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The Sound of Music

Jun 27 - Jul 16, 2017

The Kennedy Center is alive with The Sound of Music! The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical will thrill once again with its Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning score in this brand new production, directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Jun 27 - Jul 2, 2017

Innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is "the most exciting rock score written for the theater since, oh, ever!" (Time). This four-time Tony-winning, genre-bending sensation promises to take DC by storm!

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Millennium Stage: DC Hip Hop Theater Festival with Hi Arts: Truthworker: Boxed In & Blacked Out in America

Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 6:00 PM

As part of the 17th Annual DC Hip Hop Theater Festival, the Millennium Stage hosts a performance by Truthworker Theatre Company.


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Millennium Stage: DC Hip Hop Theater Festival with Hi Arts: Syncing Ink

Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 6:00 PM

As part of the 17th Annual DC Hip Hop Theater Festival, the Millennium Stage hosts a performance of Syncing Ink, based on true events and directed by Niegel Smith, artistic director of New York's Flea Theater.


The Bitter Game

Millennium Stage: DC Hip Hop Theater Festival with Hi Arts: The Bitter Game

Jul 11 - Jul 12, 2017

As part of the 17th Annual DC Hip Hop Theater Festival, the Millennium Stage hosts two performances of The Bitter Game, based on playwright/actor Keith A. Wallace’s youth in Philadelphia. 


Cabaret

Cabaret

Jul 11 - Aug 6, 2017

Step into the infamous Kit Kat Klub and leave your troubles outside. As part of its 50th anniversary, the renowned Roundabout Theatre Company presents Cabaret, the scintillating Tony winner about following your heart while the world loses its way.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

Jul 18 - Aug 20, 2017

Two worlds collide in Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I, winner of four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The timeless story of Anna Leonowens and the king of Siam is "too beautiful to miss" (New York Magazine)!

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Shear Madness

Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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Bernstein on Broadway

Fri, Sep 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Center presents a special one-night-only celebration of the indelible and lasting impact Bernstein's work had on American culture through the Broadway stage.

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Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera

Oct 4 - Oct 8, 2017

Take a musical voyage to outer space in this interactive folk opera featuring Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and more special guests. Age 3+

On Sale 7/12/2017


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Wilderness

Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2017

This pulsating new multimedia documentary theater work—derived from the real-life stories of six families exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity—features an evocative folk rock score, video projections, and emotionally charged movement. 

On Sale 7/12/2017


Leslie Odom Jr.

Renée Fleming VOICES: Leslie Odom Jr.

Oct 14 - Oct 15, 2017

Following his acclaimed performance at the 2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala, Leslie Odom Jr. returns to showcase the remarkable talent that also won him that year's Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, for his performance as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Hamilton.

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The Book of Mormon

Oct 24 - Nov 19, 2017

The nine-time Tony®-winning Best Musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing-room-only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.

On Sale 7/24/2017


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Grey Skies Blue

Oct 25 - Oct 29, 2017

Fifteen accomplished young dancers tell powerful, personal stories of a summer of friendships in the ensemble’s trademark style of interwoven vignettes, combining styles of Hip Hop dance with the lyricism of contemporary movement. Age 9+


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Carrie Mae Weems: Grace Notes: Reflections for Now

Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2017

Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and diverse artists offer a provocative performance of music, song, text, spoken word, and video projection that explores the implications of race and violence in communities across America.

On Sale 7/12/2017


Cynthia Erivo

Renée Fleming VOICES: Cynthia Erivo

Nov 3 - Nov 4, 2017

The British actress known for her inspiring Tony-winning performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple showcases her powerhouse voice for two remarkable evenings.

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Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Nov 15 - Dec 13, 2017

In this brand new musical adaptation, join a young Dr. Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee Jubilee as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. Age 6+


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Gobsmacked!

Nov 24 - Nov 26, 2017

This mind-blowing, next-generation vocal show—the latest sensation from the UK—features reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of vocalists. Gobsmacked! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella, guaranteeing audiences will leave with a song in their hearts and smiles on their faces.


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The Second City's Twist Your Dickens

Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017

Experience Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol like never before—with this holiday favorite from The Second City! The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.

On Sale 9/13/2017


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Private Confessions, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

Dec 6 - Dec 9, 2017

U.S. premiere! Ingmar Bergman’s wife and muse, celebrated director Liv Ullmann, expands Bergman's 1996 film into a stage adaptation of poignant, non-linear series of “confessions” which delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within.


An American in Paris.

An American in Paris

Dec 12 - Jan 7, 2018

Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway."


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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2017

Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book. Age 3+


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The Illusionists

Dec 27 - Jan 7, 2018

Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the Kennedy Center after sell-out shows in 2015! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.


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On Your Feet!

Jan 9 - Jan 28, 2018

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. On Your Feet! takes you inside their real-life story, with some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter century. 


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The Humans

Jan 9 - Jan 28, 2018

Stephen Karam’s uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play akes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. As darkness falls and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.


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Digging Up Dessa

Jan 31 - Feb 18, 2018

From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. One 21st-century girl sets out to dig up some super-sized discoveries with help from a remarkable friend—the pioneering English paleontologist Mary Anning. Age 10+


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Broadway Center Stage: Chess

Feb 14 - Feb 18, 2018

The pawns in this dramatic rock opera form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and the assistant who is torn between them. Follow the machinations and manipulations from Bangkok to Budapest in a semi-staged concert performance.


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Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)

Tue, Mar 6, 2018, 8:00 PM

Take a walk through American history with fabulous entertainer Taylor Mac! A 2017 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, his work uses songs of the time to chronicle our country from its founding in 1776 to today in a highly immersive and outrageously entertaining crash course in the 240 years (and counting) of American culture and dysfunction.


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Renée Fleming VOICES: Ute Lemper's Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 8:00 PM

The German singer and actress renowned for her interpretations of the work of Kurt Weill performs a collection of songs that journey through Europe and Argentina, featuring the Vogler Quartet.

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Waves, all that Glows Sees

Mar 21 - Apr 1, 2018

Imagine your way to a soothing beach adventure for the very young in this carefully crafted theater experience. Age 18 months–4 years 


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Broadway Center Stage: In the Heights

Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony®-winning first Broadway musical tells the story of a vibrant community on the brink of change in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood in this semi-staged concert performance.


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After The Rehearsal & Persona, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

Apr 19 - Apr 22, 2018

Two Ingmar Bergman screenplays are brilliantly reimagined for the stage by celebrated director Ivo van Hove. This theatrical double-bill delving into the messy lives of theater artists features searing performances to match the layered psychological drama of Bergman’s texts.


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Ever in the Glades

Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2018

On an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades, five teenagers make a daring attempt to escape to the mainland from a place where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. Age 12+


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Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2018

Follow the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch in this semi-staged concert performance as he uses a powerful little handbook to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.


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Hamilton

Jun 12 - Sep 16, 2018

Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary.


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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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