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Magic and musical theater, when combined, generally earn great acclaim, whether the show in question is Wicked, Cinderella, or any of the many iterations of Peter Pan that have graced stages in recent years. Signature Theatre, purveyors of the more realistic musicals of Stephen Sondheim, hopes to cash in on this fantastical trend with its latest offering, the premiere of Anton Dudley and Brian Feinstein’s Girlstar. Tagged with the slightly unappealing line of “The Voice meets Maleficent,” the musical follows possessed record producer Daniella, who finds her next pop ingenue in a long-lost niece, Tina. Read more >>> The play runs Oct. 13 to Nov. 15 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40–$96. (703) 820-9771. sigtheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)
Lupo Verde has a new aperitivo menu available weekdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at its 15-seat bar. Pre-dinner snacks ($5-$8) include crispy sardines, shrimp, and zucchini with edible flowers and Meyer lemon aioli as well as potato and mozzarella croquettes with parmesan and herbs. To drink, there’s Peroni on draft for $5, wine on draft for $6, and cocktails like the Lupo Alberto (rye, fennel liqueur, fennel bitters, and strong tonic) for $8. Lupo Verde, 1401 T St. NW. (202) 827-4726. lupoverdedc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Jazz and funk act the Word takes the stage at 9:30 Club with soul artist Amy Helm and her band, the Handsome Strangers. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $35.
The Washington Ballet begins performances of Latin Heat, an evening of dances celebrating Latin culture by choreographers including Marius Petipa and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $30.50–$102.
Joywave, an indie pop quintet out of Rochester, N.Y., plays U Street Music Hall with opening act KOPPS, a synth-pop dance duo. 6 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
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