Experience the 2017–18 Omaha Community Playhouse season!

Singin' In The Rain

June 1–24, 2018

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green | Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed | By special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. | Music published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC | Based on the Academy Award-nominated MGM film starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds

The beloved movie musical Singin’ in the Rain comes to life on stage with charm, humor and stormy weather that has made it an enduring classic. This tale of a famous on-screen couple from the silent films who prepare to transition to the age of “talking pictures” combines the best of Hollywood and Broadway with music that will keep you smiling, dances that will keep your toes tapping and special effects that will take your breath away. Songs such as “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Fit as a Fiddle,” “Good Mornin’” and of course “Singin’ in the Rain” will whisk you away to a simpler time.

series sponsor: Immanuel Communities
producing partner: Mutual of Omaha
orchestra sponsor: Giger Foundation
special effects sponsor: NP Dodge Company
media sponsor: WOWT
additional support: Iron Works, Inc


Past Productions

Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist (World Premiere)

Featuring Billy McGuigan
Music Director, Steve Gomez
© 2007 By Rave On Productions

July 12 – 23, 2017

Hawks Mainstage Theatre
© By Rave On Productions
See Billy McGuigan as you’ve never seen him before. Classic rock tunes with a big band twist; big band standards with a rock and roll twist. Backed by a full horn section and an all-star lineup of Omaha’s finest musicians, Billy’s brand new show will have Playhouse audiences rocking like never before. Frank Sinatra? Check. The Beatles? Check. Harry Connick, Jr.? Check. Billy Joel? Check! Fresh re-arrangements of rock and jazz standards performed as only Billy can. It’s rock with a twist. The world premiere is coming to the Omaha Community Playhouse in July 2017.

producing partner: WoodmenLife

Eminent Domain (World Premiere)

Aug. 25–Sept. 17, 2017

Howard Drew Theatre
By Laura Leininger-Campbell
Does oil run thicker than blood? Or will a pipeline splitting the prairie tear a family apart? A 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, originally conceived for Shelterbelt Theatre’s Before the Boards series, Eminent Domain tells a relevant story of a Nebraska family farm threatened by the construction of an oil pipeline and the ensuing conflict that emerges within. On the surface, Eminent Domain exposes the hard-fought battle between Nebraska farmers and corporate energy. Dig deeper and the greater struggle is revealed: the fight to preserve our Heartland’s farms and the livelihood of the people who live here. Our most crucial resource is not just the land we are privileged to attend with cracked and calloused hands—it is our kin, our clan and our heritage. Join us for this world premiere of an Omaha playwright’s work.

producing partner: David and Anne Rismiller
Disclaimer: Contains adult language.

Mamma Mia!

Sept. 15–Oct. 15, 2017

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson | Book by Catherine Johnson | Based on the songs of ABBA

This smash-hit musical featuring the songs of ABBA is one of the top 10 longest-running Broadway musicals. Mamma Mia! is a delightful tale of love, laughter and friendship. Donna is slowly warming up to the notion of her daughter Sophie’s impending wedding when her life is upended by the unexpected arrival of three former beaus, all possible candidates to walk Sophie down the aisle. With all your favorite ABBA hits such as “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance On Me,” “Honey, Honey” and more, find out why Mamma Mia! has become an audience favorite!

series sponsor: Immanuel Communities
producing partners: Kiewit Corporation, Physicians Mutual
orchestra sponsor: Methodist Women's Hospital
stage manager sponsor: Gross & Welch
media sponsor: KMTV 3 News Now

Contains spandex, strobe lights and disco dancing.

Stupid F@#%ing Bird

Oct. 13–Nov. 12, 2017

Howard Drew Theatre
By Aaron Posner | A sort-of adaptation from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

This “sort-of adaptation” of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov tells a story in which an aspiring young director battles against the art created by his mother’s generation. A young actress competes with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist and everyone discovers just how complicated life, art and success can be. This irreverent, modern and very funny remix of a classic play will incite you to consider how art, love and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.

Disclaimer: Contains adult language and sexuality.

sponsor: Friend of the Playhouse

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 17–Dec. 23, 2017

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre
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 lovely costumes, exquisite music, beautifully crafted sets and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family!

producing partner: First National Bank
orchestra sponsor: KPMG
bakery shoppe and snow sponsor: Rotella's Bakery
counting house sponsor: CHI Health
cast dinner sponsor: J.K. Barker Foundation
media sponsor: KETV

Yesterday And Today

Nov. 24–Dec. 31, 2017

Howard Drew Theatre
Interactive Beatles Experience Featuring Billy McGuigan ©2007 By Rave On Productions

Billy McGuigan and his brothers are back for the 10th consecutive year at Omaha Community Playhouse! 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!

producing partner: C&A Industries, Inc.


Jan. 19–Feb. 11, 2018

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre
By David Lindsay-Abaire

Pranks and practical jokes abound when cantankerous Abby and chipper Marilyn are forced to share the nicest room at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. As Abby attempts to get rid of her unwanted new roommate, a series of bets soon escalates into a hilarious game of one-upmanship as the two women try every trick in the book to claim their space in the apartment and their place in the world. Ripcord is a hilarious tale with a lot of heart. 

series sponsor: Immanuel Communities
producing partner: Security National Bank and Gale and Judy Wickersham
media sponsor: Waitt Outdoor
Disclaimer: Contains adult language spoken by a cantankerous old lady.
media sponsor: KMTV 3 News Now


Feb. 9–March 11, 2018

Howard Drew Theatre
Book by Alfred Uhry  |  Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown  |  Co-Conceived and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

Parade is the Tony Award-winning musical based around the trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish man wrongfully accused of murder in Marietta, Georgia in 1913. Religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tensions are already prevalent in this small Southern town, and when reporters begin to sensationalize the case, the likelihood of a fair trial is put in jeopardy. With a book by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and music by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, The Bridges Of Madison County), this true story reveals the beauty of the human condition, even when faced with tragedy.

producing partner: Carter & Vernie Jones

Disclaimer: Contains language and situations related to racial tension and mob violence.

Roald Dahl's James And The Giant Peach

March 2–25, 2018

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Words and Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul | Book by Timothy Allen McDonald | Based on the book by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach is a brand-new musical guaranteed to mesmerize theatregoers of all ages. A compelling story by beloved author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda) and music composed by the award-winning team of Pasek & Paul (La La Land, A Christmas Story, television’s Smash), a young orphan named James accidentally drops magic crystals by an old peach tree. Strange things start to happen and James soon discovers a world of magic and adventure full of friendly insects and learns that love and family can be found in unexpected places.

series sponsor: Immanuel Communities
orchestra sponsor: Valmont Industries, Inc.
artistic team sponsor: Omaha Steaks
special effects: Children's Respite Care Center
media sponsor: Cox Media

Shakespeare In Love

April 13–May 6, 2018

Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Based on the Screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard  |  Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall  |  Music by Paddy Cunneen  |  Based on the Academy Award-winning film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Tom Stoppard and adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Shakespeare in Love is a love letter to the stage and a celebration of theatre, music and human connection. While the government threatens to close all theaters, young Will Shakespeare suffers from writer’s block, as his muse Viola disguises herself as a man to pursue her dreams of being an actor. Amidst mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, backstage theatrics and a misbehaving dog, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

Disclaimer: Contains scenes of sexuality.

series sponsor: Immanuel Communities
producing partner: Conagra Brands Foundation
specialty sponsor: Cindy and Scott Heider
media sponsor: KETV

The Mountaintop

May 4–27, 2018

Howard Drew Theatre
By Katori Hall

An Olivier Award-winning play of historical fiction, The Mountaintop imagines the final night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After giving his speech, “The Mountaintop,” Dr. King returns to his room at the Lorraine Motel. When a mysterious woman with a secret agenda pays a visit to Dr. King, the resulting confrontation imaginatively explores destiny, legacy and mortality.

producing partner: Friend of the Playhouse
media sponsor: The Reader
Disclaimer: Contains dialogue related to racial tension and adult language.