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Warner Theatre

513 13th Street, Washington, DC, USA
Seats (approximate)
1798

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
The Warner's special place in the history of Washington began in the 1920s when dozens of grand theaters and moviehouses lit up downtown. Built first for vaudeville and silent movies, the Theatre was opened as the Earle Theatre in 1924. It was complemented by a rooftop garden that attracted thousands of visitors per night. The basement was also famous, first as a restaurant and ballroom, and in the 1930s as the Neptune Room. The Earle featured its own precision dance troupe-much like the still-famous Rockettes-called the Roxyettes. They kept the traditions of vaudeville alive at the Earle until 1945, performing before and after feature films and with guest performers such as Red Skelton and Jerry Lewis. The Earle switched to a movies-only policy in 1945 and in 1947, owner Harry Warner, one of the Hollywood's Warner Brothers, visited Washington and told his tour guide Julian Brylawski (one of the original builders) that since he owned the theatre, his name should be on the marquee. Thus the Earle Theatre became the Warner Theatre. Adapting to new entertainment trends in the 1950s, the auditorium was redesigned for Cinerama movies. The screen stayed lit into the 1960s featuring such memorable runs as Ben Hur, Dr. Zhivago, and Hello, Dolly! As with much of downtown Washington in the early 1970s, the Theatre fell into disrepair and disrepute, even functioning briefly as a pornographic movie theater. By the mid-1970s, the Theatre blossomed anew, mainly as a destination for concerts. The Rolling Stones performed a surprise small-venue show here in 1978. In 1989 the wonderful mix of 1980s concerts in the genres of soul, jazz, punk, world music, heavy metal, and funk, as well as many touring and local plays finally took its toll on the 65-year-old building. The Theatre closed for three years to undergo extensive renovations and enhancements under the eye of real estate developer The Kaempfer Company. The "new" Warner-opened in 1992 with a gala featuring Frank Sinatra (in his final D.C. appearance) and Shirley MacLaine-became once again a destination, not only for revitalized downtown Washington, but also for national and international recording artists and the finest in theatrical, dance, and television presentations.
We Will Rock You
Jun 03, 2014 - Jun 08, 2014
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Musical Original
Fela!
Jan 24, 2012 - Jan 29, 2012
Additional music by Aaron Johnson, Jordan McLean; Music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Book by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis; Additional lyrics by Jim Lewis; Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Musical Original
The 39 Steps
Mar 23, 2010 - Mar 28, 2010
Play Original Comedy
Rent - Mark
May 26, 2009 - May 31, 2009
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
A Bronx Tale
Feb 24, 2009 - Mar 08, 2009
Original music by John Gromada; Written by Chazz Palminteri
Play Original Solo
Avenue Q
Feb 10, 2009 - Feb 15, 2009
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Musical Original Comedy Puppets
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Apr 24, 2007 - Apr 29, 2007
Original Songs by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally
Musical Original
Altar Boyz
Apr 17, 2007 - Apr 22, 2007
Musical Original Farce
Sweet Charity
Jan 30, 2007 - Feb 04, 2007
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Musical Revival Comedy
Golda's Balcony
Feb 28, 2006 - Mar 05, 2006
Written by William Gibson
Play Original Solo Drama
Evita - 2004
Dec 27, 2005 - Jan 01, 2006
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2005
Oct 18, 2005 - Oct 23, 2005
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
The Graduate
Feb 22, 2005 - Feb 27, 2005
Written by Terry Johnson
Play Original Comedy
Jesus Christ Superstar
May 04, 2004 - May 16, 2004
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Cabaret
Aug 10, 1999 - Sep 05, 1999
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Drama
Fame
Jan 12, 1999 - Jan 17, 1999
Music by Steve Margoshes; Book by José Fernandez; Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Musical Original
Peter Pan
Feb 10, 1998 - Feb 15, 1998
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Grease
Jan 21, 1997 - Feb 02, 1997
Musical Revival Comedy
Aint Misbehavin
Oct 17, 1995 - Oct 22, 1995
Musical Revival Revue
Fiddler on the Roof
May 16, 1995 - May 21, 1995
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Jelly's Last Jam
Mar 14, 1995 - Mar 19, 1995
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Musical Original
Blood Brothers
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 08, 1995
Music by Willy Russell; Book by Willy Russell; Lyrics by Willy Russell
Musical Original
Jesus Christ Superstar
Oct 04, 1994 - Oct 09, 1994
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
The Sound of Music
Apr 19, 1994 - May 01, 1994
Musical Revival Drama
Hair
Mar 29, 1994 - Apr 03, 1994
Musical Revival
La Cage Aux Folles
Jan 21, 1994 - Jan 30, 1994
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Camelot
Nov 23, 1993 - Dec 05, 1993
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Falsettos - Second National
Sep 21, 1993 - Sep 26, 1993
Music by William Finn; Book by James Lapine, William Finn; Lyrics by William Finn
Musical Original
Evita - 1992
Jul 13, 1993 - Jul 25, 1993
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
The Wiz
Mar 02, 1993 - Mar 14, 1993
Music by Charlie Smalls; Book by William F. Brown; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Musical Revival Comedy
Jesus Christ Superstar
Feb 16, 1993 - Feb 28, 1993
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Dreamgirls
Jun 10, 1987 - Jun 14, 1987
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Musical Revival
The Tap Dance Kid
Feb 25, 1986 - Mar 09, 1986
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Charles Blackwell; Lyrics by Robert Lorick
Musical Original
The King and I
Dec 04, 1984 - Dec 23, 1984
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Sugar Babies
Nov 06, 1984 - Nov 18, 1984
Music by Jimmy McHugh; Book based on traditional material written by Ralph G. Allen; Lyrics by Al Dubin, Dorothy Fields
Musical Original Revue Comedy Burlesque
Torch Song Trilogy
Sep 18, 1984 - Oct 07, 1984
Written by Harvey Fierstein
Play Original
Little Shop of Horrors
May 01, 1984 - Jun 03, 1984
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Musical Original Comedy Puppets
The Wiz
Nov 22, 1983 - Dec 18, 1983
Music by Charlie Smalls; Book by William F. Brown; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Musical Revival Comedy
Evita
Nov 15, 1983 - Nov 20, 1983
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original Drama
Evita
Nov 08, 1983 - Nov 13, 1983
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original Drama
I Do! I Do!
Sep 06, 1983 - Sep 11, 1983
Music by Harvey Schmidt; Book by Tom Jones; Lyrics by Tom Jones
Musical Revival Comedy
Master Harold...and the boys
Apr 05, 1983 - Apr 24, 1983
Written by Athol Fugard
Play Original Drama
Peter Pan
Aug 17, 1982 - Aug 29, 1982
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Camelot
Mar 09, 1982 - Apr 04, 1982
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
The King and I
Feb 18, 1981 - Apr 12, 1981
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Eubie!
Jan 06, 1981 - Jan 25, 1981
Musical Original Revue
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Dec 16, 1980 - Jan 04, 1981
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Musical Original Comedy
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Jan 22, 1980 - Mar 02, 1980
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Musical Original Comedy
Your Arms too Short to Box With God
Sep 11, 1979 - Sep 30, 1979
Music by Alex Bradford; Conceived from the Book of St. Matthew by Vinnette Carroll; Lyrics by Alex Bradford
Musical Original
Aint Misbehavin
Jun 05, 1979 - Aug 05, 1979
Musical Original Revue
Grease
May 15, 1979 - May 27, 1979
Musical Original Comedy
Play Original Dance Poem