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Ruthless exploitation, child labor, robber-baron capitalism, and salvation via union organization: On the face of it, Newsies reeks far too much of socialism to be a typical Disney production. But two decades after releasing the movie musical about a group of energetic, newspaper-brandishing young men in jaunty newsboy caps, the cartoon conglomerate doubled down and brought the production to the stage. The Broadway version became a hit, winning Tony Awards for best score and choreography before launching a national tour, proving that a plucky, athletic, determined core of dancing newsboys fighting an evil capitalist overlord while singing catchy tunes and leaping about the stage in unison remains a successful formula. Read more >>> The musical runs June 9 to June 21 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $48–$203. (202) 628-6161. thenationaldc.org. (Emily Walz)
In addition to its pre-theater menu, Central has launched a post-theater prix-fixe menu from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday. The $35 three-course meal options will change seasonally. Look for appetizers like burrata with yellow tomato gazpacho or goat cheese Caesar salad as well as entrees like fried chicken or salmon with zucchini in fennel. Dessert options include Michel’s chocolate bar, a pistachio raspberry tart, or housemade ice cream and sorbet. Central, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 626-0015. centralmichelrichard.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
R&B duo Rhye brings sultry, soulful vocals to Sixth & I Historic Synagogue tonight. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $25.
Celebrated novelist Jami Attenberg reads from her latest work, Saint Mazie, based on the life of early 20th century New Yorker Mazie Phillips-Gordon. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Afropop band the Very Best performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with local DJ group the Sol Power All-Stars. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
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