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“West Side Story”

Unique offerings at the Signature Theatre

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postedOctober 27, 2019

Situated in Arlington, Virginia, just minutes from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Signature Theatre stages its own versions of classic musicals and plays. This Tony Award-winning regional theater has produced 56 world premieres, including 19 new musical commissions, since it was founded in 1989.

The Washington Post called the Signature Theatre ‘a dream for patrons that models excellence in musicals,’ and tour operators will find the best of D.C. theater along with 16 area restaurants nearby,” says Emily Adler, the theater’s group sales and grassroots marketing manager. “And, bus drop-off at our front door makes the Signature a one-stop shop for an easy and fun night out after a day of sightseeing.”

Following a 2007 capital campaign, the Signature Theatre moved into a new location and serves as the cultural anchor of Arlington’s Village at Shirlington. The space includes two intimate venues: The Max, which seats up to 300 people, and The Ark, which holds up to 125. Both theaters have flexible seating configurations that allow for different stage arrangements, depending on the production.

The Signature Theatre’s production of “Titanic”
The Signature Theatre’s production of “Titanic” (Photo by Paul Tate dePoo III)

In addition to seeing a performance, groups heading to the Signature Theatre can enjoy other programs.

“We offer talkbacks/Q&A sessions with the cast, acting workshops, or themed workshops where groups can take a deeper dive into the topics and themes of the show with a facilitator from our education team,” says Adler. “Plus, the on-site Ali’s Bar offers delicious light bites and a full bar with specialty cocktails inspired by the shows.”

The Spring 2020 portion of the current season will feature productions of “Camille Claudel” (March 24–April 19), “Nijinsky’s Last Dance” (April 14–May 24), and “Hair” (May 19–July 12).

To learn more, email Adler or go to

Coming up … Mamma Mia!

In mid-October, the Signature Theatre announced a partnership with The Anthem, a new music and performance venue across the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The organizations will collaborate to present “Mamma Mia!” at The Anthem’s 2,000-seat venue next summer from June 25 to July 5.

“We are excited to offer a brand new production of ‘Mamma Mia!’ with the classic music of Abba,” says the Signature Theatre’s Emily Adler. “The Anthem allows us the same artistic flexibilities as our convertible theaters in Arlington and the same immersive feeling, but on a much larger scale to accommodate groups of varying sizes.”

While general tickets for the performances will be handled through The Anthem, Adler will be coordinating group tickets. Reach out to Adler to find out more.

Top photo: “West Side Story”
Photo by Christopher Mueller


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