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Summer Theater in Washington DC - 2014

Live Entertainment Around the Capital Region



Lion King at the Kennedy Center

Photo © Joan Marcus

Washington DC has a wonderful lineup of summer theater and live entertainment. With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2014 season.

Tickets often sell out to the most popular events. You may be able to find premium seats at TicketsNow.com.

West Side Story - National Theatre, June 3-8, 2014.  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.

Beauty and the Beast - Wolf Trap, June 6–8, 2014. “Be Our Guest!” Belle and her enchanted entourage prove love conquers all in this family-favorite musical with an Oscar-winning score, featuring “Something There” and “If I Can’t Love Her.”

The Source Theater Festival - June 6-29, 2014. Source Theatre. The three-week festival features new works in theater, dance, music, visual art, film, puppetry, spoken word, poetry and hip-hop. Performances are held in a 150-seat black box performing arts space in the heart of the nation's capital.

Avenue Q - June 11 – July 6, 2014. Olney Theatre. The Tony-winning Best satirical musical features songs like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet Is For Porn” and “If You Were Gay.” The show pokes fun at the “you can do anything” message of kids’ shows from the 70s and 80s.

Menopause - The Musical - Warner Theatre,  June 13-15, 2014. This uplifting production includes parodies from the ’60s and ’70s and ’80s and a salute to women who are experiencing menopause. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.

Side Show - John F. Kennedy Center. June 14-July 13, 2014. Step right up to this thrilling revival of the acclaimed 1997 Broadway musical, inspired by the true life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Chronicling their rise from freak circus attractions to famous vaudeville entertainers during the Great Depression, Side Show follows the Hilton sisters’ heartwarming search for fortune and love. Featuring Tony®--nominated music by Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Bill Russell and directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon, it is ‘a fitting showcase for one of the 1990’s greatly underappreciated scores.

Disney’s The Lion King - John F. Kennedy Center.  June 17-Aug 17, 2014.  Winner of six Tonys® including Best Musical, with direction and costumes by Julie Taymor, Elton John and Tim Rice's score brings the African Pridelands to life with “Circle of Life” and many more great songs.

The BFG - Imagination Stage. June 25 - August 10, 2014. The BFG, a play based on the book by Roald Dahl, integrates puppetry, rich visuals, and imaginative storytelling as Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant go on a magical journey to save the children of England. Best for ages 5-10.

Capital Fringe Festival - July 10-27, 2014. The annual performing arts event features more than 140 performances at a variety of venues around Washington, DC. The festival introduces risk-taking art and non-traditional performances including theater, dance, music, poetry, puppetry and more.

The Tempest Shakespeare’s Magical Tale - Olney Theatre Center, Outdoor Stage - July 15 - August 3, 2014. Often considered Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest is a glorious comedy of magical creatures, love, and forgiveness on a faraway island. In celebration of 66 consecutive years of National Players tours, Olney Theatre Center will be returning to an old format used in the past, in which National Players veterans compose half the cast of this professional show, mentoring current National Players who take the younger roles.

Amaluna – Cirque du Soleil - The Plateau at National Harbor, MD.  July 31 - September 21, 2014. The unique show features signature Cirque gravity-defying acrobatics, coupled with cutting-edge technology and good old fashioned elbow grease to transport the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Dirty Dancing – National Theatre. August 26 - September 14, 2014. The staged musical of the smash-hit film is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. The show features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?,” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor.

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