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'War Horse,' 'Mormon' headline Omaha Performing Arts season
By Bob Fischbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


“War Horse,” the best-play Tony winner of 2011, and “The Book of Mormon,” the best-musical Tony winner that same year, will bookend Omaha Performing Arts' 2013-14 Broadway touring season at the Orpheum Theater.

“The Book of Mormon,” a satire about missionaries in Africa, will run Oct. 12-20, while “War Horse,” about a British cavalry horse in World War I, plays April 8-13, 2014.

Other highlights of the OPA season include Steve Martin performing bluegrass on his banjo July 21; the Martha Graham Dance Company performing “Appalachian Spring” Jan. 26, 2014; jazz legend Wayne Shorter and his quartet April 2, 2014; Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, starring Peter Gross, Nov. 8; and Nebraska's own Larry the Cable Guy doing standup comedy Oct. 4.

The musical “Wicked” will return to the Orpheum for a third, lengthy run May 7-25, 2014. Tickets for that show are a separate purchase from the Broadway season.

The OPA season was announced Thursday night at the Holland Performing Arts Center to an invited audience of season members. It again includes Broadway, dance, family and jazz series, plus a showcase and separate-buy events. New this year are National Geographic Live speakers and a children's series.

Season tickets go on sale Tuesday to present season members and will be available to the public March 26. Individual-event tickets go on sale later.

The complete lineup:

Broadway series, starting at $185: “The Book of Mormon, Oct. 12-20 (adult content); “Elf the Musical,” based on the movie, Nov. 19-24; “Million Dollar Quartet,” about a recording session involving Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Feb. 18-23, 2014; “Sister Act,” also based on a hit movie, March 18-23, 2014; and “War Horse,” a drama that includes music, April 8-13, 2014. Add-on, not part of the series, “Wicked,” May 7-25, 2014.

Showcase series, starting at $102: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, July 21; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, big-band swing, Oct. 10; Elvis Lives, a multimedia and live-music tribute, Jan. 11, 2014.

Jazz series, starting at $80: A Night in Tremé: the Musical Majesty of New Orleans, Nov. 14; Count Basie Orchestra featuring New York Voices, Feb. 14, 2014; Wayne Shorter and his quartet, April 2, 2014.

Dance series, starting at $64: Martha Graham Dance Company, Jan. 26, 2014; “Swan Lake,” featuring Moscow Festival Ballet, April 30, 2014; Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company, blending traditional African dance with contemporary, March 1, 2014.

Family series, starting at $64: Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, starring Peter Gros, Nov. 8; PSY: Mind-Blowing Circus, Jan. 23, 2014; TAO: Phoenix Rising, Japanese drumming, choreography and martial arts, March 7, 2014.

Children series, starting at $50: Sid the Science Kid Live, Jan. 30, 2014; ERTH: Dinosaur Petting Zoo, interactive puppetry, March 7 and 8, 2014.

National Geographic Live speakers, starting at $64: Polar Obsession, photographer Paul Nicklen, Feb. 18, 2014; Chasing Tornadoes, storm researcher Tim Samaras, March 25, 2014; Exploring the Red Planet, NASA engineer Kobie Boykins, April 22, 2014.

Extras priced separately: Larry the Cable Guy, Oct. 4; World Blues: Taj Mahal and Vusi Mahlasela, blues and roots music, Oct. 25; Cameron Carpenter, composer-organist on the Orpheum's Wurlitzer, Nov. 7; Sounds of Christmas: Empire Brass featuring Elisabeth von Trapp, Nov. 29; Soweto Gospel Choir, March 27, 2014.

For more information, including the 1200 Club music lineup, go online to omaha performingarts.org

Contact the writer:

402-444-1269, bob.fischbach@owh.com

Contact the writer: Bob Fischbach

bob.fischbach@owh.com    |   402-444-1269

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