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The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

Based on the bestselling children's book.
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About The Day You Begin

A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
Based on the Book by Jacqueline Woodson
Script by Jacqueline Woodson
Music and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon
Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite

Find the courage to share your story.

It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet…but somehow you do it. This world premiere commissioned musical is based on one of Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s most popular picture books, a #1 New York Times bestseller illustrated by Rafael López and featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. Adapted by Woodson with music and lyrics by Toshi Reagon and direction by Charlotte Brathwaite, The Day You Begin is a poignant and heartening musical about finding courage to connect, even when you feel afraid.

This production is suitable for all ages—toddlers, children, and teens alike—but best suited for ages 7–12. However, you know your kids best! We trust your discretion when attending Kennedy Center shows.

Run time

55 mins

Start date

November 19th, 2022

End date

December 18th, 2022




Kennedy Center Family Theater


This production is suitable for all ages—toddlers, children, and teens alike—but best suited for ages 7–12.

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