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More Mormons (and Other Musicals) in Kennedy Center’s 2014-2015 Season

book of mormonIf you missed your chance to see singing missionaries dance with African warlords when The Book of Mormon sold out the Kennedy Center last summer, you've got another opportunity to snag those pricey tickets...in about 18 months. The Tony Award-winning musical will return to the Opera House from June 16 to August 16, 2015, according to the center's season announcement.

Other touring musicals will also visit the KenCen in 2014 and 2015. Director Michael Grandage's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita visits the Opera House from Sept. 30 to Oct. 19, 2014, and the pair's musical bible tale, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, runs from Dec. 16, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015. For those musical fans interested in a less flashy show, the touring production of Once stops at the Eisenhower Theater from July 7 to August 16, 2015.

As for new productions, two shows with grand pedigrees are coming to the center. A Broadway-bound revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe's Gigi, directed by Signature Theatre's Eric Schaeffer and featuring a brand-new book by British playwright Heidi Thomas, stops at the Eisenhower Theater in January, 2015. The previously announced premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Little Dancer, a musical set backstage at the Paris Opera House and inspired by the work of painter Edgar Degas, begins October 25 and stars New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck.

And, of course, there are the recurring events: Barbara Cook's Spotlight cabaret evenings feature performers Faith Prince, Will Chase, LaChanze, and Malcolm Gets throughout the year; and Shear Madness continues to run (and will probably outlive us all) at the Theater Lab.

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