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 2013 season.
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The Mikado – Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – May 31-June 1, 2013. The satirical opera set in Japan spins a mythical tale of romantic triangles. Top musical performances include “Three Little Maids From School” and “A Wand’ring Minstrel I.”
The Source Theater Festival - June 7-30, 2013. Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC. 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.
Anything Goes - John F. Kennedy Center – June 11-July 7, 2013. Cole Porter’s first-class comedy features some of musical theater’s most memorable musical numbers, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”
Rock of Ages – Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts - June 7-8, 2013. A hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of 80's Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more.
One Night with Janis Joplin – Arena Stage - June 21–August 11, 2013. Back by popular demand, the show returns to rock Arena Stage for another round of “exhilarating” performances packed with classic songs like “Piece of My Heart, “Summertime” and “Mercedes Benz.”
Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat - Adventure Theatre MTC - June 21- September 2, 2013. Based on the beloved book by Dr. Seuss. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the cat in the hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mom find when she gets home?
Peter Pan and Wendy -
Imagination Stage - June 26 - August 11, 2013. Best for ages 4-10. In this version of the classic tale of the boy who refuses to grow up, the character of Wendy takes on a more prominent role, as she, too, is having trouble coming to terms with pending adulthood and accepting life’s responsibilities. Wendy wants to play, and Peter Pan is delighted to whisk her away to the magical island of Neverland where children stay children forever. With the help of Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, and mermaids, Peter and Wendy battle the dreaded, but rather funny, Captain Hook.
BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story – Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – July 2-3, 2013. The show recounts Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holly’s rise to fame featuring more than 25 rock ’n’ roll hits including “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day,” Ritchie Valens’s “La Bamba,” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”
Mouse on the Move -
Imagination Stage - July 6 – July 28, 2013. Back by popular demand, the show called “ridiculously adorable” by Our Kids, follows Nellie and Amelia, two adventurous mice who are ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to visit the moon, since it is reportedly made of delicious, mouth-watering cheese. Best for ages 1 – 5.
The Book of Mormon – John F. Kennedy Center – July 9-August 18, 2013. The Tony Award-winning musical has been a huge hit on Broadway. The show pokes fun at some of the more extreme beliefs of Mormonism about female circumcision and superstitions about the spread of AIDS.
Capital Fringe Festival - July 11-28, 2013. 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.
A Chorus Line -
Olney Theatre Center - August 1-September 8, 2013. Featuring the hit Broadway songs “What I Did for Love,” “One,” and “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” A Chorus Line follows 17 dancers competing for eight coveted spots in the chorus of a Broadway musical. Throughout the audition, they bare their souls while sharing stories of their childhood, ambitions, fears, and experiences in show business.
Winnie the Pooh - Pandemonium Theatrical Productions. Workhouse Arts Center Lorton, VA. - Select Saturdays and Sundays, August 3-September 29, 2013. Join Pooh, Piglet and all the rest for an adventurous afternoon in the Hundred Acre Wood! The forest is in a worry when two mysterious new neighbors, Kanga and Roo, move in. On top of that, Eeyore has lost his tail again! Will Piglet come to the rescue?
Cirque Italia Aqua Spectacular - August 9-11, 2013. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD. The show features side-splitting comedy and death defying thrills including Olympic Acrobats, contortionists, Coco the Clown from Argentina riding the world’s smallest bicycle, The Gabon Human Pyramid Troupe, a Bull Fighting Matador Act, Guinness Book World Record Jugglers and much more.
FAME, The Musical – Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre - August 23-31, 2013. Workhouse Arts Center, in Lorton, VA. The show is reminiscent of the popular 80s’ TV show that engaged young teens throughout the United States.
Forever Plaid -
Olney Theatre Center - August 24-September 15, 2013. A smash hit when it debuted in 1990, Forever Plaid has been delighting audiences around the world ever since. You'll be dancing in the aisles as you follow Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie on their final chance at musical glory with songs including “Three Coins in the Fountain”, “Heart and Soul” and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.