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Hamilton

Jun 21 - Sep 16, 2018

Tickets are being released daily for upcoming performances. There is a four (4) ticket limit per household for Hamilton. Please note that www.kennedy-center.org is the ONLY authorized source for HAMILTON tickets in Washington, DC. If you purchase tickets from any other source, we cannot guarantee your seats.

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Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

Jun 21 - Jul 22, 2018

Don't miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more.
Ticket Note: Limited view seats are available for purchase, in person at the box office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600.

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RAISE A GLASS: A Special Hamilton Event

Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 7:30 PM

Join us on July 25th for a special performance of Hamilton, followed by an exclusive post-show experience, all supporting arts and education!
At RAISE A GLASS you will attend the July 25th performance of Hamilton at the Kennedy Center. After the curtain goes down, members of the Hamilton company will join us for dessert, an open bar, and dancing in the Grand Foyer, DJ'd by a special guest.

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The Color Purple

Jul 31 - Aug 26, 2018

2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times).

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Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,200 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.
NOTE: Please see additional schedule details below.

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Theater J Presents The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Sep 12 - Sep 30, 2018

Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane uses tour-de-force storytelling and extraordinary live piano music to tell the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II.

On Sale 7/15/2018


Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,200 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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American Revolution

Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2018

Using only 7 actors and their bodies on a tiny stage, Theater Unspeakable recreates the entire American fight for independence in 50 minutes. Age 9+

On Sale 7/11/2018


WORLD STAGES: Measure for Measure

Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2018

Through a series of “swiftly changing spectacular scenes” (Russia’s Teatral), Shakespeare’s classic play becomes a mirror of modern society in a dexterously crafted adaption from director Declan Donnellan, English theater company Cheek By Jowl, and the Pushkin Theatre Moscow.

On Sale 7/11/2018


Long Way Down

Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2018

D.C.-area native Jason Reynolds's New York Times best-selling book comes to the stage in a compelling and timely production. Age 12+

On Sale 7/11/2018


Broadway Center Stage: Little Shop of Horrors

Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2018

Feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi camp classic presented in a semi-staged concert format and featuring a starry cast direct from Broadway.

On Sale 7/11/2018


Anastasia

Oct 30 - Nov 25, 2018

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award®–winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s.

On Sale 8/1/2018


How to Catch a Star

Nov 20 - Dec 19, 2018

Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers's beloved children’s book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life, featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement. Age 3+

On Sale 7/11/2018


The Choir of Man

Nov 23 - Nov 25, 2018

The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate feel-good show” (Edinburgh Evening News), The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! 

On Sale 9/12/2018


WORLD STAGES: Barber Shop Chronicles

Nov 28 - Dec 1, 2018

Set in barbershops in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, and London, Barber Shop Chronicles welcomes you into this unique, intimate community where African men gather to discuss the world and their lives.

On Sale 9/12/2018


The Second City's Love Factually

Dec 4 - Dec 31, 2018

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation. 

On Sale 9/12/2018


Miss Saigon

Dec 11 - Jan 13, 2019

Experience the acclaimed “thrilling, soaring, and spectacular” (The London Times) new production of the legendary Tony®–winning musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables

On Sale 9/12/2018


The Play That Goes Wrong

Dec 18 - Jan 6, 2019

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get New York and London’s award-winning smash comedy The Play That Goes Wrong!


Cartography

Jan 11 - Jan 16, 2019

From the effects of climate change to war and poverty, this powerful story examines the forces that shape where we have come from, how we have moved, and where we are going. Age 9+

On Sale 9/12/2018


Broadway Center Stage: The Music Man

Feb 6 - Feb 10, 2019

Starring Norm Lewis, this American favorite and winner of six Tony Awards® follows traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa. Presented in a semi-staged concert format.

On Sale 7/11/2018


She A Gem

Feb 13 - Feb 28, 2019

Jump into a tale of double-dutch, friendship, and teamwork. In this original play by Josh Wilder, Krystin, Jaleesa, and Amber form a double-dutch team in inner city Philadelphia to compete in their neighborhood pageant. Age 12+

On Sale 9/12/2018


WORLD STAGES: NeoArctic

Feb 13 - Feb 16, 2019

Making its U.S. premiere, this collaboration between Denmark’s artistic incubator Hotel Pro Forma and the Latvian Radio Choir daringly explores the Anthropocene, a new geological age characterized by the harsh impact of humanity on our vulnerable eco-system. 

On Sale 9/12/2018


Tap Dogs

Feb 19 - Feb 24, 2019

Dein Perry's global dance sensation Tap Dogs hits the road on an international tour of jaw-dropping new surprises. An adrenaline-pumped cast turns traditional tap dancing upside-down and into the ultimate night out. 

On Sale 9/12/2018


WORLD STAGES: Cirkus Cirkör: Limits 

Mar 6 - Mar 9, 2019

“Boundaries are meant to be crossed. Limits are meant to be exceeded!” From Tilde Björfors and Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkör, Limits will turn perspectives on their heads.

On Sale 11/14/2018


The Watsons Go to Birmingham1963

Mar 14 - Mar 24, 2019

Experience the beloved story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history. Age 9+

On Sale 11/14/2018


WORLD STAGES: The Last Supper

Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2019

Making its U.S. premiere, this darkly comedic satire highlights the harsh indifference of the bourgeoisie in Egypt and the hollow exchanges which masquerade as human connection. 

On Sale 11/14/2018


The Me I Want to Sing

Apr 11 - Apr 13, 2019

This riveting two-performer show blends opera legends Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price’s most memorable performances—including opera, art songs, and more—with narrative spoken word. Age 12+

On Sale 11/14/2018


Broadway Center Stage: Tommy

Apr 25 - Apr 28, 2019

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. Presented in a semi-staged concert format.

On Sale 7/11/2018


Colors

May 15 - May 19, 2019

Dancers maneuver a set brought to life with fabric, projections, and sensors to explore children’s relationships to colors. Age 5+

On Sale 2/27/2019


Betty Buckley in Hello Dolly!

Jun 4 - Jul 7, 2019

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly!—the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” 

On Sale 2/27/2019


Byhalia, Mississippi

Jun 11 - Jun 30, 2019

Don’t miss this new Kennedy Center production of playwright Evan Linder’s uncompromising exploration of race, family, and betrayal in the American South, which won Chicago’s prestigious Jefferson Award in 2016 for Best New Work.

On Sale 11/14/2018


Falsettos

Jun 11 - Jun 23, 2019

William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award®–winning musical comes to the Kennedy Center in an all new production from Lincoln Center. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family. 

On Sale 2/27/2019


The Band's Visit

Jul 9 - Aug 4, 2019

This critically acclaimed new musical celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing, and laughter can connect us all. “One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by.”—The New York Times

On Sale 2/27/2019


Disney's Aladdin

Jul 18 - Sep 7, 2019

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical! From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. 


Dear Evan Hansen

Aug 6 - Sep 8, 2019

Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The New York Times calls Dear Evan Hansen “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.”