Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts,
I just returned from an exciting week in New York City at The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference, an annual gathering for the Broadway industry and Broadway presenters from across the country. During the session, I attended 10 shows over seven days! The trip gave me the opportunity to preview productions and fulfill my duties as a Tony Awards voter. I’ve served as a voter for nearly a decade, and it’s great to be able to see these shows in order to select the best ones for Omaha when they go on tour.
During the conference, I was also deeply honored to accept the Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management for 2017. The award is a wonderful testament to Omaha and recognition of Omaha Performing Arts and our standing in the Broadway community. My thanks to everyone who attends our productions.
In June, I hope you’ll join us in celebrating Broadway’s biggest night of the year. We’re excited to introduce a new special event – a live Tony Awards Watch Party
at the Holland Center’s Scott Recital Hall. Hosted by 40 Below
, our new young professionals
group, the event is open to the public and includes snacks, drinks
and live commentary. The Tony Awards is one of my favorite events. I can’t wait!
And finally, in July, we’ll be kicking off summer with Omaha’s favorite outdoor concert series! Several of the talented performers for this year’s Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing have local ties. Omaha brothers Adeev
and Ezra Potash, known as The Potash Twins, will open the free summer series at Turner Park on July 6. Mentored by Wynton Marsalis, the pair has performed across the globe. The Sugar Thieves feature hometown vocalist Meridith Moore, and Omaha native Ron E. Beck leads a soulful band called The Ron E. Beck Soul Revue. Be sure to check the full calendar here to see what else is in store.
We hope to see you and your family and friends enjoying these fun performances!
Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts