Theater and Musicals


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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Fishamble: The New Play Company

IRELAND 100: Tiny Plays for Ireland and America (Fishamble: The New Play Company)

May 24 - May 25, 2016

Through several "tiny plays" submitted by citizens of Ireland and America,this presentation offers vivid and varied glimpses of contemporary Ireland as well as a celebration of President Kennedy's life and legacy.

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Olwen Fouéré

IRELAND 100: Olwen Fouéré's riverrun

May 25 - May 26, 2016

riverrun is Olwen Fouéré's adaptation and performance of the voice of the river Liffey ("Life," Anna Livia Plurabelle) in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

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IRELAND 100: Installation: A Girl's Bedroom

IRELAND 100: Installation: A Girl's Bedroom

May 28 - Jun 4, 2016

Director Enda Walsh presents his absorbing text in this immersive theatrical installation featuring the voice of actress Charlie Murphy. Presented three times per hour for an audience of five at a time. Free, timed-entry tickets required.


Fiona Shaw: Blowing the Heart Open

IRELAND 100: Fiona Shaw: Blowing the Heart Open

Tue, May 31, 2016, 7:00 PM

Join the famed two-time Olivier Award-winning actor and director, also our festival's Artist-in-Residence, for an intimate evening of performance showcasing the texts of W.B. Yeats and Emily Dickinson with guest musician Liz Knowles.

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Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Jun 14 - 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

Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, this two-time Tony winning musical tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid.

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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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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).

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. 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


The Kennedy Center

An Evening with Megan Hilty

Dec 8 - Dec 9, 2016


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


The Kennedy Center

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 Kennedy Center

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


The Kennedy Center

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


The Kennedy Center

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


The Kennedy Center

An Evening with Alan Cumming

Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 8:00 PM


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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