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Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre, Hawks Mainstage Theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse

 "Les Misérables" at the Omaha Community Playhouse, Sept. 20 - Oct. 27, 2013LES MISÉRABLES

Sept. 20–Oct. 27, 2013

Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg; Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

Les Misérables is the world’s longest running and most loved musical. Set in 19th Century France, Les Mis is the epic tale of Jean Valjean as he breaks his parole and is pursued by Inspector Javert while caring for the young orphaned Cosette. This classic score features songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home” and “One Day More.” Les Mis has thrilled audiences for more than 25 years; don’t miss this global sensation at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Sponsors: HDR, Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc and Valmont Industries, Inc.
Orchestra Sponsor: Paul and Oscar Giger Foundation
Media Sponsor: WOWT

"Having Our Say" at the Omaha Community Playhouse, Jan. 17- Feb. 9, 2014HAVING OUR SAY
The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years

Jan. 17–Feb. 9, 2014

Emily Mann

Meet Bessie and Sadie Delany. At ages 101 and 103, these resilient African-American sisters have lived through historic events, such as the Civil Rights Movement, Jim Crow laws and women’s suffrage. These cultural pioneers never married, stating “we were too smart, too independent for most men” and pursued education and careers during a time when it was unheard of to do so. Their endearing stories are humorous and historical as they invite the audience into their home for an evening of memories in this touching, biographical, two-person play, starring real-life sisters Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore.

Sponsored in part by: Woodmen of the World and the Heider Family Foundation
Media Sponsor: Cox


"Ella" at the Omaha Community Playhouse, Feb. 28 - March 30, 2014ELLA
Starring Kathy Tyree

Feb. 28–March 30, 2014

Book by Jeffrey Hatcher; Conceived by Rob Ruggiero and Dyke Garrison; Musical Arrangements by Danny Holgate

Ella is the powerhouse story and musical revue of iconic Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. As this legend prepares for her most challenging performance, she recalls her life’s tribulations and how she found solace in music. Ella’s renowned voice transports audiences to another time with classics such as “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” This moving and dazzling revue will astound and delight audiences.

Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha
Orchestra Sponsor: KPMG LLP
Media Sponsor: Fox 42


"Boeing, Boeing" at the Omaha Community Playhouse, April 18 - May 11, 2014BOEING, BOEING

April 18–May 11, 2014

By Marc Camoletti; Translated by Beverly Cross; Revised by Francis Evans

Bernard has the perfect life. He is handsome, successful and engaged to THREE beautiful air hostesses that have no suspicion of his two-timing ways. While two are up in the air, the other is in his arms. “It all boils down to juggling timetables and a reliable maid who never forgets to change the photographs.” With this foolproof plan, what could possibly go wrong? Enjoy the absolute hilarity of this door-slamming farce as Bernard, his naïve childhood friend and his temperamental maid find themselves in the apartment dealing with all three fiancées. Will Bernard be caught in his web of deceit? Or will he continue to live the bachelor’s dream?

Sponsor: Friend of the Playhouse, Bank of the West and Tenaska
Media Sponsor: CW 15


"Young Frankenstein" at the Omaha Community Playhouse, May 30 - June 29, 2014YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

May 30–June 29, 2014

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks

IT’S ALIVE! The Mel Brooks masterpiece Young Frankenstein is the riotously funny story of Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) and his adventures as he embraces the family name and creates a monster with his partners, hunchbacked Igor (that’s Eye-gore), voluptuous Inga and in spite of his prudish fiancée Elizabeth. Packed with delightfully nutty songs and flashy dance numbers such as “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is monstrously clever and fun.

Producing partner and orchestra sponsor: TD Ameritrade
Media Sponsor: KETV


Howard Drew Theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse

"Sirens" at the Omaha Community Playhouse, Aug. 16 - Sept. 15, 2013 SIRENS

Aug. 16–Sept. 15, 2013

by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Sam, a one-hit-wonder songwriter, has been married to his original muse, Rose, for 25 years. But lately, Sam’s obsessive hunt for his next hit song has smoldered their romantic spark. On their anniversary cruise, Sam jumps overboard when he is lured by the most incredible song coming from the sea. While washed ashore, he encounters a video Solitaire-playing Siren who has stepped out of Greek mythology and into modern times. She helps him remember why Rose is, and always has been, the love of his life. Find out if Sam and Rose can find each other again in a sea of technology and past loves in this quirky story full of witty banter and fun.

Disclaimer: This production includes strong language and is intended only for mature audiences. Aside from a few light-hearted f-bombs, this play really doesn't contain offensive content. But those f-bombs warrant a disclaimer, ya know?

Sponsors: NP Dodge Company and David & Anne Rismiller
Media Sponsor: The Reader

"Freud's Last Session" at the Omaha Community Playhouse, Oct. 18 - Nov. 17, 2013FREUD'S LAST SESSION

Oct. 18–Nov. 17, 2013

by Mark St. Germain

Freud’s Last Session is an astute and witty conversation between scholar C.S. Lewis and Dr. Sigmund Freud shortly before Freud’s death. Set in London at the beginning of World War II, the threat of bomber planes and radio warnings periodically interrupt their provocative and humorous conversation covering normally taboo topics, such as God, religion, sex and war. This play will engage audiences, provoke thought and seek truth.

Sponsors: Rich & Fran Juro
Media Sponsor: Cox

"Next to Normal" at the Omaha Community Playhouse, Feb. 7 - March 16, 2014NEXT TO NORMAL

Feb. 7–March 16, 2014

Music by Tom Kitt; Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, Next to Normal is a deeply moving rock musical and raw account of a family dealing with mental illness, tragedy and the realities of modern society. An overly medicated mother tries to cope with bipolar disorder as her family struggles to maintain normalcy in their suburban home for her sanity and their own. A hard-driving rock score with tear-inducing ballads make this show unlike any other. Gripping and heart-wrenchingly real, Next to Normal is groundbreaking contemporary theatre.

Disclaimer: Contains strong language and adult situations and is intended for mature audiences. Not suitable for children, this musical contains heavy themes, drug use and profanity.

Sponsor: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Orchestra Sponsor: Security National Bank
Media Sponsor: Big O 101.9


"Race" at the Omaha Community Playhouse, May 9 - June 8, 2014RACE

May 9–June 8, 2014

by David Mamet

Race is the fast-paced legal thriller that tackles issues of sexual assault, gender discrimination and race. When a wealthy white man is charged with raping a black woman, he approaches a small law firm for representation. The firm’s partners—one white, one black—scramble to decide if they want to represent the accused. In a riveting, red-hot cross-examination, exhilarating discoveries are made as the attorneys search for the truth…or at least a solid defense.

Disclaimer: Contains strong language and adult situations and is intended for mature audiences. In addition to profanity, Race deals with discrimination and sexual assault. Best to leave the kids at home for this show.

Sponsor: Carter and Vernie Jones




Nov. 22–Dec. 23, 2013

By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Charles Jones, Musical orchestration by John J. Bennett

It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with beautiful costumes, exquisite music, perfectly crafted sets and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family!

Sponsor: First National Bank
Orchestra Sponsor: Oriental Trading Company
Snow and Special Effects Sponsor: Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Media Sponsor: Cox


Dec. 6–31, 2013

An Interactive Beatles Experience Featuring Billy McGuigan ©2007 By Rave On Productionst

Billy McGuigan and his brothers are back! This all-request Beatles tribute show will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song. Share your stories and relive your memories with your favorite Beatles songs. No two shows are the same and every show is a guaranteed exhilarating time!

Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

Media Sponsors: KAT 103.7 and 99.9 KGOR