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Stephen Sondheim knew that when adapting a beloved piece of visual art into a musical, every single detail has to be perfect. So he recruited Tony Award–winning performers Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters and skilled scenic designer Tony Straiges to turn Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” into the acclaimed Sunday in the Park with George. Composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens hope to achieve the same success with Little Dancer, their new musical that tells the story of Marie van Goethem, the young performer captured in Edgar Degas’ sculpture “Little Dancer Aged 14.” Celebrated performers Rebecca Luker and Boyd Gaines star as adult Marie and the emotional painter while an actual ballerina, New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, portrays the younger Marie. Don’t worry about her lack of acting experience: Before she joined the ballet, Peck had already appeared in the 2000 Broadway revival of The Music Man. Susan Stroman, the award-winning director of The Producers, leads the story of this little dancer from the halls of the National Gallery of Art to the Kennedy Center and eventually, to New York. Oct. 25–Nov. 30 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. $45–$150.