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The fantasy elements in Big Fish, the stage musical based on the Tim Burton film based on the Daniel Wallace novel, turn the traditional father-son reunion tale into something weirder, which on stage is a good thing. As the dying Edward Bloom tells his son Will about the strange adventures he had throughout his early life, a world of giants, werewolves, and poets comes to life, allowing the men to understand each other in ways they never could before. Keegan Theatre is the first D.C. company to take on composer Andrew Lippa’s musical treatment of the story. While an intimate theater like the Keegan forces designers to be creative when building these mystical scenes, it also allows audiences to connect with the more personal aspects of the story. Read more >>>The musical runs Aug. 5 to Sept. 2 at Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW. $45–$55. (202) 265-3767. keegantheatre.com. (Caroline Jones)
National Rum Day is Aug. 16 and Cuba Libre is celebrating by showcasing the spirit all month long. Most notably, they’re serving two rum flights: The Rum Classic ($16) with one-ounce pours of Bacardi Solera, Cuba Libre 15-year, and Cuba Libre 21-year as well as the Tour of the Dark Side of Rum ($19) with one-ounce pours of Cruzan Black Strap, Coruba Dark Rum, and Ron Miel. Try them during lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, 801 9th St. NW A. (202) 408-1600. cubalibrerestaurant.com/en/washington. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Travel back to 1998 with the Goo-Goo Dolls, who perform at Wolf Trap with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. 7:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$75.
Jazz master Herbie Hancock, a 2013 Kennedy Center Honoree, returns to the concert hall for a show with bandmates Vinnie Colaiuta, James Genus, Lionel Loueke, and Terrace Martin. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $39–$115.
Robbery Inc, a blues-inflected rock group led by Robb Torres, plays DC9 with opening acts Battery Lane and Kit & The Chardonnay Boys. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
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