Slowly but surely, the area’s curtains are starting to rise again as theaters begin putting on live shows. Some venues are requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test before allowing patrons in the theater; be sure to read all of the terms and conditions associated with your ticket. After that, sit back and enjoy the shine of the spotlight!
“Hadestown” is a Broadway smash, taking home eight Tony Awards in 2019. It’s a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus, who travels to the underworld to rescue his love Eurydice. The Kennedy Center is the launchpad for the show’s first national tour; it runs from Oct. 13-31 and is recommended for audiences 8 and up. Movies more of your family’s taste? The National Symphony Orchestra will play the Oscar-winning score of “Black Panther” from Oct. 14-16.
Get in the holiday mood beginning Nov. 23 with the touring company of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical”, which runs through Dec. 5. After that, movie favorites take to the stage with musical versions of Tootsie (Dec. 7-12) and Pretty Woman (Dec. 28-Jan. 2).
Newly-named Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner directs “Rent”, the 1996 musical that took home four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, as it opens on Nov. 2 and runs through Jan. 2, 2022. Taking place in the last years of the 20th century as the AIDS epidemic rages, a group of artists find love, community, and hope during a dark time. Due to adult content, this is best for audiences 13 and up.
Round House kicks off its season with the regional premiere of “Quixote Nuevo”, running Sept. 8-Oct. 23. The retelling of the Don Quixote story is set to lively Tejano music, and keeps the humor and heart from the original front and center.
They’re creepy and they’re kooky; mysterious and spooky— that’s right, they’re “The Addams Family”, and they’re taking to the stage in the musical version of the beloved TV show. When Wednesday falls in love with a straight-laced “normal” guy, what is a darkness-loving family to do? The show runs Nov. 5-21.
Enjoy a meal and a show at Toby’s, which is mounting the classic “Godspell” through Oct. 31. After that, it’s time to get in the holiday mood with “White Christmas”, running Nov. 5-Jan. 9. The stage version of the movie is a great way to make your holidays merry and bright.
The musical “Waitress” tells the story of Jenna, a waitress at a small-town diner who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. As she works her way through a difficult situation, she uses her talent for baking pies to express her emotions. The mouthwatering musical took home four Tony nominations in 2016, and it’s running at the Northern Virginia Theater from Oct. 29-31.
“A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL,” brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Running December 21-23.