Enthusiastic theatergoers say it’s not news to them: with around 80 professional theater companies in our region, Washington has long claimed it's second only to New York in the number of productions staged each year. The recent Helen Hayes Award nominations highlight the variety of work putting Washington on the map when it comes to both new productions and classic plays. From onstage swordplay to political dramas to musical theater, we look at what’s hitting stages this season.
Photos: 2013 Washington Theater Award Nominees
The 2013 Helen Hayes Awards celebrates the best of Washington's theater scene. With dozens of regional theaters showing productions ranging from children's classics such as "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe" to the rock musical "Spring Awakening," there's something for everyone to enjoy. See the full list of nominations, and view stills from some of the nominated shows below.
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