The Lion King Roars into The Kennedy Center in DC

Jun 20, 2023
The Lion King In DC

Broadway at The National gears up for its 2023/2024 season, showcasing a mix of eagerly awaited D.C. debuts and treasured Broadway classics. The lineup, consisting of seven remarkable shows, will commence in fall 2023 and run until summer 2024, gracing the nation's capital at The National Theatre with some of Broadway's finest productions.

The subscription package encompassing six shows features the D.C. debut of MRS. DOUBTFIRE, the dazzling pre-Broadway revival and D.C. premiere of THE WIZ, as well as PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, THE BOOK OF MORMON, PETER PAN, and the D.C. premiere of MJ, the Broadway sensation that delves into the inventive genius and collaborative essence of the iconic Michael Jackson. It is Broadway's most awarded new show of the season. Subscribers also gain early access to a special bonus show, ANNIE.



Starts October 10, 2023

Washington, D.C. is set to welcome the universally adored Scottish nanny in a globally celebrated new hit musical that critics describe as "wonderful, heart-warming, and laugh-out-loud funny" (Manchester Evening News) and "a feel-good, family-friendly comedy that delivers" (The Hollywood Reporter). With its foundation in the cherished film and under the direction of Jerry Zaks, a four-time Tony Award recipient, MRS. DOUBTFIRE narrates the hilarious yet poignant tale of an unemployed actor who goes to great lengths for his children. As per the Chicago Tribune, it is "the lovable, big-hearted musical comedy we need right now," demonstrating the power of unity.


Starts October 24, 2023

THE WIZ makes a triumphant comeback "home" with a highly anticipated Broadway revival in a brand-new pre-Broadway tour, marking the first in four decades. This revolutionary adaptation of The Wizard of Oz has redefined Broadway with its signature score teeming with soul, gospel, rock, and the catchy rhythms of 70s funk, as well as its inspiring depiction of Dorothy's quest to find her place in a modern world. Audience members will be enthralled by classic hits like "Ease on Down the Road" and "Home" in this splendid revival.

Schele Williams (making her Broadway directorial debut), Jaquel Knight (in his Broadway choreographic debut), Amber Ruffin, and Joseph Joubert lend their talents to this completely re-envisioned revival and musical extravaganza, handling direction, choreography, additional material, and music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements respectively.


Starts December 12, 2023

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL breathes new life into one of the most cherished romantic stories from Hollywood. A formidable creative team, spearheaded by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, an original score composed by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and a book penned by the film's iconic director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton, converge to make PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL an uplifting and heartwarming experience. Are you prepared to fall head over heels once more?


Starts January 23, 2024

An endearing tale of resilience and hope, ANNIE returns in a brand new production. This heartwarming musical, directed by Jenn Thompson, features the classic book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin. ANNIE is a tribute to family, positivity, and the indomitable American spirit, serving as a balm for life's tribulations.


Starts March 5, 2024

Lauded by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century," and described by The Washington Post as "the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals," THE BOOK OF MORMON is the irreverent musical comedy that has taken the world by storm. With a plethora of accolades including nine Tony Awards, this audacious musical comedy chronicles the escapades of two mismatched missionaries sent across the globe to spread their message. Having sold-out performances in London, Broadway, and throughout North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has emerged as a global phenomenon.


Starts April 9, 2024

PETER PAN, the musical that has enchanted audiences of all ages for nearly seven decades, returns in an invigorated production under the direction of Emmy Award-winner Lonny Price and additional book by renowned playwright Larissa FastHorse.

Embark on an adventure as PETER PAN, accompanied by the impish Tinker Bell, pays a nocturnal visit to the Darling children's nursery. A dash of pixie dust and a surge of joyful thoughts whisk the children on an unforgettable magical journey. With enduring and captivating songs like "I'm Flying", "I Gotta Crow", "I Won't Grow Up" and "Neverland", PETER PAN is a celebration of the child in everyone. Set sail for a fantastical trip from the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning - an adventure that will captivate the entire family!


Starts August 13, 2024

MJ, the critically acclaimed new musical adorned with multiple Tony Awards, sets its sights on Washington, D.C. Based on the inception of the 1992 Dangerous World Tour, MJ embarks on its own journey. Masterminded by Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize laureate Lynn Nottage, MJ transcends the iconic moves and signature melodies, providing an intimate glimpse into the ingenious mind and collaborative zeal that propelled Michael Jackson to legendary heights. Witness the D.C. premiere of MJ at The National Theatre in August 2024.

To see a full list of all Broadway shows coming to the DC, area visit our Broadway Shows In DC page