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The Eisenhower Theater, traditionally home to many of the Kennedy Center's theater and dance performances, opened in 2008 after a 16-month, $17.9 million renovation. The theater now seats 1,164 people (up from 1100), making it approximately comparable in size to many Broadway theater houses. The theater contains an orchestra pit for 35 musicians that is convertible to a forestage or additional seating space. The gold [fabric is from France] curtain was also replaced during the recent renovations.

Cosmetically, the theater boasts a new color scheme (blue and gold with bronze and stainless steel railings and trim, instead of the previous red and dark wood paneling) and improved décor—the light fixtures, ash wall paneling, and wood-backed seats are all new. Additionally, there is new stage lighting, a new state-of-the-art sound system, and better sound isolation from the Terrace Theater, which is directly above the Eisenhower.

Now performing in the Eisenhower Theater :

Image for <i>Once</i>



"FOUR STARS! Exquisitely crafted, gorgeously resonant, and wholly not-to-be-missed"
--The Chicago Tribune
The sort of revivifying breeze nowhere more necessary than on Broadway"
--The Washington Post
WINNER! 8 Tony Awards (2012)
including Best Book and Best Musical
WINNER! Grammy Award (2013)
for Best Musical Theater Album
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights--but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.
Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear, and the power of music to connect us all.

Parental advisory due to adult language.

Latecomers will be seated following a 23-minute hold at the beginning of Act 1.

Performance Timing: Act One - 65 min.; Intermission - 18 min.; Act Two - 51 min.