WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin – smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
Celebrate the accomplishments of high school musical theater programs across the state at the fifth annual Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase!
Modeled after the Tony Awards®, this red-carpet ceremony features performances by more than 400 students from Nebraska high schools, with awards for outstanding productions, top performers and ensembles, excellence behind-the-scenes and more.
Mary Chapin Carpenter is coming to Omaha for one night only! Over the course of her acclaimed career, the folk singer/songwriter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. With hits like ”Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her," Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards, two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Joining Carpenter will be Emily Barker. The UK-based Australian singer-songwriter has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road (with whom she released a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone, which was dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times) and has written for film, including composing the feature film soundtrack for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen.
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country! His nonstop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues today. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow his fan base. This performance is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Las Vegas entertainer Michael “Gooch” Gurciullo brings his swinging big band sound to his hometown. The Omaha native and his 17-piece musical extravaganza cover classic tunes and some of the best songs from the 20th century in a vintage Vegas-style show. Celebrated vocalist and pianist Christine Hitt will also join the band on stage. Arrive early for preshow music by the Cole Palensky Quartet.
The Big Takeover delivers a fresh take on reggae. The band blends Jamaican pop sounds, world music and the soulful energy of Motown. At the center of this tight, grooving ensemble is the live-wire singing and deceptively subtle songwriting of Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, a powerhouse performer. Arrive early for preshow music from a Blues Society of Omaha BluesEd band five minute drive.
Three-time Grammy-nominated® Afro-Cuban music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today! Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs, festival stages and dance venues, Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies and seductive rhythms. Every Bohemia concert is a party and celebration of their Cuban roots and culture. Arrive early for preshow music by UNO Combo 1.
Rising star Shayna Steele is a vocal force to be reckoned with. Praised for her “prodigious pipes” by Time Out New York, the singer fuses jazz, R&B and soul in knockout performances. Her dynamite vocals have backed up Bette Midler, John Legend, Rihanna, Dolly Parton and many more. Arrive early for preshow music by the Brandon Armstrong Quartet.
Omaha Performing Arts and Omaha Blues Society present one of the great voices of blues, Shaun Murphy. The powerhouse singer and Nebraska native started her career with Motown Records and has solidified her place in Detroit’s legendary blues scene. A three-time Grammy® nominee, Murphy has toured and recorded with Little Feat, Moody Blues, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, Alice Cooper and more. Arrive early for preshow music from a Blues Society of Omaha BluesEd band Blue Sunday.
Musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, and recording artist David Foster heads to Omaha this summer!
It’s not surprising that Foster became a consummate performer. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he began studying piano at age four. As the story goes, his mother was dusting the family piano, hit one of the keys, and was shocked when David correctly called out, “That’s an E!”, thus discovering he had perfect pitch. The son of a maintenance yard superintendent and a homemaker, Foster has chronicled his life in the highly regarded, best-selling autobiography Hit Man.