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Maly Drama Theatre: Three Sisters

Maly Drama Theatre: Three Sisters

Sun, Apr 30, 2017, 2:00 PM

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.

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Shear Madness

Shear Madness


Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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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+

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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+

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May 20 - May 21, 2017

For young Titus, the truth is boring… and sometimes painful. Surrounded by adults to whom he cannot relate, Titus weaves fanciful stories to deal with a seemingly hopeless situation. Should he give up or fight? This award-winning one-man show examines loneliness and loss, and how we find the courage to truly connect. Age 12+

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Hip Hop Culture: /peh-LO-tah/ - a futbol framed freedom suite

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.

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Sound of Music

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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Bernstein on Broadway

Fri, Sep 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Center presents a special one-night-only celebration of the indelible and lasting impact Bernstein's work had on American culture through the Broadway stage.

On Sale 5/31/2017


Shear Madness


Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera

Oct 6 - Oct 8, 2017

Take a musical voyage to outer space in this interactive folk opera featuring Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and more special guests. Age 3+



Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2017

This pulsating new multimedia documentary theater work—derived from the real-life stories of six families exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity—features an evocative folk rock score, video projections, and emotionally charged movement. 


The Book of Mormon

Oct 24 - Nov 19, 2017

The nine-time Tony®-winning Best Musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing-room-only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.


Grey Skies Blue

Oct 27 - Oct 29, 2017

Fifteen accomplished young dancers tell powerful, personal stories of a summer of friendships in the ensemble’s trademark style of interwoven vignettes, combining styles of Hip Hop dance with the lyricism of contemporary movement. Age 9+


Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Nov 18 - Dec 10, 2017

In this brand new musical adaptation, join a young Dr. Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee Jubilee as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. Age 6+



Nov 24 - Nov 26, 2017

This mind-blowing, next-generation vocal show—the latest sensation from the UK—features reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of vocalists. Gobsmacked! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella, guaranteeing audiences will leave with a song in their hearts and smiles on their faces.


The Second City's Twist Your Dickens

Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017

Experience Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol like never before—with this holiday favorite from The Second City! The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.


Private Confessions, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

Dec 6 - Dec 9, 2017

U.S. premiere! Ingmar Bergman’s wife and muse, celebrated director Liv Ullmann, expands Bergman's 1996 film into a stage adaptation of poignant, non-linear series of “confessions” which delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within.

An American in Paris.

An American in Paris

Dec 12 - Jan 7, 2018

Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway."


Mr. Popper's Penguins

Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2017

Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book. Age 3+


The Illusionists

Dec 27 - Jan 7, 2018

Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the Kennedy Center after sell-out shows in 2015! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.


On Your Feet!

Jan 9 - Jan 28, 2018

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. On Your Feet! takes you inside their real-life story, with some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter century. 


The Humans

Jan 9 - Jan 28, 2018

Stephen Karam’s uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play akes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. As darkness falls and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.


Digging Up Dessa

Feb 3 - Feb 18, 2018

From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. One 21st-century girl sets out to dig up some super-sized discoveries with help from a remarkable friend—the pioneering English paleontologist Mary Anning. Age 10+


Broadway Center Stage: Chess

Feb 14 - Feb 18, 2018

The pawns in this dramatic rock opera form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and the assistant who is torn between them. Follow the machinations and manipulations from Bangkok to Budapest in a semi-staged concert performance.


Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (1776–2016)

Tue, Mar 6, 2018, 8:00 PM

Take a walk through American history with fabulous entertainer Taylor Mac! A recent winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, his work uses songs of the time to chronicle our country from its founding in 1776 to today in a highly immersive and outrageously entertaining crash course in the 240 years (and counting) of American culture and dysfunction.


Broadway Center Stage: In the Heights

Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony®-winning first Broadway musical tells the story of a vibrant community on the brink of change in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood in this semi-staged concert performance.


Waves, all that Glows Sees

Mar 24 - Apr 1, 2018

Imagine your way to a soothing beach adventure for the very young in this carefully crafted theater experience. Age 18 months–4 years 


After The Rehearsal & Persona, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

Apr 19 - Apr 22, 2018

Two Ingmar Bergman screenplays are brilliantly reimagined for the stage by celebrated director Ivo van Hove. This theatrical double-bill delving into the messy lives of theater artists features searing performances to match the layered psychological drama of Bergman’s texts.


Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2018

Follow the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch in this semi-staged concert performance as he uses a powerful little handbook to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.


Ever in the Glades

Jun 8 - Jun 10, 2018

On an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades, five teenagers make a daring attempt to escape to the mainland from a place where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. Age 12+



Jun 12 - Sep 16, 2018

Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary.


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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