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Past Events: Theater

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Jane Krakowski

    Sat., Oct. 3, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    Tony Award–winning actress, dancer, and singer Jane Krakowski (Nine) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Spring Awakening

    Jul. 7 - Aug. 2, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening makes its D.C. premiere featuring an original score by Grammy-nominated recording star Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.

  • The Kennedy Center Spring Awakening

    Jul. 7 - Aug. 2, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening makes its D.C. premiere featuring an original score by Grammy-nominated recording star Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.

  • The Color Purple

    Jun. 30 - Aug. 9, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    American Idol winner Fantasia reprises her starring role of Celie in the National Tour of the soul-stirring Broadway musical based on the book by Alice Walker that tells an unforgettable story about hope and the power of love.

  • Ragtime

    Apr. 18 - May 17, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    The Kennedy Center presents an all-new production of Ragtime, the Tony-winning musical based on an E.L. Doctorow novel that intertwines three distinct families' stories in turn-of-the-century New York.

  • Khamsoun ("Fifty")

    Mar. 14 - 15, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    This production chronicles an important period in Tunisia's history, spanning 50 years from the country's independence to 2006.

  • Richard III: An Arab Tragedy

    Mar. 6 - 7, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    In this world of tribal allegiances, family in-fighting, and absolute power, the questions of leadership, religion, and foreign intervention at the heart of Shakespeare's play take on powerful new meanings in a modern Arab-Islamic context.

  • Alive from Palestine: Stories Under Occupation

    Feb. 26 - 27, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Created by Palestinian artists as a response to the conflict in their homeland, Alive from Palestine features actors from the Al-Kasaba Theater & Cinematheque in Ramallah telling their diverse life stories.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: "Opposite You" with Jason Danieley & Marin Mazzie

    Sat., Feb. 14, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Celebrating ten years together, Broadway's golden couple performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: "An Evening with Liz Callaway"

    Fri., Jan. 9, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Tony nominee Liz Callaway (Baby) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

    Dec. 23, 2008 - Jan. 4, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    This grand showcase of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music features vocalists, backed by an onstage symphony, singing his biggest and most memorable hits.

  • Legally Blonde The Musical

    Dec. 16, 2008 - Jan. 11, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Nominated for seven 2007 Tony Awards, Legally Blonde makes its D.C. premiere. Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her, Elle sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: "How Can I Keep From Singing?" with Victoria Clark

    Sat., Dec. 6, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Tony winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Frost/Nixon

    Nov. 11 - 30, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    This Tony-nominated play starring Stacy Keach recounts one of the most powerful television interviews of all time. How did British talk-show host David Frost elicit the apology the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon?

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: "Songs for the Theater: The Next Generation" with Rebecca Luker

    Sat., Nov. 8, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Tony nominee Rebecca Luker (Mary Poppins) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • DRUID: The Shadow of the Glen & The Playboy of the Western World

    Oct. 22 - 25, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Galway, Ireland's internationally acclaimed award-winning DRUID theater company presents two of Irish playwright John Millington Synge's greatest works.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: "Quintessence: An Evening with Betty Buckley and Kenny Werner"

    Oct. 3 - 4, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Tony winner Betty Buckley (Cats) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Broadway: Three Generations

    Oct. 2 - 5, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    The Kennedy Center celebrates three generations of Broadway songwriters with star-filled evenings combining abridged concert versions of three representative musical classics: Girl Crazy, Bye Bye Birdie, and Side Show.

  • The Kennedy Center Blanche and Beyond Starring Richard Thomas

    Sep. 24 - 26, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Adapted by Steve Lawson from the personal letters of Tennessee Williams, this one-man show starring Richard Thomas delves into the life of one of America's great playwrights.

  • Blanche and Beyond Starring Richard Thomas

    Sep. 24 - 26, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Adapted by Steve Lawson from the personal letters of Tennessee Williams, this one-man show starring Richard Thomas delves into the life of one of America's great playwrights.

  • Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter - Fund for New American Plays

    Jul. 19 - 27, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    The Tony Award–winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival performs this captivating story about a wounded marine back from Iraq, who finds herself adrift in the California desert.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Brent Barrett: "Bernstein on Broadway"

    Sat., Jun. 28, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    Broadway regular Brent Barrett performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • The Kennedy Center Disney's The Lion King

    Jun. 26 - Aug. 24, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Winner of six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Disney's The Lion King makes its D.C. premiere featuring direction and costumes by Julie Taymor and music by Elton John and Tim Rice.

  • The Kennedy Center Disney's The Lion King

    Jun. 26 - Aug. 24, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Winner of six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Disney's The Lion King makes its D.C. premiere featuring direction and costumes by Julie Taymor and music by Elton John and Tim Rice.

  • the UnPOSSESSED - Double Edge Theatre

    Jun. 21 - 22, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Double Edge Theatre adapts Cervantes' classic novel Don Quixote, fusing its own intimate performance method with popular and circus arts, including aerial theater, shadow puppets, stilts, commedia dell'arte, and live original music.

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