Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St, Washington, DC 20024

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Until August 19, 2018

Simply Marvellous!

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Why See Dave?


Starring Drew Gehling

A brand new world premiere musical is coming to the Arena Stage this summer. Inspired by the Oscar-nominated 1993 film, Dave tells the story of Dave Kovic, a run of the mill high-school teacher who is thrust into the most coveted role in the world, the President of the United States!

Composed by two time Tony winner and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), with a book written by three time Tony winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), directed by Tina Landau and with star of Broadway's Waitress, Drew Gehling leading the cast as Dave, its safe to say that this musical adaptation is in safe hands!

What is Dave about?

Dave Kovic is a high-school teacher but he also looks like the most famous man in the world, the President of the United States. When the President falls ill, under some unscrupulous circumstances, the secret service employs Dave to take on the role of Commander In Chief in order to divert a world-wide scandal. As Dave is thrust into the Oval office, he must win the hearts and trust of the nation, as well as the First Lady...

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Opening night: 13 July 2018

Cast and Creative


Drew Gehling as Dave Kovic
Mamie Parris as First Lady Ellen Mitchell
David Sills as Chief of Staff Bob Alexander

Bryonha Marie Perham, Josh Breckenridge, Rachel Flynn, Jonathan Rayson, Jenny Ashman, Jared Bradshaw, Dana Costello, Trista Dollison, Sherri L. Edelen, Kevin R. Free, Adam J. Levy, Erin Quill, Jamison Scott and Vishal Vaidya


Book by Thomas Meehan and Nell Benjamin
Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Directed by Tina Landau
Choreographed by Sam Pinkleton

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