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PLAYBILL Renée Fleming to Make Directorial Debut in Washington National Opera’s 2020–2021 Season

FEB. 10, 2020

Opera star, Tony nominee, and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor-at-Large Renée Fleming will make her directorial debut with Mozart’s Così fan Tutte during Washington National Opera’s 2020–2021 season. The opera will take the stage beginning February 27, 2021, with Tony winner Paulo Szot (South Pacific) starring as Don Alfonso and Dalia Stasevska conducting.

The Washington Post Alvin Ailey company features six local children at the Kennedy Center in its signature work

FEB. 9, 2020

The dancers emerged onto the blue-lit stage wearing all white. In rows of two — their hands clasped — they slid across the theater floor, threw their arms above their heads and twirled.

In front of them, 2,000 people sat in red velvet seats at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. But the dancers remained poised — not even the raucous cheering that echoed through the theater could melt the stern looks from the dancers’ faces.

WASHINGTON POST Can the Kennedy Center actually be cool? The Club at Studio K is proof that it can.

FEB. 6, 2019

A recent Friday night at the Kennedy Center looked and felt like any other night at the landmark performing arts center: a well-heeled crowd sporting suits and semiformal dresses mingling in the Grand Foyer after the “Swan Lake” and National Symphony Orchestra performances let out. But a few hundred feet south, in a room two levels beneath a glowing public plaza, a capacity crowd was rocking designer sportswear, Air Jordans and, for the guy who jumped onstage to perform Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance” with DJ Miss H.E.R., a fake nose and black-rimmed glasses.

PLAYBILL Watch Rachel Bay Jones, Brandon Victor Dixon, Khamary Rose Sing Powerful 'I Am the One' From Kennedy Center Next to Normal

FEB. 3, 2020

Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones, who created the role of Heidi Hansen in the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen, and Tony-nominated actor Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in ConcertShuffle Along…) star in the Kennedy Center's Broadway Center Stage production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal.

Jones plays Diana, the role created on Broadway by Tony winner Alice Ripley, with Dixon as her husband Dan. The two are joined on stage by Dear Evan Hansen alums Ben Levi Ross and Michael Park. Ross plays Henry, with Park playing Dr. Madden and Dr. Fine, plus Maia Reficco, who took on the title role in the recent New York City Center production of Evita, as Natalie, and Khamary Rose (BET's The Bobby Brown Story) as Gabe.


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