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Past Events: Theater

  • The Kennedy Center A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

    Jan. 13 - 31, 2016
    2015-2016 Season
    This Tony-winning musical comedy tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by-- you guessed it--eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way.

  • The Kennedy Center Matilda The Musical

    Dec. 15, 2015 - Jan. 10, 2016
    2015-2016 Season
    Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

  • The Kennedy Center Bright Star

    Dec. 2, 2015 - Jan. 10, 2016
    2015-2016 Season
    From Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s.

  • The Kennedy Center Barbara Cook's Spotlight: John Lloyd Young

    Fri., Nov. 20, 2015, 7:00 PM
    2015-2016 Season
    Sporting a "one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere" (New York Times), the Tony-winning original Frankie Valli of Broadway and Hollywood's Jersey Boys returns to take the solo spotlight.

  • The Kennedy Center Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Michele Lee: Nobody Does It Like Me, The Music of Cy Coleman

    Fri., Nov. 6, 2015, 7:00 PM
    2015-2016 Season
    An ever-energetic entertainer from Broadway to television and film, the "fearless" (The New York Times) Emmy and Tony nominee makes her Kennedy Center debut.

  • The Kennedy Center Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Randy Graff

    Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 7:00 PM
    2015-2016 Season
    Known as the original Fantine in Broadway's Les Misérables and for her Tony-winning role in City of Angels, Randy Graff "doesn't strut around the stage… she simply stands, sings from her big heart, and beguiles" (Playbill).

  • WORLD STAGES: Sancho: An Act of Remembrance (United Kingdom)

    Oct. 23 - 24, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    Set in the height of the British slave trade, this new play tells the tale of Charles Ignatius Sancho--a man born on a slave ship who eventually became an actor, musician, and the first black person of African origin to vote in Great Britain.

  • The Kennedy Center Antigone

    Oct. 22 - 25, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    Academy Award–winning stage-and-screen actress Juliette Binoche portrays Antigone in a contemporary version of Sophokles's riveting tragedy, translated anew by T.S. Eliot Prize–winning poet Anne Carson.

  • The Kennedy Center Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Terri White

    Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 7:00 PM
    2015-2016 Season
    Following her show-stopping appearance in the Kennedy Center's Follies and acclaimed Spotlight concert in 2013, Terri White returns to deliver another "vocally sure and beautifully tough" (The Washington Post) performance. 

  • The Kennedy Center Beautiful--The Carole King Musical

    Oct. 6 - 25, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    Follow the inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to stardom--from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

  • WORLD STAGES: Wagner, Max! Wagner! (United States)

    Sep. 25 - 26, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    World premiere! This new song cycle created by Tony and Obie Award winners Stew & Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange) irreverently explores the surprising connection between the music-myths of composer Richard Wagner and the blues.

  • WORLD STAGES: Seuls (Lebanon/Canada)

    Sep. 18 - 19, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    U.S. premiere! This semi-autobiographical reflection tells the powerful story of a man who moved to a new country as a child to escape a civil war. As an adult, he begins to realize his emigration has compromised his self-knowledge.

  • Once

    Jul. 7 - Aug. 16, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Theatrically breathtaking, the eight-time 2012 Tony Award–winning musical tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

  • Shear Madness

    Jul. 1 - Sep. 27, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 12,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

  • The Kennedy Center The Book of Mormon

    Jun. 16 - Aug. 16, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    The smash musical and nine-time Tony Award winner returns! The Broadway phenomenon from the creators of South Park has been hailed as "the best musical of this century" by the New York Times.

  • The Kennedy Center If All the Sky Were Paper

    May 21 - 22, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    In honor of Memorial Day, the Kennedy Center presents Andrew Carroll's compelling drama about the wartime experience, taken from actual letters penned by troops and their loved ones.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Malcolm Gets

    Fri., Mar. 27, 2015, 7:30 PM
    2014-2015 Season
    Praised as a "suave musical theater actor" (The Washington Post), Tony Award nominee Malcolm Gets (Amour, Merrily We Roll Along, HBO's Grey Gardens) returns, following his Kennedy Center debut in 2010's The Lisbon Traviata.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: LaChanze

    Fri., Feb. 13, 2015, 7:30 PM
    2014-2015 Season
    One of the bright stars in Broadway's If/Then, "unfailingly charming" (The New York Times) Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island) makes her Kennedy Center debut.

  • Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape

    Feb. 6 - 7, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Conceived, written, and directed by Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi, this D.C. premiere work centers on "Tokyo Rose," English-speaking female radio announcers who broadcasted Japanese propaganda programs during World War II aimed at Allied forces.

  • Gigi

    Jan. 16 - Feb. 12, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Eric Schaeffer directs a world premiere production of Lerner and Loewe's musical comedy, where true love between a free-spirited young woman and a wealthy young playboy must overcome the conventions of turn-of-the-century Paris.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Will Chase

    Fri., Jan. 9, 2015, 7:30 PM
    2014-2015 Season
    A Tony Award nominee for his "magnetic" (The New York Times) performance in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Will Chase (Rent, Miss Saigon, TV's Smash and Nashville) makes his Kennedy Center debut.

  • The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible

    Jan. 6 - 11, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    It's the world's best-selling magic show, direct from Broadway! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the talents of seven incredible Illusionists with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Dec. 16, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel's favorite son features Broadway stars and American Idol sensations, husband-and-wife duo Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Andrea McArdle

    Fri., Dec. 5, 2014, 7:30 PM
    2014-2015 Season
    Best-known for originating the title role of Annie on Broadway, Tony Award nominee and "theater legend" (The Huffington Post) Andrea McArdle possesses a "voice that carries to the rafters" (The New York Times).

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Faith Prince

    Fri., Oct. 31, 2014, 7:30 PM
    2014-2015 Season
    Tony Award winner Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls, Bells Are Ringing) returns to the Kennedy Center with her comedic wit and "sublime yet unaffected vocal virtuosity" (Newsday).

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