The Book of Mormon, Wicked Highlight Upcoming Season

By: Jim Siedlecki Email
By: Jim Siedlecki Email

For Season Ticket Information: www.omahaperformingarts.org

Omaha Performing Arts has announced an award winning lineup of performances for their 2013-14 season. "The Book of Morman" anchors the season after capturing nine Tony Awards last year.

The Book of Mormon will play a 11-performance engagement October 12 through October 20. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century” and Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time."

The Broadway Series also includes: Elf the Musical, one of the most beloved Hollywood holiday hits of the past decade is coming to the Orpheum in November, 2013. It’s the uplifting and hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who believes he’s really one of Santa’s elves.

The Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet brings to life the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. This February show will feature hit after hit, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line” and many more.

Sister Act, featuring original music by eight-time Oscar®-winner Alan Menken, opens in March, 2014. Sister Act is the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent!

War Horse, the heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship and winner of five 2011 Tony Awards, gallops onto the Orpheum stage in April, 2014. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama is filled with stirring music and songs as it tells the story of Alfred, a young boy and his beloved horse, Joey. Life-sized puppets, strong enough for men to ride, were created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. War Horse brings to life the breathing, galloping, hard-working, hard-charging horses that helped change world events.

Wicked, a Broadway special and not part of the Season Ticket package, is back by “popular” demand in May, 2014. Winner of 35 major awards including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is one of Broadway’s mega-hits.

The Children's Series features Sid the Science Kid Live! on January 30th at Slosburg Hall and Holland Center - Scott Recital Hall. On March 7 & 8 ERTH: Dinosaur Petting Zoo will feature five performances.

The Family Series is anchored by Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Starring Peter Gros on Friday, November 8th. In January PSY: Mind Blowing Circus will perform.

The Jazz Series features A Night in Treme on Thursday November 14. The Count Basie Orchestra features New York Voices, they will perform on February 14th and Wayne Shorter is in Omaha on April 2, 2014.

Joining Steve Martin in the Showcase series is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy bringing its swinging, big band style and high energy nine-piece ensemble back to Omaha in October, 2013.

Elvis Lives, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Event will be presented in February, 2014. This is a multi-media and live musical journey through Elvis’ life and features finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

The 2013/2014 Season also includes five uniquely different performances. Larry the Cable Guy with special guest Reno Collier opens in October, 2013.maha


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