Broadway at the National is The National Theatre
's first subscription series in more than a decade. The 2013-14 season at The National Theatre
includes eight productions, and runs November 2013 through June 2014.
The season boasts the Broadway-bound world premiere of If/Then
and the historic return of the TonyAward-winning The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
, both already on sale. Two-time Tony Award-winner American Idiot
makes its Washington debut, providing a window into complicated lives and difficult decisions, set to the soundtrack of Green Day
. West Side Story
returns to its theatrical home. Not only did the original production have its start at The National Theatre
in 1957, but the 2008 Broadway revival did as well. All four shows are part of the subscription series.
STOMP, Mamma Mia!, Blue Man Group
, and HAl Holbrook In Mark Twain Tonight!
complete a diverse first season of Broadway at the National.
For additional information on the 2013-14 Broadway season at The National Theatre
, please see below.
Broadway at the National 2013-14
Pre-Broadway World Premiere
November 5 - December 8, 2013
On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves back to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start - new home, new friends, and hopes for a resurgent career. But even in her carefully planned new life, the smallest decision or most random occurrence will impact her world in ways she never dreamt possible. Set against the ever-shifting landscape of modern day Manhattan, If/Then is a romantic and original new musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout. This original Broadway musical reunites the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize- and TonyAward-winning musical, Next to Normal.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
December 25 - 29, 2013
Based on DuBose Heyward
's novel "Porgy" and the play of the same name, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward
, the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
is a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The classic story is set in Charleston's fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess' relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater's most exhilarating love stories.
February 4 - 9, 2014
Stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - trashcans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots, and hubcaps - to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms.
Washington, D.C., Premiere
February 18 - 23, 2014
Winner of two Tony Awards, American Idiot
is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world, and forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day
's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot features the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday," and the blockbuster title track.
Directed by Phillida Lloyd
Choreography by Anthony Van Laat
March 4 - 9, 2014
Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. This smash-hit musical combines ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me," and "The Winner Takes It All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
April 4 - 5, 2014
Emmy and Tony Award-winner HAl Holbrook
has toured Mark Twain Tonight!
in some part of every year since 1954, with more than 2200 performances, making 2014 the 60th consecutive year for this remarkable one man show. Mark Twain Tonight!
has become perhaps the longest running show in theater history. Holbrook adds to his Twain material every year, editing and changing it to fit the times and has mined over sixteen hours of Twain with more coming all the time. He has no set program - he chooses material as he goes along. Holbrook is not simply an impersonator of Mark Twain
, he is an authority on the writer with whom Hemingway said, "American literature began."
Blue Man Group
May 6 - 11, 2014
The critically acclaimed Blue Man Group's touring theatrical production creates experiences that defy categorization. Blue Man Group is best known for multi-media performances that feature three bald and blue characters that take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent, and visually stunning. A live band, whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its climax, accompanies the Blue Men.
West Side Story
Arthur Laurent's Broadway direction recreated by David Saint
June 3 - 8, 2014
The Broadway revival of West Side Story
returns to its theatrical home six years after its world debut, and 57 years after Washington first experienced the musical phenomenon of Leonard Bernstein
and Stephen Sondheim
's score and Arthur Laurents
' libretto. The story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever.
Productions and dates are subject to change.
Located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, The National Theatre
opened in 1835 and is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in the nation. Over the years, the National has hosted a multitude of memorable events, including the pre-Broadway presentations of the musicals Show Boat; Hello, Dolly!;
and West Side Story
. Many of the world's greatest performers have graced The National Theatre
stage including Robert Redford
, George C. Scott
, Will Rogers
, Helen Hayes
, James Earl
Jones, Eartha Kitt
, Sir Laurence Olivier
, Chita Rivera
, Rita Moreno
, Katherine Hepburn, Rex Harrison
, Ian McKellan, Debbie Reynolds
, and Audrey Hepburn
. National Theatre
Group, a partnership between JAM Theatricals
, Ltd. and SMG, oversees the programming for and management of the theater.