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Shear Madness


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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Broadway Center Stage: The Music Man

Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2019

Starring Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller, and Rosie O'Donnell, this American favorite and winner of six Tony Awards® follows traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa. Don't miss this Broadway classic featuring 28 performers and 20 musicians onstage! Broadway Center Stage performances are presented in a semi-staged concert format. 

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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, three teenagers form a double-dutch team in inner city Philadelphia to compete in their neighborhood pageant. Age 12+

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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. 

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Feb 15 - Feb 17, 2019

This "winning adaptation" (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is "electrifying!" (Newsday). 

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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. 

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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.

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Sundance Institute—Theater from the Middle East and North Africa: Jogging

Mar 12 - Mar 13, 2019

A Lebanese woman follows a daily routine of jogging to keep herself safe from obesity, bone diseases, and anxiety, creating a connection between her intimate personal space and the city. Conceived and performed by Hanane Hajj Ali, winner of the Vertebrae Prize for Best Actor at the 2017 Edinburgh Theatre Festival

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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+

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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. 

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Sundance Institute—Theater from the Middle East and North Africa: Love, Bombs & Apples

Mar 20 - Mar 21, 2019

WINNER of OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION at Theatre Bay Area Awards 2018! This is the comic tale of four men from different parts of the globe experiencing a moment of revelation. Featuring actor Asif Khan. 

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Phantom Limb Company: Falling Out (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Apr 4 - Apr 5, 2019

Known for its marionette puppetry and multimedia theatrical production, New York's Phantom Limb Company has created a response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in collaboration with butoh dancer Dai Matsuoka. The work is the company's final installment in an environmental trilogy exploring our changing relationship to nature over time.

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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Sat, Apr 6, 2019, 8:00 PM

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is the first theatrical performance granted permission to explore and integrate the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Reflecting deeply on the continued impact of the late visual artist's photography, the East Coast premiere of this theater piece by librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and composer Bryce Dessner brings together choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth, and the poetry of Patti Smith and Essex Hemphill, with projections of Mapplethorpe’s breathtaking images.

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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+

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Broadway Center Stage: The Who's Tommy

Apr 24 - 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. 

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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 3/12/2019

Byhalia, Mississippi

Jun 11 - Jul 7, 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.

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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. 

On Sale 3/18/2019

Dear Evan Hansen

Aug 6 - Sep 8, 2019

Winner of 6 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award, Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.  The Washington Post calls Dear Evan Hansen “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.”

On Sale 3/27/2019