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‘Anything Goes’ is a laugh at the Kennedy Center

Set sail for London with the cast of Anything Goes though July 7 at the Kennedy Center. As showgirls, gangsters and New York City elite say “Bon Voyage” to the Big Apple, the comedy unfolds with mistaken identities and love triangles aboard the S.S. American.

The musical debuted in 1934 on Broadway and became the fourth-longest-running musical of the 1930s with 420 performances. Its score features hits Anything Goes, It’s De-lovely, Friendship, You’re the Top and, made famous by singer Frank Sinatra, I Get a Kick Out of You.

The 2011 Tony winner for Best Musical Revival is light and fun. And, it features spectacular tap dance numbers!

Tickets range from $25 to $115 and can be purchased on the Kennedy Center’s website. Performances are at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Weeknight performances are at 7:30 p.m. with entrance into the Opera House at 7 o’clock.

Coming soon to the Kennedy Center

The arts are alive at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A living monument to President Kennedy and his commitment  to the American arts, the Kennedy Center is a cultural Mecca, bringing live theater and music to its visitors.

The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.

The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.

The Book of Mormon, winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical, comes to the Kennedy Center from July 9 to Aug. 18. For tickets, visit the Kennedy Center’s website.

Coming to the Kennedy Center for the 2013/2014 theater season are Disney’s The Lion King, Sister Act, Flashdance–The Musical, and Elf the Musical among others.

Parking and other things to know before you go

The free shuttles run between the Foggy Bottom Metro Station and the Kennedy Center.

The free shuttles run between the Foggy Bottom Metro Station and the Kennedy Center.

The Kennedy Center is accessible by Metro. Take the Orange or Blue line to Foggy Bottom, where a free shuttle runs between there and the Kennedy Center. Taxi cabs line up at a taxi stand outside the Kennedy Center following performances, or you can drive yourself and pay $22 to park in the center’s garage.

Concessions including movie theater candy, cans of soda, bottles of water and adult beverages are available before the show and during intermission. Beware: It is cash only. If you need cash, there are two ATMs (one for PNC, another for a credit union) on the lower level near Parking Garage A. On that level you’ll also find restrooms and vending machines full of soda and water bottles for about half the price as the concession stands — and they take cash and credit cards.

Wish you were here,


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  1. I highly recommend this show. Thanks for this great review of the show and informative facts re. seeing a show at the wonderful Kennedy Center in Washington, which I am very proud to call my hometown. I am also proud to call Erin Klema my former business partner in an intense multimedia journalism program, not to mention a great friend and super fun person to hang out with. Thanks to your hard work and creative input Erin our ideas flourished at the University of Maryland! I think you are an excellent travel writer as well.

    June 25, 2013
    • Thank you for such kind words and for stopping by my blog, Karen! It was wonderful catching up with you and our fellow classmate Ericka for this show. As I mentioned to you that night, it was my first visit to the Kennedy Center — and I can’t wait to go back! I’m hoping to see “Book of Mormon.” The Kennedy Center and access to the arts is one of the many reasons why I love our nation’s capital. Washington, D.C., certainly is a great place to call your hometown, Karen.

      June 26, 2013

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