Summer Theater in Washington DC (2017)

Live Entertainment Around the Capital Region

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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 2017 season.
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The Sound of Music -  Kennedy Center  - June 13-July 16, 2017. The hills are alive! The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award–winning Best Score by Rodgers & Hammerstein, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss," and the title song.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch -  Kennedy Center - June 13-July 2, 2017. This genre-bending musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. It's about finding your other half; it's the story of the origin of love.

RENT - June 20–25, 2017. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters – love. 

Capital Fringe Festival - July 6-30, 2017. 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 Originalist - Arena Stage - July 7-30, 2017. When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with the conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court? 

CabaretKennedy Center - July 11-August 6, 2017. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd and leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?

The King and IKennedy Center - July 18-August 20, 2017. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

More Shows to Be Announced

Plan ahead for the upcoming season, see a Guide to Fall Theater in Washington DC

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