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Upcoming Events


Jul 19 - Sep 16, 2018

Tickets are being released daily for upcoming performances. Standing room may be available on a performance by performance basis.

Join us on July 25th for a special gala performance of Hamilton, followed by an exclusive post-show experience, all supporting arts and education. Click here for tickets!

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

Jul 19 - 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: Seats often become available at the last minute. To check availability, stop by in person at the box office, or call Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600.

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RAISE A GLASS: A Hamilton Event

Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 7:30 PM

Join us on July 25th for a gala performance of Hamilton, followed by an exclusive post-show experience with members of the Hamilton company, DJ J. PERIOD and DJ D-NICE, drinks, desserts, dancing, and more—all supporting arts and education!

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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


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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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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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.

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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.

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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

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!

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.

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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. 

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

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

Broadway Center Stage: 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. Presented in a semi-staged concert format.

On Sale 9/12/2018

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 - 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


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