Ain't Too Proud is an electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, "the greatest R&B group of all time" (Billboard Magazine). Five young guys on the streets of Detroit were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts-creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later.
This ambitious ancient-modern mashup shows the spark of the culture war between Italian Renaissance artist and smoldering sensualist Sandro Botticelli, who's in the midst of painting his famed Venus on a half-shell, and the conservative priest who's challenging the relaxed morality of Lorenzo de Medici's Florence. That real-life historical conflict led to the "bonfire of the vanities" -- the burning of "sinful" items like art and books. Inspired by these actual events, Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill gives Botticelli an apprentice/lover (none other that Leonardo da Vinci), and then traps him between the church and the powerful Medicis, forcing him to make an impossible choice. This American premiere of Botticelli in the Fire closes out the Woolly Mammoth Theatre's 38th season.
Of all the many versions of the King Arthur legend, Camelot, the stage musical by Lerner and Loewe (My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Gigi), remains one of the most popular. Pageantry, adventure and some of the most gorgeous melodies of the past century combine in this four-time Tony Award-winning show about the tumultuous love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and Sir Lancelot. Featuring many of Broadway's most beloved songs, including "The Lusty Month of May," "How to Handle a Woman," "I Loved You Once in Silence," "If Ever I Would Leave You" and "What Do the Simple Folk Do?" Camelot continues to enchant audiences more than 50 years after it premiered. Catch this delightful Broadway classic at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C.
Inspired by friends, family, and Puerto Rican icons as varied as Lolita Lebron and Joe Cuba, Gomez's characters face real life challenges with courage and flair. This pulsating musical is full of hope, passion, and laugh-out-loud humor.
This powerful, Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play is filled with humor and compassion and touched with poetry. A wealthy middle-aged couple has their complacency shattered when longtime friends appear at their doorstep claiming an encroaching, nameless "fear" has forced them from their own home. Their arrival sets off a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and ultimately solace, upsetting the "delicate balance." Enjoy This classic play at Silver Spring Stage.
Described as a visionary "music-theatre" epic, The Emperor of Atlantis was written during the Holocaust in Terezin but ultimately censored by the Nazis. This haunting opera examines humanity's resilience, redemption, and the survival of love and art against all odds and the In Series brings life to the piece with a new English adaptation written and directed by Nick Olcott and conducted by Stanley Thurston. The piece is presented alongside a staged version of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, choreographed by Jaime Coronado and based off of an adaptation by Rick Davis.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
What do you do when your Elvis act gets the axe? With a pregnant wife, a woefully empty bank account and an eviction notice coming his way any minute, Casey is left with no choice but to trade in his signature jumpsuit for sequins and start strutting his stuff around the Florida panhandle as the area's newest drag queen. A music-filled comedy about finding your true voice, this production of The Legend of Georgia McBride at Bethesda's Round House Theatre will have you laughing and rooting for the underdog inside of us all.
On a Greek island paradise, on the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father's identity brings three very different possible dads from her mother's past back to the island. The magic of ABBA's timeless hit music ("Dancing Queen," "The Winner Takes It All" and many, many more...) tells this story of love, laughter and friendship.
As World War II rages overseas, three sailors on leave have 24 hours to spend in New York City in the classic musical On the Town, coming to the Olney Theatre Center's Mainstage. Featuring a score by Leonard Bernstein that includes the standard "New York, New York," this delightful romp follows Ozzie, Chip and Gabey as they meet up with three lively ladies for an adventure through the City That Never Sleeps. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly later made a film version, but there's nothing like catching a Broadway favorite on stage.
Roommates Ben and Jeff couldn't be more different. Ben is a struggling journalist who can't get anything to go his way. Jeff is a successful researcher who glides through life with little resistance. At Jeff's insistence, they both give online dating a try. Ben meets Molly and the results are volatile, while Jeff meets Leslie and they make a connection. Over the course of the evening, a truth is revealed that sets in motion a series of hysterical and illuminating events. OTHER LIFE FORMS is a dynamic comedy that sets out to prove the existence of love, and how we often get in the way of it.
This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe -- a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. Pinkalicious the Musical is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation. The musical will be preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza or an all-beef hotdog (beverages and gratuity are not included in the cost of the ticket).
It's been ten years since Kevin and Theo's wedding -- one of the first legal same-sex marriages in the country. In celebration of their ten year anniversary, the couple hosts a dinner party for their families, inviting loved ones over to their gorgeously renovated condo for an evening of philosophical conversations and overcooked lasagna. But when Kevin and Theo reveal the secret behind their seemingly perfect relationship, their guests gain a whole new perspective on the couple's historic marriage. Star Trek: Discovery's Maulik Pancholy stars in Ken Urban's The Remains at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.
On March 25, 1931, nine young African-American teenagers were ripped off a train, falsely accused of a crime, hastily tried and sentenced to death in an outrageous disregard of due process. With a sound and style reflecting the period and exhilarating dance and song, The Scottsboro Boys transforms an event that gripped the nation into a compelling musical nominated for twelve Tony Awards.
A powerful story about the healing powers of nature, Swimming With Whales follows a city teen as he reconnects the broken relationship with his fisherman father. Foulmouthed, sullen and afraid of nature, Owen visits his family's secluded cottage in Nantucket only to clash with his estranged parent. But an unlikely connection forms between Own and an injured whale, calling back his forgotten childhood and a communion with the ocean. See this compassionate world premiere play by Bob Bartlett at the 1st Stage Theater in Tysons, Virginia.
Straight couple Leila and Doug find in the afterglow of sex that they have switched bodies. Their genderfluid friend Lark finds out and sees an opportunity to explode their boundaries, leading to a wild night of strange and revelatory encounters. Experience a world beyond the binary where sex, gender and sexuality intertwine together in this new comedy - with a twist.
"Shakespeare imagined a world fraught with possibilities, and he filled it with young love and dazzling magic," says Prewitt. "But Shakespeare's story also prophesied the melting pot of cultures that America became, a nation of immigrants and refugees seeking asylum and a fresh start. With an eye to the storm our nation is weathering, and in a spirit of hope and optimism, we have tried to conjure a Tempest that asks: 'How can we all get along on this island Earth?'"
The now legendary story of Emmett Till is believed by many to be the start of the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s and remains one of the most pivotal incidents in a monumental era. This widely acclaimed dramatization recounting the the last two weeks of of young Emmett's life, part history and part ghost story, is a jazz integration of past and present, the living and dead, factual accounts and creative interpolation. Chicago author and director Ifa Bayeza captures the powerful truths at the heart of the story, creating a soaring work of music, brilliant poetry and theatricality.
The Yiddish word for "non-kosher," Trayf follows the adventures of Zalmy, the loyal follower of a New York rebbe, whose decidedly unorthodox lifestyle involves driving a a tricked-out "Mitzvah Tank" by day, and then sneaking away from his ultra-religious community at night to raise a little hazarai -- roller skating and rocking out in clubs. That is, until an eager young man asks to be Zalmy's student, forcing him to choose once and for all between the sacred and the secular. Theater J stages this funny and heartfelt new play by Lindsay Joelle at the Edlavitch DCJCC.
When hotshot Arab scholar Adham goes to London in 1967 with his new wife to give a talk, he has no idea his trip will end on a life-changing pivot point. After war suddenly breaks out in his homeland, what should he do? The Vagrant Trilogy at Washington DC's Atlas Performing Arts Center follows each fork in that road, allowing the audience to experience his parallel lives, love and losses. Seen together in one epic showing, the plays speak to the psychic effects of displacement not just for Palestinians, but for all of us. The Vagrant Trilogy is part of the 2018 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival and stars Hadi Tabbal of NBC's The Brave.
Don't miss your chance to see the comic strip characters of the lovable "Peanuts" gang comic brought to life. This hit Off-Broadway musical is directed by acclaimed playwright and director Aaron Posner (Ford's Theatre, Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and many more!). Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart.