Aug. 7–16, 2020

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Featuring Billy McGuigan | Music Director Steve Gomez | ©2007 by Rave On Productions

Billy McGuigan’s Pop Rock Orchestra is a high-energy concert experience packed with rock ‘n’ roll mega hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Led by international touring artist Billy McGuigan and backed by the 14-piece Pop Rock Orchestra, these all-star musicians serve up fresh, original arrangements covering everything from The Beach Boys to Billy Joel.

*Special Event—Not part of the regular season series.

Aug. 21–Sept. 20, 2020

Howard Drew Theatre

By Bruce Norris

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® for Best Play, Clybourne Park serves as both a prequel and sequel to the events in A Raisin in the Sun—with a comedic twist. A 1950s couple faces sharp backlash from neighbors as they prepare to sell their home in the all-white Clybourne Park subdivision to a black family (the Youngers from A Raisin in the Sun). Fifty years later, a white couple attempts to purchase the same home in the now predominantly black neighborhood, igniting fears of gentrification and uncertainty in the community. A thought-provoking play that uses humor and satire to exploit the short-sighted attitudes surrounding racial division.

Disclaimer: Contains adult language and themes of racial tension.

Sept. 25–Oct. 25, 2020

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Book by Harvey Fierstein | Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper | Original Broadway Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell | Based on the Miramax motion picture Kinky Boots | Written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth

Flashy, inspiring and downright fun, Kinky Boots is the heartwarming Broadway musical—and winner of six Tony Awards®—thrilling audiences around the world. Following the death of his father, Charlie Price reluctantly agrees to return to his hometown to take over the family’s failing shoe factory. Inspiration strikes when he meets Lola, an outspoken and unapologetic drag queen in need of a sturdy pair of exotic boots. The unlikely pair cobble a heartwarming tale of acceptance and friendship told through dazzling choreography and the intoxicating music of Cyndi Lauper.

Orchestra Sponsor: WoodmenLife
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

Oct. 16–Nov. 8, 2020

Howard Drew Theatre

By Quiara Alegría Hudes

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Water by the Spoonful follows two stories on seemingly parallel trajectories: Elliott, an Iraq war vet struggling to care for his dying aunt, and Odessya, a recovering drug addict fighting to stay sober with the support of her online companions. But when these two worlds unexpectedly collide, everyone’s progress comes crashing down. Thought-provoking and beautifully tragic, Water by the Spoonful explores the depth of our human condition and the grave importance of the connections we forge.

Disclaimer: Contains adult themes and language.

Nov. 20–Dec. 23, 2020

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Written 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 to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Filled with stunning Victorian costumes, festive music and crisp, wintry sets, A Christmas Carol is a beautiful reminder of the power of redemption and the generosity that lies at the heart of the Christmas holiday.

*Special Event—Not part of the regular season series.

Presenting Sponsor: First National Bank
Orchestra Sponsor: KPMG
Bakery Shoppe/Special Effects Sponsor: Rotella's Bakery
Artistic Team Sponsor: Omaha Steaks

Nov. 27–Dec. 31, 2020

Howard Drew Theatre

Featuring Billy McGuigan | Music Director Matthew McGuigan | ©2007 by Rave On Productions

Cap off 2020 with a shot of Beatlemania! Yesterday and Today is the smash hit, all-request Beatles show that the audience controls. Share your favorite stories and relive your fondest memories with the songs that defined a generation. With no two shows the same—and every show packed with fan favorites—Yesterday and Today will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song.

*Special Event—Not part of the regular season series.

Presenting Sponsor: Valmont Industries

Jan. 15–Feb. 7, 2021

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

By William Gibson

The Miracle Worker
is the incredible true story of Helen Keller, deaf and blind since age one, and the extraordinary woman who changed her life. After struggling for years with their daughter’s inability to communicate, the Keller family enlists the help of Annie Sullivan, a graduate of the prestigious Perkins Institute for the Blind. Recognizing that Helen’s mind and spirit are trapped in a dark, tortured silence, Annie must summon all of her patience and determination to break through to the young girl. A touching story of determination and perseverance, The Miracle Worker has been inspiring audiences of all ages for generations.

Presenting Sponsor: CHI Health

Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

Feb. 12–March 14, 2021

Howard Drew Theatre

Music and Lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb | Book by David Thompson | Original Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman

Based on historic events, The Scottsboro Boys details the wrongful conviction of nine black teenagers in Scottsboro, Alabama in the 1930s—an infamous case that helped ignite the modern civil rights movement. In an attempt to avoid prostitution charges, two white women falsely accuse a group of black teenagers of rape. In one of the worst miscarriage-of-justice cases in American history, the men are condemned to a lifetime of incarceration, trials, and appeals as they struggle against all odds to clear their names. From the composers of Chicago and Cabaret, this 12-time Tony® Award nominee uses the framework of a minstrel show, alternate toe-tapping musical numbers with heart-wrenching ballads, to portray this harrowing tale of bravery and strength in the face of great adversity.

Disclaimer: Contains themes and language related to racial tension.

Feb. 26–March 21, 2021

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Before there was Hamilton, there was In the Heights. From the revolutionary musical mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights recounts three days in the vibrant Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights, New York City, where the Spanish-speaking residents chase American dreams. Told through a bubbly fusion of rap, salsa, Latin pop and soul music, this Tony® Award-winning musical boasts an infectious enthusiasm from beginning to end and reminds us that family and community are the true essence of home.

Presenting Sponsor: Heider Family Foundation

Producing Partner: Physicians Mutual

Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

March 18–21, 2021

Howard Drew Theatre

Written by Scott Brown and Anthony King

Join The Candy Project, friends of OCP, for a special presentation of Gutenberg! The Musical! A pair of aspiring playwrights audition their newest work—a big, splashy musical about the inventor of the printing press—for an audience of potential investors. This two-man musical spoof offers an unending supply of enthusiasm and laughs.

April 16–May 9, 2021

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig

A suspenseful and thrilling whodunit set aboard the world’s most famous luxury locomotive. Based on the crime thriller novel by Agatha Christie—the best-selling mystery novelist of all time—Murder on the Orient Express will keep you guessing until the very end. When the legendary Orient Express becomes stranded by a snow storm, a passenger is found stabbed to death in his private room. With the murderer still on board, detective Poirot must work to solve the crime before the train reaches its destination.

Producing Partner: UNMC

Producing Partner: Security National Bank

Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

May 7–May 30, 2021

Howard Drew Theatre

By John Patrick Shanley

This charming Irish romantic comedy follows Anthony and Rosemary, two introverts who grew up on neighboring farms in rural Ireland. Rosemary secretly fell in love with Anthony at age six, but after having his heart broken as a young man, Anthony swore off women forever. After decades of unrequited love, the two find themselves middle-aged, immobilized by fear and still living as neighbors. The pair must overcome their own aloofness—as well as a family property dispute—to find their way to one another.

May 28–June 27, 2021

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley | Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald | Based on the Book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl

Oompa-Loompa-Doom-Pa-Dee-Doo! We’ve got a family favorite for you! Willy Wonka is Roald Dahl’s timeless tale featuring songs from the hit 1970s Gene Wilder film. Grab your golden ticket—and Grandpa Joe—as Willy Wonka takes your family on a whimsical tour of the chocolate factory! With Charlie Bucket, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, and all of your favorite characters, Willy Wonka will open up a world of pure imagination.

Presenting Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha

Orchestra Sponsor: Kiewit

Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities