wicked whirlwind of stunning visuals, hauntingly vivid original music and powerful physicality. Famed for their productions that rely solely on physical expression, Synetic has garnered both praise and awards for their extensive Wordless Shakespeare repertoire. See this newest adaptation of Dante's classic Inferno at Synetic Theater.
POE Oct 4 - Nov 23, 2016  
Reynolds Tavern POE
The Annapolis Shakespeare Company debuts a brand-new show just in time for Halloween, based on the life and stories of the grand master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe. In addition to enjoying a three-course prix fixe dinner, you'll witness Poe brought to life in the intimate space of the Reynolds Tavern, courtesy of Broadway actor Brian Keith MacDonald. He'll take you on a haunting journey through the life of this tormented genius, exploring Poe's heart and mind through his work.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Oct 5 - Oct 23, 2016  
The Kennedy Center The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now on national tour. This Broadway phenomenon, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse), in an adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephen, brings Mark Haddon's internationally bestselling novel to thrilling life. When the curtain rises at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Opera House, you'll meet 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher has an extraordinary brain -- exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Twelfth Night Oct 14 - Nov 13, 2016  
Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Studio 111 Twelfth Night
Music, merriment and adventure abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's zany, gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria, they're quickly caught up in a maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man so she can enter his world. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay. Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents this lively take on the Bard's comic masterpiece at Studio 111.
Disney On Ice - Follow Your Heart Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2016  
EagleBank Arena Disney On Ice - Follow Your Heart
Swim with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness and the rest of the Emotions from Disney/Pixar's Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley's spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax!
43 and 1/2 Oct 20 - Nov 13, 2016  
Trinidad Theatre-Logan Fringe Arts Space 43 and 1/2
400 years after William Shakespeare's death, Nu Sass Productions offers up 43 and 1/2, a revamped version of a Capital Fringe Festival original. This comedy ticks its way through the 43 (and ½) best tragic deaths depicted in Shakespeare's work. It's a morbid, yet hilarious ode to all the guts, glory and stabby bits the Bard ever committed to paper. The remount -- coming to D.C.'s Logan Fringe Arts Space -- features goofily grim spoofs of the great theatrical murders and suicides, with new scenes, fights and even drinking games.
Freeze Frame Oct 27 - Oct 30, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Freeze Frame
The exciting new dance-theater work Freeze Frame from writer-director-choreographer Debbie Allen delves into issues of race and violence through an entertaining yet thoughtful mix of movement, music, film and storytelling. With original songs by Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval and others, this high-energy show had a successful L.A. run earlier this year, and is set to feature Tony-winning Broadway performers, young hip hop artists, and Debbie Allen Dance Academy performers when it comes to the stage at The Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in DC.
Carousel Oct 28 - Dec 24, 2016  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Carousel
Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the greatest musical of the 20th century, at DC's Arena Stage. In Carousel, swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates the naive millworker Julie and they marry. Just as they learn that Julie is pregnant, Billy loses his job. Desperate to provide a decent life for his family, he allows himself to be coerced into taking part in a bank robbery. Things go horribly awry, but fifteen years later Billy gets the chance to see his wife and the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both his child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. With classic songs like "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone," it's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created together, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
Where Words Once Were Nov 5 - Nov 27, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Where Words Once Were
Young Orhan lives in a world where words are both very precious and very dangerous. Only one thousand words can exist, new ones are forbidden and anything newly invented takes the place of an existing word, which is then illegal to say. Such is the fantastical backdrop of Where Words Once Were from renowned Irish-Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. Set in a city where language is rationed and a sentence can get you sentenced, the silent are rising and Orhan learns that a single word can change the world. Kruckemeyer's The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly thrilled young audiences and now kids ages 9 and up can dig into his latest adventure when the world premiere of Where Words Once Were comes to the Family Theater at D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
The Daughter of the Regiment Nov 12 - Nov 20, 2016  
The Kennedy Center The Daughter of the Regiment
Delightfully effervescent, Donizetti's comic opera Daughter of the Regiment is a rollicking combination of esprit de corps, comic antics, sweet romance and beautiful music. The story centers on young Marie, who was orphaned as child, then adopted and raised by a squadron of French soldiers who love her like she's their daughter. She and a peasant fall in love, but their marriage plans go awry when Marie is whisked away by a rich relative determined to have her marry into nobility. Impressive vocal acrobatics abound, including the famous "Ah, mes amis," which requires a tenor to sing nine high Cs. This Washington National Opera production is presented in French with English supertitles. See this comic gem, rife with hummable melodies and stirring anthems, at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Secret Garden Nov 15 - Dec 31, 2016  
Sidney Harman Hall The Secret Garden
On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves the death of his wife 10 years ago. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden, a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago), this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
Nicholas Rodriguez Jan 31 - Feb 4, 2017  
Signature Theatre Nicholas Rodriguez
One Life to Live and Broadway star Nicholas Rodriguez fuses his love of The Great White Way with the music of jazz, blues, folk and pop in a unique and intimate evening filled with his charming personality and soulful voice.