Theater and Musicals
Oct 1 - Oct 29, 2016
In this exciting musical at the USBG, a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life. Age 7+
Sat, Oct 1, 2016, 8:00 PM
The Folger Consort celebrates its 40th anniversary with a concert that pairs the music of Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas with timeless passages from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
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.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016, 8:00 PM
The intersection of the work and ideals of Cesar Chavez and John F. Kennedy in the fight for civil rights and social justice are explored in this evening of diverse performances, provocative conversations, and powerful history.
Wed, Oct 19, 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.
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.
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!
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, she returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series to perform an intimate holiday show.
Dec 9 - Dec 31, 2016
The Second City parodies Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol for an interactive experience that Scrooge--and the audience!--will never forget. The legendary comedy troupe brings its improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to "the night before Christmas."
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.
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+
Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 8:00 PM
Leslie Odom Jr. returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series for a grand concert showcasing the remarkable talent that won him the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in the smash-hit Hamilton.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
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.
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 hailed as "a formidable all-around entertainer" by the New York Times. Join us as he makes his Kennedy Center debut as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series in this powerful concert event.
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+
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+
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.
On Sale 3/15/2017
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!
On Sale 3/15/2017
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.
On Sale 3/15/2017
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)!
On Sale 3/15/2017