Spring Theater in Washington DC (2018 Show Highlights)

A Guide to This Season’s Live Performing Arts in the Capital Region

Check out the spring theater scene in Washington DC. With dozens of performances around the capital region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2017 season. Enjoy a variety of live theatrical performances ranging from Broadway-style musicals to dramatic productions to child-friendly shows.

Tickets are available directly from the specific venue or through Ticketmaster.com.

  • Hold These Truths Arena Stage - February 23-April 8, 2018. Reeling from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and driven by fear and prejudice, America placed its own citizens of Japanese ancestry in internment camps. A play for our times, Hold These Truths tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American that defied an unjust court order to uphold the values on which America was founded.
  • The Wiz - Ford's Theatre - March 9-May 12, 2018. The Wiz is a musical feast featuring soul, gospel, R&B and pop as well as exuberant choreography. Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on their quest to meet The Wiz. In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them.
  • In the Heights -  Kennedy Center - March 21-25, 2018. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical tells the story of a vibrant community on the brink of change in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The windows are always open, the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music, and the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take, and which ones you leave behind.

     

    • Two Trains Running – Arena Stage -  March 30-April 29, 2018. It’s 1969 and the Civil Rights Movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh’s Hill District. At the center of the community is Memphis Lee’s diner, slated to be demolished — a casualty of the city’s renovation project. Confronted with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride. 
    • Cirque du Soleil Luzia - April 13-May 13, 2018. Tyson's II - Escape to Mexico with mesmerizing and refreshing acrobatic performances, LUZIA brings traditional and contemporary circus disciplines to a whole new level. Cyr Wheel artists perform the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain, while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers. 
    • Snow Child – Arena Stage - April 13-May 20, 2018. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin.
    • Waitress - National Theatre -  May 15-June 3, 2018.  The show tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker – who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
    • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying -  Kennedy Center - June 6-10, 2018. Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem boasting an exhilarating score, the show took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award® for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize. We follow the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder.