May 3, 2018

'Book of Mormon,' Leslie Odom Jr., Tim Allen highlight Lied's new season

The Lied Center will host the musical comedy "The Book of Mormon" Dec. 11-16.
Courtesy photo | Julieta Cervantes

Courtesy photo | Julieta Cervantes
The Lied Center will host the musical comedy "The Book of Mormon" Dec. 11-16.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts’ 2018-19 season will feature a six-day run of the musical comedy “The Book of Mormon” and performances by “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., legendary singer Johnny Mathis, comedian Tim Allen, and bandleader Paul Shaffer and the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. Tickets to all performances will be available as part of a season ticket package beginning at 11 a.m. May 10.

“The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards, will play an engagement in December. The New York Times called it “the best musical of this century,” and Entertainment Weekly said it was “the funniest musical of all time.”

Classical highlights of the 2018-19 season include two of the world’s most iconic orchestras, the San Francisco Symphony and Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as the seventh season of the Lied’s Piano Series, which brings top piano soloists to Lincoln. Eleven-time Grammy-winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the Lied for the first time since 1996 to lead a concert as part of his final season with the San Francisco Symphony. The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler’s triumphant “Symphony No. 5,” led by conductor Valery Gergiev.

“We pride ourselves in presenting world-class artists to Nebraska audiences every season, and this year is no exception,” said Bill Stephan, Lied Center executive director. “From comedy legend Tim Allen to Complexions Contemporary Ballet featuring the music of David Bowie, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas to the best of Broadway, there is truly something for everyone on our stage.”

The full 2018-19 season is:

  • Sept. 26-Oct. 14: “An Act of God” (Nebraska Repertory Theatre)

Leslie Odom Jr.
Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Oct. 5: An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr.

  • Oct. 7: Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance Tour

  • Oct. 17: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

  • Oct. 19: The Capitol Steps

  • Oct. 21: Chinese Warriors of Peking

  • Oct. 25-28: “Sedition” (Angels Theatre Company)

  • Oct. 28: Mariinsky Orchestra

  • Oct. 30: Ballet Folklorico De Mexico

"Monty Python's Spamalot"
"Monty Python's Spamalot"
  • Nov. 2-3: “Monty Python’s Spamalot”

  • Nov. 5: The Ten Tenors

  • Nov. 13: Gabriela Montero

  • Dec. 11-16: “The Book of Mormon”

  • Dec. 20: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Paul Shaffer
Paul Shaffer
  • Jan. 10: Paul Shaffer and Nebraska Jazz Orchestra

  • Jan. 17: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and Other Eric Carle Favorites

  • Jan. 19: The Broadway Princess Party

  • Jan. 25: Susan Werner

  • Jan. 26: Rennie Harris Puremovement

  • Feb. 1-2: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”

  • Feb. 7: Chris Botti

  • Feb. 7-8: “My Antonia”

  • Feb. 10: Emanuel Ax

  • Feb. 13: “Dutchman” (Nebraska Repertory Theatre)

Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • Feb. 15: “A Celebration of Music and Milestones, N 150”

  • Feb. 23: Tim Allen

  • March 1-3: “Rent” 20th Anniversary Tour

  • March 5: “A Celtic Celebration” featuring Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

  • March 7-8: “The Polar Bears Go Up”

  • March 14: Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

  • March 16: “Purple Reign, The Prince Tribute Show”

  • March 27: “Hair” (Nebraska Repertory Theatre)

San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony
  • March 28: San Francisco Symphony

  • April 2-3: “Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles”

  • April 11: Complexions Contemporary Ballet, “Star Dust: A Tribute to David Bowie”

  • April 14: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

  • April 23: Tap Dogs

  • April 26-27: “Something Rotten!”

A season ticket package is an order of four or more events. Members of the general public will receive a 10 percent discount for season ticket orders of four to seven events. Orders of eight or more events will receive a 20 percent discount. University of Nebraska-Lincoln students can place season ticket orders for three to five events at a 10 percent discount or six or more events at a 20 percent discount (in addition to the 50 percent discount all current students at Nebraska receive on Lied Center tickets). There are no discounts for “The Book of Mormon.”

If the performances are not sold out through season ticket orders, any remaining tickets will be available for single-ticket purchase starting in early August. Season ticket orders can be placed here, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St.