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Coby Kay Callahan, Heather Marie Beck and Tess Rohan in MAMMA MIA! at Toby's Dinner Theatre. (Image: Jeri Tidwell)

Theater Tuesday: August brings the classics to the city

There are certain classics -- movies or plays -- that you recognize as soon as you hear the title. You may not have seen it on stage or screen, but you are familiar with the story. Whether it's through a popular song, a novel, or the number of awards it has won, these shows are definitely timeless pieces of history. This month, we are focusing on performances that are both movies AND award-winning shows, that you are probably already familiar with!


  • Book by Catherine Johnson and directed by Mark Minnick
  • Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, MD
  • Runs now through September 9, 2018
  • Ticket range: $46 - $64 (buffet included)

A mother, a daughter, three possible dads and a trip down the aisle you'll never forget. Audiences around the world have fallen in love with the music and story that make MAMMA MIA! the feel good show of our time. On a Greek island on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity brings three very different men from her mother’s past back to the island. The magic of ABBA’s timeless music (”Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All” etc.) tells this story of love, laughter and friendship.


  • Book by Marsha Norman and directed by Kurt Boehm
  • Keegan Theatre, 742 Church Street NW
  • Runs now through September 1, 2018
  • Ticket range: $45-$58

Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. Developed by the Pulitzer/Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question" "What if...?" Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.


  • Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Alan Paul
  • Shakespeare Theater Company, Sidney Harmon Hall, 610 F Street, NW
  • Runs August 21 - September 2, 2018
  • Tickets: FREE (A minimum of 200 seats will be offered to the general public for each performance through their Ticket Line as well as through their Online Lottery. Free-For-All FAQ here.)

The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, Romeo and Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Caught tragically between two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate.


  • Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, composed by Richard Rogers and directed by Alan Muraoka
  • Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD
  • Runs August 31 - October 7, 2018
  • Ticket range: $40 - $84

With songs like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," and "Bali Ha’i," South Pacific is one of the most beloved American musicals. Set on a remote Pacific island during World War II, South Pacific gave us the unforgettable love story between nurse Nellie Forbush and French expatriate Emile de Becque, a love threatened by war and the dark corners of Nellie’s soul. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1950 Pulitzer Prize-winner was ahead of its time with its unflinching look at racism and prejudice that, sadly, still resonates today.