Things to Do

Things to Do in DC June 22-24: Tom Stoppard, Jody Watley, and Bette Midler

Here are the best events around town.

An appealing photo from Bette Midler's excellent Instagram feed.


THEATER: What’s the solution to researcher Hilary’s hard problem? Will science or faith provide the answer? Tom Stoppard’s new play, The Hard Problem, follows a character who attempts to discover where humanity intersects with her work. A live broadcast from London’s National Theater at Sidney Harman Hall. 7:30 PM. $20.

MUSIC: The incomparable Bette Midler brings her Divine Intervention tour to the Verizon Center. The singer/actress has plenty of fan favorites to choose from, including the Beaches hit “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From a Distance.” She’s expected to perform classics from It’s the Girls, her new album celebrating girl groups. 8 PM. $50-$655+.


MUSIC: Go back in time–or at least hear the Back to the Future track when Huey Lewis and The News perform at the Warner Theatre. The Grammy Award-winning ’80s band is also known for hits like “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “The Power of Love.” 8 PM. $53-$93.

BALLET: Entertaining audiences since 1785, the Polish Ballet continues that tradition with a performance of three contemporary works, including choreographer Krzysztof Pastor‘s Moving Rooms. Kennedy Center. 8 PM. $25-$95.


MUSIC: Grammy Award-winning singer and former Shalamar siren Jody Watley visits the Howard Theatre for a solo performance. The “Don’t You Want Me?” singer has had nearly 20 singles hit Billboard‘s Top 20 Dance Club Songs list during her decades-long career. 8 PM. $25-$60.

THEATER: Mel Brooks’ Broadway production of The Producers arrives at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts for a monthlong stint. Based on the 1968 Oscar-nominated film, the story has found equal success on stage, receiving a record 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 8 PM with some matinee shows available. $18-$60.