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Signature Theatre Celebrates the Holiday Season by Hosting Pentagon Night 12/22


Virginia's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre is embracing the spirit of the holiday season by hosting "Pentagon Night" on Wednesday, December 22nd. More than 140 tickets to see the highly anticipated Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard are being given to families of servicemen and women overseas who will not be home for the holidays. In addition, Signature Theatre is teaming up with merchants in Shirlington to give the families a night to remember with food provided by Capital City Brewing Company.

"We cannot express our admiration and gratitude to our country's soldiers enough," said Signature's Artistic Director, Eric Schaeffer. "Pentagon Night is our way of showing our appreciation and saying 'Thank you' to those dedicated men and women - and their families, who we know are missing them each day."

Signature Theatre is collaborating with Blue Star Families for this special event. Founded in 2008 by a collection of military spouses, the non-profit organization works to raise awareness of the challenges faced by military families as well as to support, connect with and empower those families across the nation.

"Signature Theatre's support of military families is truly extraordinary" said Kathy Roth-Douquet, Chair of Blue Star Families. "This will be a special, memorable night of entertainment for troops and families throughout the Capitol region -- from Walter Reed, to the Pentagon, to Fort Belvoir, Quantico, the 8th and I Drum and Bugle Corps, and special protection divisions. It means a great deal to these military families to be remembered by the cultural community."
Sunset Boulevard began previews on December 7th and runs through February 13, 2011. The lush Hollywood musical, based on the classic, Oscar-winning Billy Wilder film, stars Florence Lacey (Broadway's Evita and Signature's Follies) as the tragic silent film star Norma Desmond. Ms. Lacey is complemented by D.B. Bonds (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Signature's The Visit) as Joe Gillis, Susan Derry (Wonderful Town) as Betty, and Ed Dixon (The Iceman Cometh, The Three Musketeers) as Max von Mayerling. Three-time Helen Hayes Award winner J. Fred Shiffman plays Sheldrake. The production is directed by Signature Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and is played to the music of a 20-member orchestra.
The performance of Sunset Boulevard begins at 7:30pm

Dinner will be served at the Mead Lobby on the 2nd Floor of the Theatre at 6:30pm


Recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Signature Theatre is a non-profit professional theater company in Arlington, Virginia dedicated to producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals, and developing new work. Under the leadership of co-founder and Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland, Signature has presented 26 world premiere productions and is renowned for combining Broadway-quality productions with intimate playing spaces.

In addition to hosting the finest talent from the DC metropolitan area and New York, Signature has been home to such theatre luminaries as Chita Rivera, George Hearn, Hunter Foster, Emily Skinner, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, Terrence McNally, and the company's signature composer, Stephen Sondheim. Since its founding in 1989, Signature has won 70 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in the Washington, DC region's professional theater and has been honored with 276 nominations.
Signature is partially supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and by a gift from Arlington County through the Arlington Commission for the Arts and the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources.

The Signature Theatre complex is located at 4200 Campbell Avenue (22206) off I-395 at the Shirlington exit. After the exit, blue Signature signs mark the way to the theater. Free parking is available in two adjacent public garages. Please note that Campbell Avenue is a new street and some GPS online mapping systems do not yet recognize Signature Theatre's address. For directions visit

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Single Tickets: Ticketmaster (703) 573-SEAT (7328)

Signature Administration (571) 527-1860

Signature Theatre

4200 Campbell Avenue

Arlington, VA 22206


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