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It’s a new year, and for many people, that means new resolutions. Resolutions come in all forms: reading more, getting fit, traveling, increasing time outside, etc. Perhaps one of your resolutions was to experience more cultural activities. Cultural events can mean visiting other countries, museums, reading, listening to different music, and attending live performances. Amassed here is a list of live theater performances in the first quarter of 2020. 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts

My Fair Lady

The musical based on the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion,” Entertainment Weekly has called this production of My Fair Lady “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time.” A rags-to-riches story, iconic duo Lerner and Lowe composed the music, some of which you may know: “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” come to mind. My Fair Lady is a delightful, funny musical safe for older children to attend. Hurry and buy tickets, which begin at $39 each, as this show closes January 19. 

Next to Normal

For those who enjoy newer, more current musicals, Next to Normal returns to D.C. January 29. Much heavier in content than My Fair Lady, this three-time Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is set in the modern day and deals with mental health, and its effects on family dynamics. With a cast full of Broadway veterans, including Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones and Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, this moving show promises to deliver. Ticket prices range from $69-215 each. 

Arena Stage

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Fans of the novel of the same name from The Kite Runner author Kahled Hoseinni will love this musical. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a musical about two women in Kabul who become unlikely allies in their search for a new and better life amid the resistance brought by an oppressive and callous way of life. Together, the women make a stunning and unselfish decision that changes their futures completely. The show is playing from January 17-March 1, and ticket prices begin at $26 each.

Celia and Fidel

In 1980, amid the financial struggles of a failing economy, over ten thousand Cuban citizens fled to the Peruvian Embassy in Canada. Cuba’s leader, Fidel Castro, faced a polarizing decision: to be a fearsome or a merciful leader. The play, performed by two actors, centers around an imagined conversation between Castro and his political partner and most trusted confidant, Celia Sánchez. The play runs from February 28-April 12. Tickets range in price from $26-115.

National Theatre

Bandstand

This musical follows the struggles of singer Donny Novitski, a World War II veteran who has returned home to the victorious U.S.A and is attempting to rebuild his life. When NBC announces a musical competition, Donny and some fellow veterans form a band unlike any seen before. The band uses music to face their demons, find their voices, and feel at home once more. Bandstand plays from March 3-8. Tickets begin at $54. 

The Last Ship

Sting will star as Jackie White in the musical he wrote, inspired by his childhood. The Last Ship is a musical about a community in turmoil. The community of Tyne and Wear has long revolved around the industry of shipbuilding, so when the shipyard closes with a half-built ship looming over the town, the uncertainty of the future threatens to tear the community apart. The Last Ship will play from March 27-April 5. Tickets range from $49-154.

If your resolution was to increase your cultural experiences, live theater is a fantastic means to do just that.