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HomeEventsBy Invitation: Friends of Waterfront Village National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony

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By Invitation: Friends of Waterfront Village National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM
Warner Theatre
513 13th St NW (btwn E and F Sts NW)
Washington , DC  
Bob Craycraft
Theatre, Concerts, and Films
Registration is not available online - contact the event coordinator
Friends of Waterfront Village donors are invited to the opening ceremony of the nation's greatest springtime celebration, featuring the U.S. premiere of "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon," a musical entertainment based on the popular Japanese comic book.

GETTING THERE: Transportation to this event is not provided, but please contact the Village if you would like us to coordinate rides with others attending. Nearest Metro: Metro Center.

Venue is partially ADA complaint. Attendees with special needs are asked to call 202-783-4000 to advise that assistance may be needed. When you arrive, please make Warner Theatre door or security staff aware of your needs and they will assist you.


Kick-off the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival and watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime to Washington, D.C., and celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States.  Enjoy spirited traditional and contemporary performances in the historic Warner Theatre.  

The Festival heralds a natural treasure that unites our city, region, nation, and the world. The trees – both in Japan and the U.S. – always have symbolized birth and renewal. The Opening Ceremony celebrates the season through a showcase of great American and Japanese talent.

“Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live

The series, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, written by Naoko Takeuchi, debuted in Nakayosi, a leading girls’ comic magazine published by Kodansha, in 1991. As a new type of performance based on this series, “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live has clearly distinguished itself from a conventional musical.

The full performance, with an overwhelming sense of speed, dance, images and special effects, premiered in Tokyo in August 2018 and again in Paris in November 2018, and was highly praised.  The cast members of the show will make their North American debut at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Opening Ceremony, where special selections from the show will be performed.  This entirely new live performance is sure to captivate audiences around the world!