Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone make for a dream pairing at the Kennedy Center

February 13
Patti Lupone, left, and Mandy Patinkin come to the Kennedy Center next week. (Brigitte Lacombe)
Patti Lupone, left, and Mandy Patinkin come to the Kennedy Center next week. (Brigitte Lacombe)

Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone are appearing together at the Kennedy Center. Consequently, local musical theater nerds have exploded in anticipation. It’s difficult for people not in the show-tune know — those who don’t start humming every time they pass a Wells Fargo bank — to grasp JUST HOW EXCITING THIS IS. So we explained it using other, hypothetical contexts.

Football
Roger Staubach leads the 1972 Miami Dolphins (coached by Vince Lombardi) to the Super Bowl. They win thanks to a 100-yard pass caught by Jerry Rice. The entire team celebrates with a touchdown dance choreographed by Bob Fosse.

Movies
Daniel Day-Lewis and a “Streetcar Named Desire”-era Marlon Brando travel back in time to switch off playing Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane.” The Coen brothers direct.

Television
Lucille Ball and the cast of “M*A*S*H” appear on a very special episode of “30 Rock” written by “Community” creator Dan Harmon. Then money flies out of the TV and David Tennant of “Doctor Who” arrives in your living room.

Food
Deep-fried buffalo nacho cheese bacon sandwich. A la mode.

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Tues. through Feb. 23, $95-$150; 202-467-4600. (Foggy Bottom)

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