To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Portrait Gallery is celebrating women and organizations oft overlooked in tales of the women’s suffrage movement. From the abolitionists of Antebellum America to the women of the Civil Rights movement, the exhibit will examine the contributions made by unshakable
Based on the true story of New York City’s newsboys going on strike in the summer of 1899, Newsies was a hit movie before going on to Broadway in 1992, capturing a Tony Award for best score. With songs like “Carrying the Banner,” “King of New York” and “Seize the Day,” it’s easy to understand why. The musical boasts music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein. For Arena’s production, Edward Gero plays Joseph Pulitzer and Erin Weaver plays Katherine.
Signature Theatre is known for bringing big, dazzling musicals to the DMV and this production is no exception. A Chorus Line is the story of the talent and passion it takes to make it in the world of professional dancing. Step inside the audition room as 17 hopeful dancers put their dreams on the line through elaborate displays of jazz, ballet and tap. Featuring classics such as “What I Did for Love” and “At the Ballet.” Various dates and times. Tickets $66-$115. Signature Theatre: 4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA; www.sigtheatre.org
Seize the day and see Newsies at Arena Stage. The musical, based on the popular Disney film, follows the charismatic Jack Kelly and his fellow newsboys. When newspaper tycoon Joesph Pulitzer decides to raise the price of papers, Jack and the newsies decide to go on strike. Teaming up with enthusiastic reporter Katherine, this ragtag group shows standing up for what you believe in can prove victorious. Various dates and times. Tickets $66-$115. Arena Stage: 1101 Sixth St. SW, DC; www.arenastage.org
Step inside the mind of Christopher John Francis Booth. Christopher is a 15-year-old boy who sees the world in math and puzzles. He might have some “behavior problems” but his brilliant mind is just what’s needed to solve a neighborhood mystery. Playwright Simon Stephens brings the awarding-winning book by Mark Haddon to life with stunning visuals and projections. Various dates and times. Tickets $32-$73. Round House Theatre: 4545 East-West Hwy. Bethesda, MD; www.roundhousetheatre.org
Your favorite all-female show is back. Enjoy as these comedians show a satire of what the world can be like for a woman, as the show pokes fun at stereotypes and how absurd things can be. This political sketch-comedy show is one that you do not want to miss. The Second City is a comedy troupe, with notable alumni including Tina Fey and Steve Carell and many more comedians. Various dates and times. Tickets $20-$109. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: 641 D St. NW, DC; www.woollymammoth.net
Anti-vaxxers, pay attention. This play is about a mumps outbreak in a Berkeley school. Watch as the community that celebrates a diverse environment clash when mandatory vaccinations take center stage. The play also displays projections that show how people behave online when the subject is controversial. Everyone will enjoy a night of satire with this award-winning play that looks at mandatory vaccinations in a humorous way. Various dates and times. Tickets $10-$32.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center: 1333 H St. NE, DC; www.atlasarts.org
Stephen Mallatratt adapted the British play based off of the horror book of the same name. Robin Herford is directing this eerie performance. The play is about Arthur Kipps, portrayed by Adam Radcliffe, who asks an actor, portrayed by Dominic Price, to help tell his dark story. The performance will take the audience from a Victorian theatre to the creepy Eel Marsh House. Remember to be cautious around the Woman in Black. Various dates and times. Tickets $39-$79. Michael R. Klein Theatre: 450 7th St. NW, DC; www.shakespearetheatre.org
Pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and educator Damien Sneed does it all, whether it’s writing an opera for the Lyric Opera of Chicago or serving as musical director for BET’s Sunday Best. In this holiday show replete with singers and a band, Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey takes listeners through Sneed’s original arrangements of gospel, jazz, and classical holiday favorites.