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Free captioned simulcast of the Washington National Opera's production of Show Boat at Nationals Park

M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park

Saturday, May 18 at Nationals Park (rain or shine)

Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pregame” activities

Performance broadcast begins at 7 p.m.

Events at Nationals Park will be captioned.  The simulcast will be captioned on the scoreboard screen!

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) may be signed out free of charge from Guest Services located at the Center Field Gate. A valid driver's license will be held until the device is returned.


Join Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center for a free, live broadcast of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s hit Broadway musical! Featuring a full orchestra and over 100 cast members, this dazzling new production of Show Boat follows a troupe of riverboat performers down the Mississippi and across the decades, with songs that include “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”


Register today and you're automatically entered to win "A Night at the Kennedy Center!"


Questions about accessibility? Contact the Accessibility Office at (202) 416-8727 (voice/relay)


"Pregame" Activities

Arrive early to Nationals Park for entertainment and activities including:

- Dance demonstrations by Gottaswing

- A meet and greet with M&M’S® Ms. Brown

- Photos with the living statue of Babe Ruth… back by popular demand!

- An open playground for kids, plus a costume trunk and face painting

- Chances to win prizes, including Kennedy Center tickets

- And much more!


About Show Boat

This spectacular new production of Show Boat, Broadway's original masterpiece, brings unforgettable songs, dazzling choreography, and an epic story together to make great entertainment and great art. With something in store around every bend as the Cotton Blossom travels the Mississippi with a troupe of riverboat performers, Julie, Joe, Queenie, and of course Magnolia and Ravenal make their way through the decades, navigating the trials of show business, love, and loss in a landscape overshadowed by racial inequality.


Show Boat contains words and images that were common during the post-Civil War period in which it is set. Some of the language and stereotypical situations are considered offensive in today’s society. Learn more about the performance with this Kennedy Center Cuesheet, a free performance guide that helps kids and teenagers prepare for attending M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield.


The Captioned Simulcast of WNO's "Show Boat"! emails are a free service of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Accessibility Program.

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