From ‘Les Mis’ to ‘The Wiz,’ DC-area theater highlights of 2023

It was an exciting year for live theater productions in the nation’s capital and the surrounding areas.

While national tours brought famous Broadway revivals to town, local theaters staged their own daringly creative work.

Here are 10 memorable interviews of visiting productions and 10 conversations from local productions that joined WTOP in 2023.

Visiting Productions


January: “Cats” at National Theatre

March: “Jagged Little Pill” at National Theatre

April: “My Fair Lady” at National Theatre

April: “Les Misérables” at Kennedy Center

May: “Spamalot” at Kennedy Center

June: “Hadestown” at National Theatre

June: “The Lion King” at Kennedy Center

August: “Moulin Rouge!” at Kennedy Center

August: “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Kennedy Center

October: “The Wiz” at National Theatre

Local Productions


January: “Ride the Cyclone” at Arena Stage

February: “Kinky Boots” at Olney Theatre

March: “King Lear” at Shakespeare Theatre

March: “Shout Sister Shout!” at Ford’s Theatre

June: “Radio Golf” at Round House Theatre

June: “Sweeney Todd” at Signature Theatre

July: “Fun Home” at Studio Theatre

August: “Grease with a Side of Mumbo Sauce” at Lincoln Theatre

September: “Monumental Travesties” by Mosaic Theatre

November: “POTUS” at Arena Stage

Jason Fraley

Hailed by The Washington Post for “his savantlike ability to name every Best Picture winner in history," Jason Fraley began at WTOP as Morning Drive Writer in 2008, film critic in 2011 and Entertainment Editor in 2014, providing daily arts coverage on-air and online.

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