McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101
Enjoy a night at McLean’s premier performing arts venue. The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a 383-seat performing arts venue that presents national and international touring acts in music, comedy, dance, film and more.
Improv for Kids and Teens
January 23–May 22
Improv comedy is a great way for kids to express themselves and gain confidence. Focusing on creativity and teamwork, The Alden’s improv comedy classes for youth teach improv fundamentals such as “yes, and” in a supportive environment. Class participants will perform a class showcase for friends and family. This class is suitable for both beginners and those who have taken improv classes in the past. Class showcase will be at the Old Firehouse Center during (the) Unruly Theatre Project performance on March 10. Register online.
The Alden’s 2023 Youth Production
Performances on April 29-30, 2pm
Back by popular demand! The Alden’s 2023 production will be a devised theater piece created by the actors in the show. The rehearsal process will involve improv games for idea generation and plot discovery, which will be written into a brand new script by the director and the cast.
Cahoots NI: “Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries”
$12, Non-MCC District Resident Cost: $17/$15 for seniors and students
Meet Danny Carmo. It wasn’t long ago that he thought school, and in particular, math wasn’t for him. He was more interested in dreaming about a future on the stage and perhaps the big screen. All he ever wanted to be was a famous magician. But when he knuckled down to learn all the tricks of the trade, he realized that math was not only essential… it was the SECRET to a whole load of magic. Prepare to be amazed, dazzled and bewildered by Cahoots NI’s mind-blowing show where math, theater and digital technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance.
Sweet Honey in the Rock®
$45/$30 MCC district residents/$35 students and seniors
The Grammy-nominated, iconic, women-led, African American vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock® marks its 50th anniversary with a powerful, three-year celebration that will honor its storied past and set the course for the future of the group. It has been called “one of the most dynamic, versatile and still relevant musical collectives in music today.”
Capital One Hall
7750 Capital One Tower Road
Tysons, Virginia 22102
With a passion for the arts, pride in our headquarters in Tysons, Virginia and a firm commitment to serving our community, we pursue a mission of creating a welcoming experience and an occasion of “the magic of theater” for every patron and for each performance and event.
TIX start at $63.50
The mystery that fascinated the world is now the musical that captivated Broadway. A rumor is spreading across the land: the missing princess of the Romanov empire may still be alive. Then, a young woman appears with no name and no family, but with the drive to discover her destiny. As she sets out on an epic journey in search of her past, clues unlock and memories return. Could she be the one they call Anastasia?
Her remarkable story, by Tony Award®-winning playwright Terrence McNally, soars with a score by Tony Award-winning songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, including the Academy Award®-nominated hit “Journey to the Past.” With its opulent settings, dazzling costumes, and directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak with choreography by Peggy Hickey and tour direction by Sarah Hartmann, ANASTASIA is Broadway’s most spectacular new musical. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. ANASTASIA is recommended for ages 7 and older.
Theresa Caputo Live!
TIX start at $57.75
Theresa Caputo, star of the hit TLC show,Long Island Medium,will share personal stories abouther life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience membersand give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in adifferent way.Theresa has been a practicing medium for over 20 years. She helps individualsfind closure by delivering healing messages.
Share The Love Tour
TIX start at $39.50
Stephen Sharer is one of America’s top and fastest growing content creators with over 5-billion YouTube views and 100’s of millions of music streams. His Share the Love brand is popular for its family friendly videos, music hits, and one of a kind creations.
This is your chance to spend the evening with YouTube sensation Stephen Sharer LIVE and IN PERSON as he brings the SHARE THE LOVE music tour to your city. Join the Sharer Fam and sing along to Stephen’s hit music, grab exclusive merch, dance with the neon light show and get a chance to be a part of the show! It’s a family fun experience you don’t want to miss. Tickets and exclusive VIP Meet and Greet packages are available now.
TIX start at $38
Omnium Circus is spectacular entertainment celebrating diversity, creating joy, and enriching empathy. They have created a fully accessible, multi-sensory experience both virtually and live so all can experience the wonder of the Circus. Omnium Circus is leading the way towards an active, inclusive culture as a force of change, pioneering an accessible circus experience for all while ensuring representation of disabled and BIPOC artists on a world class stage.
Greeicy & Mike Bahia – Amantes Tour: Kai USA
TIX start at $39.99
Loud And Live, the South Florida-based entertainment, marketing and media company, announces the upcoming tour of Greeicy & Mike Bahía, two of the most beloved Colombian stars in the world, returning to the stage to bring their successful “AMANTES TOUR” to eight cities in the United States. The new leg of the tour marks Greeicy’s return to the stage after giving birth to her first child, Kai, in April 2022. Bahía and Greeicy’s “AMANTES TOUR” has already captivated thousands of fans across Colombia, showcasing the undeniable chemistry between the two artists, whose real-life romance has inspired their global audience. Together they will bring their biggest hits to the stage, including performances of singles such as “Att.: Amor,” “Amantes,” and “Te Creí,” among others which have reached number one in Latin America and the Latin charts in the United States.
The Comeback Tour
TIX start at $52.00
Named to Variety’s Comedy Impact Report following the unprecedented success of her debut, The Farewell Tour, Heather McMahan is back on the road bringing the giggles nationwide. A beloved standup comedian, storyteller, and the best friend everyone wants, Heather has seen her popularity skyrocket with fans and the industry falling for her voice, wit and southern flair. Her podcast, Absolutely Not With Heather Mcmahan was named one of the Ten Best Podcasts of 2021 by Entertainment Weekly. She starred opposite Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang in Netflix’s Love Hard, which reached no. 1 in the world and the US in its first five days of release on the platform. On the television side, she is currently developing a ½ hour multi-cam based on her life for NBC.
Fairfax Choral Society’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
TIX start at $40
The Fairfax Choral Society is thrilled to host a gala performance in honor of its 60th anniversary season. The choirs of the Choral Society, along with special guest The Children’s Chorus of Washington, will present Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo. This work brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,” by setting it in seven different languages and drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences. Each movement combines some characteristics of its language-group’s musical culture with the composer’s own musical language.
2023 Book Signing With Sadeqa Johnson
TIX start at $103
Sadeqa Johnson is the international best-selling and award-winning author of four novels. Her most recent, Yellow Wife, follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia. Inspired by a true story, Yellow Wife depicts “the physical, psychological, and spiritual damages wrought by slavery” (Kirkus, Starred Review) and determination in the face of oppression. Johnson’s moving book resonates with audiences as we still grapple with issues of race today, and has been named a “Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Book of 2021,” by O, The Oprah Magazine and SheReads, as well as a “Books We Love” pick by Parade and BuzzFeed. Yellow Wife joins the canon of bestselling fiction including Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, and Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave. Johnson’s forthcoming novel, The House of Eve (February 7, 2023), is a daring and redemptive story set in 1950s Philadelphia and Washington, DC, that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.
Crystalline Resonance: FINAL FANTASY Piano Concert
TIX start at $47
Following the acclaimed Piano Opera: music from Final Fantasy World Tour in 2015-2016, Crystalline Resonance : Final Fantasy Piano Concert takes over with a brand-new concert, revisiting all Final Fantasy games. For the first-time in an official piano concert, each concert will feature sublime live performances of beloved titles such as Heavensward‚ from Final Fantasy Xiv, Somnus‚ from Final Fantasy XV, and, Zanarkand, from Final Fantasy X. And classics from FFinal Fantasy I through IX won’t be forgotten, with pieces such as‚ One-Winged Angel‚ or, Liberi Fatali. Emotions will be elevated with music being performed perfectly in sync with HD video projections of the most memorable moments of each game.
The Barns at Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Rd
Vienna, VA 22182
TIX start at $22
A singer/songwriter known for his plaintive harmonica style and lyrical cleverness, Maryland native Joe Pug has released a string of critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively with Steve Earle, Levon Helm, The Killers, and Sturgill Simpson. Pug makes his Wolf Trap debut in support of Nation of Heat Revisited (2022), a complete, full-band reimagining of his 2008 solo-acoustic debut.
DC Anthem Singers Shine
Featuring Bob McDonald, Caleb Green, and D.C. Washington
TIX start at $32
Caps fans may recognize Bob McDonald and Caleb Green, who have been singing the National Anthem before Washington Capitals home games for more than 20 seasons. McDonald and Green are joined by Washington Nationals anthem singer D.C. Washington (yes, that’s his real name!) for an evening at The Barns.
NBC4’s Doug Kammerer emcees this special show that, in addition to stirring renditions of “God Bless America” and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” includes favorites from the worlds of Broadway, pop, and gospel music performed by the local voices you know and love, and backed by a band of stellar musicians (Tony Nalker, Music Director and Pianist; Amy Shook, Bass; Larry Ferguson, Drums; and Michael Kramer, Guitar).
The 5th Dimension
February 7 and 8
TIX start at $67
With hits like “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Up, Up and Away,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” and many more, The 5th Dimension’s songs are the soundtrack of a generation. Original member Florence LaRue and company deliver dynamic performances that stand the test of time.
TIX start at $59
The Second City
February 15 through 18
TIX start at $32
Full of the live and in-your-face entertainment Netflix can’t provide, this must-see show features improvised comedy, audience interaction, and of-the-moment sketches and songs from The Second City’s talented cast. The legendary improvisational theater troupe launched the careers of superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bill Murray, and more.
The Bad Plus
Marc Ribot: The Jazz-Bins
TIX start at $30
Avant-garde jazz group The Bad Plus are the ultimate originals. After playing together for more than 20 years, founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) embark on a new, piano-less incarnation of the band with Ben Monder (guitar) and Chris Speed (tenor saxophone) to bridge genres and techniques with exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.
Marc Ribot has solidified his position as “the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp” (Rolling Stone). With The Jazz-Bins, made up of Greg Lewis (Hammond B3 organ) and Chad Taylor (drums), Ribot uses deep grooves and over the top improvisation.
Wolf Trap and District of Raga Present Rachna Nivas
Unedited: Kathak Indian Classical Dance
TIX start at $34
Kathak is a major form of Indian classical dance that incorporates music and movement to tell stories. Artist, choreographer, and educator Rachna Nivas is one of the most sought-after Kathak artists of her generation. As a distinguished torchbearer of legendary master Pandit Chitresh Das’ treasured lineage, Nivas is a passionate performer and a technical powerhouse with masterful creativity and infectious charm.
Cherish the Ladies
3pm and 7pm
TIX start at $27
This Irish-American supergroup’s shows are always a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. The Boston Globe raves, “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.”
International Guitar Night
March 8 and 9
TIX start at $32
Celebrate over 20 years of International Guitar Night with Canadian jazz guitarist and vocalist Jocelyn Gould, Spanish flamenco guitar master Jesús Guerrero, contemporary classical guitar virtuoso Stephanie Jones, and Finnish jazz guitarist Olli Soikkeli.
TIX start at $27
From his start as a teen prodigy, to founding the Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, Seamus Egan has inspired generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. He is now one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition.
3pm and 8pm
TIX start at $67
Kelli O’Hara can currently be seen in HBO’s The Gilded Age, but she may best be known for her Tony Award-winning turn in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of The King and I. Other memorable credits include Kiss Me, Kate; The Bridges of Madison County; South Pacific; and The Light in the Piazza. In 2015, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Lehar’s The Merry Widow and returned as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She makes her debut at The Barns following an appearance in Signature Theatre and Wolf Trap’s Broadway in the Park on the Filene Center stage in 2022.
TIX start at $52
Pat Benatar, Cole Porter, and Black Sabbath—powerhouse multi-hyphenate (singer/songwriter, musician, actor, playwright, and author) Storm Large can sing them all and more! Whether performing with Pink Martini, at a cabaret, or with a rock band, this sassy yet classy artist with an edge brings the house down.
NextStop Theatre Company
269 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, Virginia 20170
46 Plays For America’s First Ladies
Through February 19
Forty-six mini plays, in just over two hours, that cleverly and concisely introduce each of the women who served alongside the highest office in the land. Devised by the Neo-Futurists (a Chicago-based theater collective), this fast-paced comedy offers a unique perspective on American history. These ladies will make you laugh, cry, and illuminate the pressures inherited with a ceremonial and often under-appreciated role. A companion piece to NextStop’s 2018 smash-hit production of 45 Plays for 45 Presidents.
March 10-April 2
The lively, conservative Della is a talented baker in her North Carolina town, even going on TV to be a contestant on the Great American Baking Show. When Jen, who Della loves like a daughter, returns to North Carolina from New York to request Della bake her wedding cake, she’s overjoyed. But when Jen reveals she’s marrying a woman, Della has a crisis of conscience. Hilarious and heartfelt, The Cake is a deliciously sweet story about love, acceptance, and being willing to have a change of heart.
410 South Maple Avenue, Retail 116
Falls Church, VA 22046
TIX start at $35
Lydia is an African American woman who inherits a family-owned boutique. While searching for her own inner peace, she creates a safe space for women to share their stories of hurt, trauma and healing. Guided by the spirit of her ancestors, Lydia and the women are able to come face to face with their childhood and present-day demons. They will soon see that a boutique filled with women’s fashion, standout accessories and envy-inducing handbags isn’t the only common ground the women share. Will they heal? Written by Helen Hayes Award winning actress and writer of last season’s critically acclaimed Girls of Madison Street.
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons, VA 22102
How The Light Gets In
March 2 – March 19
From the co-writer of the breakout hit Duck Harbor comes an uplifting story of connection and healing. Set against the backdrop of a peaceful Japanese garden, this beautifully touching story centers around four very different people who build a community of love and hope. “[The] parallel, between a person and something we treasure, is what makes this play so special.” – StageRaw
Reston Community Center Hunters Woods
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191
Terri Lyne Carrington
TIX $25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston
Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer, educator, activist and Doris Duke Award recipient, Terri Lyne Carrington debuts her new band, Social Science, to boldly confront social justice issues with the eclectic collaborative double album, Waiting Game, released in 2019. Galvanized by seismic changes in the ever-evolving social and political landscape, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science confront a wide spectrum of social justice issues.
TIX $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston
In honor of Women’s History Month, musicians Howard Bass, Tina Chancey and Susan Gaeta perform a collection of beautiful Sephardic music drawn from the rich heritage of Turkish, Balkan, Middle Eastern and North African traditions. Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette praised a performance of the trio at the Kennedy Center as “lovely and luminous.”
An Evening with Ping Chong
TIX $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston
Theatre artist and National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong will join Reston Community Center for a conversation about theatre and social transformation. Chong will share his visually astonishing and socially compelling body of work – ranging from puppet theatre to large-scale, multidisciplinary projects to community-based programs – that have been presented at some of the most illustrious venues around the globe. Chong will lead a discussion of the evolution of his theatre work in relationship to changes in contemporary arts and culture over the past 50 years.
Generations Rise: Reston
TIX $10 Reston/$15 Non-Reston
Acclaimed New York Theatre group Ping Chong and Company partner with Reston Community Center and local artist Tuyet Pham to work with three generations of Restonians using their stories and reflections on the pandemic and global upheaval to create an extraordinary evening of theatre. Generations Rise: Reston is the culminating work of the Ping Chong/Tuyet Pham artist residency.
Reston Community Players
Reston Community Center’s CenterStage
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191
March 3 – March 12
In Stop Kiss, Sara and Callie are walking through New York City’s West Village very late at night, when they share their first kisses. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. She falls into a coma, which becomes one of the major subjects of the play. George, Callie’s good friend, tries to help with the situation, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara’s ex-boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion in this play.
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