Omaha, NE.–The Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP) will be among the first community theatres in the country to produce Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. This iconic musical will be the first production on the Hawks Mainstage Theatre in the 2023/24 season – OCP’s 99th season.
Tony Award winner Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is the inspiring true story of singer/songwriter Carole King’s remarkable life, her journey to fame, and the mammoth impact she and her work had on the music industry. While not without strife and heartache, King’s story and unbreakable spirit will capture your heart. With songs like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “One Fine Day,” and, of course, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” Carole King’s music is the soundtrack of a generation.
“I cannot think of a better way to kick off our Mainstage offerings for Season 99 than with a brand-new production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” said OCP Artistic Director Stephen Santa. “This award-winning show features an incredible line up of songs that our audiences will surely remember, but it’s the true story of Carole’s perseverance, passion, and strength that truly drives this powerful musical. It will be such a joy to see audiences singing, dancing, and clapping along to some of Carole’s greatest hits.”
The remainder of the 99th season will be revealed in March 2023. Season subscriptions will be available at that time; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will be included in season subscriptions. Single tickets will go on sale summer 2023. Auditions for the show will be held in summer 2023 and will be open to all members of the community.
If you like watching paint dry, grass grow, or wallpaper peel. . .well, to be honest, I worry about you and you’re reading the wrong review. Now if you like sass, jazz, razzmatazz, soul, and rock n roll, buckle up your seat belts and get ready for four dynamite divas to add a little rocket fuel to your night. They’re loud. They’re proud. They’re bold and they’re gold. And all they want is a little Respect down at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
Respect is a 90 minute concert that pays tribute to the trailblazing women of music. You’ll sway, bop, and dance to hits from legendary performers such as Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, the Supremes, and many more. While you’re “Dancing In the Street”, you’ll also learn some trivia and facts along the way.
How good is this show?
Why don’t you tell me? How would you rate a show that gets people clapping, has them bouncing in their seats, earns spontaneous standing ovations, and has them roaring?
My sentiments exactly.
The four singers just dominate the stage and had the audience eating out of the palms of their hands. All of them have big, beautiful, powerful voices that excelled in harmony and in solo work. Their colorful, sequined dresses designed by Lindsay Pape sparkled just as much as their voices. They clearly had a blast performing these numbers and that enthusiasm infected the audience with a frightening rapidity.
Dara Hogan’s star really shone tonight with her complete and utter ownership of her numbers. Confidence just poured from her as she out-Tinaed Tina Turner with a thunderous take on “Proud Mary”; hit a bullseye with a solo moment in “Don’t Make Me Over”; and brought it all home with a classic performance of “I Am Woman” that would make Helen Reddy weep.
Dani Cleveland has a nice throaty voice that just wraps you in warmth and has a flair for comedy as shown by her witticisms. And such skill! Cleveland showed mastery of multiple genres from the country stylings of Connie Francis’ “Who’s Sorry Now” to the soft pop of Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia”, and matched the mighty Diana Ross in “Stop! In the Name of Love”.
Shirley Terrell-Jordan’s energy could power a bullet train and seemed imbued with the spirit of Dionne Warwick when she belted out “Don’t Make Me Over” and I thrilled to her take with Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man”.
Caitlin Mabon really had a wide emotional spectrum with her numbers. Particular standouts were an intense, even a little angry, take on Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” which was one of my favorite melodies of the night and a sweet take on Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend”.
Jim Othuse’s lights lent that big time concert feel to enhance the work of the larger than life quartet while Ananias Montague and his band (Myles Jasnowski, Darren Pettit, Jonathan Sanders, Raquel Taylor, and Jacob Sorensen) perfectly played the numbers of these legendary artists.
A few wonky microphone moments couldn’t stop the onslaught of this tuneful train and if you leave this show without having a good time. . .well, I fear you fit my opening sentence.
For the rest of you, you still have a chance to catch Respect, but move fast! As of this writing, tickets are only available for June 23 and 25. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by calling 402-553-0800, visiting the box office, or heading to www.omahaplayhouse.com. The Omaha Playhouse is located at 6915 Cass St in Omaha, NE.
Omaha, N.– Celebrate the divas who dominated the music scene for decades with this high-energy concert experience: Respect! The production features the music of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Lesley Gore, Chaka Khan, Carole King, and more — served up by a team of powerhouse vocalists and backed by a full rock band.
Respect opens on Friday, June 10, 2022, and will run in the Howard Drew Theatre through June 26, with performances Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets are on sale, starting at $35, with prices varying by performance. Tickets may be purchased at the OCP Box Office, 6915 Cass St., Omaha, NE 68132, by phone at (402) 553-0800 or online at OmahaPlayhouse.com.
Directed by: Kathy Tyree
Featuring: Dara Hogan, Dani Cleveland, Shirley Terrell-Jordan, Caitlin Mabon, Alisa Moore
Omaha, NE—Tara Vaughan’s She Rocks will open Thursday, June 13 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. The show will run in the Howard Drew Theatre from June 13-30. Performances will be held Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Tara Vaughan’s She Rocks is a celebration of women artists and songwriters from the 60s-80s woven together through songs and stories delivered by Tara Vaughan–a bona fide superstar whose soulful vocal and piano techniques are reminiscent of a bygone era. Her vocals echo legends like Patsy Cline and Sam Cooke, while her piano skills are seeped in influences like Carole King and Elton John. Backed by an all-star band, Tara’s set list includes hits from artists like Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Blondie, Heart, and more.
Tickets are on sale now starting at $30 and vary by performance. Tickets may be purchased at the OCP Box Office located at 6915 Cass Street, by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at www.omahaplayhouse.com.