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Rupert Murdoch is known for many things—his newspapers’ phone hacking, the aggressive acquisition of media properties, taking a pie to the face during a parliamentary hearing—but dancing isn’t one of them. The Melbourne Theatre Company attempts to fix that reputation with its new musical biography of the newspaper mogul. As he grows from a young man tasked with running his father’s company to the monomaniacal head of the world’s second-largest media conglomerate, his character expresses himself through different styles of dance including a groovy disco to celebrate his American successes and a passionate flamenco with Margaret Thatcher. However, Murdoch’s life of late hasn’t been particularly sunny and when the play touches on his recent failings, things turn decidedly darker. This week’s production comes to the Kennedy Center following an acclaimed run in Murdoch’s native land. Considering how much audiences enjoy seeing villains act a fool, expect similar reactions during the World Stages International Theater Festival. The play runs March 12 to 15 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre, 2700 F St. NW. $29–$69. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.