2014 Washington, D.C. Fall Theater Preview

September 1, 2014 8:00 AM

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Theater brings us face-to-face with the human condition and makes us laugh, cry and contemplate. Here’s what’s coming this fall to a stage near you.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Opera House
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Date: Sept. 30 to Oct. 19, 2014

Eva Peron’s extraordinary life and rise to power as Argentina’s First Lady is recounted in this version of the Tony award-winning musical by lyricist Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Weber. The production will include the famous song “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and others like “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.” Directed by Tony award-winner Michael Grandage, this true story captures Eva Peron as a mythic heroine–beloved by the masses, yet tragically flawed–and is a production that you don’t want to miss.

“Five Guys Named Moe”
Arena Stage
Kreeger Theater
1101 6th St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-9066

Date: Nov. 14 to Dec. 28, 2014

Written by stage, television and film actor Clarke Peters (HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme”), “Five Guys Named Moe” is the story of a young man named Nomax who’s just lost his girl and tries to wash away his woes with whiskey. All seems lost until five guys named Moe suddenly spring from his radio and help to turn things around. Directed by Robert O’Hara, this musical is infused with the invigorating signature swinging R&B stylings and lyrics of “The King of the Jukebox” Louis Jordan, and delivers an infectious foot-tapping jubilance. Peters wrote the musical some 24 years ago, and says the story’s main character is based on himself and that the five Moes afforded him some personal therapy. A theater veteran, Peters once said about his craft: “The magic is when the person is on stage and that vibration is true, and you and the audience are being moved.”

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“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Opera House
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Date: Dec. 16, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015

This family-friendly classic is another of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s hits. Based upon the biblical story involving Joseph, his 11 brothers and the “coat of many colors” found in the book of Genesis, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” centers on Joseph’s tests, trials and ultimate victories. The production stars two familiar faces: former “American Idol” contestants Ace Young as Joseph and Diana DeGarmo filling the role as The Narrator. The two talented Broadway stars are actually married in real life.

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“Mary Poppins”
Toby’s Dinner Theater
5900 Symphony Woods Road
Columbia, MD 21044
(301) 596-6161

Date: Nov. 14, 2014 to Feb. 22, 2015

The kids, as well as the kid in you, will enjoy this production of “Mary Poppins” put on by Toby’s Dinner Theater. Yes, you read that right: dinner theater. But discard any negative stereotypes that you might have about dinner theaters because a Toby’s production is usually a cut above. This classic Disney film is once again brought to the stage in the kind of high-quality production that Toby’s has become known for. Audiences will enjoy delicious dinner and dessert, then sit back and take in a first-rate show populated by talented actors–the very same wait staff who helped serve you while you dined.

Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..

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