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Kennedy Center Announces the Return of Live Theater—and, Yes, “Hamilton” Is Back

But don't expect a crowded house until capacity limits loosen.

DC's Kennedy Center. Photo courtesy of iStock.

The Kennedy Center announced on Tuesday its theater lineup for the upcoming season, which will include performances of Hamilton, Jersey Boys, and Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird. Theater curtains will first raise on October 13 for a staging of Tony-winner Hadestown, a return to live theater that may cause musical buffs to break out into a chorus line.

Running until September 2022, the season boasts shows direct from Broadway, old favorites making an encore, and recent winners of the Tony’s best musical category, the Band’s Visit, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, and Hamilton. In addition to the roster of plays and musicals, the Kennedy Center is producing a concert dubbed 50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center, in which the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will accompany a cast of Broadway stars. The musical event is part of the cultural institution’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The Kennedy Center hasn’t announced details regarding audience size quite yet, but the performance venue will be limited to capacity numbers set by DC officials. Starting on May 1, theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity indoors. Restriction are likely to change by the fall, but continued limits could mean Hamilton tickets will be an even rarer prize than in pre-pandemic times. At full capacity, the Kennedy Center’s Opera House can seat up to 2,364 people and the Eisenhower Theater offers 1,164 seats. Tickets are available for patrons with a theater subscription package.

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Daniella Byck
Assistant Editor

Daniella Byck joined Washingtonian in August 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied journalism and digital culture.