Signature Theater announces its 33rd season, which highlights the organization’s longstanding relationship with the legendary Stephen Sondheim. Signature has produced 31 Sondheim productions in its 32 season history – more than any other theater in North America. The 33rd season will feature three more, bringing the total number of Sondheim musicals produced by Signature to 34, with all new productions from In the woods (November 8, 2022 – January 29, 2023), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (May 16 – July 9, 2023), and the rarely produced Pacific Openings (March 7 – April 9, 2023). The season will also include two additional musicals, Ethan Lipton’s DC premiere No place to go (August 30 – October 16, 2022) and strange passage by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (April 25 – June 18, 2023); plus, two new plays making their DC premieres, Ana Nogueira What a way to the stage (December 6, 2022 – January 22, 2023) and Sylvia Khoury Sell Kabul (February 21 – April 2, 2023). More information about the 2022/23 season can be found at SigTheatre.org/Subscribe.
“Last November, the world lost an icon. The death of Stephen Sondheim was a blow to everyone in the theater. The Signature Theater wouldn’t be the same without Sondheim – he is the “signature” of IS Signature. This season, we’re honoring the legend with an entire season in our MAX Theater dedicated to his memory. These three shows represent the diversity and range of Sondheim,” said Signature’s Matthew Gardiner Art Director.
“We’re also excited to introduce several new voices to our ARK Theater next season,” Gardiner continued. “Sylvia Khoury Sell Kabul and Ana Nogueira What a way to the stage both had well-received premieres in New York this season, and we’re thrilled to produce them in their regional premieres. Ethan Lipton No place to go also receives its regional premiere and will feature a solo tour de force for one of the DMV’s favorite actors, Bobby Smith. We’ll close out the ARK season with the Tony Award-winning rock musical from Stew and Heidi Rodewald strange passage who hasn’t been seen in DC since 2010.
The 2022/23 season will also mark the recent appointment The first Signature productions of Associate Artistic Director Ethan Heard – he will lead What a way to the stage and Pacific Openings. Signature also welcomes three new guest directors Shadi Ghaheri (Sell Kabul), Raymond O. Caldwell (strange passage) and Sarna Rabbit (Sweeney Todd). Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner will direct the productions of No place to go and In the woods.
“We are thrilled to also announce the return of Signature’s popular Cabaret series,” said General Manager Maggie Boland. “These concerts created by Signature Cabarets director Mark G. Meadows are always sold-out crowd favorites. This year, we’re diving into the songbooks of Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell, and present a sequel to one of Signature’s most beloved cabarets, Soul Divas coverfeaturing songs made famous by vocal powerhouses from Aretha Franklin to Whitney Houston to Beyoncé and many more.
Signature special events include the Signature seminar: Until the end of the journey with Into the Woods, a five-part behind-the-scenes seminar with the cast and creative team of Sondheim’s fairytale adventure. The seminar will take place from October 20 to November 6, 2022. We will one daya concert of a major new musical by Harrison David Rivers and Ted Shen will run from June 30 to July 2, 2022. Finally, the SigWorks: Reading the New Monday Night Game series, which promotes the work of DC-area playwrights with free readings and discussions and is now under the direction of recently named Director of Artistic Development Anika Chapinwill continue with dates and plays to be announced later.
Signature offers flexible subscription options for the 2022/23 season. Season pass packages are now on sale. Custom packages can be created for 3, 4, 5, 6 or the full season of 7 shows. Prices for season pass packages start at $58 per ticket. Subscription benefits include first choice of seats, savings on individual ticket prices and discounts on additional tickets. Call the Signature box office at 703-820-9771 or visit Signtheatre.org/Subscribe
Single tickets for the entire season will go on sale later this summer.
In the woods
November 8, 2022 — January 29, 2023
Escape to a fairytale fantasy adventure where dreams come true, but not for free.
A wealth of storybook character paths intertwine as they pursue their deepest desires through an enchanted forest. However, once they receive their bliss forever, the unintended consequences of granted wishes unravel their worlds.
Weaving a euphoric score including the songs “Giants in the Sky”, “On the Steps of the Palace”, “No One Is Alone” and “Children Will Listen” with a darkly humorous book, In the woods is a sophisticated musical twist on beloved childhood fables.
“In the woods features some of Sondheim’s most witty lyrics alongside painfully beautiful melodies.
– The Hollywood Reporter
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book before James Rabbit
Originally made on Broadway by James Rabbit
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Realized by Matthew Gardiner
Sponsored by Michelle S. Lee and STG International
What a way to the stage
December 6, 2022 — January 22, 2023
A playful yet profound comedy about friendship, ambition and what happens when dreams just fall out of reach.
Broadway superfans Jeff and Judy look forward to their idol Idina Menzel after her performance in If so at the stage door every night. But when a sexy stranger comes on the scene and turns their decades-long friendship upside down, musical theater aficionados must step out of the book to rewrite their own finale.
Signature’s new Associate Artistic Director, Ethan Heard, makes his directorial debut with this funny and touching piece about the roles we play and transcending our ‘type’.
“The best new comedy since cinemas reopened.”
By Ana Nogueira
Realized by ethan heard
February 21 — April 2, 2023
A suspenseful drama about family and the sacrifice of an exciting new voice.
In 2013, a sister secretly protects her translator brother from an increasingly powerful Taliban as he awaits the ever-delayed arrival of a promised US visa. On the eve of her son’s birth, the walls begin to close in, threatening her and all they love in a moving exposé that echoes devastatingly to the present day.
Breathtaking and unpredictable to the last curtain, this unflinching exploration exposes the human toll of American withdrawal.
“[Sylvia] Khoury’s delicately crafted piece. . . grave the cost of tyranny, corruption and terror in intensely human terms. »
– The Berkshire Eagle
By Sylvia Khoury
Realized by Shadi Ghaheri
March 7 — April 9, 2023
A stunning exploration of tradition and transformation based on historical events.
In 1853, after 200 years of stability, Japan faced an American expedition determined to open the “floating kingdom” to trade. The account of the isolationist island in the face of unwelcome Western influence is brilliantly informed by a kaleidoscope of stories about sailors, samurai, “someone in a tree” and two friends who choose radically different paths.
This innovative East meets West epic is one of Sondheim’s most ambitious and rarely produced musicals.
“One of the great musicals of our time.”
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book before John Weidman
Additional material by Hugh Wheeler
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Original Broadway production directed by Harold Prince and produced by Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell
Realized by ethan heard
April 25 — June 18, 2023
Music is the freight train to ride in this electrifying Tony Award-winning travelogue about identity, acceptance and love.
A young man discovers his musical calling and leaves for Europe, leaving behind his mother and a comfortable suburban life. In his rebellion filled with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, he yearns for something in life that he thinks can only be found in art.
Brimming with energizing punk, blues, gospel and jazz music, this musically theatrical rock concert radiates humor, passion and heart.
“It’s all infused with this thrilling score in which rock, punk, funk and gospel lead a roof-blasting reunion of revival.”
– rolling stone
Book & Lyrics by Stew
Music by Stew & Heidi Rodewald
Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen
Realized by Raymond O. Caldwell
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Hotter Than July: Stevie Wonder
July 5 – 17, 2022
Signature heats up the summer months with the first cabaret in two years! Inspired by Stevie Wonder’s 1980 platinum album Warmer than Julythis sizzling cabaret sets the ARK on fire with songs from the album such as “All I Do” and “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” as well as other Stevie hits like “Superstition” and “Overjoyed”.
Both Sides Now: Joni Mitchell
November 1 – 13, 2022
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is one of the most influential artists of the last century, and her deeply intimate songs are the soundtrack of the Woodstock generation. Hear some of his favorite hits including ‘Cactus Tree’, ‘Both Sides Now’, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, ‘A Case of You’ and many more unforgettable songs.
First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald
January 31 – February 5, 2023
The definition of an icon, Ella Fitzgerald was America’s most popular jazz vocalist for over 50 years. Celebrate his phenomenal range, syncopated style and heart of gold with a cabaret swing brimming with his incredible songbook including “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “The Nearness of You “, “Blue Skies” and many more.
Soul Divas cover
June 27 – July 9, 2023
The phenomenal soul divas are back for a second act! 2019’s record-breaking cabaret returns as an all-new cast of incredible voices toasting luminaries from Aretha Franklin to Whitney Houston to Beyoncé and all the amazing divas in between. .