Here are just a few of our standouts; check out all the highlights — including ballet, theater and classical music — in this rundown in Style.
●“The Book of Mormon”: Why are we already hyperventilating over how we will get tickets to this musical by the creators of “South Park”? Oh, that’s right, the whole “Wicked” server crash thing. The show is set for July 9-Aug. 18, 2013.
●“The Guardsman”: The Kennedy Center has had great success producing its plays and musicals (remember “Ragtime” and “Follies”?) . This year, it’s giving new life to a 1910 play by Hungarian writer Ferenc Molnar. (Theater buffs can get a head start on some of his work right now; his “Husbands and Lovers” is being staged by the Washington Stage Guild.)
●“War Horse”: This play, featuring stunning life-size horse puppets designed by the Handspring Puppet Company, hails from the United Kingdom but had a heck of a run on Broadway beginning last year. It’s slated for this fall, Oct. 23-Nov. 11, in the Opera House.
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●Seth MacFarlane: That’s right, the very funny man behind “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” will give live singing a go at the Kennedy Center; he’s set to perform in “The Music of Sammy Cahn.”
●A new jazz club: The center is also highlighting jazz this year, thanks to its new artistic adviser, Jason Moran, who has assumed the reins after the death of the prolific Billy Taylor in 2010.
Among the jazzy new additions? A jazz club space to complement the intimate K.C. Jazz Club. During this morning’s news conference, Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser called the new space, in the Kennedy Center atrium, a “supersize jazz club” with a dance floor as well as table seating. The space will host such acts as funk jazz trio Soulive and D.C.’s own Meshell Ndegeocello.
●The cultural festivals return: This year, the Ken Cen is taking a hiatus from the always-amazing festivals that highlighted the arts and culture of such places as China, Japan and India. In February 2013, the festivals are back with Nordic Cool — spotlighting the Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden for nearly a month. As with India, the Kennedy Center is bringing in top chefs from those nations to cook up a storm at the center over the course of the fest.