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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Dec 19 - 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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An American in Paris

Dec 19 - 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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The Second City's Twist Your Dickens

Dec 19 - 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.

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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 takes 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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Fernando N. Gomez presents: Atú: Drum King

Fri, Jan 12, 2018, 7:30 PM

Bridging history and hope, Atú: Drum King, inspired by an African folktale, is a vibrant interpretation of a tale passed down for generations, delivered with a modern perspective that incorporates contemporary issues.

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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 13,200 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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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, 7:00 PM

The D.C. premiere of this live vocal and theatrical presentation offers a radical, queer reading of American history with fabulous entertainer Taylor Mac and local performers.

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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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Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet

May 2 - May 6, 2018

The legendary company brings the North American premiere of its riveting, contemporary take on the Bard's searing tragedy to the Kennedy Center, following an acclaimed UK run in 2016. 

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Artes de Cuba Opening Performance featuring Omara Portuondo and Festival Highlights

Tue, May 8, 2018, 8:00 PM

The festival's opening night celebration will feature “Diva of Buena Vista Social Club” Omara Portuondo, pianist Rolando Luna, Havana Lyceum Orchestra, jazz composer / pianist Aldo López-Gavilán, composer / musician Yosvany Terry, Orchestra Miguel Faílde, and more.

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Teatro El Público: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (part of Artes de Cuba)

May 16 - May 17, 2018

Carlos Díaz, one of Latin America’s most well-known theater directors, brings his uniquely post-modernist Cuban sensibility to this award-winning production of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s work, in which the three main female characters are all played by male actors. In Spanish with English titles.

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Argos Teatro: 10 Million (part of Artes de Cuba)

May 19 - May 20, 2018

This autobiographical theater piece, by Argos Teatro’s multi-award-winning founder Carlos Celdrán, depicts his experience as a child and adolescent in Cuba, navigating his relationship with his parents, his links with history, and the tumultuous events that shaped his life. In Spanish with English titles.

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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+
Update as of 12/8: Please see below for details about select performances for school groups only.

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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

Single tickets for Hamilton will go on sale to Kennedy Center Members in February 2018 and to the general public in March 2018. A significant allocation of tickets has been set aside for both Member and public on sale dates. Pricing and on sale details will be made available at a later date.


Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

Jun 19 - Jul 22, 2018

Don't miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more.

On Sale 12/20/2017


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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