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TUESDAY

It makes sense that they’d use “Movin’ Out”—aka the “heart attack–ack–ack–ack–ack–ack” song—for the title of a musical featuring the collected works of Billy Joel: If there’s one thing critics have said about Joel since 1989’s Storm Front, it’s “ack.” The singin’, dancin’, crowd-pleasin’ Movin’ Out is a welcome reminder of the days when the piano-playing Long Island troubadour could write a snappy tune about piano-playing troubadours from Long Island. Twenty or so Joel songs act as a framework for a story about a group of friends (on Long Island) living and loving in the years surrounding the Vietnam War. Of course, there’s also some hot twirly action courtesy of choreography by modern-dance maven Twyla Tharp. Unfortunately, there is no truth to the rumors that a down-on-his-luck Joel is appearing in the touring production to raise some much-needed cash. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of Daryl Hall, though. The show starts at 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $40–$85. (202) 628-6161. (Josh Levin)