The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
music and lyrics by William Finn; book by Rachel Sheinkin; conceived by Rebecca Feldman; additional material by Jay Reiss; music direction by Christopher Youstra; choreographed by Michael Bobbitt; directed by Peter Flynn
“Uproariously hysterical!” –We Love DC
“S-U-C-C-E-S-S!” –Broadway World
“Five stars!” –DC Metro Theater Arts
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six awkward adolescents through their daunting and hilarious championship quest. As they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric coterie finds a new sense of belonging. Along the way, they learn that there is more to life than winning a trophy. This charming coming-of-age tale also invites four volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance, ensuring new and unexpected comedy every night. Peter Flynn (1776) returns to direct this heartwarmingly quirky Tony-winning musical comedy.
"Winsome and winning! So generously warm-hearted, only the most bitter misanthrope could resist its charms." –Variety
Recommended for ages 12 and up. Adult humor and some coarse language.
Ford's Theatre offers audio-described, captioned and sign-interpreted performances. Dates are listed online.