In the HeightsOlney & Roundhouse at Olney Theatre Wed Sept 27, 2 pm & 8 pm
Before there was the Hamilton phenomenon, there was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights! Olney and Roundhouse collaborate again with direction by Marcos Santana. This Hip Hop musical promises to knock your socks off if their Angels in America was anything to build on.
Shining BrowUrban Arias, Atlas Performing Arts Center Sun Oct 15, 2 pm & Fri Oct 20, 8 p.m.
Does brilliance justify narcissism? Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius put him at the top of his field, but his devotion to his art (and himself) wreaked havoc with those around him. Daron Hagen’s lush and romantic score explores the nuances of Wright’s early life. Music by Daron Aric Hagen, Libretto by Paul Muldoon
Are You now or Have You Ever Been?MetroStage, Alexandria Wed Nov 1, 8 pm & Sun Nov 5, 3 pm
Carlyle Brown brings the Harlem Renaissance to life with this wonderful work about the America’s poet Langston Hughes. A fictional account of the demons and dilemmas faced by Langston Hughes while attempting to write a poem on the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. Performed against the backdrop of searing blues and the ever-present poetic hues of Langston.
The Little PrinceWashington National Opera, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theatre Sun Dec 17, 2 pm
All the joy and wonder of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic illustrated storybook comes back to WNO in this year’s family opera for the holidays, returning in all its glory to the newly renovated Terrace Theater! Featuring a tuneful score by prolific film composer Rachel Portman–an Academy Award winner for Emma and nominee for The Cider House Rules and Chocolat—The Little Prince also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists alongside the WNO Children’s Chorus. (Followed by a Christmas party at Alliance.)
Paper Dolls: A Karaoke MusicalMosaic Theater Company at Atlas Performing Arts Center Thurs, March 29 8 pm & Sun Apr 1 3 pm
Only two years old this company, now in residence at Atlas Performing Arts Center has already found a big audience for a BIG theatre vision with shows that reach out with bold statements and provocative issues. Paper Dolls is a rich, unforgettable karaoke musical about the challenges that migrant workers face while yearning for citizenship.
The Scottsboro BoysSignature Theatre, Arlington Wed June 13, 7:30 pm & Sun June 17, 2 pm
This may be the most moving and greatest under-celebrated piece of music-theatre to be launched in the last 40 years (Hamilton included!) Eric Schaeffer knows how to re-tune an already produced piece of Broadway into a unique, bold and moving experience.