Most everyone knows the story of the Nativity, but probably not from the donkey's point of view! WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello brings this award-winning children's book to vibrant life in this heartwarming, world premiere holiday family opera.
You are cordially invited to honor the life of Ebenezer Scrooge's late colleague Jacob Marley in this interactive theatrical experience from Unexpected Stage Company. A delightfully original twist on Charles Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol, A Wake for Jacob Marley lets you mingle with Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the lesser-known (and less effective) Ghost of Christmas mid-to-late evening and more while enjoying mulled cider, delicious wine and savory Dickensian treats, served buffet-style and included in your ticket price. It's a unique opportunity to enter the world of Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge -- and a great way to help support the Unexpected Stage Company.
Talk about your merry and bright -- the charm-filled Christmas musical that broke box office records on Broadway is coming to town. Based on the hit 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell, this funny and heartfelt show follows the pointy-shoed footsteps of William "Buddy" Hobbs, who was raised as an elf in Santa's workshop and grows up -- and up, and up -- before finally discovering that he's actually human. So Santa sends Buddy on a quest to meet his human family, where it turns out the happy-go-lucky guy has to help them -- and the whole city of New York -- remember the true meaning of the season.
Bold, brassy and remarkably charming, Gypsy's Momma Rose puts today's Dance Moms to shame. Sherri L. Edelen (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Company, Hairspray) plays Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mom, who grooms her two daughters to be stars on the waning 1920s vaudeville circuit, only to see one of them leave her behind to become a burlesque sensation. With book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy features crowd-pleasing classics like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn."
With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky. Ages 1-5.
Set in 1977 suburban Illinois when a group of neo-Nazis marched on Skokie, this world premiere homage to Our Town opens with Ricky and Thornton falling into an interfaith teenage romance as their families prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah. The teenagers soon find themselves entangled in a heap of trouble, which turns into heartbreak, surprise and headlines involving the whole community. Our Suburb is directed by Tony Award-winning actress and Broadway director Judith Ivey and written by Darrah Cloud, the author of The Stick Wife.
"What a Feeling" it is. Thirty years after the film about a young welder with dreams of becoming a professional dancer hit the big screen, Flashdance -- The Musical brings the inspiring story to the stage. Featuring all the hit songs (including the Oscar-winning title track), plus 16 brand-new tunes, this high-energy production follows Alex, a "steel-town girl on a Saturday night" as she pursues her dance dreams. Just when it seems she's going to make it, a wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance with her boss threatens to derail her goals. This adaptation of the movie that taught women to rock leg warmers includes the Grammy-winning soundtrack smashes "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."
Based on DuBose Heyward's novel "Porgy" and the play of the same name, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward, the Broadway revival of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS is a stunning and stirring new staging accompanied by a lush 23-piece orchestra and includes such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The classic story is set in Charleston's fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess' relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater's most exhilarating love stories.
The DC area premiere of the London hit - The famed art critic Bernard Berenson is trying to ignore the approach of WWII in his villa outside Florence, when the arrival of Joseph Duveen, the dealer who sold many of the works now in the National Gallery, sparks a battle royal over a Renaissance painting that Andrew Mellon might buy - but only if it's by the right artist.
Actor, writer and educator, Anu Yadav ('Capers) shifts between multiple characters in her latest solo piece, Meena's Dream. Set to a live, original score combining South Indian classical music with jazz and indie folk, the play tells the story of Meena, a nine-year-old Indian-American girl who wishes her mother, Aisha, could get the medicine she needs. Her plight is complicated when, at night, the Hindu God Lord Krishna himself appears, entreating her help in his war against the worry machine. Patrick Crowley (In Pursuit of Me) directs this world premiere at Silver Spring's Round House Theatre.
Twelfth Night tells the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. Having survived a shipwreck and believing her brother Sebastian has been lost, Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his world. A mix of comedy, tragedy and biting social commentary, this unique production is not to be missed.
Moises Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project) directs award-winning artist Daniel Beaty (Emergence-See!) in the role of singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson, often referred to as the "best-known black man in the world" because of his talent, but also because he was blacklisted for his criticism of the U.S. government during the McCarthy era. The Tallest Tree in the Forest mixes poetic storytelling with 14 songs, including "Ol' Man River" and "Happy Days Are Here Again." According to The New York Times, Beaty brings "his signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism" to more than 20 characters and focuses on the dilemma of how one man balances being an artist and activist.
When a big Hollywood film crew takes over a small Irish town, the locals line up to earn their “40-quid-a-day” as extras—and maybe pursue some dreams of their own. Charlie wants to write a blockbuster screenplay, while Jake would settle for a date with the lovely leading lady. Where they and their neighbors end up ultimately surprises them all. An “uproarious, joyful evening” (New York Daily News) with two actors playing more than a dozen characters, Stones is an acting tour de force both rollicking and poignant.
Moliere's Scapin is a wacky, mistaken-identity farce that has the title character trying to help two pairs of young lovers. This rollicking adaptation was written by Mark O'Donnell and Bill Irwin, one of the nation's most celebrated masters of clowning and two-time Tony Award-winning star of Fool Moon and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Scapin is the ultimate trickster. When prearranged marriage and secret liaisons spiral into confusion, laughter and mayhem, he risks his life to sort out the mess and find a happy ending.
Fall in love with the magic and soul of Ella Fitzgerald all over again with this musical celebration of one of the most beloved jazz vocalists of all time. Ella, her cousin and traveling companion Georgiana, and her manager Norman Granz tell the story of her life both backstage and onstage, from her humble beginnings to worldwide superstardom. Featuring some of Fitzgerald's most famous hits including "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "How High the Moon" and "That Old Black Magic," this thrilling new musical weaves myth, memory and music to tell a poignant, yet ultimately uplifting, story. This production is conceived, directed and choreographed by the great Maurice Hines.
One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the '90s, Violet has wowed critics and audiences alike with its powerful story and its energetic, toe-tapping gospel, rock, country and R&B score by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change). Set in the Deep South during the early days of the civil rights movement, Violet tells the touching story of a young woman accidentally scarred by her father as a child. Hoping that a TV evangelist can cure her, Violet embarks on a long bus ride from her sleepy North Carolina town through Memphis to Oklahoma. She meets two young soldiers along the way who teach her about love, courage and what it means to be an outsider. Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, this Ford's Theatre production is directed and choreographed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun (Broadway's Newsies).
A darkly cynical drama about party compromise, complete with last-minute backroom deal-making, this revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 hit The Best Man is as timely and topical as ever. This inside look at the double- and triple-crossing that occurs during a presidential race tells the story of two men battling for the nomination, both of whom must choose between mudslinging and campaigning on the issues. The show's original Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards. Filled with Vidal's trademark verbal fire, this seminal political work, featuring Artistic Director Mark A. Rhea and Keegan company member Colin A. Smith, resonates as an exploration of how political and personal agendas can change the destiny of a nation.