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Anything Goes  
Arena Stage Anything Goes
 
Dubbed "musical comedy joy" by The New York Times, this rollicking maritime rom-com follows the adventures of Billy, a young Wall Street broker who falls head over heels for a wealthy heiress, and stows away on the ship carrying her to London. All kinds of on-board antics ensue as Billy tries to find, woo and win back his true love, with the help of showgirls, sailors and even a gangster or two.
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical  
The National Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. Beloved for penning such classics as "You've Got a Friend" and "I Feel the Earth Move," she fought her way into the record business as a teenager and ultimately flourished, writing hits for some of the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice, writing and performing the soundtrack to a generation. Beautiful is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It's no surprise that Beautiful - The Carole King Musical won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. A resounding success on Broadway, this unforgettable show now comes to Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre.
   
Billy Elliot  
Signature Theatre Billy Elliot
 
ll 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community-and changes his life in extraordinary ways. Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, Billy Elliot swept the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier awards for Best Musical, by combining a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance to create a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family.
   
Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush  
MetroStage Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush
 
Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush transports you to London, circa 1912, where you'll be treated to a holiday-themed variety show in the classic style of the famed British music hall. Mistress of Ceremonies Florrie Forde brings the mirth and mayhem via a sleighful of Christmas carols, comedy sketches, sing-alongs and more. The show features Washington DC favorite Sherri Edelen and her troupe of eccentric British performers. Now this seasonal extravaganza returns to MetroStage in Alexandria, where you can raise a pint and feast on traditional sausage rolls while enjoying the on-stage antics of Mr. Bertie Ramsbottom, Mr. Charles Archibald Potts and company. BroadwayWorld.com praised the show, calling it "delightfully funny ... writer-director Catherine Flye is the visionary and voice behind this spectacular evening. Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush is a wonderful and nostalgic way to spend an evening having a wonderful time and escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays."
   
A Christmas Carol  
Ford's Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a production heralded as a "rich visual and vocal treat" (TheaterMania) and "infectiously jolly" (Washington Post).
   
A Christmas Carol  
Olney Theatre Center A Christmas Carol
 
Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) presents a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended -- in his own words -- and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance. This critically acclaimed production at Olney Theatre Center has become a holiday must-see.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Annapolis Shakespeare Company A Christmas Carol
 
A Helen Hayes recommended original production of this classic holiday story.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company A Christmas Carol
 
Catch the spirit of giving with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come in Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol". Set in Victorian-era Baltimore, this delightfully original adaptation is both a celebration of Chesapeake history and a Charm City tradition. This annual Chesapeake Shakespeare Company production also includes various city choirs on selected dates.
   
Cinderella  
Imagination Stage Cinderella
 
This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella's stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces here that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season!
   
Cirque Dreams  
National Harbor Cirque Dreams
 
Be dazzled by an array of seasonal characters brought to life in a dreamscape of imaginative costumes and creativity, while stunning feats of showmanship are performed on stage and in the air. The entire family can enjoy this uniquely inspired 25-minute Christmas dream presented with the Broadway style and inventive theatrics for which Cirque Dreams is renowned.
   
A Civil War Christmas  
1st Stage Theatre A Civil War Christmas
 
It's 1864 and Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. "History lessons and holiday warmth sit cozily alongside each other" (The New York Times) in this pageant of carols by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Indecent. Stories of many intertwining lives- spanning from the battlegrounds of Northern Virginia to the halls of the White House- demonstrate that the gladness of one's heart is the best gift of all.
   
Cry It Out  
Studio Theatre Cry It Out
 
Jessie is a corporate lawyer in a Manhattan firm - Lina is a community college dropout and born-and-bred Long Islander. They don't seem to have anything in common, but marooned at home with infants, they strike up a fast friendship. In the yard between their houses (as far as their baby monitors will reach), they bond over sleep deprivation, unreliable childcare and "having it all." A candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in the United States, Cry It Out can be enjoyed at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.
   
Dashing Through the Snow  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Dashing Through the Snow
 
It's four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday hilarity in Dashing Through the Snow. You'll swear this family-friendly Jones/Hope/Wooten Christmas comedy at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is more fun than a joyride in a one-horse open sleigh!
   
Elf The Musical  
Olney Theatre Center Elf The Musical
 
Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as Elf The Musical. Fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, who as a little boy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, where he's raised as an elf. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy sets off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show, coming to the stage of the Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage, will no doubt do the same for you and yours.
   
Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas  
Adventure Theatre MTC Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas
 
What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles-and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Oohlala! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?
   
Frosted  
Kensington Town Hall Frosted
 
Frosted tells the tale of two Princesses as one struggles to come to terms with the magical powers she has been given. Can they survive the snow storm? Will they ever find true love? Or will their kingdom be taken over by a wicked Prince? Watch the show at Kensington Town Hall to find out how strong the bond between sisters can be and that they'll stop at nothing to look after each other.
   
Gem of the Ocean  
Round House Theatre Gem of the Ocean
 
1904. Many former slaves and descendants venturing north find themselves at Aunt Ester's door in Pittsburgh's Hill District. A renowned cleanser of souls claiming to be 285 years old, Ester provides solace, advice and healing. Citizen Barlow, racked with guilt over letting another man take the rap for one of his crimes, desperately wants to be pure again. And Aunt Ester may be his only hope. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences comes Gem of the Ocean - a mystical story of freedom, justice and redemption
   
How to Catch a Star  
The Kennedy Center How to Catch a Star
 
Once there was a boy who dreamed a star could be his new friend-if only he could catch one. He tried climbing to the top of the tallest tree. He tried flying in a paper rocket ship. But nothing worked. Just when the boy was about to give up, he discovered something as dazzling and special as the star he was seeking!
   
Indecent  
Arena Stage Indecent
 
In 1923, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's Yiddish drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in its theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize award-winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed "indecent." "Brimming with good faith" (New York Times), this Tony award-winning intimate and enchanting play filled with music and dance is a testament to the transformative power of art that is timelier than ever before.
   
An Inspector Calls  
Sidney Harman Hall An Inspector Calls
 
Winner of 19 major accolades, including multiple Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards, Stephen Daldry's production of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls continues to astound audiences more than 25 years later with its eerie prescience. Staged by Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown) in 1992 at the National Theatre, this reinterpretation of Priestley's expressionistic thriller has been hailed as one of "the defining productions" of modern British theatre, "a work of great directorial daring, breathtaking visual invention and passionate moral urgency" by London's Daily Telegraph. A festive evening at the home of the Birlings, a well-heeled British family, is suddenly interrupted by a mysterious visitor: a grim inspector investigating the death of a young woman. As the inspector continues to ask one penetrating question after the next, this close-knit family begins to unravel -- and long-buried secrets surrounding the girl's death are slowly unearthed. Existing simultaneously in 1912, post-war society and modern day, Daldry's spectacular production is both a plea for a more just society and a warning of what's to come if we fail to attain it. Don't miss this edge-of-your-seat thriller, courtesy of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C.
   
Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
 
Junie B. Jones is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson in the holiday play Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, the show is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza or an all-beef hot dog.
   
The Little Mermaid  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia The Little Mermaid
 
If you loved last season's Beauty and the Beast make your reservations now for The Little Mermaid. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above with Prince Eric. Based on the classic animated film with music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) this show will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
   
The Nutcracker  
Olney Theatre Center The Nutcracker
 
Starring talented young pre-professional ballerinas, along with professional guest dancers, the Olney Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in the Washington area for decades. You'll be transported to a magical place filled with Christmas spirits, dancing children, toy soldiers that come alive, a glowing Christmas tree, magical creatures, the Land of Sweets and exquisite dancing. Whether a longstanding family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime event, this beloved classic is bound to create lasting memories for audiences young and old.
   
The Panties, The Partner and The Profit  
Lansburgh Theatre The Panties, The Partner and The Profit
 
Leaping from Boston in 1950 to Wall Street in 1986 to lavish Malibu today, David Ives (The Liar, The Metromaniacs) gives his "tranlaptation" treatment to Carl Sternheim's epic trilogy, Scenes from the Heroic Life of the Middle Classes - an evening filled with panties falling, lovers juggling, dueling pistols shooting and other signs of near-apocalypse. David Ives has said publicly that "German comedy" is largely an oxymoron - except for Sternheim (1878-1942). Returning for one final collaboration with Artistic Director Michael Kahn (The School for Lies), Ives sharpens his celebrated wit to razor-like social commentary - at once ludicrous, larger-than-life and close to the bone, making us wonder along the way, as all social satirists do, just where all this madness is going both onstage and off.
   
Season of Light  
Silver Spring Stage Season of Light
 
Season of Light: A Winter Fairytale, by Steph DeFerie, is a fun and uplifting holiday play about doing good and bringing light into the world. Magda is chosen to play the Sister of the Sun for her village's Winter Solstice ceremony. But when the days keep growing shorter, Magda is blamed and exiled. In the forest, a group of players join her quest to bring back the light by going to the source: the real Sister of the Sun. What is Magda willing to sacrifice to save the world from darkness? Silver Spring Stage celebrates the holiday season with a special treat for the whole family.
   
The Second City's Love, Factually  
The Kennedy Center The Second City's Love, Factually
 
Cue the cue cards and carols! From the twisted minds at Chicago's The Second City comes this fast-paced romp that mingles the classic movie's most beloved (and despised) characters and moments in an original take sure to warm your icy heart. Love, Factually is a holiday satire that blasts the December holiday time of life and love. After experiencing this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation, we've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that funny actually is all around.
   
The Second City's She the People  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre The Second City's She the People
 
An all-female, all-star team of The Second City's most fearless, tuned-in sketch comics roasts the patriarchy and reclaims at least two hours of absolutely hilarious time. The producers of Black Side of the Moon and Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) bring you a mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray into "having it all," having each other's backs, and having that sick feeling your government's trying to turn back the clock to the Middle Ages. She the People... in order to perform a more perfect union!