The Story of the Lost Tudor

Mary Stuart AKA Mary, Queen of Scots was not the most liked of people.  She was Queen of France by marriage and Queen of Scotland by blood.  After losing the French throne due to the death of her husband, Francis II, Mary Stuart moved to Scotland to claim her royal throne and rule over a less than enthused citizenry.  The murder of her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, began a chain reaction that would end with Mary abdicating the Scottish throne, fleeing to England to seek sanctuary from her first cousin once removed, Queen Elizabeth I, and ultimately be imprisoned and executed ostensibly for the murder of Lord Darnley, but, in actuality, due to her attempting to claim the English throne.

A dramatized version of the aftermath of Mary Stuart’s trial will be presented by the Brigit St Brigit Theatre Company in the play Mary Stuart opening May 4 at the Joslyn Castle and starring Charleen Willoughby as Elizabeth I and Patty Driscoll as Mary Stuart.

The centerpiece of the play is a fictional conversation between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, but the play is not simply about the two queens.  It is the story of multiple factions jockeying for power as conspiracy mounts upon conspiracy in a secret war that can only end with one queen standing.

Director Lara Marsh said, “[Directing this production] is a guilty pleasure” due to her love of the Tudors.  She further stated, “People often forget that Mary was a Tudor and had a legitimate claim to the throne of England. . .It’s time that Mary’s story was told.”

Indeed, as the grandniece of Henry VIII, Mary Stuart’s claim to the throne may have been stronger than Elizabeth I’s as she was the illegitimate child of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Prepare yourselves for an explosive night of theatre where you’ll be thrust into a web of intrigue as one queen schemes for her freedom and another tries to prove her legitimacy.

Mary Stuart will play at the Joslyn Castle under the auspices of the Brigit St Brigit Theatre Company from May 4-25.  Showtimes are Wed-Fri at 7:30pm.  There will be one Saturday performance at 7:30pm on May 6 and no performance on Friday, May 5.  Tickets cost $25 ($20 for students/seniors/military).  For tickets, please call the Brigit St Brigit Theatre Company at 402-502-4910 or visit www.bsbtheatre.com.  The Joslyn Castle is located at 3902 Davenport St in Omaha, NE.

 

OCP Closes Season with ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Tickets On Sale to the Public At Omaha Community Playhouse May 26 – June 25 2017

Omaha, Neb.— Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the first Disney production produced at the Omaha Community Playhouse, will run in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre at OCP May 26 – June 25, 2017. Tickets are available now at the OCP box office or online at OmahaPlayhouse.com

Step into the enchanted world of the beloved musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress, is guaranteed to entertain all audiences. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self — but time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costumes and sets and is a must-see for the whole family.

Production:      Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Show Dates:     May 26 – June 25, 2017 (Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm)

Director:           Kimberly Faith Hickman

Cast

Cork Ramer as Narrator

Leanne Hill Carlson as Belle

Tim Vallier as Beast/Prince

Brian Priesman as Maurice

Ryan Pivonka as Gaston

Kyle Wright as Lefou, Cheesegrater

Kevin Olsen as Baker, Monsieur D’Argue, Silverware

Steve Krambeck as Lumiere

Bob Gilmore as Cogsworth

Melissa King as Babette

Dawn Buller-Kirke as Mrs. Potts

Sasha Denenberg and Maddie Smith as Chip

Joey Galda as Madame De La Grande Bouche

Ensemble features:  Leonna Blake, Megan Ingram, Sierra Lancaster, Cadie Jochum, Isabelle Rangel, Jordan Smith, Cody Girouex, Emma Powell, Julia Ervin, Megan Kelly, Alex Nilius, Jonathan Smith, Juliana Angel, Tabor Cross, Brandon Fisher, Megan Morrissey, James Verderamo, Debbie Trecek Volkens, Jennifer Bonge, Stella Clark-Kaczmarek, Judson Cloudt, Drew Cota, Samantha Gillotte, Jude Glaser, Andrew Hedin, Tessa Priesman, and Amina Teri

Show dates:     May 26 – June 25, 2017; Wednesday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.  There will be two Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on June 17 and June 24, 2017 only.

Tickets:            At the OCP Box Office, by calling (402) 553-0800 or online at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com or www.TicketOmaha.com. Single tickets are $42 for adults (Thursdays – Sundays) and $25 for students (Thursdays – Sundays). Wednesday prices are $32 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets are $32 for groups of 12 or more.

Location:          Omaha Community Playhouse, Hawks Mainstage Theatre (6915 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68132)

 

OCP’s Howard Drew Season Concludes with ‘Superior Donuts’

Superior Donuts

Opens May 5, 2017 at the Omaha Community Playhouse

Omaha, Neb.Superior Donuts, running at the Omaha Community Playhouse May 5 – June 6, 2017 in the Howard Drew Theatre, takes place in the historic Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, where Arthur Przybyszewski runs the donut shop that has been in his family for 60 years. Franco Wicks, a young black man and Arthur’s only employee, wants to update the shop with healthy choices and music, but Arthur remains set in his ways and reminisces about his Polish immigrant father. This provocative comedy, set in the heart of one of Chicago’s most diverse communities, explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship. Superior Donuts is by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Tracy Letts (Bug, August: Osage County).

Superior Donuts tells the tale of an unlikely friendship spanning two generations and examines the true meaning of friendship and family in a widely diverse community. The play was recently adapted for television and is currently a sitcom on CBS starring Judd Hirsch, as Arthur, and Jermaine Fowler, as Franco.

This production is directed by former longtime Omaha Community Playhouse associate artistic director Susan Baer Collins, who retired in 2014, but recently returned to help direct the 41st annual production of A Christmas Carol.

Production:  Superior Donuts

Credits:  By Tracy Letts

Director:  Susan Baer-Collins

Cast

Mark Thornburg as Max Tarasov

Julie Fitzgerald Ryan as Officer Randy Osteen

Devel Crisp as Officer James Bailey

Mary Kelly as Lady Boyle

Kevin Barratt as Arthur Przybyszewski

Aaron Winston as Franco Wicks

Jeremy Estill as Luther Flynn

Sean Tamisiea as Kevin Magee

John Shaw as Kiril Ivakin

Show Dates:  May 5-June 4, 2017 (Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm)

Tickets:  At the OCP Box Office, by calling (402) 553-0800 or online at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com or http://www.TicketOmaha.com. Single tickets are $36 for adults and $22 for students. Tickets for groups of 12 or more are $24 for adults and $16 for students.

Discounts:  Twilight Tickets – A limited number of tickets are available at half price after noon the day of the performance at the Box Office. Cash or check only. Subject to availability.

Sponsored By:  NP Dodge Company, Friend of the Playhouse and The Reader (media sponsor)

LocationHoward Drew Theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse (6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)

Lead On, “Ladies”

Two broke, out of work Shakespearian actors hatch a plan to steal an inheritance from a wealthy old maid by pretending to be her long lost nieces.  Wrenches start to get thrown into the plan when the two cross dressing con artists fall in love with a pair of women and word comes that the real nieces are on their way.  This is Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies currently playing at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Ludwig is a masterful writer who knows all the ins and outs of good farce.  You’ve got the slamming doors, the over the top characters, the mistaken identities, and the ludicrous scenarios.  But Ludwig also adds a story that has got quite a bit of heart and includes a couple of surprising plot twists before the tale ends.  His terrific script is supported, nay, enhanced by a sterling cast that runs like a well oiled machine and obtains the maximum amount of yuks possible.

Jeff Horger paints a beautifully funny picture with his direction.  He clearly has an excellent grasp on farce with his use of broad, comedic strokes on the canvas.  Horger’s staging is top notch with his actors constantly moving about the performance space and his sight gags are completely organic and always apropos to the situation.  He’s also led his actors to strong, humorous performances and they made nary a misstep throughout the production.  Horger’s use of a melodramatic score composed and arranged by Vince Krysl is a positively inspired touch.

The supporting cast provides an excellent foundation for the comedy as each has developed a unique, zany character with his or her own particular quirks that brought vivid life to this world.  This includes Catherine Vazquez as a not overly bright waitress who builds a more complex vocabulary one word at a time, Sue Mouttet as the acid tongued matriarch with a heart of gold, and especially Don Harris and Christopher Scott who provided me with some deep belly laughs as the inept and lusty Doc Myers and his dopey son, Butch.

Will Muller stuns with his portrayal of Rev. Duncan Wooley.  With his unyielding posture, monotone voice, and limited, robotic movements, Muller has crafted one of the funniest characters I’ve seen in quite some time.  Muller’s Wooley may be a man of God, but he isn’t very likable as he is a stick in the mud’s stick in the mud who never wants to have any fun, plans a dull, businesslike wedding, and schemes to do God’s work using his fiancée’s wealth.  Muller is at his comedic best when his buttons get pushed to the point where his emotions finally explode out of him.

Victoria Luther is absolutely darling with her interpretation of Meg Snider, Wooley’s fiancée and heiress to a large fortune.  In many ways, Ms Luther is the glue of this cast as her character fuses the play’s unreality to its reality.  She is the most natural character in the show and brings a bright vibrancy with her character’s love of theatre and life.  Ms Luther shows impressive versatility as she easily switches from believable, grounded moments to over the top reactions when the need arises.

As important as the other characters are, the heaviest burden of this show lies on the shoulders of its “leading ladies” and the burden is well and ably carried by Kevin Goshorn and Michael Judah making their Playhouse debuts.

Michael Judah arguably does the most heavy lifting with his rendition of Leo Clark.  Clark is not only a sucky, over the top actor, but he is always on and has a mouth with an inexhaustible energy source.  Judah’s energy is unbelievably phenomenal as he rises to the challenge of this role with a feat of skillful overacting that would make John Carradine proud.  How he maintains that energy without collapsing is beyond me as he easily transitions from the theatrical Clark to the equally over the top “Maxine”.  Yet the over the topness of the character still seems completely natural.  It’s as if Clark doesn’t know how to just be himself until he falls in love with Meg and FINALLY drops his defenses and is able to engage in some lovely softer moments with her.

Kevin Goshorn’s Jack Gable is a worthy sidekick to Leo Clark.  Goshorn marvelously plays the loyal friend who gets caught up in Clark’s machinations.  Forced to impersonate Stephanie, the deaf and dumb niece, Goshorn has stupendous facial expressions and body language as he invents his own sign language to communicate with others and is especially amusing when he uses that sign language to tell “Maxine” he’d like to throttle “her”.  But he’s no shrinking violet.  As decent a person as Gable is, he isn’t above worming hugs out of the lady he likes or standing up to Clark by manipulating him to become “Maxine” just to screw with him.  Goshorn also gets the play’s funniest moment when he tries to bait Wooley into seducing him in order to help Clark get Meg.

The Snider estate, designed by Steve Wheeldon, is absolutely gorgeous with its soft blue walls and fancy double doors.  John Gibilisco’s sounds almost become extra characters with Clark’s idea moments and Meg’s entrance theme.  Amanda Fehlner’s costumes are extremely elegant, especially the gowns worn by Ms Luther, Judah, and Goshorn.  Darin Kuehler’s properties, especially the furniture, really liven up the stage.

This is the type of show that’s sure to take you out of yourself for a little while.  It’s not only laugh out loud funny, but it’s also got just the right touch of warmth and heart.

Leading Ladies runs at the Playhouse through May 7.  Showtimes are Wed-Sat at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets are $36 for adults and $22 for students Thurs-Sun.  Wednesday show tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for students.  For tickets, contact the box office at 402-553-0800 or visit www.omahaplayhouse.com or www.ticketomaha.com.  The Omaha Community Playhouse is located at 6915 Cass St in Omaha, NE.

Auditions for PLVCT’s ‘Guys and Dolls’

PLVCT’s production of Guys and Dolls will be performed July 14-16 and 20-22, 2017 at the SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion.

Auditions will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (7706 S. 96th St., La Vista) on Saturday, May 6th at 1:30 pm and Sunday, May 7th at 6:30 pm.  Those auditioning need only attend one session.

Auditioners should come prepared with 32 bars of music to sing.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please, no a cappella or recorded music.  Comfortable clothes and shoes are suggested for the dance audition.  Some auditioning may be asked for cold readings from the script or to sing from the score of Guys and Dolls.

Guys and Dolls offers perhaps three non-singing roles for men (Harry the Horse, Lt. Brannigan and Big Julie) and one for a woman (General Cartwright).

Rehearsals will begin after Memorial Day on May 30th.  Our regular rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons and Monday-Thursday evenings.  We plan to take a few days off around the Fourth of July.  The production moves into Sumtur on July 9th and opens July 13th with a preview/TAG night.  We ask everyone auditioning to please bring a list of any possible rehearsal conflicts to the auditions.  Not everyone will be needed at every rehearsal, but knowing conflicts aids in building an efficient rehearsal schedule.

Director: Jim McKain

Music Director: Peter Klemp

Choreographer: Michelle Garrity

Questions: jimckain@cox.net

Character Descriptions

Sky Masterson – Baritone, Lead

  • Handsome gambler
  • A charming, but self-assured gambler. Able to adapt to any situation but ready to reel off pre-prepared anecdotes regarding his view of the world. Despite his failings, Sky is immensely likeable and oozes style and charm.  Sings I’ll Know, My Time of Day, Luck Be A Lady, etc.

Nathan Detroit – Baritone, Lead

  • Feckless, adorable gambler
  • A facilitator of illegal gambling, Nathan maintains a distance by acting only as a broker; seldom a gambler. A consummate businessman with divided loyalties; he pacifies his fiancée Adelaide with vague promises of a marriage ‘some time’ in the future. Strong comedic chops required. Sings Oldest Established and Sue Me.

Nicely Nicely Johnson – Tenor, Supporting

  • Gambler
  • An eccentric gambler and one of Nathan’s closest associates. He sings some of the most well-known numbers of the show in Fugue for Tinhorns, Guys and Dolls and Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.

Benny Southstreet – Baritone, Supporting

  • Also one of Nathan’s closest associates. Not the sharpest tool in the shed.  He sings Fugue for Tinhorns and Guys and Dolls.

Arvide Abernathy – Baritone, Supporting

  • Sarah’s grandfather
  • A member of the Save-a-Soul mission. A reasoned old man with a warm heart that harbors only the kindest intentions. He sings More I Cannot Wish You.

Rusty Charlie – Baritone, Cameo. Possible 3rd voice in Fugue for Tinhorns

Gambler

Big Julie – Supporting

  • Gambler
  • An intimidating hustler from Chicago. A sore loser.  Stage presence and acting ability are the main requirements for this gem of a comedic speaking role.

Harry the Horse – Supporting

  • The quintessential “tough guy.”

Lt. Brannigan – Cameo

  • A policeman engaged in what he perceives to be a battle of wits with Nathan to stop the craps game. Again a primarily acting role. Comic timing and acting ability are essential.  Irish dialect possible.

Joey Biltmore – Cameo

Owner of the Biltmore Garage.

Male Ensemble includes Gamblers, Havana Dancers and Mission Band.  Male Ensemble gets to sing three of the great “guy songs” in musical theatre: Oldest Established, Lucky Be a Lady and Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.

Sarah Brown – Soprano, Lead

  • Prim Salvation Army officer
  • An idealistic, but sheltered missionary. Kind-hearted but like Sky, too categorical in her view of the world. A Soprano role that requires the ability to handle the acting range of Stern, Romantic, Comedic and Drunk.  Sings I’ll Know, I’ve Never Been in Love Before, Marry the Man Today, etc.

Adelaide – Mezzo, Lead

  • Comic, classic showgirl and Gambler’s moll
  • A club singer and Nathan’s long-suffering fiancée. Half of the comedy team that is Adelaide and Nathan. One of the great comedic roles in the canon.  Sings Bushel and A Peck, Adelaide’s Lament, Take Back Your Mink, Sue Me and Marry the Man Today.

General Matilda B. Cartwright – Cameo

Salvation Army Matron

Regional direction of the Save-a-Soul mission.  Authoritative through necessity but motivated by charity.  Some comic moments.

Agatha – Mezzo, Cameo

Member of the Mission Band

Martha – Cameo

Member of the Mission Band

Female Ensemble includes The Hot Box Girls, Havana Dancers, Mission Band, etc.  Songs include Bushel and A Peck, Take Back Your Mink and Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.

‘Catherland’ to Premiere at Shelterbelt

SHELTERBELT PRESENTS THE PREMIERE OF CATHERLAND BOOK/LYRICS BY BECKY BOESEN, MUSIC BY DAVID VON KAMPEN, APRIL 21-MAY 14, 2017

Shelterbelt Theatre is pleased to present the premiere of Catherland, book and lyrics by Becky Boesen, music by David von Kampen, at 3225 California Street, April 21- May 14, 2017. Performances are Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 6pm (except for May 14 at 2pm.) (Thursdays | $15 • Friday/Saturday/Sunday | $25 – general, $20 – students, seniors 65+, TAG). Tickets are on sale at www.shelterbelt.org (click box office), or boxoffice@shelterbelt.org, or 402.341.2757.

In Catherland it becomes clear “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” Susan made a deal with her husband: once her first book is done, they’ll start a family. As the ink dries on the final page, the couple moves from Chicago to Red Cloud, NE, hoping to begin a simpler life. A slew of mysterious guests prove that there’s nothing simple about small town living. Dreams shatter, plans change, and the trajectory of Susan’s future takes new shape in the looming shadow of American novelist, Willa Cather. Susan just hopes to make it out alive.

The cast features: Jennifer Gilg, Sara Planck, Laurel Rothamel, Craig Bond, Randy Vest and Ben Adams.

Creative staff includes: Stage Manager: JoAnn Goodhew • Assistant Director: Meganne Storm • Set Design: Bill Van Deest • Lighting Design: Carol Wisner • Costume Design: Erienne Wrendt • Sound Design: Roxanne Wach • Props: Roxanne Wach, Meganne Storm • Fight Director: Terry Doughman • Piano: Peggy Holloway • Cello: Asia Wilson, Tom Miller • Percussion: Dan Wach

“I am excited to bring Catherland to Omaha. It’s a Nebraska story by Nebraska artists. There aren’t a lot of new musicals being written around here, so being able to workshop one is such a treat,” said Roxanne Wach, director. “When I read an early draft of the script and heard some of the score, I knew there was something special here – a good ghost story and really evocative music. It’s not a typical musical theatre tale, and I think that’s significant.”

Wach continues, “For fans of Cather, this is a fictionalized Willa, based on personal letters and touching on parts of her life. So, though there are ties in the script to several Willa Cather works, this is a modern story. I have such a soft spot for Willa and the prairie.”

“The prairie is vast and beautiful and terribly mysterious. Its openness inspires possibility, but, also, there are places where if you screamed, no one would hear you… Catherland explores that juxtaposition,” Boesen adds. “The feeling of Nebraska lends itself to such a special and unique aesthetic. We like to create shows that feel like where we live. It’s a pretty good place.”

Boesen and von Kampen both lived in Nebraska as children and moved back to Lincoln as adults to raise their respective families. Boesen is a writer, lyricist, director, actor, and teaching artist. She is the recipient of three Mayor’s Arts Awards in Lincoln, NE, a 2015 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Artist in Residence, and in 2014, was honored as a Nebraska Individual Artist Fellowship Award recipient by the Nebraska Arts Council. Her work is frequently commissioned and has garnered awards from well-recognized organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts.

Von Kampen is a six-time Downbeat Award winner in graduate-level jazz writing categories, a three-time winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition, and the recipient of a 2015 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award. His creative work spans a wide variety of genres, including jazz, choral music, chamber music and musical theater. This range is apparent in Catherland, which incorporates a variety of influences into the score.

Wach feels that the music is very accessible and possesses a unique voice in modern musical theatre. “I really love the music. I often find myself humming the songs. For auditions, we asked actors to learn a small snippet from the score. Many told me that the music really made them want to be a part of the production.”

“I hope the music is consistently reflecting the tone of the story,” explains von Kampen. “I wanted it to serve Becky’s words and give the characters a jolt in the arm at the most important moments. Mostly, I just tried to write good songs.”

Wach says that Shelterbelt takes its mission of producing only new work very seriously. “There are few cities Omaha’s size, who have a theatre that produces only new plays. New plays are vital for a vibrant arts community. There’s something so thrilling about investing in the unfamiliar,” she continues. “Just knowing that you’re a part of a group of people all experiencing the play for the first time, together.”

“It’s so important as a writing team to have the opportunity to see your work on its feet,” said Boesen. “Our friends at Shelterbelt allow us to walk the wire and provide the net. Roxanne and her cast and crew are so supportive and create a safe environment to experiment with changes. That’s a gift.””

Special events during the run of Catherland include:

  • Sat., April 22 • Post-show Talkback with playwright and composer
  • Thurs., May 4 • post-show Cather Scholar Panel with Chuck Johanningsmeier, PhD. and Rev. Steven P. Ryan

UNO Professor Charles Johanningsmeier was the recent recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar award and taught for a full academic year in the Institute for American Studies at the University of Leipzig, in Germany. He is frequently consulted by scholars around the world for his expertise in how fictions published in both books and periodicals affected the attitudes and actions of American readers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Willa Cather Foundation.

Rev. Steven P. Ryan is Chaplain at Creighton University School of Dentistry. He holds a doctorate in American literature from the University of Texas at Austin, and his dissertation was on spiritual themes in the fiction of Willa Cather.

  • Sat., May 6, 2pm • Emerging Composer Workshop with David von Kampen, for high school and up

Songwriters and composers: bring compositions already in progress and your questions about composing for thoughtful comments and suggestions from award-winning composer, David von Kampen, a six-time Downbeat Award winner in graduate-level jazz writing categories, a three-time winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition, and the recipient of a 2015 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award. His creative work spans a wide variety of genres, including jazz, choral music, chamber music and musical theater. He is a lecturer of music theory and literature at the UNL, where he directs the UNL Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He also teaches applied composition at Concordia University, NE, and serves as Music Coordinator for Blended Worship at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

  • Thurs. May 11 • 7pm: Pre-show Book Discussion What is the best Cather novel? Make a case for your favorite! A lively discussion led by playwright Ellen Struve.

All programs are at the theatre.

In the gallery, Shelterbelt is pleased to present cold wax and oil works by Lori Elliott-Bartle. Bartle teaches workshops through Omaha Creative Institute and independently. She is also a teaching artist through the Midwest Artist Studios project, which links artists with school classrooms throughout an 11-state region. She will be exhibiting her work with Kris Allphin May-July at the Crane Trust, Wood River, NE.

Shelterbelt Theatre is Omaha’s home for new plays. This is Shelterbelt’s 24th season, By Local/Buy Local, featuring scripts celebrating our local playwrights. Shelterbelt Theatre is a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the international 50/50 Applause Award by the International Centre for Women Playwrights, which honors theatres that produce a season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights. (www.womenplaywrights.org).

This production is made possible with support from Nebraska Arts Council | Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Billy’s Got a Brand New Show!!

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Omaha Community Playhouse Summer Show
Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist On Sale April 14

 

Omaha, Neb.— The Omaha Community Playhouse will present the world premiere of Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist July 12 – 23, 2017 in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre. Tickets for Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist go on sale to the public Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m. through the OCP box office.

Omaha favorite, Billy McGuigan, returns to the Omaha Community Playhouse stage with this new show. He is joined by the Omaha-based Steve Gomez Band to present rock hits with a big band sound and big band standards with a rock and roll sound.

Billy McGuigan as you’ve never seen him before. Classic rock tunes with a big band twist; big band standards with a rock and roll twist. Backed by a full horn section and an all-star lineup of Omaha’s finest musicians, Billy’s brand new show will have Playhouse audiences rocking like never before. Frank Sinatra? Check. The Beatles? Check. Harry Connick, Jr? Check. Billy Joel? Check! Fresh re-arrangements of rock and jazz standards performed as only Billy can. It’s rock with a twist.

Production:      Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist

Show dates:     July 12 – 23, 2017; Wednesdays–Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Tickets:            At the OCP Box Office, by calling (402) 553-0800 or online at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com or www.TicketOmaha.com. Single tickets are $40. Tickets are $35 for groups of 12 or more.

Location:          Omaha Community Playhouse, Hawks Mainstage Theatre (6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)