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Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar-winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now, with standing-room only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.
Cirque du Soleil's Varekai whisks you away to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A solitary young man parachutes into a magic forest, where he meets fantastic creatures and embarks on an adventure full of extraordinary and whimsical experiences. In the Romany language -- the language of the Gypsies -- "varekai" means "wherever," and this fantastic journey pays tribute to the wandering spirits who began the circus tradition, roaming entertainers whose travels might take them anywhere. As the show's hero explores the forest, you'll travel with him to witness high-flying aerial acts, astounding acrobatics, hilarious clowns and the Icarian games: an ancient circus art that presents a thrilling display of human juggling as the performers catapult through the air and make unbelievable landings on their partners. This fantastical adventure spectacle takes place at the Patriot Center.
Fly off to Neverland with the Darling children in this innovative, fully immersive production of Peter Pan, which The Boston Globe called "truly jaw-dropping." Held in the one-of-a-kind Threesixty Theatre located at Tysons Corner Center, this exciting new take on J.M. Barrie's classic tale sets the actors down right in the middle of the audience, combining theater-in-the-round with a 360-degree projected backdrop to create dazzling flying sequences 40 feet in the air. Chock-full of action and enchanting puppets, this is Peter Pan for the 21st century. Experience all the fun and adventure of this beloved story like never before.
Celebrating 21 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats and high-flying trapeze artists from China, mind-boggling contortionists from Ethiopia, funny clowns from South Africa and Guinea, plus lions, zebras and much more. Coming to National Harbor, and led by energetic host Lucky, UniverSoul Circus will challenge your imagination with fun, funky and bold performances that reflect a wide range of cultural diversity.
The groundbreaking event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
Written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb -- an actor most recognizable for his considerable TV work, including The Young and the Restless, Andromeda and All My Children -- this one-man show uses Shakespeare's character of Othello to examine the experience and perspective of black men in America. A classic character whose every fiber is ripe for interpretation, Othello represents both a strong, courageous warrior and a jealous, manipulated and passionate man -- metaphors Cobb cleverly explores to articulate the modern black man's life. At its core, American Moor is focused on racial issues, but this Anacostia Playhouse production is also about American theatre, the power and importance of art, and the nature of pure love. Often funny, but just as often tragic, Cobb's powerful solo show aims to inspire thoughtful conversation on the harmful effects that privileged perspective has on us all.
This musical comedy is based on the true story of the Chicken Ranch, a legendary Texas brothel that remained open for almost 70 years while the law looked the other way. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by governors, senators, mayors and even victorious college football teams, Miss Mona's cozy bordello thrives in the small town of Gilbert -- until a puritan nemesis in the guise of a crusading do-gooder focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution and tries to bring it down. Rockville Musical Theatre presents the fun musical romp that is The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.
From author Roald Dahl's beloved story comes the stage adaptation of the dreamy adventure and unlikely friendship between a 12-year-old orphan and a big friendly giant. Sophie discovers the BFG outside of her bedroom window late one night and travels with him to his home in giant country. There she's introduced to his jumbly world that features fizzy drinks that bubble downward, jars filled with good dreams that the BFG delivers to children, and a host of not-so-nice giants hungry for "human beans." Dahl's story is a children's literature favorite, and this 90-minute adaptation brings a careful balance of spooky charm and kid-friendly humor. Catch 2014's most-nominated theatrical production as it makes its giant leap to The National Theatre in D.C. this summer! Score your tickets now during Goldstar's pre-sale.
Step out of the modern world and back in time to the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of prewar Germany, where the music is tantalizing and the drinks are plentiful. Within the club, lives intertwine as a cabaret singer, an expat American writer and other misfits and outcasts of Weimar-era Berlin come together to escape a changing society where their kind is less than welcome and dark forces threaten to end the party forever. Led by the enigmatic Emcee and charismatic singer Sally Bowles, the colorful characters of this Kander and Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with beloved musical numbers, including "Don't Tell Mama," "Willkommen" and "Cabaret."
When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they set their sights on a child from Africa. But as reality sinks in and reactions from African-American friends take hold, it sparks an uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as White Americans. Acutely funny and tack-sharp, The Call is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American icon Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire), still sizzles with all the passion and greed that first made it famous. The timeless drama unfolds over the course of one sultry evening, as a prominent Southern family is pushed to the brink when tender memories are recalled and life-altering secrets are revealed. Wealthy Southern plantation owner Big Daddy's family has gathered to celebrate his 65th birthday, while sparing him the news that he's dying of cancer. As one son, a former football hero, mysteriously retreats from his desirable but sexually frustrated wife, his money-hungry brother and sister-in-law plot to secure more than their fair share of the family fortune. The Keegan Theatre inaugurates its newly renovated DC theater with this American masterpiece.
Best known for his role as underdog Benji Applebaum in the two Pitch Perfect movies, Ben Platt takes a break from filming to tackle the title role in Dear Evan Hansen, the world-premiere musical coming to D.C.'s Arena Stage this summer. Set to an original score by Tony nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight), a book by Steven Levenson (Showtime's Masters of Sex) and directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then), Dear Evan Hansen is a contemporary, intimate story of hope, heartache and the things in life we all need -- friends, family and a place to call home.
This is Dontrell. Young, smart, talented, motivated. He has his whole life ahead of him, but there’s one small catch. Dontrell is on a quest to swim out into the Atlantic to discover his family’s past before he can move forward and begin the next phase of his life. With the help of Erika, a young lifeguard, Dontrell will begin his journey.
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
An adaptation of Tony Award-winners Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd) and James Lapine's (Passion) Broadway hit, Into the Woods Jr. has been redesigned specifically with young performers in mind. A whimsical, adventurous musical, the story centers around a baker and his wife who wish for a child and, unable to conceive, set off to break a witch's curse. Along their journey, they encounter quite a few favorites -- including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and, of course, his beanstalk. Delivering a fresh spin on several of the timeless fairy tales penned by the Brothers Grimm, this show at Reston's Hylton Performing Arts Center features catchy songs, funny plot twists, just a bit of dancing, and a cast of talented young actors and singers.
The Island devised by Athol Fugard and actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona, and directed by Thomas W. Jones II. Originally seen at MetroStage in 1991, The Island will also return in honor of our 30th anniversary. It depicts the psychological and physical abuse suffered by black political prisoners in South Africa, using the prisoners anticipated performance of the Greek drama Antigone as a symbolic means of political protest. Depicting the conflict of the individual versus the state, whether it be classic Greek, South African apartheid, or certain contemporary situations-clearly a timeless theme. Doug Brown returns to reprise his role of Winston, and has also appeared in Mooi Street Moves, another South African play that MetroStage produced in 1993.
19th century French writer Alfred Jarry became known as a pioneer in the fields of absurdist literature and postmodern philosophy. His monstrous anti-hero character Père Ubu launched the modern era of Dada, Surrealism and Theater of the Absurd. With Jarry Inside Out, you can get a glimpse inside the life of this quizzical literary figure. Catherine Tripp directs the D.C. staging of this production, which is freely adapted from Jarry's life and works. Mixing biography with the unbridled inner-imagination of Spooky Action Theater artistic director Richard Henrich, Jarry Inside Out shines a light on the outré artist's legacy and chronicles his rabble-rousing, convention-shattering journey.
Hope springs eternal in the postgame locker room of Barely Athletic, the aptly named amateur soccer team competing in a five-a-side pub league in the tiny Yorkshire town of Hull. The fishing town has seen better days -- as have Barely Athletic's players, a ragtag group of gay and lesbian footballers (along with the "token straight guy," Joe) who nurse their wounds after matches, sharing funny anecdotes and personal stories along the way. A hilarious and heartbreaking play about romance, resilience, taking chances and moving on by rising U.K. playwright Tom Wells (winner of Britain's 2012 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright), Jumpers for Goalposts now makes the leap across the pond for its U.S. premiere at D.C.'s Studio Theatre.
Before Ricky and Lucy or Ross and Rachel there was Fred and Villi, the hilarious bickering couple at the heart of Cole Porter's jazzy musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. As the former husband-and-wife acting team attempts to stage a touring production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, life begins imitating art and the sparks really start to fly. Kiss Me, Kate's original 1948 production won five Tonys, including the first-ever award for Best Musical, and features classic Cole Porter numbers like "Too Darn Hot," "Wunderbar " and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Now you can take a trip back to the golden age of Hollywood with 2nd Star Productions' version at the Bowie Playhouse.
An opera set in rural Louisiana doesn't come along too often, but you'll get to see one at Opera Lafayette's production of L'Épreuve Villageoise ("The Village Trial") at the Kennedy Center. Re-envisioning this delightful 18th-century French work as a touring production from New Orleans' earliest opera house, the company sets its tale of two women out to settle the score with two amorous suitors in a Cajun village. There, the mischievous antics of a country belle and her mother come to vivid life as the stage explodes with on-stage musicians, delightful period costumes, folk-inspired dances and the opera's charming music by the great French composer André Grétry.
The Letters by John W. Lowell, and directed by John Vreeke, takes place in an office in 1930’s Soviet Union. The Director calls Anna, a bureaucratic functionary, into his office, and a tense verbal and psychological cat and mouse game ensues. It represents a vivid slice of paranoid life under Stalin and the effort to edit/suppress/censor the writings of prominent artists. Based on the real life Soviet efforts to edit the sexually frank letters of Tchaikovsky. An intense psychological drama: still timely, still universal, perfect for our intimate theatre setting. Featuring two of MetroStage’s favorite actors: Susan Lynskey seen at MetroStage in The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Ghost-Writer (Helen Hayes nomination), and Michael Russotto seen here in Rough Crossing and Lonely Planet.
Few novels are as otherworldly and uniquely special as The Little Prince, the "kids book" that beat out Ulysses, Lolita and The Great Gatsby in a recent ranking of the 100 "best books" of the 20th century. Now Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic comes to ArtSpace Falls Church in an imaginative new take from Learning Theater. The Little Prince tells the tale of an aviator who crashes in the Sahara. Stranded, he meets the mysterious Little Prince, who tells the aviator about his adventures among the stars. When the Little Prince and the aviator part ways, each leaves with a new understanding of how to look beyond the visible to find what's really essential in life. Audience members young and old will be touched and enchanted by this stage adaptation that features moving music and heartfelt lyrics.
Before Occupy Wall Street had occupied so much as a park bench, Countess Aurelia was giving the One Percent the what for, with the kind of relish and wit you just can't capture with a hashtag. The Countess is the titular crazy lady in The Madwoman of Chaillot, a delightfully satirical stage fable from Jean Giraudoux, one of France's most stylish and beloved playwrights. In this 1943 comedy, Aurelia happens upon a plot to uproot Paris to search for oil beneath its boulevards. She rallies several other oddballs, outcasts and madwomen in a bid to defeat the greedy developers, resulting in comic commentary that grows more relevant by the day. Now WSC Avant Bard stages a brand new translation of this timeless classic by Laurence Senelick.
British playwright Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons was a critical and commercial hit on the Broadway stage in the 1960s, eventually spawning an Oscar-winning feature film that's considered a classic of the silver screen. The story centers around the true story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England, who refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and who later resigned rather than take an Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry VIII the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Bolt's brilliant drama about conscience and belief portrays More as a tragic hero, motivated by his devout Roman Catholic faith and envied by his rivals, deeply loved by his family and respected by the common people.
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. At Medieval Times expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
NSFW (Not Safe for Work) is a hilarious, biting comedy about power games and privacy in the media and how magazines objectify women. When Aiden, editor of “Doghouse” men’s magazine, charges his team of journalists with finding an amateur model for a racy photo spread, he can’t foresee the trouble it brings. In the aftermath, feature writer and prime casualty, Sam, seeks a lifeline at “Electra,” a stylish women’s magazine that surely can’t be anywhere as bad as his last job...or can it? Meredith McDonough (from Actor’s Theatre of Louisville) directs the American premiere of a funny, timely new play by Lucy Kirkwood, one of Britain's most exciting playwrights. “Provocative… outrageous humor” – Evening Standard
In this bawdy comedy with musical interludes, five aging practitioners of the world's oldest profession are being forced out of the biz due to a diminishing clientele, increased competition for their niche market -- and aching joints. As yuppies and younger women threaten their tenuous hold on their turf, the close-knit madam and her employees reflect on their 50 years of friendship while trying to face an uncertain future with wit and compassion. This acclaimed comedy was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) and appears at DC's FlashPoint Theatre, courtesy of Rainbow Theatre Project.
In England, to go "on the razzle" means to indulge in a night of drinking, celebration and -- more likely than not -- a bit of misbehavior. In Tom Stoppard's On the Razzle, two irrepressibly irresponsible young men are left to run an upscale grocery store together, but decide to set out into the big city instead. What ensues is a series of slapstick shenanigans, mistaken identities, misdirected orders, pun-tastic wordplay, double entendres and romantic complications -- all told with the linguistic gymnastics for which Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Shakespeare in Love) is known. Don't miss this hilarious and joyous farce at Silver Spring Stage.
From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical and Ragtime) comes a highly original and rousing calypso-reggae flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. Once on This Island garnered eight Tony nominations in its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. The folk tale tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with the well-born Daniel and is aided by the gods of earth, water and love in her desire to be with him. Visually splendid, and exploding with music and motion, this enchanting musical parable is a rousing tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.
An exotic getaway featuring bathing Victorian beauties, philosophizing pirates and bumbling British bobbies, The Pirates of Penzance has remained an audience favorite for more than a century. This beloved comic musical, presented by New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, tells the story of Frederic, a boy mistakenly apprenticed to a softhearted band of pirates (his hard-of-hearing nurse was told to take him to a ship's pilot). He wants to leave the pirates and live a law-abiding life with his true love, but his Leap Day birthday means his pirate apprenticeship lasts four times longer than usual. After a series of zany mishaps, the lovable pirates make their peace with the police, and Frederic gets his girl. Along the way, it's a roller coaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music at Wolf Trap, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!
From the author of Death of a Salesman comes an intimate, powerful story about the cost of the choices we make. In an overstuffed New York City attic apartment, two estranged brothers meet to sell off what remains of their deceased father’s furniture and find themselves in an emotional renegotiation of the past. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arthur Miller’s birth with this brilliant, powerful, and deeply moving play. (Recommended for 14 and up)
Blend a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta with the gothic world of illustrator Edward Gorey and you'll get a glimpse into the silly, spooky atmosphere of Ruddigore. A witch's curse, a hall of talking portraits and a legion of sadistic ghosts make for a delightfully ghoulish romp. Though not as well known as The Pirates of Penzance or The Mikado, Ruddigore showcases some of Sullivan's finest melodies and Gilbert's nimblest lyrics while poking fun at Victorian ideals. The lightning speed and ridiculous rhymes of "My Eyes Are Fully Open" make even "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" seem plodding by comparison. See the Victorian Lyric Opera Company's performance of this comic opera at Rockville's F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.
Playwright Charles Busch developed an underground following with his campy send-ups of the movie stars of yesteryear in shows like Psycho Beach Party and Die, Mommie, Die! But when he turned to writing about contemporary "Upper West Side matrons," the result was a Tony-nominated smash hit The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Meet Marjorie Taub, a typical resident of one of Manhattan's priciest neighborhoods. Despite a wealthy, compassionate husband and all the free time in the world, she's headed straight for the nuthouse. After a meltdown in the Disney Store, Marjorie promptly dives into a midlife crisis. But when an enigmatic old friend turns up and decides to stay a while, the world of this "Allergist's Wife" is shaken in ways that surprise everyone.
Quacking like a duck, crawling on all fours, bouncing on an exercise ball while humming the theme from The Land Before Time -- adults have been known to go to ridiculous extremes to soothe a crying baby. But in the long and high-strung history of baby pacification, no one has gone out on a farther limb than Jerry in A Tale of Two Cities. A drag queen getting ready for a big gig, Jerry discovers an abandoned baby bawling on his front step. Desperate to calm him down, the natural performer decides to do the obvious thing: Act the entirety of Charles Dickens' sweeping novel of the French Revolution ... playing all the characters himself. An off-Broadway sensation, A Tale of Two Cities now comes to Synetic Theater in an all-new production starring Alex Mills.
Few scoundrels are as roguish, charming or hilarious as Tartuffe, an impostor who insinuates himself into the home of Orgon and his family, quickly throwing the entire household into chaos. As Orgon's infatuation with his guest and his phony piety grows, Tartuffe's deception threatens to turn downright destructive in this beloved comic masterpiece. Banned in Paris in 1664, Tartuffe is one of Moliere's best loved -- and most clever -- comedies. This production stars Steven Epp, recent winner of a Helen Hayes Award for his work in The Servant of Two Masters.
Pirates, as a rule, aren't minimalists. For a tale that looms as large in the imagination as Treasure Island, you have to go all out. Abstract sets and "ironic" costumes have to be chucked overboard, in favor of awe-inducing set pieces several stories high, lavish costumes and the kind of showmanship that takes no prisoners. The National Theatre in London knows this and their thrilling new stage adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic restores the luster to this tale of pirates' gold -- as well as adding darkness, excitement and incredible energy. Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) stars as Long John Silver in this astonishing adventure. Enjoy Stevenson's story of murder, money and mutiny in HD at Sidney Harman Hall.
Court TV has never broadcast a trial half as exciting as the one decided by the jurors of Twelve Angry Men. Over the course of one monumentally tense afternoon, a dozen ordinary citizens decide the fate of a teenager alleged to have murdered his own father. What initially appears to be an open-and-shut case proves to be anything but, as passions are ignited and prejudices are revealed. Perhaps the best courthouse drama ever written, Reginald Rose's original teleplay inspired an Oscar-nominated film and a critically acclaimed Broadway show. Back in 1994, Twelve Angry Men was The American Century Theater's very first show -- now, that acclaimed production's director returns with a talented cast to present it once again.
Giuseppe Verdi's Aida is one of the most loved and most frequently performed of all operas. Composed at the request of the King of Egypt for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1871, the opera tells the tragic tale of a love triangle in which an enslaved Ethiopian princess' passionate love for the military leader Radames is doomed when he's ordered to marry the Pharaoh's daughter. This production includes several Wolf Trap Opera alumni who've performed at New York City's Metropolitan Opera -- soprano Marjorie Owens, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and tenor Carl Tanner. In this concert opera performance, there are no costumes, sets or props to distract you -- just the majestic voices of the singers and the powerful music of the National Symphony Orchestra, as directed by Daniele Callegari. Aida is sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Against a backdrop of dazzling circus and aerial performances, Where I Belong: Finding Myself Under a Big Top follows one man as he finds himself in the afterlife surrounded by the queers and sinners he'd always believed were destined for hell. As he travels through this new landscape, jaw-dropping aerial acts and mind-blowing physical movements -- performed by the talented artists with Sweet Spot DC -- shatter his perception of bigotry, gender, friendship and love. Eventually, he discovers that where he ultimately belongs is the last place he expected: under a big top.
Although not the world's first rock opera, The Who's Tommy is certainly one of the best known and most popular. The story of a boy who goes deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing a murder, Tommy has won six Tony Awards and melted the minds of many a rock fan. In this electrifying new production at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, you'll follow the boy through birth, blindness, drugs and pinball wizardry. Along the way, he learns about fame, forgiveness, redemption and rock 'n' roll.
The year is 2063 and Thom Valentine, the first openly gay President of the United States, faces a host of problems -- from an imminent civil war to the threat of an African invasion to an adulterous First Gentleman. To make matters worse, there are zombies in the basement of the White House! From the warped imagination of playwright-in-residence Robert O' Hara comes Zombie: The American, a classically-inspired sci-fi thriller about a young Commander-in-Chief searching for the strength to hold our union together. With his power, his marriage, and the nation's well-being at stake, Valentine must decide what he cares most about saving...and at what cost. O'Hara describes his gory political satire as "a cross between Jacobean tragedy and Dr. Strangelove. The world premiere of this dystopian cautionary tale hits the stage at D.C.'s Wooly Mammoth Theatre.