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As part of a nearly $100 mil­lion slate of pro­grams this year and next, the Kennedy Cen­ter also is plan­ning pro­duc­tions in the­ater and opera and a jazz club per­for­mance space. It also will host spe­cial con­certs cel­e­brat­ing “Songs of Con­science” from folk singer Woody Guthrie and reg­gae mu­si­cian Bob Mar­ley to show­case mu­sic that helped draw at­ten­tion to is­sues of their day. John Mel­len­camp will per­form in honor of Guthrie.

In the­ater, the cen­ter plans to stage an adap­ta­tion of Ferenc Mol­nar’s 1910 play “The Guards­man,” to be di­rected by Gre­gory Mosher. The com­edy tells the story of a new­ly­wed hus­band who dis­guises him­self as a guards­man to test whether his wife would cheat on him. It has been nearly 90 years since the show de­buted on Broad­way.

The Kennedy Cen­ter also an­nounced that it will host tours of the Tony Award-win­ning Broad­way shows “The Book of Mor­mon,” “War Horse” and “Any­thing Goes.”

In the opera house, Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Opera will stage pro­duc­tions of Jerome Kern and Oscar Ham­mer­stein II’S “Show Boat” in May 2013 and Bellini’s “Norma” in March 2013. “Show Boat” is a co-pro­duc­tion with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Fran­cisco Opera and the Houston Grand Opera, and one per­for­mance of the show will be simul­cast in Na­tion­als Park.

The opera com­pany also is sched­ul­ing a fam­ily opera of “Hansel and Gre­tel” dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, to be per­formed in a smaller the­ater.

“I think it will be a great way to in­tro­duce chil­dren to opera,” Mr. Kaiser said.

This year will mark the first sea­son for pi­anist Ja­son Mo­ran to lead the Kennedy Cen­ter’s jazz pro­gram­ming. He will host an “Elec­tion Night Jam” ses­sion and a per­for­mance space with a dance floor, so­fas and open seat­ing to cre­ate a more ca­sual vibe.

In bal­let, the Kennedy Cen­ter will present Christo­pher Wheel­don’s “Alice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land” and Mari­in­sky Bal­let per­form­ing Alexei Rat­man­sky’s “Cin­derella.” The cen­ter’s Bal­let Across Amer­ica pro­gram will present bal­let com­pa­nies from nine U.S. cities, in­clud­ing the re­turn of Dance Theatre of Har­lem, which had closed as a com­pany.

In clas­si­cal mu­sic, the Kennedy Cen­ter will host a week­long res­i­dency with star pi­anist Lang Lang join­ing the Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. He will per­form three Beethoven con­certs, as well as pi­ano recitals fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of reper­toire.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHO­TOGRAPHS

Pi­anist Lang Lang (above) will join the Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra dur­ing a week­long res­i­dency at the Kennedy Cen­ter dur­ing the 2012-13 sea­son, the first for pi­anist Ja­son Mo­ran (left) to lead the Kennedy Cen­ter’s jazz pro­gram­ming.

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