Theater and Musicals


Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Jun 26 - Jul 10, 2016

Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this Tony-winning musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

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The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County

Jun 28 - Jul 17, 2016

Winner of two Tony Awards including Best Score by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years)! Don't miss this "gorgeous, powerful, and rapturous" (New York Magazine) new Broadway musical based on the best-selling novel, about an Iowa housewife and her life-changing romance with a traveling photographer.

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Jul 13 - Aug 20, 2016

Bigger and better than ever before! This fresh and dazzling production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's perennial classic comes to D.C. as part of a brand-new North American tour.

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Theater Look-in: The Phantom of the Opera

Theater Look-in: The Phantom of the Opera

Wed, Jul 20, 2016, 5:00 PM

Join company members for an insider's look at the production, complete with lively discussion and the opportunity to ask questions of the artists.

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Jonathan Pryce and Phoebe Pryce in The Merchant of Venice.

Shakespeare's Globe on Tour: The Merchant of Venice

Jul 27 - Jul 30, 2016

Starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, one of the most memorable outsiders in all of theater, this new production of Shakespeare's play dramatizes competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy.

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Shear Madness

Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 12,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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Shear Madness

Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 12,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Oct 5 - Oct 23, 2016

Based on the bestselling novel, this heartwarming story has an unforgettable young hero whose investigation of a mystery leads to a life-changing adventure in "one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway" (New York Times). The production won five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play.

On Sale 8/1/2016


All the Way Live!

All the Way Live!

Oct 15 - Oct 16, 2016

In this interactive world premiere co-commission with B-Fly Entertainment, Hip Hop performers collaborate on the spot to "remix" everything from folk tales to classical art. History is revived with rockin' beats, rhythms, and rhymes! Age 5+

On Sale 8/1/2016


Freeze Frame

Debbie Allen's Freeze Frame

Oct 27 - Oct 30, 2016

From Kennedy Center favorite Debbie Allen, this profoundly relevant theatrical narrative fuses movement, music, art, and cinema to explore gun violence and race relations with honesty and poignancy.

On Sale 8/1/2016


Where Words Once Were

Where Words Once Were

Nov 5 - Nov 27, 2016

Get ready for wordplay in this world premiere commission from playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer--set in a city where language is rationed, a sentence can get you sentenced, the silent are rising, and a word can change the world. Age 9+

On Sale 8/1/2016


A View from the Bridge

A View From the Bridge

Nov 18 - Dec 3, 2016

Internationally renowned Belgian director Ivo van Hove presents a limited engagement of Arthur Miller's masterwork, winner of two 2016 Tony Awards including Best Director and Best Revival of a Play. Join tragic protagonist Eddie Carbone in this dark and passionate tale of family, love, and duplicity.


Into the Woods

Into The Woods

Dec 6 - Jan 8, 2017

Venture into the woods with the acclaimed Fiasco Theater's production that became NYC's surprise hit of the season. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention of Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical classic is staged like you've never seen it before!

On Sale 9/14/2016


Megan Hilty

Renée Fleming VOICES: An Evening with Megan Hilty

Dec 8 - Dec 9, 2016

From Wicked, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and 9 to 5 on Broadway to NBC's Smash, America has fallen in love with the multi-talented Megan Hilty. Back by popular demand following sold-out concerts in 2012 and 2014, she returns to the Kennedy Center to perform an intimate evening of music.


Wicked

Wicked

Dec 14 - Jan 8, 2017

Back by "popular" demand! Called "the best musical of the decade" and "Broadway's biggest blockbuster," Wicked is the winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards. Travel back to Oz with this must-see musical spectacular!


The Gabriels

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (Three-Play Cycle)

Jan 7 - Jan 22, 2017

Shining a spotlight on the 2016 election year, Tony-winning playwright/director Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays) and The Public Theater present his wildly relevant and fiercely human new three-play cycle.

On Sale 9/14/2016


Terence Blanchard

Bud, Not Buddy

Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2017

In 1936, a boy goes looking for his father guided by a band flyer. Jazz master Terence Blanchard composes the music and plays with an ensemble in this world premiere commission adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's award-winning book. Age 9+

On Sale 9/14/2016


From the Mouths of Monsters

From the Mouths of Monsters

Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2017

Loosely inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this contemporary, highly theatrical world premiere commission features two actors who riff on the classic monster tale in unexpected ways, with surprising relevance to today's audiences. Age 12+

On Sale 11/14/2016


Needles and Opium

Ex Machina/Robert Lepage: Needles and Opium

Mar 16 - Mar 18, 2017

World-renowned writer/director Robert Lepage revisits his riveting work in a highly visual staging that is as much magic as it is theater. Experience an exploration of creativity, love, addiction, and withdrawal through three artists' stories.

On Sale 11/14/2016


Grug and the Rainbow

Grug and the Rainbow

Mar 18 - Mar 19, 2017

Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, this brand-new show from Australia's Windmill Theatre features exquisite puppetry and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world. Age 2+

On Sale 11/14/2016


Antigonon

Teatro El Público: Antigonón, un contingente épico

Mar 21 - Mar 22, 2017

Two myths collide in one epic explosion of poetry and heroics. Written by Rogelio Orizondo, directed by Carlos Díaz, and presented by Havana's irreverent Teatro el Público, this spectacle fuses the legend of Antigone with old and new Cuban heroes.

On Sale 11/14/2016


The Petrol Station

Sulayman Al Bassam: Petrol Station

Mar 24 - Mar 26, 2017

Internationally acclaimed writer/director Sulayman Al Bassam returns to the Kennedy Center with a compelling drama that uses the setting of a deserted petrol station as a poetic space to explore the oppressions and aspirations of the Gulf Arab Region.

On Sale 11/14/2016


To Sail Around the Sun

To Sail Around the Sun

Mar 25 - Mar 26, 2017

Set to the timeless music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this imaginative world premiere co-commission between the NSO and Company | E uses dance, film, storytelling, and musicians to weave together stories about the changing of the seasons. Age 4+

On Sale 11/14/2016


Peter Brook Battlefield

Peter Brook's Battlefield

Mar 29 - Apr 2, 2017

Legendary director Peter Brook takes subject matter from his landmark production of The Mahabharata to stage this new play, in which a family is torn apart by war and trying to make sense of the horrors they've experienced... and perpetrated.

On Sale 11/14/2016


Chicago

Chicago

Apr 4 - Apr 16, 2017

With show-stopping numbers, astonishing dancing, and a healthy dose of razzle dazzle, Chicago is a heart-pounding spectacle of everything that makes Broadway great. Velma Kelly and Foxy Roxie Hart bring down the house in this six-time Tony winner!

On Sale 1/16/2017


The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville

The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville

Apr 11 - Apr 16, 2017

An apocalyptic flood leaves only two people with no common language… until they discover shared song and dance. This zany tale stars Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, the fabulous Taylor Mac, with direction/choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman.

On Sale 1/16/2017


three sisters

Maly Drama Theatre: Three Sisters

Apr 26 - Apr 30, 2017

Lev Dodin, regarded as one of the world's finest directors, and Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, one of Russia's premier theater companies, present this luminous and emotionally raw retelling of Chekhov's masterpiece.

On Sale 11/14/2016


Alan Cumming

Renée Fleming VOICES: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 8:00 PM

With his acclaimed performances in Cabaret, CBS's The Good Wife, and scores of other diverse credits, Alan Cumming has been named "one of the most fun people in show business" by Time Magazine. Join us as he makes his Kennedy Center debut in this special concert event.

On Sale 11/14/2016


Nearly Lear

Nearly Lear

May 12 - May 14, 2017

What if King Lear was told by his closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool--and every other character--to tell a very personal and poignant story borrowing from Shakespeare's words. Age 9+

On Sale 1/16/2017


Titus

Titus

May 20 - May 21, 2017

Young Titus is in a situation that seems hopeless… he can either give up or fight. This exciting and challenging journey examines the obstacles faced by young people in our modern world and how we learn to find courage within ourselves as we confront those obstacles. Age 13+

 

On Sale 1/16/2017


Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

May 20 - May 28, 2017

Don't miss a one-man show from Polarbear, one of the UK's most exciting spoken-word artists. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors, and more come to life when a boy tries to make sense of his father's disappearance. Age 8+

On Sale 1/16/2017


peh/LO/tah

Hip Hop Culture: /peh-LO-tah/

Jun 9 - Jun 11, 2017

Marc Bamuthi Joseph explores soccer by layering poetry, movement, visuals, and music into a fresh theatrical form based on Hip Hop aesthetics. This world premiere co-commission features verbally and physically energetic performances.

On Sale 8/1/2016


Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music

Jun 13 - Jul 16, 2017

The Kennedy Center is alive with The Sound of Music! The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical will thrill once again with its Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning score in this brand new production, directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien.


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Jun 13 - Jul 2, 2017

Innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is "the most exciting rock score written for the theater since, oh, ever!" (Time). This four-time Tony-winning, genre-bending sensation promises to take DC by storm!


Cabaret

Cabaret

Jul 11 - Aug 6, 2017

Step into the infamous Kit Kat Klub and leave your troubles outside. As part of its 50th anniversary, the renowned Roundabout Theatre Company presents Cabaret, the scintillating Tony winner about following your heart while the world loses its way.


Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

Jul 18 - Aug 20, 2017

Two worlds collide in Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I, winner of four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The timeless story of Anna Leonowens and the king of Siam is "too beautiful to miss" (New York Magazine)!

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