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From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over. The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” (Critic’s Pick) and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for! The Broadway season got supercharged!”
We invite you to shake up your summer with Shakespeare’s most magical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream live on stage! The Folger is building a theater from the ground up inside the majestic Great Hall of DC’s National Building Museum. Be swept away by the romantic delight and enchantment of this 90-minute, wonder-filled production.
Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. Performance Timing: Act One - 74 min.; Intermission - 18 min.; Act Two - 74 min. Hamilton is recommended for ages 10+. There is some strong language and non-graphic adult situations.
Pachuquísmo portrays the female experiences of the 1940’s Zoot Suit Riot era through tap dance, Mexican zapateado, live Jazz music, traditional Son Jarocho (from Veracruz, Mexico) and archival video. With a 9-person, all-female cast donning full zoot suits, the performance challenges gender roles and pulls the narrative of the Zoot Suit Riots out of the male-centered context. A multi-disciplinary show, Pachuquísmo explores history, culture, and rhythm through the lens of the Mexican American pachucas that American society tried to overlook. Funded by NEFA National Dance Production Grant.
George Benson performs at the Howard Theatre!
Ned Newley doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking, and his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. THE OUTSIDER is a timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.
Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award®, Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. NBC Nightly News calls Dear Evan Hansen “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” Recommended for age 12 and up.
Revoltosa is at its heart a simple love story about men and women, two different perspectives on the world, married couples who stop loving each other, and young lovers exploring their first flirtation. Brimming with secret jealousies and desires, the zarzuela Revoltosa is so popular, so Spanish… and yet so universal. With its unforgettable music hearts will burst in joyful celebration.
To mark 100 years since the first publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the most important works of modern literature, Solas Nua has commissioned leading Irish choreographer Liz Roche and her company to create a brand-new dance piece, Yes and Yes, to premiere in Washington DC this September. Yes and Yes takes its title from the final episode of the book which both begins and ends with a “yes”. “…yes I said yes I will Yes”; the famous last words of the book, exclaimed by Molly Bloom, finally name the sense of surrender implied throughout. Yes and Yes follows the 18 episodes, suffused with curiosity, sensuality, release and resignation, and explores this in movement with four extraordinary dancers and through film, sound, and design. Dublin city and its people, today and 100 years ago, serve as the heart and the backdrop of the piece, bringing this heady mix of ideas together. Yes and Yes by Liz Roche is a co-production between Solas Nua in Washington DC and Liz Roche Company in partnership with Cork Opera House. Commissioned by Solas Nua. Kindly supported by Culture Ireland and The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
As the concluding event of Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Leonard Bernstein’s MASS returns 51 years after its world premiere at the Center’s 1971 opening gala. Directed by Alison Moritz, this monumental work will be re-staged in the Concert Hall and feature the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan, 2020 Marian Anderson Award winner Will Liverman as the Celebrant, and choreography by Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Dance Education Hope Boykin. Originally commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971, MASS served, according to Bernstein in a program note, as a “reaffirmation of faith.”
For more than four decades, Sweet Honey in the Rock has worked to empower, educate, and entertain audiences around the world with their unmatched vocal talent and unwavering dedication to their mission. A performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture, Sweet Honey in the Rock reaches out to audiences through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing. The Grammy-nominated ensemble is currently comprised of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. Performing original material as well as timeless covers, the group delivers a concert experience that fuses world music, folk, gospel, hip-hop, jazz and R&B with a positive, loving, socially-conscious message.
Join us for a glamorous evening celebrating Gianandrea Noseda’s sixth season as NSO Music Director! The National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Gala is always a must-see event, especially when one of today’s most in-demand artists joins the party! Be part of the excitement as Grammy Award®-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to electrify D.C. audiences with Rachmaninoff’s diabolically difficult Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.