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Six Must-See Musicals in DC This Summer

Bring on the song and dance.

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Dear Evan Hansen

Arena Stage

July 10 to August 23, 2015

$55 to $70

Fans of Rent and Next to Normal will fawn over director Michael Greif’s latest project, Dear Evan Hansen. Starring the talented and quirky Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect fame as Evan Hansen, this new musical tells the story of a teenage boy whose secrets get exposed on social media. Heartbreak ensues. The brainchild of playwright Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen explores the difficulty of navigating life and love in the modern world.

The Producers

Olney Theatre Center

June 24 to July 26, 2015

$18 to $70

The Producers, the 2001 hit musical brought to you by Mel Brooks, returns to DC with the comedic antics of washed-up producer Max Bialystock and his accountant/sidekick, Leo Bloom, as they attempt to pull off the greatest scam in Broadway history. With twelve Tony Awards under its belt, this musical is a sure-fire good time.

Awake All Night

Brookland Artspace Lofts Studio

July 9 to July 26, 2015


One of seven musicals debuting at the Capital Fringe Festival, Awake All Night will delight romantics with its refreshing take on love and song. The plot follows a long-distance phone call between Hermes, the messenger of the Greek gods, and a college-aged woman named Ariadne. The one-act, two-person show by Itai Yasur offers a unique mixture of mythology and melodies.

The Book of Mormon

Kennedy Center

June 16 to August 16, 2015

$43.00 to $250.00

Nine Tony Awards and four years later, the Book of Mormon hits DC on its national tour. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone put together this tale about an unlikely pair of missionaries who travel to northern Uganda to spread the Mormon faith. A hilarious and outrageous series of events follows. Plus, it was called “the best musical of this century” by the New York Times.

Silence the Musical

Studio Theatre

July 15 to August 9, 2015


Ever wondered what the Silence of the Lambs would be like if it were made into a musical? If so, this may be the show for you. Tap-dancing lambs and rookie FBI-agents take you on a journey with everyone’s favorite cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, in this uproarious satire.


Kennedy Center

July 7 to August 16, 2015

$65.00 to $160.00

This musical adaptation of the eponymous award-winning film makes the story of a Dublin romance come to life, with actors and musicians playing instruments on-stage. Good luck getting “Falling Slowly” out of your head.