Date: March 8, 2013
Contact: Rosalee A. Roberts
Tel: (402) 203-6851; 402-661-8496
Email: [email protected]
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Children’s and National Geographic Live Speaker Series added to Season of Broadway,
Dance, Jazz, Comedy and Showcase at Holland Center and Orpheum Theater
OMAHA, NEB. – March 8, 2013 – Omaha Performing Arts is packing more than 100 performances with
dozens of Tony® and Grammy Award®-winners into seven great series for its 2013/2014 season. From
the creators of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards, THE BOOK OF MORMON will play a
limited nine-day, 11-performance engagement Saturday, October 12 through Sunday, October 20, 2013
at the Orpheum. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century” and Entertainment
Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time." Season Ticket Holders receive priority ticket
opportunities to shows so season tickets are the best way to guarantee seats to THE BOOK OF
The upcoming season was announced during a members’ event at the Holland Performing Arts
Center, March 7. “Joey,” the amazing life-sized puppet and star of the Broadway play WAR HORSE
helped introduce the season and performed for the audience.
Season Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Omaha Performing Arts Season Ticket Holders for the 2012/2013 season may renew their Season
Tickets beginning Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Two new Omaha Performing Arts series – Children’s and National Geographic Live Speaker
Series – have been added to the season lineup that already includes Broadway, Dance, Family, Jazz
and Showcase performances, as well as a broad selection of additional performances.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell kick off the 2013/2014
season and will perform songs from their remarkable new collaboration, Love Has Come for You. The
performance will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, along with the unique hybrid
of bluegrass and comedy that Grammy®-winners Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been
delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows. Steve Martin and the Steep
Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell will perform Sunday, July 21, 2013 in the Kiewit Hall of the
Holland Center.
Omaha Performing Arts’ 2013/2014 Season is bursting with top names in all entertainment
genres, including Larry the Cable Guy, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom starring Peter Gros, the
Martha Graham Dance Company, Sid the Science Kid LIVE!, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
with New York Voices, as well as a variety of extra and 1200 CLUB performances.
Season Tickets for the seven Omaha Performing Arts’ series will go on sale Tuesday, March 26,
2013 at Season Ticket packages, each containing two to five
performances of the same genre, start as low as $50.
Patrons may add performances to their Season Ticket order at a savings of up to 15% off the
single ticket price.
For more information about Omaha Performing Arts’ Season Tickets, visit or call 402.345.0606 or toll-free at 866.434.8587. Groups of
10 or more may also purchase tickets to the 2013/2014 season starting Tuesday, May 26, 2013. THE
BOOK OF MORMON and WICKED require a minimum of 15 people to qualify for group sales. For more
information on Group Sales, visit or call 402.661.8516. Single tickets
for the 2013/2014 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.
All Season Ticketholders receive these benefits:
Best seats at the best price - guaranteed
Seven great series from which to choose: Broadway, Children’s, Dance, Family, Jazz,
National Geographic Live Speaker Series and Showcase
Priority purchasing and special offers – buy tickets before the general public
First in line to purchase THE BOOK OF MORMON tickets
Free and easy ticket exchanges
Access to tickets on the main floor for Broadway performances
Savings of up to 15% when adding performances to Season Ticket orders
50% off ticket fees when adding shows to Season Ticket orders
Additional $5 off each Season Ticket package with the “Print-at-Home” process
Another $5 off each Season Ticket package when renewing online at
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.
New to the Omaha Performing Arts Season is the Children’s and National Geographic LIVE
Speaker Series. The youngest arts patrons will have opportunities for interactive experiences and
adventures when they attend the Children’s Series featuring Sid the Science Kid Live! in February,
2014.This popular Emmy®-nominated PBS Kids television show produced by The Jim Henson Company
comes to life in this incredible live theatrical experience. Also part of the Children’s Series is ERTH:
Dinosaur Petting Zoo™ with five performances in March, 2014. Youngsters will take a journey through
prehistoric ages in an interactive experience featuring an amazing selection of dinosaurs and prehistoric
creatures. Each performance in the Children’s Series includes a special Kids’ Zone where youngsters
can enjoy face painting, coloring and balloon artists one hour prior to each show.
The National Geographic Live Speaker Series opens in February, 2014 with Polar Obsession
with Paul Nicklen, photographer. Nicklen will share a visual journey to vast Polar Regions of the planet.
Just in time for spring storm season, Chasing Tornadoes with Tim Samaras, severe storms researcher,
will speak in March, 2014. Guests will follow Samaras’ race through the Midwest’s Tornado Alley in a
van packed with weather recording instruments and sensing probes that he designed. Exploring the Red
Planet in April offers audience members a chance to meet NASA engineer Kobie Boykins, who helped
design the famous Mars Rovers. He’ll describe the rovers’ success and provide the latest images of
The three Dance Series performances highlight both classical and modern dance. The worldrenowned Martha Graham Dance Company will present its timeless and uniquely American style of
dancing with a January, 2014 performance of “Appalachian Spring.” In March, 2014, Ronald K.
Brown/Evidence Dance Company, founded in 1985, draws inspiration from history, traditions and dance
forms from multiple cultures and blends traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and
spoken word. The dramatic tale of love lost and found in Swan Lake, featuring the Moscow Festival
Ballet, will close the Dance Series in April, 2014.
The Family Series, popular with both children and adults, opens in November with Mutual of
Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Starring Peter Gros who will share his vast animal knowledge, travel
experiences and timeless tales including his experience on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom now seen
on the Animal Planet. PSY: Mid-Blowing Circus comes to the Orpheum in January, 2014. This
innovative cirque troupe and creators of the off-Broadway hit Traces, Les 7 Doigts de la Main, includes
mind-bending feats and dazzling circus stunts.
TAO: Phoenix Rising completes the Family Series in March, 2014. TAO offers a young and
exciting take on the traditional Japanese art form that includes whirlwind martial arts display, pulsating
rhythms and energetic choreography.
A Night inTreme: the Musical Majesty of New Orleans opens the Jazz Series. This concert
features music and musicians from the popular HBO series Treme (pronounced truh-MAY), the music
born in the New Orleans Brass band tradition of the Treme neighborhood. In February, 2014 the
Legendary Count Basie Orchestra featuring New York Voices will appear in a reunion 20 years after
their Grammy®-winning collaboration, Live at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. This orchestra helped
define the big band sound and has won 17 Grammy Awards®. Six-time Grammy®-winner Wayne Shorter
will present his distinctive style of jazz in concert April, 2014 and will be performing with his long-running
quartet, featuring Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade.
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.This Pawnee City, Nebraska native will bring his
humorous observations and celebration of the working man to the Orpheum. Also in October, Grammy®winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal will perform with “The Voice of South
Africa” Vusi Mahlasela, the celebrated singer known for his distinct, powerful voice and poetic, optimistic
lyrics. They will be joined by New Zealand’s premier female vocalist Deva Mahal with her energetic soul
group Fredericks Brown. Taj Mahal’s music draws inspiration from virtually every corner of the world.
In November, 2013 virtuoso composer and organist Cameron Carpenter will demonstrate how
the organ comes alive as a definitive musical instrument when he plays the Orpheum Theater’s mighty
Wurlitzer. His accomplished performance breaks the stereotypes of organ music by creating live
performances with the glitz and glamour you’d expect from a pop star. Next is Sounds of Christmas,
Empire Brass Featuring Elisabeth von Trapp, in November. North America’s finest brass quintet, the
Empire Brass will be joined by the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose
story inspired The Sound of Music. The Grammy®-winning ensemble, Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates
the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music in a March, 2014 concert. The 52 members
of the choir come from the churches in and around Soweto, an urban area in Johannesburg, South
Also included in the 2013/2014 Season is The 1200 CLUB currently featuring five artists. Jazz
ensembles Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio and Sean Jones Quartet will be in the 1200 CLUB in February and
Delfeayo Marsalis in April. The informal club atmosphere will also have two crossover artists –
Christopher O’Riley, in March, 2014 and Zoe Keating in May. More jazz and blues artists will be added
to the 1200 CLUB roster.
Omaha Performing Arts’ 2013/2014 series includes the following:
Broadway Series (Orpheum Theater – Slosburg Hall)
Saturday, October 12 - Sunday, October 20, 2013 >> THE BOOK OF MORMON
Contains explicit language.
Tuesday, November 19 - Sunday, November 24, 2013 >> ELF THE MUSICAL
Tuesday, February 18 – Sunday, February 23, 2014 >> MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Tuesday, March 18 – Sunday, March 23, 2014 >> SISTER ACT
Tuesday, April 8 – Sunday, April 13, 2014 >> WAR HORSE
Broadway special performance (Orpheum Theater – Slosburg Hall)
Wednesday, May 7 – Sunday, May 25, 2014 >> WICKED
Children’s Series (Orpheum Theater – Slosburg Hall and Holland Center – Scott Recital Hall)
Thursday, January 30, 2014  7:00 p.m. | Orpheum Theater >> Sid the Science Kid Live!
Friday, March 7, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. | Holland Center
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. >> ERTH: Dinosaur Petting Zoo™
Dance Series (Orpheum Theater – Slosburg Hall)
Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. >> Martha Graham Dance Company
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. >> Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. >> Swan Lake featuring Moscow Festival Ballet
Family Series (Orpheum Theater – Slosburg Hall and Holland Center – Kiewit Hall)
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. | Holland Center >> Mutual Of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Starring Peter Gros
Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | Orpheum Theater >> PSY: Mind-Blowing Circus
Friday, March 7, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. | Orpheum Theater >> TAO: Phoenix Rising
Jazz Series (Holland Performing Arts Center – Kiewit Hall)
Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 7:30 p.m. >> A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans
Friday, February 14, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. >> The Count Basie Orchestra featuring New York Voices
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. >> Wayne Shorter
National Geographic Live Speaker Series (Holland Performing Arts Center – Kiewit Hall)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. >> Polar Obsession with Paul Nicklen, photographer
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. >> Chasing Tornadoes with Tim Samaras, severe storms researcher
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. >> Exploring the Red Planet with Kobie Boykins, NASA engineer
Showcase Series (Holland Center – Kiewit Hall and Orpheum Theater – Slosburg Hall)
Sunday, July 21, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. | Holland Center >> Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring
Edie Brickell
Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 7:30 p.m. | Holland Center >> Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. | Orpheum Theater >> ELVIS LIVES: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event
Extra Performances – (Holland Center—Kiewit Hall and Orpheum Theater—Slosburg Hall)
Friday, October 4, 2013 | 7:30 p.m. • 9:30 p.m. | Orpheum Theater >> Larry the Cable Guy with Reno Collier
Friday, October 25, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. | Holland Center >> World Blues: Taj Mahal and Vusi Mahlasela featuring
Deva Mahal with Fredericks Brown
Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 7:30 p.m. | Orpheum Theater >> Cameron Carpenter
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. | Holland Center >> Sounds of Christmas with Empire Brass featuring
Elisabeth von Trapp
Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | Holland Center >> Soweto Gospel Choir
1200 Club (Holland Center – Scott Recital Hall)
Friday, February 7, 2014
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
Friday, February 21, 2014
Sean Jones Quartet
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Christopher O'Riley
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Delfeayo Marsalis
Friday, May 2, 2014
Zoë Keating
EDITOR NOTE: Electronic background materials for the artists and productions are available through
Omaha Performing Arts’ FTP website. Information is available for download in a file labeled
“2013/2014 Season Materials” within which are photos of each of the artists for the season. If you have
difficulty accessing this ftp site or would like another photo, please don’t hesitate to contact Rosalee
Roberts, 402-203-6851.
Here’s the link to get to the FTP site:
And the login information:
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partnership with Broadway Across America, Omaha Performing Arts also brings the finest in touring Broadway productions to
Core to its mission, Omaha Performing Arts manages two landmark venues, the Holland Performing Arts Center and
the Orpheum Theater – the former, which includes the acoustically acclaimed Kiewit Concert Hall and Scott Recital Hall and the
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the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America. As a presenter, Broadway Across America operates
in 40 cities, bringing first-class touring musicals and plays to audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Its recent Broadway
production credits include Promises, Promises starring Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes; How to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever starring Harry
Connick, Jr.; Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway, off-Broadway, West End, US Tour); Jerusalem; Memphis; One Man, Two
Guvnors; War Horse (Toronto, Tour); and West Side Story (Broadway, Tour). Broadway Across America is also dedicated to
the creation and development of new and diverse theatre; upcoming original works include Hands on a Hardbody, Tuck
Everlasting, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Blonde Streak. and
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