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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

“Charming!” –Washingtonian

“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.



Special Exhibition:
Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War
Through July 6

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Through May 17


History on Foot
Through October


One Destiny
Through July 5

Photo © Maxwell MacKenzie.

Behind-The-Scenes Tour
Added July 10, 2014

Arcadia Publishing recently released a new book, Images of America: Ford’s Theatre, cataloguing the history of Ford’s Theatre and featuring 200 rare photographs. Join the author—Brian Anderson—for an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of the Theatre on July 10. The tour will explore the building’s beginning as a multi-racial Baptist church, its heyday during the Civil War-era, its 1968 rebirth and more. Learn more in a video interview with Anderson on our website.

Phoenix Steam Fire Engine No. 3 of Detroit as it appeared in the funeral procession of the late President Lincoln, April 25, 1865. Courtesy Detroit Historical Society.

Remembering Lincoln Update
Sharing Items on HistoryPin

Remembering Lincoln is a digital project bringing together responses to the Lincoln assassination from around the country and world. We just launched a HistoryPin site, where we will share historic items as they come in and where you can contribute your own items. Do you have something like a letter, diary, other object or photo that fits within the scope of Remembering Lincoln? Share it on HistoryPin. Check back often as the collection for Remembering Lincoln grows!

Hon. Henry W. Davis of Maryland and Hon. Benjamin F. Wade of Ohio. Courtesy Library of Congress: LC-DIG-cwpbh-01037 and LC-DIG-ppmsca-26730.

Highlights from the Museum

As the Civil War progressed, Lincoln thought about a post-war America’s identity. In our Center for Education and Leadership, a section dedicated to Reconstruction encourages visitors to explore the policies used to rebuild the nation. Learn more about Lincoln’s plans and those of Congress on the Ford’s Theatre Blog.



Member Pre-Sale Happening Now!
For Driving Miss Daisy

All Friends of Ford’s Theatre and John T. Ford Society members can call the Membership Hotline today to order tickets for our fall production, Driving Miss Daisy. Become a member today to get your favorite seats before the show goes on sale to the general public on May 19. Members also get access to easy ticket exchanges, personalized service, invitations to special events and much more!