Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012

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DANCEWORKS FALL2012
GWU Department of Theatre & Dance, Cloyd Heck Marvin Theatre
11/15-11/17/2012
Featuring internationally acclaimed guest artist, Laura Halzack, and faculty as well as student choreographers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 FOOTLOOSE
Theatre Arts Guild
11/2-11/17/2012
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim SteinmanFor more information on Theatre Arts Guild, click hereFor more information on Footloose, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 WHITE CHRISTMAS
Rising Star Productions
11/2-11/17/2012
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. WHITE CHRISTMAS is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank; Book by David Ives & Paul BlakeFor more information on Rising Star Productions, click hereFor more information on White Christmas, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Mead High School
11/7-11/17/2012
Gilbert and Sullivan are the undisputed masters of comic operetta and the proud parents of the modern musical. That their works are more in demand today than when they were created over a century ago is ample proof of their lasting brilliance. We are pleased to offer reduced orchestrations based on the D'Oyly Carte originals for productions of H.M.S. PINAFORE,THE MIKADO or THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. When the hero of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE was but a boy, his father instructed his nurse to have him apprenticed as a pilot. She thought he said 'pirate' and thus the zany troubles began. Libretto by W. S. Gilbert; Music by Arthur Sullivan; Orchestration by Peter MurrayFor more information on Mead High School, click hereFor more information on The Pirates of Penzance, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Wenatchee High School
11/8-11/17/2012
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart, additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, and a book by Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe. Based on the classic novel ?Le Fantôme de l?Opéra? by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. Its sensational score includes 'Think of Me,' 'Angel of Music,' 'Music of the Night,' 'All I Ask of You,' 'Masquerade' and the title song. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Charles Hart; Additional Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe; Book by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Richard Stilgoe; Based on `Le FantFor more information on Wenatchee High School, click hereFor more information on The Phantom of the Opera, click here
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#CRAZYPANTS
Catholic University of America, Hartke Theatre
11/15-11/18/2012
When small town politics and personal relationships collide over a proposed restrictive youth dress code one young woman decides to take a stand, setting mother vs daughter, friend vs friend ….pants vs. politics! But when her passionate public campaign for individual rights becomes a social-media followed pantless protest movement will her original principles be lost as the conflict between opposing sides threatens to spiral out of control? A riotously funny new play! Directed by Kathleen Akerley MFA Playwriting Thesis
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 FOOTLOOSE
R.A. Long High School
11/9-11/18/2012
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim SteinmanFor more information on R.A. Long High School, click hereFor more information on Footloose, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 DYING CITY
Signature Theater
10/2-11/25/2012
The Washington Premiere of a Bold New Play A transfixing, intimate play from the author of Four and Where Do We Live. One year after his identical twin brother, Craig's, suspicious death in Iraq, Peter shows up unannounced at his sister-in-law Kelly's apartment. Having not spoken since the funeral, Peter and Kelly face-off in a passive-aggressive battle rooted in half-truths and betrayal. The two's emotionally brutal skirmish intersperses with flashbacks of Craig's final night home before deployment. Featuring Thomas Keegan and Rachel Zampelli (Brother Russia), Dying City is a subtle commentary on the heart-breaking ramifications of war.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 JEKYLL & HYDE
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House
11/20-11/25/2012
American Idol star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins with Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde. After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple worldwide tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Tony and Grammy Award nominee Frank Wildhorn and Oscar and Grammy winner Leslie Bricusse returns in a stunning new pre-Broadway production that includes all the classic songs ("This is the Moment," "A New Life," "Someone Like You") that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed Jekyll & Hyde into a theatrical phenomenon.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 WHITE CHRISTMAS
Little Theatre of Walla Walla
11/2-11/29/2012
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. WHITE CHRISTMAS is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank; Book by David Ives & Paul BlakeFor more information on Little Theatre of Walla Walla, click hereFor more information on White Christmas, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 YOU FOR ME FOR YOU
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
11/5-12/2/2012
WORLD PREMIERE by Mia Chung Directed by Yury Urnov In Association with Ma-Yi Theater Company Two North Korean sisters—facing starvation at the hands of a dizzyingly corrupt regime—make a bargain with a smuggler to flee to the United States. When one of the sisters is denied passage because she is too weak to make the treacherous trans-Pacific crossing, the other sister makes a promise to race across time and space to save her.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART
Shakespeare Theatre Company
11/14-12/9/2012
Following a hit run at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is embarking on an international tour to share its dream-like journey of self discovery, magical moments, devilish encounters and wittily wild karaoke. Performed in an actual pub and inspired by the Border Ballads, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart will move and amuse as the peculiar twists in the tale unfold around you.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 MY FAIR LADY
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
11/2-1/6/2013
based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner music by Frederick Loewe directed by Molly Smith in the Fichandler NOVEMBER 2, 2012 – JANUARY 6, 2013 Just as Molly Smith's record-breaking production of Oklahoma! was enthralling audiences at Arena, her fresh reinterpretation of My Fair Lady set the all-time box office record at the prestigious Shaw Festival in Canada. And now Molly is reassembling her creative team to bring this breathtaking musical to Arena Stage. When Professor Henry Higgins wagers he can transform a Cockney flower girl into an aristocratic lady, he never guesses that Eliza Doolittle will in turn transform him. Lerner and Loewe's sparkling score includes such enduring favorites as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "The Rain in Spain," "On the Street Where You live," and "Get Me to the Church on Time." Based on Shaw's most incisive social satire, My Fair Lady is a joyful, crowd-pleasing celebration for the entire family.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 DREAMGIRLS
Signature Theater
11/13-1/6/2013
First a smash Broadway musical then an award-winning motion picture, Dreamgirls captures the spirit and hope of Motown when a girl group from Chicago makes it big. In a business controlled by men, the female trio fights for recognition, fellowship and love as superstardom challenges their musical and cultural identity. A rich, glowing spectacle about the price of show-biz success, Dreamgirls sizzles with sparkling dance and R&B soul. Starring Hairspray's Nova Y. Payton as Effie. Featuring the hit songs "Dreamgirls," "And I am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "One Night Only".
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 11/11/2012 MY FAIR LADY
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
11/2-1/6/2013
Just as Molly Smith's record-breaking production of Oklahoma! was enthralling audiences at Arena Stage, her fresh reinterpretation of My Fair Lady set the all-time box office record at the prestigious Shaw Festival in Canada. Now Smith is reassembling her creative team to bring this breathtaking musical to Arena Stage. When Professor Henry Higgins wagers he can transform a Cockney flower girl into an aristocratic lady, he never guesses that Eliza Doolittle will in turn transform him. Lerner and Loewe's sparkling score includes such enduring favorites as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "The Rain in Spain," "On the Street Where You Live" and "Get Me to the Church on Time." Based on Shaw's most incisive social satire, My Fair Lady is a joyful, crowd-pleasing celebration for the entire family.
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