As we observe Memorial Day, consider this upcoming performance at the Kennedy Center, focused on the final months of WWII in Europe.
The dramatic story is told through the eyes of Ernest Hemingway, LIFE Magazine photographer Robert Capa, Vogue model-turned-photojournalist Lee Miller, and a young American soldier. Their journey and the valor of units like the all-Black, all-female 6888 Battalion come to life through top Broadway vocalists, and the 58-piece Orchestra of St Luke’s, conducted by Hamilton’s Ian Weinberger, as well as vivid archival images. Presented by the American Battle Monuments Commission and the New-York Historical Society, just days before the 78th anniversary of D-Day, this transformative musical evening features the works of Woody Guthrie, Edith Piaf, Glenn Miller, and more.
Ian Weinberger (music director of Hamilton on Broadway) serves as music supervisor and leads the 58-piece Orchestra of St. Luke’s, performing his arrangements of music from Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, as well as original arrangements created for this performance.
Broadway vocalists Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen), Adam Jacobs (Alladin), Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls), and Daniel Yearwood (Hamilton) perform popular and often profound music of this era from Glenn Miller and Edith Piaf to Woody Guthrie, among others. The immersive concert experience is directed by Peter Flynn. Presented by the American Battle Monuments Commission and the New-York Historical Society.
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House
2700 F Street NW, Washington DC, 20566