The Rockettes, CAMELOT, MOTOWN, Dance, Jazz and More Set for Omaha Performing Arts' 2014-15 Season
Omaha Performing Arts' 2014/2015 Season will be a spectacular season of award-winning productions and performers. The upcoming season was announced during a subscriber and patron event at the Holland Performing Arts Center on March 31. Two of the iconic Rockettes helped kick off the night and led a dance demonstration for local youth in the lobby after the event. Cast members from the Broadway musical MOTOWN THE MUSICAL closed the event with a performance that featured a medley of Motown hits.
Highlights of the 2014/2015 Season include THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, STARRING THE ROCKETTES, making its debut to Omaha audiences; a celebration of Billie Holiday by jazz songstress Cassandra Wilson; Ballroom with a Twist featuring stars from American Idol and Dancing with the Stars; a special concert by legendary folk singer Arlo Guthrie; and a performance by Omaha favorite Billy McGuigan.
"I always look forward to the start of a new season, and I'm especially enthusiastic about the 14/15 season," said Joan Squires, president of Omaha Performing Arts. "It's going to be an extraordinary year for Omaha Performing Arts with the Omaha premiere of THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. With landmark productions and an incredible array of artists and ensembles, the 14/15 season is one you simply must attend!"
Season ticket packages to the six series are available for purchase now. Single tickets to performances go on sale at a later date.
2014/2015 Broadway Series
The Omaha Performing Arts 2014/2015 Broadway Series has five productions, opening with the Omaha debut of THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, STARRING THE ROCKETTES, running November 13-30, 2014. This all new production features dazzling scenery and special effects, glamorous Rockettes costumes and choreography and a 50-foot LED screen that will enhance the show with breathtaking imagery, including the amazing "New York at Christmas" scene. The RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR is a beloved family holiday tradition and is the perfect show for all ages.
Performing January 27 through February 1, 2015 is the four-time Tony Award-winning CAMELOT, which tells the story of the infamous love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot. Next in the series is the 2013 Tony-winning revival PIPPIN, running March 3-8, 2015. PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence, and features breathtaking acrobatics. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL also opens that month, with performances March 25-29, 2015. MOTOWN recounts the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Eight-time Tony Award-winner ONCE closes out the Broadway Series May 12-17, 2015. Featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his songs.
There are three special Broadway performances available to Season Ticket holders outside of the Broadway Series package. BLUE MAN GROUP returns to perform its popular multimedia show blending the lines of comedy and music October 24-26. The international sensation, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, is back for a limited engagement December 19- 21. The feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again, MAMMA MIA!, has a repeat engagement in Omaha April 24-26, 2015.
2014/2015 Dance Series
The 2014/2015 Dance Series begins with the contemporary dance company Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, which returns to the Orpheum on February 19, 2015, with a new production featuring the incredible piece, Square None. The Brazilian dance ensemble Compagnie Ka?fig performs March 18, 2015, entertaining the audience with their hip hop and Latin dance-inspired program. Pilobolus Dance Theatre returns to Omaha April 23, 2015 with a program featuring a Penn & Teller piece described as, "the ultimate in gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography."
2014/2015 Family Series
Omaha Performing Arts' 2014/2015 Family Series starts on January 23, 2015 with the live theatrical production of the PBS series Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy's Big Adventure. The one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean, will be presented February 20, 2015. The Chinese acrobatic touring company Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the Orpheum April 29, 2015.
2014/2015 Jazz Series
The six-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, David Sanborn, opens the 2014/2015 Jazz Series on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Grammy® winning jazz musician, vocalist and songwriter Cassandra Wilson celebrates Billy Holiday's 100th birthday anniversary in a unique performance on March 7, 2015.
Terence Blanchard, a Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter from New Orleans, rounds out the series with a performance May 7, 2015.
2014/2015 Showcase Series
The Showcase Series for 2014/2015 begins with football great Terry Bradshaw in Terry Bradshaw: America's Favorite Dumb Blonde ... a life in four squares. The program features Bradshaw in a funny night of storytelling, comedy and singing on November 20, 2014. January 21, 2015 heats up when stars from American Idol pair up with professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars for Ballroom with a Twist at the Orpheum Theater. The Texas Tenors - the highest scoring vocal group ever on America's Got Talent - will bring cowboy charm and breath-taking vocals to the Holland Center on March 19, 2015. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie will be at the Holland Center April 28, 2015 with a performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alice's Restaurant.
2014/2015 National Geographic Live Series
The 2014/2015 National Geographic Live Series features three exciting speakers and many stunning images. On February 10, 2015, Extreme Planet with Carsten Peter, extreme weather photographer, will feature tales of adrenaline and danger. Photojournalist Brian Skerry will present Ocean Soul on March 10, 2015, featuring stories and spectacular images from his vast career as an underwater photographer. Presenting Pink Boots and a Machete on April 7, 2015 is a wildlife expert, primatologist and television personality Mireya Mayor, dubbed by some as a female Indiana Jones.
2014/2015 1200 CLUB Series
The intimate performances in the 1200 CLUB Series begin January 15, 2015 with singer/songwriter Jose? James, who is regarded as an underground sensation in both the modern jazz and DJ culture scenes. The gypsy jazz band Hot Sardines celebrates Mardi Gras in the club on February 17, 2015 with their unique sound that's akin to wartime Paris via New Orleans. Later that month, jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker plays on February 27, 2015. The six-time Grammy®-nominated vocalist and Omaha native, Tierney Sutton, performs two shows on March 27, 2015 featuring material from her recent album "After Blue," a re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell. The classically-trained musicians in Black Violin will perform a show blending hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass April 12, 2015. An Omaha favorite closes out 1200 CLUB Season: Rock Legends with Billy McGuigan will be May 15, 2015.
2014/2015 Special Performances
Omaha Performing Arts' 2014/2015 Special performances can be added to any Season Ticket package with most performances offering a savings of at least 15%. The first of the Special performances is Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, July 17-20, 2014. In partnership with the River City Theatre Organ Society and just in time for Halloween, the classic silent film "Phantom of the Opera" will be screened October 22, 2014 at the Orpheum Theater with music played by organist Clark Wilson. David Sedaris returns to the Holland Center for more wickedly witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre on October 30, 2014. Christmas with The King's Singers, featuring one of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles, will be December 3, 2014. Sinbad, ranked by Comedy Central as one of the 100 best comedians of all time, will be at the Holland Center February 6, 2015. The Grammy®-winning South African a capella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, returns to the Holland Center on February 19, 2015. Food Network star Chef Robert Irvine will be at the Holland Center March 6, 2015 for an interactive theatrical event that takes cooking to new places. The Irish-American Celtic ensemble, Cherish the Ladies, performs March 11, 2015 just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
For more information about Omaha Performing Arts' Season Tickets, visit OmahaPerformingArts.org/SeasonTickets or call 402.345.0606 or toll-free at 866.434.8587. Groups of 10 or more may also purchase tickets to the 2014/2015 season; groups can save up to 25% on select shows. For more information on Group Sales, visit OmahaPerformingArts.org/Groups or call 402.661.8516. Single tickets for the 2014/2015 Omaha Performing Arts season will go on sale at a later date. Due to the nature of live entertainment, all programs, performers, prices, dates and times are subject to change.
ABOUT OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS: Omaha Performing Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens of Omaha and surrounding communities. In its two venues: the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, the organization presents the best of Broadway, jazz, blues, dance, comedy, family and popular entertainment. Omaha Performing Arts also offers a range of educational programs and free community events that support, enhance and expand appreciation for the arts. In addition, the organization provides comprehensive ticketing services through Ticket Omaha, the official ticket retailer for the Orpheum and Holland. Omaha Performing Arts' performances are supported in part by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Omaha and the Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund, as well as corporate sponsors, private donors and foundations. For more information, visit OmahaPerformingArts.org.
ABOUT BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA: BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (Producer), part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by British theatre producer John Gore (Owner & CEO). Broadway Across America presents first- class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities and, under the supervision of Beth Williams (CEO - Theater Division), is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Recent and current Broadway productions include Hands on a Hardbody; Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway, off-Broadway, West End, US Tour, Las Vegas); Pippin; The Testament of Mary; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Memphis; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess; and the Toronto production of War Horse. Upcoming: Tuck Everlasting, Little Miss Sunshine, Big Fish, and The Blonde Streak. For more information, visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.