Washington National Opera’s La bohème


Giacomo Puccini’s abiding tale of tragic love proved its unassailable endurance as the Washington National Opera’s restrained, ashen La bohème received an enthusiastic standing ovation at the Kennedy Center on opening night.

Faith Prince in Barbara Cook’s Spotlight

Faith Prince

Memory is a powerful thing in music. When I was young, one of my first exposures to musical theatre was the 1993 Broadway revival cast recording of Guys and Dolls. Mostly known for introducing an unsuspecting world to the force of nature that is Nathan Lane, its highly colorful, stylish take on the Damon Runyon […]

Restaurant review: Roof Terrace Restaurant at The Kennedy Center


With its grand tiers and stately marble, The Kennedy Center stands as a central feature of the D.C. waterfront landscape. A living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center serves as a national performing arts center for the many theatrical and musical expressions alive in America. Seeing a show at the KC, for Washingtonians […]

He’s deeply in love with its score. Director Peter Kazaras talks about La boheme


We are sitting in the chic white leather Russian Room at The Kennedy Center during a rehearsal break. Director Peter Kazaras has brought his bound score and throughout our conversation pours through it, reeling off Italian while getting into each character, getting me to look at the score, handling it like it’s his Bible. It’s […]

Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour


Never were truer words spoken than when the blonde boy to my right turned to his friend and whispered, “This is so cool!” Entering the stage to rap music reminiscent of an early 1980’s gem and exiting to Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me with Science,” Doktor Kaboom—the brainchild of actor and comedian David Epley—is a […]

Little Dancer releases its first video


Sit in on the “Meet and Greet” at the NEW 42nd Street Studios as director/choreographer Susan Stroman, the designers and choreographers talk through their concepts for Little Dancer. The new Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical opens at the Kennedy Center October 25 and runs through November 30. Tickets are on sale now.

Going to the Kennedy Center? Try these dining spots


The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the seat of power for entertainment in Washington, D.C. As a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center furthers America’s “contribution to the human spirit” with an all-encompassing performance schedule as well as enrichment programs for emerging and established artists. But it can often […]

Women playwrights featured in Kennedy Center’s 2014 Page-to-Stage festival


This Labor Day weekend, there will be 43 presentations in this year’s Page-to-Stage. Choose your best times to go with our sortable Guide to the Fest. The turn of the 21st century brought about a new frontier for the DC theater landscape, as it was the summer of 2000 when Arena Stage presented “Who Needs […]

It’s official – Side Show opens on Broadway November 17


Just announced – Side Show, seen here at the Kennedy Center last June, will indeed be going to Broadway, moving into the St. James Theatre, now home to Bullets over Broadway. This ends months of online speculation which began on Side Show‘s opening night. Side Show will open for previews October 28th, with the official […]

Disney’s The Lion King roars into the Kennedy Center

Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki (Photo: Joan  Marcus)

Disney has long been known for creating a magical experience in just about everything they do, so it’s probably not too surprising that its touring production of the smash Broadway hit The Lion King, now playing the Kennedy Center, is, in the words of my 8-year-old daughter Cassidy, “breathtakingly awesome.”

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