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Warner Theatre

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

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.

Productions Production Dates
We Will Rock You
Musical, Original
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Jun 03, 2014 - Jun 08, 2014
Musical, Original
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
Jan 24, 2012 - Jan 29, 2012
The 39 Steps
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 23, 2010 - Mar 28, 2010
Rent - Mark
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
May 26, 2009 - May 31, 2009
A Bronx Tale
Play, Original, Solo
Original music by John Gromada; Written by Chazz Palminteri
Feb 24, 2009 - Mar 08, 2009
Avenue Q
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Feb 10, 2009 - Feb 15, 2009
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Musical, Original
Original Songs by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally
Apr 24, 2007 - Apr 29, 2007
Altar Boyz
Musical, Original, Farce
Apr 17, 2007 - Apr 22, 2007
Sweet Charity
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Jan 30, 2007 - Feb 04, 2007
Golda's Balcony
Play, Original, Solo, Drama
Written by William Gibson
Feb 28, 2006 - Mar 05, 2006
Evita - 2004
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Dec 27, 2005 - Jan 01, 2006
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2005
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Oct 18, 2005 - Oct 23, 2005
The Graduate
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Terry Johnson
Feb 22, 2005 - Feb 27, 2005
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
May 04, 2004 - May 16, 2004
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Aug 10, 1999 - Sep 05, 1999
Musical, Original
Music by Steve Margoshes; Book by José Fernandez; Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Jan 12, 1999 - Jan 17, 1999
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Feb 10, 1998 - Feb 15, 1998
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jan 21, 1997 - Feb 02, 1997
Aint Misbehavin
Musical, Revival, Revue
Oct 17, 1995 - Oct 22, 1995
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
May 16, 1995 - May 21, 1995
Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Mar 14, 1995 - Mar 19, 1995
Blood Brothers
Musical, Original
Music by Willy Russell; Book by Willy Russell; Lyrics by Willy Russell
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 08, 1995
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Oct 04, 1994 - Oct 09, 1994
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Apr 19, 1994 - May 01, 1994
Musical, Revival
Mar 29, 1994 - Apr 03, 1994
La Cage Aux Folles
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Jan 21, 1994 - Jan 30, 1994
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Nov 23, 1993 - Dec 05, 1993
Falsettos - Second National
Musical, Original
Music by William Finn; Book by James Lapine, William Finn; Lyrics by William Finn
Sep 21, 1993 - Sep 26, 1993
Evita - 1992
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jul 13, 1993 - Jul 25, 1993
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 16, 1993 - Feb 28, 1993
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Jun 10, 1987 - Jun 14, 1987
The Tap Dance Kid
Musical, Original
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Charles Blackwell; Lyrics by Robert Lorick
Feb 25, 1986 - Mar 09, 1986
Sugar Babies
Musical, Original, Revue, Comedy, Burlesque
Music by Jimmy McHugh; Book based on traditional material written by Ralph G. Allen; Lyrics by Al Dubin, Dorothy Fields
Nov 06, 1984 - Nov 18, 1984