Broadway Award winners, rising stars and returning favorites featured in 2017/2018 Omaha Performing Arts season

Apr 3, 2017, 20:38 PM by Kelly Bartnick

National Tour of HAMILTON Coming in 2018/2019 Season

OMAHA, Neb. (April 3, 2016) - The 2017/2018 Omaha Performing Arts season announced today features award-winning Broadway productions, performances by current and rising stars and some returning favorites. Details were announced during a subscriber and patron Season Reveal event at the Holland Performing Arts Center. New and renewing subscribers can now begin purchasing season packages to secure the best seats at the lowest prices of the season.
The national tour of HAMILTON will play the Orpheum Theater as part of the 2018/2019 season.  Subscribers to the 2017/2018 season will have first access to HAMILTON when they renew their subscription for the 2018/2019 season.
“The 2017/2018 season offers cutting edge performances, big names and tomorrow’s stars throughout the year,” said Joan Squires, Omaha Performing Arts president. “With our Broadway, Jazz, Dance, Family, Showcase, and National Geographic Live Series, along with the 1200 Club and Special performances, we offer a diverse range of entertainment options that will appeal to everyone,” she said.
The Season Reveal included special performances from the upcoming season’s Broadway Series: Sarah Marie Charles singing “All That Matters,” from FINDING NEVERLAND; Stephanie Torns performing “She Used to be Mine,” from WAITRESS; and Olivia Polci sang “The Wizard and I” from WICKED.


The Omaha Performing Arts’ 2017/2018 Broadway Series, presented with Broadway Across America, features five productions, opening with FINDING NEVERLAND, the fascinating story of the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family who inspired Peter Pan. This delightful story about the power of imagination comes to Omaha October 11 – 15, 2017.

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID swims into our hearts November 7 – 12, 2017. Based on one of the most beloved movies, this Pittsburgh CLO and Kansas City Starlight’s production features music by eight-time Academy-Award® winner Alan Menken.

Jenna is a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage in WAITRESS. This uplifting musical featuring music by six-time Grammy Award®winner Sara Bareilles celebrates friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie. WAITRESS sets up shop at the Orpheum December 12 – 17, 2017.

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I, directed by Bartlett Sher, will grace the Orpheum Theater stage January 16-21, 2018. Winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical, this grand Lincoln Center Theater production tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher highlighted by the lush Rodgers & Hammerstein score.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, coming to the Orpheum Theater February 13 – 18, is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, and a mysterious French girl, yearning for a new beginning post-war. Based on the movie, director/choreographer and Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in this multi-Tony Award® winning show.
In addition to the five shows on the Broadway Series, the Tony Award®-winning blockbuster, WICKED flies into Omaha for a return engagement May 16 – June 3, 2018. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment – the untold true story of the Witches of Oz – has transfixed audiences with its wildly inventive story.
All Broadway performances are in Slosburg Hall at the Orpheum Theater.

2017/2018 JAZZ SERIES 

This season’s Jazz Series is packed with award-winning jazz musicians.

Up first is The Hot Sardines. This New York-based ensemble returns to Omaha to play its hot jazz, 1920s standards and New Orleans brass, all blended into a great evening of entertainment, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in the Kiewit Concert Hall.
The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star ensemble comprised of eight of the finest performers/composers in jazz today. The group will pay tribute to legendary trumpeter Miles Davis at their April 26, 2018 concert in the Kiewit Concert Hall.
Rounding out the jazz season is 10-time Grammy®-Award winner Arturo Sandoval who honors his mentor the great Dizzy Gillespie on what would have been the legend’s 100th birthday in Arturo Sandoval: The Dear Diz Tour, May 17, 2018 in the Kiewit Concert Hall.


Five-time Grammy®winner Wynonna Judd was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” On October 12, 2017 in the Kiewit Concert Hall Wynonna & The Big Noise – Roots & Revival Tour will explore the past, present and future of her extensive career as a best-selling singer.

The 10 talented voices of Straight No Chaser will blend into captivating and extraordinary music December 6, 2017 at the Orpheum Theater. This group has emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with multiple CD releases.

Kenny G, who performs April 28, 2018 at the Orpheum Theater has become one of the premier artists in several genres, particularly contemporary jazz. In his three decades of playing his saxophone and recording he has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. 

2017/2018 DANCE SERIES

The Dance Series opens January 9, 2018, in the Orpheum Theater with award-winning choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith’s Spectrum Dance Theater: A Rap on Race, an innovative and groundbreaking artistic work based on Margaret Mead and James Baldwin’s ‘70s race conversation. The work uses dance and physical theater together in a unique manner to reach its audiences.
The Argentinian troupe Che Malambo brings its fast-paced footwork and explosive drumming to the Orpheum Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Orpheum Theater. Their performance is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song that also includes the agility, strength and dexterity of the Argentinian cowboys or gauchos.
Now in its fifth year, Jessica Lang Dance has displayed a cohesion of artistry beyond its youth. Performances have included the meticulous detail Lang weaves into each piece creating layers of meaning. One of the most exciting new companies on today’s dance scene, Jessica Lang Dance performs May 10, 2018 at the Orpheum Theater. 


B – The Underwater Bubble Show is a visual, musical, emotional and lavish show that transports people in an imaginary underwater world with a real feeling of being submerged in the ocean. Adults and children alike will enjoy the show, October 7, 2017 at the Orpheum Theater, thanks to audience participation and extremely visual content.
YAMATO the Drummers of Japan return to Omaha to celebrate the ancient art of Japanese taiko drumming February 14, 2018 in the Kiewit Concert Hall when they perform “Chousensha” – The Challengers. The drummers exhibit great originality and innovation as they leap from drum to drum while their exhilarating music energizes the audience.
Siro-A is a nonverbal, technodelic performance group that fuses mime, groundbreaking visual effects and a techno soundtrack in their March 8, 2018 performance at the Orpheum Theater. Their appearance on “America’s Got Talent” propelled them into that show’s finals.


The National Geographic Live Series continues to inspire audiences of all ages at the Holland Center, through the award-winning images, videos and stories from National Geographic’s team of photojournalists, explorers and innovators. This season includes more travel and experiences with three amazing adventurers. All performances are in the Kiewit Concert Hall: 

  • Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions. Travel with photojournalist Ami Vitale who literally lives the stories she’s covering. Join her February 20, 2018 as she shares her experiences from living in war zones to contracting malaria and even donning a panda suit.
  • Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous. Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim travels back in time to rediscover the Spinosaurus, a prehistoric monster, larger than a T-Rex, on March 20, 2018.
  • Life on the Vertical. On May 22, 2018, Climber Mark Synnott will share his life of adventure scaling the world’s largest walls. Mark will pair stories of his travels with spectacular imagery. 

2017/2018 SPECIALS

Subscribers can lock in the best prices now for the Omaha Performing Arts Specials. These eight performances provide a variety of entertainment and can be added to a subscription. 

SHATNER’S WORLD: We Just Live in It, opens the series October 26, 2017 in the Kiewit Concert Hall. William Shatner describes his life path from classically trained Shakespearean actor to cultural icon, in a performance filled with humor, storytelling and musical numbers.

Festival of South African Dance features expressive dance styles created during the Apartheid era. More than 20 dancers and musicians share their culture on November 3, 2017, in the Kiewit Concert Hall.

Everyone’s favorite Charlie Brown brings the gang for A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE! ON STAGE November 18, 2017, in the Orpheum Theater. Two shows feature all the beloved characters and Vince Guaraldi’s famous score.
Ira Glass, creator, producer and host of NPR’s “This American Life” knows how to tell a story. Hear some of them along with his life lessons during Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass, December 2, 2017 in the Kiewit Concert Hall.

Salem Baptist Church is already preparing its annual Christmas present to the city. Joyful Noise A Gospel Christmas featuring Salem Baptist Church returns to the Kiewit Concert Hall December 3, 2017 for two performances. These concerts and services are a wonderful combination of holiday classics and new music.

Here’s a new way to enjoy an annual tradition – The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines the classic ballet through a supercharged cast of all-star dancers, explosive hip-hop choreography, a live DJ and electric violinist on December 9, 2017 at the Orpheum Theater.

Moscow Festival Ballet returns January 27, 2018, to present Cinderella at the Orpheum Theater. Exquisite costumes and the exuberant score make this a much-anticipated presentation.

Your most loved and hated characters from seven seasons of “Game of Thrones” are featured in MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody. Take this hilarious journey at the Orpheum Theater, March 2, 2018.

2017/2018 1200 CLUB 

The 1200 Club transforms the Holland Performing Arts Center’s Suzanne and Walter Scott Recital Hall into a relaxed nightclub setting where patrons can experience performances by nationally and internationally known artists in jazz, blues and comedy while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served right to their candle-lit table.

Six new 1200 Club performances have been announced that can be added to any Season Ticket package with a savings of up to 15%.
Audiences will be spellbound with Jack Broadbent, hailed as “the new master of the slide guitar,” November 16, 2017. Broadbent has been wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues-inspired vocals. Critics have named him one of the most exciting blues artists of our time.

Billy Childs Quartet is headlined by the acclaimed pianist, one of the foremost American composers and arrangers of our era. The four-time Grammy Award® winner studied both jazz and classical music from a very young age. The Billy Childs Quartet performs January 26, 2018.
World-class soloist, composer and bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter is a leading light of his generation. He’ll bring his vibrant sense of swing to the club February 23, 2018.

Vocalist René Marie brings her special style of jazz, folk, R&B, classical and country to produce her own sound in the Club, March 15, 2018.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a family band consisting of seven brothers who received their musical training from their father, jazz legend Kelan Phil Cohran. They’ve performed with a number of music greats. These “Bad Boys of Jazz” mix a traditional brass band sound with doses of hip-hop, soul and funk, April 19, 2018.

Rounding out the 1200 Club will be Davina and the Vagabonds, May 11, 2018. This Minneapolis band brings old-school jazz to life through its New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger and tender gospel. 

How to Renew or Become a Season Subscriber

Season ticket packages are available for purchase now. Subscribers have the first opportunity to reserve seats, receive discounts off single ticket prices and are able to exchange tickets throughout the season. For more information about Omaha Performing Arts Season Tickets, visit or call 402.345.0606 or toll-free at 866.434.8587. 

Patrons can add to their experience with an upgrade to Super Subscriber for $100. Participants  receive two show posters from Broadway shows – this year from WAITRESS and WICKED; a free, single occasion parking voucher for the Orpheum Theater or Holland Center, and exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences. Groups may also purchase tickets to the 2017/2018 season and save up to 15% on select shows. For more information on Group Sales, visit or call 402-661-8516.
Single tickets to events in the 2017/2018 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.