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125 Star Starred
Keegan Theatre
Between 17th St NW and 18th St NW 1742 Church Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
703-892-0202
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Very challenging to find parking -- better to take the Metro to Dupont Circle or Farrugut North and walk to the theater.
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Small bites available for purchase. Recommend going to Duke' Grocery beforehand.
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DH1
154 events
108 reviews
4 stars
attended Jul 08 2011

Good cast and an enjoyable story with some good songs thrown in. Including audience members in the play was fun too. Overall good entertainment. The only short-coming for me was that the seats were a bit cramped and uncomfortable.

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28 reviews
18 stars
attended Jul 09 2011

This theater is great! The production and talent were top-notch. This could have been an off-Broadway NYC production -- and I only say off-Broadway because of the theater's size. However, everything about the theater is great -- it's centrally...continued

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24 reviews
11 stars
attended Jun 12 2011

Lots of fun! Great singing, acting, and a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

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Website

http://keegantheatre.com/2011/05/15/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-...

Quotes & Highlights

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ran for 1,136 performances on Broadway earning the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.
Learn more about the "history ":http://www.spellingbeethemusical.com/of _Spelling Bee. _

Description

This six-time nominated Tony Award winning musical tells the story of five eccentric kids vying for First Prize, bragging rights, and most importantly, a trip to the National Spelling Bee Competition. With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, this show exudes humor, originality, and poignancy.

_Spelling Bee  _is directed by Christina A. Coakley, who co-directed Keegan’s Helen Hayes Recommended A Man of No Importance last season. 

This unique musical comedy features Keegan favorites Michael Innocenti, Katie McManus, Madeline Botteri, Chris Mueller, Shayna Blass and Dan Van Why.  Making their Keegan debut are Tina Ghandchilar, RaMond Thomas, and Dan Sonntag. 

“Church Street is the perfect venue for the Bee,” Coakley explains.  “Formerly the Holton-Arms school gymnasium, this theater with just over 120 seats, delivers unmatched intimacy. Our dynamic cast transports you into the private dreams and public humiliations of these awkward adolescents (and adults).”  

“Initially, it was the score that drew me to the piece,” continues Coakley.  “Finn is known for his complex compositions and relevant lyrics.  However, Sheinkin’s Tony Award-winning book completes this unique package. What excites me the most about this show is the potential for modifications.” 

The show is crafted so that topical references never go stale—no two shows are the same.  Pieces of the text are altered at least weekly to remain relevant and fresh, and four audience volunteers are selected to participate in the _Bee _at each performance.

About the Ticket Supplier: Keegan Theatre

Founded in 1996, The Keegan Theatre is a professional nonprofit theatre company dedicated to supporting theatre artists and technicians in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.