This show is archived
A co-production of ArtsCentric, Everyman Theatre, and Olney Theatre Center
In musical theatre, the team of John Kander & Fred Ebb produced iconic songs for unforgettable characters like Roxy in Chicago, the Emcee in Cabaret, Zorba, Chita Rivera’s Spider Woman— not to mention Liza Minelli’s signature number for the film New York, New York. The World Goes 'Round brings together 36 of their greatest hits from those shows, and instead of telling just one story, tell lots of little stories around each one. This new co-production includes celebrity tributes and songs not included in the original show from works like The Scottsboro Boys and Curtains. That, plus a cast of Broadway veterans and DMV all-stars, makes this a theatrical "can't-miss," bringing Kander & Ebb to a new generation.
Natascia Diaz (Broadway's Man of La Mancha & the Olney Theatre/Round House production of In The Heights)
Kevin S. McAllister (Broadway's Caroline...Or Change & Come From Away)
Harris Milgrim (Broadway's Cats)
Nova Y. Payton (Signature Theatre's Into the Woods & The Color Purple)
Karen Vincent (Ford's Theatre's Ragtime & Into the Woods)
This production contains the use of flashing lights and haze.
Wednesday, May, 3rd at 8:00pm
Thursday, May, 11th at 8:00pm
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Susan Stroman, David Thompson and Scott Ellis
Music direction by
Kevin S. McAllister
Right now, go not to Broadway but to Olney...Peter Marks in The Washington Post
Nova performs "The World Goes 'Round"
In The Press
- The Washington Post | "Kevin S. McAllister puts fresh spin on Olney’s ‘The World Goes ’Round’" (interview)
- The Washington Post | "If you must see a Kander and Ebb show, this is the one to see" (review)
- Broadway World | "a superb ensemble that turns every number into a musical treat " (review)
- MD Theatre Guide | "A great spin on the music of two of the planet’s great musical collaborators." (review)
- DC Theater Arts | "Something magical happens when ‘The World Goes ‘Round’ at Olney" (review)
- OUTSpoken | "Kander and Ebb Musical Revue Dazzles at Olney" (review)
- Tallkin' Broadway | "each song (sometimes two or three together) becomes its own one-act play." (review)
Video: What is "The World Goes 'Round"?
Christopher YoustraMusic Director/ Director of Music Theater
Daniel EttingerScenic Designer
Larry BoggsCostume Design
Aja M. JacksonLighting Designer
Matt RoweSound Designer
Patrick W. LordProjections Designer
Ashleigh KingAssociate Director
Ben WalshProduction Stage Manager
Moyenda KulemekaSpecialty "Sara Lee" Costumes Design
Masks are recommended but not required at performances of The World Goes 'Round.
When: Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Where: The Mainstage Theatre
Free For Members/$10 General Public
Come to the conversation, old chum!
Join us for a conversation with Olney Theatre’s own Kevin McAllister and Chris Youstra, director/actor and music director respectively for The World Goes ‘Round, about the legacy of musical theatre writing duo Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and more) and where the future of musical theatre is headed. Bring your burning questions!
When: Thursday, May 4th 2023 at 6:00 pm
Where: Olney Theatre's Actor's Hall
Ticket prices: $10
If your brain is full of random musical-related knowledge that you don’t know what to do with, put it to the test at our happy hour Broadway/Musical Trivia Night! Sign up with a team, or come as a single and make some new friends.
When: Sunday, May 7th 2023 at 4:00 pm
Where: The 1938 Original Theatre
Ticket prices: $10
No matter what genre you choose to create in, the fundamentals of writing good songs are the same. Learn about the basics of songwriting: from chord progressions, to lyrics, to how to tell compelling stories that keep audiences engaged. Create music on the spot and workshop your own tunes. All you need is a notebook, pen, your preferred instrument and a willing attitude to participate in this session. All levels are welcome!
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The World Goes 'Round
April 20 - May 21 2023