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Past Events: Theater

  • The Addams Family

    Jul. 10 - 29, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    The Addams Family brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to life. It's a "classic, full-tilt, fast-paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!" (Chicago Tribune).

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Barbara Cook

    Jun. 15 - 16, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    The silvery soprano who knows how to work the spotlight, legendary Broadway star Barbara Cook (Candide, The Music Man, She Loves Me) takes the stage in her own series for the final Spotlight performances of the season.

  • Memphis

    Jun. 12 - Jul. 1, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    This four-time Tony Award winner, including Best Musical, begs you to turn up the dial. Inspired by actual events, Memphis introduces a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.

  • First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb

    Jun. 8 - Jul. 1, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Come hear the music play! Celebrate the songwriting team who created Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Zorba, and many more in this musical revue featuring a cast of 6 backed by a 23-piece orchestra.

  • The Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company

    May 17 - 19, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2008 as part of the JAPAN: culture + hyperculture festival, the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company brings three kyogen works.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Aaron Lazar

    Fri., May 4, 2012, 7:30 PM
    2011-2012 Season
    Broadway actor and singer Aaron Lazar (Les Misérables, A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza) performs in this theater cabaret series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Come Fly Away

    Apr. 18 - 29, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Ol' Blue Eyes' greatest hits soar in a new way in Twyla Tharp's Broadway musical Come Fly Away. Live music and Sinatra vocals swirl in with "fast, flashing, remarkably intricate dances" (The New York Times) in this swinging show.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Emily Skinner

    Fri., Apr. 13, 2012, 7:30 PM
    2011-2012 Season
    With Broadway credits including The Full Monty, Side Show, and Billy Elliot the Musical, Emily Skinner returns to the Kennedy Center spotlight in this theater cabaret series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Katona Jozsef Theatre's Gypsies

    Mar. 15 - 17, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Katona József Theatre, one of Hungary's most well-respected theater companies, performs Gypsies, which chronicles the love, tensions, and conflicts that arise among Gypsy musicians and Hungarians in the countryside.

  • La Cage aux Folles

    Jan. 17 - Feb. 12, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Winner of three Tony Awards, Entertainment Weekly calls La Cage Aux Folles "hilarious and deeply moving!" It's a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together…stay fabulous…and above all else, stay true to themselves!

  • Ann

    Dec. 17, 2011 - Jan. 15, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Emmy Award–winning stage and screen actress Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) brings audiences a hilarious, inspiring, and no-holds-barred look at Ann Richards, the unforgettable Governor of the Lone Star State.

  • Billy Elliot the Musical

    Dec. 13, 2011 - Jan. 15, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Heart and humor make Billy Elliot the Musical "the best show you'll ever see" (New York Post) and earned it the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical. Experience this joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Alexandra Silber

    Fri., Dec. 2, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2011-2012 Season
    Alexandra Silber has lit up West End stages in Carousel and Fiddler on the Roof as well as the Kennedy Center's own Master Class. See her in the spotlight in this theater cabaret series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Euan Morton

    Fri., Oct. 28, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2011-2012 Season
    He's sung on Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim and Taboo and regionally in Signature Theatre's Chess. Now, Scottish singer Euan Morton performs in this theater cabaret series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Mabou Mines DollHouse

    Oct. 20 - 22, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    Director Lee Breuer adapted Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House to deconstruct the mythic feminist anthem by physicalizing power and scale with little men dominating and commanding women nearly twice their size.

  • Lemieux Pilon 4D Art: Norman

    Oct. 6 - 8, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    Montreal-based company Lemieux Pilon 4D Art presents Norman, a tribute to pioneer filmmaker Norman McLaren where film and theater collide as projected holograms inhabit the stage with live actors.

  • Les Misérables

    Sep. 28 - Oct. 30, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    Cameron Mackintosh presents a new 25th anniversary production of Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical, Les Misérables, featuring glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.

  • Sydney Theatre Company's Uncle Vanya

    Aug. 4 - 27, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    Sydney Theatre Company returns with an exclusive U.S. engagement of Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Chekhov's tragicomedy Uncle Vanya, starring Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, Jacki Weaver, and Hugo Weaving.

  • Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete World of Sports (abridged)

    Jul. 5 - 24, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    From the earliest cavemen playing "Neanderthal in the Middle" to your own kid's soccer practice, the entire history of athletic competition is celebrated in the Reduced Shakespeare Company's newest production, a tour de farce of physical theater.

  • Next to Normal

    Jun. 28 - Jul. 10, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Three-time Tony winner Next to Normal, starring Alice Ripley, is a story of family members torn between caring for themselves and each other. This musical with a thrilling rock score was deemed "one of the year's ten best" by critics.

  • Reduced Shakespeare Company: Completely Hollywood (abridged)

    Jun. 21 - Jul. 3, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    America's "Bad Boys of Abridgement" are back--again!--taking on 187 movies in 100 minutes with hilarious results. It's summer's biggest blockbuster with no stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs!

  • Wicked

    Jun. 15 - Aug. 21, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Back by popular demand! The New York Times calls Wicked "the defining musical of the decade." When it last played Washington in 2005, it broke box office records and sold out in record time.

  • The Kennedy Center Penumbra Theatre Company: I Wish You Love

    Jun. 11 - 19, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    With the Civil Rights Act unsigned, and equality still a dream, one black man was welcomed in houses every week. I Wish You Love looks at the African American community of 1957 through the words and music of one of its heroes, Nat "King" Cole.

  • Follies

    May 7 - Jun. 19, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Winner of seven Tonys, Follies is one of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's greatest works. All of life's might-have-beens take center stage as two couples rehash past times and favorite songs amid the crumbling magnificence of their old theater.

  • Peter Brook's Fragments

    Apr. 14 - 17, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Revered director Peter Brook, returning to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 1973, brings together five short works by playwright Samuel Beckett for his theater collection, Fragments.

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