Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met in elementary school back in the ’50s, and had their first taste of musical success as teens, performing as the duo, Tom & Jerry. They were signed to their first recording contact in 1963, singing folk and utilizing their real names—Simon & Garfunkel. Both have said they never imagined […]
Review: The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays. An uneven but fun night at The National
Alakazam! See a middle-aged man regress to a bug-eyed, slack-jawed 10-year-old while watching eight magicians! So it was Tuesday night as the Illusionists brought their latest production to the National Theatre for a “Magic of the Holidays” show that runs through Sunday. But while the moderately entertaining, family-geared evening helmed by director and creative producer […]
Review: Escape to Margaritaville, a predictable buffet of Buffett, amiable and ambling
How shocked must Jimmy Buffett have been when “Margaritaville,” his ode to heartbreak and mid-grade alcoholism, became not just a breakout 1977 hit but a potent lifestyle brand? It’s about wasting away, not chillaxing, yet his parrothead followers apparently longed to be that lonely flip-flopped loser on the beach. Or did they? Maybe what they […]
School of Rock discounts for furloughed federal employees at The National
The National Theatre is joining other theatres and businesses in offering discounts to furloughed federal employees with discounted tickets to the Broadway smash, School or Rock – The musical. The National is offering discounts as high as 30% in the Orchestra (not including Premium Seats), Mezzanine and front Balcony sections for these performances: Wednesday, January […]
Where to find live performances on Christmas Day
Most theatres are shuttered on Christmas Day, but we have found two performances for that evening. The National Theatre is open for the December 25 performance of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Tickets are still available for the 7:30pm show. If the songs of Christmas have put you in a jazzy mood, you might want […]
Broadway’s Kerry Butler talks about Beetlejuice
With Halloween only weeks away, it seems fitting that the National Theatre will debut the world premiere musical Beetlejuice, based on Tim Burton’s wildly fun, demented 1988 movie, which helped make Michael Keaton a star and the song “Day O” never heard in the same way again. Directed by Alex Timbers with an original score by Eddie Perfect and […]
National Theatre announces Mean Girls ticket lottery, $25
The hottest ticket in town right now is Tina Fey’s bound-for-Broadway musical Mean Girls, at the National only through December 3. According to the National’s online box office today, fans have already scooped up the majority of tickets with fewer than 30 seats remaining for many performances.
Mean Girls fan lands Damian role in pre-Broadway Tina Fey musical
“Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by Regina George?” If this line resonates with you, there’s a good chance you are among the many anxiously awaiting the musical version of the smash 2004 movie, Mean Girls, which will stage its pre-Broadway run at the National Theatre in D.C., with a five-week […]
The National Theatre makes $1.5 million investment in a modern fly system
The National Theatre is giving up its hemp and sand rigging system. Rebecca Cooper, writing for Washington Business Journal, posted the fascinating backstage story today.
Aaron Harrington as Tom Collins in Rent, coming to the National
On January 25, 1996, a new musical by an unknown writer who had tragically died the night before, opened Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop, and the landscape of theater changed forever.
Meet the parents: Robert Petkoff and Susan Moniz on playing Fun Home in the nation’s capital
The first national tour of the Tony-Award winning, Broadway hit Fun Home is on stage at the National Theatre through May 13. Adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, the musical is based on an auto-biographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. The story jumps back-and-forth throughout Alison’s life from childhood to adulthood, exploring her discovery of her sexuality […]
The National Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season
Broadway past and future is on the agenda for National Theatre during the 2017-2018 theater season — plus, for an extra fee, a ticket to Hamilton at the Kennedy Center.
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