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The Opera House is the second-largest theater in the Center, with 2,362 seats. It was designed for ballet, opera, and musical theater. Over the years, the Opera House has welcomed dozens of the world's great dance and opera companies and has hosted some of the most important artistic events of the last quarter century. With its distinctive red and gold chandelier, a gift from Austria, the Opera House makes an elegant setting for the annual Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in the arts.

Now performing in the Opera House :

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


"THE BEST KIND OF FEEL-GOOD SHOW! Warm-hearted and irresistible… a brilliant celebration of words, music, and color."
--London's Sunday Times
"AN EXUBERANT SUCCESS that stays true to all of the original's joyfulness, humor, and fantastic songs while subtly updating it"
--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Annie, In the Heights), this new production features Broadway stars, American Idol sensations, and husband-and-wife duo Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including "Those Canaan Days," "Any Dream Will Do," and "Close Every Door."

Appropriate for all ages.

Performance Timing: Act I - 43 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 45 min.

New Year's Eve Grand Foyer Party - 10:30 p.m.–1 a.m.
Welcome 2015 with music and dancing, and commemorate the night with free social photo booths, in the Grand Foyer. From 10:15 to 11:30 p.m., thirteen-piece D.C. swing aficionados, Craig Gildner Big Band, recreate the sounds of the swing era made famous by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, and others. They are followed, from 11:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m., by Brooklyn, NY's Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, a thrilling 11-piece salsa group led by percussionist Gianni Mano and fronted by Argentinian superstar Solange Prat that plays dynamic 70s style salsa arrangements of indie rock tunes we love. This is innovative, astonishing salsa with a new, vibrant aesthetic. Free horn noise-makers will be handed out for the big balloon countdown to midnight. This party is FREE for all patrons with any December 31 evening performance tickets or Roof Terrace Restaurant receipt from that evening.