Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, sets her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage, the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, the epicenter of consumption, speculation, and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio's ships return to the city. But if they should fail and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his "bond."
A heart-wrenching and moving tribute to the indomitable spirit of an American family, The Grapes of Wrath is adapted from John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The timeless story of the Joad family finds them reduced to poverty during the Great Depression, abandoning their Oklahoma farm for the promise of a better life in California. From the turbulent Tom Joad to the stalwart matriarch of the family, Ma Joad, this powerful drama is filled with some of the most memorable characters in all of fiction -- characters tested by the brutal realities of life on the road during one of our nation's toughest times. A soaring affirmation of strength and solidarity, this unforgettable story comes to life on the Historic Stage of the Olney Theatre Center.
Starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, Point Break is history's greatest surf movie about sky-diving bank robbers. Full of goofy lines and fast action, the flick became a cult classic and even spawned Point Break Live!, a live-action comedy adaptation that has become its own cult classic. Each performance features an audience member in the lead role, reading lines from cue cards to simulate Keanu Reeves' unique... um... acting style. Point Break Live! has sold out venues across the nation, and now it's coming to the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Take your seat at the legendary Jungle Inn nightclub for the electrifying, multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award®-winning musical that tells the story of jazz through one of its most notorious entertainers: Jelly Roll Morton.
Journey from the back alleys of New Orleans to the dance halls of Chicago to the stages of New York with “he who drinks from the vine of syncopation” in a sizzling memoir of pride, lust and a past denied.
Directed by Matthew Gardiner (West Side Story, Cabaret), this Washington premiere stars acclaimed jazz pianist Mark G. Meadows (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Strathmore), and features the soul-stirring Nova Y. Payton with dazzling, high-energy choreography by Broadway’s Jared Grimes. Now that’s how you jazz!
Returning for a one-week engagement following a sold-out preview, this show breaks down exactly what makes that self-mythologizing, short-fingered vulgarian known as Donald Trump tick. From his earliest days, starting his way in the world with a very small loan of a measly million dollars, to his reign as that most American of archetypes -- a rich man famous purely for being rich -- this show weaves Trump's story alongside the evolution of the American oligarchy and the rise of dark money. More than just a simple dismissal of the professional con artist, this sharp show skewers the entire American Dream, and the many ways in which we've sold it out to worship at a 24-carat altar of "class." Be there for this special limited run of The Trump Card at Wooly Mammoth Theatre.
Puccini's story of love, youth and tragic loss in 19th-century Paris comes to vibrant life under the baton of Grant Gershon leading the National Symphony Orchestra, featuring striking sets and costumes and a cast of brilliant young singers, at Filene Center at Wolf Trap. La bohème finds the poor poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello drawn into a tangle of love and jealousy after the frail Mimi knocks on their door, desperately seeking help. These youthful dreamers navigate the complicated maze of romance amid the colorful Bohemian enclaves of the city and its snowy streets, until they realize they can no longer hide from the world's harsh realities. A huge hit when Puccini premiered it in 1896, the opera's popularity and power hasn't dimmed since.
2 brothers + 1 inheritance = lots of misbehaving. In this dark Irish comedy written by the Academy Award Winning Writer/Director of IN BRUGES, 2 brothers in rural Ireland squabble over the inheritance left by their recently deceased father. Also, there’s a rumor about town that one of them may have murdered the father over a haircut related insult. The local parish priest and a young girl from the community, also their bootleg whiskey supplier, attempt to keep the brothers from quarreling with hilarious results.
Sure to have you seeing pink, the bright and bubbly Legally Blonde Jr. brings all the fun and excitement of the Tony Award-nominated musical Legally Blonde (and the smash-hit film starring Reese Witherspoon) to the stage -- but with the younger set in mind. Author-approved and custom-tailored for younger actors and family audiences, this sensational musical from Lopez Studios features a cast of young performers. Follow the adventures of Elle Woods, a sweet and seemingly not-so-bright student, as she tries to win back her boyfriend in this upbeat story of self-discovery filled with family-friendly comedy, romance and catchy tunes. Get ready to sing along when this heart-warming musical about a lovable law school underdog comes to Manassas' Hylton Performing Arts Center.
Jazzercize is out. Zumba is in. But instructor Kelsea Wiggan is not going down without a fight. Armed with pep, a petition, and her conflict-averse co-instructor, Kelsea is determined to keep Jazzercise alive at the Chikatawnee Valley Community Center. A real Jazzercize class, happening in real time, featuring real class participants - a who’s who of local talent! The Klunch presents the original Dodo production, starring the original cast, probably still sweatin’ from their acclaimed NYC premiere, which played to packed houses this past spring. Don’t miss it.
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.
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.
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.
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.