Kennedy Center to celebrate ’50 Years of Broadway’

A star-studded concert for two performances only.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces a star-studded lineup of Broadway and Kennedy Center favorites coming together for two performances only on February 11 and 12, 2022, in the Kennedy Center Opera House to celebrate 50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center.

Hosted by Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (AladdinHamiltonFreestyle Love Supreme), this once-in-a-lifetime concert event pays homage to the legacy of Broadway musicals at the Kennedy Center, including a special tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim. The celebration will star Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block (The Cher ShowFalsettos), Alfie Boe (Les MisérablesFinding Neverland), Sierra Boggess (School of RockThe Little Mermaid), Tony Award winner Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!She Loves Me), Grammy Award winner Christopher Jackson (HamiltonIn the Heights), Tony Award winner LaChanze (Trouble in MindThe Color Purple), Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The PromThe Drowsy Chaperone), Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, The Kennedy Center’s The Music Man), Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells (FalsettosThe Book of Mormon), Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Misérables), multiple Grammy and Tony Award nominee Vanessa Williams (Into the WoodsSondheim on Sondheim, “A Time to Sing” at the Kennedy Center), and Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck (Flying Over SunsetOn the Town). Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

“I am thrilled to bring these incredible artists together to celebrate Broadway at the Kennedy Center,” said Jeffrey Finn, Kennedy Center vice president and executive producer of theater. “As the pre-Broadway home for iconic musicals including PippinAnnie, and Les Misérables; the launching place for Kennedy Center-produced Broadway revivals such as Ragtime and Follies; and the producer of events like the Sondheim Celebration and Broadway Center Stage shows, there is so much great material to showcase. I could not be more excited for these stars and our amazing artistic team to bring it to life in this special event.”

Featuring an on-stage 40-piece Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the concert will be directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful, the Kennedy Center’s The Music Man, and How to Succeed…) with musical direction by Emmy Award winner Rob Berman (Bright StarFinnian’s Rainbow), choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter (School of RockDisaster!), set and projection design by Paul Tate DePoo III (the Kennedy Center’s The Who’s TommyThe Music ManFootloose), lighting design by Cory Pattak (the Kennedy Center’s The Music ManNext to NormalLittle Shop of Horrors), sound design by Dan Moses Schreier (Flying Over SunsetTrouble in Mind) and costume design by Alejo Vietti (Holiday InnBeautiful).

50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center will perform February 11 and 12, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC. For tickets ($59–$249), call (202) 467-4600 or go online.

Kennedy Center’s COVID Safety Plan is here.


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