On With the Show

River City Mixed Chorus concert to extol the resilient human spirit

“On With the Show” to be held 7 p.m. on June 18

Omaha, Neb.- The River City Mixed Chorus will present “On With the Show,” a concert featuring modern pop and Broadway hits on Saturday, June 18, 7 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. This is the chorus’s second performance at the center, following their successful debut there in 2015.

The concert will be a celebration of perseverance in spite of setbacks and challenges, according to Dr. Barron Breland, RCMC artistic director.

“As performers, we know that sometimes things go wrong,” he said. “The spirit that the show must go on regardless is a parallel to the same resiliency in the movement for equality and social justice. Whenever we get knocked down or encounter setbacks in our quest for a better community or in our own personal journey, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and keep pressing forward. What hope there is in knowing that we have these reserves of determination and toughness within us!”

Songs include the upbeat “Come So Far (Got So Far To Go)” from “Hairspray,” the inspirational “The Impossible Dream” from “The Man of LaMancha,” and the unfaltering “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque,” plus a dozen other pop and Broadway hits.

The River City Mixed Chorus is in its 32st season and includes nearly 100 singers. RCMC is one of the longest-running gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally (GLBTA) mixed choruses in the United States. In July, the chorus will participate in the GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association) Festival in Denver with thousands of singers from across the United States and around the world.

Reserved seating starts at $25 and can be purchased through TicketOmaha.com or by calling the Ticket Omaha box office at 402-345-0606.

For more information about the River City Mixed Chorus, including future performances, visit www.RCMC.org.

There’s Going to be a Party at the Holland

OFF-BROADWAY’S HILARIOUS DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY RETURNS TO OMAHA JUNE 2-5, 2016

Back By Popular Demand, 4 Performances Will Be Held At Holland Center

* * “Not your grandmother’s Tupperware Party!”— NBC Today Show. * *

Omaha, Neb., (April 26, 2016) – Omaha Performing Arts is bringing Dixie Longate back to Omaha in June for another run of the hilarious Off-Broadway show Dixie’s Tupperware Party. Four performances of the interactive production will run at the Scott Recital Hall in the Holland Performing Arts Center: Thursday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m. The production’s first successful run in Omaha in May 2015 kicked off with a sell-out opening night performance.

Tickets starting at $35 are on sale from Ticket Omaha by going online at TicketOmaha.com; by phone at 402.345.0606; or by going to the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling 402.661.8516 or toll-free at 866.434.8587. This production contains adult content.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party stars Dixie Longate as the fast-talking Tupperware Lady who has packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey across America.

Critics and audiences have howled with laughter as Dixie throws a good ol’ fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage! Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, Dixie will share how she became a member of the illustrious “No. 1 Tupperware Seller in the World” Club, as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products. Written by Kris Andersson, the production garnered the prestigious 2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination and is now on its eighth smash season on national tour.

Relive the Classic Hits with ‘Under the Streetlamp’

FLASHBACK TO CLASSIC HITS FROM 1950s TO 1970s WITH UNDER THE STREETLAMP

Show Brings Together Performers from “Jersey Boys;” Other Broadway Musicals

Omaha, Neb. (April 19, 2016) – Exuding the rapport of a modern-day Rat Pack, Under the Streetlamp is bringing doo-wop, Motown and rock ‘n’ roll to new audiences at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street, on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25, and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Under the Streetlamp offers audiences the opportunity to hear four stars of stage and screen: Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones, Brandon Wardell and Shonn Wiley. Featuring tight harmonies and slick dance moves, the performers take audiences back to the era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars and martini shakers – a flashback to a time when people would gather under streetlamps on hot summer nights to sing their favorite rock and roll songs.

Classic hits from Frankie Valli, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin and more are reborn for today’s audiences along with hilarious behind-the-scenes tales.

The quartet met onstage as lead characters in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys and each performer has an impressive list of credits. Among them, they have appeared on Broadway, in feature films and on television, including special appearances during the New

Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, on “The Tonight Show,” “The Primetime Emmy® Awards,” “The Tony® Awards,” and the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Under the Streetlamp aired its first PBS special in 2011 and its second in 2014.

Engelbert Humperdinck Returns to Omaha

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK RETURNS TO HOLLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

International Musical Legend to Perform Some of His Classic Hits

Omaha, Neb. – April 7, 2016 – For decades, millions of fans worldwide have celebrated Engelbert Humperdinck’s remarkable voice and talent. Now, this well-known musician returns to the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street, on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 7:30p.m. Tickets start at $29, and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Box Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center.

The four-time Grammy®-nominated star has sold more than 150 million records over a career spanning more than five decades. From romantic ballads to dance music, Humperdinck’s classics include “Release Me,” “After the Lovin’,” “Spanish Eyes,” “The Last Waltz,” “There Goes My Everything” and the unforgettable “Quando, Quando, Quando”, to name just a few.

Sometimes called “Mr. Romance,” Humperdinck picks songs with eternal themes of love and longing, songs that lovers want to hear. His shows are known for the light-hearted stories he tells about his life as a major pop star, including his healthy rivalry with Tom Jones and his lasting friendship with Elvis Presley, who often performed Humperdinck’s songs. Jimi Hendrix and the Carpenters started out as opening acts for Humperdinck.

In 1988, Humperdinck was named the Golden Globe Entertainer of the Year. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and 63 gold and 24 platinum records. His most recent 2015 record, “Runaway Country” features classics such as “Behind Closed Doors,” Desperado” and “We’ve Got Tonight.”

*Ticket Omaha is the official retail ticket outlet for all performances at the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Performing Arts Center. Tickets purchased from other ticket retailers such as secondary ticket agencies or brokers may be more expensive and may not be valid. Due to the nature of live entertainments, all programs, performers, prices, dates and times are subject to change.

Hal Holbrook Brings Mark Twain to Holland Center

AWARD-WINNING ACTOR HAL HOLBROOK BRINGS MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! TO HOLLAND CENTER

Timeless Laugh-Out-Loud Humor Makes This One-Man Show a Treasure of the American Theatre

Omaha, Neb., March 3, 2016 – Emmy®- and Tony®- award winning actor Hal Holbrook brings the longest running show in American Theatre history, Mark Twain Tonight!, to the Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street, Friday, April 8, 2016, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30 through Ticket Omaha at 402.345.0606, TicketOmaha.com, or the Ticket Omaha Box Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center. Special thanks to hospitality sponsor Hotel Deco.

Once called “America’s Voltaire,” Samuel Clemens, known by the pen name Mark Twain, preceded today’s social critics with scathing but humorous satires focusing on the corruption and lies of 19th Century politicians and journalists. Twain’s novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer top the lists of American classics and have weathered the tests of time and include subjects that still seem significantly relevant today.

Holbrook portrays Twain as the aging character that we recognize – the white hair, brows and mustache; white suit; and the illusion that Twain is speaking in his time. “Let the audience update him,” Holbrook said. “That has made the show more powerful because human behavior doesn’t change. Neither does its foolishness. That’s the joke.”

The Washington Post said, “Holbrook’s characterization of the great novelist and raconteur is, to this day, a work in progress. The transformation is so complete as to be unsettling at times. The combination of Holbrook’s physical and vocal talents and the potency of Twain’s words is a mesmerizing thing to behold.”

A legendary star of television, movies and the stage, Holbrook has built his career on a variety of roles with no connection to Mark Twain, including Don Quixote, King Lear, Shylock, Abe Lincoln, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and more than 50 feature films.

He won the Tony Award for Mark Twain Tonight! in 1966 and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the show in 1967. Since then, he has received five Emmy Awards between 1971 and 1989. Holbrook was presented the National Medal of the Humanities in 2003 by President George Bush. In 2008, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Into the Wild.

Dance Theatre of Harlem to Perform at Orpheum Theatre on February 25

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM TO PERFORM AT ORPHEUM THEATER FEBRUARY 25

Company To Take Part in Community Engagement & Educational Activities While In Omaha, Including Master Class, Talkback, Student Matinee

Omaha, Neb. (January 14, 2016) – Hailed as bold and “unequivocally cool,” Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim with a commitment toward enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Omaha Performing Arts presents the renowned dance company on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Slosburg Hall at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Tickets start at $20 through Ticket Omaha* at 402.345.0606, TicketOmaha.com or the Ticket Omaha office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 13th and Douglas streets. Special thanks to hospitality sponsor Hotel Deco XV.

The dance company’s program at Omaha’s Orpheum will include “Return,” a contemporary piece with music by James Brown and Aretha Franklin. In addition to the public performance at the Orpheum, company members will share their message of empowerment through the arts at community engagement and education activities coordinated by Omaha Performing Arts, including a lecture/demonstration during a student matinee performance, a master class for advance dancers, and a talkback following their public performance.

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children – especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born – the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. At that time, African American artists were barred from U.S. ballet companies because of the color of their skin. The company became an expression of human excellence that broke down barriers and inspired millions.

More than 40 years later, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions. The company consists of 14 racially-diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic repertoire. Dance Theatre of Harlem runs a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program.

An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor

Omaha, Neb. (January 5, 2016) – Offering insight and stories from his journey as one of America’s greatest storytellers, Garrison Keillor captivates audiences with his unique blend of comedy, charisma and wisdom. He’ll be on stage in Omaha for An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor, presented by Omaha Performing Arts, on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM in Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Tickets start at $20 through Ticket Omaha* at 402.345.0606, TicketOmaha.com or the Ticket Omaha office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 13th and Douglas streets. Special thanks to hospitality sponsor Hilton Omaha.

One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” which attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week. Keillor is also the host of the daily radio and online program, “The Writers Almanac,” and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, “Good Poems: American Places.” A best-selling author, he has published more than two dozen books, including “Lake Wobegon Days,” “The Book of Guys, Pilgrims, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny,” and “Homegrown Democrat.” In 2006, he played himself in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of “A Prairie Home Companion.” He was last in Omaha in May 2013.

Along with Grammy®, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, Keillor has also been honored with the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

*Ticket Omaha is the official retail ticket outlet for all performances at the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Performing Arts Center. Tickets purchased from other ticket retailers such as secondary ticket agencies or brokers may be more expensive and may not be valid. Due to the nature of live entertainment, all programs, performers, prices, dates and times are subject to change.